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Plenty of typical Jarne freneticism in his pro part from Element, including some great lines at the Innsbruck Skate Plaza and an amazing trick at his native Mechelen!
Great clip of a good crew ripping up a couple of Connecticut parks including Groton DIY! Filmed by Sean Dahlberg.
Featuring Cj Keossaian, Sean Dahlberg, Hugo Boserup, Andrew Wilson, Nik Stain and John Choi.
Couple of heavy sections in this latest Independent tour clip from Thrasher. Willis Kimbel at Burnside is (obviously) insane with the switch Egg, Erick Winkowski's obscurities on that Seattle vert ramp too! Plus Nolan Johnson and Matt Schlager cameos... can't wait for the next parts.
In this issue we have;
An interview with Chris Baillie discussing Ayr, sponsorship and teaching kids to skate,
Fear and Loathing in South Wales; a trip featuring Cam Edwards, Rob Whiston, Cie Denison, John Adams, Henry Fox and more. Shot and written by Alex Ramsell,
18+, interviews with Andy Bega, Tom Brown and Helena Juric on learning to skate post-18,
An interview with the North East's Mani Haddon,
Blood, Sweat and Concrete Dust, an essay by Jono Coote on why DIY Matters,
A dope set of the Vans UK crew headed around Scotland as they shot an article for North, here's the resulting edit - The Queens Park vert ramp footage is insane!
Featuring: Manhead, Ben Broyd, Ross McGouran, Saul Crumlish, Aaron Wilmot, Chris Oliver, and Paul Watson.
New Kieran Menzies part courtesy of Pixels, filmed by Jamal Junior and Alan Glass. Check that Backside Disaster at Saughton!
You know we'd be posting this one! Raven with more than a little Cody Chapman sprinkled in!
This week's Throwback goes to the excellent Superdead welcome clip for Chris Oliver. I'm sure I don't need to tell you which trick is the highlight of this clip!
Rob Whiston and crew around South Wales! Featuring; Henry Fox, Ciaran Denison, John Evans, Jon Adams, Dan Brueton, Alex Ramsell, Brad Edwards, Cam Edwards, Ellis Vanes and Rob himself.
A new John Gardner part edited by the man himself for Quartersnacks! Plenty of DIY + weird street stuff in this!
Santa Cruz released Erick Winkowski's part from their recent video Right to Exist!
With the release of Antihero's The Body Corporate this week, as well as various Christchurch demo clips coming out alongside it, we thought we'd take it back to 2014's Destination Unknown. The Hewitt and Gerwer shared section is a particular highlight!
Boneless over and in from Raney's Heads interview in Thrasher 395, June 13 - shot by Xeno.
Dave Morgan's Manchester article and gallery from Hangup Zine 3 is up now, have a click through to read about dealing with the rain, the Pumpcage, DIY, transition prospects and more! The gallery features Joe O'Donnell, Keanu Robson, Farran Golding, Max Dos Santos, Ricky Davidson, Garry Woodward, Chris Barrett and more.
Charlie Gush ripping around various London parks for Woodpusher!
Seven Minutes of New Jersey ripper Sean Plundeke set to UFO's Rock Bottom!
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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Really good clip of Vans Canada guys Adam Hopkins and Riley Boland out in Japan, check the article here!
Adam Hopkins, Backside Boneless. | Shot by Gordon Nicholas
Here's our second Shorty's clip of the week - Willis Kimbel, Al Partanen and John Gardner for Creature!
Backside Boneless for Gav and the other assembled light holders. | Photo: Craig Dodds.
Hi Rob, can you give us your vital info? Where'd you grow up skateboarding, who do you normally skate with?
Hi my name is Rob Jones, I'm ginger in case you can't tell in the photos and I've grown up the majority of my life in and around the Newquay area. When I first started skating I used to live in a village and was too young to go into Newquay by myself skating so to start with I learnt in my driveway with a plastic Argos ramp my parents got me that used to slide all over the place when I tried to ride up it! When I started getting more into skateboarding my parents would drop me at Mount Hawke skatepark which was super lucky because we struggle to get there now when it’s wet, the main hours I've put in skating are definitely at Wooden Waves though skating with all the local PORKAHONTIS crew our skate gang hahaha.
I've seen some heavy photos of you from around Newquay, particularly Wooden Waves. How much did you localise the park before you moved away, and what are some of the best things about the place?
I would like to say 'we' localised the place as there would be no point going there if the crew wasn't there in full force, the same heads there from the crack of dawn until after dark every day. A lot of time has been spent down there skating and having a good time. My favourite things about the place are the heavy crew for sure, the energy of all your friends tanked up on beers and joints being rowdy and screaming, gets the sessions going full tilt even though the place is falling apart!
A jersey with 'crete thrown at it gets slashed. | Photo: Danny Parker.
How did the affiliation with the Hell Yeah Son crew come about?
Maybe 5 years ago I went up to Essex for the Lords of the Swords event and had the best fucking time in Essex skating all around the county. The whole Essex crew seems real tight and everyone from each town seemed to be mates with each other which was different to Cornwall as with shit transport we don't often go and skate with crews in other towns. On every trip to Essex Harry Wilson and the Empire crew hooked it up and let us stay in the skatepark which was always good times and where I met Dirty Diss, Mikey Joyce and the crew skating, filming and getting pissed up leading onto some haggard clubs around Colchester, with a baby Thackeray also tearing the park to bits being forced to wear his helmet, and just recently Diss has been out to Barcelona a couple times with various heads and good times were had by all!
So you've recently moved to Barcelona, it may be a silly question, but why the move, and how's life been treating you out there compared to back home?
