Out for air
Originally from Cumbria, North West England, Olly Todd’s devouring passion for skateboarding promptly took him first around the country with some prolonged stays and periods in Liverpool or London, and then around the rest of the world; throughout a style that’s equally firmly rooted in the rugged, improvisational nature of his home environment and in dreams of San Francisco’s City Lights, Olly turned out to be one of those key actors in representing the European skateboarding scene and showcasing its different intricacies and resourcefulness to the rest of the world — via no less than three decades of media exposure, shooting with photographers such as Wig Worland, Leo Sharp and Benjamin Deberdt, filming parts for what would turn out to become historical full-length videos such as Portraits then Static III and juggling with the pros and cons of riding for both national and international brands, from Landscape Skateboards to Stereo to Palace — in addition to full-time jobs and family life.
In addition to all that, Olly also always cultivated — but not necessarily promoted — a certain interest in poetry and writing, which already physically manifested once in 2018 under the release of Odeum spotlights, pamphlet number twelve in a series published by Rough Trade Books. This year at Vladimir, it is his new book and first exclusive collection of works: Out for air — just off the presses and published by Penned In The Margins — that is our particular subject of focus. So, make sure to come fetch that oxygen!