News Tagged ‘Alan Glass’

Heroin Skateboards Manchester legend Jay Green ‘Animal’ deck

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Heroin skateboards Manchester legend Jay Green ‘Animal’ deck released.
Despite his relocation to the USA, Mark ‘Fos’ Foster has always retained strong links to the skate scene he grew up in. With the release of this Heroin skateboards Manchester legend Jay Green ‘Animal’ deck, Fos sends transatlantic props to an underground Mancunian legend from the olden days.

Heroin skateboards Manchester legend Jay Green ‘Animal’ deck

As you’ll see on the graphics – Jay Green AKA ‘Animal’ was one of Fos’ inspirations as a young skater along with being a pioneer of street skating during the dark days of the 1980s. I guess you could say he was Manchester’s and The North West’s version of Mark ‘Snoz’ Snowball or Jimmy Boyes – somebody who weathered the dead era after the 70s boom and came out swinging in the early days of street skating. I’ve tried in vain to find any photos or videos of Animal in action but as far as Google is concerned, there are none. We’d be extremely happy to be proved wrong on that though. Submit answers on a Split Skates sticker.

Anyway, if you’re a skate history buff, don’t wait around. These Heroin Skateboards Manchester legend Jay Green ‘Animal’ decks are limited and there probably won’t be a reup from Heroin skateboards.
As we’re on the subject – we figured this was a good excuse to remind you all of some of the video gems from Heroin’s back catalogue.
The more recent stuff – Earth Goblin etc – you’ll all be aware of because of Instagram etc but there’s a wealth of OG Heroin skateboards content awaiting your eyes. Peep up the top for 1999’s inaugural video statement ‘Good Shit’ edited by one time adult entertainment maestro Alan Glass and Fos.

Heroin skateboards Manchester legend Jay Green ‘Animal’ deck

Once you’ve watched Good Shit, treat yourself to a viewing of the second Heroin video ‘Everything’s going to be alright’ (2002). This one adds a pre Landscape Joey Pressey, Athur Tubb, Osaka’s own Chopper and currently in-vogue skating elder Chris Pulman into the syringe. Again, EGTBA is filmed by Fos and Glass and edited by Alan Glass.

The final memory bump for today comes in the form of my personal favourite OG Heroin skateboards video and GWAR reference – 2005’s Live from Antartica.
This was the first Heroin video to have a Howard Cooke section – do I need to say anything else?

Live From Antarctica (2005) from Heroin Skateboards on Vimeo.

So there you go. Welcome to 2022. It’s got to be better than last year, right?

Independent crew hit Athens

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Independent crew hit Athens

Grim times right now for us all so never has it been more valuable to immerse yourselves in the huge swathes of free skateboarding content out there. Last month saw the Independent crew hit Athens under the aegis of Free skate mag and Shiner darkman Alan Glass to sample the innumerable spots of Greece’s beautiful capital. A spicy collaboration of some of Europe’s hottest rippers including Finnish maniac Eniz Fazliov and fellow Finn Tommi Björk, Sweden’s man of the forest Ulph Andersson, Welsh ATV/comfortably rotund gut soldier Jake Collins and Athenian local Thanos Panou has come up trumps with the clip that you’re hopefully enjoying right now.

Independent crew hit Athens

Having been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Athens over the last ten years I can back up what you’re about to see in the excellently crafted clip with personal experiences. The city is amazing for skateboarding. The bust factor is low. Food and drink is cheap. And, perhaps most importantly, Athenians are some of the most friendly and welcoming people in the world.
If we were not in the grip of a global pandemic, now would be the time for me to suggest that you jumped on a plane and visited Athens, pouring some of your money into their economy but alas, we’re correctly on lock down so, for now, just enjoy the fruits of the Independent crew hit Athens instead and look forwards to a time when it’s safe for us all to travel again.
With that said, when you next venture out to the supermarket – why not pick up some Greek produce and show your support for them in the only way you can at the moment?

Grab yourselves a copy of the latest Free Skate Mag too when you’re ordering from our online store, (which incidentally has a huge range of Independent product) and check out the article that accompanies this clip filled with banging Sam Ashley photos.

Independent crew hit Athens

Stay safe. Stay indoors. Let’s get through this nightmare together.