Xplore playToon

Tyneside is one big playground and PlayToon 2012 is out to represent skaters, BMXers and free-runners over the weekend of 18th-19th May 2012.
Urban Games, Digital Deekies, 4-Sight, Northumbria Uni and Streetphire have hooked up with the Holy Biscuit Gallery in Shieldfield to organise the venue, exhibtion and action. We will be showing photography, video, cartoons and maps from local street sports scenes with ramps and space for live action. Maybe you are only starting out or have a stash of photos from back in the day: PlayToon is there to show off your world, roots and culture.
This blog will keep you posted on what we are up to, how to get involved and explore the place of street sports in the city.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

BOOOMPFF. My first skateborad

In Native today, hearing tales of people's very first skateboards and "BOOOMPFF" is the best ever description of suddenly getting one. Turns out everyone could remember; where it came from, colours, graphics, trucks, stickers. Okay, even if most of them came from Argos or £10 from Transit. "I went to my friends street, did my first proper ollie and broke my board and started crying". Brilliant tales of starting out. Just the sort of everyday happenings we take for granted but mean a great deal. Just the sort of tales we'd like to hear more of for PlayToon. If you got a photo of your first board (and, even better, you with it) or would like to jot down a few lines about your first board, when you got it, what happened, it would be great to hear from you. email photos or your first board tales so we can weave your story into PlayToon for the exhibition. email address michael.jeffries@northumbria.ac.uk. Big thank you to everyone who was in Native today. mike

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