Blackpool bods whose skateboarding activities feed into their creativity. In this article, we talk to a chap known as “Sandy” to his pals.
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I have been drawing and illustrating now for about 8 years but it is only in the past 3-4 years that I have developed my own recognisable art style with art pieces on display in local bars such as Dirty Blondes and Bootleg Social.
I often wonder about Blackpool kinda being stuck in a very traditional tourist format. Attracting drinking culture stags and hens to the town – how does Bootleg and Dirty Blondes feed into an alternative culture for you in Blackpool.
I think we need more of this kind of bars to give the more “alternative” people more choices of places to go on a night out or to go to socialise with friends, Bootleg used to be a big choice for me on a night out as they can have live performances every now and again of either new and upcoming or underrated artists. I remember going there when I was roughly 19 (When it was Jenks and not Bootleg) to see an artist called Sabrepulse which was really weird to think he came to Blackpool.
Dirty Blondes, I love the decor in there, the vibe is so good as well, everyone seems to be of the same frame of mind, it seems a safe place to go with your friends to have a few drinks and just relax, I’m pretty sure they have a no dickheads policy there also hahaha which is awesome.
I look at the prom and think that’s perfect for cool beachfront bike hire, longboard cafe – do you think that kind of thing could be possible for Blackpool.
I would like to agree with you, but I know there used to be bike hire stands scattered across the promenade and in the town centre, I don’t believe they did as well as the council thought they would? An alternative Cafe would be great though, all the cafes in Blackpool, bar a few coffee shops (Upside Down, etc) are extremely generic and cater to more tourist trap spots, with nothing remotely interesting inside, would be great to see a modern cafe/barista with some good food, interesting decor, and staff with a story to tell.
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