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A heavy crew turned up at The Works last Friday for a bowl session and Chris Pope was there to film it! Featuring Ben Broyd, Sox, Brendan Watson, Dead Dave, Blinky, Joe Howard, Josh Rose and Aiden Blaymire. See below for a few photos from the night shot by Paul Graham.
Ben Broyd, Invert.
Joe Howard, Beanplant.
Ben Broyd, Backside Air.
My favourite moment whilst shooting for Sidewalk was getting the chance to shoot for one of their Weekenders articles. This basically meant gathering up my friends for the weekend and heading down to Grantham to skate the surrounding areas. Check out the results through the photo below! Featuring Dean Greensmith, Blinky, Ben Footitt, Joe Howard, Jono Coote, Chippy, Craig Brittain, Tom Bramley, and Watko.
Vague released Joe Howard's Welcome to Blast Skates edit, also featuring Dean Greensmith, Lee Rozee, Foz and Blinky. Filmed by Chris Pope.
Head over to Vague to view Reece Leung's gallery of the sessions here.
In this Issue:
A Leeds DIY spot profile featuring Blinky and Jordan Kaye shot by Paul Graham,
Limerick has Seoul: Limerick heads in Korea shot by John Finucane featuring Cian Eades, Jamie Fairbrother, Danny Shorrt and Luke Shortt alongside Daniel Hochman and Asher Stringer,
An interview with South Wales' Ben Morris shot by Alan Harris,
A gallery section featuring Jake Collins, Sam Pulley, Adam Gaucher, Ben Baldwin, Tom Murphy, David Conrads, Damian Sobota, Josh Rounding, Harry While, Shane Quinn, Cal Dawson and Josh Hastings. Photographers are; Tom Bailey, Tom Quigley, Tom Sparey, Mr Bookwood, Danny Parker, Kurb Junki and Owen Strachan,
and Tent Shitty, an article by Steve Bega documenting the Dude Club's avoidance of NASS Weekend, featuring Tibs, Dean Lawrence, David Ransom, Johnny Harrison, Craig Pollock, John, and Martin Stiffin.
Vague released a clip of Blinky at Newbird filmed by Oli Birch. Anything on that tight quarter is amazing...
Blinky kicks things off with one of his signature Backside Ollies... | Photo: Jonny Long.
Last Sunday (25th June) marked the second fundraiser jam we've held at The Moon in recent years, but this time not just in aid of the spot itself but also for the skateboarding charity SkatePAL, who I'll be travelling out to volunteer with for a while at the end of the summer.
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Here's London crew With Section's latest clip, with clips across the length of the UK including. Featuring Curtis O'Dell, Seb Tabe, Husky, Dom Tana, Kyle Wilson, Tom Delion, Zach Delarue, Adam Delarue, Jake Church, Tom Moatti, Lewis Bell, Active Matt, Blinky, Banjo 3hunna, James Robinson, Nino Majetski, Mickey Raise, Hammy and Jakub G.
Here's London crew With Section's latest clip, with clips across the length of the UK. Featuring Curtis O'Dell, Seb Tabe, Husky, Dom Tana, Kyle Wilson, Tom Delion, Zach Delarue, Adam Delarue, Jake Church, Tom Moatti, Lewis Bell, Active Matt, Blinky, Banjo 3hunna, James Robinson, Nino Majetski, Mickey Raise, Hammy and Jakub G.
With the release of Hangup Zine issue 3 fast approaching, we'll be publishing the remaining stuff from issue 2, starting today with the gallery section!
Featuring Sherburt Dipdab, Joe Howard, Andrew Dellas, Benson, Blinky, Jordan Thackeray and Philippe Da Rosa, with photos from Craig Dodds, Paul Graham, Paul Jackson and Monkeyglove Matt!
Click the link below for the full thing!
Hi guys, could you give us a little history of the park?
