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Dr Indigo Willing

‘Do not sit down to write if you haven’t stood up to live’ – Henry Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Skate Research-Writing-Community-Consultancy-Art

Skating is all about being free and having fun. It is also a way of life and seeing the world. Info about my writing, interviews, talks, skate community work and consultancy projects are below. Email me if you’re keen to collaborate and thank you for visiting. 

Research and Journalism

Skate Academic Research

Willing, I, and Pappalardo, A, (forthcoming 2022) Skateboarding and Social Justice: Activism, Power and Change, Working title. Under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.

Willing, I (2021) Film Review, CRUTCH, Documentary based on Bill Shannon, Directed by Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo, Bullfrog Films,

Willing. I, (2021) Book Review: ‘Skateboarding and Urban Landscapes in Asia: Endless Spots’ by Duncan McDuie-Ra. Asian Anthropology Journal. Preview version August, 2021:

Willing, I, (2020) ‘The Film Kids 25 Years On: A Qualitative Study of Rape Culture and Representations of Sexual Violence in Skateboarding’. Young, Special Issue on Skateboarding. Accepted 20 July, 2020. First published 6 November:

Willing, I Green B and Pavlidis, A, (2020) ‘The ‘Boy Scouts’ and ‘Bad Boys’ of Skateboarding: A Thematic Analysis of ‘The Bones Brigade’’, Sport in Society. 23 (5): 832 – 864. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1580265 

Willing, I Bennett, A., Piispa, M., & Green, B, (2019). Skateboarding and the ‘Tired Generation’: Ageing in Youth Cultures and Lifestyle Sports. Sociology53(3), 503–518.

Willing, I and Shearer. S, (2015) ‘Diverse Voices and Representations of Community Support for Skateboarding’ in Skateboarding: Subcultures, Sites and Shifts, London: Routledge. Edited by Lombard, K-J. pp. 44 – 56. First Edition (Hard Copy, with Paper Back made available 2016). DOI eBook ISBN9781317570479

Skate Journalism

Willing, I, (2020). ‘Don’t Touch: A Consent is Rad Collaboration with Rapper K-May’. Quell Skate Magazine. Posted 1 December. Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I, (2020). ‘Skate and Regenerate: How Skateboarders are Making a Difference to the Environment’. Yeah Girl Media. Posted 1 December. Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I, (2020). ‘2020 Skate Visions’: Pushing Boarders Reflections 3. Yeah Girl Media. Posted 29 January. Downloaded from URL: 

Willing, I, (2019). ‘Get By, Get Through, Get Rolling: Pushing Boarders Reflections 2’. Yeah Girl Media. Posted 17 December. Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I, (2019). ‘The Evolution of Skateboarding and Why Pushing Boarders is a Sign of the Times’. Yeah Girl Media. posted 10 October. Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I, (2019). ‘Strength, Courage and Resistance: An Interview with Navajo Nation Skater Di’orr Greenwood’, Yeah Girl Media. Posted 26 August 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I (2019), ‘Real Talk, Real Change: ‘An Interview with Sports Agent Yulin Oliver’, Yeah Girl Media. Posted 11 July 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I (2014)  ‘Interview with Kim Woozy, founder of MAHFIA Web TV ‘ Asian Australian Film Forum and Network Interview Series, (Posted March 2014). Downloaded from URL:

Willing, I (2014) ‘Interview with John Green: Underground Skateboarding and Filming the Homies’ Asian Australian Film Forum and Network Interview Series, (Posted 14 July 2014). Downloaded from URL:

Consultancy and Special Collaborative Projects

Consultancy Work on Skateboarding Projects 

Exposure Skate Guest Social Media Co-host (2021). Work includes original content creation with a Pacific and Oceania focus, Exposure X video competition judge bios and Underexposed x 2 documentary short edits. 27 Sept to 1st October.

‘Play On’ project guest lecture (2021) invited by International Olympics Committee Young Leaders Program recipient Jemima Montag, Online workshop series on gender inclusion and sport, my talk uses a case study of skateboarding, 18 September.

The GoodPush Alliance and Skateistan: Working Group with The Goodpush Alliance and Skateistan (2021) ‘Pushing Against Racism’ Campaign, Launched May 29. Link:

WKND Skateboards: Barbier, E, Garcia Vasquez, K, and Willing, I, (2021) ‘Break the Cycle: Let’s End Rape Culture’, Featured in Thrasher Magazine, June Issue #491, Free Skate Magazine, January Issue #34 and others. The campaign is rolled out by Consent is Rad and written in collaboration with WKND Skateboards and advisors in the skate community.

