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  • The Level Bowl Jam | Four Wheel Fools

    Four Wheel Fools have a photo recap up from the weekend's Level Jam in Brighton. Click Stevie Thompson's Backside Boneless below to have a look!

    Stevie Thompson | Backside Boneless | Photo: Paul Jackson

  • Hangup Zine 2 | Gallery

    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!

  • Hangup Zine Issue 2 Out Now!

    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, or facebook/instagram = hanguponline) for payment details. £2.00 each + stickers! If any shops want any message me too, we'll sort something out! 

  • Interview: Jack Kenward on The Outback DIY at Empire Skatepark

    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!

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    Empire Skatepark


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  • Hangup Zine 1: Empire Skatepark | by Paul Jackson

    Beginning our mini Empire Week, here's Paul Jackson's park profile from Zine 1. Check back Thursday for a look at the recently completed Outback DIY section there!

    I’ve been a regular visitor to skater owned Empire Skate Park since Lewis and Harry took over the business in Colchester, Essex back in 2013. Harry and Lew are good friends of mine and the locals are as friendly and enthusiastic as any scene I’ve experienced with some real talent in Jake Bolt, Toby Gozzett, Elliot Simmons and Jordan Thackeray.

     This little unit at the back of a business estate holds not only an ever-evolving, flowing park and shop, but also a dedicated skate-loving team of staff and helpers that help to keep the local Essex scene buzzing and involve themselves in educational projects in the local area. Every year the Lords Of The Swords Videos Premier Night and Awards Night are hosted by the park and the park always enter a team. They hold jams throughout the year with bags of prizes and run school holiday skate camps and coffee mornings. 

     Wednesday’s Skate Night is usually heavy with gnarly skaters of all ages with regular sightings of Mark Munson, Mark Radden, Carl Wilson and visiting groups from all over the country.

     2014’s Real Skateboards Crash-Up Derby Tour passing through with Justin Brock, Davis Torgesson, Jed Cullen and Robbie Brockel giving a heavy demo to a 200 strong excited and very loud crowd was so sick and the Halloween, Christmas and LOTS Parties are always legendary.

    Elliott Simmons uses the power of Christ to glide across the channel, Frontside Bluntslide

     The park consists of a 4 foot mini with 5 foot extentions on one end, a 3 foot micro upstairs and a concrete floored park with a roll-in and jump box leading to an 8 foot vert wall with a door gap on one side. A driveway with a hubba, a kinked flat bar, an up/down hand rail on one side and a coverable grass gap and flat bank hip on the end. There’s a concrete bowl corner hipped to an 8 foot steep flat bank on one side and a long 4 foot tranny/flat bank running down the entire side of the park. And there’s a new 10 inch high, 6 foot long granite edged ledge built into the middle of the long bank. Transitions fill in the gaps ranging from 4 foot to 6 foot.

    Work continues on the skate only outdoor concrete bowl complex which is due to be finished in the spring and hopefully open to the public in the summer. 


    Empire Skate Park,

    Unit H,

    Global Park,




    CO1 2TJ

    01206 615840

    Mark Munson Nosegrind Tailgrabs over the door with probable ease, he can also do them no grab...

  • Four Wheel Fools Summer Bowl Jam | Bury St Edmunds

    Today we have a gallery from last weekend's Bury St Edmunds bowl jam organised by Paul Jackson of Four Wheel Fools.
    The jam managed to raise £112.00 for the lights fund for the park, an aim I'm sure you'll agree is a good one!
    The gallery features Ben Jones, John Thompson, Mark Munson, Kiz, Morri Nash and Luke Jarvis!

    Click Mark Munson's Backside Smith for the full gallery!

    Mark Munson, Backside Smith, shot by Paul Jackson

  • Gallery: Empire Skatepark, by Paul Jackson

    Paul Jackson sent over a  new gallery from Empire Skatepark!

    Click here to view

    Toby Gozzett, Frontside Feeble, shot by Paul Jackson