I was in a full time job back in Newquay screenprinting which is what I enjoy doing for work and the hours were good for skating 8am - 4pm with weekends off were sick, but my boss was a total prick and after 3 years working there and falling out with him right before a 2 week holiday I just didn’t bother getting my flight back. It was sick though because Adam Moss was already there and let me crash his sofa for 2 weeks and I already knew the Sentfields Boys from previous trips to Copenhagen who are super sick to skate with so it was a no brainer really! Comparing it to life back home it’s pretty different and more hectic being in a foreign country and a busy city, as Newquay is a ghost town half the year and something is always going on in the city. I like that though and the climate allows for a lot more skating in the winter months than back at home!
Vertical Frontside Crailblock! | Photo: Dodds.
How long have you been / do you intend to live out there?
I first moved to Barcelona at the start of January 2016 and have mostly been there ever since with a month in Copenhagen and a month back home selling some of my skateboard collection to get money to stay there. I guess now it’s indefinite how long I'm staying there as I would like to become fluent in Spanish although I have been pretty slack learning over the last year!
You're involved in a bit of DIY out there, are you new to it or have you been involved with anything back in Newquay?
I can't remember what year it was but on the same trip to Essex we skated Urbside which I loved and we came back and built some DIY in Wooden Waves which pissed the council right off but is still somehow standing. This was our first build and we bit off a bit more than we could chew with this bowl corner we poured which is kinda fucked as we didn't set the forms up properly because no one had a clue. A lot of good sessions have gone down though! We also had our DIY called the Secret Spot which had a crazy view overlooking the beach in the rich part of Newquay but unfortunately was short lived and got shut down. Also a sketchy barrier that me, Jake Sparham and Jak Foster basically just threw concrete at in a rush so we didn't get caught.
When was the last time you saw a DIY Smith Melon? Photo: Dodds.
Any current projects on the go?
The Spotter is always an on-going project and is getting gnarlier and expanding pretty much every week thanks to Richi, Nanaqui and everyone else involved. Caribu DIY is becoming sick as well and being out there mixing Crete and helping pour the ramps with the old locals of the Premia park that sadly got torn down. The project Tibidabowl which is currently being built in the garden of a giant mansion squatted by some super chilled hippies is going to be insane! It is kind of the brainchild of my French friend Max who has volunteered on a couple DIY builds in Palestine and Ethiopia, so it’s good to watch and learn from him as well. But he is super mellow and everyone involved has had their ideas and tweaked the bowl’s design as we have been digging. If you search Tibidabowl online there is a go fund me as we are going to need to raise a lot for Crete and supplys to finish the whole bowl, so I'm excited for the creation of this as I've only ever built obstacles at pre-existing spots prior to this!
Favourite UK and International parks and why?
My favourite U.K parks are Wooden Waves for obvious local reasons, Empire skatepark (R.I.P.) most welcoming crew and the best skate parties and I really like Stockwell in Brixton as well. As for out of the U.K Spotter has to be my favourite place as it’s an escape from the city and also a super heavy crew to skate with and get you hyped, I'm actually not a huge fan of skateparks a lot of the time because they are always so full and whippy ramps with pool coping is more fun haha so my favourite place can be anywhere really with a good crew, pool coping and maybe a BBQ!
Top 3 video parts and why?
I will have to say the whole Sentfields Da Boig video you can watch in full on YouTube.
And I also really like Mark Gonzales Krooked Kronicles it’s pretty hard to come up with just 3 though so I have been a bit vague haha.
David Gravette, Willis Kimbel and John Gardner at the Groton DIY, Connecticut. Some of Gravette's lines are amazing!
Today we're going back to 2014 for Ben Raybourn's welcome to Nike part! So much good stuff in this, particularly feeling the WSVT line starting at 0:49!
Invert Fakie | March '13 Thrasher Interview | Photo: Rhino
Another rad Chris Russell clip from Red Bull, ripping some local haunts - Slob Fastplant Disaster!
This week, we've got Fred Gall's short but incredible (as ever) section from Habitat's Origin video! Plenty of amazing tranny stuff in this one!
Here's a rad new part from Adam Keys, all-terrain (mostly) Barcelona technical radness!
Filmed by Craig Dodds, Danger Rob and Liam Searle. Edited by Danger Rob.
Rad Vox promo here, with some great all-terrain footage of Nolan Johnson, Al Brunelle, Diego Alvarado and more!
Ben Cook, Bluntslide over the doorway. | Photo: Adam Todhunter.
Hey Ben, good to see the spot still going strong nearly two years after we last spoke, is the situation with the spot still relatively safe?
Hi mate! As far as we know, yeah. We've really been lucky to have had the spot for so long, especially with it being relatively open unlike most other spots. It ain't been a great year for UK DIY really with the sad news of Needleside, Dustbowl and more recently Nottingham DIY being knocked down - RIP! We did have a scare one day late last year when we were driving up towards the spot and saw a load of building materials and diggers but it turned out there was an Aldi being built over the road. Less of a trek for beers and food now though so happy days. I guess it's ours until the B&Q next door who own the land decide to sell it. They do make a fair bit of cash out of us being there though so hopefully that's keeping them sweet for now.
Early spine build. | Photo: Tom Cruickshanks.
What have you built over the last couple of years?
There's been a fair bit since the last time we spoke really. A couple of little things like the nipple hump, slappy curb and small hip on the side of the funbox. The main projects last year though were the flatbank and doorway quarter. The quarter was started in the dead of winter so naturally took ages, but as I'd just got out of a cast from breaking my leg around the same time it was rad to have something to focus on. It's about 5ft high and 12ft across, it turned out and skates so well. The flatbank was already there but was terrible really as it had a slight bit of tranny to it but in a bad way so that was levelled out and is perfect now. More recently we've been working on a 4-5ft spine that should be finished before the jam next month. Can't wait to skate that!
Flatbank directly after being de-trannied. | Photo: Ben Cook.
