Chris Barrett

2015 with The Black Sheep Store.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

 

This year has been a busy one for us at The Black Sheep Store. To celebrate all the happenings we thought we would recap on some memories that some of you may have missed.

 

To start off with we would like to thank all you lovely people for the support you’ve shown us. Not just in the past year but since our birth in 2006. It has lead us to the grand opening of our newest and best store situated on Dale St, Manchester.

 

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The opening off our store meant we had to close Central Skatepark that hopefully inspired the next generation the next generation of skaters for many years. It has to be one of the best parks I’ve ever skated, it was amazing to be part of something great in the Manchester scene and we hope you all enjoyed the time we had there as much as we did. Here’s the video of the last ever jam…

 

 

 

Then Sexual Stu was hired and proved his capabilities meaning he kept his job here, at Manchester’s finest The Black Sheep Store, PUMF.

 

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We extended our team adding some rippers such as Jordan Sharkey.

 

Then also welcomed Seb Batty to the team…

 

 

Nearly forgot about our extension into the vert side of our team with none other than Reiss Johnson.

 

 

Harry Lintell released a Volcom ‘True To This’ part that blew away the minds of many skaters.

 

 

The best skating hobbit to grace this earth who is also a valuable member of our team, Eddie Belvedere, managed to bag himself a spot of the Dickies European team.

 

 

Stannerz got himself a GoPro so expect big things in the future. No need to be a HERO as he already is one..

 

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A few members of our Black Sheep family went down to London to skate the House of Vans and they smashed it to pieces!

 

 

 

Speaking of the House Of Vans, they managed to make it to Manchester for a one off event allowing us guys to hold A Mangle Street Jam which saw an incredible amount of people congregate from all over, making the most of the free beer and cash for prize jam. As expected our team plus many others killed it showing the rest of the UK what Manchester is made of. Not only is the skating on point but the music from Manchester’s greatest Chimpo and Trigga is also featured in the edit making it nothing but pure genius.

 

 

 

Our good friend Phil Harvey made an edit with all the team in for the Ride channel. It’s yet another decent edit for you guys to watch.

 

 

 

Ollie Tyreman trained to become a fire-man.

 

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Emerica shoes held a Wild In The Streets in Manchester earlier this year too and it was a day to remember! The sun was shining, the beers were flowing and the skating was at the highest level I’ve seen on the streets of our home town for a long time. Our team rider Harry Lintell also took the infamous castlefield rail board sliding it many years after the Manchester legend Woody attempted it. A lot of things went down in history that day so watch the edit below to understand what I’m talking about.

 

 

 

 

Just the other day Landscape released their promo video ‘Escapes’. Stannerz, who you may recognize from working in our store or being a Black Sheep Family member ended the video with some stunning trickery. Watch out as Landscape, over the past few months, seems to be on the rise again. Great news for us because we are huge fans. Hopefully more edits to come in the new year!

 

 

LANDSCAPE SKATEBOARDS – ESCAPES from Landscape Skateboards on Vimeo.

 

Throughout December we also in conjunction with Sidewalk Magazine released a series of edits every Friday. We had Stannerz, Seb Batty and Bad Man Barrett all with dope parts. Bad Man Barrett came through strongly with the grittiest edit we’ve seen this year. ODB as the the music choice too, what’s not to like?

 

 

 

For the 4th time we managed to win the Vans Shop Riots too, allowing us to enter the finals with other shops from all over Europe. Unfortunately we didn’t win the European finals but our team that went definitely did us guys proud! Next year we’ll have it in the bag so be prepared!

 

 

 

 

There has probably been many more events/happenings that we’ve not mentioned although there is quite a few there and each individual one needs celebrating. More importantly we hope everyone has an amazing New Years Eve tonight and we’ll see you all in the new year. Lots of love from everyone here at the Black Sheep Store!!!

