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. This is Laura Harrison.
Black Spell Ambassador Introduction Feature
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Laura, I’m 27 and I call Glasgow home although originally I’m from Edinburgh. I grew up always being physical, I started breakdancing when I was 13 and then got into circus at the age of 18. I love using my body in any way possible to express myself and keep myself fit at the same time!
How would you describe your style/attitude?
My style is a muddle of an old emo turned circus hippie with a love for Adidas. I think my attitude reflects that too, a bit edgy, eco conscious with an appreciation for both alternative and mainstream culture.
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Honest, energetic, caring.
How do you start your day?
Shower (essential), coffee and taking the dog for a plop.
How do you end your day?
Cuddles on the sofa with the dog and a book or a film.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Disappearing in my van somewhere up north, hiking up a hill, finding a new beach or forest to explore or out on my longboard with friends.
Who (or what) influences you?
My friends with more confidence than me who just send it into new situations or meeting new people and just take it all in their stride. I’m trying to push myself to have that same confidence!
What makes you tick/what drives you?
SO MANY THINGS. I’m a sucker for new hobbies and passions. Lockdown introduced me to longboard dancing and I totally fell in love with it. Spending days with the Glasgow longboard community skating, bouncing ideas off each other, supporting each other and teaching each other has been an amazing environment to find. It’s also introduced me to the wider community, particularly through Longboard Girls Crew and I’m looking forward to start travelling for events and meet ups.
I’ve also started photography recently and I’m enjoying having this whole new artistic medium to experiment with and learn through without necessarily being taught the “right” and “wrong” ways to do things. I’m loving just feeling my way through it, taking photos and editing them in ways I feel work for each photo.
My job drives me in ways nothing else can. I’m a playworker but more accurately I’m a youth and community worker in an outdoor adventure play setting in the East End of Glasgow. It brings so many challenges and even more rewards. Working with young people and their families, giving them learning opportunities, fun, encouraging risky play and providing volunteer opportunities to teenagers and parents and in some cases even just providing the most basic needs of food and clothing. As the main community hub in the area, which is in the lowest 5% of the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation and the only green space in the area too, my workplace and the people in it are essential for the local community. I’m very proud to be a part of that team.
The main thing that drives me individually, however, will always be movement. Dancing, handbalancing, partner acrobatics, calisthenics, bouldering, surfing, skating, swimming. Anything that gets me physically using my body always inspires me and makes me feel awake in the world and ready to take on anything.
What is it that attracted you to Black Spell?
I love the feel of Black Spell. There’s something street and edgy about it but also something magic and naturalistic about it too. The fact it isn’t just a skate brand or a surf brand and is open to more unusual disciplines like my own is really refreshing and opens up more opportunities for interesting collaborations!
What is your favourite Black Spell design or product?
My favourite is the Baseball LS tee. Simple and effective and insanely comfy.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
There is a playlist on Spotify called CrySpace and it’s all the music I used to listen to as a wee emo kid and I still think they’re all absolute bangers.
Which one item can you not leave the house without?
Not an item, but my dog. His name is George and he HAS to come with me wherever I go, even to work. If he can’t go then I don’t want to go.
Name an irrational fear (if any!)
I have a fear of water I can’t see the bottom of, I was shown Jaws as a kid and it had a lasting effect on me. Now I just always think there’s sharks waiting to bite my toes off in every body of water. Slowly getting over it but it’s still there!
What thing at the moment are you trying to make a habit?
Not giving as much of a fuck about what other people think. Like I can do things and make mistakes and fall over and know that no one actually cares that much and if they do then they can keep their judgements to themselves!
What’s one thing you’re learning now? And why is it important?
I’m about to start an Animal Care course. It’s important because at work I’m also responsible for 6 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 4 ducks, 3 chickens, a snake, a turtle and a hamster.
What was the last thing you saw which made you smile?
My lanky dog try to barge his way in between my tiny wee gran’s legs (she’s about 4.5 ft tall). Just about sent her flying and I reckon she could definitely ride him like a horse.
Check out Laura’s social profiles below!
My work – @balticstreet
Longboard crew – @longburds
Photography – @lj_photo_dump
George the dog – @georgethecurious57
You can listen to the Black Spell Spotify playlist Laura created here
Think of van adventures, chilling after a days adventure – maybe sitting by a fire, somewhere in the highlands.