LOST ART KINGS: Mark Baines

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Imagine being under scrutiny as a known skateboarder since the tender age of 13 years old. Now imagine that scenario but add in the reality of growing up skating with, and in the shadow of, one of the greatest UK skate exports of all time.
Young Baines of Worksop endured both of these potentially joy-hampering realities and still managed to excel in his chosen field as a young, technically progressive skateboarder emerging into the limelight at the tail end of the oft spat-upon early 90’s when thousands deserted skateboarding in search of less ridiculously attired pastimes like raving or being a general bellend.
Mark has been a stalwart of the British skateboarding scene from almost his earliest days on a board. From having the best selling pro board on Blueprint at the peak of its market-share, through to being at the centre of the Huntington Beach Warner Ave crew which went on to shape skateboarding globally – Baines has been there and done that a dozen times over.
Aside from being a fiercely loyal friend and an inspiration to all those who come into contact with him, Mark also lays claim to the accolade of being one of an elite group of UK skateboarders who have produced far more video parts than any of their contemporaries, spanning several generations and eras.
Along with the likes of Franklin Stephens and Joe Gavin, Baines has produced, on average, two full video parts per year for well over a decade regardless of injuries, external responsibilities and/or real life shit that, for a less focused human, might well have waylaid him from his chosen path.
In short – Mark Baines is a shining example of the commitment, work ethic and clarity of vision required for all those who wish to follow in his footsteps.
Raise an extra large White Russian and wave it in his direction because he deserves it.
Yes Bainsey!

P.S. Sorry about losing your Polo sweater… - Ben Powell

My first memories of Baines are from Radlands, a member of the original Worksop posse that used to come down and annihilate the legendary Northampton skatepark every weekend. Up front were the Shipman Brothers followed by Rob Ransford, the mongo powerhouse.
Baines was at the tail end of the gang with the younger kids whose nicknames ended in 'Y'. Piggy, Smiggy, then of course, Bainsey rocking a massive NY Police Department hat on t'bean head.

Already being sponsored allowed Baines product. This, in turn meant Mark's Worksop wheeler dealer talents were already being honed to perfection. An invaluable skill set which made sure he would survive many stages of his skateboarding travels. Hand to mouth during an extended move to the USA, as he found himself part of the infamous Warner / PD crew or scratching around with the rest of us during the stark infancy of the British Skateboard industry.

Thinking back on this, it is almost as though Little Bainesy has lived 3 lives already.
A major player in putting his local scene of Sheffield on the map, but also making sure the rest of the world knew and cared about British skateboarding. All this in an age that depended on full length video parts, word of mouth and was devoid of social media.

If there's anything I've learnt about Mark Baines during our adventures, it's that right or wrong, he's probably the most stubborn person I know.
That said, he's a man of principles and it's only fitting that he rides for one of the most respected and legit skate shops in the U.K.

Mark Baines is a LOST ART KING. - Dan Magee

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Nearly 20 years ago, damn that’s pretty crazy to think about, it seems like yesterday. A serious clash of brands too. Etnies shoes and a Nike tennis t-shirt. Milton Keynes for me was one of the best cities to skate back then and where I spent a lot of my time skating at the bus and train stations with Rob Selly. He was always technically ahead of everyone and I saw a lot of shit go down that would still be legit to this day. I learnt a lot watching Rob skate and it helped my skating so much being around him as he was a little older. We would run some errands he had to do in the morning then skate from midday till late night. Not always filming but always trying new stuff so a lot of what was going down wasn’t even filmed. The beige was a pretty cool spot too but it was just stairs so it was a case of going there when you had something. I would say I don’t really skate stairs these days or back then really but when you feel it you feel it and it can be quite easy sometimes. I remember doing 2 tricks that day quite quickly. The caption said this was a switch frontside flip but it was actually a 360 flip and the sequence inside was the switch frontside flip. I was so stoked to get this. Love the No Skateboarding sign in the background. Shot by Wig too and the sequence was Leo. I think that's the right way round ha.

