Formerly with brands such as Howies, Crayon and éS Europe, Welsh ripper Nicky Howells is currently sponsored by Route One, Kill City Skateboards, Exist, Venture, WeSC, Bones Wheels, RipNDip, CRV WKD and DC UK. After picking up tons of magazine coverage, he made his major video debut in the 2009 release Bristol’s Finest, from Danny Wainwright’s Fifty Fifty skateshop.
The following year, he ventured out with the éS team for the UK leg of their ‘To Europe With Love’ tour, as well as holding it down on the éS Big Push, heading out to Mallorca and Barcelona on filming missions for various ‘In Progress’ video productions, and appearing in Redlight Skateboarding’s full-length Prism.
Tattoo fan Nicky, nicknamed ‘The Hammerhouse’, was born and brought up in Swansea, where he began skating 11 years ago. He is now based across the Severn in Bristol, where he says his favourite spots to skate are Lloyds and Dean Lane skatepark in Southville, as well as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. Overseas, he enjoyed travelling to Italy and Ireland.
Skating with a regular stance, his video parts have showed off some serious tech with great style, as well as his favourite nose bonks, skids, tweaks, so it comes as little surprise to learn that he is primarily influenced by riders such as the little-seen Joe Lynskey. Both Nicky and Joe featured in Rookies, Lee Dainton’s amazing 2012 DVD release for Kill City, in which they take care of the ledge techniques and switch skating.