 

 

 


Black Sheep Fridays – Ol’ Dirty Barrett

Friday, December 11th, 2015

 

 

 

As promised we have yet another mind blowing Black Sheep Fridays x Sidewalk Magazine edit for you guys to feast your eyes on. Who better than Stockport’s ‘BAD MAN’ Barrett. You may find this shredder lurking in the finest of Polish Liquor stores of greater Manchester or at the Stockport ‘spice’ Ledges. Expect nothing but raw shit, ODB kind of raw, OOOOO BABY I LIKE IT RAW! You’d be stupid to miss out, so make space in your day and be taken to the next another level of gritty skateboarding that many of us will relate to in our UK’s ghost towns. Also expect big things in the up and coming weeks with Barrett’s crew SUB-50. Some powerful stuff on the horizon so keep them eyes peeled!

 

Keep up with SUB-50 on Instagram and our Black Sheep Store one to be kept up to date with all the happening’s.

 

 


Black Sheep Fridays

Friday, December 4th, 2015

 

 


 

 

As it’s coming up to Christmas we thought it would nice to keep the skate spirit alive during this cold winter by releasing an edit each Friday in connection with Sidewalk Magazine called Black Sheep Fridays. The first part to drop is Seb Batty’s and Jiri ‘George’ Bulin’s that went online earlier today. Nothing but pure gritty northern skating to feast your eyes on. Filmed and edited by Isaac ‘wasteman’ Wilkinson, you must watch. You can expect to see more sections dropping from the likes of Nick ‘Stannerz’ Stansfield, Chris ‘Badman’ Barrett, Eddie Belvedere and a solo part from just Seb Batty. So don’t forget to check the Sidewalk website each Friday for a fresh unseen edit from our infamous team. Big up!!

 

Shop for Black Sheep Clobber right here…   http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/the-black-sheep.html

 

 


Vital skate news From Sub Fifty, MUST READ!

Friday, November 20th, 2015

 

I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard about the new complications in skateboarding recently that includes some well known faces. Firstly the news broke out that Rowley left Flip Skateboards. A real shocker, but now adding to the pot of confusion is that Koston and Guy Mariano have departed from Girl. Kids and general forum waste-mans are going mad as we speak, brains rattling with thoughts on who each person will ride for next. Teary filled eyes are stalking the internet for that important information that’ll hopefully be released soon before the internet blows up.

 

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Well the wait is over since Stannerz and bad man Barrett, after being stuck on Skype all night and day, can now announce that Sub Fifty (Stockports biggest and baddest brand) have three new additions to their infamous team. Yes you guessed it, Rowley, Mariano and Koston will now be seen skating the streets of Stockport with the dopest and best crew to grace skateboarding. Although it isn’t all joy, they had to make some sacrifices to the crew, Ben Rowles has been given the boot and John Bell is also off but has been given the role as team manager. As he’s always injured it’ll help build his body back up to normal strength and I’m pretty sure he’ll be back up in the ranks soon so no need to worry.

 

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I’m guessing there’s only a small handful of skaters out there that haven’t heard of Sub Fifty so for those that don’t know this is what they’re about. Chris Barrett was first seen on the famous BBC show The Apprentice in 2005. Alan Sugar was more than interested in his business plan, making skateboarding fun again without any bullshit. From this Chris didn’t need to carry on with the show because he had already won. From the moment he walked through the door wearing his Black Sheep joggers, Fubu denim jacket, and Airwalk Beanie Alan was already on board despite his plan. Alan then decided instantly to invest in Barrett and the crew allowing them to make the first video ‘Wreck heads, fresh heads and piss heads’. Featuring the doped up dope crew Team Weed, John Bell, Ben Rowles, Tom Lowth, Stu Reynolds, Chris Barrett, Lil Dave and Stannerz. That video release went on to make millionsand the crew have gone onto win plenty of EMA awards and are currently living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. For those that don’t know what that’s like its simply the finest of Polish lager, spice and hotel de la Stocky Ledges.

 

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What’s to be expected in the future from skateboarding’s best crew? Well Koston is currently working will Phil Harvey in mexico on his pro t-shirt, Mariano is currently discussing wages with Stu Reynolds (currently negotiating more than a crumb of sprayed weed a second that Stu first offered) then Rowley is out filming his welcome part already. It’ll have to be up to standard because these guys don’t mess about. Here’s a section of shredders that didn’t make the cut onto Stockport’s legendary team. Expect the best and you’ll succeed in the hard and tough life of skateboarding….