While we opened officially as The House in 1998, this skatepark is technically House 4, the last in a line of DIY indoor parks we'd been knocking together in our spare time with any materials we could scrounge. These parks were in derelict buildings around Sheffield, but sooner or later we'd get caught or they'd get dismantled, so this time around we decided to do things properly. We started the park with support from the Prince's Youth Business Trust on just £5,000 figuring if we build it, they will come. Thankfully, they did, and now we're older – but not necessarily wiser - than a lot of our park users.
As one of, if not the, longest running skater-owned skateparks in the country, do you have any particular advice on keeping a park running for so long?
Do whatever is necessary to make it happen, that's fundamental. We try to keep moving forward and keep things fresh. Because we build the ramps ourselves we're constantly updating the park to meet customer needs and stop it getting stale. But we also recognise we're part of a bigger local scene, and we do what we can to support skating in Sheffield, because if the scene slips so do we. We try and get involved in events happening in the community, help out local skaters when we can, and generally keep the vibe going because skating should be fun.
Ben Broyd Frontside Airs for Hosoi at the Halloween Jam 2015
You have a real cheap entry fee into the park, how / why do you keep it so cheap?
Our business plan was basically make some ramps and go skate them. We never expected to be skatepark millionaires, which is lucky really because there have been times when taking a wage just isn't an option. When we started there weren't many outdoor parks locally; now there's several, so if you hit people too hard they'll go somewhere they can skate for free. We have a small staff, and we keep costs down by doing our own building and repairs, and we recycle a lot of our materials. Wood gets thrown away when it's too small or too wrecked to be usable. Everything that needs doing down there we do ourselves, and that saves a lot of money.
Could you talk us through the process of getting the DIY bowl built? I imagine it was a mammoth task, and with Sheffield having a predominantly street-oriented scene, what was the thinking behind it?
Our landlord had a spare unit going, so we thought why not do something ridiculous? Indoor concrete is still pretty rare in the UK, but it's becoming normalised in places like the US, so we thought we'd try and raise our game. Scene stalwart Joe 90 had experience in building concrete bowls and the unit was standing empty, so we reckoned a few months would do it. In fact it took nearly a year of insanely hard work, helped by local skaters who pitched in their time for nothing to make it happen.
Sheffield has a solid street scene because there's so many good spots, but now we have customers who love transitions and come down to use the bowl, especially the older guys (like me). It's a bit of a cliché in skating but when you get too old to throw yourself down things you start skating transitions.
Joe Howard Frontside Feebles around the corner.
You guys seem to rep a few lesser seen brands in your shop, particularly Consolidated, one of my personal favourites. Is it important to you to support similar brands?
We're a skater-owned park, we've always said support skater owned and we mean it. We back the Don't Do It campaign to keep big business out of skateboarding and keep it in the hands of those who know and love it. That includes stocking smaller companies who care about skating rather than seeing it as a cash cow, like some global sports companies do. We've been friends with Consolidated for years, they make great boards and have good ethics, I was so stoked to be able to collaborate with them on a House / Consolidated board.
Could you tell us a bit about the annual House comp? It's one of the last-standing major UK comps right? How do you keep it so well attended each year?
The comp's been running annually since 2002 – the first winner was Scott Palmer - and we always look forward to it. We started it as a bit of fun, really, and one thing that makes it so successful, I think, is that we've never taken it too seriously. If you start taking skating seriously then you're missing the point. While the prize pot's grown in recent years, we've tried to hold on to the original feel of the comp as a day when skaters can get together, watch some skating, maybe win some shiny new stuff, and just hang out and have a laugh. That said, every year we try and introduce something different to shake things up, from 'King of the Stairs' to the Wheel of Fortune trick generator. Last year we live-streamed it for the first time; people were watching it from all over the world, which was slightly surreal. This year? We'll see what we come up with.
Bruce airs into his Tailblock...
What would you say is the biggest challenge you've faced since running the park?
Keeping things on a level while not sacrificing the ideals and principles we set the place up with. Keeping the place relevant is always a challenge, especially as you're getting a bit older and all the kids seem to be asking for is foam pits and resi ramps. Not getting disheartened on a hot July afternoon when you've only seen two customers all day and hoping you can hold the place together until winter when you're needed. And knowing you'll never skate as well again as you did in your twenties and you can't land half of what you used to.
