A couple of weeks ago, the third leg of Repro Print Division‘s Skater Owned Shop tour saw them heading to Norwich for the Repro X Drug Store jam which consisted of a screen printing workshop and raffle before a jam at Eaton Skatepark.
Featuring Josh Cole, Jono Coote, James Hall, Danger Mike, Vlad Kalynin, Joe Smith and John Howlett.
Filmed by Jono Coote and Laurie Stearn and edited by Jono Coote.
Bad Noids – Nun Mother from ‘Everything From Soup To Dessert‘
Detergents – On Duty from the Detergents demo.
The Patrimilgrimage kicked off on the Friday so we got the chance to hit some spots along the way – namely Saffron Walden, the only Dreamlands skatepark currently built in the UK and a must visit for anyone easily seduced by pool coping and concrete curves.
A couple of hours in the sun there and we headed up to Norwich, getting in a chilli-fuelled twilight session at the Heartsease Capsule Bowl. I’m not sure who this is a must visit for really, apart from maybe through and through skateboard deviants with a prominent masochistic streak? Originally a full, enclosed bowl, sometime during the 80s Norwich council decided that they couldn’t let one half of the city have a bowl and not the other – so their solution was to cut the bowl in half and place one half in Heartsease, one half in Eaton. With the Eaton half getting demolished sometime in the distant past after local youths used it for the tradition British pastime of setting fire to a car, this half is all that remains; a truly unique experience that lies somewhere between carving, sprinting and slaloming between the various gaping holes in the concrete. After a while we all felt like long distance sprinters, albeit ones with cans of Holsten Pils constantly within swigging distance and with plans to go out for ‘a couple’ afterwards, which of course found us raving drunk doing slappy grinds at some point in the early hours.
This in turn led to the Saturday being focused on mainly filming duties and trying to drink enough PBR to ward off the hangover demons, something possibly helped by the screen printing chemical fumes as Repro set up camp outside Drug Store in Norwich city centre with screen printing press, blank boards and t-shirts and a good few cases of booze. Apart from one detour to film Danger Mike earning his title at a particularly grim cobbled street transition, this is where the afternoon was spent; raffling out boards and tees and enjoying the good weather. I missed out on the subsequent Eaton Skatepark session (near where the other half of the capsule used to reside), but luckily Laurie Stearn was on hand for that half so you can still check out what went down there. Do so, then keep an eye our for footage of the next leg of the tour when it hits Big Woodys in Blackpool!