Full name? Dee Collins
Years skating? 11 years
Current sponsors? In between tings at the minute tbh
What inspired you to skate? How it looked
What do you expect to end up doing with your talent? Having fun with it
Does music inspire you? All music, cause that’s what I’ve listened to in skate videos for years
Where is your favourite spots or place? Barca’s sick, London’s unreal and Belfast hahah
What interests or hobbies do you have outwith skateboarding? Don’t want to incriminate ma self lad
What made you want to join the SOLUS brand? It just sounded a good things to be part and the people behind it are all legends!
Do you think fashion is a key factor to skaters? Big time, some times the clothes are better than the skating
Who has been major influencers to you? Penny, kalis, Stevie Williams
Who would you like to thank? Everyone who knows
Full name? Anthony McSorley
Age? 25 year a sound guy
Years skating? Around 15 years
Current sponsors? Homework Skateboards and SOLUS
What inspired you to skate? Like a lot of people my age, I got into skating off the back of the Tony Hawks Pro Skater game craze. I pulled my Star Wars complete out the shed and did an unintentional backside powerslide on a bit of ice and the fires been lit ever since.
What do you expect to end up doing with your talent? All I want to do with my skateboard is have fun and inspire others to go have fun on their skateboards too.
Does music inspire you? If so, what musicians? Aww aye. Music gives life to anything you do and can elevate any mood or feeling you may have. I jam to all genres but punk, funk and garage rock n roll mostly. Few to mention would be: Uncle John and Whitlock Wu-tang Clan Gang of Four Big Boys Ty Segall Neil Diamond Jimi Hendrix
Where is your favourite spots or place? Gotta shout out the local, Blantyre Skatepark but right now I’ve been skating Arches Diy in Glasgow a lot with Charlie, Wilmot and the troops. It’s as Close to Copenhagen vibes your gonna get without taking a flight.
What interests or hobbies do you have outwith skateboarding? Giving myself tinnitus with my mates James and Tam through our band “Fat Black Cats”. We supported Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lockpickers at King Tuts for our second ever gig as well as the Adolescents before we got banned from the venue. People seem to dig it. I know we do.
What made you want to join the SOLUS brand? Ben Leyden. Full Stop. First two skate videos I ever watched was Squadrophenia by Death and Tourette’s by Kill City. Leydens part from Tourette’s always resonated with me from the music, the attitude, trick selection and the way it was done. Not to mention that he was Scottish and skating Livi. Skate everything and anything.
Do you think fashion is a key factor to skaters? The most important thing for me is that I’m comfortable and free to move in what I wear without fear of ruining it while skating. durability is key. Don’t be one of these all the gear, no idea kinda skaters.
Who has been major influencers to you? Too many but few honourable mentions would be: Aidan Taylor Paul Silvester Jamie Bolland Mark Burrows Adam Paris Aaron Wilmot Chris Weir Ben Leyden Colin Adam Ross McSherry James Symington (for those who know)
Who would you like to thank? All the homies who keep the fire lit 24/7 . Especially big Ross McPhee at Homework Skateboards and Ben Leyden at Solus for their continuous support in me.
Full name? Jamie Hewitt
Years skating? 20 years
Current sponsors? Karma Skateboards, Supertoxic Wheels, Ideal skate shop & SOLUS
What inspired you to skate? Just seeing people as I walked in the city and then I got one and never stopped
What do you expect to end up doing with your talent? Skating till I die
Does music inspire you? If so, what musicians? Yes depends what I'm skating. I love Jimmy Hendrix, slayer and all sorts of grime and hip hop
Where is your favourite spots or place? Copenhagen
What interests or hobbies do you have outwith skateboarding? Cars , skateboarding and my wife
What made you want to join the SOLUS brand? Ben Leyden is a legend
Do you think fashion is a key factor to skaters? Defo
Who has been major influencers to you? Stu Graham & Ben Leyden
Who would you like to thank? I'd like to thank Ben for being a sick guy and my wife for supporting me and Jane Brent and Andrea at the Far for letting me be a part of Karma
Full name? Marieme Cecilia Corlett. Mental I know. Get called Mars too. Even more mental.
