The RaD Archive
Hotly anticipated, RaD magazine hit the ground rolling in May 1987. Thirty years later the Read and Destroy archive launches a project to archive and re-release highlights and never before seen material from this vibrant record of skateboarding in Britain. Thousands of photographic negatives and transparencies, prints, original artwork, zines, flyers, and magazines make up this significant archive.
The collection features the comprehensive work of editor, photographer and R.a.D instigator Tim Leighton-Boyce, along with fellow photographers Tony ’Dobie’ Campbell, ‘Mad’ Mike John, Paul Sunman, Vernon Adams (AKA Jay Podesta), Wig Worland and Skin Phillips. Together they captured this UK underground scene in all it’s exciting, messy and overlooked glory. In documenting this fast moving culture, they created the defining images of British skateboarding from the 1970s, 80s and into the early 1990s.
Pre internet, pre digital and before the mainstream discovered skateboarding as a marketing tool for ‘cool’, R.a.D magazine was the UK's beating heart of skateboarding counter culture.