Scan 1 - Paul Shier backside nosegrind revert, Croydon shopping centre - Photo: Horse
Paul sporting the classic ‘finger gun’ steez that he still possesses to this day. I have no idea why I was in a shopping centre in Croydon at this point in my life. It could have been a house party at Shier’s dad’s house come to think about it.
The small print on this page claimed “if you cut off your arms and nail them to some wood we will definitely print a picture of them."
Also on this page we had managed to get our own email address via a company called Feedback that used to manage the band 808 State, so random. I don’t think we ever used that email address as no one else had one to communicate back to us. Strictly fax bitch!
Scan 2 - Blueprint Advert - Mark Baines
One of the first Blueprint adverts to grace the pages of Sidewalk. This one features a shadowy night time kickflip from Mark Baines along with some ‘looking through windows’ snaps…
The fledgling team consisted of Daniel Magee, Mark Baines, Ewan Bowman, Flynn Trotman & Mike DeGeus R.I.P.
Scan 3 - Gunner & Anderson (Guilty by Association) - Photos: wigworland.com
This was the opener of a four page feature on Ian Gunner and Matt Anderson.
These two were pretty much joined at the hip back then and were busy killing Harrow skatepark on a daily basis.
We even managed to drag them out to shoot some street stuff too (in the middle of winter) Gunner ollies the bollocks and Matt crooks a legit handrail.
Scan 4 - Ben Jobe backside tailslides Southbank’s beam in 1996 - Photo: wigworland.com
I seem to remember saying that if Ben did this trick I’d buy him a can of Super T.
He was hyped and did it to forwards and to fakie (unexpected). This photo was used to accompany an article written by Ged Wells (of Insane Skateboards) and it was quite literally insane as well, god knows what the kids made of it. An excerpt of it reads:
"It is a fact that the average skater loses so much knee skin in a year that if all his knee skin was collected it could be recycled to make a winter coat for a goat."
Scan 5 - Flip Advert - A Hard Day’s Night
Here’s a classic Flip advert for you. Riffing off the Beatles cover for A Hard Day’s Night. This ad was released just as the team were in the middle of destroying America and filming some of your favourite video parts from back then. Think Etnies High Five and think Tom Penny.
Scan 6 - Past Lives - what we’d be be doing if we didn’t skate...
This remains a solid idea that should probably be brought back at some point. We asked a bunch of heads what they would be doing if they didn’t skate and then went out and shot a skate photo and a portrait of them in a parallel universe.
Mat Fowler would have been a hippy poet, whereas Colin Kennedy would have been a rugby player apparently...
Scan 7 - Past Lives - Continued
Matt Pritchard claimed he would have been a pool shark (and not a TV personality that would end up nailing his balls to a bit of wood.) Mark Channer would have and may still be a computer geek and to finish it all off, Harry ‘Bastard’ Allen said he would have been an industrial saboteur, there’s still time mate…
Scan 8 - John Weatherall backside tailslide Vans advert - Photo: Horse
Check out the UK’s very own Jason Dill. Those fists, Dill fists. White tee, blue jeans backside tailslide on the marble monument in Nottingham, this was a Sunday hotspot back then. Sadly gone now and replaced by grannies and tramps on benches. Check out the Panic Skateboards PNC tee. Brown leather belt slightly visible to top the 90’s uniform off.
Scan 9 - Alan Rushbrooke frontside ollie holding Graham Hancock's ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ - Photo: wigworland.com
Scan 10 - Simon Woodstock Sonic Skateboards advert
Simon was Big Brother gold back then and often had the best kooky and inventive adverts. You could never guess what the next idea was gonna be with Simon. A constant inspiration to Dan Cates as well as you can well imagine. I seem to remember he had a suit made entirely from tennis balls as well….