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I think this was the Presidio rail. It was in SF anyway. I skated this quite a bit actually. One thing you notice in America is the rails are lower than here in the UK which makes them a bit more appealing, plus this one was square. I remember around this time in SF I was filming with Dan Wolfe quite a bit as I was riding for New Deal and he was their filmer, so we went here a few times. I was struggling big time with a knee injury and I shouldn’t have been skating at all. But when you’re young you don’t think like that and it was Dan Wolfe, dude definitely didn’t need to be filming me so I didn’t want to waste his time. I shouldn’t have been jumping down rails that's for sure. I was hyped on this cover, it was my first one for Document. I skated here with Marc Johnson one time, he was trying varial heelflip 5.0 down it which was crazy, it is low but that was gnarly to watch. Dollin killed this rail too but it was easy for him. Just did tricks like nothing pretty much, amazing to watch.

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The woodyard. Such a sick spot, kind of ha. It’s rough that’s for sure. Sheffield has never been blessed with a lot of ledge spots and for someone who likes skating ledges it's frustrating. So we would build stuff or turn things on their side and whack a kicker to it. This was put together pretty quickly and it shows haha. It was fun though. I don’t think i’ve done this trick since to be honest, I’m going to try and relearn it. I’m not even sure if this spot is still there. We would spend hours there and looking back it’s impressive that we put the time in at such a crap spot haha. A few tricks in First Broadcast are filmed here and it looks pretty legit when we got the generator up there. Those DVS Prophets too, one of my favourite skate shoes of all time there.

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This hydrant was outside the complex where Reynolds and Jay lived in Huntington beach. It was a novelty to me which is probably why I was so hyped to skate this one as I am sure there were better ones but this one seemed good. It was on the way to Ralphs supermarket so I’d see it all the time. There was a bunch of cool little spots within a few minutes of each other. This and the dumpster that Dill had the fake flip 411 opener. I loved skating that thing mainly being a Dill fan it was dope to skate spots he’d skated I suppose and you've got to skate a hydrant if you got to America.

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This was a rad trip. Barton is the best photographer too. Absolutely love Mallorca for all the memories it’s given us. This spots ace, just on the beach front. The tee I’m wearing I got somewhere in Florida I think it was. I was on a trip with a bunch of dudes and Bo Turner was there as well, gnarly dude with some gnarly stories but he was super sound to me. One night it was just me and him at the hotel because I was too young to go out drinking and I think he was on best behavior I suppose, he was telling me these gnarly stories of him and the Conklins taking on full Football teams and stuff like that, gnarly but he was cool. I've still got this t-shirt for the memories.

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Bartok magic again. It's amazing when you see something you shot and had no idea it would look the way it does. Back then it was more about film so you couldn’t just look at the photo there and then. In many ways it was much more rewarding but like anything nowadays it needs to be instant which is a shame. Rocking the best shoes of that time here and the t-shirt to match. Really good typical British spot too, quite a rough ledge but once it was worked in it was great. This is one of my favourite photos I have shot with someone and I reckon most of the credit lies with Oli on this.

