Vaper Expo Showguide 2019 VAPOUROUND-MAGAZINE-MAY-SHOWGUIDE-2019 WEB_compressed - Page 90

Your Vaper Expo Hosts Johnnie Lovell and Ashley Hansen Coming together from different parts of the world to take to the stage are our much-loved hosts. By Phoebe Fuller Johnnie Lovell BH Vape Returning to the Vaper Expo for a third year, with all the energy and eccentricity he has become so well-known and loved for, it is only BH Vape’s Johnnie Lovell. Vaper Expo devotees will undoubtedly know Johnnie for his high- energy stage presence and outlandish antics on the expo floor, often seen zooming around on a mobility scooter and being just plain, well, Johnnie! “There’s been a lot of funny moments,” he told us right before this expo weekend. “The first year that I hosted the awards I put on some characters, so I got some props and wore a chicken suit and took the mickey out of some far leading juice makers, distributors and companies.” He certainly isn’t one to take himself too seriously, which is immediately apparent as soon as he introduces himself, always with a smile and a joke, of course. And Johnnie’s Bournemouth-based vape shop is an absolute extension of his personality; a truly one-of-a-kind experience, with peculiar knick-knacks dotted around the place and even a coffee shop on-site, it’s unlike any other. Having given up smoking as soon as he was introduced to vaping, he’s proud to not only help others do the same, but to also represent this flourishing industry at the UK’s biggest expo. Johnnie says: “I’ve enjoyed every little bit of it – it’s been fresh from the word go and just a wonderful experience to be in an industry that has grown from people stopping smoking. “The highlight of the expo is to be amongst the thriving vape community 90 | VAPER EXPO SHOWGUIDE and seeing young faces, new faces, old faces turning up, new vapers; just people enjoying something.” It’s certainly not hard to enjoy yourself at the Vaper Expo, with such enthusiastic hosts bouncing off one another’s witty banter and excitement, like a perfectly choregraphed duo. Though Johnnie assures us that he and Ashley don’t ever have to rehearse their stage presentations, all the chemistry is off-the-cuff and genuine. He says: “We just go for it and we have a laugh. We’re chalk and cheese, she’s an American and I’m from London, so you mix the two cultures together and it’s fantastic. “I was thrown into the same arena as her and we just hit it off, I love her to bits; she’s great and she brings a lot to the show.” Despite the enjoyment he finds on stage, Johnnie has been looking forward to getting some time off stage this weekend too. Hoping to spend more time talking to different people and, crucially, welcoming newcomers. “Hopefully you’ll find a lot more giver-uppers here this weekend and we welcome them with our open arms, to the NEC and the world of non-smoking.” He adds: “I think the Birmingham Expo – THE expo – is the one for me, I know they’re all over the world now and I’ve been to a few, but home - the UK - and the NEC is the best.”