Skateistan in Pictures: Skateboarding in Afghanistan

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Of all the places in the world you would never think had a skate scene… Afghanistan has to be on top of the list. No one is 100% sure how it happened, maybe skating Santa made it through the blockade, perhaps Animal Chin made a sneak training session. We may never know how it started, but we can show you where it’s at and going.

 Skateistan in Pictures: Skateboarding in Afghanistan
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 Skateistan in Pictures: Skateboarding in Afghanistan
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 Skateistan in Pictures: Skateboarding in Afghanistan
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 Skateistan in Pictures: Skateboarding in Afghanistan

Skateboarding in Afghanistan – photographs by Noah Abrams

In the summer of 2009, upon hearing of the country’s emerging skate scene, Abrams hopped on a plane (I’m sure it wasn’t quite that simple) to go and document the Afghan locals and their wooden toys. It’s actually amazing that despite being exposed to the harshest of harshness in life that a skateboarding scene has been given the breath of life. Rolling knows no boundaries. Rad!

Pictured in the images above are some samples from the series Abrams entitled Skateistan.

Tony Owen is a web developer, skateboarder, designer, musician, traveler and blogger. Founder of Arkitecht and Skateboarding Magazine.

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