When you used to flip through the pages, gaze at the pictures, and wonder how it was all possible. You would read the articles and the interviews. You’d cut out the pictures and hang them on your walls. That’s when it all seemed to clique, when the connection was made; at least that’s how it happened before the internet.
The skate magazines used to be the main source of news and information on skateboarding culture. From the gnarly tricks, to interviews, to simple how-to articles, the magazine used to be the only access inside the skateboarding world outside your local friend groups.
With the rise of the internet (and online-only publications like this one) it doesn’t take more than a quick Google or Instagram search to find yourself neck-deep in the latest from your favorite pros around the world. There’s a lot of new content being generated for a fraction of the cost.
Despite the plethora of information there’s still a distinct market for skateboarding magazines. There’s a certain quality, an extra layer, that’s not there online. There’s something about holding the picture in your hands that makes it feel real, and the picture being real confirms our since of astonishment.
French artist Lucas Beaufort, a collector of skateboarding magazines, has always been curious about skateboarding media and since 2016 he’s traveled the world to meet the most influential members of the skate media. Beaufort discussed, among other things, the future of the magazine industry and what gave a skate mag such an influential role in the skate community.
The end result is a full-length documentary called DEVOTED. It’s a tribute to those who spent their career documenting skateboarding. The people who opened up a new world to young skaters everywhere.