NORTH SKATEBOARD MAGAZINE
NESTOR JUDKINS BACKSIDE TAILSLIDE
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Winter seems to last longer and longer each year. It’s now June and feels like the year has still just begun. I assured myself that when I decided to do an extra issue of North a year I’d be well prepared. Shoot all through the Spring, Summer, and Autumn, and have so much content to choose from, I’d be sitting pretty come next Winter. Well guess what? Spring has come and gone, Summer has apparently started and it won’t be long until winter is approaching again. I feel like I’ve not done much, pray for blue skies this summer! This issue features somebody who has been one of my favourite UK skaters since I was a kid. To be in the position to reach out to skaters I’ve always looked up to, and to get them involved with making North is amazing. Graham Tait Editor/Photographer
Cover: Mark Baines - Fakie Kickflip Photographer: Graham Tait
Converse In Gran Canaria Still Shooting On Film Mark Baines
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In Gran Canaria Photography by Alberto Polo
“This trip was a little unexpected for me. I was on a small vacation at home in Gran Canaria when Pali the Spanish TM called me. He informed me a few days before the trip that the guys from the Cons Europe team were coming to the Canaries, so it was short notice. I didn’t actually know many of them, but it became apparent pretty quickly that they were a very funny group. I managed to scrape a few tricks together that I was super happy with, one of them being this Frontside Noseslide. Landing this trick was actually something I’d been thinking about for a few weeks before coming here, so it was a good opportunity to go for it. The attempts were actually pretty fun as I had a good battle buddy - Harry! He really motivated me on this trick.”
“This was my third visit to Las Palmas and it was so nice to be there in the winter. I was really getting tired of the weather in France so the timing on this trip was perfect. It was getting towards the end of the trip and I hadn’t shot anything for this article, so I was starting to stress a little. Luckily though I had my right hand man Greg to help me out, he gave me a few dope ideas so I have to thank him for that. I remember this spot from the last time I came to Gran Canaria, Myself and Harry both landed 50-50’s around the same time but we got kicked out by the police right before we could get a photo. As a true shredder, Harry could have killed the spot but he saw my photo troubles and brilliantly let me shoot it. We went back a few days later with a way smaller crew and were in and out within 45 minutes. Team work’s the dream work.”
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“This spot was just a random come up we found. We had actually just parked up and were waiting for the others to turn up when we spotted it. From what I can remember, we were on our way back to the hotel. If I’m totally honest, I’d thought we were done for the day, so I had already downed a few cheeky beers. That seriously did not help. The spot itself was outside a block of flats and the people really weren’t down for us skating it, but we charged it anyways. It was actually a bit of a rough run up but the bank itself was smooth, but as I’d had a few beers I didn’t really mind. I had actually Ollied the bar a few times before we decided to shoot it. The main issue for me was the locals coming out and kicking off, this really messes with me. But after hiding behind a few cars to dodge the police we managed to get it. I’m actually really stoked on how the image came out, especially as I was that drunk I forgot I’d even done it!”
“This spot is located in the middle of a busy street in Las Palmas, and is a fair bit harder to skate than you think. Trying to land the trick is the easiest part, as I guess you’re pretty comfortably locked in on your heel and and all you need to do is pull the board back in. However, on this spot the problem was more to do with reaching the top of the wall. We had to come back to this thing twice on the trip as the first attempt was a full-on nightmare. Too many people and cars to even think about sticking at it. The second time was way more successful, plus the road was more chilled which helped massively. Just wanted to thank Alberto for this photo, he was the one sat on the ground for hours shooting it. Sorry mate!”
“This was towards the end of a pretty long day. We’d all been out skating in the south of Gran Canaria since about 11am and it was now 9pm. The spot was pretty sick and actually surprisingly smooth considering it was made from volcanic cobbles! I have to say though, this did take me a fair while so big thanks to those who stuck it out with me. All over there island are these crazy plazas that seem to exist purely to fill the empty space between buildings, and the good thing for us is that they all tend to be pretty skateable. This bank was actually one of those places with about ten other spots really near by. All the boys were off skating stuff that was a little too technically advanced for me so I spent the first part of the session skating on my own! Big thanks to Carlos Cardenosa for coming to skate with me later. All in all in all a pretty brilliant trip, really good crew, amazing spots and prefect weather, what more could you ask for I guess.”
