Slam City Skates Blog

Offerings: Bobby Puleo

When the idea for this format of interview emerged, Bobby Puleo was one of the first people I thought of. We have talked previously about his artwork in an interview for Slam, but this is a space for other insights and I knew he’d have some interesting choices...

The Story Of Ignacio Echeverria

Ignacio Echeverria was the Spanish skateboarder who fought back against the London Bridge terrorists with his skateboard during the attack back in 2017. Bristol OG Tim Crawley has done a great job preserving his memory and reinforcing the selfless nature of his actions in this film...

Don Brown Interview

From borrowed boards on Brighton seafront to Huntington Beach and shaping one of the biggest and most important skate shoe companies ever, Sole Technology’s Don Brown has been around for most of the significant changes in modern skateboarding over the last thirty years, and it’s definitely fair to say that he had a hand in shaping a few of them...

Adam Mondon Interview

This interview with Adam Mondon explores his involvement in a variety of highly influential skateboard releases, his current endeavours to archive and preserve East Anglian skate history and his life after working in skateboarding. From filming First Broadcast, through to making cheese and ham sandwiches for Kareem Campbell and team managing The Detectorists...

DIY Culture as Anarchism In Action

For Josh Sutton, skateboarding has fuelled the creative DIY flame that re-erupted the day he burnt his suit. He celebrates and explores this important element of our culture in this article, describing the way people unite and work together on a DIY as "nothing short of anarchy in action"...

Sam Ashley Interview

If you have any interest in modern skateboarding, then there’s a very good chance that Sam Ashley shot some of your favourite photos. Neil Macdonald spoke to him about the changes in skateboard photography, the media, the geographical lines and his own journey through it all...

Life Is Unfair Profile

To coincide with the first selection of clothing from Life Is Unfair we put together this profile to provide you with a window into the world of it’s creator Jack Mitchell...

Alcohol Blanket Profile

These profiles are put together to offer you more knowledge about the brands we stock direct from their creators. It was a pleasure to speak with Ollie Lock to find out much more about Alcohol Blanket...

Offerings: Ray Barbee

Ray Barbee has been consistently, constantly creative and never less than completely inspiring. He's given back to skateboarding one hundred times over and we could all learn from his drive and relentless passion. Who better to turn to for inspiration and recommendations than one of skateboardings pioneers whose output is continually evolving...

Slam City Skates X Vans Collection

Read more about the new Slam City Skates x Vans collection which features artwork plucked from a Slam advert which ran in RaD magazine in 1989. Neil Macdonald introduces this new collaboration by talking about the impact of those early ads and more...

Swift Blazer Interview

We spoke to one of the UK’s most prolific Instagram archivists and remixers who most of you will have encountered on your phone screen, whether you know it or not. Matt Swift AKA @swift_blazer has been pumping out Insta remixes of classic skate footage since 2015...

Keith Hufnagel Interview

Eli Morgan Gesner sent us over this interview he did with Keith Hufnagel. Huf's recent passing came as a huge shock, he was a big influence on all of us and it was an honour to work with him over the years. It was heartbreaking but amazing to see Keith...

Catch Up With Diego Bucchieri

Diego Bucchieri is an inspiration, a legend whose contribution to skateboarding is firmly stamped in the history books and onto our grey matter. His single minded dedication to carving his own path blazed a trail for others outside of the US intent on realising their dreams, a path which continues today.

Jeremy Elkin Interview

From shooting his friends skating in Canada and making videos which include Poisonous Products and The Brodies to working on Entertainment Tonight and for Vanity Fair, to directing All The Streets Are Silent, Jeremy Elkin’s cultural contributions in his 33 years already outweigh those of many people’s lifetimes...

Offerings: Ryan Lay

Offerings: Ryan Lay Interview | Featured | Slam City Skates

Ryan Lay is one of those skateboarders whose skill you might overlook simply because they have so many other things about them equally capable of commanding your interest...

Yann Horowitz’s ‘PRIDE’ Video

Vans and Skateism put out this inspiring video about Yann Horowitz for ‘International Coming Out Day’. We were lucky enough to have seen Yann ripping in person when he lived in London before he moved back home to South Africa, he is an amazingly gifted skateboarder...

