“Sharp” Exhibition launch blog

Last night was the official launch from our very own resident photography machine Leo Sharps’ “Sharp: 15 Years of UK Skateboarding” exhibition at the Fifty-Fifty Gallery space in Bristol.

As well as plenty of finely selected choices from Leos vast archives, free booze and a couple of DJs, the evening also saw a strong turnout of Bristol locals, plus a few surprise arrivals from all over the country.

Have a look at some snapshots from the opening below.

It goes without saying that we’re strongly recommending you pay the exhibition a visit the next time you’re in Bristol. “Sharp: 15 Years of UK Skateboarding” will remain in the Fifty-Fifty gallery until well into December before making its way over to London in the new year – stay tuned for further details.

Starting things off properly – Makepeace and Marsh get a bit closer.

Nordberg hobbled all the way over from Bath.

Syd might not like having his photo taken…

…but Habgood loves it!

Downstairs in the gallery, the first thing you’re greeted with are two massive photo collages…

…that include hundreds of gems like this.

The main room.

Mad history from the pages of the mag to be peeped by your eyes.

Shapes! Steez! Rob Selley, MK backside noseblunt from 1997.

Keeping it Milton Keynes, here’s a mini Sean Smith.

Aussie Ben came down from Brum with the Ideal mob.

He also requested I shared this gem with the world – James Woodley, 2002.

Stu and Div – what more could you possibly say?

An amazing but sadly unused portrait of Paul Carter from a few years back.

Lost Art all up in yo’ shit! Mackey and Ash shut the shop a few hours early this afternoon in order to drive from Liverpool to Bristol – props!

The OG shot of Baines’ “Hating Life” cover.

Leeds! Leon and Harrison had an arm wrestle in the pub a few hours later which attracted a large crowd of eager pub regulars. Tom eventually won but they both got given free Sambuca shots for putting on such a good show.

Kris Vile accurately recreating his ‘Haunts’ portrait.

Chris Jones and his well read beard stand in front of Chris Jones and his Dairy Lee Triangle of Peace cover. If you look closely you can see Groves’ epic Sheffield ollie next to him…

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