The Skin Phillips online auction finishes this evening at 9pm!! Follow the link to see the remaining prints and make your bid. All money raised from the sale of Skin’s work goes straight to CUSP/Exist skatepark which is a not for profit organisation and needs all the help it can get to keep open. Skin donated a huge body of his work last year for the charity auction in Swansea in December. These prints are the ones that got away and didn’t get sold on the night. Each one is a piece of skateboard history and an original print unavailable elsewhere so get on it and help the park and yourself by getting one of your own!
The sponsored skate was one of last years highlights for the skatepark so we have decided to do it again this year. It will be on Sunday 12th June. Take a look at last years video and head down to the skatepark for a sponsor form. The money raised will help the skatepark remain open during the summer, fund renovation costs, enable us to keep the facilities smooth and fresh and also there will be a donation to LATCH the Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity.
Also there will be a big pile of prizes for challenges along the way…..12th June 2016, watch the Facebook page for updates!!
Saturday 26th March between 1 and 4 pm, Unloved Heritage is a skateboard treasure hunt around the skate spots in Swansea city centre. Free to everyone. Meet at Exist skatepark at 1pm, skate the spots and learn about their history. Videos will be made that will then be shown on our website so bring a board and your best tricks and be ready to shred!!
Skin Phillips has been photographing skateboarding for the past 30 years. This video was made when Skin had his show and auction in Swansea in December 2015. The video premiered at his most recent show in Los Angeles on Saturday. The gallery also showed a selection of Skin’s photographs, a collection of work made with Mark Gonzales and the release of his new Adidas signature shoe. Entertainment was provided by the Skin Phillips and friends band that included Skin on drums, Matt Hensley and his bandmates and of course local boyo Greg Fabb who flew in from Swansea for the event. There will be a video of the night as soon as I finish putting it together!!
It’s been an awesome year for Exist Skatepark! More events, more parties, more skaters skating the skatepark….we have organised fundraisers to keep the park running as we are now a not for profit organisation in the form of the Community Urban Sports Project (C.U.S.P.)
C.U.S.P. has received funding for some of the projects we run at the skatepark: the new Under 10′s session, the monthly girls only session, Skatepark Cinema and a summer refit building a whole new street course.
The skatepark continues to run thanks to a combination of the paying users of the skatepark, the generosity of local skaters, fundraising events and applications to local and national funding bodies.
It’s been an amazing year, thank you all for your support and generosity during 2015….next year is going to be even better!!! Happy New Year and see you all for a rad 2016!!!!
Skin Phillips held an exhibition and auction of his work in Swansea on Friday 4th December 2015. The money raised from the sale of his prints all went to help Exist skatepark to continue operating. Skin is originally from Swansea and was a major part in getting the legendary Morfa vert ramp built in Swansea in the late 80′s. He went on to document the U.K. skateboard scene for R.A.D. magazine and then on to the U.S. to become editor of Transworld skateboarding magazine. He is now team manager of the Adidas skateboarding team. His photographs span from the early 80′s in Swansea to front covers of Transworld mag and iconic images of some of the best known skateboarders in the world. All of this was on show in Swansea and it was a great opportunity to take home a piece of skateboarding history.
On Sunday the action moved to the skatepark and a big session went down with a couple of members of the Adidas team and locals like Welsh Tommy shredding the recently updated section of the street course. Alec Majerus and Blondey Mccoy skated with the Swansea skaters for well over 2 hours and then gave out hundreds of pounds worth of boards, shoes and clothes to the sold out skatepark. An awesome weekend which has secured the future of the skatepark thanks to everyones generosity and support in attending the weekends events, thanks so much for all your support!!
Video courtesy of Pixels
A weekend of Adidas skateboarding in Swansea. Friday 4th December at 7pm Skin Phillips will be exhibiting and selling over 60 photographs in aid of Exist skatepark. The exhibition will be held at The Iceland Building Volcano Theatre There will also be live music and a skateable area in the building.
There are plenty of archive images that show the long and rich history of skateboarding in Swansea. The photographs focus on the 1980′s and early 90′s skateboarding scene in Swansea. These images will be for sale on the night. Alongside this are some of Skin’s iconic images of some of the most well known and respected skateboarders in the world which will be auctioned on the night also to benefit the skatepark.
Following this on Sunday at 2pm the Adidas team will be skating at Exist skatepark from 2pm. Skin is the manager of the Adidas team so this is a one off trip and Swansea has the only organised demo in the U.K.