We uploaded Alex Appleby’s new Scottish / Northern UK video ‘Get in the Cardonald‘ today and you may have recognised some tricks in said edit from our Issue 14 Glasgow article. Well the full feature is now online for your viewing pleasure! Read some words by Alex Appleby and Charles Myatt below from a very baltic two days in Glasgow over the Winter period of 2019, productive to say the least!
These photos were taken over 2 days on a wayward trip Reece took in March 2019. The weather was grim for most of it so getting a full article’s worth of photos was pretty good going. As far as I’m aware there hasn’t been a dedicated skate photographer in Glasgow for many years so folk must have had some pent up energy and ideas. The skate scene up here has been continuously under-documented and underrated but is as thriving as they come. Summer evenings down at Transport watching the sun over the Clyde with some cans has got to be one of Europe’s best skate experiences. It’s like Macba but with better craic.
Alex Appleby: After living here for 2 and a half years I’m still a bit of an outsider but I’ll offer my reflections as best I can while drinking Tennents on the cusp of this apocalypse.
Charles Myatt: As of now I am sitting at my kitchen table writing from the solitude of Covid-19 lockdown. Alex has written this up pretty well so I’m not so sure what I can add… Outside I can see the Glasgow district of Springburn, the people are a greyish blue and keep their distance, not much has changed.
AA: “Its good seeing you Andy ah thought you were deid”. Glasgow is arguably the best place in the world for overhearing a conversation. The local dialect is very much of it’s own and it was refreshing to find that the scallies up here haven’t yet adopted the rudeboy slang.
CM: Somewhere in a courtyard of a tenement a man is boxing a Tesco bag on a washing line.
AA: Skate wise there’s 3 vortex’s (Kelvingrove park, the Transport museum and The Loading Bay), which after living in Leeds and having people stuck at Hyde Park for decades is a pretty grand situation to be in. There are also amazing street spots all over the city with more popping up all the time though the pavements take a battering from the unpredictable weather.
CM: It feels like Glasgow might be on the verge of becoming a ‘skate friendly’ city; Transport and The Loading Bay being it’s most recent additions. Glasgow is at the early stages of a big push to repopulate the centre of its city with 20,000 people set to move in by 2035. With it, comes parks, spots, new roads and streets. Many conversations have arisen as to how skateboarding may become a part of this. For now, we hope for finer grit ground as we watch cranes swing behind Heras fences.
AA: Some of the nation’s most notorious housing estates sit side by side with beautiful countryside. Sometimes it feels like a big city in the middle of nowhere. I did a work placement in what is classed as the most deprived area in the British isles yet despite all it’s problems the only time I saw anything getting smacked was an old man banging on a bus to get it to stop for me.
CM: It is a basic survival technique of the people of Glasgow to have amazing character, its No 1 in the rankings of ‘made the most of’ places.
AA: These contrasts are also a good metaphor for the people who live here. You’ll tend to find folk full of kindness, mentalness, toughness and amazing warmth in fairly equal measure along with unparalleled humour. Most people don’t take themselves too seriously and appreciate a laugh and a drink whenever they can get it. In the words of the late great Glaswegian folk singer Hamish Imlach “When I die, I want everything to be knackered.”
CM: Perhaps my favourite thing about Glasgow is the fact that you cannae escape yourself. Someone’s gonna tell you that new fleece you found in a charity shop looks like a bus seat, that your feet are shaped like boats, they’re gonna cut your bananas up inside their skin so it falls out sliced in pieces when ye peel it. It’s great, you get to know yourself and hopefully have a good laugh at your own expense.
In the eternal words of Hamish imlach ‘Oh Mary, you’re wan in a million’
(Mary): “Oh ho, so’s yer chances’
AA: These photos were taken over 2 days on a wayward trip Reece took in March 2019. The weather was grim for most of it so getting a full article’s worth of photos was pretty good going. As far as I’m aware there hasn’t been a dedicated skate photographer in Glasgow for many years so folk must have had some pent up energy and ideas. The skate scene up here has been continuously under-documented and underrated but is as thriving as they come. Summer evenings down at Transport watching the sun over the Clyde with some cans has got to be one of the Europe’s best skate experiences. It’s like MACBA but with better craic.
CM: There’s a spot in Kirkintilloch we call Cackba.
Get in the Cardonald – Filmed and Edited by: Alex Appleby