Right, Down + Circle
ECW PRESS, in bookshops September 26, 2023
I wrote a book about the history and cultural impact of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater that you can pre-order now. I think you might like it. Here’s what Michael Christie, Giller Prize-nominated author of the novels Greenwood and If I Fall, If I Die, had to say about the thing.
“With incisive and heartfelt writing, Cole Nowicki unlocks the source code of the massively influential cultural phenomenon that is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and finds wonderful Easter-eggs of meaning within. Even non-skaters will be wowed by this examination of youth, community, risk, and authenticity and gain a new appreciation of skateboarding’s massive influence upon our larger culture. This is my new favorite book about skateboarding, which isn’t really about skateboarding — it’s about everything.”
Laser Quit Smoking Massage
NEWEST PRESS, winter 2024
A collection of essays exploring evolving states of community, family, and belonging.
Post Radical – Vice
I worked as a writer and researcher on the acclaimed documentary series, which explores obscure skateboarding subcultures from around the world.
My jobs included writing the voice of the narrator and finding the subjects we showcased — from a Taekwondo/skateboarding instructor in Ethiopia to a group of intensely passionate individuals who turned a small Bavarian village into the world hub of fingerboarding.
Smooth Black Marble – Catapult
Laser Quit Smoking Massage – Maisonneuve
The Last Wholesome Corner of The Internet – The Outline
The Search for Ziggy Nowicki – Invisiblog
Buddy – subTerrain Magazine
Pride & Plockwurst – PRISM
SELECTED SKATEBOARDING-RELATED WRITING
Bobby, Bolang, and those bootleg boards – Simple Magic
Inside Skateboarding’s New Counterculture – The Walrus
(Mostly) Alone – King Skateboard Magazine
The Everlasting Elissa Steamer – King Skateboard Magazine
The Arrival of Andy Anderson – King Skateboard Magazine
Todd Falcon is Dead (and We Killed Him) – King Skateboard Magazine
An Ode to The Full-Length Skateboard Video – King Skateboard Magazine
Colin Mochrie Comes Home – SAD Mag
Aaron Read – SAD Mag
At The Rodeo, At The Fair – Joyland
A Straight, Horizontal Line – Bad Nudes
Comments on Jeff The Amazing Hypnotist’s YouTube Video Channel – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Good Person – Feathertale
In Flight – Echolocation