The place must have seen some heavy sessions recently, with Red Bull coming up etc, what's the best thing you've seen go down so far?
Aw man there's always rad stuff going down there, especially now the sun has returned. Yeah the Red Bull lads smashed it, Sharkey, Daryl and Korahn putting down endless lines. They seemed super stoked on the place which was good to hear. I'd say recently though, Wakey local turned honorary Mackem, Frank Helder, has been killing it there on a daily basis. I've been filming a lot with him there the past couple months and he's forever coming up with new lines. Barely even get to skate myself when I go there with him these days.
George Redhead transfers quarter to bank. | Photo: Ben Livesey.
With you and the Newcastle DIY within 10 miles of each other, and it being such a tight-knit scene up there, how much crossover between the two crews is there?
Well the two crews have known and skated with each other long before either spot was around so we're all pretty tight. Both crews are happy to lend a hand to the other if asked. I've spoke to Sean Tracey who's involved with the Newcastle spot a few times about trying to organise some kind of joint skate jam at both spots over the space of a weekend but we've never really got round to it. Hopefully that's something we could sort out sometime after The Moon jam next month, maybe at the end of the summer.
You guys are having your second jam next month, can you tell us a little about that?
Yeah it is only our second one, the first being just before we last spoke in 2015. That one was to raise money for the spots building fund but this year's jam will also be to help raise money for the skateboarding charity SkatePAL. For anyone that hasn't heard of them, basically they're a British charity based in Palestine who help and support the lives of the young people there through skateboarding. I'll be volunteering with them for a while at the end of the summer, helping teach skateboarding and maintaining the skatepark they built there in 2015. Hopefully we'll see a good turn out on the day, see some rad skating and raise some decent cash for the charity. Native Skate Store as usual are hooking up all the product for the comps and there'll be a BBQ and beers on sale to keep everyone going.
Richie Mann matches Ben's Blunt Frontside! | Photo: Danny Jones.
What's next on the agenda? Is there more interest from the guys to build street obstacles?
Well our first priority is to get this spine finished. As we speak it only now needs the coping attached and final layer of crete putting on so it's not far off done. There's also a new up ledge/manny pad half done too. As well as the jam we're involved in this year's Red Bull DIY comp again so we'll just be focusing on getting as much rad shit built as we can before end of July when that finishes and hopefullywin some more materials/tools like last year. In terms of what to build there's actually an abundance of street shit so I'd love to see more tranny popping up, it'll really help with the flow of the spot too.
Good chatting mate - hopefully see ya at the jam!
A little Tunnel sesh with Ben Footitt, Bruce and myself.
Ben has some tshirts for sale to raise funds for the spot, message us for how to get one!
With the demise of the Nottingham DIY spot last week, we thought it a good time to upload the last of our footage from another sadly gone DIY, the Dustbowl in Leeds.
Featuring Laurie O'Hara, Doug McLaughlan, Dave Tyson, Dean Greensmith, Chris Pope, Josh Rose, Tom Brown, Nathan Wood and Joe Howard.
Here's the Div of 7 years ago full bore around Washington Street! That Smith is fucked!
Yesterday, the new broke that the Dustbowl DIY in Leeds was no more, here's a few edits / articles from the place!
A gallery of some of my favourite photos shot at the Dustbowl.
An interview with Leeds' DIY spot builders.
Josh Rose's edits from the first sessions on the original quarter and Clam respectively -
Sidewalk's Clam Jam coverage -
Click the link below for Sidewalk's article from the Clam Jam, with photos from Josh Rose!
Clam Jam 2015 | Sidewalk / Josh Rose
Dean Greensmith | Frontside Noseslide | Photo: Josh Rose
Sidewalk's Halloween Jam coverage -
Click below for the Halloween Jam Sidewalk article with photos from Reece Leung!
Dustbowl Halloween Jam 2016 | Sidewalk
Blinky Liens | Photo: Reece Leung
Here's the Team Scotland edit, with ripping from the Leith DIY, Kelvingrove, Saughton and more!
Here's the first in a series of edits from Lovenskate and Sidewalk, part of the Lovenskate crew around Barcelona. With Alex Hallford, Lee Santer, Ewen Bower, Stu Smith and Mikey Patrick
Rad edit from Craig Woolley from the Kings Lynn Skatehouse with Ben Graver, Luke Jarvis, James Kasey, Craig Woolley, Alex Middleton and Jake Wallis!
SCREECH is an independent, non-profit, Bristol based skateboard / art & design zine. Dedicated to photography, illustration & design that explores the culture, people and creativity of skateboarding.
SCREECH is available at select spots as a printed zine.
Taken from the Screech Website
I picked up the first (hopefully not only! As is crossed out on the cover) issue of Bristol based Screech Mag recently, having liked the look of the cover and format of it.
The zine crams in quite a lot of visual-based content into relatively small 32 pages, no doubt helped by the unorthodox long format of the book. Starting things off is a photo feature on the work of Andy Martinez, with photos of Patrick Merryfield, Matt Bush and Morgan Crane. These photos look really cool in black and white, with strong flash, plenty of fisheye and night/dusk slow shutter shots. Definitely keen to see more from Andy.
Next up is a cool spread showcasing Joe Thorpe's decks modified into clocks, a variation on the cut down deck that I personally haven't seen before. Throughout the zine is a strong design that really holds each spread together in different ways, seen here with the use of text across Joe's clock.
Following this is a photo feature on the decidedly street skating leanings of photographer Callum Painter, seen below with a particularly rad photo and layout combo of Josh Arnott. Printed sideways on the page, this forces you to interact with the book properly, moving from a passive viewer into an active one. This approach is used throughout the book which makes for a really good experience viewing it!