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Tour life. We did a few blueprint tours. They were always good fun. I remember one of the first demos we did at Mount Hawke, I was really young and the place was packed out with skaters who’d come to see us. It was pretty amazing as it’s a rarity these days I think. I suppose it still happens as you have some brands that can bring those crowds but back then we were a small British board brand so it was crazy to see. Traveling with the Blueprint boys was always fun. The very first full tour was crazy, we spent a night in the cells and I think I was maybe 16 at the time. It wasn’t for anything too crazy, just a little damage to a hotel room but the police went all out to catch us. Alvin was paying for the rooms and we were in the van waiting to go and they said something to him about one of the rooms I guess so he ran out and started the van up and drove away. We passed a couple police cars on the way out and thought we’d got away. Next minute there’s police cars a couple of vans and a police helicopter, all for us and as Mike de Geus (r.i.p bro) said ‘all this for pissing on a fucking pillow’, it was crazy, I think they thought we were some gnarly rugby team or something so when they see us and we’re a bunch of skinny kids in baggy clothes they must have been laughing to themselves. We had to hide some stuff we had in the van and then were locked up for the night. I remember us all singing songs in the cells, so you had a bunch of dudes in different cells singing along in harmony haha. They let us out early morning and we had a demo in Wakefield so we just drove straight there, Pritch got sent home for being the one whose room was worse for wear which sucked, I remember we were all pretty bummed he had to leave. We then did a demo at Rehab skatepark where everyone smashed it. Amazing time and it was all pretty innocent really, we didn’t beat anyone or anything like that. It’s funny now to look at this photo from a later tour as I don’t see or speak these guys too much anymore but we all shared some amazing times on the road. I see Scott the most as I will go and skate with him in Hull a little bit and he still kills it. He could literally go out and film a street part that would still be relevant today but he’s happy doing what he does for work and skating when he pleases. We had some pretty special times on these trips and I don’t think many brands will get to do it the way we did back then. I remember this day, it was probably the first trip to Liverpool we did as a team and everyone was hyped to be in Lost Art. I always loved it when we did stuff up North as it showed Blueprint was a brand that was relevant for everyone not just London kids so I loved being part of something that was so diverse. It showed in the team too, right here you have Glasgow, Great Yarmouth, Hull and Worksop all together. There was a period growing up when everything was so London heavy so it was good to see other places represented and supported as well as London obviously, a city like that is always going to produce a lot of good people and spots.

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The Don. So hyped I get to see Scott still. He was a massive part of Blueprint to me. I was hyped he got on Blueprint when he did. He wasn’t a spring chicken when he got hooked up back then. I remember Magee used to go mental at Scott for his little isms. He had to have particular boards with particular concaves haha. It was so funny. I loved Scott as he always stayed true to himself and his roots, he was never one to be kissing arse, working his way, in with the ‘right’ people. He didn’t give a shit about any of that which I respected. If you were cool then Scott would see that, if you weren’t he’d see that as well no matter who you worked for and what status you had. One of the funniest memories of Scott was the Rugby league incident. Everyone was in Athens on a trip and it was really bad weather one night, pouring with rain so the streets were like rivers. He was wasted and decided to start Rugby tackling me so I was basically under water with him just shouting Rugby League. Nuts. Scott kills it still. The tre flip over the awkward hip at the old Castle spot in Lincoln is still one of the gnarliest things i’ve seen.

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I’ve known Colin for a long long time now and been through a lot of good times and probably a few bad times. One thing that stands out when I think of Colin is a trip to Mallorca we went on and he just smashed it, he reeled off a bunch of tricks at the double set out there and I remember just thinking ‘where’s all this coming from’, not that I doubted his skills but it was like he just went up a notch. I reckon at the time he was the unofficial highest paid skateboarder in the UK haha but yeah he was on fire. I think by the time MFWTCB was almost done he was over it but he’d done so much over a long period and he felt it was time. It’s pretty sad I don’t see Colin these days but I suppose we mix in different circles but he will always be a good friend who I have a lot of respect for and was there from the start when we were all just trying to make something legit happen. We always have the Chicken feet moment too, that was too funny.

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I have a lot of time for Nick. I’ve known him since he was real young and I’ve seen him grow up from being the annoying kid who was doing mob switch flips down Southbank. He’s one of the best skaters to come out of the UK and has constantly come up with quality video part after video part. He’s always thought about how he goes about his skateboarding, sometimes maybe a little too much. He can be a maniac about footage but that's how we get to see the stuff he comes up with and he has always been pretty committed to doing what he does, he’s definitely worked for everything. I don’t know anyone who’s not a fan of Nick.

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T’Brady. Cheeky little chappy. I remember he used to come stay at my place in Sheffield a lot when he first got on Blueprint. I dunno if he has fond memories or not but I liked having him around. He was rad and just wanted to skate all the time. He was always making tea for us, he had a job at the time in Blackpool as a waiter seeing the OAPs teas and scones I think it was, so it was probably no different haha. I remember the first time I saw him skate at the House in Sheffield and he was just killing it, he was pretty small back then but you could see he had a really good style even for someone who was pretty small, he had a good bag of tricks too. I’ve not seen him in a while but i’m sure he’s still the same just a little older and probably not making as many teas for people. Remember the back 180 switch mani at SOAS? One of my favourite tricks of all time.