Finally, to end on a positive, what's the best thing about running a skatepark?
I get to be my own boss, I get to go out and skate still, I get to watch kids who turn up at The House with their mum and dad progress to the point where they're skating for a living. And you still get a buzz when you get to watch someone do something that really shouldn't be possible, and know you've played a small part in helping them achieve that by knocking that ramp together.
Blinky Mute Grabs with the standard face...
Reup-ed Haunting Skateboards edit from our 2011 trip to Malmo / CPH. Featuring Dave Apomah, Blinky, Ben Footitt, Tom Bramley, Dean Greensmith, Ryan Hurt, Joe Howard, Becky Jaques, Felix Parker and Daryl Nobbs.
Check our full gallery from the trip here - http://www.hanguponline.co.uk/malmotrip
Follow Hangup -
During the Summer of 2011 a big crew of dudes from around the country headed to Malmo intending to sample some of it's DIY and a couple of parks! What we were met with was a lot of rain, several trips to CPH to wait out said rain, a couple of trips to Bryggeriet, followed by some rushing around to skate as much of the DIY and parks as possible on the couple of dry days we had! The crew was Dave Apomah, Blinky, Ben Footitt, Tom Bramley, Dean Greensmith, Ryan Hurt, Joe Howard, Becky Jaques, Felix Parker and Daryl Nobbs.
Blinky | Front Blunt | CPH
Ben Footitt | Backside Bluntslide | CPH
Ben Footitt | Backside Wallride | Malmo
Ben Footitt | Backside Wallride | Malmo
Ben Footitt | Backside Air | CPH
Blinky | Backside Boneless | CPH
Daryl Nobbs | Frontside Air | Hullet
Joe Howard | Frontside Invert | Hullet
Joe Howard | Frontside Invert | Hullet
Dave and Joe post-Bryggeriet session
Stappelbadsparken | Malmo
Joe Howard | Mute | Stappelbadsparken, Malmo
Tom Bramley | Rock Fakie | Stappelbadsparken, Malmo
Ryan Hurt | Lipslide | Steppe Side, Malmo
Steppe Side, Malmo
Joe Howard | Frontside Smith | Steppe Side, Malmo
Dean Greensmith | Frontside Ollie Transfer | Steppe Side, Malmo
Ryan Hurt | Frontside Grind | Steppe Side, Malmo
Dean Greensmith | Frontside Disaster Backside Revert | Sibbarp, Malmo
Joe Howard | Texas Plant | Sibbarp, Malmo
Dean Greensmith | Lien Air | Sibbarp, Malmo
Joe Howard | Madonna | Sibbarp, Malmo
Daryl Nobbs | Nosepick | Sibbarp, Malmo
Daryl Nobbs | Frontside Air | Sibbarp, Malmo
Dean Greensmith | Kickflip | Sibbarp, Malmo
Joe Howard | Backside Boneless | Sibbarp, Malmo
Ryan Hurt | Backside Smith | Sibbarp, Malmo
Joe Howard | Backside Air | Bryggeriet, Malmo
Joe Howard | Thruster | Bryggeriet, Malmo
Dean Greensmith | Ollie Blunt | Bryggeriet, Malmo
Blinky | Frontside Grind | Bryggeriet, Malmo
Blinky | Frontside Grind | Bryggeriet, Malmo
Follow Hangup -
Issue two of Hangup Zine is available now! This issue features;
- An interview with Jack Kenward, one of the dudes behind the Outback DIY at Empire Skatepark,
- An interview with artist Jack Hamilton,
- Photo galleries from Sam Hutchinson and Tom Bailey,
- Aaron Wilmot and Saul Crumlish interviewing each other,
- A gallery featuring Philippe da Rosa, Sherburt Dipdab, Joe Howard, Blinky, Andrew Dellas and Jordan Thackeray!
Contributors are Monkeyglove Matt, Craig Dodds, Paul Graham, Paul Jackson, Jack Hamilton, Sam Hutchinson, Tom Bailey and Russ Hall.
