Jim Styling

Getting there slowly

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Lords of the Swords 2012

We’ve only gone and won it! 

Now that LOTS has grown and become more developed I have found myself having less and less to do. It’s nice to see something you made, grow to the point you can let go of it and see where it goes. This year I took the role of taskmaster and gathered up challenges from Braintree, Colchester, Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Romford. I also wrote a load of general challenges (and lots of “fun” ones, which unfortunately didn’t get put in). Having less involvement with the day to day running of it, I was more at ease with taking part.

I wanted to spread the love a bit, so invited people who I had met whilst living and skating in the sunny south west. Unfortunately a few days before the event two of the team dropped out and facing with a lack of skaters and more importantly a hefty petrol bill we needed to fill out roster quickly. Batfink came to the rescue roping in Rob and Corey from Newquay. Lots of respect for them making such a long trip and big effort at such short notice, especially when I’m not entirely sure they knew what they were letting themselves in for. They spent three hours on the train to meet Simon and I at Exeter where we loaded up his passion wagon and made the long journey up to Essex, picking up SA on the way.


We spent the weekend exploring the best that Essex has to offer, drinking cheap beer and sleeping in tents, when all was said and done I think the guys were disappointed that they hadn’t done every single challenge in the book. With the number we had done we probably could have just had a BBQ on the sunday and still topped the standings. LOTS isn’t really about the points though, it’s about skating and having a laugh. We definitely ticked these boxes, and I was stoked to have met Rob and Corey and as for the skating, well take a look and see…

Pasty Attack Force Lords of the Swords 2012 from Jim Styling on Vimeo.

Unfortunately this year the dreaded popularity contest online vote was back, so to get our hand on the sick trophy that Bruce had made we needed to spam up facebook. We must have done something right, the voting page got 21,000 hits over the 6 days it was open and we topped the rankings with just over 1000 votes. Check out said page here, Michael Barrymore’s skateboarding dream team and the ramprage top goons edits, are top of my list of entries.

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Man & Boy

Here are some clips collected from various places Simon and I have visited over the past year or so, some of it new, some of it not. A “part” each for us and a big ole friends section in the middle. Music is by The Eels.

Man & Boy from Jim Styling on Vimeo.

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Prime Movers

I found this draft post that I never published from about 6 months ago. I was sure some of the footage from Man & Boy had been used elsewhere but it wasn’t up here. I wasn’t really that hyped on this edit as it included a lot of older grainy shaky footage. Definitely feel like there has been some improvement though so there is something positive to take from it. Anyway for the sake of completeness here it is:

Here’s another edit from footy picked up at prime skatepark over the past few weeks on skate tuesdays. I’m sorry if I filmed you and you footy isn’t in there, it isn’t because I hate you, it’s because I’m disorganised.

Prime Tuesdays Vol. 2 from Jim Styling on Vimeo.

Certainly getting there slowly! There is a definite divide between older and newer footage. I need to hit the streets some more, no more park edits for a while.

Filed under Skateboarding Devon

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Archive footage

Found this whilst backing up other videos, must be a couple years old. I had forgotten about it as it had only been uploaded to facebook. It’s from a skatejam to raise awareness about the chelmsford skatepark campaign. Harry’s MC skills make it I think.

One More, Barrier Man! from Jim Styling on Vimeo.

As to the current state of the skatepark campaign, two of the more active members have moved away, and before that the project was put on hiatus until university building work had finished, with some hope that their development might lend funds to our project. The council did revamp the old park for us, fixing some of the more dangerous parts and giving it a small rejig, time will tell.

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Found Footy

Simon and I went to Cullompton a few months ago. We filmed a few bits for what, for some reason, I’m calling his Middle Aged Shred part. We skated this rad park/ bowl thing, all completely joined up metal. On the way home we saw a woman taking her miniature pony for a walk. Only in the coun’ry. He filmed a few bits of me, and I thought I’d spam you with it.

Cullompton Throwaway from Jim Styling on Vimeo.

I don’t like posting footage of myself, but wherever my camera is, I am. I can’t just sit there and watch other people enjoy themselves, same reason I have never been to a demo. All filmed by Simon in deepest darkest Devon, good times.

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Lords of the Swords

LOTS TROPHYI suppose LOTS counts as a creative endeavour. So I thought I’d write a little bit about it.

A couple years ago, I had been trying to get a Chelmsford video started for what felt like (and probably was) years. At last there was finally a bit of momentum going and Chris suggested doing a king of the road type event to start filming off with a bang. It seemed like a good chance to get a load of footage quickly; so I got the boys to sort out a couple teams, wrote up a list of challenges in an afternoon, and posted them off with instructions to send me their footage at the end of it. (I was stuck doing exams at uni at the time). This was the result http://vimeo.com/13103667

All the guys who took part had a great time, we finally got some footage and everybody they met whilst doing it was hyped on the idea and jealous they couldn’t take part. Given the positive feedback we planned a bigger version for the whole of Essex and Lords of the Swords was born.

It’s a well worked formula, teams have a limited amount of time to complete a set of (vaguely) skateboard related tasks; ranging from doing certain tricks or visiting certain spots to dressing up or collecting signatures for our skatepark campaign. After the weekend the teams are allotted time to edit the footage into a video for us all to watch whilst we get drunk and shout at the projector. 

In 2010 we had four teams take part. We kept the whole thing just for fun and DIY, so only one sponsored skater per team, home made trophies and medals made out of old skateboard parts. After everyone had two weeks to edit their footage, Luke sorted out a venue where we had the screening and sessioned a newly built mini ramp. At the end of the day, there isn’t much that can go wrong, it’s a bunch of skaters going skating and having a laugh with their mates. When you get as many points for eating two buckets of fried chicken as you do for doing tricks on a hand rail, being competitive doesn’t really enter into it.

In 2011 everything was much bigger, ten teams competed, with over 60 skateboarders involved (little known fact: organising 60 skateboarders is like organising 500 normal people) Luke really did much more this year with me being in Barcelona up until July. Herman created some rad ‘Zine inspired challenge booklets. We had sponsorship from Switch, Vans, Death, Triple Swords Skatestore and Caughtinthecrossfire were our online sponsors, showing all the videos along with an online vote that got 6000 hits in 48 hours. http://www.caughtinthecrossfire.com/skate/lords-of-the-swords-2011/

LOTS2011 Credits by Chris Phillips and Luke MacDuke from luke pearce on Vimeo.

When we did the first LOTS, having our screening in a bar meant that some of the younger guys couldn’t attend, so Phil hooked us up with an all ages showing at Park DX in Colchester. After this Caughtinthecrossfire put up their online vote until the sunday when we had our final showing and prize giving at Hooga in Chelmsford. Jacob created some absolutely stunning trophies and awards were given out for categories ranging from smelliest team mate to over 30’s ripper. Peep the mayhem as captured by Mr Diss here:http://www.caughtinthecrossfire.com/skate/skate-news/lords-of-the-swords-party-edit/

Planning for LOTS2012 has begun already and you can bet your aunty is going to be another corker. For more info check out : http://www.facebook.com/lordsoftheswords