Hangup Zine 1: Joe Howard on UK Parks, DIY, Trick Choice and Trips

  • Hangup Zine 1: Joe Howard on UK Parks, DIY, Trick Choice and Trips

    Thruster at a mythical private vert ramp that noone ever skated, Newcastle. Photo: Paul Graham

    Hello pal where are you and what you been up to?

    Rolling with the boys in the city of dreams!

    How many nicknames do you actually have?

    Nicknames, I’ve never been nicknamed... Chesney, Smokey Joe, Snoop, Yoggins, Voldemort? Howard the Lad...

    How do you decide on tricks to learn? You’ve got quite an obscure trick selection...

    Haha I dunno. We constantly learn off one another and progress as skateboarders to whatever feels comfortable. I’m happy to hit the deck hard a couple of times to get some of that but as far as tricks go, there’s only one way up to that coping. Would be good to skate everyday like it was your last.

    Continuing the onslaught on the sketchiest vert ramps in the North, Frontside Invert at Upton. Photo: Paul Graham

    You’ve recently started working for a skatepark building company, how’d that come about and what does it involve?

    I’ve worked with concrete for the last few years, originally with cast stone and mould work which is a totally different warzone to skatepark building. I started twerking about with D.I.Y. and making coping too, that’s hella fun. We’ve got a spot in Leeds a group of us have been working on (The Dustbowl), it’s a cushty place to get dirty and learn how to graft to skate different things. Get down, get involved.

    Favourite UK skateparks and why?

    That’s a hard one they’re all half assed at the moment! I dig Hebden when the river rats ain’t in the pool. The House bowl always holds down a heavy session too. Stockwell will always be my all time favourite UK park, for characters, homies and speed trains. Gotta throw the Deaner in there too for the external wall madness and some downhill shit. Hyde Park is on a similar level to Stockwell, good scene of fellas on the deck up there, but the parks a bit outdated, so it’s all about the Dustbowl now. If you build it they will come.

    Favourite Mad Snoz story from The Ripped skatepark?

    A crate of eggs and a couple of kilos of fl our to his face one night that was pretty geared up, the night of the deathmatch I think. He must have stocked up and just wanted to get caked up proper. He used to run the maddest jams, I was down for all the Jacobs cracker eating comps, no watered down ting.

    Joe throws a Lien on the hardest thing possible at Thornes Park,Wakefield. Photo: Paul Graham

    You just finished another extension down the Dustbowl DIY, what’s next on the agenda?

    Just keep building, got a hip and pump track on the go, get some more flow to the joint. Hopefully get down Needleside this summer and build some new shit down there too.

    Top 3 Video parts? 

    Cardiel Anti Hero - Cow

    Mike Conroy Reason for Living

    Eric Dressen Troops of Tomorrow

    Worst Trick ever?

    They’re all bad for you, we have a disease.

    Judo to Fakie at Manchester’s premier purpose built fullpipe. Photo: Paul Graham

    Bagged yourself a few of the old sponsors now, who hooks you up?

    Antihero UK represent, Spitfire Wheels, Welcome Skatestore, Hoax Socks

    Worst trip you’ve been on?

    Indy UK trip, I bust my ankle on the first stop (Lien Disaster Blackpool pool), Livingston A & E, nine months later operation sorted it out. I’m good now but was unruly watching all the boys shred the rest of the tour leg up - I’m hyped for the next traipse!

    Best place to camp?

    The Highlands, freeman laws the hills are yours.

    Frontside Ollie at Saffron Walden's Concrete Wonder. Photo: Josh Rose

    Cover of Hangup Zine 1, Joe Madonna blocks on Gateshead's brilliant brick banks. Photo: Paul Graham

    Hard fought wallie up to Andy Roy, Leeds. Photo: Paul Graham

    Joe tanked it up to this never been done Texas. Photo: Paul Graham