On September 21st, the crowds gathered outside London’s Prince Charles Cinema for the premiere of MADE Chapter Two; the fifth Emerica video and fourth to be directed by Jon Miner. It’s easy to forget 1997’s Yellow came before the classic This Is Skateboarding in 2003. Probably as the iconic image of Emerica we know, that of greens and golds, is Miner’s Emerica. MADE Chapter Two has been around three years in the making and in hindsight makes its predecessor, 2013’s MADE Chapter One, feel like a prequel to this lengthier feature. The video of boasts footage of the whole team, a new rider, a full part from comeback kid Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long and a ‘retired’ legend whose one trick got the loudest cheer of the video. Anyway… Green hue, names, action.
Tom Knox has been a well known figure in the UK scene for about ten years now and following the release of Isle Skateboards’ ‘Vase’, his exposure to the wider world felt like it was a long time coming. After delivering an outstanding opening part in possibly the most important British skateboard video since Blueprint’s ‘Lost And Found’  it is hard to think of someone who deserves to have their name (well, initials) on a board more than Tom. With fatherhood imminent towards the end of last year, Tom managed to find a spare hour talk all things London, Isle Skateboards, ‘Vase’ and his friendship with Jacob Harris.
December 30th 2015, 9:19pm.
What part of London are you from and who did you grow up skating with?
I’m from North London; Finsbury Park to be precise. I grew up skating with my brothers in the area I’m from, some of them used to skate, some still do. The guys I was at school with skated so I was always with them and then I started making trips into Central London. That’s how I met the people I skate with now mostly.
You’ve had a few different sponsors over the years before Isle and New Balance Numeric. Including Blueprint during the Make Friends With The Colour Blue  era. How did that come about?
Jake (Harris) actually started filming for Blueprint right near the end of that video. I think (Dan) Magee met Jake once and asked him if he wanted to film some stuff, I guess he knew he could film with a VX pretty well. Through that, Jake showed (Paul) Shier and Magee my footage and they were down to start giving me some boards. Continue reading “Tom Knox on ‘Vase’ & Isle Skateboards”→
After giving a fond farewell to the Static series in 2014, Josh Stewart has since been putting all his energy towards his esteemed distribution company Theories of Atlantis. Operating out of his apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Josh has also been placing more focus on the Theories brand itself and the result has been a great selection of interesting graphics with just as interesting stories behind them from season to season. Having been fairly quiet since embarking on his Static sabbatical last year, I caught up with Josh to see learn about life post-Static IV, separating Theories distribution from the brand, designing graphics, TOA Times and more.
Mention Vans Syndicate to any skateboarder that takes pride in their shoe collection and it would be surprising if you aren’t met with anything but a list of regretful missed releases. While focusing on a specific theme is nothing new for shoe collaborations, the relationship of collaborating individuals with the design team at Syndicate over the last ten years is one of the factors that has set Syndicate above other ‘premium’ lines. Developing more than just one off colourways, silhouettes have often distinctly varied from their classic counterpart with each release telling a story.
Easy Josh, what time is it in Oz right now, about half nine, half ten?
I’m half ten. I had an early night, I was just going to bed and was like ‘oh fuck!’ Emailed you and then fell asleep. Got the interview anyway I guess (laughs), but yeah, just woke up.
Yeah, sorry for the delay getting back in touch with you, had something on that ran way over.
Oh man, it’s sweet. Yesterday I was helping my girlfriend move out and then just when you were actually calling me I was talking to Middsy (Chris Middlebrook), the Nike TM over here, cause he just got back and every conversation with him is at least an hour long. Just catching up and stuff so I was like ‘oh fuck’ – could hear the beeps come through and you trying to call but yeah, we made it (laughs).
While the title of CJ’s current exhibition, In Good Company, refers to the skateboarders he’s photographed over the years, it’s also a fitting way to describe the man in question. Having covered a handful of events this past summer alongside him, Chris has provided laughs, booze, (some) structure to the occasions and always made for a more interesting and amusing time. Ranging from what was supposed to be quick interviews spanning into intense hour long discussions, to spending a taxi ride with Mike O’Meally narrated by his MCing skills (much to the driver’s displeasure and Chris and myself being in absolute stitches) it’s been a pleasure getting to know the guy who’s shot some of the most iconic images of UK skateboarding over the past years.
Following on from a trip to Liverpool early in the summer for the launch of Geoff Rowley’s new shoe, Russ Weasel at Bold Street Coffee approached Chris in regards to hosting his own exhibition there which has been on display since the first of this month. It seemed a fitting time to talk all things skateboarding photography related so read on for a few thoughts on the UK skate scene, cover stories and more from the rad dad with a bad back and Sidewalk Magazine’s senior lens pointer.
Skateboarders the world over have spent a good couple of weeks questioning why Mother Collective, one of the most well received companies of this current small brand ‘renaissance’ suddenly switched their moniker to Quasi Skateboards. Without realising, there’s been hints of this change for a little while now…
After having a conversation with Austyn I was surprised by how quiet he is, now some might perceive this as arrogance but this isn’t the case what so ever. Austyn is humble and unlike most people within skateboarding, actually seems to consider what he’s about to say before doing so. Due to the people he’s associated with, it would be easy to assume that Austyn as is fashion-focused as his ‘Team Handsome’ cohorts Dylan Rieder and Alex Olson but again, contrary to what you might expect, this isn’t the case at all – no portfolio and headshots for this guy, (though he’s partial to suiting up if the situation calls for it…)