Flyboys

Ollies, fakies, and grinds: It's a sick thing, man.

Watching Slice speed across streets and leap over stairs and cement planters, it's not hard to extend that image and envision him defying gravity, fluttering toward the sun. For many of Peterson's friends, skateboarding and multiple tattoos go hand-in-hand. But Peterson sports only one small example of body art. It's a simple, roughly drawn outline of an airplane on his hip. "I always think that if I had one wish, it'd be to fly," he says, spinning the wheel of the skateboard he's hugging to his chest. "Maybe that's why I do this."

 

Ryan Damian

    At its heart, skateboarding is about freedom and creativity. Is it any wonder then, that so many skaters merge their acrobatics with artistic expression? Some of them paint or sketch or sculpt. Some of them shoot videos. And Ryan Damian takes pictures. Himself an accomplished skateboarder, Damian has long been part of the local scene. Now he's turned his talents to photography, snapping these shots of some of the Twin Cities' most talented up-and-coming skaters.
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