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Tim Hans grew up with a love for people and making things happen. Along with his skateboard and a camera, Hans carries this sensibility with him — while in fleeting moments of mutual fascination, he captures the people and places that give our existence character.

Skateboarders: A Global Typology

Often misunderstood and proud of the fact, skateboarders share a persistence of mindset that drives their success. Landing that first kickflip does something to rewire a person’s neurons — the timid turn bold; the innocent, experienced; satisfaction is attained through progress; and most importantly, more is never enough. As a sport in transition to mainstream attention, some of the individuals photographed have dreams of making it. Others are the last of a dying breed. But careful reflection on each individual evokes a true sense of what it means to be a skateboarder. They do it because it’s what they love; it’s their Rushmore. You may not get it, but look in their eyes — they don’t need you to.

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Santa Monica, CA

Reykjavik, IS

Venice Beach, CA

Florence, IT

Brighton Beach, UK

Winchester Bay, OR

Santa Barbara, CA

Seattle, WA

San Francisco, CA

Las Vegas, NV

Los Angeles, CA

Camden Town, UK