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How UK skateboarding culture flourished

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“It’s been documented from day one to show what we’re doing and it’s different – it’s not what you’re expected to do on a set of stairs or a handrail,” says British skateboarder Helena Long, who worked alongside lead curator Tory Turk as consultant curator for an exhibition at London’s Somerset House titled No Comply: Skate Culture and Community. “You almost get obsessed with it if you’re into it and you want to keep a record of it, so I think that’s where the connection with the visual arts and culture side of skateboarding really overlaps.”
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Top: Hackney Bumps, London 2020 © Jørn Tomter. Above: Rom skatepark, 1980 © Iain Borden