A Dundee man says he hopes to inspire locals to learn something new after his own videos became an internet hit.
Mike Boyd, 25, from Broughty Ferry started a YouTube channel to learn more about video editing but found himself a viral sensation after uploading a video where he learned how to kickflip a skateboard from scratch.
The feat took him five hours and 47 minutes and he documented the whole process on video.
It was an instant hit online and Mike — who works as an automotive engineer — got requests to learn new skills.
He even received a new challenge from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, which is now helping him raise money for charity.
He said: “The Tony Hawk thing came about because someone who was also raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK asked me to give him a shout-out on a video — but I didn’t respond in time for his cut-off point.
“I felt really bad and sent a tweet to Tony Hawk, asking if he could help. He did a video back and asked me to learn a heelflip — and said if I managed it, he would donate a signed skateboard for me to auction off for the charity.
“I initially used eBay but I decided I wanted it to be available to ordinary people, so I changed it to a JustGiving page so that people can donate £1.40 and that means they are entered into a draw to win it.
“To begin with I said that I’d raise £500 but the total is sitting at £3,500 — it has been pretty unbelievable.”
Despite his videos getting more than a million hits, Mike said he was more concerned with the people of Dundee seeing his content.
He added: “I thought it was a bit close to home at first, but now I feel that if people from Dundee see the videos, especially the young people, then they might be inspired to learn something new — that is the aim anyway.
“I will be doing a new video every month for the next year — the next one is me learning how to play the saxophone.”
Along with the skateboard tricks, Mike has also learned how to unicycle and how to do a pool trick shot. He is also planning on taking on a bigger project where he will pursue one skill for up to six months.