Thursday, 30 December 2010

Shop Lurker Of The Year 2010

And the nominees are........


JJ Jabbar


Miles Kondracki


Adam Paris


All three have spent a fair amount of time in the shop over the last year. This is going to be close.

Winner announced in the next few days.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Back In The Day - Lanthorn Pt.2

I had a good rummage through my negs and slides and these are the only two photos i could find. I have a photo of Niell Barlow front nosesliding it but i can't find it anywhere.
These will have to do for now.

Skeetz - Crook, Fisheye and long lens.




Still like the fisheye one, the long lens shot scanned in squint so it's a bit of a gammy crop. I need to find that frontnose.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Friday, 10 December 2010

Jamie Bolland

Jamie Bolland has mad pop, that flip over that rail in his Sidewalk Haunts is still amazing, and no one has stepped to it since.

Switch Ollie.



Hope you're keeping well Jamie.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Lex Kembery

Takes good skate photos and still uses film, thumbs up from me.



Check his new site out HERE

Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Predatory Bird - Div

Focus Team Riders John Rattray and Div have teamed up for Johns new website/blog. Div is off his head.


Check out the 'Boys out of Livi' post to, amazing.

The Predatory Bird

Monday, 29 November 2010

Euro 2002 Leftovers

While looking for old photos of The Arches and the Lanthorn i came across some Euro 2002 photos that i missed. Check out Mark 92, Robbie, Nick, and a few other bits and bobs from the trip.












I can't remember the name of the skater in the last two photos, but we met him in Gothenburg. He said he had access to an indoor skatepark, it was closed but he said he could get the keys. He skated off and came back five minutes later, ten minutes later we were skating this amazing indoor park on our own. I recall him saying he was on Minute Skateboards, (the short lived U.K company from a few years back) i did check when i got back but i can't remember his name. Cheers anyway dude, we had a rad time.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Daniel & Miles

New little edit from Zander. Filmed over two nights in Edinburgh, featuring Daniel Nicholas, Miles Kondracki, and the gayest high five ever.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Focus Nike SB Poster Comp


AWESOME CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF FOUR NIKE SB SIGNED TOUR POSTERS!!
Signed by the U.K Nike SB Team, a DOPE! Tommy Perman designed screen print also framed for your convenience.
All you have to do to win is ,in the spirit of the 'Planet Caravan' tour, link us your BEST/WORST/DEPRESSING/FUNNY holiday photo. Simple as that. Don't say we're not good to you.
Send all entries to:

info@focuspocus.co.uk

Friday, 19 November 2010

Daniel Nicholas Footage

Focus team rider and tech magician Daniel Nicholas compiled all his footage from the last year or so. Check the consitant bugger out.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Back In The Day - Stuart Duncan

Stuart Duncan or Stuarty from Falkirk as he's more known is a bit of a beast on a board. Don't really see him out and about these days but i've spent a good few hours trying to beat him at s.k.a.t.e, needless to say i didn't win.
We never really planned to go out shooting, these photos were the result of having my camera handy when we were skating about. The first two photos were the first time i'd cross processed a film too. I got him to do the tricks while smoking, Drehobl style!

Salad Grind


Crook


360 Flip


Switch Noseslide


Smith Grind


360 Flip


The last trick was shot in Malaga, the result of a 'bro down' holiday in January 2006 that was spent mostly drinking and being cold. Winter sucks.

An Afternoon with Danny Jack

Danny Jack - An Afternoon in Edinburgh (Autumn 2010) from Andy Brown on Vimeo.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

A Brief Glance #3


The new issue of A Brief Glance just dropped. I'd go as far as saying it's my favourite online magazine.

See for yourself. A Brief Glance Issue 3

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

And The Slam Of The Year Award Goes To.......

Rab Milne.





Probably the worst slam i've ever seen, and the only time i've ever felt bad after shooting a photo.
The police had moved us on minutes before but that didn't put us off, we hid round the corner, i got my camera out and Rab went for it. He was on it first go and we all couldn't believe it, Benson, Keith Allan, Kerr, Tamo, and myself were all there to witness it. He gets up straight away, climbs to the top and get ready to drop in.
Boom! That didn't look good. I paused for a second, realized he wasn't moving, then ran over. Just as i approached the police that moved us away came past again, got out and called an ambulance.
He didn't really know what had happened, but handled it like a champ. After getting numerous 'telling offs' from the police, janitors, and local pub dwellers, Rab started apologizing for not landing it. Lying on the ground, head bleeding in a neck cast, apologizing, like i didn't feel bad enough.





He came into the shop the next day to say he was ok, to say he was super stoked that i shot the sequence, and that he wanted to try it again.



Slam of the year Rab.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Matt Miller Interview

Matt Miller is rad, good tricks and mega pop. Here's his interview from Septembers Skateboader.

Front noseslide photo is a belter.







Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Benson gets SYB'd


Head over to the SYB Blog to check out Focus team rider Bensons Top 5's.

Last trick is insane!

SYB BLOG HERE

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Gino Mixtape

This shit is so good.

Sunday Sequence - Ferg

This was on the same day as the below photo of John Anderson. Switch frontside flip from bank to bank. Check that catch!

Photobucket

So good.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

John Anderson

Coming through to Edinburgh from Livi i used to frequent Bristo when i first started skating. I would sometimes skive school on a Friday and head through early doors and skate all day. Two things were certain on those days, i'd be hungry as i only had enough money for bus fare and John Anderson would show up at some point or already be there. Armed with a book and a rollie he'd skate, read, then skate for a bit, this would be repeated all day.
This tailslide photo was shot at a Bristo jam around 2001. Must've been getting on as it looks pretty dark.



I can't remember the last time i saw John at Bristo, i think you're more likely to find him here, eating twigs and rubbing sticks together.

Wrap up John, it's getting cold!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

To Europe With Love Pt.1

The first instalment of the eS teams Euro Tour is now up, part one is in the U.K.



That Nosegrind 180 at the curved bench in Edinburgh is no joke.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Highbrow Zine



Bristol finest Mike O'Shea just finished his first zine, he had this to say.
"Here is the new HIGHBROW zine, on sale now in Analogue books. lots of funny things inside. Go get it and have a wee play with yourself. cheers."

Go check it out.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Monday, 11 October 2010

Dundee Throwaway

More footage from Zander, this time from Dundee.
Featuring Wu-Tang Shaun, Paul G, Chris Weir, Jake Wason, Colin Young, and Adam 'Powerhouse' Logan

Dundee from Zander on Vimeo.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Bobcat

I was reading some rad interviews over at 48 Blocks. The short lived company 60/40 was mentioned a few times and i suddenly remembered the highlight of the video. Steve 'Stone Cold' Hampson had it, wasn't very good and the line up was questionable.
Best end credits ever, the filmers laugh is so infectious.

Youtube has everything.



"I'm a daredevil"

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Zander Ritchie Summer Edit

Zander Ritchies summer edit is now up!

Featuring Adam Logan, David Lane, Jake Wason, Mental Matty Welsh, Declan Welsby, Wu-Tang Shaun Allison, Chris Weir, SCott Ramsay, Daniel Nicholas, Miles Kondracki, Keith Allan, Campbell Begg, and Colin Young.

Summer from Zander on Vimeo.



Here are some photos to accompany the edit by Rory Torrance