BANK LDN since November 2017.
Since conception, we have sought to practice and produce different visions of skating in London.
We have encapsulated our work primarily through the mediums of videography, photography and writing.
We feel that the culture and tradition of skating in London is well reflected from a unified platform.
There had been previous incarnations of skate media platforms.
For example, ‘DNA’ & ‘Unity’ print magazines were present in the late 90s into the 00s.
More recently ‘Kingdom Magazine’ took responsibility as the primary medium.
A significant amount of coverage focused on the capital city.
Unfortunately, all magazines eventually ceased to exist, toppled by print costs amongst other crippling factors.
It was thought that the end of print era signified doom for the participation and practice of skating.
The end of print was widespread and equally ominous.
When ‘Daily Bread Magazine’ had printed its final issue, it felt like the integrity and future of skating was seriously threatened.
Daily Bread was a standard and beacon for our culture as a whole, deflating many across the world.
Despite the changing terrain of skate media the cameras never gathered dust. Our intentions were clear.
During the mid-00s we continued to film, using SD camcorders.
The production of skate videos continued.
Eventually we transitioned to HD camcorders, continuing on in this vein.
The emergence of affordable DSLR cameras activated the photographic minds of many.
An explosion of new skate content followed.
Without pointing out the exact chronology of skate media evolution, the point is we never stopped skating or documenting.
There have been different people involved in producing material in London.
The groundwork was laid by videographers like, Dom West, Ally Brightwell, Jonny Lee, Sam Bould, Luke Thompson,
Matt Watt, Ed Inglis, Tom Sharman & Stephen Manderson.
The era of these people spans from 1995 to the present.
Each project that had been worked on has a unique meaning.
Whether a documentation of a trip abroad, a particular session, a sponsor promotional video or a full length film consolidating a longer period of time; there was always something being worked on.
London has always been rich in people who dedicate themselves for these sorts of projects.
We have Londoners ‘born and raised’.
We have lots of immigrants and are composed of a diverse group who are well bonded.
It felt as if we could combine and show how the culture supports this kind of community. As unique and creatively astute as everyone is, there is an undeniable collective quality to the London skaters.
From where we are now and reflecting on the past, our story is more discernible.
Most of these characters are continuing with their lives firmly connected to the art form of skating.
The rise of social media and its intrinsic application to self-expression and sharing of information has fostered a new medium to proliferate meaning in skating.
In this age, various platforms have emerged, encapsulating their respective scene, location, social group or brand.
The meaning is now not only derived by the trick, but also by the story.
The substance and context of these peoples journeys through skating is absolutely meaningful and can hardly be overstated.
For us it relates to integrity. If the overall culture of skating is upheld it is self-evident how important that is.
We believe that by working on productions that communicate our meaning we can be a force of strength and unity within the ever evolving landscape of skating.