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.

Friday, 10 February 2012

"when they work, we'll skate"

"Skaters create their own fun on the periphery of mass culture". Lowboy. And whilst a good read might not be such immediate fun as a sick ollie it can be useful ammo, representing street sports beyond what passers by see. Academic articles may not be the slickest read but they have their uses. Plus, if it is a cold day, better to stay inside Native and check out "The accidental youth club: skateboarding in NewcastleGatesehad" which comes out in the Journal of Urban Design later this year and hopefully does the job of breaking past the stereotypes of skaters=damage and nuisance. Will have more copies to hand round at local spots (PlayToon project will be around at 5 Bridges on 12th for Bingo's bash). Mike

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