Photo Series: Life of a Skateboard


Today is Go Skateboarding Day, and we would be remiss if we didn’t give some kind of acknowledgment. This is a photo series called Life of a Skateboard (滑板的生活), which offers a glimpse into a day as one of the city’s skaters.

I took this series of “portraits” of my own board in Shanghai. In Pudong on the east side of the Huangpu River, I was using this board to get where I needed to go every day. Eventually it grew from a simple mode of transportation into a lens through which to view and interact with the city. Pudong is more residential than the bustling west side of the river (Puxi), and skating through the area I got to know a recurring cast of characters. This photo series cuts me out of the equation, offering the viewer that same experience I had, alone in Pudong on this Chinese skateboard, +C vitamin soda in hand, getting to know some of those characters.

Originally shown in an exhibition on Century Avenue, these photos are now made available here to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day, and the country’s growing skate community.


Bookstore and Student

Family Mart

Hand-Grasp Pancake

Lancun Oysters

Line 4

Old Man at Exercise Park


Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a US-based writer, producer, multimedia artist, and former associate editor at RADII. His work has been featured in publications such as Maxim and the Chinese-language StreetVoice, and he’s an active member of the hip hop and DIY music scenes in Shanghai, NYC, and Dallas. He learned Mandarin in high school to train at the Shaolin Temple but now uses it to interview rappers. He blogs about China and Asia on Instagram: @this.is.adan

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