From Geoff Rowley’s Issue 200 interview…
As we’re on the subject of covers – your friend Jimmy Boyes is on the cover of this particular issue – for those people reading who maybe don’t really know too much about Jimmy, can you fill in some history on that f*cking maniac?
Jimmy is a free spirit, a seeker, a lover, a skater, a man of passion and strong beliefs: he lives outside the bubble. A freedom fighter, driven to live to the fullest, take your negative vibes and he will cleanse them. A true Englishman, Northern soul, the hardier the better, weather-beaten, travel merchant: he has cycled across the U.S.A. from New York to Florida, Florida to San Diego, San Diego to San Francisco, then Seattle on a separate journey back to San Francisco, alone! Having never been to the States before.
He slept in graveyards along the way, was approached by a trucker and asked to perform lewd acts, chased by coyotes along a small highway in the night and many other equally as crazy things have happened during his constant travels.
He has climbed all the major mountains in Europe and Mt. Kilimanjaro with a native guide, walking through families of mountain gorillas. He has climbed to base camp in Everest, just to check it out! He has also cycled across Morocco and Australia, he cycled through the Nullarbor Plain in Australia, one of the flattest and most arid roads there is. Along with these trips he has also cycled around the whole coastline of England during the winter, half way across Alaska with myself and a few smaller trips through the Arizona and Colorado mountains, again with myself.
Does this help the readers understand how rad he is?
I am honoured to call him my friend, he has been there for me and I appreciate who he is and what he stands for. Just don’t smell his socks.