DIY can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. Through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces, which are ordinarily, an adaptation of existing, but often abandoned, terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment.
Utilising found materials, these unauthorised and often illegal temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the US. His pictures show how skaters and DIY builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit.
Richard Gilligan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1981. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Since their first publication East of the Adriatic, released in 2010 in collaboration with Carhartt, Stephane Rançon and Jad Hussein (19/80 Editions) published a few others books on different subjects, all connected with the expression of youth and underground culture, keeping a dynamic point of view.