The next feature is a rad one on Harry Chilcott's illustration, and changes things up once more with a black background. Perhaps this is out of necessity due to Harry's use of white line work in alot of his illustrations rather than a conscious design. Either way, it serves to break up the book, encouraging the viewer focus on Harry's work a little longer.
Lastly, we have a couple of spreads hosting Alice Lawrence's atmospheric night shots, based loosely around the M32 DIY spot in Bristol. Particular highlights of this one include a stairs and handrail shot straight out of Silent Hill and the below wallride around a post performed by Finbar.
If you'd like to pick up the zine, you can get one for free (well 1p) from the Screech site here, or get one from venues around Bristol including Fifty Fifty, Campus Pool, The Surrey Vaults or The Graff Cafe.
Keen to see issue 2!
Would you like to submit a zine for review? Get in touch here
Follow Hangup -
So the background for this project came from the burning down of the Plastic Beach miniramp right? Were you involved at all with the build of that?
I was involved, yes. Not as much as some but I put in a few hours graft here and there. My claim to fame would be manning the CD player at the jam fundraiser day. It was amazing seeing how fast that ramp went up, it only really got started in late August I think! I was one of the most surreal places to skate ever and was such a shame what happened. It was special as well because a lot of the wood came from The Space in North Berwick which everyone has great memories of. A huge chunk of the effort was just getting the wood from North Berwick to Seafield, I think we have Ruari, Colin and Fiona to thank for that particularly!
Did you guys manage to recover any materials from that ramp for this project?
I am 99% sure not. That ramp in Seafield was charcoal by the time the neds were done with it. The whole idea behind the DIY in Leith is that there is as little wood as possible, so that the same thing can’t happen again.
Colin Adam Frontside Airs over! Photo: Russ Hall
Looks as though you guys have been quite successful crowdfunding for the spot, having reached your initial goal, and now having almost reached your current goal. What did you build from the first target and what are you intending to do with the second? I saw Youngo’s been building a few bits in the meantime?
For anyone who wants a breakdown of what we have spent I can provide an excel chart! Contrary to popular belief I did not spend all the money on booze!
But being serious, Most the money was spent on concrete and saws, screws, drill bits etc., a mixture of premade concrete delivered in the trucks and cement bags we bought and hand mixed with sand on site. A good chunk went on hiring a flatbed truck for a weekend as well as hiring various power tools for a week or two. We transported a lot of materials over one weekend from various tips and building sites across the city to the spot. You haven’t lived until you have cut some concrete in half with a stihl saw! Stuff like protective gloves and PVA glue for the concrete mixes all adds up as well.
That main quarter with the hole looks real gnarly, whats the best thing to go down over it so far?
It is gnarley! Videos don’t really do it justice. Not going to name drop people here because their ego’s are big enough but from what I can remember, there has been a couple big grabs and some grind variation fakies over the door. A certain Parasite may have also nose picked in from the sketchy concrete pillar coming out the top of the bush behind, that was pretty gnarly for a Sunday afternoon. Lots of tail slide variations and airs aswell. Waiting to see an alley oop kickflip fakie out the top over the gap…..
Mark Burrows Nosepicks. Photo: Russ Hall
How many people you got involved in the project, seems like it’s really brought the scene together?
Probably up to 7/8 People who are really manning the ship, showing up several times a week if not every day (weather permitting). I will put my hands up and say I am probably not in this group. These are the guys really making this happen.
Then I would say at least 15 people who consistently show face and then a lot more who have been down once or twice.
Definitely got to spend a lot of good quality time with people I might not have otherwise, different skaters from all over coming down. All the skaters in Edinburgh are friends and get on well on but naturally we all fall off into our own groups etc. The DIY has kind of cut across that a bit and it’s a good mixture of people, ages and skating abilities involved.
But what I would also like to say that anyone who has donated can count themselves as involved in some way, without the money we would be nowhere as far as we are. So thanks to everyone for that! We appreciate that everyone has different schedules and it’s not always easy to spend half your life down a grimey industrial estate in Leith…..
How’d you choose the location for this one? Looks relatively open, are the surrounding businesses etc cool with you doing it?
Credit here would have to go to Ruari Rawdawg, he spotted this and it coincidently happened to be 100 yards from his flat at the time. Apparently he had several others up his sleeve and this was the cream of the crop. It is secluded enough but still central and accessible by vehicles. Kind of shielded from residential property but still close to the beer shop as well, it really is as good a location as we could hope for.
Colin Adam Liens to Tail over th hole. Photo: Russ Hall
Related to this, do you know who owns the land being built on? I’ve heard a couple of rad stories from other DIYs about this one.
We have done a bit of research but are still slightly hazy on this one. Wouldn’t really like to say until we know for sure to be honest.
What I can say is that we have no complaints or bother so far. Only good feedback from passers-by and even the Police were positive when they have stopped past looking for stolen motorbikes etc.
Any more plans once you guys have reached / built after this current Just Giving?
A key factor in getting the DIY spot to where it is now has been the ambition of the people involved. That is only going to grow I think so I can’t see us putting the tools away after we have spent this round of money.
We realise the that we can’t just keep repeating the Crowdfunder route, but there are always other avenues and methods of raising a bit of cash. After we have spent this round of money we will have a decent sized skatepark of what people will hopefully consider alright quality (DIY standards!)
With that under our belt I hope we will have a platform to sell ourselves a bit further than begging our friends for cash!
Not to sound cheesy but from my perspective this is only just the beginning.
Mark Burrows fully committed Frontside Rock and Roll. Photo: Russ Hall
Sometime in mid-September I jumped on a cheap plane ride to Finland to see old friends and make new ones. My trip coincided with all my buddies being away on tour but fortunately they had hooked me up with a friend of theirs’ place to stay and decent 8.5” set up to use.
This meant I got to explore Helsinki on 4 wheels instead of foot whilst everyone was at work.
