DIY – Project Edgemead

Justin Leslie Front Board Slide by Sam Clark

Justin Leslie Front Board Slide by Sam ClarkJustin Leslie front board slide.© Sam Clark

Jamie from Woodies Ramps talks about the new obstacles at Edgemead Skatepark in Cape Town, the history of park, self-funding it, and DIY in skateboarding.

Read the full article HERE.

Juan Smit Interview

Juan Smit

Juan Smit is the all-round nicest guy ever, he skates for enjoi and Revolution, he’s a fireman, and runs Snap Originals, where he “upcycles” broken and used skateboard decks into some pretty awesome things. We find his DIY approach to life inspiring, so we caught up with him for a quick interview…

How Afrikaans are you, from a scale of 1 – 10?
10 being the highest? I’m probably a 12, haha.

Where did you get the idea to start Snap Originals?
Kieron Mans, a close friend, was a big influence. I saw him making a platter and a spoon once for his college project at the time and asked him if I could start playing around with some new ideas. Kieron moved back to Namibia and I started getting good at it and started to get clients and that’s that. Now here we are three years later.

Snap Originals

What creation are you most stoked on so far?
All of them. I can see I’ve got better and better in my craft work over the years. I think progress and improvement is a big factor in this industry, where client’s ideas and input to improve the product helps a lot. I’ll say the yoyo though just because it brings so much joy and it’s so simple.

What inspires your creations?
Google, haha. No, I’ll say it’s clients, and sometimes mistakes, believe it or not. I’ll be busy with one product and see a new creation in it, don’t ask me why. Clients are also a big help; they’ll ask me sometimes if it is possible to make something, then I’ll play around with it and tell them yes or no.

What does skateboarding mean to you?
Well, let’s say everything till now. Freedom, friendship, good times, being creative, traveling, pushing your limits. If I didn’t put my feet on this plank with four wheels 15 years ago we wouldn’t be having this interview now. I’m glad I followed this route in life. Not one regret.

Do you get a lot of romantic interest being a firefighter?
Yes and no, chicks don’t actually fall to my feet if I tell them my job description, if that’s what you asking. Firefighters also have this reputation of being dogs with ladies, haha, but Ive got some digits, some lucky nights…

Snap Originals

What else do you get up to when you aren’t skating?
I exercise a lot, jog almost every day with my dogs; beach, trails or just in the neighbourhood, surf with my homies. I fucking LOVE Motorsport so I go watch that a lot; track events, drag racing, stock cars, dirt racing… I’m also a bit of a green thumb in the garden, planting and finding cacti plants. Then the usual: movies, braaiing, camping… yeah.

Where do you hope to take Snap Originals? Is it just a hobby or something you’d like to turn into a bigger thing?
It’s a passion/hobby/small business I guess. I just like making stuff for people and why not if i can make cash from it – ‘extra income’ – and I’ll probably do this until I’m 80. It keeps you young and your mind healthy.

What do you think is a good way to motivate people to start thinking more ‘DIY’ and stop being complacent and lazy?
It’s a good way to save money! Taking something old and making it look new. Have pride in your creation or work. The first step comes from you. If you want to there’s always that question “what if?” Stay positive and keep true to your roots.

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Snap Originals

Snap Originals

Buck Tour 2014 Trophy by Snap Originals

Foundation: Swank Zine

Foundation Skateboards just put out Swank Zine, a fanzine to celebrate the re-release of the Tea Pot deck. This is issue 3 and features Neil Blender on the cover (1984).

Swank Zine cover

Swank Zine

10″ x 31″ Justin Lovely / Swank sidecut type action with a point type nose and a wide type tail. Teapot graphics. Limited re-issue deck that comes with a copy of a Swank Zine made by Justin Lovely.

VERB BLANK CANVAS PROJECT // 1 COMPETITION

Verb DIY Deck

The Verb Blank Canvas Project // 1 is a chance for you to not only win R1500 worth of Verb product, but to get your artwork printed for an actual Verb deck graphic.

All you have to do is buy a Verb “DIY” Deck (pictured above) from your local skate shop, decorate it, take a photo, and email it to us. It is that easy.

Check out all the details here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.726700777353951.1073741828.129458123744889&type=1

Entries for the Verb Blank Canvas Project // 1 Competition close 31 March, so get those entries in!

You can purchase the Verb “DIY” Deck from any Revolution store, and from Revolution Online.

Here are some other entries:

Verb DIY deck entry

Verb DIY deck entry

Verb DIY deck entry

Verb DIY deck entry

RICHARD GILLIGAN CAPTURES DIY SKATEBOARDING

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photographer Richard Gilligan captures the DIY and collaborative spirit of skateboarding with his series title “DIY”.

“diy can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces, which are ordinarily, an adaptation of existing, but often abandoned, terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment.

utilising found materials, these unauthorised and often illegal temporary constructions have fascinated photographer richard gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout europe and the us. his pictures show how skaters and diy builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit.”

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY

Photo by Richard GilliganRichard Gilligan: DIY