Why “Skateboarders are essential for our cities”
architecture / history / skateboarding

Why “Skateboarders are essential for our cities”

The following is an exert from a lecture given by Iain Borden the Vice-Dean for Communications and a professor of architecture and urban culture at University College London. The Following exert was originally republished by the Independent newspaper under their Independent voices section. In it he discusses skateboarding as one of the many ways of re imagining the spaces around us, those in which we occupy in our everyday lives. … Continue reading

“The Devils Toy” by Claude Jutra
history / skateboarding / video

“The Devils Toy” by Claude Jutra

After getting lost in the National Film Board of Canada website for a few hours this morning, I re-discovered this gem. “This short 1966 documentary dedicated “to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed … Continue reading

Behind the scenes of “Overcast” by Iron Giraffe
interview / skateboarding

Behind the scenes of “Overcast” by Iron Giraffe

After many setbacks, hiatuses and distractions the first full length offering from Glasgow based film-maker Paul McConnach is finaly here. Produced under the banner Iron Giraffe, the film is called Overcast and features a broad cross section of Scottish over the past few years. Stu Graham, Jamie Bolland, Collin Kennedy, Paul Silvester they are all … Continue reading

Monday media review: Top of the World “Aspect Ratio”
Monday Media Review / skateboarding / video

Monday media review: Top of the World “Aspect Ratio”

Top of the World skateshop in Ottawa has long been known as an incubator for some of Canada’s most well renowned and respected professional skateboarders; Wade Desarmo, Gailea Momolu, Spencer Hamilton, the list goes on. So when they announced that they were releasing their first full length video since 2004’s seminal “top Dollar”people rightly sat up and took notice. … Continue reading