Age? 29, New years eve birthday. Always a party with fireworks
Years skating? Since I was 8
Current sponsors? Route one Edinburgh Flow, Knatchbull and luckily Solus now
What inspired you to skate? The Simpsons intro. I fell in love with my first woolworths board. Remember woolworths? Tenner.
What do you expect to end up doing with your talent? In a way I'm already doing it. I'll go wherever my wheels take me. Used to dream of skating in pro comps all over the world. Now I'm older I just want to be able to skate at all.
Does music inspire you? If so, what musicians? How much time do you have? Music is everything. I love motown, funk, soul, hip hop, rock, dance, dare i say country, classical, pop, just everything. Love all sorts. To list a few specific musicians there's Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Eagles, Rush, Pink Floyd, Journey, Toto, Boston, Queen, Billy Joel, Focus, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Doors, Tash Sultana, tooooooo manyyyyyyyy to keep listing. So just yes yes yes.
Where is your favourite spots or place? Transgression. It's home. New love for portobello also
What interests or hobbies do you have outwith skateboarding? Food and TV I like to attempt yoga too to stretch out my skate battle wounds. Love a holiday. Love a swim. Want to surf.
What made you want to join the SOLUS brand? Ben asked me... in all seriousness who wouldn't want to be part of a brand filled with crazy talent when they get asked?! What a privilege to be supported like that! We are not worthyyyyy (Wayne's world)
Do you think fashion is a key factor to skaters? I wouldn't say its a key factor to skaters no but I do think that skaters are bad ass and they sure as hell look bad ass especially when they're flying around. If you skate good, whatever you're wearing looks good. But I am guilty of not getting padded up for fear of not looking cool!
Who has been major influencers to you?
Leo Baker, Elissa Steamer, Fabiano Delfino, luan oliveira, Vanessa torres, Shane Ward, Captain pinger, Stu Graham, Ben leyden Guys I grew up with who taught me everything I know Craig, Darren, Gordon. Loads of heroes!
Who would you like to thank? My sponsors for the support and my skate mates for getting my lazy ass up and out skating.
Full name? Chris Baillie
Years skating? 17ish
Current sponsors? Route One (Glasgow flow) Lively Canna co. CBD SOLUS
What inspired you to skate? A guy did an ollie down a set of stairs in some terrible kids film and I couldn’t believe it was possible
What do you expect to end up doing with your talent? Talent is a strong word... Skate as much as possible. Continue teaching skateboarding and put off having to get “a real job” for as long as possible.
Does music inspire you? If so, what musicians? Andre Nickatina - Nasty Like College Chicks
Where is your favourite spots or place? Renfrew. Largs. Everywhere abroad
What interests or hobbies do you have outwith skateboarding? Watching Hardy Bucks on repeat
What made you want to join the SOLUS brand? To be able to skate for my Sal flip inspiration and hero BEN LEYDEN!
Do you think fashion is a key factor to skaters? I think there should be more proper goffs in skateboarding. The full shabang, spikey chokers, the mad white face make up, those huge black trousers etc... aye
Who has been major influencers to you?
Jamal Smith Dan Drehobl The Gonz Daewon Rick Savage from Renfrew Jordan Thackeray
Who would you like to thank? Danny and Kay and crew @ Route One Craig and Dave @ Shred Skatepark. Ben Leyden Craig Macdonald Skateboard Scotland Paul-VX and Kashcam My previous sponsors Andy @Wolfbeard, Chris @Ghouse distribution and Matt @Bonsai. All my friends and the hundreds of people who have either supported me over the years, gave me lifts, a couch to sleep on, helped me out financially and everyone who I skate with. You all know who you are, love you guys