A large proportion of Skateboarders are also amusingly known as ‘Skatehoarders’ due to the vast amount of skate memorabilia they tend to collect over the years. Anyone who has ever skateboarded usually remembers their first set up like it was yesterday. Unfortunately they usually end up literally ridden until the wheels fall off or until your parents throw it out in the trash along with old appliances and unwanted clothing. A few however survive for decades and are preserved by avid skateboard memorabilia collectors along with magazines, stickers, shoes and anything else associated with skate culture.
More and more Skateboarding memorabilia Instgram accounts are cropping up in the present day. From vintage or limited edition boards to rare shoes by defunct brands and other collectibles, all equally triggering a warm sense of nostalgia amongst the skate community.
The larger skateboarding channels are also getting in on the act. Skateboarder Magazine previously had a feature called 'Raiders of the Archives' and more recently Transworld Skateboarding has its 'SkateHoarders’ series. Now with the help of the various forms of social media, the skateboarding community has fortunately let skate hoarders come to light and share their collections with us. Skateboarding Youtube channels have shown there is a world full of skateboarding historians who usually unearth garages or storage units full of awesome skate memorabilia.
There is now also SkaterCon, held each year in Phoenix Arizona. This event is a celebration of skateboarding culture and a place where anyone can attend and buy, sell or simply view the various skateboarding collections on display. The event is also a great chance for skateboarders from all walks of life to catch up and reminisce or share their own personal stories and experiences in skateboarding. The event is attended by everyone from kids to skateboarding legends and members of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame such as Steve Alba.
Just Passin’ Thru have picked the top 6 Skateboarding memorabilia Instagram Pages for you to check out!
6 - Skateboard Hoarding
As the Bio states, "some nerd who lives in his Grandma’s basement. Nothing is for sale, nothing is for sale, NOTHING IS FOR SALE but…everything has a price." This dudes pages has vintage skateboarding shoes and boards with most of the collectibles untouched and in perfect condition. If you have ever checked the price of vintage skateboarding decks on Craigslist or eBay, you will know they can cost a pretty penny. This dude most likely won’t let any of his precious skateboarding antiques go cheaply, and rightly so!
5 - DeckaidDeckaid is a pop up skateboard art exhibition which benefits youth based charities. The show involves a growing collaboration of skateboard collectors whose archives have rarely, if ever, been accessible to public viewing. The show also features an ongoing photography series connecting skateboarders to their classic board graphics.
Deckaid is a fantastic event and has raised thousands of pounds for charities such as Skatistan, an international NGO that combines skateboarding and academic education for youth ages 5-18 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. Deckaid has also helped raise funds for Horizons for Homeless Children.
The Deckaid Instagram showcases a lot of the memorabilia involved in the event and photos from the nonprofit traveling skateboard art show.
4 - The Secret Tape
Many amazing skateboarding videos from back in the day only came on VHS. The Secret Tape has an Instagram page and website where you can purchase vintage skate videos and everything they post is for sale. This page pretty much acts as a skate video library for awesome rare skateboard VHS tapes and has everything from old Big Brother Skateboarding videos to pretty much every issue of 411VM . You will also find the odd gnarly skateboarding documentary in the catalogue. Chances are your local skate shop will obviously no longer stock these collectibles so take a trip down memory lane and check out this page. You will be amazed at some of the gems you may have forgotten about over the years.
3 - Chomp on Kicks
I don’t think skateboarders can ever outgrow their obsession for skateboarding shoe and clothing brands. I know I still have multiple pairs of skateboarding shoes which have only ever made it out of the box it arrived in for a few minutes. The Chomp on Kicks Instagram page shows an unbelievable collection of rare skateboarding shoes from the different generations of skateboarding and is run by @adrian_bsmcamera, @cratjones and @sellingthewind. Like all of the accounts on this list, this group of passionate collectors believe the nostalgic element of skateboarding footwear must be preserved.
2 - SkateboardcollectorsSkateboard Collectors is an Instagram page and online store based in Stockton California. They have everything from skateboarding stickers, magazines, wheels, clothing and a shed load of vintage skateboards with brands such as Santa Cruz, Vision, Powell Peralta, Dog Town, SIMS and Z-Flex.
Their passion for skateboarding memorabilia and collectibles is evident and they have also posted a photo of being outbid for a rare vintage Natas Kaupas Santa Monica Airlines, Bulldog Panther Santa Cruz board which sold for an incredible $10,000 on eBay.
1 - Skateboarding Hall of Fame
This amazing page goes way back, giving you an insight into all things skateboarding since it’s inception. Of course as the page's title states, it also details all the skateboarding legends honoured in the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. Steve Alba, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Eric Dressen, Christian Hosoi, Tommy Guerrero, Russ Howell, Cindy Whitehead and Jim Phillips are just some of the names on the list. The page also has some amazing photos of the very first ever skateboards and the original brands, logos, promo posters, early skateboarding graphics and pioneers responsible for the introduction and progression of the art. It also commends those responsible for their innovative contributions over the years such as George Powell and photographer Grant Brittain.
This page is full of iconic, influential people and images which provide an incredible history lesson for anyone who has an interest in skateboarding. Go get lost in the beauty of this skateboarding museum via this page!