For many years Liverpool’s Dave Mackey was an integral part of the team at Blueprint Skateboards, but he jumped ship in 2012 for the newly-formed National Skateboard Company shortly before Blueprint fell apart. At the National, he joined up with a team of respected UK rippers, also including Tom Harrison, Joshua Young, Vaughan Jones and Denis Lynn.
However, Dave is probably best known for founding Liverpool’s Lost Art skateshop, winner of the Best Skateshop award at the Bright European Skateboard Awards in 2012. He is also one of the loudest and most influential voices on the local skate scene, taking a leading role in the development of the DIY New Bird Street skatepark in the city, and the successful legal battle to keep it open in 2011.
His first published photo, a tweaked indy over the hip, appeared in the Liverpool issue of RAD magazine, but probably the greatest moment of Dave’s career came in 2009 when a photo of him doing a frontside rock appeared on the cover of Sidewalk 150. He has also twice appeared on the cover of Document, as well as the cover of the Independent newspaper’s Saturday colour supplement.
Now 38, he says that his move to the National has rekindled his love for skateboarding, and he featured in the company’s debut promo from 2013. He successfully juggles the life of a sponsored skateboarder with running Lost Art and bringing up his young son, and there looks to be no sign of him slowing down anytime in the near future.