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You’ve been pro for nearly twenty years, how hard is it to stay relevant in these times? I’m not sure if it’s easy or hard to stay relevant. I don’t think about it too much or really try and stay relevant as such. I’ve never really been one to just follow the trends that come and go just to try and be relevant. I wore football shirts when skaters frowned upon them so I’m not overly fussed on trying to follow the masses. I’ve just tried to make sure I produce content for the companies I ride for to put out there, that’s a massive part of it for me. When I came up there wasn’t a lot of companies and opportunities so you had to earn it and that’s always been drilled in there, and it’s still the same now. I know a lot of the dudes right now that produce next to nothing but they’re probably way more relevant than me so it’s not like there’s a right or wrong way to do it. That’s probably what’s appealing about skating to different types of people; if everyone was just doing the same shit it would be boring. I just try and do my own thing whether it’s relevant to others or not I’m not sure. You talk about producing content for the companies you ride for. Do you think it’s harder nowadays to get away with not representing the brands that support you? Social media is a big part of things now, so you’re almost expected to be producing new content at a crazy rate anyway. There’s just so much stuff out there that it’s easy for stuff to go by unnoticed, I suppose. Unless someone with a bunch of followers posts your stuff then it’s difficult to get noticed. It’s weird it’s even come down to this kind of thing really. It was much better when a video dropped and people went out a bought it, but let’s be honest, those days have somewhat gone. There’s still a place for videos thankfully, but a lot of it is Instagram and social media right now.
My personal view is that it’s cool but it should never replace a video or print and I hope it doesn’t entirely. Things will lose their value otherwise, just like we’ve been seeing. It’s rad when you hear someone like Wes Kremer isn’t on Instagram. I’m not sure if he is now or not but it’s sick if he isn’t. Bottom line for me is a video will always be more important and worthwhile over any fifteen second clip or two minute online part. It’s not an instant thing, it takes time to make a good video, it’s worth the effort even now when you’re perhaps not going to shift too many copies. I still prefer a full video to chopped up content, I guess companies can’t wait that long anymore and need to keep up an online presence. Fabric just dropped a little promo, is there a full video in the works? Yeah, I think everybody feels pressure to keep putting stuff out there so they’re not forgotten or something. It seems to be about likes and clicks at the moment. Whether a video does the same job as before I’m not sure. We put the promo out as we’d not really put anything out yet, it was a good time to do it and good to give the shops something they could give out for free. The feedback seemed all positive and I guess people liked the fact it was a physical DVD. We’re working on a full video, for sure, which should be out on DVD as well. Board companies still need to put out videos without a doubt. We want to take some time over it but obviously you’ve got to be aware that things move quicker these days. We can’t really be taking 3-4 years to film something, it needs to be a little quicker than that but it will come out when it’s ready.
You’ve been involved with some of the best skate videos made, are you still feeling the same pressure? What’s it been like filming for this compared to previous productions? Filming is usually the same process for me. You start with a few clips which will give you an idea of where you’re going with a part. Once you gather those first few clips you can start piecing things together. That’s how I’ve always thought about it anyway. With Blueprint we always had a couple of filmers who were paid to film, which was a luxury looking back on it. Obviously if you have a couple of guys dedicated to making the video then it makes the whole process much easier, plus there was always people down to help us out back then so everyone had one or two other filmers they could work with. With the Fabric video it’s a little harder as we don’t have one filmer we pay to work on video stuff. Saying that, everyone does have a filmer or two they can go out with and people have been generous in helping us out. Without them it would be really difficult. I film a lot with Matt Hirst and Dan Beall which works for me as they’re two of my best friends who know me well and vice versa. Sometimes it’s hard to get things going but without them I wouldn’t have a chance of putting a part together. The main problem is going out and getting stuff you’re hyped on. I wouldn’t want to put out footage just to have a few tricks out there, so I still try and put out better stuff than previously. Sometimes filming tricks you’ve done over and over becomes a little boring, so it’s about trying to switch it up a little and maybe try and think about things a little more, the spots and the tricks, but I enjoy it. For me filming a part is a huge part of being a skateboarder. Sometimes things don’t feel like they’re working out and it’s a battle but when you put a full part together that you’re hyped on, it’s a good feeling. I’m looking forward to working on the video, there’s a couple of other things I’m filming for but that is my priority at the moment, any Photography by Kazuhiro Terauchi pressure comes from myself really as I want to put out Interview by Graham Tait good stuff.
