Native Skate Store opened its doors in February 2003 in Newcastle in the North East of England. Newcastle is known for Soccer , raw industry , Newcastle Brown Ale and women with really short skirts, but aside from that it has bred some of the gnarliest skaters the UK has ever seen. Native is a true skate shop that has been supporting the local scene since day one, always keeping skaters stoked with a fully stocked store and helping to organize tons of skate jams and tours for riders. Since the beginning they have always supported an amazing shop team that continues to represents the ethos of Native , simply doing it for skateboarding! Owner, David is dedicated beyond belief, usually in the store from the crack of dawn, to late into the evening and always doing whatever it takes to support skateboarding. So, if you’re ever in the Newcastle area do yourself a favor and stop by the shop, they are a true skate shop continuing to do it right. - Jerome Loughran, Shiner Distribution
How long has your shop been in business?
We opened our doors in 2003, so Ten years this year.
Where are you Located?
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Right in the city centre.
Something your shop has that no other shop does?
A yellow Venture cap from 2003 that was part of our first order from you guys. Do you want it back?
Best thing about the UK Skate Scene?
The best thing about the UK scene is that it’s small enough so that everyone know’s everyone more or less and everyone pretty much gets along. The level of skating over here is ridiculous nowadays, we’ve definitely come along way.
Team rider we’re going to hear about soon?
Paul Regan, our only out of town team rider. He lives in Hull which is about 2 hours away, his local store closed and we got talking and now we help him out. He’s sick, look out for him.
Native team rider Paul Regan floats a lofty kickflip. Photo: J.Haynes
If your shop was a car describe what it would it be?
It’s not a car but have you seen Doctor Who? Our shop can best be described as a Tardis, we have so much stuff in the stockroom. I often wonder how we fit it all in.
If your shop was a Deluxe brand which one would it be?
Spitfire. It’s got the best reputation in wheels (our #1 selling wheel brand). Like Spitfire we’re trusted and reliable.
What’s coming up in the future for the shop, any videos in the works, contests coming up?
We’ve got a lot going on at the moment. Right now we’re putting the finishing touches to our new website, an important part of the business we’re now shipping to Europe so it’s time to step the internet game up. We’re also working on a shop video, definitely long overdue, our team’s sick I think it’ll be a rad video. An as for competitions we have a comp lined up with DC soon and we also run an annual King Of the Road style event called King Of The How Man! Which is running next month I believe.
Gnarliest thing you have seen happen within the walls of your shop?
A friend who will remain nameless one day probably in 2005 was having a cigarette outside with me (before I quit) and was confronted by some local scum bags. Anyway long story short, the scum bags came in the shop and my friend ended up chasing them down the street with my hammer. I honestly thought he was going to mess them up.
What is your favorite thing going on in skateboarding right now?
Right now I think the thing we’re most stoked on here is the amount of rad skateboarding videos available online on a daily basis. Always something new to watch and get inspired by.
Most common phrase you hear in your shop?
It used to be ‘How Man!’ but right now I’d say it’s ‘Swan Gang’ Oh and we get asked for ‘bin decks’ (old decks that have been left) a lot.
#1 thing your shop internet is used for other than orders/emails?
Watching skate videos and Facebook.
Most awkward moment you have experienced with a customer?
One day many years ago I had a mother and her son return a pair of Vans Rowley XLT shoes. They’d clearly been worn while in a muddy field, they were covered in mud and I mean covered. Anyway she wanted a refund and I explained if they weren’t faulty that we couldn’t as they were covered in mud. She replied that they’d only been worn in doors and demanded a refund. After a few minutes she probably worked out I wasn’t going to refund them and proceeded to have a massive crying fit at the counter. It was embarrasing, Kate handled it from there, sometimes it’s good to have a girl working in the shop.
Kurt Mitchell with a bump up over the bar ollie. Photo: J.Haynes
Things that keep you going in winter months?
Luckily we’re busy enough all year round with the website, to be honest we don’t usually calm down after xmas until about March and then things tend to pick back up in April.
#1 biggest advantage to owning a skate shop?
You’re your own boss and can do what you want when you want and are surrounded by rad stuff on a daily basis.
Long hours and very few holidays
Will Creswic with a varial heelflip over the cobblestone. Photo: J.Haynes
If you could combine your shop with one other type of business what would it be?
A burrito bar, the whole team here are all stoked on our local Burrito bar ‘Zappatista’
When shop employees aren’t at work they are……
Generally skateboarding, taking pictures of people skateboarding, filming people skateboarding, instagramming or partying.
Shop or team meetings usually end with…………
Meetings?? We don’t tend to do meetings but we do do a ‘Burrito’s with the boys’ on a wednesday evening.
Thanks to David Whitelaw, Johnny Scott, and everyone involved with Native for continuing to support and push skateboarding forward in the UK, and to Jerome Loughran for making this spotlight happen.