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Over Plywood DVD release party, Exist Skate store 28th March 2015

5 Apr

The DVD came back from the factory 2 days before the release party at Exist, cutting it fine you say. It came back in time, it all worked fine and looked great. Stress of waiting 2 weeks was over and it was time to party! Ace turn out, everyone was up for a good night as it always is when Ric puts on a party in the shop….Ssssnakes never disappoint live, the sound was great and they played their own classics interspersed with Ramones classics. Ric ran the coconut shy and pulled out the winning ticket for the ongoing skate raffle….awesome night….we even had a Repo Man projection going on over the back wall, perfect fit in every way….thanks for coming!!!!


If by any chance you didn’t make and want a copy of Over Ply Wood on DVD then head over to the online store to get yours!!! Thanks in advance!!


Exist Girls Jam

2 Apr

Exist Girls Jam

ione stars on the poster for the girls jam on 31st May 2014 at Exist

Screening at The Park Inn, Mumbles. 22nd January 2014.

2 Feb

Park screening poster
I thought the screening at the Park Inn in Mumbles would be a low key event, a good chance to watch the film on the big screen again and figure out any changes I might need to make ahead of getting the dvd made. The Park is a cosy little pub in the backstreets of Mumbles, a real ale pub that is more terraced house living room than spacious lager hall. Kev is the owner and barman at The Park and thats the way he likes it….a great selection of ales and a cosy space that has made The Park extremely popular with the locals and visitors alike. We organised it to be on a Wednesday night so it would be nice and quiet and the film which was planned to take over one side of the pub wouldn’t interrupt the regulars. Kev is a skater as well as a publican so he was keen to see the film and it was a good excuse to get his friends into the pub midweek.
Audience by Simon
As it quickly turned out the screening was the most popular of the four I have done with the film. The place filled up at the advertised 8pm….we had to shift all the furniture out to make room for everyone and still there was no room! There were people in the street watching through the window at one point. It was more like a gig than a film screening.
Con and crowd
As with a gig the sound failed miserably for the first few minutes as I neglected to test the p.a. before starting the film. Mark saved the day with his musical knowledge and stuck the cable from the dvd player in the right socket! Nice one Mark! The volume was finally high and in both speakers and the film rolled.
Evs pk inn
The room was getting hot and the ale was flowing and everyone was getting into the film. Plenty of faces from the film were there from all periods of Swansea skate history…Griff who is in the poster for the night heard about the film and came along. The photograph was him skating at The Hollywood bowl in Gorseinon in the 70’s….the film has plenty of photos and film from the 70’s. We had Con’s ramprocker borrowed from Tom at Exist so everyone was stoked to have a look at that too.
Ty and evs at the park instagram
The film was coming to an end and about 8 minutes before the end the technology failed and the dvd player gave up…not sure if it was the heat or the dvd player or the dvd itself but we couldn’t get it started again! Quickly got the raffle draw going to take the heat off the minor disaster of the missing end of the film……
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Loads of great prizes were donated so a lot of people went home with something ranging from an awesome signed and framed photograph of the Bones Brigade at Morfa by Phil Rees to clothes donated by Ric at Exist and a pile of t-shirts from Jason to an original painting by Simon Dark and a stack of wine and spirits from Kev at the pub!!
Thanks to this huge generosity and a whip round organised by Kev I made enough money to get the film audio professionally mixed at Rhondda Street Studios in Swansea and still have change to add to the dvd production fund…Thanks everyone who came down and supported the film!!! What a night, my favourite screening yet!Morfa print comp
Thanks to Simon Dark for taking photos on the night and special thanks to Kev at the Park, Phil Rees for the amazing photograph, Ric, Tomsk and Greg for equipment loans and everyone who came along, bought raffle tickets and gave money. Until the next time……


Huck magazine article

4 Oct

Huck magazine article

Some great coverage in Huck magazine ahead of Over Ply Wood’s first showing which is being arranged right now….full details very soon.

Steve Douglas’s Go For It! Skateboard Magazine-The Final Episode????

30 Sep


The process of putting together a documentary covering such a long time span has led to me building up an archive of material. The film is full to the brim with photographs, articles, film and video but there is still a huge pile of material which for various reasons can’t be included in the film. Partly because of time constraints and partly because the film is entirely Swansea based. In a pile of zines a borrowed from Tomsk, some of which have been reproduced here and on the facebook page I found this….Go For It! put together by Steve Douglas in the early 80’s. I asked Steve if I could reproduce the zine in full on this blog and naturally he said “Go For It!!” So thanks Steve and thanks Tomsk for getting things going in the 80’s and keeping it all rolling today.




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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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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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