Third issue of Transworld Skateboarding magazine

Description (Brief):

This is the third issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, September/October 1983. Skateboarding Magazine or Transworld Skateboarding as it is known today has been a leader in the industry for over 30 years, created in response to Thrasher Magazine’s “skate and destroy” approach to skate culture. Larry Balma, founder of Tracker Trucks and co-creator of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine along with Peggy Cozen discussed these early beginnings in a 2003 Union-Tribune interview: "They were pretty harsh, sex and drugs and using four-letter words and all that and in the early '80s, the sport started growing and [Thrasher] wasn't the best magazine for young kids." This philosophy led to Cozen’s “skate and create” motto using professional photographers to document skating as both a sport and a lifestyle and using professional skaters to bring credibility to the mix. In 1997, Transworld was sold to Time Warner and a corporate mentality began to creep into the magazine’s pages which didn’t sit right with many of the original editors so they left and created their own publication, Skateboarder Mag. In March of 2013 Transworld became the largest selling skateboarding magazine in the world and was sold to GrindMedia in May of 2013. Former Skateboarder Magazine editor-in-chief, Jamie Owens joined the Transworld team and stated in an interview in an October 2013 Transworld that, "TWS‘ hallmark has always been amazing photography of the biggest names in skateboarding. Growing up with TransWorld meant I was always seeing the best skateboarding being done by the best skaters shot by the best photographers. That documentation of skateboarding is unsurpassed."

Date Made: 1983

Location: Currently not on view

Name Of Sport: skateboardingWeb Subject: SportsJournalismLevel Of Sport: Professional


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure, Skateboarding, Sports & Leisure


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0185.05Accession Number: 2013.0185Catalog Number: 2013.0185.05

Object Name: magazine, skateboardingskateboarding magazine

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm


Record Id: nmah_1448119

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