Steve Kane Interview

Steve Kane might not be immediately familiar to everybody but the mark he made on UK skateboard culture should be. From having what might be the first documented flip trick to his time at the editorial helm of the second-generation Skateboard! magazine between 1988 and 1990...

Lightbox: Jake Johnson by Jonathan Mehring

Lightbox: Jake Johnson by Jonathan Mehring Interview | Featured

If a skateboarder came into prominence not all that long ago, broke ground and guided their contemporaries, is their stature on par – or even paramount – to those whose impact has had decades to marinate? This is a story about Jake Johnson, and it begins with a photo...

Senior Skateboarding

"The day I started skating three years ago, I inadvertently joined a unique group of adults, that is adults who skate as opposed to skaters who grew up to be adults". A discussion on skateboarding as an older novice with Josh Sutton and Esther Sayers...

Pete Thompson Interview

Back at the tail-end of the 1980s when Pete Thompson started shooting skate photos, it was an entirely different landscape he was a part of. This interview covers his journey from shooting visiting pros in his native North Carolina, to travelling the world shooting the people that ultimately ended up changing skateboarding...

Tobin Yelland Interview

Not only is Tobin Yelland in the fairly unique position of having shot for each of the main US skateboard magazines—simultaneously at times—but it could reasonably be said that he worked with each one during its most pivotal era...

Nike SB Janoski Flyleather

We just received the new Janoski Flyleather, a shoe born from Stefan's quest for more environmentally conscious practises. Flyleather is comprised of at least 50% recycled leather fiber...

Offerings: Zach Riley

It was a pleasure to be able to do this interview with Zach Riley in our second Offerings feature following Casper Brooker’s a few weeks ago. You will have seen Zach...

Darren Pearcy Interview

In an attempt to provide some actual answers to the myriad of questions relating to the Olympics we thought it would make sense to speak to someone deeply involved in this process on a professional level. Read Ben Powell's interview with Skateboard GB Team Manager Darren Pearcy...

Carl Shipman Interview

It’s no understatement to say that Carl Shipman is one of the greatest skateboarders to ever come out of the UK, and while he himself might not agree with that, I don’t think he’ll care that I’ve said it either. From skating Nottinghamshire curbs with friends to...

Offerings: Casper Brooker

We checked in with Casper for a skate video, album, film and book recommendation however Casper shared a lot more than just that. As always, it was a pleasure catching up...

Mason Silva Interview

Mason Silva Interview | Slam City Skates | Featured | photo: Gabe Morford

Mason Silva's output over the past few years is a near-perfect case study of skateboarding media coverage, circa 2020. Solo parts, enders in a full-length, a Thrasher cover and article, a heavy introduction to his new board sponsor...

Brad Johnson Interview

From Trilogy to Mouse to Timecode, Brad Johnson was the guy wielding the Hi8 filming vast amounts of the iconic tricks that went down at San Francisco’s legendary street spots, without really getting the recognition that his contribution to skate video history deserves...

Reopening: East London Shop

We are very glad to say our East London Shop is now open after lockdown. We are Covid Secure with hand sanitiser and gloves available and will be max 3 customers at a time for now.

Corey Duffel Interview

Corey is one of the most open and honest people I’ve ever met, and it took me a while to realise that. I think that’s because there are so many questions that we, as humans, just don’t want to ask each other and therefore an equal number of topics that don’t get discussed as they should...

Isolation Station: John Cardiel

This week I had the pleasure of checking in with John Cardiel. It was early evening my end as John commenced his morning bike ride on the other side of the Atlantic. It was a pleasure to talk to him,...

Seu Trinh: Creative Destruction

Seu is a rare breed; A fervent creator—almost dangerously addicted to creativity via his photography—but he is also 100% skateboarder to this day; an unrecovered and unrepentant skate rat. In his own words...

Catch Up With Pontus Alv

As always Pontus has been up to a lot, relocating, recovering, building a house, running Polar logistics on a daily basis as well as throwing a shoe company into the mix. He is happiest when projects fill the horizon and we caught him with a few on the boil...

Isolation Station: Darius Trabalza

Darius Trabalza gifted us the goods this week. He has been a long standing member of the Slam team for about ten years now and his skate video pick throws us straight back to just before that stint began...

Isolation Station: Bobby Worrest

The days keep rolling by but now it seems some semblance of normality could be looming in the not so distant future. Meantime we are still reaching out to some...