Everything happening Freestyle...


California. The land of surf, sun, skateboards, hula hoops , frisbees and generally all things cool and good looking. Sitting here in England I thought that perhaps this was all just cliche and exaggeration but then I met Scott Starr. With his long blond hair and good looks he is the personification of "Cali cool". He surfs, snowboards , plays freestyle frisbee, once had a weed farm in the mountains, frequently travels down to his land in Mexico and has the biggest and best collection of surf skate  and frisbee imagery on the planet.

He also invented the Tail Devil" and ran a short lived phone sex buisness but you can read more about that in the final printed article in FSM 4!

Perfectly poised at the epicenter of 80s California Scott Starr action sports photographer was shooting Tony Hawk a long time before he was jumping over fire hydrants on the play station. As the skate scene flourished he also turned his lens on the world of professional frisbee, surfing and snowboarding and it wasn't long before his photographs were a regular feature on the cover of  Thrasher magazine.

Scott Starr's work has never been curated up until now because like most retiring and reluctant  artists, he doesn't realize how good he is and like most real artists he doesn't crave backslapping flattery and glory - he just does it and does it well and with passion. Our motto is "Freestyle magazine- for creative people who like to play." Scott Starr seems to be a manifestation of this slogan. He is the personification of freestyle. In fact he is so freestyle that he even coined his own phrase (much lamented since then)  "freekstyle"  where he emblazoned the now obsolete all wood snowboards with his artwork before they were laminated by Chuck Barfoot of Barfoot snowboards. When you look at pictures of boards before that time you won't see artwork on them and so Starr should rightly claim credit as the first to use a snowboards as a canvas for artwork. He could take the credit but he won't.

Like a story an artists career should have a beginning, a middle and end. Their work should naturally flourish. An organic development. By cataloging Starr's work we can see this evolution of his art and the development of his ideas as he photographs and paints the gregarious world that is his. Starting from his raw action shots, moving to atmospheric  surf pictures where he stands back from the throng of photographers to capture the mood and onto the wild neon 80s moments with rotating  plastic and flying sand. Perhaps now we have a glimpse of where his work is going when we look at some of his still life studies of movie reels. Over the years he has amassed an archive of vintage advertisements and movies that he is starting to arrange into compositions to arouse the attentions of pop art aficionados and film buffs alike.

An artist's life colors their work and Starr's story is as colorful as his 80s trousers. He has got the better of a debilitating medical condition that he has had to deal with and now he has slapped it into place. Let's see where his work will take us next. I imagine it will be somewhere sunny, sexy and sandy and ultimately Scott Starr!

If you want to learn  more of this man and see his work on nice thick quality paper in our next FSM then go to our kickstarter page and order your magazine. Don't forget we only have 20 days to get at least 500 orders otherwise we can't print it. So don't wait to buy a copy in the shop because they won't be any there. If we don't take enough orders then we won't take your money so if you like it then order it now. If we get orders in quickly then we have more of a chance to be a featured project by kickstarter. At the moment it is hard to find the project on their website. If you are strapped for cash then pledge a pound and that also helps us to get on the kickstarter radar. You can always order a mag at a later stage and every penny helps us to get the money to print mags and buy frisbees (issue 4 will be a wham-o fastback).

So we hope you enjoyed this short feature. It is just a taste of what is to come. Support the kickstarter fund and pre-order a copy now!



As part of our campaign to generate funds through our kickstarter project, here is another post this time featuring some of our best fashion shoots from the three issues. Please support the magazine and order an issue 4. You can also pledge for other items like our FSM mini discs or even a frisbee workshop.


"Speedies" Issue 2. Photography by jason McGlade

"ALEXIS" FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.

"YUMMY MUMMY". ISSUE 1. Photography by jason McGlade.

"ALEXIS" FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.

"Fade in" Issue 2. Photography Jodi Jones

"Bambi" FSM 3. Photograps by Daniel Hermy

"Burlesque Beauty" Issue 3. Photographs by Sayaka Maruyama

"Russian doll" Issue 1. Photographs by Jason Mclade

"Elektropatra" ISSUE 03. Photography by Jonny Storey

“ALEXIS” FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.

"Happy night waschen" Issue 3. Photographs by jason McGlade

"Young indian summer" Issue 3. Photography by jason Lee parry.

WE ARE 10 % FUNDED. Please pledge and help bring another FSM to life. Follow the lnk.