That’s handy that two of your best mates are good filmers, it must help a lot. Who else do you skate with around Sheffield and what’s the scene like these days? Usually just a small crew to be honest. I prefer it especially if you’re out trying to film or shoot photos. It’s easier to go out and get stuff done. The scene here is pretty good, there’s a lot of people who skate here as there always has been. I think The House Skatepark helps with that, having somewhere to skate all year round is big bonus for people. But yeah, in terms of who I skate with it’s usually a small crew. You just finished up your Spring Skate Camp, how are those going? Yeah, it’s going really well. It seems to have gained some momentum this last year or so for sure. It’s tough as we commit to a lot beforehand so if we don’t get X amount per week then it’s out of my pocket but so far it’s been going well. This summer is the first time we’ll be doing it at a new venue in The Forrest of Dean. It’ll have an onsite skatepark as well as a big plaza down the road, it’s a perfect setup. Hopefully it’s the start of something amazing and with the other people involved and we can build it up even more. WeSC have been showing support especially Pete Turvey, he helps to make sure all the kids are hooked up, and they are. We send them all home with a huge package of sick product. The Easter camp we did went really well, it was at Rockcity in Hull which is a dope park. The kids love it. I’m stoked I started it when I did and hope to be doing it for a long time yet. It’s taken a lot of work, and it was a risk at the start, but it seems to be moving along nicely now. We have a lot of regulars now which is cool.
They come every year and maybe bring a friend along, it’s great how a lot of it has been word of mouth. Hopefully next year New Balance could get involved which would be amazing, it’s early yet but I have been speaking with Seb (Palmer) about it and it just allows me to do so much more with it. We’ll see what happens with that but either way it’s going well.
Things never run that smoothly though, what happened on the way to the camp this time? Man I tried to forget that! I bought a camper van last year, I thought it would be a good idea. It was, but it’s also a little problematic to say the least. It’s an old one but I thought I’d take it to the Easter camp anyway. It basically broke down on the M62, but before that I had the wing mirrors blowing in every five minutes from the wind. I had a couple of kids from Switzerland with me that I’d picked up from the airport, and another lad, called Evan. I couldn’t believe it, worst start to the week ever. I had to wait with the three lads for an hour until the recovery truck arrived, total nightmare. I had it towed to Rockcity and left it there and didn’t think about it until after the camp finished. It ended up being the pistons which cost me £600 to get replaced! Despite that it was all good, I felt bad for these kids but they were cool, they enjoyed the week.
How many people can you fit in the camper? You can fit two up front and then three in the back. It sleeps four but really you’d only want two. There’s a fold out bed and then a sort of bed up top. It’s pretty comfortable though. It has a little grill and stove and a fridge as well. Pretty much all you need for a little trip. That would be ideal for little filming missions, teas on the regs! You’ve been working on Story Clothing a fair bit too, is that all you? It’s perfect. I’ve been putting out some Story stuff here and there. Nothing too crazy just small runs which some stores have been supporting. It’s not too stressful because I’m not trying to do crazy amounts just now, it’s more a case of making some bits and pieces and see how they do. I hook a few dudes up as well so pretty much anything I make is going back in without a doubt. I’d love to get it in some more stores but it takes time. I also want to do some video stuff with the guys I help out but again it all takes time. For now it’s cool to be getting some stuff out there. Stu at Lovenskate screens everything for me so it’s rad to work with other people who are doing things off their own backs, I like that.