The Skate Witches x Vans: Depth of Field Video Workshop Series. Edited by Shari White. Co-written by Kristin Ebeling (2020). Guest lecture, online workshop on writing. (5 August). YouTube video and URL:

For my community work with Consent is Rad and We Skate QLD see further down webpage

Videos, Talks and Documentaries

Featured in the following

The Goodpush Summit, Skateistan (2021) ‘Pushing Against Racism’ panel chaired by Denia Kopia, Skateism, with speakers from Impact Skate Club, Poseidon Skateboarding, Surf Ghana, Fro Skate, Apache Skateboards and Consent is Rad. 22nd September, 2021. Youtube:

‘Play On’ project guest lecture (2021) invited by International Olympics Committee Young Leaders Program recipient Jemima Montag, Online workshop series on gender inclusion and sport, my talk uses a case study of skateboarding, 18 September.

Griffith University Safe Campuses, (2021), Panelist, ‘Be An Influencer: Sexual Consent and Sexual Violence Awareness Week’, 5 May, 2021

Skate Like A Girl, (2021) Guest speaker for ‘Virtual Hang Outs’ Q and A session, 22 February (as part of their covid-safe Virtual programing)

Super Ordinary Twitch TV/Supord (2020) Interviewed with Kayla Cosgrove about Consent is Rad. 20 December, 2020.

Barbier, M and Willing, I (2020), ‘Beyond the Gender Binary: Skateboarding and the Olympics’, Skateboard, de la rue à l’olympisme Conference, Rouen University, 29 October, 2020. 

‘Top Gun and the Sociology of Skateboarding’ (2020) The Hospital Flip Podcast with Conner, Jack. Film, skateboarding and sociology discussion. Posted 26 September, 2020. At Podcast on Spotify here

‘Q and A Session for Sport: The State of Play’, (2020) The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Genders and Sexualities Thematic Group. Chaired by Dr Barrie Shannon. Panel: Dr Ryan Storr, Dr Madeleine Pape, Dr Adele Pavlidis and Dr Indigo Willing. Posted 11 September, 2020. Web: 

‘Everything Sport, Gender and Sexualities’ (2020) talk as part of Gender and Sexualities in Sport: Theorising the State of Play. For Social Sciences Week. Dr Adele Pavlidis and Dr Indigo Willing. Filmed by Bevan Bache at Griffith University. Hosted by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Genders and Sexualities Thematic Group: Posted 7 September, 2020. Web: and YouTube Video: here

‘Sport and Violence Prevention Panel’, (2020) Hosted by the Sport and Gender Equity Network at Griffith University, Australia, chaired by Dr Adele Pavlidis. 18 August, 2020. YouTube video: 

The Skate Witches x Vans Collaboration (2020). Depth of Field Series. Edited by Shari White. Co-writer Kristin Ebeling. Online workshops on photography, videography and writing. Featured on the writing team of instructors (screens from 5 August). YouTube video and URL:

SBS Viceland and SBS News Story by Ravik, Naveen. (2020) SBS News, Australia. Facebook SBS Video – & Twitter Short SBS Video here 

Pushing Boarders Panel, (2019) ‘The University of Skate: Support Your Local Academic’, Malmo, Sweden. Chaired by Dr Sander Holsgens and Stuart Maclure with Luke Cianciotto, Dr Dani Abulhawa, Dr Adelina Ong, Dr Indigo Wiling and Sophie Friedel. Talk given 18 August, published 22 November 2019, Downloaded from URL: 

Ryder, Evie, (2015) ‘Skate Like a Girl’ published 12 January, 2015, Downloaded from URL: ( )

Stewart, Kane, (2013) ‘Affirmative Action: A Brisbane Skateboarding Documentary’, The Bay Skate YouTube Channel, published 15 August, 2013, Downloaded from URL: (

Skate News/Media/Podcasts

Interviewed or featured in the following media, podcasts and online news

ZZZ Radio, 25 November (2021) Interview with Dr Indigo Willing and Lily Turek about skateboarding and skaters’ life experiences by Heather Anderson for Talking Zeds 10am – 12pm show.  Link here

ABC Brisbane Radio, 30 October (2021) Interview with Dr Indigo Willing and Dr Adele Pavlidis by Kate O’Toole for ABC Weekends Breakfast. At the 3.27.45 mark .Link here

Carving a New Path 27 October (2021) Interviewed with Alumni Dr Indigo Willing about skateboarding and the UQ Slam skate contest by UQ Life, University of Queensland. Link here

Who Would Not Think Consent is Rad? 12 October (2021) Interview with Dr Indigo Willing, project leader and co-founder of Consent is Rad by Gino Fischer, Solo Skate Magazine (Germany / English version available). here

ABC Brisbane Radio, 28 September (2021) Interview by Rebecca Levingston. Mornings program. Topic: Skateboarding in the city, rally for new skatepark and skate research on safe and culturally inclusive spaces. Link here

