Roll With The Punches

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES is a publication about how skateboarding is becoming a tool for change within the oppressed communities in one of the world’s long-standing conflict zones: Palestine.

Compiled, designed and edited by skateboarder, Tom Bird, following his experiences working with SkatePal  in the Occupied West Bank.

︎︎︎︎︎  All proceeds donated to SkatePal

︎︎︎︎︎  Limited edition run of 500 copies
︎︎︎︎︎  Pages: 64
︎︎︎︎︎  Dimensions: 240mm x 170mm
︎︎︎︎︎  Litho-printed on offset paper


  • SkatePal founder, Charlie Davis, on skateboarding as a ‘way in’

  • Qalqilya local, Ahsan Khalaf, on skateboarding as a ‘way out’

  • Photographer, Sam Dearden, on skateparks as a global home

  • Brygerriet Principal, John Dahlquist, on skateboarding as a means of education

  • Father, Eqap Jawabreh, on skateboarding as a family bond

  • All-girl skate crew, Nefarious, on skateboarding as a tool for gender equality


  • A 16-page illustrated history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  • Original artworks by Requiem For A Screen

  • Crossing borders with Rhamsi Alkadi

  • Additional photography by Tom Bird

Associated Press:

i-D Magazine
︎ STACK Magazines
︎ CNN

This zine is non-for-profit, and the proceeds from every copy sold will go towards SkatePal’s projects in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. For more info about the charity go to or for info about the zine, please contact