Blueprint Skateboards was originally founded in 1995, merging with Panic Skateboards in 1997, and, over the next 17 years, it featured riders of the calibre of Mark Baines, Ben Grove, Danny Brady, Conhuir Lynn, Chewy Cannon, Marty Murawski, Vaughan Baker, Ben Nordberg, Chewy Cannon, Jerome Campbell, Mike Wright, Nick Jensen and Paul Shier.
During this period, the company released a series of videos which are now regarded as among the most influential British skate videos ever made. Following the Build and Destroy promo in 1999, Blueprint released the full-length Waiting For The World (2000), First Broadcast (2001), Lost and Found (2005) and Make Friends With The Colour Blue (2010), all filmed and edited by Dan Magee.
Sadly the company began to fall apart in 2012 following a change in ownership and a subsequent change in its business philosophy. All of its team riders at the time departed, unhappy with the company’s new direction – Shier and Jensen soon announced the formation of their new company, Isle Skateboards, where they were joined by Frenchman Sylvain Tognelli, while Cannon and Danny Brady moved to then up-and-coming British brand Palace Skateboards.
In 2013 a very different Blueprint Skateboards emerged with a team featuring pro riders Mike York and Ignatio Morata, and ams Luke Hampton, Josh Love, Cameron Wetzler and Marcus Carr. There was also a new range of decks, wheels, soft goods and accessories.
Blueprint/Panic - A Mixed Media (1995)
While the first Blueprint/Panic production A Mixed Media has yet to be uploaded to the web in full, over the years much of it has appeared in the form of single sections. Baines landed the final section, Pritchard had one of the most powerful styles in the game, Kennedy, Selley, Trotman and Degeus all smash it...even future Blueprint owner Dan Magee and Thrasher staffer Ewan Bowman get in the mix (Bowman's slams are grim!). Check out Colin Kennedy's section above, the majority of the rest below, then get hunting for the VHS and a video player to watch it on!
Blueprint/Panic - Anthems (1997)
The second and last production as Panic/Blueprint comes through with an expanded team now including John Rattray, who absolutely slays everything in his path. Shier's section is a lesson in nonchalant tech radness, Selley skates to Camp Lo's Luchini which is tight, and there is a taste of the Scott Palmer destruction to come in later videos. Last section again goes to Mark Baines, due to his skating around whilst generally being dope as fuck.
Build and Destroy Promo (1999)
Originally intended as a 411 promo for the now Panic-free Blueprint, this edit ended up being used for Sumo Skateshop's Through the Eyes of the Ruby. The usual suspects smash it, with a couple of clips in the midst of a miniature Nick Jensen.
Blueprint - Waiting for the World (2000)
Now rightly hailed as a classic, WFTW is a landmark in British skateboarding. Kicking off with Scott Palmer hacking about like a madman, it proceeds to take you on a journey through grey skies, shitty ground and council flat scenery. Channon King, Paul Carter and Carl Shipman are among those making appearances alongside the rest of the team.
First Broadcast (2001)
Part UK scene video, part Blueprint production, all rad! Carrying on where WFTW left off but with more heads involved, First Broadcast sums up the joy of a full and tangible video (or DVD) release. If seeing John Rattray, Jimmy Boyes and Franklin Stephens in a row doesn't get you stoked to skate then you're probably dead inside. The Ali Cairns section is banging too!
The Belong Tour (2002)
A good long ten minute park tour before the streets are hit as the team plus guests have it, this one is worth watching for the Vaughan Baker footage alone; killing all obstacles at every park, with special mention going to the bigarse tre flip over Dev Green's funbox. Check out the Jake's Crates offcuts from the tour here.
Document - The Big Push (2005)
The Big Push was ace - here's Blueprint's offering from the first one way back in the Document days, with plenty of London and Milton Keynes madness backed up with some travels further north. Smithy shuts things down with the two final tricks, gnar factor 500!
The annoyingly annotated but still banging 2006 edition can be found here.
Lost and Found (2005)
Mind blowing upon its release, Lost and Found showed the world what level skating on these shores was at. It would be an exercise in futility trying to pick out highlights, because it all is; get stuck into the sections below, with a couple of hidden sections and offcuts at the end, then go skate:
Sugar Magazine - Battle of Normandy (2006)
The Blueprint team are let loose on an incredible selection of French spots for Sugar Magazine's Battle of Normandy competition, wallrides galore!
