I'll Kick You in the Head with my Energy Legs is like spending two hours hanging out with the cool kids, where cool isn't an attitude but a way of life. No need to be a lip trick master or wallow in the nostalgia of our teenage years to thoroughly enjoy Jonnie Craig's book. It's always enlightening to get an insider's look on a tight-knit, exclusive group, especially those that suffer many pre-conceptions like skateboarders. Craig's black and white portraits unveil the many endearing dimensions of his subjects: their youth, their camaraderie, their lightheartedness.
It's a funny thing to make a book about skaters without ever showing any of them jumping off ramps on their boards; yet, focusing on the people rather than the skills, Craig masterfully translates their bond with concrete -and also with nature, unexpectedly. His work also reveals the depth of these kids' attachment to a different set of values, on the edge of our world and incredibly appealing. It's a book that reeks of fun, friendship and passion, and it's impossible to remain impervious to a little bit of envy. I want to master the air and the ground beneath me too, I thought, when I closed the book. They found where they belonged, and they can fly. They know freedom.
Written by Marie-Charlotte Pezee