Recently this 18-year-old kid from London named Austin Bristow hit us up with an idea for a new video segment. The concept was pretty straightforward: Show off a few locals from the area who, despite holding their own on a board, might not get as much shine as some of the bigger names. These types of clips are coming out of everywhere these days, from Vancouver to New York, but we had yet to see one from London. Obviously, we were curious to see what Austin could whip up.
Sure, you might be thinking London is just another one of those major metropolitan areas that’s getting a lot of coverage these days, so what’s the point? There’s definitely a vivid scene there already, centered around staples like Southbank, and crews like the Palace guys, but I don’t think skateboard media as a whole has given them as much shine as they should be getting, at least not here in America.
This is the first installment of more to come from Austin and his friends, all shot in the chuddy streets of London. For a dude who’s not even old enough to legally drink over here, I’d say Austin is off to a good start.
The skaters in order of appearance:
NERDING OUT WITH THREE RARE DECK COLLECTORS
If you ever wanted to reclaim a piece of your childhood and cop that one deck you saw in a CCS catalog, hopefully, this will be a solid place to start.
A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING
The man loves to read Nietzche, skates in some expensive vintage gear, and paints in his own neoclassical-meets-abstract-expressionist style.
THE FRONT BLUNT HAT IS BACK… AGAIN
We know we sound like the boy who cried wolf but this might, just might, be the last chance to get your hands on one.
SKATERS RECOMMEND THEIR FAVORITE SKATE PANTS
We hit up some pro skaters and Jenkem contributors known for their 'fits to offer recommendations.
A MINDFUL APPROACH TO WATCHING SKATE VIDEOS
If you love a video, watch it over and over, become obsessed, notice everything, and move on only when you feel it’s the right time.