Alfie Carleton on the cover with a frontside pull in off a makeshift extension at Bridges skatepark, Belfast shot by Craig Dodds!
Message me by email (hanguponline at gmail.com, or facebook/instagram = hanguponline) for payment details. £2.00 each + stickers! If any shops want any message me too, we'll sort something out!
Here's another edit from the Dustbowl DIY, Leeds. Featuring Jordan Kaye, Blinky, Doug McLaughlan, Chris Pope, Laurie O'Hara and Brendan Watson!
Kicking this week off, we have a gallery and edit from the relatively short lived DIY BMX Quarter in Leeds. Featuring Blinky, Martyn Hill, Lee Snoding, Bruce, Rob Smith, Josh Young, Jake Collins, Dale Starkie, Doug McLaughlan and Paul Silvester! Photos from Paul Graham and Reece Leung.
Martyn Hill | Front Blunt | Photo: Reece Leung
Lee Snoding | Crailblock | Photo: Reece Leung
Blinky | Backside Boneless | Photo: Paul Graham
Martyn Hill | No Comply | Photo: Reece Leung for Heathen
James Foster | Backside Disaster | Photo: Reece Leung
Josh Young | Frontside Noseblunt | Photo: Reece Leung
Paul Silvester | Shove it Nosestall | Photo: Reece Leung
Paul Silvester | Switch Frontside Disaster | Photo: Reece Leung
Blinky | Frontside Air | Photo: Paul Graham
Doug McLaughlan | Back Tail | Photo Reece Leung
Continuing our uploads of content from Hangup Zine 1, here's the gallery section, featuring Blinky, Tom Zealand, Nic Hanson, Jon Mullis, Joe Howard, Egon Reynolds, Denis Lynn and Jonny MConkey. Photos from Reece Leung, Tom Quigley, Sam Roberts, Paul Graham, and Craig Dodds.
Click Craig's photo of Denis Frontside airing below for the whole gallery!
Online now is a photo recap from a session at Hurworth with Blinky, Dean Greensmith, Ben Grove, Russ Longmire, Luke Fletcher, Ash Wilson, Laurie O'Hara, and Joe Howard
Blinky, Footplant, Hurworth, 2014
Footage from an hour or so spent at the Dustbowl DIY in Leeds, skating the newer builds. Featuring Blinky, Chris Pope, Dean Greensmith, Harley and Joe Winters.
Blinky, Backside Ollie
Joe Winters, Hurricane
Today we have a re-edit of almost every trick I could find online done at The Ripped!
The Ripped Week commences with a gallery of images I shot over the course of the park being open! Contains some from the first Halloween allnighter in 2007, some I shot on a medium format camera whilst firing a flash manually, but mainly from the last allnighter.
The gallery features Snoz, Joe Howard, Blinky, Avid, Weeman, Dave Tyson, Joxa, Mack, Beez and Jordan Kaye.
Click Dave's Smith below to be taken through -
Dave Tyson, Smith
Here's the second Hangup edit, a session on the Boom skatepark mini with RWTB. Featuring Blinky, Junior, Martyn Hill, Josh Rose, Joe Howard, Chris Pope and Jordan Kaye.
Blinky's Frontside Air off the extension is no joke!
Online now is Sam Hutchinson's Leeds-based portraits, featuring Adam Jeffreson, Dean Greensmith, Sam Barrett, Joe Howard, Jordan Kaye, Josh Rose, Laurie O'Hara and Lee Rozzee.
The edit from last year's Tyne Tees Slam Jam is finally online, covering the various jams from around the 4Mtion Darlington park. The doorway session starting at 6:12 was insane. Watch right until the end for the gnarliest roll-in I've ever seen from Ben Cook.
Gallery from last year's jam here.
This year's jam is on Sunday!
Clam Jam footage online now! Click Brendan's camo Back lip to be taken to a rad gallery by Josh Rose on the Sidewalk Site
I recently interviewed the guys behind the newest DIY spot in Leeds, covering a wide range of different topics around the spot. With the first jam at the spot happening this Saturday (17/10/15) read on for insights on the development of the spot, ideas for future builds, the security of the spot and a load more.
