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  • Posted on January 15, 2015

    So you think you're a skateboarder?

    Today we have some skateboard-style entertainment for you, in case you’re twiddling your thumbs at work or just love to skate! We start at the miniature end of the skating spectrum with a project from Build your own Fingerboard Skatepark. All you’ll need is a box, a pair of scissors and some tape, and you can be a tiny Tony Hawks or Nyjah Hustons, soaring through your own diminutive dreams in no time!

    We then have a hilarious characterisation of that mythical guy from the skatepark… You know, the one that everyone talks about because he does the most insane tricks, but hasn’t actually been seen for months… Head down towards the bottom of the blog post to have a read!


    How to build a very simple quarter pipe using just a box, scissors & tape

    This lesson is the simplest in the book, but in many ways it is also the coolest, because you can have a ton of fun with this little ramp, and anyone can make it in minutes. Once you have the basic idea down you’ll see that there are a lot of potential variations on this ramp, and using this system you can set up a sweet little bunch of chained ramps very quickly.

    You will need:

    Cereal box


    Tape (packing tape or duct tape is best, scotch tape could work)

    Extra stuff that helps:

    Maybe a pen or marker

    Maybe a ruler if you want to be fancy

    1. Find a big empty cereal box and remove all of its contents, either by eating or simply by putting the cereal somewhere else. The bigger the box, the bigger the ramp. With the box open, remove the extra flaps (the stuff that is used to open and close the box) on the open side only. While not completely necessary, I prefer the ramp not to have this extra stuff. Make sure you keep the pre-sealed “bottom” sealed.

    2. Lay the box down flat. It doesn’t matter whether the front or back is showing, but if you like the idea of a big cereal logo on your ramp, use the front. We’ll call whichever one you’ve chosen the ramp face. Measure 13/4in. (4.5cm) down from the closed end of the box at the fold and mark it (see diagram). Repeat this step on the other side. You can experiment with this measurement, but you’ll see after you’ve made one that this measurement affects the size of the flat and how sloped the ramp is. Take your scissors and cut down each side up to the mark.

    3. Now push the loose ramp face in, forming a curve. Put a strip of tape along the bottom, and a strip along either side. You can shape the flat more if you want to, adding a harder fold there for little slides and plants, or you can keep the curve to have a more fluid slope to ride. It’s all up to you, ramp-builder!

    4. Now you should have a cool little ramp! In addition to taping the ramp face in place, I usually tape the whole ramp down to a stable surface, too, so that it doesn’t move around and so that transitions are smooth. You could also push it against a wall to give yourself a little vert wall to play off.

    Build your own Fingerboard Skatepark by Marty Allen is available here.


    The Myth

    Sasquatch, leprechauns, unicorns, the Loch Ness Monster, a world free from kids on scooters... all these things share one glaringly obvious trait: they don’t exist. The Myth is a bit more of a gray area. He is definitely a real person, because your friend’s friend once met him and that friend knows this one thing the Myth did must be true because his friend said so. Make sense? Good.

    Every town and every city has one local skateboarder who has achieved mythical status through his skateboarding.

    “I heard he did this insane trick at the spot.”

    “No way man, I heard he did it switch.”

    “I heard he did it after being hit by a car.”

    “I heard he did it naked!”

    Mixing the Chinese-whisper effect that younger skateboarders create during their junk-food fueled conversations with the murky, beer-fueled memories of the reminiscing older generation easily can create a make-believe memory of a skateboarder, one that can be at least 50 percent fiction. The person may have existed, but exactly what he did or didn’t do may have been somewhat altered.

    Usually this mythical beast will have dropped off the scene due to some career-shortening, never-heard-of-before injury, or he simply disappeared into the ether after allegedly doing some mind-bending super stunt. This kind of exit from the skateboard game means this ethereal creature’s spirit is destined to live on in infamy. The drab reality is that this apparition, this distant memory probably just got older and had to join the rat-race and accept the responsibilities of real life. He probably had a kid, got a 9-5, and just ended up skating less.

    Regardless of the actual truth behind the stories, the enhancing of the Myth’s abilities, and truth-bending surrounding his stunt work, this guy is probably the most important person to figure in the formation of a young skater’s life. The mysteries and fables only serve to make a kid aspirational about what is possible on a skateboard. Without these fantastical stories, kids might think some things are just not humanly possible, and one of the most amazing things about skateboarding is how it continues to progress beyond what seemed possible in the years preceding it. Without knowing it, the Myth is the person we learn from, the one who teaches us lessons, inspires us, and makes us believe the impossible is possible. The Myth might not know it, but he is.

    Next time someone tells you a tale about the time the local legend did such and such, don’t question it and wonder about the validity of the statement; embellish it and relay it to someone else. It’s the only way to ensure things move forward. And it’s fun to mess with people’s heads, too.

    So you think you're a skateboarder? by Alex Irvine is available here. More craft related books also on offer here.


    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Craft Projects, Featured, Featured, UK, US, What's new, What's new and was tagged with Marty Allen, skateboarding, 2014, humour, tutorial

  • Posted on March 21, 2013

    So You Think You're a Hipster?

    Skinny Jeans? Check. Charity-shop Clothing? Check. Non-prescription glasses? Check. These items have become the uniform for a new breed of young people - hipsters - determined to take over cities with their 'alternative ways' whilst overloading on irony and striving to be original and creative. Here's Kara Simsek, author of 'So You Think You're a Hipster' on this growing phenomenon.

    What happened to your local area? Where did all these twenty-somethings in beanies and ripped skinny jeans come from? Why does the air hang thick with the foul stench of soya milk lattes and organic cupcakes?

    What are these strange bikes with brightly colored frames and no brakes? Why is everyone walking a pug or carrying a freshly baked rye baguette under their arm?

    How can there be twelve graphic design agencies based in one building? What the hell is a pop-up organic burrito truck? How does that girl make a living from DJing when she just plays an iPod at a dingy bar once a week? Who are these people protesting against globalization as they Instagram photos of each other messing around on skateboards?


    Sounds like you’ve woken up to find your neighbourhood transformed in to a hipster ghetto.

    Want to have a night out? Your option is warehouse party, warehouse party, or fanzine fundraiser… in a warehouse. Don’t need glasses? No worries, just pretend, everyone else is. Not worn that sweater since you were ten? Put it on.

    No longer can you buy a pint of Heineken at the local bar, it’s craft beers only. Say hello to Blueberry Ale and Williamsburg Hop Pilsner, and prepare your tastebuds for locally sourced tomato juice in your Saturday morning Bloody Mary. You like scotch eggs now they’ve been made by an organic artisan who trained in France.

    Try and fit in. Wear something outrageous

    when shopping for groceries (at local retailers only, big-name supermarkets are a no-no), start a blog, get a specific interest that allows you to sit comfortably and look down on everyday people that know nothing about art-house cinema from the 1970s or thrash bands from New York state, who can’t tell the difference between Flaubert and Baudelaire. Tell people you’re relocating to Scandinavia to design eco-furniture and live off the land. To fish and knit and blog and be free from the constraints of Capitalism and the big city.

    Remember, you’re better than everyone else. And you’re NOT a hipster.

    Labels are so lame. And you’re better than that.

     Extracted from 'So You Think You're A Hipster' by Kara Simsek published by CICO Books which is out now!


    This post was posted in Featured, Featured, News, News, UK, US, What's new, What's new and was tagged with 2013, fish, hipster, street food, knit, skateboarding, cupcakes

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