Many of the finest British skaters of all time have ridden for the recently-reborn Blueprint Skateboards. The brand was founded in 1995, merging with Panic Skateboards in 1997, and, over the next 17 years, it featured riders of the calibre of former boss Dan Magee, Mark Baines, Ben Grove, Conhuir Lynn, Vaughan Baker, Ben Nordberg, Chewy Cannon, Jerome Campbell, Nick Jensen and Paul Shier.
During this period, the company released a series of great films, many of which are now regarded as among the most influential British skate videos ever made. Following the Build and Destroy promo in 1999, it released the full-length Waiting For The World (2000), First Broadcast (2001), Lost and Found (2005) and Make Friends With The Colour Blue (2010), all filmed and edited by Magee.
However, the company fell apart in 2012 following a change in ownership and a subsequent change in its business philosophy. All of its team riders at the time departed, unhappy with the company’s new direction – Shier and Jensen soon announced the formation of their new company, Isle Skateboards, where they were joined by Frenchman Sylvain Tognelli, while Cannon and Danny Brady moved to up-and-coming British brand Palace Skateboards.
In 2013 a very different Blueprint Skateboards emerged with a team featuring pro riders Mike York and Ignatio Morata, and ams Luke Hampton, Josh Love, Cameron Wetzler and Marcus Carr. There was also a new range of decks, wheels, soft goods and accessories.