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Bouncing Back From Broken Bones – Matt ‘Slappy’ Thomas – Ambassador Feature

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The Black Spell Collective is our group of brand ambassadors who represent Black Spell online and a far. Our eclectic brand family include riders, artists, photographers, musicians, makers, influencers, content creators and the like. Over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing each of our newest ambassadors and catching up with our longer serving members of the community.

We spoke with Matt Thomas – also known as ‘Slappy’ – recently to get some insight into what he’s about.

Black Spell Ambassador Introduction Feature

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Matt Thomas – aka Slappy. I currently reside in Shropshire but i am currently in process of moving down to Newquay, Cornwall. I’ve been a skateboarder for 18 years, but unfortunately broke my back and pelvis in 2018, so having to relearn mostly everything!

Matt ‘Slappy’ Thomas

How would you describe your style/attitude?

I have an aggressive surf/skate style, bringing back tricks from the 70’s and 80’s era. Check out my video part coming soon – ‘Lost in Triangles’.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Funny, weird, out there. 4 words I guess? But who’s counting! 

How do you start your day?

Normally waking up in the shack to the sound of rain and birds.

How do you end your day?

Watching vintage skate video parts and vaping like a train.

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?

You would probably find myself and my missus, Vik, either down the skatepark causing mayhem or out fishing for monsters; the only time we actually get a bit of peace.

Who (or what) influences you?

Jay adams and Shane Cross. To be honest they are the dudes I can closely relate too and every time I see a old video part of theirs, it just sparks something magic. 

Slappy Matt – Ambassador for Black Spell

What makes you tick/what drives you?

So being that i am a ‘broken skateboarder’, I am constantly pushing myself, sometimes to the point of being unable to walk for two days afterwards. The surgeon told me I wouldn’t walk without a stick and I’m up and about going in, doing the weird from berts, no complies, boneless. The main focus and drive at the moment is our move to Cornwall. Myself and Vik aren’t like your normal couple you’ll meet in Shropshire. In Cornwall we both feel at home and don’t get weird looks constantly – plus the surf and skate is better, right!? HIT ME UP IF YOU GOT ANY WORK?! (not a joke).

I also love tattoos and stretched lobes. So i have a bunch of weird vintage tattoos, some cool skate tattoos (next is a Phelper tattoo) and currently have 34mm ear lobes; which bloody flap when you skate! 

Matt ‘Slappy’ Thomas

What is it that attracted you to Black Spell?

Dude, it’s all about the board life. I live and breathe skateboarding and a bit of surfing but there’s no waves in the Midlands. The guys over at Black Spell have the same vibe as me towards skating. They understand it all, they know the buzz and vibe. They are part of the community and I fully feel like we are all family in this. 

What is your favourite Black Spell design or product?

You know what I’m going to say straight away! White long sleeve tees, all day everyday. Get them in the next size up for the baggy feel. 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Vintage motorbikes and cafe racers. I know I badly injured myself but I am such a sucker for any old mechanical items. 

Which one item can you not leave the house without?

Socks! I am obsessed by socks. 

Name an irrational fear (if any!)

I can’t deal with frogs and I don’t even know why I can’t deal with frogs. They just freak me out. 

What thing at the moment are you trying to make a habit? 

To stop washing my hair everyday. I never actually knew it wasn’t good to shampoo my hair everyday. Don’t laugh at that either!

What’s one thing you’re learning now? And why is it important? 

Just learning to skate as hard as I used to, back in the 2000s. It’s hard going from being at the best of your game, to being laid up being told you won’t walk well and you definitely won’t skate again. Without skating I’m lost. I do honestly believe ‘skate or die’. Without skating I am nothing and with skating I am everything. It just gets frustrating that I know in my head I can do something but I can’t physically; it’s like my legs just don’t know what to do now. But, I think it’s all muscle memory and in my head I’ve adapted my skating to more aggressive surf style to meet what I can do now! Skating to me is all about having fun and making memories, you know?

Slappy and Vik

What was the last thing you saw which made you smile?

100% Vik. Everyday she makes me smile and laugh. Something about her just pushes my wood you feel?

Slappy On Instagram

Be sure to give @slappy_matt a follow on Instagram!

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