Beg, Borrow, Steal was a photographic exploration by Tristan Still of D.I.Y. skateboarding featuring the people, places and creations of those behind the real ‘do-it-yourself’ skateboarding.
The show opened at aMBUSH Gallery in October 2010 and even saw a ramp installed in the gallery space! D.I.Y. skateboarding is often synonymous with anarchic ideology, an affront to government authority and corporate endorsement but it has promoted autonomy and self-sustainability through the creative re-use and repurposing of the built environment and the refuse of society.
Disused spaces, old factories, vacant lots and abandoned high schools have been transformed anew into spaces of true creative energy. The dedicated transform their lounge rooms, kitchens and bedrooms into spaces of skateboarding. Why? To make, to create, to explore, to see what’s possible and because they can‚ and damn is it fun!
Beg Borrow Steal was dedicated to the memory of Daniel Lynch and Damien Scullin, and to all skaters loved and lost, gone but not forgotten.