As well as attending my buddies 20th anniversary gig, my other main reason for going was to have a proper roll at the amazing Suvilahti DIY.
Behold within these cyber pages you will see my crummy iphone4 photos of this now iconic spot. When Hangup asked if I’d do them a write up how could I refuse?
The ethics of such a tight knit community such as those who built Suvilahti are to be commended way beyond what one skate punk tourist writes on his mate’s blog. Make a pilgrimage there and see for yourself the gnarly yet creative curves and walls down in Helsinki’s original industrial locale, once left abandoned as a city council car park on the edge of Kaillio next to the Helen Company’s waterfront factory.
It was in 2011 that the first pour by local skateboard miscreants roaming the city and reclaiming this patch of decay as their own playground happened in that time honoured sense of ‘fuck it, lets see what happens’ so many DIY spots are conceived.
It wasn’t long before money was raised for more concrete creations and the original 3 ½ foot high quarter pipe expanded right along the back wall. Next came the tight big centre block, various bumps, some nifty corners, a hip, a bar, and so on and so forth with no two walls the same. Home poured concrete was the coping of choice which fits lovingly into the lips of walls and bowled corners making for a challenging but satisfying grind.
The whole project has been funded by locals, visitors, sponsored skate jams, local skate shops and board companies and there might be a bit of corporate soft drinks co’s money in there too. The site is now so well developed as a skatespot the council have agreed a lease for it securing its future for the time being. Government Health and Safety jobsworths insisted on railings and barriers to stop drunks falling off the back end so there’s now an amazing back drop of benches and picnic tables to chill out on when you need a breather, complete with customised can holders, as well as the obligatory DIY spot BBQ fire pit.
Ample bumps, lumps, cracks and holes to throw you off balance making you appreciate how dialled some of the locals have it when they make lines look ridiculously easy. With time has spawn smoother mixes and well planned transitions, using a multitude of building methods from hardcore, breezeblocks and rubble to polystyrene and old relics or gawd knows what. All of it seems to work and holds some great flow around the place for some interesting lines.
At time of writing a new kidney bowl is being slowly born and looks amazing.
With all the nooks and crannies, banks bumps and tight trannies, Suvilahti is a world class DIY spot and testament to Finnish ingenuity, perseverance and creativity. I guess being able to survive harsh winters and enjoy long summers will do that to a tight knit, autonomously proud skateboarding community, who were polite, welcoming and total shredders. This place exceeded my expectations and I had a blast.
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!
Here's Ishod Wair skating the South Philly Bowl, sporting some Raybourn-esque Ollies to disaster!
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
Ben Raybourn with another typically out there part for Chris Varcadipane’s Dusted vid. That Burnside trick at 2.49...
Continuing today's theme of small but perfectly formed trannies, here's some of the Creature team on a barrier in Helsinki, fitting a load of tricks into one minute!
Rad edit of Tony Hawk, Shawn Hale, David Loy and Thalente Biyela around South African DIY, ditches, parks and street spots, for the opening of the Skateistan park in Johannesburg.
Pretty much a full part from Kevin Kowalski at home here!
Here's Kyle Camarillo's excellent "Export" edit from The Berrics with Jason Adams and some really cool looking spots!
Seeing how rad the DIY section at Empire was looking, we got in contact with Jack Kenward, one of the main guys behind the development of the spot. For a full gallery of work in progress photos, click here!
Philippe da Rosa over Jack Kenward, photo: Monkeyglove Matt
Hey Jack, how'd you initially get involved with this project?
Yo Hangup whats crackin! Hope you're good!
So I worked for Potter (Carl Wilson) as he was managing the park when it very first opened. It's now owned by my homies Lewis and Harry and although I don't work there anymore it's still my home and those two have killed it maintaining such a decent hub for skaters around the area. We all know skater run skateparks are hard to maintain financially, so I'm just stoked to help where I can. But basically I've been part of the furniture since day one down there.
The First Pour
You're the only skatepark in the country with an outdoor concrete section I believe, Central in Manchester had one but they closed down, and The House in Sheffield has one but indoor. Yours looks alot bigger than both! What made you guys want to begin such a massive undertaking?
Really? I wasnt aware of that? Thats pretty dope if that is the case! Hyped!
To be honest at the time we first started, four or so years ago, I think we all thought we were in for a bit more of a money maker and were going to eventually have it built by professionals. We pretty quickly learned that this wasn't the case after being stung with a horrendous bill for moving a bit of dirt and filling some cages by some hash smoking rip off merchant.
Is it all self funded apart from this last Go Fund Me campaign? Care to detail how you guys managed to fund it all?
Ah the go fund me was madness i couldnt believe it! Thanks to you guys for sharing that shit and everyone that contributed to the cause. It definitely couldn't have got there without you all!
Apart from the above this project has been completely self funded. We've had so many donations and people wanting to give us cement, sand and everything! It's been amazing seeing the help people have to offer, real humbling man. People are sick! The sick ones anyways!
One time, I was working away in Tokyo. At this stage we had no crete down, just a mud outer shell as it were. I woke up at 3.30am to a facebook message from Harry saying Ben (big up) had over ordered a few cube and had turned up at the park with it. When I returned back from that trip was when iI thought "Right lets have this fucker!" Many a youtube video was undertaken at this stage just trying to improve my knowledge about concrete and how that shit works.
Carl Wilson Back Smiths the extension, look at that coping! Photo: Monkeyglove Matt
How did you fit in building in between the day to day running of the park? Was it all volunteers or did you get any professionals in?
So the Outback has always been a no go for general public so we've always just been able to crack on whenever out there. There's been times it's been difficult like filling buckets up from the toilet sink with poly cups then having to run them through the park. Building has been mainly weekends really, I work full time and pretty long hours so we did a few small pours and little bits and bobs in the evening but really got stuck in over the weekends!