We are planning a new issue of FreeStyle Magazine. Inspired by new technology and the rise of the smart phone an idea came to me for a new issue and so I have prepared a pitch with a crowd-funding platform called Kickstarter in order to generate the funds to bring the project to life. They have given me 40 days to generate the required funds to produce the magazine. That means I have to make pre-sales of 500 magazines or more.

FSM 4 will still be round in shape and it will fit inside of a wham-o! frisbee disc. Like our previous discs designed by such high profile freestylers as Eley Kishimoto, Paul Smith and Matthew Williamson we will be collaborating once again with a designer to make a truly outstanding frisbee to play with this summer. And the magazine will hold lots of surprises that will get your smartphone doing overdrive.......

So if you are a fan of print, and want to get your hands on FSM 4 then pre-order your copy and help stop the death bells ringing to pronounce the end of printed magazines!

Alternatively if you are a fan of plastic then get one- its fantastic. Or if you are a tech head then get out your phone as print aint dead.

Follow this link http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/661574105/freestylemagazine-issue-4 It will take you to the KS page. Please share it with like minded people, post it on your facebook and help us with our campaign.

We will be launching the 40 day campaign forthwith which will be in the form of FSM blog entries that will reflect the content of the next issue, featuring articles, videos, interviews on a range of subjects from new media technology, to magic tricks, how to train a pig, fashion design and new technologies, analogue vs digital, book restoration, illustration, monkey tennis and of course all of your frisbee action, lessons, tips and vintage footage. We will kick off the week with a look at past features from our three issues followed by a feature about the legend that is Scott Starr- action sports photographer and skate, surf and snowboard historian. We are not sure when monkey tennis will be but we´ll endeavor to get that in before the end of the forty days.

Monty python love spam but we don´t, so if you are not interested in reading any of our articles or features then write back to jason@freestyemagazine.couk with the heading " I am a miserable tit- take me off your mailing list"

If you are interested then i promise not to bombard you - we will probably be publishing no more than 10 articles.

You can also join us on FACEBOOK (group freestylemagazine) AND TWITTER (magfreestyle)

Please spread the word, show the vid and send the link, tell people about the round magazine that fits inside of a frisbee and help us to get this thing flying!

All the best Jason

Editor and Creative director

Walking the Dog. Chapter 3. ALBANIA.

The next chapter in the project “walking the dog” sees Creative Director and Editor in Chief of FreeStyleMagazine Jason McGlade and his intrepid canine Ozzy traveling through Albania. The trip took in several Balkan countries across land and sea by foot and public transport covering more than 3,000 km over 7 weeks. The travel log can be seen further down in the blog but here is a photographic essay on a country that is so close to us here in Europe but feels so far away. There is a short forward by the anthropologist and peace activist Antonia Young who has worked extensively in Albania and in the Balkans and whom Jason and Ozzy met in Tirana during there adventure.

“Jason’s pictures from the remotest corner of Europe capture the essence of traditional culture of a people who were cut off from their compatriots with whom they shared Ottoman rule for 500 years. They were cut off by a border drawn on a map in London in l9l2, which left half of the Albanian population outside the border of the newly founded Albanian state. Half a century of Europe’s strictest Stalinist regime, followed by 2l years of ‘democracy’ has left its toll. the KULLA (fortress tower in Thethi) may now be an historic relic from days of bloodfeuding, but sadly the phenomenon has taken new routes (invisible to foreign visitors), supporting issues of honor and revenge, leaving many families leading deprived lives. A brighter side of the retention of tradition is beautifully portrayed here, as living history, through the unique costumes and the care of livestock."

Scroll down to see the photoblog of Ozzy and Jason´s travels or visit jasonmcglade.com to see more of the project.

Spongano and Time to go into the darkroom.

Walking the Dog. FSM Editor in Chief and Creative director Jason McGlade has been walking with Ozzy again. This time their adventures took them to the Western Balkans and across the mountain ranges of Northern Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. After a shave and a doggie shower, it is to the darkroom for jason and a well deserved rest for the dog.The new work will be published soon but in the meantime if you would like to see earlier work from "walking the dog" then click here ..and there is also a short video trailer here



























20120903-104518.jpg Walking the Dog. FSM Editor in Chief and Creative director Jason McGlade is walking with Ozzy again. This time their adventures take them to the Western Balkans and across the mountain ranges of Northern Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. Tune in for pictures updates and videos and take a look here at the walking the dog video trailer. Click here to see the "walking the dog" project.