Black Sheep x Shirley Baker Limited Collaboration

Friday, April 21st, 2017


Shirley Baker was a hugely important street photographer who captured images of the people and places in Manchester and Salford during the 60’s,70’s and 80’s. Her work is now shown in galleries around the world as it marks the enormous changes we have seen in an historically short time. Today we think nothing of the vast array of images collected everyday and displayed on the net for everyone to see. It may seem obvious to some but It cannot be stressed enough just how few documentary images we have of the regular people of Manchester during these times. It is therefore important for us to celebrate the gift of these images that Shirley Baker has provided in her legacy.




I had first seen this image by chance in 2000 at the opening of the Lowry centre in Salford; I was immediately attracted to it because of its subject matter and composition. This and the other images stuck with me because I was a child that grew up on the streets of Salford and Manchester from 1970. I frequented similar streets whilst spending a lot of time skateboarding during the eighties and in effect playing on those streets in a similar way to the girls depicted in the image. The girls in the image have adapted their meagre surroundings for fun in exactly the same way skateboarders do today.



Fast forward to 2017 and sadly Shirley Baker is no longer with us but after a few too many years in my ideas folder I thought it worthwhile doing a little research and contacting Shirley’s daughter Nan. What has resulted is the Black Sheep Store has been given permission to produce an exclusively numbered 50 skateboard decks of this iconic image.
I am personally so stoked to get this graphic made a reality and honoured to celebrate a true Manchester creative “Shirley Baker”.




If you’d like to get your hand on one of these limited edition decks then do so by hitting the link… Black Sheep x Shirley Baker Decks.


We have also given you the option to have each deck and cruiser set up as a complete skateboard and the premium complete includes Independent trucks, Spitfire wheels and Bones Reds bearings. Be sure to check those out too if you are an individual who would like to skate one rather than use the deck as a wall hanger.


Stance Socks Easter Hunt

Monday, April 10th, 2017





Look out this Easter Weekend for a special treat in the form of an Stance Socks Easter Hunt!

You’ll be able to participate in store and online to bag yourselves some of the best quality skate socks you’ll ever own.


Claim your Free treasure map this Saturday 15th April in store with ANY purchase or head online to to find the hidden pairs among-st our huge Stance Socks range. For online simply purchase the socks with a hidden thumbnail picture (it’ll have the above logo on it so you know for sure your a winner!)


Follow our social media closely and don’t forget to tag us @blacksheepstore and @stanceeurope if you bag yourselves one of the many, many Stance ‘Skate Specific’ socks.


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Until the skate spot Easter Hunt starts for all those Manchester skaters have a gander below for some of the latest Stance videos with there ever expanding and banging skate team. Happy hunting folks!







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Converse Cons Tarte au Citron

Thursday, April 6th, 2017


A select few of the Converse Cons Europe team have pulled together with Grey Skate Mag to produce this treat for the eyes edit named ‘Tarte Au Citron’


Filmed and edited by lens-man James Cruickshank with Euro riders Mike Arnold, Matlok Bennett-Jones Edouard Depaz, Sylvain Tognelli and Juan Virues (unfortunately Black Sheep Family Cons rider Harry Lintell was double booked this time round, more on that soon though…) 


The Converse Cons Euro guys seriously putting out there own unique style with the lesser trodden spots and selective tricks which seem to be trend setting among-st the Global skate scene right now. Anyway enough kiss ass editorial filler just go get your finger clicking visual ‘Lemon Pie’ treat for your eyeballs below.




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War Of The Thistles 2017

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017


War Of The Thistles once again rolls around with the annual slaying of Scottish terrain. A two day style carnage competition where it’s cash for tricks all organised and royally respected by Skateboard Scotland


As ever Sidewalk Magazine made the epic journey to cover the event for all to see (and those to cool/lazy/rather skate the local asda to not bother supporting grass roots events like these, *rant over.) Props as ever for the UK’s longest standing skate mag for bringing us the imagery and edits for yet another epic War Of The Thistles. Head over to Sidewalk for more coverage along with a full comprehensive write up.


Oh and of course massive props to Black Sheep Family all terrain killer Jordan Sharkey for smashing it on day two and winning himself the sacred sword trophy! Now get your Scottish viewing fill of footage below courtesy of Sidewalk Magazine. Edits by Geggsman Ryan Gray with pictures from master lensman Chris Johnson.






Girl Skateboards Welcomes…

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017


Girl Skateboards Welcomes… Andrew Brophy.

With the onslaught of social media this ones been spoke of for a while, Andrew Brophy well and truly fits with Girl Skateboards and it’s a match made in skateboard style heaven. After the demise of Brophy’s last board sponsor Cliche it’s good to see him find a home on the long established brand Girl Skateboards. Props all round for making this one happen and bringing the hype to the Crailtap Camp once again. Now get your fill of Australian power house pop below with Brophy’s all new welcome clip.




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The Bronze “56,000” Video

Friday, February 10th, 2017



The Bronze crew have done it yet again, producing a small but deadly edit for you guys to feast your eyes on this weekend. It is a combination of everything great from old footage, slow-motion, P2 card filming, Rizzo, Josh, house music and raw clips. Everything you need in life and it especially brings the motivation that is very much needed during this cold UK winter weather. So if you are struggling to find some inspiration to get out skating then these guys have got you sorted. Thoroughly enjoyed as the skateboarding is as powerful as it gets, you will not be disappointed I’m sure.




Austyn Gillette – Quik Raw Edit

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


A visual treat awaits your viewing pleasure brought to you by the style master himself Austyn Gillette. Doubt you’ll ever see a better switch push than in this ‘Quik Raw’ edit, seriously a thing of beauty. The mind baffles as to how one skater looks so natural skating both ways at speed but then it does take Colin Kennedy taking to the road in his car to film the LA streets onslaught.


Props to the Berrics for sharing this one with the skateboard World and extra cyber praise to Austyn for reinforcing that style really does matter. Now get your eyes engaged below-






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Evan Smith Spitfire Wheels Edit

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017



Seriously ain’t no stopping Evan Smith and his constant destruction of rugged spots Worldwide. This time round coming through with the goods for Spitfire Wheels in his casual smooth as it get’s style. Get your cursor clicking below to enjoy the ride!



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Ben Horton Exhibition

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Ben Horton name script

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 or follow @slaveskateboards on Instagram.