How did you decide on the layout of the place? Proper plan or build as you go?
Mate I have absolutely no idea. Literally build and go if it doesn't look like it's gonna work knock it out and make it work.
Like that whole back section with the flat bank and hips just 8 weeks ago that was going to be a long straight 5ft quarter. It's mad how things changed. The fear that we were building a monster that wasn't gonna work was awful! Now we've all broken her in and she works like a dream! Relief!
Mark Munson textbook Crails, front foot! Photo: Monkeyglove Matt
You opened it up for Lord of the Swords this last Bank Holiday weekend right? How'd that go down?
Yooo big up lords of the swords and Luke for getting that shit organised. I can only imagine how much of a nightmare it must be! So yeah luke! Big man tings! Well done!
We opened after 6pm on the saturday of lords and it was fucking special for me man! I imagined that day sitting back, sipping a beer watching people shred it and it was actually a dream come true! Everyone went in that night! I stayed away from my board I was just happy to watch. Sick night! Sick crew!
Gnarliest thing to go down so far?
Alot happened that night man. Potter's frontside invert was mental! J Thaxx obviously destroyed the thing within 5 minutes of stepping off the plane from CPH. Jordan Sharkey blew my mind with a torrent of mental flippery on the flat bank! But it's early days. If it goes how I want we gonna witness a lot of shit go down!
Jordan Thackeray Stalefishes during Lord of the Swords. Photo: Paul Jackson
When does it open to the public?
How long is a piece of string! As you can imagine insurance companies love a completely un regulated DIY bowl. But I think we aim to get some sort of safety barrier around the outside and secrectly I think we want a month or so to ourselves. Gotta give it a little bit for complete selfish enjoyment! (Sorry public)
Can you think of any particular reason why Essex has such a good DIY building scene at the moment? I know there's at least 3 major builds out there already?
Because Essex is the absolute shit! Im not even from here and im backing it 100%. 10 years deep in the land of the triple sword now! Good scene and alot of hard workers that wanna put the love into skateboarding! Sick area mate.
Can i do some thanks?? Im gonna do some thanks.
So my super super badman special thanks go to my three right hand men that have stuck it with me from the start that's Harry Wilson, Warren Munson and Mr Toby Gozzett
I also wanna thank Lewis for maintaining that shit and keeping it open as well as Harry again. Paul Carroll (delside) for being an absolute wizard of bodgery and getting stuck in on those tricky panels and Stephen Barrow (the spot) for coming and helping, both those guys shared so much knowledge with me! That shits dope I appreciate that. Everyone else that had got stuck in, contributed, donated and so on. If I was to list them all you'd have no room left in the mag! You're all fucking Gs and we couldn't have got through it without you all! FOR ENGLAND!! FOR NARNIA!! ONE LOVE!!!
Drone shot of the finished article!
Check out these links for more;
The guys behind the excellent looking but short-lived plastic beach miniramp in Edinburgh are trying to crowdfund some money to complete a DIY park, click the link below to donate -
Here's what they have to say about it -
We are a group of Skateboarders living in Edinburgh. Our aim is to build our own skatepark in a suitable location that will not pose a problem for any local residents or businesses. Such a location has been identified and work has already began.
As a resourceful bunch we source most of our materials through donations from friends, salvation's from fly tips / skips and general up-cycling. However, to create the caliber of facility we have the skills and desire to build, a level of cold hard cash injection is required.
I would urge anyone who cares about skateboarding to please put some money towards this project. If you can imagine yourself ever spending time at this spot in the future, whether it be skating, spectating, having a beer, bbq etc. then we would very much appreciate a donation.
A lot of time and money already goes into creating a project like what is planned and we think it is only fair that the whole scene shares the monetary burden. Obviously if you contribute then you can have input towards the ideas and directions of the project, just get in touch with anyone involved or leave comment below :)
As we are being very ambitious with this project we need more money than the usual mini ramp build type scenario. So much time and energy goes into the build itself that we need a quick and easy way to gather the resources. It is not fun for anyone involved having to go around individuals asking for a tenner each. Please don't let us resort to this! This project is for all to enjoy but I am sure everyone understands that these things don't just build themselves and input from all is required, whether that be time or money.
If you can afford to smoke or drink at the skatepark then you can afford to make a donation.
Edinburgh DIY Skateboard Project
Here's a photo from Leo Sharp of one of the group's previous efforts -
Here's a rad part with Jamie Maley, Barrier Kult and Adam Hopkins from The Timebomb Video. Featuring plenty of Hastings and Leeside, plus Burnside, Mariginal Way and a couple of other amazing looking DIYs
Part 2 of the BlkMark / Confusion Basque Caravan Tour - DIY bowl at the end looks amazing!
Online now is a Recent Classics article on Jay Burton's Sea Level section from 2010, filmed entirely at Groton DIY park, Connecticut!
Click Jay's Stalefish below to be taken through!
Online now are two galleries from The House Halloween bowl jam. Click Felix's Alley Oop Smith for the general Skateboarding gallery, or Dave and Moggins for the Portraits gallery!
Featuring Ben Broyd, Blinky, Brendan Watson, Joe Howard, Carl Wilson, Dave Monaghan, Dean Greensmith, Felix, Reiss Johnson, Ryan Price and Sam Pulley.
Rad edit from Lowcard at Creekside DIY somewhere in Australia, featuring Kevin Kowalski, Castlefield Feebler Blake Harris, Cameron Markin, Brooke Thompson, Tony Chavez, and John "PeeWee" Dickenson.
Online now is Philippe Da Rosa's Welcome to Moonshine part. More ripping from the Tottenham DIY (5-0 revert at 0:52!), Saffron Walden, Kobwebs DIY and his native Romford.
Read the interview he recently did for us and watch his Monkeyglove part here.
