In this day and age, anything in skateboarding that can maintain for two decades is something worth celebrating. In a culture driven by trends and focus group manufactured coolness, only the strongest and most culturally anchored entities can weather the storm of twenty years of ‘skateboard time’.
Add independent skater-ownership into that context and you’re looking at an even more impressive achievement.
This here article is intended to commemorate exactly such a happening with both The House Skatepark and UK mainstay skateboard brand Death Skateboards hitting their twenty year anniversary this month.
No House event is complete without these two: Ash Hall and Shaun Currie.
Photo: Greg Somerset
For those of you unaware of either of these British skateboarding institutions, (although I find it difficult to believe that you would be), suffice to say that although one is an indoor skatepark and the other is a skate company – their raison d’etre and their approach to business is fundamentally similar.
Both are independently owned by skateboarders, and both are run in the interest of skateboarding, so to see them thrive is a testament not only to that, but also to every one of you out there who understands this reality and supports them both by utilizing their services and putting your money where your mouths are.
“How long do you reckon till Greg drives back home, drops his camera gear off and reappears with a backpack full of booze Timmy?”
OG locals in the house. Photo: Greg Somerset