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I reckon this was probably the best Blueprint video if there can be a best. It’s my favourite anyway. It really epitomises Blueprint for me. This was the height of Blueprints popularity too I suppose. Everything was just so bang on with this one. I know there’s some names not on there that were really important to Blueprint further down the line like Smithy, Brady etc but it just really caught British skateboarding at that time perfectly. Scott's part in this video is so good, in fact everyone's part is. I think I filmed my part in about 6 months with a really jacked knee so it’s something I know I worked hard for at the time and it’s the part I'm most pleased with I suppose, I think most people are their own worst critics but I was pretty happy with this part. Rattray's curtains part is so perfect, the song choice was spot on and he just killed it. It sucked that John left after this but he was so good, just on a different level. Someone please send a copy to whoever does the DC clips.

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Italian connection. Love the Blast crew to bits. Over the years with Blueprint we built up a good friendship with our distributor in Italy called Blast. Lorenzo, The Lucas, Davide, Pat, Ali and the rest were all so kind and looked after us whenever we went out there. Before going there I had never been on the receiving end of such good hospitality. Obviously skaters get to go to some fancy free booze crap and are treated well but rarely is it genuine, with these guys it’s genuine and it carries weight. The village of Seregno is an amazing little place where they’re based and I still try and get out there as much as I can even though there’s no business we are connected by. I have some amazing memories of being on Lake Gada in some rowing boats with the sun blazing down and we were all just messing around trying to topple each others boats. We were there to skate but Lorenzo always made sure we enjoyed our time there and ate well which was amazing. He never drives you to a rail and goes right get to work, pretty much the opposite. I was once filming at the Milan station and he looked at me and says “Mark, what the fuck are you doing it’s 30 degrees”. Best dudes who do things the right way 100%.

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Knox is one of my favourite skaters. I really wish I had know him better when he was on Print and I wish he’d got to be a part of the Blueprint when it was in it’s prime as he did miss out on a lot of the amazing trips we went on and the videos etc. It’s a shame. I’ve gotten to know him more in the last few years than when he was on Blueprint and he really is a good dude. Tom can skate everything pretty much and makes it all look good, and easy. Some of the lines he does are incredible. I’m looking forward to his Isle part especially after his Eleventh Hour part.

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Selley is the man. Way ahead of everyone at the time. I think Rob's downfall was that he didn’t travel much but he lived in the perfect place for how he skated and what he wanted to skate. If he had lived in London it might not have mattered so much but I suppose MK isn’t London. It kind of sucks it’s like that though. He was getting Adidas packages way before anybody back then too. I remember he’d get these boxes of 12 pairs of shell toes. I don’t even know how he got that hook up. There should be an Adidas shoe with Selley’s name on it for UK release. He was rocking them way before it was the done thing.

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SM0114, way ahead of the game. Seb was on point with everything back then. Looking back at all the ads, they were pretty genius. The top trump cards, the photo fit price tags were sick and this one was pretty amazing too. The film Kids was pretty popular amongst skaters at the time and everyone loved the New York scene anyway because it was always raw skating and they had shitty weather like we get. Such a simple ad like a lot of the Sumo stuff back then but it was always on point and done really well. If you’re going to rip something off do it well or don’t bother. I think for us growing up around Sumo it was pretty special, we had one of the best shops in the country selling all the best product. Seb was always getting everyone involved with the shop where he could, I would work in there quite a bit which was rad for me as it gave me a little money and a little responsibility which I didn’t have being a care free skateboarder. I still miss Sumo to this day but it would obviously be way different now so it’s good to remember it for the shop it was and like I say we were all lucky to have that as our local skate shop as it was always on point. Through the eyes of Ruby is still possibly one of the best videos to come from a UK store and it was just cool being involved and being part of such a good time for the Sheffield scene. No one really came to Sheffield too much before Sumo so it brought a lot of people through the city which gave people some good opportunities to get exposure in the magazines and videos.

