The Streetys Are Ours Episode 1
Last year, after putting the finishing touches on my first ever full length skate video ‘Corner Store’, the project came to the attention of the powers that be and it was gently pointed out that perhaps I could do something similar, but in serialised form, for Sidewalk. I explained to them that, due to my hands' natural predilection towards shaking like a shitting dog whenever concentration is required, I needed to get used to the vagaries of a cheap second hand SLR on my own terms.
“But you did it all in your free time, you idiot – if you created, say, a regular series filming what you have been already, you could spend at least one day a week frolicking through the streets of London with a camera and a skateboard instead of sitting at your desk pandering to Mark Zuckerberg’s every whim and staring pathetically out the window all day whenever the skies are blue. Beer can be involved as well, we’re not paying for it but that’s never stopped you before and it seems to make you happy".
Put in terms like that, there was no way I could really resist. ‘The Streetys Are Ours’ was born and I gleefully flung off my SEO shackles to spend time hanging out in freezing cold indoor sheds, at freezing cold outdoor concrete lumps and on freezing cold suburban streets, with the scent of ammonia drifting on the wind the only thing to occasionally penetrate the inevitable blocking of sinuses that comes with the depths of winter. When summer comes around the camerawork you see below will probably, (but maybe not), look less shaky, as well as involving a lot less indoor footage, but for now enjoy the first episode below – partially stuff filmed during the making of Corner Store which never found a home in the video, and partially more recent footage captured whilst trying to escape the worst that the British climate can force upon skateboarders…
Music provided by Lughole alumni Polluted Brain and their cover of Necros' 'Police Brutality'. The Lughole is one of the best DIY venues in the north of England, having put on any number of punk gigs and exhibitions, and the collective are currently raising funds for a new location in Sheffield after being kicked out of their space. Any much needed donations will help them continue to fuel the DIY spirit of the city and also see much karma flowing your way, so head over to their GoFundMe page if you can help!