Really nice Vice documentary about the skate scene in England. Good to see the old Harrow park (where I skated back at the start of the 90’s). I have some great memories of hanging around the New Deal store, skating the park and venturing into London to hit spots like Southbank….I remember trying to skate the fountain outside Buckingham Palace and getting kicked off by the police with the classic quote: ‘you can’t skate there, the fucking queen lives here’. Also glad to hear Gary and Ray from the New Deal store getting a mention….Gutted there was no mention of Manchester (or ANY northern towns)….come on Vice….do another but cover some of the north history.
There aren’t really that many skaters that get me really excited nowadays….one thing that does make a skater stand out to me, is if they are balls out….Brandon Westgate is one such skater. I posted his Stay Gold B-sides video a while ago….the guys certainly doesn’t hold back, and by all accounts he’s a really genuine and down to earth dude. When I was contacted by the good folks over at Emerica with the offer of a complimentary pair of his new signature shoe, I was pleased, but a bit hesitant, as it would take a special shoe to prize me away from my beloved Half Cabs as my riding footwear of choice. With this fact in mind, I was really pleased when these landed on my doorstep….it’s really nice to see a brand other than Nike being adventurous with new technology and not just spewing out shoe after shoe with a vulcanized sole.
Japanese artist Haroshi is truly inspiring. Using his love for skateborading as his inspiration, medium and subject matter he truly encapsulates the attitude of the ‘sport’. I especially love the Spitfire wheel.
As the end-of-summer submissions signify the transition into autumn, HUF releases a video of their skateboarding squadron wrecking havoc on the Big Apple. The clip finds notables such as Brad Cromer, Matt Gottwig and Josh Matthews shredding some lesser-known spots around the city, also sporting current pieces from the brand’s Fall 2013 collection. While the video was likely filmed before the notorious introduction of a certain power duo, appearances from locals such as Bronze56k’s Billy McFeely, Richie Rizzo and longtime HUF representative Aaron Herrington certainly treat audiences to their fair share of eye candy. Enjoy the clip above.
Words: Josh Davis
This brings back some happy memories of skating in the late eighties/early nineties. The tricks were so basic when you look back at stuff like this….good times though.
Thanks to Dave from Daves Wearhouse for pointing this out.