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.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Wasteland still loved

It may be January, the "private property" signs may be up, the block may be demolished but the Wasteland in Newcastle is still being skated. Across the old factory floor are mini ramps, blocks and pallets. Maybe they only come out at night. Keeps getting ripped up, burnt and battered and keeps getting put back together. Last year one of the JCB drivers used his digger to help shift some of the debris away and two old radgies on the Lambrini at 11am, sitting on the wall by the block and tuned into radio Newcastle, bemoaned the loss of trees because that is where the birds nested. There are some stunning wild flowers there too, but the botany can wait til spring. At this rate the block will get rebuilt before the flats get going.

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