When We Was Rad:
Skateboard History from UK Vintage Magazine

About Us

R.a.D Magazine was a British skateboard magazine published between 1987 and 1993.

The magazine evolved out of the BMX magazine, BMX Action Bike, survived for a few tumultuous years and then blew to bits.

When R.a.D was sold to a new publisher, the team who produced it decided to strike out on their own. They produced three issues of a new type of magazine called Phat, which got caught up in an explosion of outrage about teenage culture and was pulled off the shelves. R.a.D itself fizzled out after a while and the title was swallowed up as part of Sidewalk Magazine.

This site is dedicated to R.a.D Magazine in the crucial years up until 1993.

The plan is to re-publish each magazine, a page at a time, until the whole lot is here. In some cases I have access to backup disks containing the original text, but in others we will have to make do with just scans.

I also blog for work here: http://bit.ly/ZopbZ7