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You were riding for DVS forever, what happened there?
Seems like you’re keeping yourself really busy. You mentioned earlier some other projects you’re working on, tell me about those. Yeah, pretty busy. It’s mellow now until a few weeks before the next camp and then I have to start making sure everything is in place and arrange stuff with parents so everyone knows all they need to know. It’s usually pretty hectic but it’s not like I’m working in an office having to clock in for somebody. At the minute I’m just resting up as I think I broke my little toe! I can’t wear skate shoes without it hurting but I’ve just been taking pain killers and getting on with it. I need a week or so to chill sometimes just to rest up. The other stuff in the works, I don’t want to jinx it but hopefully it comes off, I’m sworn to secrecy! There’s always something to be doing anyway. I shoot a fair bit with Reece Leung so hopefully after a week off we can get out again, the weather seems to be coming good now so it’s a good time.
Yeah for so long. I think maybe ten or more years. It was really good at that time. They helped so much. Fos actually got me on which was cool so I owe him a thank you. Matthieu (Tourneur) really had our backs back then too, he was the euro TM. It can be quite hard being from Europe getting decent deals from brands but he always made sure we were looked after. We went on tours with the US guys and felt part of it all and made some good friends there. (Kerry) Getz is such a good dude, then being on tours with Jeron Wilson - someone I looked up to - was sick, and obviously Chico (Brenes) and Zered (Bassett) and the rest. Really good times. It was a shame when it ended there. I just got the call, like a few of the others did. I was gutted as I was doing a lot at the time so I felt a little disappointed they were letting me go, but there was nothing to be done. They kept some guys and let others go and there’s always going to be someone who gets the rough end of the stick. They always said they’d send me some shoes but I got denied when I asked for some! Haha! But overall DVS was so sick back then. And Gabe and Matthieu helped me out a lot so much love to those two especially.
Are New Balance sorting you out with shoes? Yeah they are. Seb has been sending me shoes for a while now but I never really thought it was going to go anywhere as such, maybe just a couple pairs here and there which I was stoked on. I got offered to ride for a couple of other shoe companies and told Seb and he said he wanted me to stay put and rep New Balance over here. I love the shoes and the team. The video stuff thats come out is the best stuff I’ve seen in a while, kind of blew a lot of stuff out the water. So yeah I’m really stoked on that, It’s nice to be riding for a shoe brand again as it’s been a while.
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Who else helps you out now? Obviously Fabric, and I get some Trucks from Form who do Royal. Matt (Anderson) has hooked me up for a few years now. New Balance for shoes like I said before. I’ve ridden for WeSC for a long time now and they still sort me out with clothing and obviously they support the camps in terms of product which is a massive help. Then Lost Art skate shop in Liverpool which I’m stoked on. Mackey has been doing it for a long time now and it’s rad to see it’s doing well and has such a huge backing. The team is pretty immense and there’s more people who want to ride for the shop from all over. When you’ve got dudes from London wanting to ride for your store then you’re doing something right - or someone else is doing something massively wrong! Haha! They’re a good bunch of dudes. I also ride for a wheel brand called Bliss which my friend Daniel does. He’s a good guy, I was stoked he asked me.
Have you ever thought about opening another store yourself? Not really. There’s a shop in town and The House Skatepark have a shop in Sheffield anyway so it’s not like there’s room for one more. I know from speaking to various people how hard it is right now. It’s literally 110% or nothing it seems. Mark-up on boards is shocking so the only thing you’re really making money from are shoes and clothing, so you need to be on it. I still think a good local skate shop should be the backbone of any scene and people should get out there and support them, if you don’t they’re gone. When we had the store in Sheffield I think everyone thought we were smashing it. The amount of discounts you give to various people makes it impossible, so you’ve got to be strict and just say no basically and hope it doesn’t piss people off. We ended up with people wanting discounts on clear-out stuff! It’s rad having a store but it’s hard work. Respect to those doing it for the love because it’s not easy. We did a lot of stuff - like the Film Maker’s Guild - for no return, it’s good to do this kind of thing but it’s only possible if people are supporting the stores. I wouldn’t want the headache to be honest. I hated being involved with a skate store in the last year we had it. Completely sucked if i’m honest.
