Warren Bolster master of skateboard photography his photos and stories are just magical. The “magician” responsible for SkateBoarder Magazine was a man by the name of Warren Bolster. It was his vision and drive that created “the bible” of skateboarding.
His commitment to document all types of skateboarding and skaters has stayed with the skate community for over forty years.
Michael Brooke has captured the vision of Bolster in this amazing skate photo documentary.
Warren’s devotion to building and documenting skateboarding almost consumed him. By 1978, the editorial reigns were passed. However, the legacy of Warren’s work within skateboarding has not been forgotten. Warren Bolster didn’t just capture the rebirth of skateboarding, he captured its true soul.
Michael Brooke Publisher Concrete Wave Magazine: Finally, a huge amount of gratitude and respect to Warren Bolster, the man who created so much magic within the world of skateboarding. Thank you for inspiring me along with millions of other skateboarders worldwide. This book is a celebration of your incredible legacy.
When urethane wheels hit the skateboard world in the early 70’s, they launched a revolution. By 1974, things had exploded to the point that surfer publications decided to resurrect Skateboarder Magazine. Skateboarder had been lying dormant since 1965 when the first crash of skateboarding hit. Warren Bolster, a surf photographer, was chosen to be Skateboarder’s editor. It’s an incredible understatement to say that Warren had a fierce determination to document the rebirth of skateboarding. He was a one man army, putting in 18 hour days photographing, editing and co-coordinating every facet of the magazine.
His work led to 100% sell through on the first issue, which featured Gregg Weaver on the cover. For the next three years, Warren created what many refer to as “The Bible of Skateboarding”. This collection of photos, along with detailed captions, is sure to inspire both the older generation of skaters and the new crop yearning for information about the roots of skateboarding.
“If it wasn’t for Skateboarder Magazine, I would have never realized what was possible on my four-wheeled plank.” – Tony Hawk