“My first experience of the wider world of skateboarding, other than ‘having a go on some kid’s at school who had a Variflex’, was catching a snippet of a poorly bootlegged copy of Animal Chin at my mate’s 8th Birthday party.” Continue reading In Good Company with Chris Johnson
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…)
In celebration of his new pro model, last weekend Lost Art hosted a launch event of the Rowley [SOLOS]. This consisted of a heavy street mission, a showing of Propeller and Owain John’s local video ‘Grow Up’ and a photography exhibition featuring the man himself. Due to the imminent arrival of Geoff’s second kid, he couldn’t make it to the occasion, which was unfortunate but completely understandable but the turnout was amazing nonetheless with a fantastic atmosphere carried throughout the day. With Propeller wrapped up and another part that definitely didn’t disappoint under his belt; Geoff is still busy as ever juggling fatherhood, Flip and Civilware to name a few of his responsibilities nowadays. Despite this and thanks to his unquestionable work ethic, he still found time to chat with us regarding his new shoe, filming for Propeller, returning to Liverpool and whether or not we’ve seen the last of him as far as video parts go…
When I heard Lost Art was having a launch event for Geoff Rowley’s new Vans shoe, I was as good as there. Though this was only something like the fifth time I’ve visited Liverpool and the shop, it feels incredibly familiar. Not just the places but the attitude of the locals too. In the two years I’ve known Ollie Birch I must have skated with him a handful of times but he was more than happy to let me snooze on his couch for the night so I could come down for this. At this point already it should be apparent that any misconceptions of Liverpool being unwelcoming are askew as the skateboarders from there are all some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
That’s the curtains. Continue reading Alien Workshop: A Year In Retrospect