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I don’t think kids understand that if they don’t use their local store it will eventually close. Imagine not having a local store to hang out in or a place to pick up the newest magazines? Actually, that’s all changing now too. How do you feel about Sidewalk going online only? Yeah, kids don’t get it. It’s not their fault though, I mean you look at skating now and it looks like there’s money in it. You have big money contests, big sports brands etc, so why would kids think “I need to support my local store!”? Because on the face of it skateboarding is making money. I never thought when I was buying football boots as a kid that I needed to support the smaller sports store, not to say skating is like football because it’s not but hopefully you get the point I’m trying to make. When you only had skate brands involved in skateboarding, back then it was only skate shops you were going to for them. Now all the jazzy hipsters who spend their money in skate stores don’t even need to do that anymore, they can just go to Size? or wherever else because they now can sell what was once exclusive to skate stores. I don’t know why I care as it doesn’t affect me anymore, but I don’t like seeing friends who own stores being screwed over when I hear about it. Everyone knows it’s jacked but there’s a lot of credibility attached to some brands now because they’ve supported a lot of the right people. It’s a tough one. And yes, with print going through a tough time it’s really changing. I was gutted like everybody else when I heard about Sidewalk. I mean, my first thought was “I hope the guys involved are going to be OK” and then you start thinking, shit, this is a big change. You have to think of all the people who are in the magazine, for them it’s coverage which keeps sponsors happy. Then there’s the kids who get First Lights, how are they going to get the chance now to get some exposure?
There’s so many different questions you can ask. I just hope they can continue with it online and make it a success because those guys deserve to be around doing what they do. Obviously Kingpin is no longer a print magazine either, so again that’s pretty gnarly. I know Sam, Will and Arthur have started Free Skate Mag so hopefully they will do a good job and people will back it. It should be really good with who’s involved. It’s sad to see things go but hopefully it’s just a case of change being a good thing. They should do a book, 20 years of UK Skateboarding or something? How sick would that be. Yeah that would be a good one to do. They must have a serious back catalogue of content they could use of all the best stuff. I would love to see something like that or maybe a yearly book of all the best photos so it’s more of a coffee table book people would want to own. I suppose ultimately it’s down to the powers that be, but something like that would be dope. Have you kept all your magazine photos? Not all of them no. I have a lot of the stuff I was in, like interviews or covers but not everything I don’t think. They’re in a box somewhere and I’m sure one day it will be cool to sit down and go through them all. I don’t have all the really early stuff which is a shame, like System Magazine stuff and R.A.D. You don’t always think at the time you should be saving stuff and then it becomes impossible to get hold of.
Did you think to keep a hold of all your pro model boards? I have most of them. I am missing some which I’m gutted about. I always thought I’d be able to get them whenever, but when the switch happened with Blueprint there was no chance. Sucks really as there’s a few I would love to have but nothing can be done now. I do have a decent amount of them though and I have my first one, obviously, so that’s the main one. Do you know how many pro models you had? I’m not sure how many to be honest. Quite a few now. A lot of them weren’t personal to me so they just kind of get forgotten. Theres a few though, the first one which was the Roots deck I love, The Investigation Series was sick, the Starbucks one was rad too because it was back when there was hardly any coffee shops over here so it was still quite an unknown logo to some people. The ones that Paul Gonella did were amazing and I don’t have either of the ones he did which I am gutted about. Like I say a lot were just variations of the same graphic pretty much but there was a few that mean something. I’m stoked on the bike graphic I had for Fabric, a friend did that for me and it’s probably my favourite one of the Fabric boards. Have you been getting more involved the with behind the scenes of Fabric, graphics, riders and so on?
