UK Cityslicker Marianne learns about skateboarding in Nottingham with the Fisheye2 and Actionsampler. Take a look at her pictures after the jump!
When Lomography asked me to write about the skateboarding scene in Nottingham, my first thought was: I don’t know anything about it! In order to learn more about skateboarding in Nottingham I went to Forty Two, an independent skate shop in the city centre that stocks small independent names like Fresh, Aoyagi and Acab. Forty two is run by Scott and Rob who, as avid skateboarders themselves, use their decades of experience to advise their customers.
However, their shop (that has a ramp in the basement) is more than just a place to buy all the necessities. When I was there, I also noticed it was a lively meeting place for skateboarders.
Indeed, Scott, who has been skateboarding since he was 9 years old, told me that one of their hopes is to unite and solidify the “fragmented” Nottingham skate scene which had dispersed to small parks in the suburbs when new laws discouraged skateboarding in the Old Market Square. Although the transition style skate parks in the likes of Hyson Green, Mansfield Plaza and Valley Road are valued, skateboarders of Nottingham are still in need of a city centre park that truly encompasses the street furniture of steps, hedges and handrails and provides a place where both skateboarders and non-skateboarders can hang out and watch the action.
Regarding skateboarding in general, Scott says it “is like being in a family, it transcends all ages and skill levels. It’s a friendly community where everyone’s welcome, it’s about having a go and getting involved.” He tells me. “It’s not about being the best, everyone has individual talents”.
To understand more about the skateboarding scene in Nottingham, three young skateboarders Dylan Cutts, Jake Smith and Romello Fothergill educated me by allowing me to photograph and interview them. I was also fortunate enough to interview up and coming Nottingham talent Alex Hallford, read about him here.
When I asked about their personal experiences of skateboarding Dylan says “you can’t just call it a sport, you don’t start skateboarding to try and become professional, you skate to just enjoy it.”
Romello tells me “I got into it as a way to escape people and school. The first time I skateboarded I landed straight on my arse but you get back up… You see a chair, I see something I can hippy jump. You see a set of stairs, I see a trick. Skateboarders don’t stop moving. No matter what we do is skating related.”
For these guys, skateboarding also bonds them; “You can stop right next to someone and say ‘what you trying’ and instantly you’re like ‘try this with me and try this with me’ and then the friendship just goes boom. The one thing that always gets a friendship started is: game of skates”
So, what I’ve learnt as a non-skateboarder is that skateboarding can be more than just tricks and flips, it’s a lifestyle that can unite people from all walks of life. On the 21st of June, skateboarders all over the world will be united in dropping everything else and jumping on their boards for Go Skateboarding Day! Check out their site to see where you can join in.