Templeton Elliot, Patrick Kigongo and Jason from Frozen in Carbonite, 15 August (2021) Interview with Consent is Rad and Uma Video Episode, featuring Dr Indigo Willing discussing the 2nd anniversary of Consent is Rad for the Mostly Skateboarding Podcast, Downloaded from Also available on Soundcloud here

Kunjin, Priya, 3 May (2021), Interview about anti-racism and fighting discrimination in skateboarding, with Emily Kofoa of Girls Skate Gold Coast and Songline Skateboards Indigenous Ambassador for Women, Women on the Line Radio (national):

Dittman, Andie, 13 December (2020) ‘Willing to Test the Status Quo’. Hey Neighbour Magazine. Downloaded from:

Ngaluafe, Eddie, 17 September (2020) ‘Tony Hawk’s Video Game Comes of Age for Mature Skaters’. Griffith University News. Downloaded from: 

Yeah Girl Media, 18 August (2020) ‘Skating and Educating about Consent: The 1st Anniversary of Consent is Rad’. Downloaded from URL: 

Hill, Christine, (2020) ‘Focus on Link Between Sport and Violence Prevention: ‘It’s On All of Us’, Griffith University News, published 17 August, 2020. Downloaded from URL:

Ravik, Naveen. 25 January, (2020) ‘Fitting in was a challenge for Vietnamese orphan Indigo, so she created her own community’. SBS News, Australia. Article link here / SBS Radio Audio link here /  Video here on Twitter with captions in English language supplied. URL: 

Jenkem Magazine Staff,14 October, 2019. ‘Looking Into the World Of Skate Academia’, review of skate research, Jenkem Magazine, Posted 14 October, 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Coughlin-Bogue, Tobias, 2 October, 2019. ‘Consent is Rad – is Rad’. Interview in Skateism Magazine. Posted 2 October, 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Burgess, Melanie, 28 September, 2019. Story for QNews Weekend Magazine, The Courier Mail. Interviewed about research and volunteering in adoption and skateboarding. Print copy only (not online).

Highlights and Take Aways from Pushing Boarders, 14 September, 2019. Yeah Girl Media, Norma Ibarra. Included in Photo Series:

Lay, Ryan, 2019, September. Interviewed as part of the ‘Pushing Boarders Interviews Show 1’. Vent City Skate Podcast Show. Subscribers Content

Bailey, Hannah, 2019, 29 August, 2019, ‘Pushing Boarders wants to Start a Conversation’. Huck Magazine. Photography and reflections by various panelists and attendees. Downloaded from URL:

Griffith University News, 2019, News story ‘Researcher Skates into Swedish Conference’ – Interview about speaking at the Pushing Boarders skateboarding conference in Malmo Sweden Posted 16 August, 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Levingston, Rebecca, 2019, ABC Brisbane Radio, 8th August, Morning Program. Producer Terry Begley. Interviewed about skateboarding research and invited talk at the ‘University of Skate: Support Your Local Academic’ panel at the Pushing Boarders skateboarding conference in Malmo Sweden.

Holsgens, Sander, 2019, ‘University of Skate, Community before Cliques: An Interview with Indigo Willing’. Posted 21 June, 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Pani, Fed, 2019, ‘The Library is a Space to Thrive’, QLD State Library Blog. Posted 5 May, 2019. Downloaded from URL:

Stenner, Ashlee, 2018, ‘Female Skateboarders Shred Stigma’, The Source News – Griffith University, Online News, Australia. Feature Article, Posted October 2018. Downloaded from URL:

Stone, Latosha, 2018, ‘Skateboarding Moms’ Lifestyle Changes: Tricks and Wisdom from Five Moms That Skate’, Proper Gnar Blog, USA. Posted 10 October 2018. Downloaded from URL:

Abada, Adam, 2018, ‘Werewolf Cats Skating’, Stoke of the Week Blog, USA.Posted 19 October 2018. Downloaded from URL:

White, Shari, 2015. ‘No Excuses: Interview with Dr Indigo Willing’, The Skate Witches Zine, Issue 2, April, p 2- 3.

Magee, Tom, 2015. ‘Story of a Mum Who Skates’, Malaise Skate/Punk Fanzine, Issue 2, February, p 2.

Skate Community Work


  • Project Leader and Social Media and Website Manager August 2019 – Current
  • Facilitator of Global launch at Pushing Boarders conference in Malmo, Sweden, August 2019
  • Co-Founder, August 2019 – current
  • Group Instagram @consent_is_rad
  • Group Website:

An international collaboration to promote no naming, no shaming or blaming positive messages about sexual consent and healthy communication in the skateboarding community. Launched by Dr Indigo Willing at Pushing Boarders Malmo in 2019 in collaboration with co-founders Evie Ryder, Tora Waldren and Millie Miljevic at Girls Skate Brisbane (now We Skate QLD), the team from Pushing Boarders and with support from Skateism, Skate Like a Girl, Girls Shred and more.

