Interview with Wig Worland
Wig’s first experience of skateboarding was when he rode down his friends driveway on his brother’s Logan Earth Ski in 1977 when he was seven years old. He first started skateboarding in Milton Keynes in the mid-to-late eighties. He explains how the city was being built and there was new terrain everywhere. He liked to skate in the middle of the shopping centre on the marble.
Milton Keynes was ideal for skating, he says that the surfaces ’are amazing’ and so it was ’easier to skate here’ which attracted a lot of people to it. Wig’s memory of the bus station was it being a meeting place, where people would meet before going off to skate the rest of the city. Wig believes Milton Keynes had a ’huge influence’ in street skating in the UK.
Wig started to take skateboarding more seriously in the late-eighties. He started getting involved with ‘Read and Destroy’ magazine by sending them pictures he had taken. There were very few skateboard magazines and they were where all the skateboarders in the country got all their information from. Wig lists three skateboard magazines which circulated in the late eighties; ‘Skateboard!’, ‘Skate Action’ and ’Read and Destroy’. In 1995, he started ’Sidewalk’ with Andy Horsley and Ben Powell. It was a monthly issue which increased in size from sixty to ninety pages. Wig did ninety percent of the photography. He drove around the country to meet various skate scenes and shoot pictures of them onto transparency film. Wig discusses the best way of documenting skateboarding and how with new technology, comes new arguments for the best way of capturing it.
Wig is a big fan ’Milton Keynes Skate Scene’ on Instagram and allows them to post photographs he has taken. Wig feels like people are no longer skateboarding for themselves.