Then it’s on to putting out a good video, we need to get everyone focused on that really. Like I said before, board companies should still be priority when it comes to filming so we are just trying to get everyone on it now. At the end of the day none of the riders own the company so we are limited to what we can do. We all want to ride for a company that we are hyped on, so we all give a shit about what’s put out there, and Jackie (Fabric owner) knows and respects that I think that. Ultimately it’s his company but we are all super down for him. Everyone wants the company to keep growing and we want shops to be into what we’re putting out. It’s definitely going in a good direction, the video is the next thing we really need to put everything into. Whose skating gets you hyped these days? I love watching (Tom) Knox skate, he’s one of the best. Manny (Lopez) is super gnarly to watch skate, he just charges it. There’s a bunch of people I like to watch. I go through phases where I will watch quite a bit of skating then I won’t watch anything for a couple weeks. I get hyped when kids at the camp land something they’ve been trying and you can see it’s a battle for them, that gets me hyped. All the New Balance stuff got me hyped. One of the last videos I watched was the Expedition video. That was really good. There are a few people whose skating gets me hyped.
A little bit, yeah. As much as we can. Last year it went kind of stale, especially with the graphics. We all had a chat about it and Jason (Lewer) is taking care of that side of things now. Paul (Regan) left which was best for everyone, the team is staying as it is right now. There’s a couple people we spoke about putting on but it didn’t happen. We’re just trying to keep things tight now and not put out any shitty graphics. Switch Ollie
We went to your hometown to look at some spots when shooting this interview. Has Worksop changed much over the years? does it have much of a scene there? Worksop has some good spots, I really like going there to skate. It has changed a lot over the years. It’s pretty run down and there’s not much to do there to be honest. There’s more pubs on the High Street than skaters now, I think, but there’s still some kids who skate. There’s a rad plaza there that gets used. From what the scene was back when I was a kid to now it’s so different. For such a small place a lot of good skaters came from there. Who came out of Worksop? The most obvious would be Carl Shipman. He was basically ahead of everyone in the UK pretty much. He was one of the first dudes to pop tricks high that I ever saw. His brother Lee was amazing too, he had a lot of coverage back in some of the older magazines like R.A.D and I think SK8 Action maybe? He was gnarly, he’s broken so many bones it’s crazy. There were others too, Rob Ransford, Piggy, Nunny and Hirst and Smig. A huge list. Then obviously Beall came from Worksop too so its been a good few generations of skaters coming out of there. The most successful is probably Carl, he smashed it back in the day but unfortunately was deported from the U.S pretty much when he was in his prime. That was a real shame as I think he had plenty more to offer but it’s hard if you’re just sat at home in Worksop and all the companies you ride for are in the states. He had a few occasions where he was back on it but I don’t think he skates anymore. He works and has a family and that’s his life which is rad. He did build a mini ramp in his yard a while back but I think it got knocked down. It looked sick from the photos I saw but yeah, Carl was one of the best without a doubt, I saw a lot of good skateboarding growing up.
Is there anything you would change over your long career, if given the chance? Kept my mouth shut, kissed more arse and gone along with the bullshit. Haha! Generally it’s been all good, I’ve met a lot of really cool people. Some people I thought were cool turned out to be dicks and vice versa. It’s just skateboarding at the end of the day and I wouldn’t change any of the times I had when I went skating. It’s the stuff off your skateboard I may have done differently or would have avoided. I was always younger than all the people I was involved with over the years, so looking back some of the stuff I had to go through was harder for me. It’s not such a bad thing, it’s just something I can look back on now with a little more clarity. Basically I’m still around skateboarding 100% and I am happy with that. Some things I don’t like in skateboarding and some things I do, it’s the same in any walk of life. You see how people switch their shit up just to be in with the cool thing of the time and it’s cringy, I’ve never done that and although it’s probably made things more difficult for myself that’s how I’ve always been. But to answer your question, I suppose some things I wish I’d dealt with differently and maybe tried to stay away from certain people and situations. It’s all a learning curve and overall I have a ton of cool memories of times spent with some of my best friends, but I’m sure there will be many more to come.
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