Blinky Backside Ollies on the OG quarter, photo by Laurie O'Hara
You recently got the first skate in on the Clam, how was it? Front feeble would be a good trick…
Laurie O’Hara - Dean nearly did that first go, I was like yeah do that and he was all “Uh yeah maybe when its like dryer”
Paul - Would be rad for a photo as well wouldn’t it
Laurie - I asked to take a photo of it but he said –
Paul - “Oh I dunno man, not really feeling it today” – Classic Dean…
Laurie - He did an Indy to fakie.
Blinky - Josh got footage of it – Deans the first one to grind right round the top of it – just like little slash grinds feel so good on it.
Paul - You gonna try do another edit then? (After Bastard)
Josh Rose - Yeah just another little 2 minute edit of the clam or something.
Joe Howard and Dean Greensmith come in from the shop
Dean - Aw no I broke one of the naan breads
Joe - Think I’m gonna have sugar on toast for tea
Paul - Just been talking about the clam have you skated it? Aw no you won’t have with your injury (JH just gone in for ankle surgery)
Joe - Been focused on building it though – you seen it finished yet?
Paul – Just about, went up just after you’d put the coping on.
Joe - Ah now it’s got sides on and coping down to the floor.
Dean - yeah you can ride up to grind and stuff.
Laurie - Roll in could be possible but would be really tight, but the coping’s lacquered so much so don’t suppose it would matter.
Dean - It’s amazing.
Paul - Putting loads of lacquer on I guess it’ll wear in with the weather wont it
Dean - Yeah yeah
The Clam before the last layer of concrete and last coping blocks were added, photo by Paul Graham
Joe - I’m about to start pouring my own coping, made a mould – shows photos
Paul - Have you designed it yourself?
Joe - I have yeah – 2.7 inch
Paul - Have you just kind of guessed?
Joe - Yeah well Saffron’s like 3 inches and that’s big, so I did it to 2.7 – which is the only sized pipe I could find anyway…
Joe's Self Poured Concrete Block, photo by Joe Howard
Joe and Laurie show me the original sketch plans of the spot
Paul - Pretty accurate really isn’t it, for a sketch? You’ve even got the different lengths of the “two” quarters (separated by a hole) in there haven’t you, dunno if that’s by chance? The taco is a thing of beauty, pretty unique isn’t it, it makes sense to go with the quarter so you can whip round to get speed for it.
Blinky - It can actually whip you back into the quarter once you’ve come from the quarter too, as it’s so whippy, you’ll see what I mean when you skate it.
Paul - Yeah you’ve kind of built it a lot differently to how I thought when someone first mentioned a taco, like the taco at TBS is really small and you sort of pump it, whereas this one you’re sort of whipping round upside down, I imagine.
Joe – It did start off small though…
Laurie - Yeah started off small then we went to Copenhagen and were like, this is pussy this what are we doing? So we just built it up more and more.
Josh – There’s something a bit similar at Hullet
Paul - Yeah was going to say did you go over there and get inspired?I mean that bowl is gnarly as fuck, I’m kind of glad they’ve built the little fun bit there now as there’s something for everyone, when we went when Joe did the Frontside Invert, there was no coping or platform, metal rods sticking out everywhere, it looks much easier to skate now.
Joe - They’ve painted it loads so its really slippy, I found it really hard to skate this time.
Paul - You were saying the taco cost about 125 quid to build right?
Joe - Well was £125 from DLX / Welcome, but we’d already started it by then, so we spent all that on this plus a bit for Garry’s bit too
Blinky – Probably put in about 20 quid each as well
Paul - Was just going to say imagine how much that bloody bowl has cost to make in comparison! What you going to be building next?
Laurie – We already started on the extension for the main quarter, also going to start on the flatbank where all the boards are now – maybe do a little tranny up the wall from that too.
