Continually Updated YouTube Thread

Rough timeline as far as I know…

‘50s/‘’60s : it was a hardware store / ironmongers called McIntosh and Mizen.

One of the owners was into roller skates and stocked some of those on the side.

At some point started stocking skateboards I think it was earlier than 1977. I bought one for a neighbour of mine in there in 1979 as we had no shops on the Isle of Wight.

Known locally as Mackie’s with same old guys running it through the 1980s. Name change to Mac’s skateshop, (with some hardware still available alongside skate stuff).

Managed by a guy called Simon Loveless who later took over in the ‘90s - name change to The Skate Shop.

Saturday lad/ assistant and team rider Steve started managing the place after that. He left to start his own thing 608 down the road In Wimborne.

He moved back in to the Poole shop recently.


I don’t know where 1977 came from but the shop had so much 1970’s stock lying around for years ‘out the back’ I’d guess they were stocking skateboard stuff before then and just weren’t officially a skateshop. Their stockroom was an absolute treasure trove.

Obviously, skating moves pretty fast and things become obsolete overnight and there was no market for old shit for so many years.

Whenever we as family were down that way we’d always stop by so I could go in and check the place out. I went out into the stockroom when I was a young kid kid to watch one of the old dudes, (Mr Mizen ?), grip my board. (You used to have to wait an hour for a grip job usually iirc). He cut the grip out on a bench mounted die cutting doo-dad after measuring my deck with callipers :joy: To get out there I had to walk past, and practically climb over, stacks and stacks of old boards and wheels etc gathering dust. That was all 70’s stuff, (mind you, that was late 70’s / early 80’s). I guess the same thing happened in the 80’s too. They just stockpiled unsold NOS and never sold it on.They even, at some point, took on another shop in the parade just to use as a place to store stuff from what I recall.

They always kept a few old school set ups out for sale - mostly just for kids, I suppose. They were selling those boards so cheaply. Early 90’s, I bought a Powell Quicktail, Sims Pure Juice wheels and some OG Trackers for under £30 - no one wanted that stuff at the time.

I think by the late 90’s-2000s there was definitely a growing collector’s market. eBay was just beginning to become a thing but the shop hadn’t cottoned on to that. I think they just wanted to get rid of all of their ‘unsellable’ stock and produced a list (it might have been a fax based thing idk for sure). A hell of a lot of that old stuff was sold on for peanuts and probably ended up in collections or sold for crazy mark up on eBay/ middle age shred or whatever.

The guys who owned and ran it had done so since it was the hardware store and were really getting on. Old Mr Mackie, the younger of the pair, fronted the place and was kind of cantankerous in a way. It was funny going in to that place whenever I was in the area in the World Industries / Rocco era and getting served by a dude with a strong Westcountry accent who was probably in his 70’s saying, ‘ere you go. , it’s the new Fucked Up Blind Kids* decks’ or whatever, haha.

I believe Steve, the current owner, has an absolutely massive 1990’s and onwards collection of skate stuff of all kinds.

*actually not too sure if he was still there at that point. He was certainly there for the Randy Colvin deck in a bag release and was suitably unimpressed :joy:


“There’s an Eric Dressen from the late '80s”, as we pan over the 2023 reissue.


Followed a link to this via Happy Skate IG stories and thought it was worth sharing…

SPOTS: A Research Piece On Modern Street Skating

Had this on in the background of playing THPS and when they spoke to the 37 collector guy 20 minutes in I remembered that I’m 37. I’m the most least random age that I’ll ever be.

This has the potential of going down like a fart in a lift in here, buut…

The Algorithm kept suggesting I might like to watch one of Chris Roberts YouTube videos the other day and I clicked.

It genuinely made me laugh and I’ve been back for more since.

(the first one I watched featured Andy Anderson so I’ll leave it to you to make that choice)

Chris Roberts has some sort of inflated idea that he’s funny. He was ok for a little while on the 9club because the guests carried it but they can’t even do that now.
He is so obvious in that he wants to make money on YT, nothing seems genuine.

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On the youtube skateboarder front I’ve been watching Tom Asta’s videos.

I never really paid much attention to the skateboarding corner of YT or to him before really for some reason, but fuck me, his style is top 0.1%.

It’s weirdly enjoyable just watching him shredding some nice looking skateparks for 20 minutes talking absolute shite.

I can’t work out why his style is so top tier good whilst other skaters who do tricks equally cleanly are so bone dry boring.

Look at this switch flip on flat at 6.16. Beyond perfection

He’s one of the few of that style (standard flip in flip out shit) I can watch, I agree, he’s top shelf.

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Weird that despite being tech he was on zero. Also he’s like creager, doesn’t seem to age

100% agree re style, it’s completely inoffensive (in a good way) yet totally rewatchable

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Pretty cringe YouTuber content (kind of like if Tim O’Connor presented a YouTube video), and at times misogynistic, but interesting insight into post-career lives of Moose and Merlino.

This could be of some interest to @PolarJames , @Deacon and a few others.