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Shipdog, another timeless skateboarder. I remember first meeting Carl in Worksop and it was a big deal when he came down to B&Q to skate. I would be super stoked if he turned up, just because you got to watch someone who was on another level completely. When he got on Stereo and started going out to the States it was pretty crazy. He literally had it all at his feet. Everyone out there loved him, they’d probably never met anyone like him. Worksop would seem like another planet to a lot of those dudes I’m sure. I still speak to people out there who ask how Carl is, he had a massive impact on skateboarding in quite a short period of time really. It was over too quickly and he was back down the Innings pub in Worksop too soon. It was never right that he couldn’t go back out to the States and I imagine it was pretty tough going from skating with some of the best dudes in the world at the best spots in the world to Worksop. Where’s the drive going to come from I suppose? I’m not sure if anyone was to blame or it was just bad luck. I always saw Carl as a superstar, he was always well dressed and oozed style, it was rad seeing him skate when I was a kid and having someone like him to learn from. I wish Carl had been able to carry on what he started because he was one of few who were doing tricks with style and pop back then. I’m sure he’s not bothered but a lot of people would have loved to have seen Carl putting out more parts in his prime because he had a lot more to give. Dudes a legend anyway. I saw him recently and he’s a unit, not fat but built haha. It’s all that scaffolding he lifts. He’s definitely not bitter about it all that's for sure.

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Thankfully I don’t think skateboarding has any kind of ranking system no matter how much some companies want that, it’s pretty difficult to say who’s the best but Mariano would be up there if there was. Even now he is still raising the bar. I think it’s easy to dismiss people or take them for granted but when you look at what he has done it’s pretty incredible. Video Days is an absolute classic and he was so young in that. When you watch it now you can see he had a very strong style even back then. His part in Mouse is still probably the best video part of all time. This was the best Mariano era, he just looked good on a skateboard and came up with tricks not many people were doing or could think up. Those Cons as well, he made them look dope and I’m pretty sure he was just rocking them and not riding for them. I was hyped when I saw his part in the Lakai video, it was ridiculous. You clearly don’t lose your skills when you’re that good, but that part was heavy considering everything. Definitely my favourite skateboarder of all time.

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think Keenan was one of the best dudes on a skateboard. Amazing bag of tricks and such a dope style. His switch flip over the picnic bench is one of the best tricks ever filmed and there’s been a lot of really good things filmed over the years. I think whenever a skateboarder passes away the whole skateboard community is touched by it and I was gutted to hear of Keenans' passing. I never knew him but he was such an inspiration to me as a youngster getting hyped on watching skate videos after school. Such a loss to the skateboard world and we can only imagine what he would have contributed to skateboarding, but I think what he did contribute was worth it’s weight in gold. RIP Keenan Milton.

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Dill was another of my favourite skaters. I think Snuff was the part that really got my attention. That part was pretty sick, fakie flip down the EMB 7 ender and the sickest tune, Gimme some kind of sadness, that went so well. Then there was his part in Photosynthesis that was very different from what he’d put out before. He’s put out some classic video parts and all quite different. He always came out with something that stood apart from everything else around, like the line where he picks up his board and ollies the double set, few people could get away with that one. I hope he comes out with a banging new part. He’s got one of the best styles in the game and somehow pulled off that Humpa Lumpa outfit he wore, I hate to say it but he did. I remember he called me randomly when he was in London, I think he was going through a phase of being into Oasis and Ian Brown so he called me to go and skate. I was in Sheffield and tried to explain that Sheffield wasn’t in London but a good few hours away. I don’t think he got what I was saying.

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AVE. Shell pants, you wouldn’t think it now. I loved all the 23 stuff when him and Dill were on there together. One of the most powerful skaters who can do it all. He does a switch front crook like no one else, same with switch back tails, just gnarly power. I was once at a party in the states and this dude came up to me and grabbed my head and kissed me on the face, turned out it was AVE, I wondered what the hell that was about. I saw him again years later and he barely said hello but I guess he wasn’t partying anymore haha. He’s gnarly, when he does something it has an impact and it seems like everyone takes note. The part with Dill in Feedback is sick and I watched that everyday for a long time, the Ian Brown version though.

