Sunday, December 14, 2008

Credit crunch? This is becoming a debit crunch

Before Tod Swank's Foundation lost it's way it was one of the best skateboarding companies around. A refuge for nerds and the socially inept that had nothing but skateboarding to fill their lives. You can see why I was attracted.

Steve Olson did a lot of damage to Hubba Hideout that day. If you watch back 'Super Collider, Super Conductor' and 'Tentacles of Destruction', you'll see a lot of NBDs, mostly never to be repeated and some rightly so. Some of my favourite highlights are Olson's fs flip to fakie 5-0 and Beagle's 5-0 tre flip and hardflip bs 5-0. Imagine if Tod had managed to keep this team together; it'd definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Trying to make up a new trick is fundamental to skateboarding. I'd rather see one sketchy manual roll variation by Joshua Zeus than a million sections for Prod and Sheckler, neither of which have invented a trick in their lives.

Friday, December 05, 2008

...and if the band you're in start playing different tunes,...

I never had that first Slap mag with the iconic Carroll cover. I never realised this was the back cover ad. I did however, have a grip of these decks during the Summer of '92. Whilst everyone else was skating ASDA carparks pretending they were at EMB, I was whizzing around in my own world with a head full of Cat Stevens being the nerd that I'm sure to always be.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wild barbeque man. Get out the dogs!

What happens on tour, stays on tour (unless you bring it back with you). This was on the VanSUK tour of 2001. It actually felt like what being sponsored was all about. That was Pizzer on the tour, not me. I think he laughed his head off every day and ended each one with a beer in his hand.

I always like the spy nature of this photo. I think there need to be more skate photos that are documentations rather than productions.

Monday, November 17, 2008

...soon to become fine 'bodies' of men

This could be one of the best pieces of satirical comedy ever written.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Starvin' in the belly of a whale...

Any Busenitz footage is good footage. This is really good

This guy is quickly getting to be one of my favourite skaters ever. Better make some space on the dream team.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

There are things I've done I can't erase. I want to look in the mirror and see another face.

Stockwell is looking pretty good these days. It's only better. Nothing's been taken away; just added. If all skateparks were designed in a similar way to this we'd all be better off I'm sure. I bumped into Gorm and he got a few snaps with his B-Team setup. I'm looking forward to getting out with him some time with the full kit.

Got up to that Wednesfield park the other day. It's near Wolverhampton and pretty damn good. Kind of like a mini Stoke plaza with quite a few more interesting bits and some good lines. You should definitely take a look if your ever heading up the M6 just outside of Birmingham.

Tonsillitis is pretty rad at 33 too. That took me out for a week.

Got along to the Tweaker exhibition the other day at SlamCity. Tweakerzine is getting better all the time. I'm backing it for sure. There's a ton of content, some rad photos and it's put together by some of the best people in skating.

More news to come. I'm going to be 34 in December. Maybe that's a good time for a change...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


If you're a fan of the film Gladiator you'll recognise this place. Ridley Scott smashed it with that one. Every red blooded male should own the 3-disc extended special edition. "Are you not entertained?"

Monday, May 05, 2008


Back in the day shits

OK, I guess I've been more than slack with this. To be honest with you, I didn't think anyone ever checked this crap out. I'll make more of an effort, I promise. In the meantime here's some random crap.

bones de tail


I guess Andy Jenkins has been to Port Talbot

Mid-life at the oasis (well, Box Hill) in the morning, shredding with Jackson in the afternoon. Balancing being a dad with keeping shredding is trickier than it seems...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jacob Kit

It's been an eye-opening few weeks. Nothing can ever prepare you for the birth of your own child. Sure, you see and maybe hang out with other people and their kids but when someone places YOUR child in your arms and you really start to take it in. It's beyond amazing. Everything else quickly pales into insignificance and seems a pre-cursor to parenthood. The only word that really sums the situation up succintly is: Responsibility.