All photos: Rob Whiston.
2022 marks a whole decade since Matt Bromley inaugurated the Blast Skates empire, so to celebrate, last Thursday the crew unveiled a special Ten Years Blastin’ pop up exhibition and shop in the basement of Vans’ Covent Garden store. The show was originally intended to be open for two days, but due to a wave of inevitable popular demand, it was decided that the show remain in place for a further fortnight.
As you have no doubt come to expect from this impassioned rabble, Ten Years Blastin’ takes you on a pottered tour of the vast Blast archive, with both early and rare boards on display, original artwork, photography of the team, a wealth of assorted and unique curios from over the years, and a gallery of plasticine mascots hand crafted by visitors to the exhibition, all of which is complimented by those perfectly Blast touches that weave the whole space together.
To coincide with the Ten Years Blastin’ opening celebrations, Rob Whiston took a trip to London, stopping by Blast’s spiritual (and recently revamped) home of Stockwell for a session with Ben Broyd and a couple of friends who were in town to check out the exhibition. Have a scroll here to see for yourself what went on, then be sure to head to the Vans store in Covent Garden before the end of next week to immerse yourself in a decade of pure stoke from the Blast Skates family - you shan’t be disappointed.
Questions and Snelling - Blokes in Covent.
The always on point Ben Broyd, layback smith at his refurbished home from home.
Ten Years Blastin'? Go get your shirt from the exhibition whilst you can!
South coast native Charlie Gush, heading north from for a Stockwell layback air.
Alfie Mills takes advantage of the new look Stockwell wall setup and one-foot tailgrabs straight onto the pavement.
A Brixton handplant from Mr Broyd.
Kirsty Lee fakie eggplants from the bottom of the traditional tight corner.
Ben Broyd with a blastin' frontside ollie high above Brixton Beach.
Visit Ten Years Blastin' now! Open daily until 9/9/22.
5/7 Neal St, London WC2H 9PU