Over the past 70 years, the skateboard has been on quite a ride. It first emerged in 1950s Los Angeles as a humble, homemade toy, but, before long, it became a bona fide cultural phenomenon — spawning skate parks, street style and video games before, finally, becoming an Olympic sport at the 2020 Games.
The global value of the skateboard market has also sped along, with the data gathering service Statista projecting total worldwide skateboard sales to hit $2.26 billion this year.
As the board has gained fans, the craftsmanship behind it has also evolved, one focus of “Skateboard,” an exhibition at the Design Museum in the Kensington district of London
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