411 Video Magazine held a unique place within the skateboarding media that remained pretty much unrivaled until the internet became the dominant force in skateboard footage distribution that it is today.
From its inception in the early 1990’s right through until the point it vanished into online obscurity during the mid-to-late 2000’s, 411 gave skaters around the world a quarterly hour of visual inspiration at a time when you could easily find yourself waiting any time up to a year for fresh company backed productions to land in your hometown, and further inspire your carpark/schoolyard/town center progression.
Due to its home in California, it stands to reason that a lot of its content was gathered overseas in America, though throughout the time the video magazine existed, UK heads were featured on a regular basis, even infiltrating the premiere issue on a pretty large scale.
‘Wheels of Fortune’, ‘Rookies’ and ‘Pro Files’ sections were all graced by a cross section of UK bred talent over the years, along with regular inclusion of UK contests and random individuals in the occasional ‘World Report’ and ‘Chaos’ segments.
As some sort of potted history lesson, we’ve gone back through the VHS archives and come through with a handful of classic 411 sections featuring natives of our fair isle in one capacity or another. Have a look through the pages below now – watch, learn or reminisce at will…