Monday, 19 October 2015

Frank brings you T Dubz

Cor this place has been lying doormant for a bit of time, however Frankies new edit deserves a post, skateboard shreddery from people that have been out and about:

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Courier, Drugs and the Park

So the following article was pointed out to me:

"Tunbridge Wells schools on alert as drug dealers target pupils in park"

So another Courier story about drugs, their favorite subject at the moment, lets not forget the article the other week claiming that teenagers are shooting up on Heroin in Calverly park. I would link the article but it was that badly written and contained no actual facts to back the statement up, it is a waste of your time reading.

Now dont get me wrong, hard drugs are not the greatest road to take in life and I dont condone the consuming or selling of them. But what got to me was the following picture:


 Where is that picture taken from? Oh yeah, its taken from the skatepark. Lets not forget the connotation that all skateboarders are druggies. The picture could have been taken from anywhere in the park. However its from the skatepark, are they trying to say that we are the people selling the heavy drugs? Plus the photo is probably one of mine knowing how lazy their journalism is (if anyone from the Courier reads this please correct me if i am wrong).

When was the "Garden" in St Johns park built? I skated it for the first time in sixth form so over 7 years ago. Has the Courier or any other local reporting so and so been up to St Johns park and seen how good the atmosphere is, how friendly everyone is and what that place has positively done to peoples lives? The answer is a BIG FAT NO.

Thanks, Cheers, Merci, its not a drug haven. As i have already said i don't condone the consuming or selling of heavy drugs, but that park has created a lot of positives and good memories for many people that have never been reported on.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

VANS - Propeller


The first video from Vans?

 Technically not as the European team released a video called 1966, which was pretty shit and was pretty much for use in Vans shops to stick on their slick 46" TV's to remind you whilst you are in the shop that it’s not just hipsters that wear the shoes but it has a deep heritage in skateboaring. If my memory serves me right the CD that accompanied it contained that epic skateboard related track "Heaven is a Halfpipe" by the one and only OPM. This fact could be wrong though as i cannot be bothered to fish out the DVD that is at the bottom of the my collection due to how much of a dull watch it was.

Now Propeller is a little different, you will not be trying to convince yourself that you haven’t just wasted a small part of your life that could have been better spent drinking a beer in the pub and breaking your teeth on some pork scratchings, while telling your mate how wavey he looks. Its made by Greg Hunt so that should be enough to convince you it’s worth watching in the first place, let alone the heavy, heavy line up of riders.

Gone are the flip in flip out, extra lame slo-mo shots of the Fully Flared, Pretty Sweet era. Propeller flys straight into a clean crisp intro featuring all the legends that wear the waffle, before moving onto the beautifully filmed HD sections (Sant will be shitting himself, over how good the filming is). This is straight to the point Mosh. Kind of reminding me a little of a Zero video, only a little mind you.

Everyone goes in and goes in hard, over this side of the pond Rowan Zorrilla (check the hat), Kyle Walker and Pedro Barros may not be that well known but that isn’t going to last long. Whichever section you are looking forward to it wont disappoint, Chima has switch tricks on lock, Gilbert is just in a world of his own, Rowley seems to like ditches, perhaps a bit too much, but I guess that’s the old age creeping in. Daniel Lutheran has one of the best ride always from a 360 flip committed to camera and AVE wears a sheepskin lined jacket.

I congratulate you if you have read this far? Why did you bother? You could have been drinking a beer in the pub and breaking your teeth on some pork scratchings, while telling your mate how wavey he looks. It’s safe to say if companies carry on dropping videos like this; the connotation that the full skateboard video is dead is sheer nonsense.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Danny - Ollie

There is always a good story behind photo's that you dont often hear. Ten minutes before this Danny was trying another trick and his wheel fell off. He screwed the bolt back on we went to snap this photo, after he had ridden away from this Ollie he picked up his board the wheel bolt had come off and the wheel was about to follow suit. Could have ended quite badly.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ollie Hickson & Santiago Pilgrim

The mysterious Santiago Pilgrim combines with part of the Garden Army Youth Squad, Ollie for this short edit


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Crab Art


Plat. Form. Plai. Ground. is a go, get yourself down to Gloucster Road, North Laines in Brighton for art that is better than the above.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Platform Plai Ground

Platform Plai Ground is A project focused on giving something back to the creative community, by providing a platform to exhibit and create connections within the art scene."

If you are in Brighton next week be sure to head to the Pop-Up gallery to peep various different rad pieces of art. Click the pic above for more info.





Monday, 16 March 2015

Skate Pal - Palestine

A short skate film featuring Harry, is up on the web. If you haven't peeped it yet give it a watch by clicking the image below, to find out more about the Skate Pal charity and their work in Palestine

https://www.nowness.com/story/skateboarding-in-palestine-skatepal

Friday, 13 March 2015

Hilbert & Grosvenor Skatepark Article

Props to all those involved in the article below in todays Courier. It is very disapointing that the works didnt address the original problems with the park, it was stessed that these needed to be dealt with before anymore additions were made. Unfortunatly this wasnt the case and we are left with a bodge job. 

I am still suprised that Gravity could make such a poor move especially if you look at some of the parks that they have CREATED. Where to point the figure for this bodge job is hard, but why are we left with such a shambles of a park, when Crowborough, Uckfield and Tonbridge have such nice skateboard facilities? I guess we all saw this coming and just will have to deal with the inadequate state of the park untill someone has an accident and the park is deemed a health and saftey issue.


Saturday, 14 February 2015

RED BRICK RASCALS // REMIX

Here is a short snip it of what you can see in the Red Brick Rascals Vid



If you haven't brought the vid yet purchase it HERE, ALL profits go towards Make Life Skate Life and their upcoming projects which involve building skateparks for disadvantaged youth around the world.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Jumping

One from the summer, click to go full quality as blogger is playing silly games on the smaller version

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Red Bricks - A Brief History

I dont often write, but was asked to do the intro for the Zine that accompanied the Red Brick Rascals DVD's. If you havent purchased the DVD (which you should have done) here is the short write up I wrote of Tunbridge Wellls skateboarding....


"In 2010 Red Bricks were taken up by workmen in a street in Tunbridge Wells, such a fuss was created that the bricks were put back, very much fitting in with the “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” label that the town has been given. Asphalt has a life expectancy of 25 years, brick however lasts 60.

 This new video has been given the name Red Brick Rascals, very fitting. I would imagine that some of these bricks have been around a lot longer than skateboarding in Tunbridge Wells. Yet there is still a lot that can be said about skateboarding in this town within the so called Garden of England.

The old home of skateboarding in the town was the top story of the Safeways Car park, which co incidentally looks down on a load of red bricks. With its grotty piss smelling staircase and flat ground many hours were spent up there. As Skateboarding became more prominent around the late 90’s the council blessed us all with a metal haven of a skate park situated outside the center of town in the Grosvenor and Hilbert rec. Here you would find people rozzing around with massive baggy trousers and huge shoes. Not far away from the park was St James school which was a home to many a session until they kindly put a fence in front of the four stair.

Fast forward a few years, and we were greeted with the arrival of the world’s greatest skate shop “South” (RIP) and the “Garden” in St John’s in which the scene is now based around with more Garden Army Youth coming through, as well as the usual “Ol Din’s”

If you search for Tunbridge Wells skateboarding on some website called “Youtube” you will find many clips, edits and videos. The Scene has created quite a few full lengths, Initiative, City Life, Skateface, Sunny Tunny, Freshly Baked, Pear Shaped, Poochtage and now another. Enjoy, be disgusted or whatever you want to do."


The DVD can be picked up HERE, along with a T Shirt and Zine