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Pig City Skates

Postby SNAKEBITE » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:42 pm

What was Pig City Skates? I am guessing it was a shop.
I understand it was based in Brighton, local to me hence the intrest.
I seem to remember the name from when I was at school, but can only remember RE-AL sports as the main shop in Brighton.

Does anyone have any info please?
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Alec » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:52 pm

Pig City was the name adopted by Brighton skaters for their home town back in the 70's in the style of Dog Town.

Pig City skates or PC's Hot Shop as it was known was a skate shop in Ditchling Road near The Level.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby andy turner » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:56 pm

Pig City was a small little skate shop opposite the Level Skatepark. If memory serves me right the Pig City reference is the nickname given to Brighton in general skating wise from years back (police reference no doubt!). I'm sure others know more names but I remember Justin Ashby was part of it who was a fairly well known vert skater in the late eighties. It was a grungy little shop which had a 'certain aroma' to it usually. It was well known around the south and was the complete opposite to Re-al which was Brightons other skate shop. Pig City was anarchic where as Real was squeeky clean in comparison, if that makes sense. I probably went there about 3 or 4 times as a kid but we didnt get to into the Level scene as it was a very 'local' atmosphere, as it still is now. I would imagine Nick Smith knows more about it as he is more part of the Brighton scene.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby SNAKEBITE » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:58 pm

Cheers Alec!, Cheers Andy!
Any more tit bits? :D
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby andy turner » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:00 pm

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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Woody » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:03 pm

Pig City was also a board company by Justin Ashby a free years back .. Andy Scott had a proboard out on them .. I have a ltd edtion "gold" version somewhere ill dig it out and stick a picture up if you guys want.

Last time i spoke to Justin "Pasty" Ashby he was designing Farrari F1 cars ... would you ride in something a 150+ he designed :)

While looking for images i came across this little article The Argos News


here's one of there designs .. Image
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby engmofo » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:12 pm

Knocker & Pasty,that brings back some memories.
No I would not ride in anything Justin designed :lol:
Always liked the"Are you stoned , or just stupid " stickers myself
Anyone got any pics or remember "The Brighton Wall" down the side of Churchill Square,I think
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Alec » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:20 pm

There used to be great article about Pig City by Andy Binns on line but the link don't work anymore.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby engmofo » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:36 pm

What was the other shop that was there in the 70's ,Max's sommitorother?
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Woody » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:44 pm

Here we go ..
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Alec » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:49 pm

engmofo wrote:What was the other shop that was there in the 70's ,Max's sommitorother?


Max's Sunset Boulevard
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby engmofo » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:53 pm

Thank god one of us didn't fry all their brain cells. :D
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Woody » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:56 pm

engmofo wrote:Thank god one of us didn't fry all their brain cells. :D

yeah but lets face it you set of with some in the 1st place LOL
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby JellyHead » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:39 pm

Alec wrote:
engmofo wrote:What was the other shop that was there in the 70's ,Max's sommitorother?


Max's Sunset Boulevard


In the back of Jean Junction :)
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby JellyHead » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:47 pm

Woody wrote:Pig City was also a board company by Justin Ashby a free years back .. Andy Scott had a proboard out on them .. I have a ltd edtion "gold" version somewhere ill dig it out and stick a picture up if you guys want.

Last time i spoke to Justin "Pasty" Ashby he was designing Farrari F1 cars ... would you ride in something a 150+ he designed :)

While looking for images i came across this little article The Argos News


here's one of there designs .. Image


Fux me, I read through the article and thought at last!! :lol: then found the date at the top of the page. Pig city Council are still hopeless. Nick "Sk8Goa" is chipping away at them tho.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby andy turner » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:04 am

just out of interest does anyone remember the ramps that were under the west pier in the late eighties? a very 'unofficial' set up if I remember rightly. think I only went once before it was torn down. I think it was a sort of sketchy mini ramp set up but cant be sure, it was a long time ago!
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby i dare you » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:56 pm

Woody wrote:Pig City was also a board company by Justin Ashby a free years back .. Andy Scott had a proboard out on them .. I have a ltd edtion "gold" version somewhere ill dig it out and stick a picture up if you guys want.

Last time i spoke to Justin "Pasty" Ashby he was designing Farrari F1 cars ... would you ride in something a 150+ he designed :)

While looking for images i came across this little article The Argos News


here's one of there designs .. Image


i still have one of those. red + black stripes wth black and gold pig city logo. nice decks. top bloke.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby SNAKEBITE » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:58 pm

Thanks for info guys!

I can remember something under the West pier, we used to skate past and bottle it when we saw the "rough boys" that were there :roll: So never got to see it up close.

Churchill square was cool, the lower level was always dark and damp! Loved to skate along the top trying to look kool.

