Is the UK skateboard scene more London-centric than ever? Do you have to move to London now if you want to try and be a sponsored skater in the UK?
I’m generalising here a bit, forgive me, but it seems now more than ever that the UK skate industry is centred around London. National, Lovenskate, Yardsale are all based there, and obviously Palace trades heavily on its London image. But, maybe more importantly, magazines like Free and Grey represent London more than anywhere else in the country. UK videos or edits which get any sort of exposure seem to always be centred on London as well.
Obviously I’m ignoring some important things. Skate Cafe are clearly Bristol-based, although two of its pros are based in London, and Vague has Reece Leung photographing the north, although again it seems to mainly feature artists and skaters from London in its interviews. Death have always been south-east based and North magazine reps Scotland. But these seem exceptions to the current trend.
Maybe I’m overstating things and the UK skating’s always had a heavy London focus, but without a magazine or company with the resources and desire to cover the whole of the UK things seem to have become very localised with London being UK skateboarding’s metropole. What do people think?