These photos were taken at an urban sports event I went to last weekend along the coast where there were breakdancers, bmx’ers and skateboarders showing off their skills. There was also a beautiful display of kites and although there was an underlying threat of rain, it stayed dry and windy enough to show them in their full glory. It was nice to see so many people enjoying their local environment after the disappointing scenes of rioting we saw last week around the country.
Now, I love fashion as much as the next girl and have a rather unhealthy obsession for the glossies, but give me a pair of Timberlands over killer heels any day. I also love art in its many forms and nothing appeals to my inner tomboy as much as urban sports. That’s why I’m loving the cool urban culture street summer we have going on this August on Channel 4. These guys may not be artists in the conventional sense but they definitely live and breathe creativity. The free runners, skateboarders and bmx’ers make me wish I was 14 again. If you haven’t managed to catch any of it yet, check out the moves on this guy, Danny Macaskill, from the Isle of Skye. Living in a place where there wasn’t much to do as a youngster, he took to his bike and has since been commissioned for music videos and TV advertising. He now rides full time. I also love the music and art direction in this film which is beautifully shot by Stu Thomson in an old abandoned ironworks factory in the countryside in the south of Scotland.