On Saturday, adidas Skateboarding celebrated 30 years of skateboarding photography through the lens of iconic skate photographer Skin Phillips and the release of the forthcoming commemorative shoe as part of the Respect Your Roots (RYR) tribute series – The Skate.
In celebration of the annual Respect Your Roots program, adidas Skateboarding hosted an exclusive photography exhibition at the KNOWN Gallery in Los Angeles featuring a collection of unseen imagery capturing some of the most influential people, iconic places and formative events in professional skateboarding history.
Man of the hour (left) and Guy Mariano pose infront of an early photo they shot together.
Renowned for setting a stylistic standard for street and early ‘vert’ photography, Phillips is credited for shooting nearly every pro skateboarder ever including a range of intimate work with seminal skate legends like Mark ‘Gonz’ Gonzales, Tony Hawk, Matt Hensley, Patt Duffy, Natas Kaupas and many others. Phillips now serves as Team Manager for adidas Skateboarding where he oversees the careers of some of the most respected pro skateboarders in the world including Dennis Busenitz, Mark ‘Gonz’ Gonzales, Lucas Puig and Silas Baxter-Neal.
The ‘RYR’ shoe releases this month!