2020 has been a weird year, right? I think a lot of us went into this new decade expecting a fresh start because the last half of the 2010’s kinda sucked. I guess the good news is that after starting the decade with a pandemic, things can only get better from here? At least I hope so. Keeping things a little closer to home, here’s what 2020 held for The Terrible Company. It’s like Screenwipe, but instead of Charlie Brooker, you have my stupid ass.
2020 began with the amazing Earth Goblin, from Heroin Skateboards. An utterly fantastic video that shows how far that company has come since it’s humble beginnings on our fair shores. Fos done good! Meanwhile, here on the blog we had a selection of awesome stuff going on, as the blog post machine kicked into top gear. Highlights included:
- An interview with my good buddy Chris Mander
- Ryan Bradley’s Top 5 Skate Photos
- Skaters Who Shaped Us Pt 1 – with Swampy and Claire Alleaume
Baghead Crew made February fun by dropping their “last full video” Funeral. This is a great video, with some choice parts from Dead Dave, Deer Man Of Dark Woods, and a banger last part from Myles Rushforth. Our good mate Stan Byrne even pops up for some rad street transition shredding! On the blog, things were a little light, but we still had some great posts go up:
- Leicestershire’s Fuck Mountain ran down their Top 5 UK Skateparks
- The Langran and Joxa detailed the skaters who shaped them
- Cov OG and one time Terribleco filmer buddy Poisoned Pen gave us his Top 5 Board Graphics
As we all entered lockdown, it was pleasant to see Stratford Upon Avon’s “Goonies” crew dropping a sick web edit called Mustard. There’s a lot of intersection between these dudes and the similarly rad Sumo boys, so it was great to see more of their shredding out there after last year’s Sumo output Ballet. Over here on the blog, March was busy:
- Femskate.cov stepped in to introduce their crew and tell us a bit about skating for marginalised genders in Coventry
- Forde Brookfield, fresh off of the release of Funeral, ran down his Top 5 video parts
- I did a lengthy write up and investigation into the stigma of “Skatepark Footage”
Lockdown was grinding us down in April, but at least Lucas Healey got an Eminem haircut. Even still, blog content kept on coming:
- Milton Keynes’ Dead Edwards and Kettering’s Ant Smith detailed the skaters who shaped them.
- Ripride Skateshop’s Morbid gave us his Top 5 Pro Skaters.
This month was spearheaded by the awesome announcement that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 were getting the remaster treatment. I was incredibly stoked on this (and the game turned out great). Outside of video games, we began a Lockdown Game Of S.K.A.T.E to fight the lockdown blues. This carried on into June, and took the spotlight here on the blog. Other than that:
- I built a stupid ramp in my drive using scrap wood
- Femskate.cov returned to run down their Top 5 Instagram Pages
- We ran an interview about Essex’s DIY plaza, the RBL Spot.
In more video game news, the team behind EA Skate finally gave confirmation that a new game in the series was in development! On top of this, Cov Skateboarding Insta curator and all round street wizard Ellian Lisica took home the crown in the Lockdown Game Of S.K.A.T.E. There was also:
- A blog post addressing BLM, and racism in skateboarding.
- Chester’s Mark “Frocker” Hewitt detailed his Top 5 Video Parts
In the height of Summer, things seemed to be turning a corner, and the world seemed a little more positive. Skate sessions were back on, we were out of the harsh lockdown that we’d all become accustomed to. For anyone still in lockdown, gamers got their hands on Skater XL’s v1.0 release. Blog friend Andy Clare was cracking on with board reviews for his rad Youtube channel, and we also had some cool stuff on the blog:
- Worcester artist Darren Blocksidge had a sick interview
- The Professional, Marcus Gallard, ran down his Top 5 Skate Videos.
- My favourite babe Stan Byrne done did an interview with me.
This month was pretty quiet here on the blog. I think I was mainly outside trying to skate as much as I could to make up for lockdown. Anyway, these were my faves this month:
- Harry Myers’ Top 5 Mini Ramp Clips was super sick
- Nuneaton based all terrain slayer Joe Fleming answered my questions for an interview
THPS 1+2 came out, it was my birthday, and it was perhaps the last good, dry month before the onset of Autumn rolled in. By the way, did I mention THPS 1+2 is amazing, and you should play it? If you don’t care about video games, there was plenty on the blog to get your teeth stuck into, including:
- Top photographer Garry Jones had a great interview
- Warwickshire’s Alfie Morrey ran down his Top 5 Pro Skaters
- An interview with the Godfather of Coventry Skateboarding, Jim The Skin
A big change for the blog happened in October, as we moved from our old home of over 10 years at Tumblr, to the far superior new blog on WordPress. With this change, the blog really took off in a new, exciting direction. Some of my personal favourites during this month were:
- An interview with skatepark builder and long time blog buddy Daryl Nobbs
- An in depth history of skateboarding video games
- The introduction of new blog features in the form of the Quickfire 10 and The Triple
As the year began to come to a close, and certain awful US Presidents got voted the hell out of office, skateboarders the world over started to see glimpses of some sick videos on the horizon, with Vans’ “Alright, OK” and Converse’s “Seize The Seconds” dropping at the tail end of the month (both are sick videos). Here on the blog, we had some rad highlights:
- A headliner interview from Heroin Skateboards alum and Instagram darling Chris Pulman
- Gaz Taylor details the skaters who shaped him with some awesome history of Coventry street skating.
- Baghead Crew’s Forde Brookfield returns to the blog for a great interview
- We set out on a new mission to be more inclusive and hold ourselves accountable for representing all skateboarders here on the blog.
Still fresh in our memories, December has followed November’s lead, with wet and soggy weather postponing skates for many of us. This didn’t stop Deathwish from dropping the absolutely phenomenal “Uncrossed”, making Pedro Delfino everyone’s new favourite skateboarder. Here’s on the blog, we had these highlights:
- Skateboard England elected director and Two Set zine editor Claire Alleaume was featured in a sick interview.
- Swampy and Harry Tomecek came through with awesome quickfire Top 5’s
And that brings us to 2021. Here’s hoping that next year brings us some positive vibes, and The Terrible Company will continue to be here with more rad blog posts and skateboard guff! Happy 2021!