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  • Lovenskate Interview and Video Review

    Lovenskate video review and interview live now!

    Read on to find out how filming for the video began, along with various amazing anecdotes from during filming, and get hyped for seeing the video (I know I am) through the review - both ably conducted by Dave Morgan whilst out in Croatia for the very first showing at the Vladimir Film Festival.

    Photos from Harry Watson and Deimante Sprainaityte (Aaron Wilmot shot by Deimante seen here!)

  • Corner Store by Jono Coote | Review

    Corner Store is Jono Coote's independent video featuring a crew of some of the most exciting to watch skaters from around the South including Sam Roberts, Stevie Thompson, Sox, Filippo Baronello, Jordan Thackeray and more.

    Read the full review here.

  • Kernow Punks Zine | Jim Taylor

    Kernow Punks is a photo series shot by Jim Taylor, focusing on the band Bobby Funk. 

    The accompanying zine is 16 pages, staple bound on 130gsm silk paper. Each spread of the zine (apart from the first which features the introductory text) consists of double-page spreads, one photo to each spread. 

    Click here to have a read of the full review!

    Pick one up from Jim's shop here.

  • Sunday Service | Alex Ramsell

    Sunday Service is a skate zine dedicated to a trip to Stuttgart with the Wolftown Skateboards crew, made by Alex Ramsell. 

    Click here or the image below to be taken to our full review!

    Pick one up via Wolftown here.

    You can also have a look at a couple of the photos from the zine as well as watch of the trip edit below the review!

    Zine and clip features Henry Fox, Alex Ramsell, Christopher Emery, Rajinder Sami, Flip Lange, Matt Cullis and Artur der Gohl.

  • Review: Schneller by Lewis Holt

    Schneller is a self-published photobook by photographer Lewis Holt. The book is (aside from the foreword and thank you pages) entirely photographic, documenting DIY culture across the UK, Amsterdam, Germany and Prague. The photos in the book are entirely shot on 35mm film, as according to Lewis; "shooting on film encompassed the do it or die attitude of skateboarding, the feel of the photos and the book is intended to aid the information within the content."

    The photos are spread between;

    • Familiar (Sheffield and 2er in Hannover) and unfamiliar DIY spots, both at home and abroad,
    • Park shots, including a particularly great looking undercover vert ramp,
    • Incidentals
    • and photos of Lewis' crew he travelled with!

    There is quite a bit of variety in the layout of the photos, some being spread across two pages, some doubling up on one page, some landscape shots being centred in the middle of a portrait page, some shots showing the film rebate and others not. This serves to keep things fresh as you work through the large amount of pages included!

    As far as I can tell, the book is laid out in a loosely chronological order of Lewis' travels to each spot, although some images appear out of sequence. This looseness keeps the viewer interested as they work through the book, with the odd surprise just as as you were beginning to "flick" through the pages.

    The overall quality of the book is great, reminding me of Adam Todhunter's Domesday Zine in a couple of ways. It's printed on thicker than average paper and the photos have great tonal and colour range. The book is really thick too, and because of this is perfect bound. 

    You can view Schneller on Lewis' Website, or contact him to see if he has more available!

    Would you like to submit a zine for review? Get in touch here

  • Review: The Stale Zine Issue 1

    I decided to pick up a copy of Sam Barnard's The Stale Zine after seeing the cover on Instagram, it just looked cool, and ironically is firmly in the traditional zine format, the antithesis of Instagram really. 

    After an introduction with a needless apology for the zine's quality (it's rad), and a photo of Sam ripping the deep end of a cool looking bowl, we get to an editorial piece on the effect of skateboarding being included in the Olympics.

    Next up is an interview with Noam of Have Fun, a crew / company out of Colorado discussing the local scene, running a small company, music tastes and skate comps, alongside a couple of photos of Noam himself, I particularly like the one shown below! Such an awkward trick.

    Finally we have a couple of pages filled with punk band recommendations!

