skinema book

Skinema Review

[ by aidin vaziri ]

Chris Nieratko never intended to publish his memoirs. The former skateboard magazine scribe and "Jackass" associate just thought he was reviewing porn videos for a monthly column in New York freebie Vice. But as each review went to print, he discovered the words didn't have so much to do with the action on the screen as his real-life escapades -- which, to his credit, were no less obscene.

"If I actually watched a dozen of the movies in the book we're lucky," he said. "My goal was to just avoid the topic at all costs."

Hundreds of columns later, Nieratko has a hilarious, heartbreaking and unintentionally filthy autobiography on his hands that lifts its title from the column Skinema. While short on incisive commentary on blue features, the author compensates with the kind of personal revelations that would even make Tyra blush.

"Reading through it, I just got sick to my stomach," he said. "It's not the greatest gift I could give my kids." Nieratko will sign copies of the book in San Francisco: 7 p.m. Thursday at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.) and 8 p.m. Friday at DLX Skate Shop (1831 Market St.).

c/o SFgate

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