For some people it’s football. For others it’s Star Wars, Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad… We all have something that we just can’t get enough of – our Mastermind specialist subject – and for me, it’s Back To The Future.
As a kid, it was Back To The Future 2 that got me hooked. Time travel, flying cars, self-lacing shoes, colour-changing hats, pizzas that went in a machine tiny and came out huge, and of course – oh of course – the hoverboard! I made so many attempts at designing one of my own. I tried magnets, big, small and everywhere in between. I even tried attaching a skate deck to a bin liner and inflating it with my mum’s hairdryer, thinking that that might just work. (It didn’t, in case you’re wondering).
The storytelling, the attention to detail, the spinning of threads that link all three films in this iconic trilogy together, the repetition of jokes and shots spanning different years – it all combines to make for great entertainment on any and every level. The themes aren’t huge or unrealistic (Ok, time travel aside). It’s not about saving mankind or changing the world. It’s about this handful of characters and some “what if” exploration. Plus, Marty is just too damned cool not to love as a hero. Perfectly paired with Doc Brown, the eccentric genius uncle you wish you had. Even Biff, complete dickhead that he is, is strangely endearing.
I could go on for days on what I love about Back To The Future, but really all I’m doing is setting the scene for why I was so bloody excited about October 21st 2015. Yes, yesterday, dear friends, was Future Day: the very date that Marty, Jennifer and Doc Brown travel to in the future in Back To The Future 2. We are all now living in an age of flying cars, pizza hydrators, and hoverboards. Well, not quite, but yesterday we were allowed to dream a little, and immerse ourselves in all things Back To The Future. And that I did.
Here’s a little run down of how I spent my day, geeking out to the max:
Up and dressed, bright and early, with my favourite piece of headwear, my very own Back to the Future cap – bought from Universal Studios in Florida when I was about ten years. Stylishly offset by my ‘Official Timekeeper’ jacket from the London 2012 Olympics (courtesy of my good friend Monti).
Then on for a quick breakfast with our friends at Slate Coffee London – chatting to customers and selling our Eighty Eight T-shirt. Slate stock our entire range and, in honour of the day, we donated 100% of yesterday’s profits from our Back to the Future tribute tee to Parkinson’s charities. You can still pick up the Eighty Eight from Slate or from our online shop – and we’re continuing to donate 20% of every sale to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Parkinson’s UK.
Headed to Leicester Square to the Prince Charles Cinema (my favourite cinema in London) for a back-to-back screening of Back to the Future 1 and 2.
This DeLorean was parked outside the nearby Empire cinema. I would have had my photo taken with it but it was just a normal DeLorean, with no Back to the Future mods, and the fanboy in me wasn’t having it... Poor effort, Empire.
Dropped by Diamond Jacks Tattoo Parlour in Soho and had Darryl mark the occasion. In case you’re wondering, it’s of the exact time that lightning strikes the Hill Valley clock tower, enabling Marty to go Back To The Future.
”Boy, oh boy, mom, you sure know how to hydrate a pizza.” Went to Pizza Hut and ordered the pizza served up in Part 2.
Busted over to Shoreditch to go to New Rule Collective’s launch party for “1.21 Gigawatts”. Cheers for the beers guys. Incredible work from 30 international artists and illustrators, all on one subject: Yep, Back To The Future. Programme and prints available from the show on the New Rule Collective website.
Final stop: My house, to watch Part 3 in bed. The whole trilogy in one day- check!
What a day to be alive. And do you know what I woke up thinking? “Live for today, for tomorrow the future will be in the past.” A sentiment October 21st 2015 can teach us all.