    Overall, The Stale Zine is a rad little zine, and a great first issue, for me the strongest parts being the design elements at work, and the punk reviews. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Review: Essay Zine 1 and 2

    I first became aware of Sander Rodenhuis' Essay Zine when he messaged me for a copy of Hangup Zine 1. Essay Zine is out of the Netherlands and focuses on; "worldwide skateboarders and photographers, but also on other content like art and non-skateboarding photography."  You can order yourself a zine at as well as check out their Tumblr at where they post live updates and occasional event coverage such as this recent one from Rotterdam Pooligans

    Essay Zine 1 was shot between October 15 and April 16, but mainly features (what looks like) one session in Thialf, Arnhem skating a combination of launch ramps, benches and ledges, and it looks like the cover was shot here too, Fabric's Douwe Macare with a typically solid Back Smith.

    Other photos in the issue include a shot from those downhill stairs popularised by Mark Baines etc, and a standout shot of Sebastian Vijverberg at a rad looking skatepark. Stoked on the border that's used on a couple of the images throughout the zine! 

    Moving onto Issue 2, the difference between the two is substantial! Where Issue 1 is more of a traditional photozine, Issue 2 is a perfect-bound, professional looking monster! 63 pages of multiple interviews, checkouts, galleries and even adverts with a much wider-reaching scope.The zine opens with an editorial about how much longer than expected this zine took to produce, however with Issue  1 being shot between October 15 and April 16, Issue 2 seems to have been produced very quickly! Especially considering the increased size, printing cost, and scope of Issue 2!

    The issue kicks things off proper with a large Gallery section featuring Wouter Molenaar, Robbin De Wit and a whole host of other rippers, ending on a particularly amazing handrail 5050 from an elusive dude just called "James" shot by Antony Allison, who has his own feature later on in the zine.

    Following this is an interview with photographer Daniel Munchnik featuring rad shots of Matt Lane, Matty Hunt and even a couple of hand-coloured photos (spread below)! I love how Sander has laid out this page, with the photos real small and text surrounding, it really makes you study each photo more, and gives more value to them on the page for this.

    Following features on photographer Ruud Rijkers and Loose Skateboard Company, we reach my favourite part of the zine. The display section is filled with non-skate imagery, with Sander providing the first couple of spreads himself with some collage-style work (examples below). Great use of colour in that second spread! The section goes on to show Ethan Rhoads' contemporary photography, including a shot from what looks like some kind of light installation! The final contributor to the display section is Jeroen Kooren with a selection of paintings, something not often seen in a skate zine. These remind me of Van Gogh but I wouldn't say I know much about painting! However I will say they are photographed / scanned in very well for the zine!

    You can buy Essay Zine here, and follow them on tumblr and instagram!

  • Review: Polar Vid

    As I'd written a previous piece on my favourite parts of the two Polar promos, and what I'd like to see in the full-length, I thought I'd write a review now I've given it a couple of watches.

    One of the first things I noticed during the introduction and then throughout the video, is the heavy use of black and white footage of skateparks (see intro Stapelbaddsparken section). Initially I thought this a culprit of the skatepark footage is second rate mentality seen in some videos but through watching the whole thing I think it's more to do with aesthetics. Stappel, which is plain concrete, is in black and white during the intro, but Sibbarp and the Deaner which have sections of bright colour are in colour. Exceptions to this are Hullet (plain and in colour), the original Steppeside section (colourful but in black and white, as part of the statue section) and street DIY.

    David Stenstrom Crailslides as part of the Carhartt WIP X Polar Skate Co. Ad Campaign, shot by Nils Svensson

    The soundtrack to the video is largely electronic music that reminds me of Terminator 2, or Alex Cameron (as heard on the recent Josh Pall pro part), and goes really well with the graphics throughout the video.

    Speaking of the graphics, there's a wide range of them throughout, ranging from dude's Mary Poppins-ing around the screen before ending up stuck in a tree to balls of light in pitch black forests to what can only be described as happy sad bat signals. These remind of Alien Workshop's output, particularly Mindfield with the frequent splashes of colour, but move past this largely due to more use of a flat graphical form.