I do remember the paddling pool that was along the seafront towards Hove, dead smooth and the only pool I had ever skated. Ok it was only 12" high with square sides but it was a start!
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby trawler » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:33 am

Justin Ashby does not design F1 Cars , whatta you?- mental!
Last time we hung out together he was a freelance vacuum molding- carbon fibre guy.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby engmofo » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:53 am

Which still poses the question...... would you ride in any thing that justin had a part in building?
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby andy turner » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:09 am

Over on whenwewasrad.co.uk (TLB's site about RAD magazine) I found this article on Justin Ashby from the late eighties.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Peanut » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:18 pm

I used to spend a ridiculous amount of time in Pig City Skates, they played skate vids continuously and we didn't have a vcr at home yet, and your right, it did smell funny
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby mushroom » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:44 pm

Bought a deck at the car boot saturday and it had 2 pig city stickers on it :)
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If anyone has any of these stickers left I'd like to buy some
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby thebuaffalo » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:06 pm

I think we were at the same car boot sale. I looked at this deck as well as the Nash scratch off. You are obviously better at driving a bargain than I am...
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby mushroom » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:20 am

Adur Rec in Shoreham ?
Weird thing is we were late there, probably 12.30ish and I didn't even haggle.
He straight up said a fiver for that deck and a tenner each for the pair of gullwings and trackers.
The SMA setup with route 9 wheels he had for £60 I passed on
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby SNAKEBITE » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:35 am

Nice one, a bit of history.
Wonder what it's story was?
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Iamnotanimalchin » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:09 pm

Pig City Skates - now there's a blast from the past!Used to go in there quite a bit as a teenager when I was skating the Level. They always seemed cool and I remember them replacing my broken king pin for free which would have been unheard of at Re-al. Seem to remember they may have funded repairs to the old big wooden half pipe for a while as well?

In fact this whole thread is a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. Can remember the big old concrete bank behind Churchill Square near the Canon car park. Can also clearly remember the mini ramp and assorted madness under and around the West Pier at the time, and yes, it was sketchy as fuck! The whole thing used to move when you dropped in and it wasn't unusual for the coping to come off after a grind and follow you down the ramp. It must be said that there were also some pretty hardcore characters that would skate it too but it was awesome! Also, can anyone remember the skate/surf shop at the bottom of Preston Street? I seem to remember it may have been called Sun Sports?
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby engmofo » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:07 pm

Iamnotanimalchin wrote:Can remember the big old concrete bank behind Churchill Square near the Canon car park.


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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby mushroom » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:04 am

Yes Sun Sports was down Preston Street, used to surf with the guys ( Nigel and ? ) that worked in there at Saltdean back in the mid eighties.
The big concrete "Wall Of Death" was late seventies early eighties. It was to the east side of churchill square where borders is/was on the corner leading behind the multistory car park. You could see it when you walked down the steps to cranbourne street
you can still see it on googlemaps here zoom in on satellite view
the sketchy west pier ramp was more late eighties early nineties
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby engmofo » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:32 pm

mushroom wrote:The big concrete "Wall Of Death" was late seventies early eighties. It was to the east side of churchill square where borders is/was on the corner leading behind the multistory car park. You could see it when you walked down the steps to cranbourne street


Thats the bugger,used to have to carve down it stay on that sketchy litte bit of pavement at the botton & then go back up & off into the street.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Lofat » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:04 pm

engmofo wrote:
mushroom wrote:The big concrete "Wall Of Death" was late seventies early eighties. It was to the east side of churchill square where borders is/was on the corner leading behind the multistory car park. You could see it when you walked down the steps to cranbourne street


Thats the bugger,used to have to carve down it stay on that sketchy litte bit of pavement at the botton & then go back up & off into the street.


Aah, I remember it well, also avoiding the odd car as well :lol:
I always give it a look whenever I use the car park there %$
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby Iamnotanimalchin » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:27 pm

Lofat wrote:
engmofo wrote:
mushroom wrote:The big concrete "Wall Of Death" was late seventies early eighties. It was to the east side of churchill square where borders is/was on the corner leading behind the multistory car park. You could see it when you walked down the steps to cranbourne street


Thats the bugger,used to have to carve down it stay on that sketchy litte bit of pavement at the botton & then go back up & off into the street.


Aah, I remember it well, also avoiding the odd car as well :lol:
I always give it a look whenever I use the car park there %$


It was definitely a fixture on our Brighton spots. Seem to remember as a goofy that I had to ride it backside and it was bloody awkward. Is that right or is my memory fading in my old age :?

That lovely smooth bit on top of the dolphinarium was the other place I used to skate all the time that no longer exits. Used to love it up there!
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby hotrod » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:56 pm

Justin Ashby also had a deck out on Iron Cross, which was the godoys Bros company, and something to do with H street.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby SNAKEBITE » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:37 am

mushroom wrote:Yes Sun Sports was down Preston Street, used to surf with the guys ( Nigel and ? ) that worked in there at Saltdean back in the mid eighties.
The big concrete "Wall Of Death" was late seventies early eighties. It was to the east side of churchill square where borders is/was on the corner leading behind the multistory car park. You could see it when you walked down the steps to cranbourne street
you can still see it on googlemaps here zoom in on satellite view
the sketchy west pier ramp was more late eighties early nineties



Grant and Jamie also worked there, these then went onto open "Ocean Sports" which has gone from strength to strength.
Grant then sold up to Jamie and became a lawer (I think), Jamie helps support the Shoreham scene and sells skate stuff in Ocean Sports.

Aaahhhh. Memory lane.
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Re: Pig City Skates

Postby PIG CITY » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:19 pm

Nice to hear all the memories....
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