Blueprint Skateboards‘ classic 2005 DVD set, the Dan Magee produced ‘Lost and Found’ came laden with hidden gems, ‘easter eggs’ and bonus features, though the main one of interest at the time came in the form of a section from ex-team member John Fisher, which was buried somewhere in the middle of the double disc package.
Stepping back in time a little bit, John first caught the nations attention with his pretty much groundbreaking handrail backlip front cover at the WH Smiths rail in Birmingham (the one below – have a scroll…) that graced the cover of Sidewalk 62 in November 2001. At that point, backlips on rails were still pretty much unseen, especially in this country, so for a little known kid from the outskirts of Birmingham to be chucking them down a nine stair rail in what was rumoured to be somewhere in the region five goes was somewhat of an head turner.
Though he was hooked up with A Third Foot back in 2001, by the time his ‘Haunts’ came out in issue 72 the following September, John was fully installed as part of the growing Blueprint am roster. After partaking in 2002s ‘Belong Tour’ and appearing in the tour video that was released later that year,John concentrated on filming for ‘Lost and Found’, racking up a brace of next level gnarly footage on filming missions with Dan Magee and Ian Passmore.
Sponsored skateboarding doesn’t always turn out to be everybody’s cup of earl grey, as was the case here, and John ended up dropping out of the sponsorship game before the eventual release of ‘Lost and Found’ in 2005 in order to concentrate on studying at Swansea university. For the years that followed, John would still skate on the regular and would turn up at events from time to time and kill it when he wanted to – he even put in a cameo in the 2009 Bromsgrove area scene video ‘Le Cam’.
Anyway, that’s more enough reading for one day – hit the pay button now and ejoy…