Bored of Southsea
Bored of Southsea first opened it’s doors in October 1997 with the simple aim of supporting local skaters and also offering alternative products to the city, many of which come from an independent background.
With a couple of years under our belt we also started to print of few of our own T-shirts using local artists work and sold them through the store which has always gone down well, also when we traded in Elm Grove in the early ‘00’s’ our store was also home to ‘Unkle Al’s’ records for period specialising in Hip hop and also ‘Morgan’s BMX store’ which again supplied hardware to the local scene for a time.
We’ve moved into Albert Road around 14 years ago and as the store developed we began trading online with the store putting more focus into skateboarding and working with more commercial brands such as Levi’s, Nike SB, and Adidas.
Over the years we’ve helped launch skateboard categories from Nike, Adidas and Levi’s into the marketplace and also Palace skateboards alongside a wealth of independent skateboard companies from the UK, US and throughout Europe.
Around ten years ago we also began to sell Southsea Bronx Strong Island products which hit the ground running and many local’s see the logo as an alternative logo to this city with T-shirts been spotted on people as far away as dusty road’s in Peru.
Own store product grew and grew and we’ve been lucky to collaborate Carhartt WIP, Spitfire wheels, DVS shoes, Independent Truck Company clothing and artists such as the likes of Richard Sawyer “French”, Fergus Purcell, Justin Poulter, Junior Bruce (I Love Dust) Rob Trigg, John Geany, David Earl Dixon, Mark ‘Fos’ Foster, Luke Dharma 77, David Millard, Russell Hardman AKA ‘Grow a Brain” Sodavekt (Andrew Gibbs).
Our work with Skateboarding
The store has helped plan and build Milton Skate park in association with Portsmouth City Council which has helped the skate scene here hugely, we’ve endlessly organised skate jams, video premiers and hosted skate tours through the store including Blueprint skateboards, Nike SB, Volcom and Polar Skate Co and also Dickies “life’’ more recently.
We are currently working alongside the undercover skate park project to help get a permanent sheltered skate park built within the City which pave the way for next generation of skaters to come through.
We continue to support and promote the growing scene here in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas just as we did when we opened back in 1997.