Car 13 Wheels have their first promo out, featuring Sam Beckett, Sebi Dorfer, Jake Collins, Rikk Fields, Steve Forstner and Julien Benoliel skating various terrain around Europe and America.
Frank Shaw had a couple of new edits out over the weekend, firstly his "Faded" section via Transworld, switch Invert at the Eugene park at 2:13 speaks for itself... Secondly, a little edit from Vox at that same park, looks amazing!
Transworld continue to release the Faded video in sections, this time with Hans Paulsen, Jacob Passantino and Nick Peterson, who's section starts at 3:50. Beginning in the same manner as Anakin Senn's, with an exceptional line at the downhill section at Lincoln City, Nick scatters rare tricks with impeccable form throughout, including various fastplants, half cabs into nosegrinds and frontside feeble grinds, the lesser seen travelling Thruster and a textbook backside lipslide to sugarcane at Burnside.
Thrasher have an amazing new edit up of Kevin Kowalski, Cody Lockwood, Mason Merlino, Dalton Dern and Frank Shaw skating Kevin's backyard. The section off the extension starting at 0.42 is amazing.
Here's Kevin Kowalski's part from the Freedumb Airlines video Hijacked. Too much gnarliness to mention...
Here Kevin Tailblocks to Fakie at his own ramp, by Bryce Kanights
Pedro Barros continues to be the gnarliest skater in the world here, boosting multiple airs off the hip somehow (that Stalefish!). The ending section off the fridge needs no explanation, although I could tell what the ender was going to be...
Red Bull hosted a comp at the Lost Bowl in Richmond, Virginia, featuring a load of NHS riders including personal favourites John Gardner, Chris Russell and Kevin Kowalski.
Monkeyglove have uploaded an offuts edit from Philippe Da Rosa's first part. For the main edit, interview and photos, click here.
5050 to Fakie in Romford pool is no joke, plus a slomo on that back smith revert.
Backside Smith photo by Monkeyglove
Today's In Transition part is from Chris Russell at Burnside skating to one of the greatest (ABD) songs ever, ender doesn't seem possible.
Bacon rider Zach Cusano has a new part out via Lowcard, filmed around Colorado, one of the lesser seen areas of America. Highlights include flawless Eggs, the Body Jar over the hole at 1.48, rediculously long feeble fakies, the tailblock to fakie at 2.57 (plus the slam), the backside boneless off the wall at 3.20 and the improbable ender.
Eggplant photo by Tadashi at Lowcard
The latest Triple Header from Kingpin sees three of the U.K's finest ever transition skaters session three of the best parks in the U.K, not much else to say...
The new bit at Tottenham looks fun/gnarly in equal measure, which I guess makes sense.
Sam Beckett Backside Ollie at Saffron Walden by Alex Irvine
In this week's Cure edit, Adam Hopkins takes some lesser seen lines at the amazing looking Leeside DIY in Vancouver. The hang time on that Slob Fastplant is insane!
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
Austrian crew Yama now have their Wurst Case Scenario edit out, featuring Frido Fiebinger, Muki Rustig, Niki Katranas and more at some cool looking DIY, skateparks and street spots.
Rad film documenting the history of the Canyelles park in Barcelona alongside a Carhartt publication
Underrated Heroin pro Daniel Shimizu has his Chronicles Offcuts out, skating some cool looking DIY and ditch spots amongst others. That ender is insane.
Watching Auby Taylor's shift from technical street skater to gnarly as fuck transition skater has been amazing, here he is with a 5 and 5 at Washington Street DIY, answering questions like "what's the best advice Peter Hewitt has ever given you" and "Who's the best ever Black Label rider?"
Brian Caissie spent 24 hours with Adam Hopkins around Vancouver and came back with this edit. Featuring Hastings skatepark, Leeside DIY and more , the tricks off the flatbar on the miniramp are rad -
Backside Smith, shot by Brian Caissie
Here's Witchcraft's edit from their Wurst Case Scenario tour, featuring Vincent Coupeau, Steve Forstner, Jake Collins & Rikk Fields with special mention going to Vincent's transfer at the Innsbruck Plaza and the ender from Jake Collins, spot look really gnarly.
Via A PROPOS
The Source, Hastings have released a lengthy edit of offcuts from their video Chad Bangers, featuring Egon Reynolds, Jon Mullis, Sam Roberts, Tom Pickard, Jono Coote, Joe Sandland, and Toby Shaw, with footage of Jono's layback wallie in the depths of Headingley -
Lowcard have a short but rad part from Ty Hjortland to accompany his interview in Lowcard 56, including a gnarly nosepick at Flowershop DIY
Raw footage from the VOX trooper part from a few weeks ago, skating a few sick looking DIY spots, featuring Danny Dicola, Frank Shaw, Truman Hooker, Al Brunelle and Brendan Keaveny
New Ron Deily part all shot at the very recently demolished Junk Spot in Jersey City.
This combined with his new street part from the other week makes for a load of new Deily footage. Plus his Transworld Interview that went online yesterday
After the rad looking jam at The Moon DIY spot last weekend, I decided to get in touch with Ben Cook, one of the guys behind the spot for some questions. He sent back some very detailed answers so cheers for that Ben!
Photos by Ben Cook and Matthew Dobson unless stated.
I know your crew wasn't initially involved, and the spot was around for a few years before you did. When did you first get involved with the spot?
Honestly, I’m not 100% sure who first discovered the spot but I know it’s been around for a good few years. For a long time I think it was just a nice bit of flat ground with one little rail that only a few people knew about. I know people like Dave Apomah and Aiden Lowthian used to go there a lot when the usual swarm of skate park kids were too much to handle. I think it was about the summer of 2012 when we started to realise the potential of the place and begin to build a few things. It started with the usual, a nice block and a little manny pad, but again it stayed that way for maybe a year before we really got into it and decided to start putting some proper effort in. Since then the spot and the regular crew have just grown, especially over this year.
