Freestyle Football

16 05 2009

Today i’ve been reporting for Earth TV (a Japanese show i do about London’s art/music/fashion/trend scene) on the topic of Freestyle Football.

I got to meet a group of the UK’s rising talent and interview Oli Hayes – the guy who had arranged the South Bank meet-up.

We got some amazing shots of the freestylers in action and particularly with an awesome slow-mo effect on Rio (my director/cameraman)’s latest camera purchase.

South Bank skate and graffiti

South Bank skate and graffiti

We started out by the London Eye with some great views to match the great tricks.  It being London though – it wasn’t long before it rained, so we headed down to the skate park and seriously impressed some of the graf artists whilst getting the rest of the shots and the interview!

I’ll post some video clips later this week, once we digitize the material – but i’m so impatient i just wanted to get something posted tonight.

This summer look out for specific Freestyle events in London AND don’t be surprised if other urban sports start receiving big brand interest.  Today’s meet-up was keenly observed by a Nike rep and i think he was pretty keen to bring this -and other – buzzing underground scenes to the fore.

Next stop Roller Derby [hint]

Flàшэd Саряi (aka HºtИât)

Kick, Flick, Trick

Kick, Flick, Trick


Hama Beads

12 05 2009

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With the economy in freefall and the future looking bleak – it’s no surprise that people are going back to a time of simpler pleasures.

Hama Beads are small plastic beads that you arrange into a particular design.  Once happy with said design – you then run a hot iron over them which sticks the beads together.  After that you then have your plastic design which you can wear round your neck, on a keychain – wherever.  In itself it doesn’t sound that exciting – but people are getting really excited by these plastic, pixel-thingys. Have a look at some great Hama Bead designs that are available to buy.
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Choose What You Read

8 05 2009

Earlier this week, outside Liverpool Street, 2 girls and 1 guy were proffering free reading material for the passing commuters.

Granted – nothing new in that – not exactly a HotSpot when you consider how many “free paper” calls you deflect each afternoon on the way to the tube.  But these guys weren’t giving out the London Lite – they were offering books!

Choose What You Read - Liverpool Street

Choose What You Read - Liverpool Street

Proper books – with pages and everything!  Free!  A little present to read on your way home – and when you’re finished – to return to them to be read by someone else on their journey homeward! 

CWYR is the – “reaction to the tonnes of free newspapers dished out and thrown away every day.”

With their books stacked high in wheelie bags, these culture monkeys rock up to a London station, lay out the goods and wait for passers-by to pick one up.  

It’s a traveling library with no late fees, losable membership cards or dusty librarians!  
Admittedly there’s a smaller selection of books – but with a drop-off box at the Curzon Soho and more planned for the future – i can see CWYR really taking off – especially as there’s a growing band of Londoners beginning to rally against the freepapers thrust upon them each day.

If you don’t wish to partake in the freepaper celeb-fest and shoulder the burden of recycling their waste – Choose What You Read.

They’ve currently set-up libraries at Liverpool Street, Westminster, Waterloo, Euston and Paddington.



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