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A Secret History of the Ollie

The ollie was a revolutionary part of skateboarding. It's influence on the sport can be seen in skate parks around the world today. The origins of this trick and how it got started are written out in A Secret History of the Ollie by Craig B. Snyder.

Most of us have heard of the Dogtown start to skateboarding and the skate scene of California, but this book dives into the story behind what took place in Hollywood, Florida where a no hands trick would forever change skate culture. The short synopsis on A Secret History of the Ollie reads:
"Every culture has a creation myth, and skateboarding is no different. The Ollie forged a new identity for skateboarding after its invention in the 1970s, and it lies at the root of nearly every significant move in street skating today. This groundbreaking no-handed aerial has also affected the evolution of surfing and snowboarding, and has left a permanent impression upon popular culture and language. This is the story of the Ollie, the technology that set the stage for its creation, the pioneers who made it happen, and the skaters who used it to start a revolution."

In bringing this book to light, Craig Snyder has been behind the writing, publishing and photography in the book. He got it's support from a succesful Kickstarter campaign with a video detailing out the book's message, offerings and different buy in tiers for backers.

You can't have a book about skate culture without stickers though, skate culture and sticker culture are consonant together. A Secret History of the Ollie book included custom stickers of the book's cover art included with the first pledge tier for Kickstarter backers. These circle stickers are perfect for skaters to add to their helmets, boards or other sticker collections to show they now have the knowledge of history that Craig Snyder has shared with us.

We would also like to point out that the Ollie was literally the "kick starter" of the street skating culture.

Custom stickers are a great way to campaign new products, books, films and even a political run.