Jason Caines & The No Comply Network – Interview
Jason Caines and the No Comply Network have been putting together events, (‘happenings’ is probably more accurate) for some time now, along with promoting many of the UK skateboarding community’s more creatively minded members via his numerous Social Media tentacles. Following the success of his recent Beyond Skateboarding event at Fastlands in Birmingham, we figured it made sense to sit the always-hyper man down for 5 minutes to find out a little more about The No Comply Network itself, its events arm under the moniker ‘Beyond Skateboarding’ and Jason’s general perspective on all things skateboarding related.
Read on and get inspired to do something similar for yourselves.
So Jason, to start off with – can you give everyone a bit of the back-story behind the No Comply Network please? When did you first start with this idea and what was the inspiration behind setting it up the network?
I started The No Comply Network in September 2014 after working for Long Live Southbank as a writer/researcher and spokesman for the campaign. I worked as an editor on the Long Live Southbank book and it was my job to choose which artists, writers and creative material would be featured. Creating that book cemented my opinion that skaters take creativity to another level.
Skateboarders create fresh artwork that’s different from nearly everything else because of our unique perspectives and attitudes to traditional and commercial art, music and film. Skaters like Fos, Nick Jensen, Wig Worland, Dan Magee, Mike Manzoori, Lev Tanju and Toby Shaull were SB locals who are also now recognised artists and creatives beyond skateboarding and I wanted to make something of that.
A month before we won the campaign, I went to Lyon with my mate Arthur Derrien and great people like Will Harmon, Jin Shimizu, Jake Harris, T-Bone, Daniel Clarke, Chris Jones, Luka Pinto, Tom Knox, Mark Suicu and others. It really stoked me out on skateboarding and the creativity of the people on board. I got home inspired by the trip, wrote out the general idea of No Comply and have worked on it ever since.