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Rick McCrank supporting the message Consent is Rad in the skateboarding scene

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Kristen Ebeling and others supporting the message Consent is Rad in the skateboarding scene

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Keire Johnson and Bing Liu (director of the Academy Award nominated documentary Minding the Gap, 2019) supporting the Consent is Rad campaign.


  • Researcher and social media co-admin from July 2020 – current
  • Co-Founder, 2016

Group Instagram: @weskateqld

Group Blog: 

Re-launched as We Skate QLD (WSQLD) in July 2020 to expand our welcome and community, Girls Skate Brisbane (GSB) was originally launched in 2016 by Evie Ryder, Tora Cordelia, Sophia Ross, myself and others and is an ever growing network for individuals who wish to meet and skate with other womxn, girls and non-binary, non conforming gender and gender fluid identifying skateboarders. The current team includes Evie Ryder, Tora Cordelia, Millie Miljevic, Lily Turek and myself. The network creates formal and informal occasions for skateboarders to meet, such as through coaching and trick progress workshops, skate competitions, art exhibitions, film nights, zine launches and through social media.

Skateboarding Teaching and Workshops

  • Lecturing and workshop co-ordinator for trainee School Coaches doing Health and Physical Sciences degree. Hosted by Dr Sue Whatman. Griffith University.

Workshop includes an introduction to the social and physical benefits of skateboarding for schools (primary to high school), and an introduction to its cultural history. This includes the reach of skateboarding over to countries such as Afghanistan and Cambodia. The workshop also covers how to teach skateboarding for beginners, from doing risk assessments to rolling out inclusive learning (such as group learning and other steps to respectful participation). The final part of the workshop is a practical demonstration, led by invited guests from key skateboarding groups. If you would like to run a workshop for your staff please contact me.

  • Skateboarding Coach Level 1, Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative (ASCI)

Certificate of Accreditation in Coaching Level 1 awarded 2019. Trained as a coach and workshop teacher with beginner skateboarding lessons for girls and kids in group classes and workshops throughout Brisbane 2018 – present.

  • Skate Coach, ‘Move and Shake Workshops’ for youth who are adopted and in foster care families, in June 2018 at Ramp Attak and June 2019 at Village Skatepark, QLD.

The ‘Move and Shake Workshops’ are organised by Anna Princess Kopein and hosted by Adoptee Lighthouse and the International Adoptive Families QLD Network. As skate coach my role is to introduce participants, typically aged between 8 years – 18 years old, to skatepark etiquette, getting beginners to roll and feel confident and encouraging intimidate skaters with more experience to network with their peers through their shared love of skateboarding.

Skate Art and Skate Zine

Werewolf Cats Skating Art Instagram @werewolfcatsskating

Werewolf Cats Skating Zine 1, Art by Indigo Willing. Design by Daniel Vincent. 2018. Copy archived at Invisible Ink, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Skate Art Exhibitions and Workshops

Group Show, 3 pieces. ‘Never Comply: Art Pop Up Show’. The Station Gallery, Brisbane. May 2021.

Group Show, 1 piece, ‘Yeah Girl Skateboarding/Bowlzilla/Beach Burrito’ Skate Event Closing Party (2020), Beach Burrito Coolangatta, 12 March 2020

Group Show, 1 piece, ‘Big Deck Energy’ (2020), The Burrow West End, curated by Lily Turek and sponsored by Girls Skate Brisbane, 1 February, 2020

HOTA – Home of the Arts Festival (2019) ‘Lil Grl Art / Consent is Rad / Girls Skate Brisbane’ Art and Chill zone as part of Yeah Girl Skateboarding activities at Concrete Culture, Queensland Arts Centre, 8 December

Artwork – painting on canvas – displayed as part of skater and library ambassador ‘Evie Ryder’s Life Moments Collections’ (2019) in the Sunshine State of Mind Exhibition, State Library Queensland

Group Show, 3 pieces in the Yeah Girl Skateboarding/Bowlzilla/Surf Dive and Ski/Beach Burrito Skate Event Closing Party (2018), Beach Burrito Coolangatta, March, 2018

Solo Show, Werewolf Cats Skating Art (2018), at Skate All Day Indoor Skatepark event held by Ol’ Man Skateboard Riders (OMSR) fundraising for Beyond Blue, 2018

Girls Skate Brisbane Co-founders

Girls Skate Brisbane (GSB) Co-founders: Tora Waldren, Indigo ‘Indi’ Willing and Evie Ryder (with Sophia Ross who was also a GSB OG who now lives on the Gold Coast)