Rollerblading doesn’t really carry much street cred. While skaters and cyclists boast an extensive record of macho, bloodied-up pop culture representation, bladers have mostly been associated with saccharine images of 80s roller discos and quaint family outings.

But Italian photographer Pietro Firrincieli knows for a fact that that meek, limited stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth – and he’s ready to show the gritty reality of the (still very much alive) Blading scene to the world through his book, Blade Diary.

Read the full article, complete with amazing photos by Pietro, at


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