    The dedicated DIY sections are a high point, both the original + newer Steppe Side builds have their own sections, with the newer Steppe Side being particularly great. Some of the tricks over the doorway + no flat bottom bowl are amazing. Sheffields own now defunct DIY even has a little section (in black and white). 

    That thing is gnarly

    I was disappointed with a couple of minor things in the video; Oski's Wallride between two of the Leeds Uni banks appears to be done to flat rather than back into the bank, although I'm sure this is just me being super critical and rewinding too much... Plus it's more than made up for by the sheer gnarliness of the Kingpin Cover, which has one of the best shots for me in the entire film. As you can tell from the cover, the sculpture being noseblunted is surrounded by buildings, and while Oski is doing the trick this is the case. Following this however is a shot of the sculpture surrounded by countryside. So either there's an identical sculpture somewhere in the country, or someone has impeccable photoshop skills! I know which I'd prefer! 

    Oski Wallrides in Leeds, shot by Sam Ashley for Sidewalk

    Oski shot by DVL for Kingpin

    Another thing I was disappointed by was Oski having an all street section. He has plenty of tranny footage scattered throughout the film, but I would have preferred to see at least some of that used in his section, especially the Stapel backside nosebluntslide!

    The only other bad point I can come up with is the prevalence (two examples, presumeably on purpose) of the dreaded Noseslide Shuvit, one by Hjalte, one by Pontus. Hopefully this is a trolling ploy by the guys to make the trick into the next shuvit flip! And if so, this goes on the good points pile!
    Overall, this is definitely a must purchase, especially due to how rare physical full-lengths are getting! Some real thought has gone into the packaging, you get a couple of postcard sized prints along with it too, photographs in Pontus' signature style. And I haven't even mentioned Kevin Rodrigues' part! He's completed the wallride game...
  • Review: Craig Dodds' Municipality Zine

    First up in the Articles section of the site is a review of Craig Dodds' excellent Municipality zine. If anyone would like to write an article, do a review or send in anything to review feel free to get in contact!

    I recently received Craig Dodds' zine Municipality. I was expecting a traditional skateboard zine, but it’s actually something more interesting, examining the peripheries involved with skateboarding.

    The cover of the zine is interesting as it’s the only photograph in the zine containing a skateboard (apart from one shot of two women taking a selfie). At first glance I thought the birds on the cover were hand drawn along with theMunicipality title, when in actual fact they make up the top half of the cover photograph. This creates a separation of the cover into three distinct parts.

    Skateboarding seems to be a magnet to which strange happenings are attracted, I can’t count the number of times where strangers have approached and began a conversation totally at odds with what’s happening. Craig excels at documenting these moments, and puts what I am trying to say here much more eloquently in the introduction to the zine.Particular images that allude to this include; two children hiding behind a large bundle of Helium balloons, a woman in the drinks aisle of a supermarket in rollerblades and a group of children, all with toy guns.

    The layout of the zine is particularly well achieved, as Craig succeeds in drawing the reader in. The first element I noticed was the use hand-written text in place of the more common typed text. This gives the zine a more personal feel, moving it towards the traditional zine rather than the more prominent high quality photo zine. Another aspect that moves the zine into this area is the use of black and white images throughout the zine. However, saying this, the print quality is good, a higher quality than the traditional photocopied zine, which makes it a pleasure to look through.

    Craig has chosen to render a select number of images in colour, none more eye catching as the (assumed) bloody plastic bag. This had the effect of drawing me further in, enabling me to pay more attention to each photograph, and really gives some intimacy to the book.

    The zine is really good quality for the price, it cost me around £3.50 including postage, much cheaper than most photo zines, and I’ve looked at it more than most zines I’ve purchased in the past. Well worth the money, contact @duddle_it on instagram if you’d like one.