People, thoughts, passionate skaters in Huck by Hannah Bailey

Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 10.59.47 amWas such a sincere and deep learning experience. May the many brave conversations and acts skaters were pushing forward at the conference continue to be supported 🛹❤️

Some words by skaters and photography by Hannah Bailey from Neon Stash here

And yes, I always hug my skateboard like a teddy bear when I’m nervous and feel like a bit doofus amongst people way cooler, smarter and better at skating than me, which is often, if not always. Thanks Pushing Boarders for being so welcoming.

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Thank you Griffith University News

Thank you Griffith University News for supporting research on contemporary cultures and issues such as skateboarding.  Article about my trip to be a part of the Pushing Boarders conference 15-18th August 2019 in Malmo, Sweden hosted by Reverb Skateboarding, Skate Pal, Skateism, Long Live South Bank, Skate Malmo, Bryggeriet Skate Park and High School and many wonderful, hard working others.

Full article here

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Skateism Interview with Sander Hölsgens

Girls Skate Brisbane co-founders Indi, Evie and Tora

Girls Skate Brisbane Team: Indi, Evie and Tora

An article on opening gates rather than gate keeping in youth scenes and subcultures – with a special focus on skateboarding. Thank you Sander for your integrity, care for real things and dedication to bridging academia and skateboarding, and Skateism for being the magazine we all needed to read when growing up.

Always stoked by the positive changes in any scene and being able to do sociological research on things that change lives, like skateboarding can. And just a little stoked to probably be the first sociologist to be interviewed in a camo-bucket hat – very Aussie 🙂

Shout out: Skateism, Pushing Boarders and their collaborators, Girls Skate Brisbane, Kane Stewart from The Bay Skate and numerous great individuals, many who are co-researchers and skater friends, and many mentioned in this article:-

Long live bucket hats

Long live bucket hats

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Visiting Pushing Boarders 2019

The 2019 website for the Pushing Boarders conference is now live. Well done to the organisers and all involved and feeling honoured to be invited to join the University of Skate panel talk.  The event’s aim is to share ideas and conversations on skateboarding culture and spaces for fostering positive social change and creativity. With a focus on an ethical and inclusive culture in skateboarding, all talks and events are free. Held in Malmo, Sweden 14 – 18 August 2019.

Keep up to date on the panels, events, speakers and full program at:


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Home Page

Welcome to my website 🙂 This site was pretty much blank until June 2019 when I decided to make it ‘live’.

Here’s to connecting over great ideas and with great people. For links to my work in skateboarding, international adoption, the Asian Australian community and sociological research and academic life (including publications, volunteer work, media engagement and more in each area) visit the options in the menu.


Dr Indigo Willing – War Orphan – Refugee – Adoptee – PhD in Sociology / Researcher – Writer – Artist – Community Volunteer / Medal in the Order of Australian (OAM) / Co-founder: Girls Skate Brisbane, Adopted Vietnamese International and the Asian Australian Film Forum and Network. Based in Meanjin/Brisbane and traditional land of the Turrbal and Jagera First Nations peoples.

Dr Indigo Willing

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a sociologist, skater and community volunteer.



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