Archive | April, 2013

Mutant skateboard mag issue 1….Underhill Uber Alles!

10 Apr

Zines are the flavour of the week…I’m plundering Tomsk’s collection but I hear tell of a Greg Fabb rival shoe box full. Slowly scanning my way through this lot so hopefully move onto Greg in a few weeks! Mutant was the creation of Philip in Manselton….
“Welcome to Mutant. First off please don’t think we’re jumping on the skate ‘band waggon’. Street Style has been alive and kicking through the high and low periods in Manselton. Just ask any local resident! (Horace) Anyhow, I hope you enjoy it. If anyone needs some petrol money to Farnborough please let me know (50158). Thanks a lot, keep skating and write soon. Philip.”
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Face Plant zine issue 3

9 Apr

Alongside plenty of other local and national zines in the 80’s and 90’s Face Plant zine provided some great info and good quality pictures courtesy of Skinboy and Leslie Lee Jenkins. Thanks to Mark who put the zine together at the time and has since scanned it all and very kindly sent it and let me post it here. Click on the images for a larger version. Another great Swansea zine alongside Mutant, Rat Bite, The Mun and the Slip Scandal all of which will appear on here in some form sooner or later. Thanks to all the creative zinesters over the years a good slice of Swansea’s skate history has been preserved. More zines please!! Especially in the days of blogs, websites, facebook and Twitter it would be great to have something tangible and hand made to look at.
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Arwyn’s California video diary 2002

7 Apr

With my trip to California getting closer I thought it would be a good time to post Arwyn’s video diary. It is all in Welsh but don’t worry if you can’t speak it…it’s pretty self explanatory and possibly at good starting point for learning it!  Arwyn, Tomsk and Trawler did a couple of weeks in California in 2002 and Arwyn made a video diary that was shown on S4C. I recently got a tape of the programme from Tomsk so I digitised it tonight and here is the California section. They went to a ton of skateparks and searched out the legendary Mount Baldy fullpipe. I have put the idea of a similar mission to Twiss and he seems well up for it, we are hoping to get a few clues to it’s location from this video….otherwise I will just ask Tomsk for directions on Thursday.

 

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Morfa in Skateboard! Neil Danz on the contents page.

6 Apr

Danz Skateboard! contents page September 1989

Rat Bite zine….issue 1

3 Apr

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Rat Bite zine was put together by Twiss throughout the 80’s. I thought it would be a good idea to reproduce issue 1 in full. This is an introduction from Twiss…….
“I wrote the first issue of Ratbite in 1985. The reborn Swansea scene was at an early stage then and the mag’s content reflects that. There are photos of some of Britain’s top pros and write-ups from contests that a carful of us had travelled to in Banbury and Kidderminster, some blurry shots from Derwen Fawr, a spread of Chris Miller at Del Mar that John Dymond had taken while on a surf trip to the states… you get the idea. From the start, I wanted to have regular features, so I included local gossip (” Rumours and Lies”), a comic-strip (“Down in Rat-Town” ) and information about skate-spots (“100% Rad Terrain”, later ” Killer Terrain”). At the time I wasn’t trying to consciously contribute to the promotion of our “scene”, that notion didn’t exist! I just skated as much as I could, wore only skate clothes, hung out at the ramp, played bass in a skate band (The Boneless Ones)… the ‘zine was another way of being a skater. I think I learnt a lot from doing the mag, though. I always had plenty to write about, but the visual look of the pages had to be right too. I requisitioned my mum’s old typewriter, but the ribbon was worn out, so I used to type stuff up and then write over it in biro, the effect was cool, so I kept doing it. I spent hours cutting bits and pieces and trying to make interesting-looking backgrounds for the articles and photos. On the inside cover of the first mag, for example, “BMX?” is written in a large font, with a picture of Thatcher and the words “let them eat kicktail” written around it. I never had money for film, so I relied on others and had to try to make whatever pictures I had fit in with everything else. Pretty soon I had competition from Tomsk (“Gnarly”) and Phil Thomas (“Mutant”). I kept travelling a fair bit and once Skin started really getting into skate photography, the quality of the mag improved. By the time the last issue (#16) came out in early 1989, Swansea was very firmly on the international skate map, Skin was working for RAD and I was looking to go to uni to study media and English.”
Click on the images for a better look! I have most of the issues of Rat Bite so I will be posting more on here when I get them scanned.
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