Slap Magazine was an American skate magazine co-founded by Lance Dawes in 1992, while he worked for Thrasher. Slap was distributed by High Speed Productions for 16 years. The Slap Magazine website still serves as a highly popular message board for skateboarding content and conversation.
Dawes worked at Thrasher as a darkroom technician, developing film and printing for the magazine. It was Thrasher's idea to start a new magazine, choosing Dawes to spearhead it because he was the youngest dude that worked at Thrasher, rode for Dogtown skateboards, and skated everyday, often skating at Embarcadero.
The first issue, April 1992, featured Mike Carroll with a backside 50-50, photographed by Dawes. Slap magazine was for many years under the editorial stewardship of Mark Whiteley. Additional significant contributors to Slap magazine were: Joe Brook, Tim Butler, Brandy Faucette, John Trippe, and a long list of staff and other contributors.
The last Slap print issue was in December 2008. Despite discontinuing its publishing, Slap has continued to be publish skate media with its website and online message board, which is known as the go-to place for skateboarding rumors and news.
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