Author Archives: Chris

Thank You, Gwarizm

Perhaps better known as Gwarizm, Gary Warnett meant so much, to so many people. His enthusiasm and relentless pursuit of everything good never ended. When we started Spinemagazine back in 1999, Gary would email me relentlessly with music reviews and ideas for articles. He wasn’t after money or recognition – he just loved the things […]

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We Are Isle

Today, Nick Jensen, Paul Shier and I launched Isle Skateboards: a new home for some of the incredibly talented skaters who used to ride for the OG Blueprint brand. There’s no question of ever trying to replace what Dan Magee, Shier and everyone had done previously: without any doubt, Blueprint changed skateboarding forever with its […]

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World Pigbait

My homeboys Ray and Pete popped over earlier and after watching (for the 800th time) the Busenitz vs. Cole BATB Game of Skate, we talked about a forthcoming trip to see our homeboy Paul Shier in L.A. The area of Torrance came up in discussion which reminded us of the old World Industries office address […]

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Nike Air Trainer SC

Nike Air Trainer SC IIs? No thanks, I’m not really a fan. But the first incarnation, the Air Trainer SC, oh yes. The shape (which is almost triangular in profile), the colours, the wide tongues and the panelling… absolutely amazing, even after all these years. Look at those colours! These 2009 retros are up there […]

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adidas ZXZ KZK Waterproof (Obyo)

A good example of my stupidity: I bought these when they dropped, sold them – and then ended up re-purchasing them again at a vastly-inflated price. That’s just how I roll. Kazuki’s product design for the adidas Obyo series has been amazing. Not everything has been to my tastes, but that’s fine: I’d rather see […]

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Home is where the art is

My flat is rarely tidy, so I thought I’d take a few photos while it was. This time has already passed though and all that’s left are these three images. I treasure these moments.

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New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

I won’t pull the ‘Yeah, I was wearing NBs before they got exposed’ card, but I played a role in the whole UK factory’s willingness to do collaborations. I went up to the New Balance headquarters with C-Law and Kahma, representing Crooked Tongues for the first collaboration we did with them back in 2004. It […]

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Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

I’ve already confessed my love for the grey low version of this model here, but when the friends-and-family edition showed up, I couldn’t resist them. As an in-store exclusive, there were limited pairs around (350 is the figure I’ve seen online) but I think these would’ve been a success if they’d been made a general […]

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Nike ACG Air Approach 150

Without a doubt, these are crown-status ACG shoes. I first saw a pair in a Nike advert in an issue of Details magazine, back in 1996. The UK only officially received the tan/blue/yellow colourway, which I bought and proceeded to wear to death: they started out as ‘Sunday best’, then became everyday wear, then became […]

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