Who's the main build crew? Do you all chip in for materials?
Well the Sunderland scene crew has always been pretty tight knit and we’ve all been involved to some extent in regards to skating the place. When it comes to the building of it, it’s always been Blayne Mchugh and Tom Cruikshanks at the helm with them two being bricklayers together full-time, they’ve taught us a lot. Then there’s me, Darren Mason, Cal Pacino, Gordon Skrezka and his brother Dave, Coco Thompson and a few others that act as the labourers but we’ve all learnt a lot since starting it and could probably knock up something half decent on our own now. I could go on really, everyone chips in with what they know how to do so sorry lads if I missed you out. On a big project, once we know exactly what we’ll need we’ll always have a whip round and try get everyone to chip in what they can. Some smaller stuff or the odd repair, we just pay ourselves as it usually doesn’t cost too much. Apart from the sand and cement, most of the materials we just scavenge. There’s a huge wall to the side of the place that probably holds over 5000 bricks I imagine and we just take those out as and when we need them. We’re always coming across scrap metal we can use as angle iron/coping too. If you think it can be skated, save it. With B&Q literally being next door, it’s never a hassle if we run out of stuff or need the odd tool.
You have some unique obstacles at the Moon compared to some spots, what's the process like in deciding what to build next?
Well when we started we knew a good foundation was to build the standard stuff. This way it’s easier to piece together the simple lines we wanted and we weren’t going in over our heads, because to be honest, apart from Blayne and Tom, none of us had any experience really with working with concrete. Once we had the block, manny pad and the little quarter in, that’s when we started to actually design a few things. Adam drew up the L block and Tom had it pretty much finished the next day. I’m not sure whose idea the bank to ledge was, but props for that because it’s amazing. The keg spine was a combined effort, it was brought down one day and we weren’t sure what to do with it. We had the idea from that classic photo of Grant Taylor blasting out of that tire hump. Needless to say, it didn’t quite turn out like that thing but it’s still rad. There’s never really been any disagreements on what to build either so that always helps speed the process up.
Photo by Ryan Flynn
Harry Veitch channels GT during the jam
Photo by Adam Thirtle
The Moon's had a relatively long life for a DIY spot, why do you think that is? What kind of wasteland is the spot on?
There’s definitely some solid reasons behind that. Firstly, it’s not fenced off. This does come with its down sides too at times, but it’s been used for years by people walking their dogs through so there’s no worries of anyone claiming you’re trespassing. It is tucked away down a hill and surrounded by trees so it’s not exactly in full view of anyone. Another thing is that the police have been down a few times, not for any real reason, they’ve just been passing by on their bikes. Every time they’ve told us they’ve no problems with us being there and are actually stoked we are putting the space to some good use. According to them, until the land eventually gets sold off or plans are made to build there, they have no intentions of stopping us. The only thing they have an issue with is after dark when some of the local kids might come down drinking or starting fires, but that equally pisses us off too. It’s been barren for so many years, I’m not actually sure what used to be there. Rumour has it, it used to be an old hardware store then B&Q possibly bought them out and opened up next door. That’s backed up by the fact that one of the first times we built there, one of the guys from B&Q came out to say we shouldn’t really be doing it. That soon stopped when they realised we were buying all our materials from them though and we’ve never had bother since. No one is really sure though, but whatever it was, it had a real smooth floor, and that’s all that was left behind.
How'd the idea for a jam come about? How much organisation did it need?
I’d been wanting to do one before the summer started but knew there wasn’t really enough obstacles there yet. We’ve built a lot over this summer so about a month ago I just asked Jackie at Native if he would be down to try get a hold of some product for us to use as prizes. I knew from the start it was going to be a fundraiser event so we can build more stuff before the summer was truly over, so we needed prizes to give out in return for people’s cash. Once he was down, simply making a flyer and a Facebook event page was all that was needed to get the hype going. Slowly after that a few local clothing companies messaged me asking if they could donate some stuff too which was cool of them. Then on the run down to the day, a lot of cleaning the place, sweeping and repair work went in by everyone to make the place ready. A few trips to the supermarket for beers and BBQ food and we were all set. Managed to sell about 120 beers and 50 burgers plus all the entry money so we ended up making a pretty decent amount. Native managed to come through with a crazy amount of loot so massive thanks to Jackie for that! All in all, it turned out to be a much bigger and way radder day than originally expected so I’m stoked and hopefully we can do it again next year when the good weather starts again.
On a last note, I wanna say to anyone who isn’t involved in a DIY spot; go get involved. Find an empty space, get the lads together and start something. Slowly that first thing leads to something else, and then something else. Before you know it you’ve got a cool little spot that will probably end up being your regular weekend hangout. If the police bust it, don’t be a dick and they might let you carry on, if not just find somewhere else. There’s nothing better than having a spot to call your own, and the feeling of everyone having a rad session on something you have all built is unrivalled. You’ll find yourself really being attached to the place and you’re bound to learn a lot about DIY, even if you know nothing from the start. MOON GOONS!
Below is another rad edit of the jam, this time from Think Culture, featuring a particularly rad section on the bank to curb.
Rob Jones - Frontside Pivot
Jake Sparham - Backside Pivot
Photos by Danny Parker
Here's Adam Todhunter's edit of The Moon Jam that happened on Sunday, featuring Will Creswick, Harry Veitch etc
Adam Thirtle has a load of photos up on the Deekies of the day too, click Harry's Ollie to be taken through -
Edit from Matthew Dobson of the Sunderland crew, skating the Moon DIY and Exhibition Park.
Featuring Robin Macintosh, Blayne McHugh, Coco Thompson, Ben Cook, and Nicholas Cage.