Interview with Nathan Lindsell
Nathan was about five or six when his mother would take him to the shopping centre in Farnborough where they would watch people skateboarding. He was given his first skateboard as a birthday present and he remembers doing acid drops off the kerbs outside his house.
Nathan was attracted to start skateboarding through the photos he saw in magazines which captured his imagination. He likes the rebellious nature of skateboarding and it was something different from the sports he had come across at school. ’Toy Machine-Welcome To Hell’ was the first skate video Nathan saw, and the first time he saw tricks other than from a magazine and it ‘blew his mind’.
Nathan first started skateboarding in Milton Keynes outside his house in Loughton. He then ventured to Loughton Moguls, an area where there were little concrete bumps. Nathan had heard of ’Buszy’ through word of mouth when he was about eleven or twelve. But in 1999 Nathan moved up north for two years where there was no skate scene. But on his return to Milton Keynes in 2001, he got a new board and headed to the ‘Buszy’ straightaway. He then went to the Buszy every day. Having lived outside of Milton Keynes for two years, Nathan felt like alone, but at Buszy he met new friends, people who he is still friends with twenty years later. It was a place to feel inspired by the great skateboarders of the day, such as Rob Selley.
Nathan first heard of the MK Skate Projects aim to build Buszy through articles in the newspaper in 2003. Nathan was afraid that street-skating would be lost as a result. But he was blown away by it when he saw it. Milton Keynes reminded Nathan of an American city because of the ’big architecture’. Nathans favourite spot to skate in Milton Keynes was the train station, but now there are slabs and surfaces which have changed the space. Loughton Moguls is still somewhere Nathan likes to skateboard.
Nathan first heard of the Heritage Lottery-funded Skateboard Project through social media. He is very passionate about documenting the history of skateboarding in Milton Keynes.