Only dead fish swim with the stream

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Only dead fish swim with the stream

Who’s a lucky boy then?

Who’s a lucky boy then?

Many moons ago I first bought a camera with the intention to take skate shots. Realising I was never going to get really good at skateboarding I thought I should at least take pictures too. I purchased a Ricoh KR-10 camera and started snapping. The Ricoh lasted me a while, then I got a Pentax ME Super and then a Canon A1. I’ve always liked Canon cameras since then. Crystal Palace ramp was the place for vert skating in London at the time and it became a haunt.

UK skateboarding books.

Who knew that 30+ years later those pictures would be of use to anybody for a book. Mark Lawer (Trawler) has done a series of self published books about UK skateboarding. The first three of which are Skate 80’s, Snakes and Moguls and 8FT Tranny and a Foot of Vert. All brilliant and worth having if you have any interest in the UK scene. Myself and Mick Forster provided a description of what Harrow Skatepark was like in its heyday for Snakes and Moguls. A bigger honour came with 8Ft Tranny and a Foot of Vert as some of my pictures were used in the Crystal Palace section. Not only were some used but I was lucky enough to have one of my shots chosen for the cover. He let me know about the cover in advance, though I was sworn to secrecy until it was published.

Some of my pics in the book
Some of my pics in the book
8FT Tranny and a Foot of Vert
Cover shot

The fourth book in the series is Dam Skaters and is all about skating full pipes. He undertook a self financed trip to 16 epic skate spots worldwide to include in it. That’s enthusiasm for you.

Here is an excerpt…

Excerpt from Dam Skaters book
Dam Skaters

The first three are benchmark titles on UK skateboarding and this new book is sure to be the same.

Order your copy from here…

https://ukskateboardbooks.bigcartel.com/

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