Paul - Ah yeah so the line would be roll in the flatbank, whip round the taco then to the quarter. (To Joe) Laurie was just saying you’re gonna build a tranny up the wall off the flatbank, I guess like Needle but easier to skate?
Martyn Hill Backside Smiths over the doorway, photo by Laurie O'Hara
Dean - I really want to (at needle) wallride into the tranny at the top of the quarter and then down.
Joe - Someone’s done something like that was it Doug(McClaughlin)?
Paul - Doug did out the quarter to backside wallride into the wall quarter - on the cover of Curbsnot zine, Jake Collins did something on that bit but can’t remember what…
Dean - I once ollied over from the flatbank into the wall quarter.
Paul - You flat bottomed it yeah?
Dean - Probably half and half.
Joe - Here is that thing you showed me from The Moon legit? The Moon DIY Skatepark coming up on google maps?
Blinky - Yeah that’s legit, dunno how it’s happened though.
Dean - Must be google going round in the vans but don’t how they got the name.
Laurie - Ben C was researching online about who owns the land and finds that… “oh it’s us”…
Paul - It must be pretty secure, I mean it’s been there at least ten years, Kurt (Mitchell) had footage there feebling an up rail in Bishcam and that was 2006
(Actually not in that part, if anyone knows where that footage is from let us know).
Joe - Yeah that’s rad, I want it to be like that at our spot, when someone discovers it they need to be like this is some next level shit
Paul - Ah so you want to build Burnside
Joe - Everyone that’s talked to us about it seems stoked though, like that mechanic who works over the wall, he walked over the other day and had been watching us, he just said you guys have been putting in some serious graft here, said he could use his water for mixing and that.
Paul - People used to walk through the old joint spot walking there dogs all the time and were stoked.
Joe - Some kiddy came down the other day, just appeared out of nowhere just “alright boys, I’m the reason this spot is here, I burnt down the factory that was here before,” bragging about it, “there could have been someone in it you know, could have got done for manslaughter.”
Blinky - Probably bullshit that though, Roz says that’s been there ever since he moved to Leeds eighteen years ago.
Paul – No I don’t think Roz has lived in Leeds eighteen years…
Joe - I think he’s been here just over ten year.
Josh - Well that guy looked about twenty-ish so could have done it when he was two I suppose.
Paul - You made much money off the zine yet josh?
Josh - No, it costs quite a lot to print doesn’t it, I got a bit of money from The Prince’s Trust to do it – hundred and fifty quid, plus there’s this printing charity attached to them where I can get a thousand pounds funding for it. If I sold all the zines I’d get a couple of hundred quid for the spot, but that seems unlikely.
Zine by Josh Rose
Paul - How many you do?
Josh - I did fifty but when they arrived ten had got damaged by the mail company, so I asked the printers if they’d send me another ten – they ended up sending me another fifty for free! I’m not even close to making my money back yet.
Paul – It’s difficult to sell them, I struggled to sell all mine, you’ve just got to get them in as many places as you can, just send them all off… So what’s the name of the spot then now?
Dean - It’s anything you want it to be…
Paul - Ah is that why it’s called Bastard and the Dust Bowl?
Josh - Bastard was just the edit, Dust Bowl is the zine’s name.
Blinky - Because the spots well dusty.
Joe - Bastard coz of Sean Bean.
Paul - What? “Bastard” (in broad Yorkshire accent)
Blinky - “French bastards in these mountains”
Paul - From sharpe?
Joe - From allsorts, couple of films as well, there’s a clip on youtube of him just saying it.
Joe - “You bastard”
The conversation then descended into reviews of Jurgen Teller’s Berlin exhibition, Joe’s year of injury woes, vert ramp prospects now Beast Rampz has closed, tales of ex-skaters from Sunderland and Blinky telling one of his unending, no punchline stories.
In progress shot of the first quarter (I think), photo by Josh Rose
Here's an edit of Dean and Blinky at Hyde Park, featuring some of the best transfers the park has ever seen, minus Stu Graham's attempted one.
The last minute of footage just isn't possible, backside sweeper revert off the sub box? Eh