Monday, 27 October 2008

A couple of new tee prints

New to our shop are a few new prints in various colourways. Check them out in our shop, on the hooked site.


Saturday, 25 October 2008

New tee print illustrations

These will be tee prints in the shop soon. Hooked's lady friends have an outfit that suits their cuteness now... represent!

Clouds print variations

Grip it and rip it 

Keep your eyes on the shop!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Featured trick tip: Fakie FS bigspin

So there's trick tips on our website, and we just wanted to bring one here - feature it to make sure everyone can do it! Get ready!

If you've already learned the fakie bs bigspin, you'll have the basics for this variation. Again you should be comfortable riding fakie and fs shove its. Roll fakie with your back foot slightly more over the heel edge of the tail and your front foot just behind the front truck bolts.

Crouch and coil in the opposite direction you'll be spinning (like for a fs 180). You'll need a bit more energy to get the shove it round 360 for this trick.

As your body rises for the pop, start to uncoil and begin your rotation frontside. Just like the fakie bs bigspin it gets tricky here, as even though you and your board are heading in the same direction, your board needs be going much faster than your body in order to get 360º whilst your body does just 180º.

When you pop and begin to get off the ground remember the fs (frontside) shove it motion, using your back foot to push the tail in front of you. This will be aided by the fakie 180 your doing over the top, and give the shove it a bit more power to get around more towards the 360 mark than the usual 180. Use your front foot to keep the board from flipping.

Look down whilst rotating to see the board coming back to you. At first you can catch these when your body is half way through the 180, with your usual back foot on the tail, and finish the last part of the rotation with your feet on the board (in the same way as a fakie bs bigspin). The awkward part of this trick is rotating blindside so you don't have as good view of your direction or the deck below you. Try to anticipate where the board will be and aim to put your back foot on the tail.

As you finish your rotation and land remember that you'll still have momentum from all the rotation, so allow your arms to finish the rotation to make sure you don't continue turning. Remember - you don't have to get the shove it around the full 360, catch it at about 270º (three quarters round) and use your body to take it the rest of the way.

Get on with it then... more tips at

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Spray..."Between the Lines"

Dan Witz, Godfather of New York Street Art

The Hooked crew have been keepin an eye on this dude over the years and reckon its about time to pay tribute to his work!
This legendary street artist started spraying in the early 1970s, and has been influenced heavily by not only skating but also birds. Some of his earliest works are humming birds, intricate work in the bustling Big Apple.

2004-5 Skate Graffitti

1979- Humming Birds

2008- These are re-painted stickers on plastic, slapped onto walls and doors.

Shopping List

cherry tomatoes
big apple
washing up liq.
kitchen roll
cornish pasty(spicy veg)
malt loaf
red pepper
Prague lager

Spray..."Between the Lines"

Tags from Back in the Day

You think taggings new, think again.
Takin it to the bricks.
A glimpse of bygone tags, on the streets.

The problem with the rat race is, even if you win, your still a rat.
Subvert Mag

Sunday, 12 October 2008

6 Tricks on the Sabbath - Prague Special

A few snippets of footage from our recent Prague trip. Don't worry, we're saving the special stuff for the Hooked video. For now, here's a treat from Strasnicka skatepark.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Prague trip - part 3

Strasnicka skatepark
So today we paid a visit to Strasnicka skatepark. This place is amazing - the layout is pretty inventive, 3 large joining bowls, with a separate L shape pool style bowl, crisp mellow mini for chilling and a lovely mix of street and banks with everything grindable. AND a sweet 7 set to keep a little of the street realism in there. Have a look.

A touch of culture

Street area with stairs


Dave ollies the seven

Different sized bowls

Dave spills in the deep end

L Shape

Weird other street section on the side lines from the main park

Awesome hut, with toilets, music and a sofa came out to play later

Nicely decorated

Instructions in the lav

Nice viewing area on top of the hut

You begin to understand from this view how it works as one area

Relaxation area in the background

Fallen is big in Prague, everyone is either wearing their shoes, caps or tees

Local Josef about to drop in on the mellow mini

Local Marek feebles the rail

This place is definitely worth checking out. If you've been to Burton skatepark, this feels similar in terms of interesting layout and obstacles. There is a great atmosphere and the locals are awesome. 

Right, better buy a coffee now we've rinsed Starbucks' free WiFi. 
See you later.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Prague trip - part 2

Mystic Park
The next spot on the list is this classic undercover / indoor park. After holding 14 Annual Mystic Cup skate comps, it's pretty well known around the world. You might not get it from these shots, but the stuff here is big. Massive rails and hubbas, an abundance of giant banks and hips, no wonder the locals go big. See for yourself.

A view from the fence

Volcom death mini


The bowl is in a seperate section. It's so well made, it feels amazing and solid.

Crip. Next stop, Strasnice concrete bowl park - plus streetspot tour.