 

 

 

To keep up with Sub Fifty just follow them on Instagram.

 


Element Make It Count Uk 2015 Edit

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

 

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A couple of Saturdays ago on the 9th of May, Manchester’s own pump cage was the place to host this years Element Make It Count competition. It’s a great competition that has been running for some years now and always seems to bring out the best in everybody that attends, from people helping out, to the entering process ( one canned food item was required for entry and all food items were donated to local food banks) and to the overall standard of skating! The competition is set out all over the world to see the latest talents that skateboarding has to offer and for Element it also spreads its word  and belief of social awareness and positivity. Once again there was a superb turn out ( like there always is for events here in Manchester! ) and throughout the three different age categories the skating was just as impressive! A big shout out to everyone who turned up, took part, helped out and made the day as good as it was!

Biggest congratulations go to our very own Jiri “George” Bulin who smashed it all day and was crowned overall winner at the end! Bagging himself a trip to Italy and a spot in the European finals for the chance to go to California to compete for Element sponsorship at Nyjah’s park!  Well done pal and good luck!

 

 

13 and Under:
1st – Brinlay McNicholas
2nd – Finley Kirkby
3rd – Scaeffer Mclen

 

 

14 to 16:
1st – Sam Mason
2nd – Lucien Costello
3rd – Adam Fairooz

 

 

17+ and Sponsored:
1st – Jiri “George” Bulin
2nd – Charlie Birch
3rd – Ben Grove
4th – Conor Dinwoodie

 

 

 


Vans Shop Riot Series 2015

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

 

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The clocks have gone forward an hour, its not dark when we get out of work, the sun is starting to shine and it seems like summer is eventually on its way! That could only mean one thing! Yes, its that time of year as we get ready for the Vans Shop Riot! Starting in the UK on the 25th – 26th April for two days of non stop action! This year sees Pioneer Skate Park in St.Albans hosting the event. £3000 prize money and  an all expenses paid trip to the European finals is up for grabs! After the UK leg comes to a close on the 26th, the attention turns to Aalast, at the Flesh and Bones Skatepark, the scene of last years finals where Belgium’s own Rampaffairz skateshop just missed out on top spot to fellow countrymen Burnside so expect it to go off at this one! With as many as fifteen stops around Europe this year the series will be almost everywhere, from Portugal to Poland, Italy to Israel, before it all comes to a head in Spain for the final! Will the Black Sheep lads be there to take the top spot? ( My moneys on them! Come on lads!!! ) Keep your eyes peeled! More info such as a live stream will be up here on the blog at a later date obviously closer to the time!

 

Vans Shop Riot 2015 Events Listings

 

  • UK, 25th-26th April, Pioneer Skatepark, St Albans
  • Belgium, 26th April, Flesh & Bones Skatepark, Aalast
  • Germany/Austria, 9th-10th May, North Brigade Skatepark, Cologne
  • Spain, 23rd May, La Chopera, Leganes
  • Israel, 28th May, Galit Skatepark, Tel Aviv
  • Italy, 14th June, Platza Skatepark, Bolzano
  • Switzerland, 20th June, Lugano Skatepark, Lugano
  • Netherlands, 21st June, Burnside Skatepark, Deventer
  • Czech Republic, 18th July, Skatepark Stadion mládeže, Ustí nad Labem
  • Poland, 1st August, Widzew Skatepark, Łódź
  • Baltics, 22nd August, Monsterparks, Riga, Latvia
  • Portugal, 12th September, Parque das Gerações, São João Do Estoril, Cascais
  • France, Date TBC, Cosanostra Skatepark, Chelles
  • Nordics, Date TBC, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Greece, TBC
  • Russia, TBC
  • FINALS, 19th & 20th September, La Chopera, Leganes, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sidewalk Magazine To Move Online

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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So this week it was confirmed by Factory Media that Sidewalk magazine (Also along with Kingpin, Whitelines and various other titles) will exist no more in its printed form. A sad day for UK skateboarding, a sad day for skateboarding in general.  Nobody within skateboarding really wants to see a shop, a company or in this case a well respected magazine cease to exist. For the past twenty years Sidewalk magazine has informed and supported skateboarders.