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This is how to 360 flip. None of this emo hands down fake legs crap. This is how a 360 flip should look. Probably the best in the game. If you never watched Kalis’s part from when he was on Toy Machine then you should watch it. There’s a bunch of sick stuff from SF in there too. Him and Stevie Williams were 2 of my favourite skaters to watch. They always skated amazing looking spots like Love Park in Philly. That shoe as well, The Lynx. That was the nicest looking shoe at the time. I never had a pair as I never rode for DC but I was always jealous when people had them. Amongst a lot of the skateboarding that goes on now if this ad came out you would still be hyped on it, timeless skateboarder pretty much.

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I remember being at a trade show in the states and for some reason we all ended up at a hotel in John Montessi's hotel room. I was with Boulala and there was a bunch of dudes in there. Some pretty well known dudes and I was kind of keeping my head down. Weirdly Montessi was a favourite of mine from the New Deal video 128, anyway I remember we left and took the elevator and when we got in, Stevie Williams was in there. He was real cool and was hyped I had a pair of DC’s on my feet. I just remember being stoked I just met the guy and he was cool, just super friendly. I think I was 17 or 18 at the time and when you meet people you respect as skateboarders and they’re cool it carries more weight. He is the real deal and this photo would, I think, for a lot of people sum up what Stevie is about I suppose. Everything popped proper and it was almost like every trick he does he does it better than everyone else.

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I remember first going to Berlin. I turned up in a bucket hat and got laughed at by Ches and the boys for rocking one, ha, how shit changes. Anyway I remember being stoked on the place. We had Mark Nickels showing us around as he lives out there and knew so many spots. I remember saying to myself then that I would move there at some point. Not just for skating but the general vibe of the place is amazing. A few years later I moved out there and spent a year there. It was such a good place to live. Pretty cheap and spots everywhere, if you’re a skateboarder it’s perfect. I kind of wish I’d stayed out there but I got das boot from DVS (well the dreaded "we will still give you shoes" chat) and Blueprint was turning to crap (them Canadians again) all within the space of a month or 2 so it was pretty difficult and I needed to keep on top of house payments and all that boring stuff so I chose to stay put and figure things out. I’m sure I could have sold up and gone back out there and been happy enough but I needed a little security at the time so I stayed in Sheffield. I’m going back this year for sure as I haven’t been back in a while. It’s probably changed a lot now but as long as there's plenty of spots and some of the crew I was skating with before then it will be sick.

