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DIY Skate Parks Photographed by Rich Gilligan

Something about skateboarding makes it a life-long obsession for those that do it. I have never met a skater who didn’t attribute part (or all) of their identity to this beat-up board on wheels, no matter their age. I’ve seen cities try, and fail, to stop it’s onslaught on their barriers, curbs and rails. But skateboarders always find a way to make ramps from nothing, and that’s what photographer/skateboarder Richard Gilligan set out to capture – the DIY spirit in skateboarding that manifests itself in home made ramps and parks around the world. He traveled through Europe and the US taking pictures of the amazing DIY setups crafted by the locals. These photos don’t show any airs or tricks – they focus on the space itself, documenting the concrete and wood battered by wheels and feet every day. This collection of photos is also available as a hardcover here – check them out below.

FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Derry, Northern Irelandv

Derry, Northern Irelandv

New Bird Skatepark, Liverpool, U.K.

New Bird Skatepark, Liverpool, U.K.

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Punk Girls, FDR, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Punk Girls, FDR, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

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Nottingham, U.K.

Nottingham, U.K.

‘Dick’s Bowl,’ Oxford, England

‘Dick’s Bowl,’ Oxford, England

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Blackcross Bowl, Basel, Switzerland

Blackcross Bowl, Basel, Switzerland

Flora Bowl, Hamburg, Germany

Flora Bowl, Hamburg, Germany

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

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The Peach Orchard, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Peach Orchard, New Orleans, Louisiana

2er Skatepark, Hannover, Germany

2er Skatepark, Hannover, Germany

Loudini, FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia, PA

Loudini, FDR Skatepark, Philadelphia, PA

Preston, U.K.

Preston, U.K.

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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