Black Sheep

Gilbert Crockett Interview

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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What was it like having Jamie Thomas in charge back when you rode for Mystery and Fallen?

 

It was cool, I think he pushed me a lot and I definitely appreciate everything he did for me, I don’t think I would be sitting right here if it wasn’t for him.

 

Is his reputation as ruthless as it’s rumoured to be?

 

(Laughing), yeah probably. At the same time he gets people to do shit. He’s really good at motivating you or getting you to do a trick you don’t think you can do and things of that nature.

 

I heard he’s no stranger to using money to motivate people to land tricks. How much do you reckon that you won from that?

 

I grew my hair out for a year and he gave me a hundred dollars from a bet. I used to get paid by the trick that was video worthy, I used to work in the warehouse. I used to work half days which gave me $24 and some change or something like that. So instead of doing that, he was like “Every trick you get, I’ll pay you what you’re making in the warehouse,” so I stopped working in the warehouse and started filming.

 

What’s the strangest thing you have witnessed Chris Nieratko do?

 

Oh shit. Well I met him when he was sober so I don’t have any of the crazy stories that old Nieratko was doing. I might have to skip that one.

 

What was your first tattoo and how long did it take you get completely covered?

 

‘CELLOUT’ – which was a skate video me and friends made on cell phones. I got my arms mostly covered in like a year.

 

Who is ‘Special Gilby’?

 

(Laughing), I can’t even remember how that started but it’s basically a really ghetto version of myself. I think it might have started on a Vans tour when I was tired of doing demos. I did an interview like that for Skate Warehouse I think it was. Just being on the road for a while is pretty much what spawned it.

 

What’s the most intense thing you have witnessed AVE do whether on a skateboard or not?

 

Let’s see… One thing that sticks out is a session where he was trying to backside grind this handrail where you have to ollie over a curb at the top. It was a tall handrail anyways so he was battling it. I think we were in Australia and the team was hanging out near the spot and he got so pissed that he was throwing his board. Everyone just dispersed and was freaked out by being around him and scared of how angry he was. We just left the spot, (laughs). I remember being blown away by that.

 

Oh actually, the first trip I went on with him… This was the first time being around him. We were at a spot and Dylan [Rieder] was skating a rail. We were in Miami and AVE came back with a Cuban sandwich. It was all greasy and he started eating it really fast and he just freaked out after a few bites and focused the sandwich on the sidewalk after a few bites and was so disgusted by it. I was blown away, (laughs). That was my first impression…

 

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How much say do you, Jake Johnson and Tyler Bledsoe all have in who gets on Quasi?

 

It’s a pretty tight ship, I think if one of us said ‘no’ and the other two said ‘yes’ I don’t think someone would get on but I think it’s probably different every time. I don’t really know what would happen like that.

 

There has been rumors of a video, can you give anything away about that at all?

 

Yeah, they’ve been filming it for a while, Dick and Josh have been and now Justin. Other dudes have been doing other shit, Tyler just put that part out [All Clear OK] and Jake has been doing GX1000 stuff, and I’ve been working on Gospel so hopefully we’ll start working on it soon.

 

Is that going to be a full length?

 

Hopefully, but not like years and years of working on it.

 

If you had to fight any teammate, past or present, who it be?

 

(Laughing), oh shit. Who would that be? God damn. I’ll say Daniel Lutheran just because he’s my boy.

 

Any Vans rider on Quasi who would it be?

 

Dan Lu, I love him.

 

Best pro skateboarder that dropped off or went AWOL?

 

Anthony Pappalardo.

 

Do you care about politics?

 

I do not care. I mean I care but I try as hard as I can to stay ignorant to it because I know it’s not going to bring me anything but down. So, I don’t really want to be involved.

 

Finish this sentence – “You should buy my shoe…”

 

So you can skate like me! (Laughs).

 

 

 

 

Shop the Vans Skate Gilbert Crockett collection here- http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-skate-shoes.html

*Release date- 11/02/17

 

 


Thirty Years of Animal Chin

Monday, October 31st, 2016

 

Thirty years on from the iconic Powell Peralta video ‘The Search For Animal Chin’ the Bones Brigade has regrouped for a very special occasion.

 

Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill and Tommy Guerrero accompanied by photographer Grant Brittain attended a heavy and nostalgic session on a re-built version of the iconic ‘Chin ramp’ to re-shoot Brittain’s famous four-man invert photo.

 

This really is a brilliant way to celebrate such an influential part of skateboarding history so without further ado, let Tony and the gang put a smile on your face.

 

 

 

 


New Balance Numeric – ‘Barge At Will’

Monday, October 24th, 2016

 

Part two of Sidewalk Magazine Issue 228 unlocked this morning with a great article documenting the European New Balance Numeric crew on their inaugural trip this past summer.

 

Lead by Lost Art bossman Dave Mackey – the team consisting of Axel Cruysberghs, Flo Mirtain, Karl Salah, Mark Baines, Andrew Evans, Jethro Coldwell, Jeremy Jones, Cam Barr and our boy Seb Batty made their way through the Leeds/Liverpool canal system this past summer hitting up cities along the way?

 

Yeah, already sounds good doesn’t it? Well check out the edit below to see what went down then hit the photo of Seb’s hefty switch crook to get re-directed to the Sidewalk article shot by boss lensman Chris Johnson!

 

 

Seb Batty, switch crook, Manchester, Sidewalk Magazine x New Balance Numeric Barge At Will Tour, photo - Chris Johnson

 

 

Shop all the latest New Balance Numeric here > http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/new-balance-skate-shoes.html

 

 

 

 


Ben Horton Exhibition

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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Ben Horton is an American artist and is best known within the skateboarding world as the man behind $lave Skateboards. Horton’s choice of medium tends to be paint or ink drawing on paper, though occasionally his work is applied to old magazines or sheet music rather than just a blank page.

 

Horton’s art often provides commentary on contemporary life with a satirical and occasionally dark focus on the negative effects of modern technology. The human characters within his work are reminiscent of 1950s American advertising which could be considered to heighten the juxtaposition between what would be their somewhat initial idillic physical appearance and the surreal way Horton portrays them in his work. Conversely, Horton is also incredibly skilled in his presentation of animals where apes are a favourite, often presenting then in contrast to, or smarter than, his human characters. Other illustrations of more dangerous animals such as wolves simply portray their visceral nature whereas birds are also a recurring theme and, in contrast to his other works, are usually presented much more elegantly.

 

We are proud to announce that Black Sheep currently has a number of original pieces of artwork by Horton on display at our store. Below is little teaser of some of Horton’s work currently hosted in the shop but we highly recommend coming into store and having a proper browse! The exhibition will be available to view during our whole operating hours:

 

Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri/Saturday: 10:30am – 6:30pm • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

 

Ben Horton Black Sheep Manchester exhibition teaser

 

For more on Ben Horton or $lave Skateboards, visit benhortonart.wordpress.comworldwideslave.com or follow @slaveskateboards on Instagram.