An Interview with Loz Taylor

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If you’re reading this then you may already know of the man named Loz Taylor. Maybe you bumped into him once whilst sheltering from a summer downpour in an NCP car-park or perhaps you once found him leafing through the contents of your wheelie bin in search of Mr Kipling Fondant Fancies and day-old pastry delights.

But who is the real Loz Taylor—the man behind the myth? What are his living arrangements? And how come he isn’t he allowed in the Co-Op anymore?

Read on for a few answers…

Interview and photos by Sam – originally printed in the second issue of Red Steps.

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From the Archives: Rob Dolecki

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With modern developments in handheld communication devices meaning photographs can be snapped, uploaded and digitally ‘liked’ in a matter of seconds, quality levels have been forgotten in favour of lighter backpacks and healthy spines.

There are more riding photos knocking around than ever before, but when was the last time a truly sick photograph was scorched into your mind?

One man still putting the effort into taking decent riding photos is Rob Dolecki. Whilst most people happily settle for a badly timed snap sniped from fifty feet away on an iPhone, he’s rigging up flashes in back-alleys around the globe (and printing the results in his Maintain zine series).

In this article, he talks over some gems from his archives…

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Flukelife: Issue 2

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As Matthew Broderick famously pointed out, life moves pretty fast. So fast in fact, that it only seems like a couple of months ago that Addy etched three years’ worth of Liverpool riding onto disk for the second Flukelife production.

Now… nearly two years since it’s release, it’s been uploaded to the internet — allowing those who foolishly ditched their DVD player to witness nearly half an hour of rythymic riding from Glover, Minney, Roper and co.

 

Interview: Chris Reyes

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Riders and skaters getting into ‘street photography’ is nothing new. Anyone who’s crammed a hand-me-down SLR into a Jansport in a bid to document dope manoeuvres will have, at some point, tried their hand at snapping candid shots of pigeons, run-down shop fronts and pissed-up vagabonds with no teeth.

But snapping a photo of a complete stranger is a fair bit dodgier than getting a picture of your mate doing a wallride — so not many get beyond shooting sneaky Bart Simpson spy-cam shots approximately 50 feet away from the back of someone’s head.

One rider who bucks the trend is New Jersey mix-section master Chris Reyes, who ditches the usual low-end social commentary in favour of up-front portraits that are actually in focus.

Here’s an interview with him about photography, his new zine and the time he tried to eat 24 hamburgers…

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Interview: Dan Price

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Enemy of alarm clocks… friend of the animals… rider of walls… a mystic street-sage, honed during the dark ages of riding. After a self-imposed exile in his Hastings hermitage, the man known as Dan Price has returned to spread the word of back-tyre bonkery and sharp-edged samurai style.

Here’s an interview with him about riding, the early days and the endless quest for truth.

Thanks to Dan Jukes for the modern day photographs, and thanks to Tim Goldie and whoever else took the old photos.
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Videodrome – Nick Ferreira

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These days pretty much every fleeting moment ever captured on video, DV tape or 16GB Sandisk memory card is available for all to see via the democratic visual medium of Youtube (or Vimeo, if you’re a bit snootier).

Whilst this is obviously a good thing, finding anything actually decent to watch can be a bit of a struggle.

So in an effort to separate the wheat from the digital chaff, here’s the first of what may or may not be a semi-regular feature, in which people explain a few visual gems they’re into.

Up first, Chicago-based wallride roaster and Challenger editor-in-chief Nick Ferreira…

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