“The first photos I shot were of my mates skating in Worcester on an Olympus point and shoot that I had been using for a few years whilst out on the piss to kind of get a few photos that would be similar to what’s found on Instagram on a Sunday morning. The camera was fully automatic and I had no concept of film sensitivity, shutter speed or focus; I just pressed the button and sometimes the photos looked plausible.”
“The shop is packed out and it’s to see their friends skateboarding in the city and the spots that they know. It will always be the most important thing. You can put out huge video productions; you can have the best fucking social media accounts but if it’s not something the kids are stoked on or care about…”
“Geoff might not have been able to attend the event but this didn’t stop the masses gathering in his and Lost Art’s name. Geoff’s influence on skateboarding as a whole is undeniable and I’m sure he would’ve been touched to see so many in attendance and despite everything he has accomplished, is “still the same guy he was when he was in Liverpool” Mackey assured me.”
“It was super important to me that my part started in Liverpool, and ended in my current hometown of Long Beach. I felt like the Vans tradition wouldn’t be there unless we looked at it like that. The opening scene was at Edge Lane Skatepark which is where I spent my youth. It was the first skatepark I ever went to and the terrace houses in the background are where my parents grew up, met and then married.”
Close up with Geoff Rowley’s new Vans shoe, the [SOLOS].
More than worth the wait.
“It’s a brave look that few have pulled off because so few have had the courage to try. While in more recent times it’s become a staple of Team Handsome, its made some of the most eye catching tricks caught on film that much more appealing. Doing a trick is a great accomplishment but doing one in all white can escalate a seemingly average photo into an iconic ranking.”