RIP IN PEACE: Scott Starr
Scott Starr was a trusted photographer for Thrasher through the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. He got the cover with the first batch of photos he submitted and continued to document the skaters of Santa Barbara and beyond, from the OG Mike Taylor at the T-Bowls through the Shorty’s era. He shot several covers including our then-bestseller Tony Hawk melon to fakie for January, 1991, which turned out to be the first SOTY cover, (even if the staff didn’t realize it at the time.) His love of photography and life extended beyond skating to surfing, snowboarding, music and freestyle Frisbee. He will be missed by the skaters of Santa Barbara and family and friends worldwide.
Some classic Starr covers
George Nagai, on the front February, 1990
Scott looked out for me through my formidable years, shot most of my photos through my skate career and helped many skaters in the 805 and beyond get their shine in the pages of Thrasher magazine. Thank you, Scott, for all you did for us! We are all thankful for your contribution to the worlds of skateboarding, snowboarding, frisbee and more! I’ll always remember you riding your beach cruiser, never touching the handlebars, never with a shirt on and throwing up the Shaka as you rode past the skatepark. Rest in peace, Scott. You will be missed, my dear friend. ––George Nagai
Number-one stunner. January, 1991
Tommy Chicken, on the mini
A couple of stellar Starr Contents spreads
Tony Alva, locked in Losi
From the photographer’s article
Omar’s front—way back in December, 1990
Hawk soars like an eagle. Rest easy, Scott
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