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As a kid if you’d have said to me one day you will go to China I would have said you were tripping. For me a trip to China would have seemed ridiculous, maybe narrow minded but it wouldn’t have seemed a possibillity or like something I would want to do. Having been it was probably my favourite place I have visited. I really loved it. The spots out there at the time were pretty untouched, that’s changed now as it seems to have turned into the new Barcelona pretty much. But when we went it was all pretty new. I remember being unsure what to expect going out there. We went to Hong Kong first which is pretty similar looking to the UK. Everything looks pretty similar on the streets, like all the road furniture is the same as here because it was under British rule for so long. Obviously it’s totally different to here but it is also totally different to mainland China too. Getting to Schezhen is just a case of jumping on a train and going through customs. It was so sick there, loved the crew we were with both times, loved the spots and just the madness of it all. When it got dark you couldn’t see the tops of buildings for the smog, we’d be sat in these gnarly traffic jams and it was super hot but if you opened the window it didn’t help. There’s too many cars on the road that's for sure and it can’t be doing anyone any good breathing that shit in. The hotel we stayed in was half finished too, you’d come down the stairway and there'd be mattresses for the workers everywhere, gnarly. The second time we went it was pretty much finished and the price went up a little too. The massage parlours and baths were ridiculous, so cheap. You could swim and then go in any of the jacuzzis. There were different kinds, like a jasmine tea one, one that was made of copper, I guess each one was supposed to be good for different aches and pains. It cost about £6-7 for this and you could get foot massages or whatever for extra, order food and drinks whilst you’re waiting around, there was probably 3 or 4 floors to the places. Magee was all over it. Anthony Claravall was out there too and him and Magee were like peas in a pod. Incredible places. I think everyone came back with 100’s of DVDs. I got The Sopranos and all the Michael Palin stuff and every new film at the time. Every night we went back for more dvds. Me and Colin went for some late night take out after a few beers but got chicken feet instead of chicken wings. I think we laughed for an hour straight at the sight of these chicken feet. There were a couple of other crews out there as well, I remember Kenny Reed being being out there and Van Wastell was there too amongst others, we all had a sick night at a bar across from where we were staying. From what I remember we just ordered whiskey by the bottle because it was so cheap and played some drinking game that involved mixing it with green tea. I can’t fully remember the game now but I remember it being a lot of fun at the time. It was just really good being out there and amazing seeing other crews out there so we got to hang out a little and share some stories and hang out with them in the evenings. Our driver , Mr Wu, who’s in the photo got busted by his boss for stealing from us which sucked. I don’t think we minded so much that he stole from us more that he lost his job but I guess it looks bad if the driver is stealing stuff from the guys he’s looking after. I think the company made a lot of money from visiting skaters so it’s got to be legit. He was really good to us though, taking us to all the spots we wanted to go to. Without him we would have struggled. Everyone got so much stuff done out there and definitely made the most of it. I remember having vulc shoes and I can’t skate in vulcs, as much as I want to it messes my feet up and the second to last day I landed primo and jacked both my heels. I wanted to film something the next day so I had to get some freeze spray and just freeze my feet so I could skate, I knew I probably wouldn’t go back and I really wanted to get a trick. I would love to go back at some point it really was an amazing place to visit on every level.

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I only really thought about how much these boys have done for UK skateboarding the other day when it was announced the magazine was going bi-monthly. Imagine having to put a full magazine together every month in this country. We have shitty weather a lot of the year for a start. These guys are committed though and respect to them all for all they do, it can’t be easy. I’ve know them for years now so I suppose you take it for granted but they’ve always had my back and always helped me out and i’m grateful for that on a personal level but they help put a lot of people out there from the UK. Ben, Andy, CJ, Leo, Rye, Reece and everyone else involved knucks to you. Magazines are a great thing to have even in the insta world we have these days so support them so they can carry on supporting the UK scene like they do, it’d be bleaker without these guys.

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This photo is amazing. I love that two people who were quite opposite in a lot of respects were brought together through skateboarding. Bingo was one of the few people Magee had 100% respect and love for in skating. I don’t think Dan gets as much credit as he should for what he did at a time when it was pretty bleak as far as any kind of UK industry goes, he definitely raised the bar particularly when it came to videos and setting a standard. Bingo's passing was really sad for a lot of people up and down the UK and overseas, he really was a special dude and someone who everybody loved and had time for. It’s sad Bingo is no longer with us but he really did have a huge and positive effect on a lot of people, probably some who never even met him in person, which says a lot about the man. Great photo of two guys I have a lot of love and respect for.

Thanks to Mack, Luke and all the dudes at Lost Art for hooking this up it’s been a good trip down memory lane, so stoked to be able to rep the store. Thanks to Matt Hirst and Dan Beall for filming the clip, much appreciated come on Hirst let’s have it in 15. Fabric, Jackie and all the team and people who work on it, look for some good stuff coming this year. Seb for giving me a chance to rep New Balance numeric , much appreciated. Pete Turvey for helping me so much with the Skate Camps, WeSC. Matt at Royal Trucks, Daniel at Bliss wheels. Sidewalk dudes, friends and shops up and down the country and overseas. Anyone who’s supported Story Clothing, we will make some stuff again soon. My girlfriend Danielle and of course the family.

2015 let’s go. Another year of the 0409 - Mark Baines.

Keep your eyes peeled on the site this week for a further addition to Baines' massive back catalogue of dope video parts edited by the very talented Matt Hirst - LA