Undercover car park inspiration whilst the weather still pisses us about...
Above - Lucy Adams rocket noseslides the rain away - Photo: CJ
Undercover car parks play an integral part in the landscape of UK skateboarding, both metaphorically and literally. With the weather as liable to change without warning as it is, having somewhere to hide away and skate a curb or wood pallet is a good back up plan to be ready with; even on a hot day in July. This has forced the average UK skater to spend more time lurking in multi-storeys than most bagheads, dodging security and clocking up hours on the painted curbs and curving slopes which make up the best of these neon joy-holes.
The car park is a summation of one of street skateboarding's best (and most confusing to the public) aspects - taking a space which is used purely as function and changing its purpose. We thought it was time to salute the undercover car park, so here is Gimme Shelter - a collection of some of our favourite clips filmed within those confines. Get inspired for when the weather turns...
Alex Moul in Deathbox - Spirit of the Blitz (1991)
A classic to kick things off in the form of Alex Moul's section from Deathbox - Spirit of the Blitz. There are a few car park clips throughout the section, but we've started the video at the point it does basically because that's where the Spermbirds - Americans are Cool kicks in.
Andy Roy in Consolidated - Number 1 (1996)
Bone shattering fall potential doesn't stop Andy Roy from a blunt fakie in this clip, at an incredible/fucking gnarly spot that is also skated in Dan Drehobl's section in Think - Dedication.
Tom Penny (late 90s)
Tom Penny on home ground at the Westgate multi-storey car park in Oxford, frequented by many an Oxford local until its demolition this year.
Paul Silvester in Sidewalk - In Motion (2003)
A couple of clips from Paul Silvester's 'In Motion' section take full advantage of car park spots, with first a precarious handrail (into an area which houses a very good slappy curb for those interested) and then a lengthy, thin hubba ledge in what used to be Ings Road carpark, Wakefield. Sadly now demolished, this carpark had 5 of these 30 foot long kinked hubbas in a row going from floor 5 to the exit. RIP ‘multi-sliders’…
Olly Todd in Josh Stewart's Raw Tapes: London (2006)
Apart from the ice rink style floor, this place looks incredible...
Wieger Van Wageningen in Nike SB - Nothing but the Truth (2007)
Wieger starts off his 'Nothing but the Truth' section with some smooth, technical lines in a cavernous multi-storey decked out with what look like perfect ledges and flat bars, dream spot!
Landscape Skateboards promo (2012)
Back to the Olly Todd car park to finish off the 2012 Landscape promo, with a crew deep car park hill bomb...
Sorcery Sammy in Welcome Skateboards - Monarchs of Magic (2012)
Sorcery Sammy with a selection of slappys to fulfill your alliteration needs for the day. If you want more, the full section can be found here with even more hot car park action!
Jimmy Boyes car park section (2015)
Jimmy Boyes is a don, he's getting away with scorching his car park spot while you're being kicked out for kickflips in yours!
Anti Hero - What's Up Monkey? (2015)
Flatground doubles and gapped round rails, because GT and Gerwer got love for the multi-storey!
Bonus: Thrashin' Wild in the Streets scene (1986)
Car parks - also good for shaking off pesky Daggers.