It opened up the window into our amazing culture that is UK skateboarding. It was the highlight of the month, you waited for it to be dropped through your door by the postman, or you rushed to your local skate shop after school or work to get a copy. Wherever you were it kept us informed of what was happening, when it was happening, you knew where to go, when to go and in its own way kept the UK scene in sync with each other in all parts of the country.

Now that times have changed and technology advances, our appetite for media is moving more towards being instantly gratified, with the likes of Facebook, Instagram and twitter to name a few, anything and everything can put out there for the world to see in a matter of seconds.

With a constant stream of photos and video clips being published on the world wide web it seems hard to imagine a time when we needed to rely on the printed text that was in front of our eyes. Despite the great efforts of people like Ben Powell, Andy Horsley, Ryan Gray, Leo Sharpe and everyone else involved with Sidewalk, the inevitable had to happen.

For now, Sidewalk will continue to bring us all the great things they do solely on their website. The very last edition is out now so go and grab a copy,  as we say farewell to one of the most important parts of UK skateboarding that we have ever known.

 

RIP Sidewalk Surfer – you will be missed.

 

 

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Black Sheep Boards

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Black Sheep has been going strong for some years now so it was about time we made some shop decks for you lurkers to shred. Priced at £29.95 they’re a real bargain and can be purchased in our city center store on Church St and online. Boards come with free grip so no need to worry about any hidden costs! Sizes start from 8″ up to a big whopper dogger 8.5″ with an average 8.25′ in between. Keep your eyes peeled because you may see some of our team riders taking one for a spin.

The feedback on the decks have been great, everyone who’s skated one has commented on how good the shape is. Also the coloured ply underneath the Target logo has been a huge hit… I mean why not add a bit of colour to spice up your life. With the Target logo, it’s obvious if your into hip hop that it was an idea taken from Public Enemy’s Target. If your not familiar with hip hops greatest then have a listen below and get to know…  

 

 

Why not simply purchase one of our limited decks, get some Public Enemy on your mp3 player and go and tear the streets apart. Just a warning, they’re selling out really fast so don’t miss out on the hype!!!!!!!


CENTRAL SEND OFF!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

You must all know by now that Central Skatepark is no longer here for all you moshers to shred it up….. R.I.P! It has been an mint 8 years and the support you guys have shown has been truly amazing! We can’t thank you enough for visiting us and showing your support! Some incredible stunts have gone down over the years but we had a last session not so long ago for the final hammers to be put down.. take a look at the clip below to see some final stunts from one of the best skateparks I’ve been too and had the chance or working with!!! CENTRAL ALL DAY DOGGERS!!!

 

 

P.S. Don’t worry though, watch out for some big moves about to happen from the Black Sheep Store…


CENTRAL SKATEPARKS CLOSING JAM TOMORROW

Friday, July 4th, 2014

 

If you haven’t already heard this very sad news but after 8 amazing years Central Skatepark is coming to an end! We will be holding a jam tomorrow on the 5th of July so be sure to make it down to give us a well deserved send off! There is no excuses not to come down and show your love as it will be FREE entry into the park and there will be some upset faces but mans will still be on a hype. There’s loads of prizes and give aways, a special guest MC for the day and DJ Rob DOGGER Smith on the decks. There will also be some special celebrity appearances from soap star extra Ollie Tyreman and 80’s throw back Alex Romain.   

 

 

Over the years Central has changed its course a number of times trying to mix it up. I found the park to be suited to both skateboarding and BMX to its best whereas not many parks take that into consideration these days! This has lead to some great BMX events over the years and some even better skate events! Holding comps like The Vans Shop Riots, Cancer Research Jams to the best Christmas bashes in Manchester that has always ended with a mash up after party at Unity Radio…. 

 

 

The Black Sheep Store and Central would also like to thank everyone for help making the skatepark what it is today! Still can’t believe how long we have lasted and if it wasn’t for the support from our locals and visitors then it wouldn’t have happened! Bring your beers boards, bikes, blades and scooters…. anything goes and let’s give Central the send it off it deserves!