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Skateboarding is more than a sport – it's a unique and dynamic culture which combines demanding physical exertion with fashion, design, graphic art, and even filmmaking. It was probably originated in the late 1940s in California by surfers, and now is one of the most popular recreational activies among kids and youth around the world. Skateboarders use the urban environment as a huge playground, but since the 1970s, skateparks have been constructed specifically for their use in order to bring the activity under more control. Indeed, skaters always had a lot of negative press, being portrayed as dirty, noisy, aggressive, and trouble-making. The darker side of skateboarding is especially evident in countries like Mexico, where violence and organized drug-related crime are ubiquitous, especially in poor and congested urban areas. The images were taken in dangerous neighboorhoods of the Distrito Federal, such as Neza and Tepito. The skaters are of different age and background. They themselves define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence – a realm of unrestricted freedom.

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