The UK skateboarder who was made famous through Palace skateboards and being hit by a cab and who now fashions with Kate Moss and arts with Damian Hirst – Blondey McCoy – is the subject of a new photography book from Alasdair McLellanHe discusses the change Blondey has made as he transitioned from a grimy 15-year old to a tooth missing 21-year old.

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“A lot has happened to Blondey since 2013,” writes Jo-Ann Furniss in the foreword. “He is now 21 years old, on the cusp of turning 22 – although, by his own admission, it feels more like 32. A weariness has crept into his demeanour. This replaced his earlier shyness. In between there has been drunkenness, obnoxiousness, coke bloat, fragility, vulnerability, charm, humorousness, imperiousness, kindness, intelligence, honesty – and sometimes all of the above, all at once.”

“Along the way, he lost a front tooth – he can’t really remember how – and people have watched him being knocked over by a black cab many hundreds of thousands of times. He’s gone from Bambi to ennui, you can see it in his eyes; it’s all in the pictures.”

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Click to ANOTHER MAN for how Blondey became a fashion muse from a Palace boy

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