'Visit' UK Tour (2006)
Somewhere around the magazine-based trips, the team also managed to fit in this UK tour. Part 1 above sees Scott Palmer, Paul Shier, Mark Baines, Colin Kennedy and Vaughan Baker session Hurworth Banks hard, while part 2 below features Jerome Campbell, Neil Smith, Chewy Cannon, Danny Brady and Nick Jensen on both park and street missions.
Blueprint - Tales of the Black Glove (2006 - 2008)
At a time when filming for Make Friends with the Colour Blue would have been rapidly gaining momentum, Blueprint started posting up regular offerings to the internet in the form of tour clips and offcuts. Obviously with the team shredding as hard as they did, the offcuts were as worthy of watching as anything else, so check out the Germanic missions above then check out their Italy, Russia and Mallorca trips.
Document: The Big Push (2007)
Another year, another Big Push - this one with a definite emphasis on bank spots from the Blueprint team. Leeds whippys, Five Bridges and Hurworth quarters get solidly annihilated, alongside clips of that rad hipped bank in Huddersfield which was never going to last long (and didn't).
Mike Wright edit (2008)
A fairly quiet year (by Blueprint standards anyway) still saw this section from Mike Wright appear and dismiss any doubts about his uncanny level of skill on a shred sled...insane!
Berrics United Nations (2009)
The team pass their personality test and are rewarded with a session at LA's most famous indoor park. There are no excuses for Oasis though.
Make Friends with Marty (2010)
A short team montage segues into a tech-heavy introduction to manual-rolling steezer Marty Murawski, in the process building the hype for MFWTCB...
Make Friends with the Colour Blue (2010)
...which is still fresh enough for most of you to remember being as incredible as it is. Here's the sections in order, starting with Mackey's beast of a part:
Make Friends UK Tour (2010)
No rest for the ripping as the team embark on a Make Friends premiere tour around the UK, dealing damage to New Bird, Saughton, Five Bridges, Pump Cage and more. A full edit focusing on the New Bird session can be found here.
Neil Smith Pro Part (2011)
To celebrate his return to the Blueprint pro ranks, Smithy comes through with a full section of raw street savageness at some ridiculous looking spots.
Kingpin: The Drive (2011)
Kingpin's The Drive always resulted in plenty of banging footage - 2011's trip saw Blueprint hit up France and Belgium and come away with a killer edit.
Cyprus Tour (2011)
Neil Smith, Paul Shier, Sylvain Tognelli, Danny Brady, Nick Jensen and Jerome Campbell hit the streets of Cyprus hard in this edit from Neil Chester
Wooden Nickels Episode 1: Mark Baines and Blueprint (2011)
Mark Nickels kicks off a series of hard drive clear outs with this edit of Mark Baines, bringing along a couple of other Blueprint heads for the ride. He also put out this banging Sylvain edit;
Emerica introduces Tom Knox - in collaboration with Blueprint (2011)
Quick feet, style and a willingness to throw himself into the void regularly make Tom Knox's welcome section for Emerica Europe, in collaboration with Blueprint, a must see for anyone wanting to get stoked before a street charge!
JenDog and Silver Chicken in Los Angeles (2011)
All Sylvain Tognelli's phone edits are worth checking out to be honest - here are the Blueprint team in LA, which ended up being a footage goldmine and birthed a variety of edits.
Dog 360 (2011)
Like I said before, all Sylvain's edits are banging! Dog 360 is one of my favourites, mixing skating with some of the more surreal elements of Japanese culture and chucking them in a pot with Hank III in the background. Watch immediately!
Skateboarder Mag 'Straight to the Internet - Blueprint (2011)
Some more LA-based chillers, this time courtesy of Skateboarder Magazine.
Late Night in the Office (2012)
From LA to Colchester, Jerome Campbell, Neil Smith, Tom Knox and Dave Mackey hit Empire skatepark for a private shred and absolutely have it; for my money one of the funnest indoor layouts in the UK, at least when scooter hordes aren't stinking the place up.
Transworld Skate and Create (2012)
Blueprint take on Transworld's Skate and Create competition and come through with a storyline to base the shredding around...at least vaguely, with the focus definitely on the skating. Who was to know this was almost the end? Social media meltdowns, unknown amateurs and a very different vibe were on their way, with Magee, Shier and the rest of the team very sensibly distancing themselves and starting new projects. Blueprint might be gone, but fuck me did it leave a legacy! Keep an eye out next week for some of their best advertisements.
As mentioned in the 'history' page of this article, Blueprint skateboards changed owners in 2012 resulting in all of their riders jumping ship and with good reason as the new interpretation of Blueprint did not reflect the company most knew and loved.