Vans have put together footage from the Vans Shop Riot series from all the countries that have been involved so far, including a small selection of clips from our own UK qualifiers at Nottingham’s Flo Skatepark in which the Black Sheep boys Rob Smith, Jiri Bulin and Jordan Sharkey came through and claimed first place….again, good work lads! That means they join the winners from The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany/Austria, Russia and France at the finals over in Lisbon, Portugal at Cascais Skatepark from the 18th to 20th September. There are five countries who are still yet to host their series events so keep an eye out for them. From the edit below we can see that this year has been a real battlefield all over Europe with teams and individuals stepping up and taking the standard of skating to the next level. No doubt that Rob, Sharkey and Jiri will be well up for it in September but then again so will all the rest of the teams, there can only be one winner but I know who I’m putting my money on! More info and build up nearer the event via the blog and our social media outlets.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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!
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!!!
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!!
Earlier this year we saw the infamous House Of Vans come to Manchester. It was most definitely a weekend to remember or maybe forgotten by a handful due to the amount of alcohol consumed. Friday night saw one of the best parties Machester had seen since the Hacienda days and Saturday was a jam packed day full of fun activities from skate lessons for the kids, an incredible art exhibition thanks to local artist ‘Krek’ and a competition where some of our riders managed to take home a piece of the prize money. To recap simply hit the link… House Of Vans MCR.
On the Sunday we were given the chance to take some of the ramps including the curved flat bar which was designed by ourselves from the competition the previous day. This allowed us to hold the ‘Black Sheep x House Of Vans Mangle Street Jam’. Early Sunday morning saw the calm before the storm because as the day unraveled so did the masses of people. By the early afternoon the street was packed full of skaters and also the general public having a nosy whilst making use of the free beer. Yes more booze to be consumed! The jam consisted of a cash for prize policy which in my eyes sees shredders at there best potential laying down tricks left right and centre trying to grab themselves a quick tenner. A few dudes that stood out from the rest were our team riders Eddie Belvedere, Jake Potts, Jordan Sharky and Jiri Burlin. Other shredders that made an appearance who also killed it were Nev, James Grindley, Sam Jones, Armani Rochford plus many more.
The hype was flowing all day due to our Sheep family Stu Reynolds who was the MC for the day. Music was blasted out into the street, generally grime and drum n bass thanks to Rob ‘Dogger’ Smith. It was certainly a day to remember. We are extremely proud and stoked to have held something that was such a success for the people of Manchester and the feedback has been nothing but brilliant. We would like to thank all involved and especially those would made the effort to attend.
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The official House Of Vans Manchester edit is now online for your viewing pleasure! What a weekend it was! Big thanks to all those involved for bringing the House Of Vans to Manchester, and massive thank you to all you cool people who came out and made it a memorable and enjoyable few days and nights! Big ups to the artists involved for a great night of music – nice one Jenna and the G’s, 8 Gold Rings Ft Tyler Davey, Sparks and Fox, Madam X, Roy Davis Jnr, Shadow Child and Maribou State for keeping the choons and party atmosphere going till late on! Again massive shouts to Krek, Jake B and Jenna Jones for having their work on display for us all to enjoy. Risso printing for making the commemorative zines, Man Up Girl for T-shirt designing and everybody else that was involved with running and making the workshops happen! More thanks to the people who helped with everything on the skate day as well, from moving and setting up all the ramps and obstacles to taking them down again and moving them to the shop for our street jam! ( Edit coming soon! ) All of you wonderful people for tuning up all weekend and making it what it was! Last but not least a massive high five and nice one to Vans, without whom, no event would have even taken place! Take a look at a few photos and the edit below and see if you can spot yourself! Same time next year then?!?!?!?!
Sunday 27th September saw the Emerica Wild In The Streets event take place in our fair city of Manchester, if you weren’t there where the hell were you ?!? It went off as we thought it would! Skateboarders from all over the country descended on a surprisingly sunny and quite warm Manchester! First spot of the day had to be Urbis as this was the meeting spot, the megaphone came out and everybody started getting on it. Rob Smith pulled off some massive lip slides on the bottom ledge whilst Sexual Stu delivered a textbook boardslide shove mid block. Harry Lintell was on fine form, delivering some flip back tail variations, switch front heel and nollie backside heel over one of the marble blocks from flat! After a while, well it was only a matter of time, before people started skating the big 3. Not many things have gone down these steps and its easy to see why. Eddie Belvedere smashed a kickflip from the top to the last step, not easy, and then a first try straight nollie to the bottom step! Big shout out to Robert Rooney Woodward who flung himself down the whole thing quite a few times, ollied it with ease and then getting his backside 180 after a few harsh slams!
Harry Lintell – Nolle BS Heelflip Photo – CJ
The next spot on the agenda was Bridgewater rail / stairs. One of the best sights of the weekend was the vast amount of wood and wheels all in unison on the streets en route to the spot! Oh and a quick nosegrind revert was thrown out by Eddie Belvedere himself! Fair play to all involved for being well mannered and polite to the sometimes bewildered public! The Bridgewater spot isn’t to forgiving on the feet but people rose to the occasion and hammers went down. Straight away Harry Lintell did a NBD early grab boardslide down the rail! Curtis Munton pulled off a steezy tre flip over the rail to finish off the session but not before Black Sheep new boy Sam Mason rolled away with a smith grind!
Sam Mason – FS Smith Grind Photo – CJ
That was it, next spot! Skating down Deansgate heading towards Granada bump, Lewis Threadgold stopped by Tesco for a quick caveman bluntslide on a rail that shouldn’t be skateable, with hardly any run up squashed next to a glass wall! In the end the session was taken to Castlefield arena where Mr Lintell did it again, this time taking a boardslide down the infamous rail – “ Woody’s rail “. Some of the wooden ramps had been brought down from the Pumpcage and wall ride madness proceeded thanks to Rob Smith, Eddie and Lewis!
Eddie Belvedere – FS Wallride Photo – CJ
The day lived up to its name, it deffo was a wild one! Big thanks to all of you who showed up and skated, repping the sheep and spreading the good vibes! Massive thanks to Woody and Claire, Emerica, Dickies and Landscape! Also thanks to CJ for shooting the rad photos throughout the day, you can read the full write up and see more of CJ’s snaps over on the Sidewalk website!
Have a gander at the edit below, and we’ll see you all same time, same place next year!
Yes that’s right the House of Vans is coming to the Black Sheep! Everybody put Sunday 4th October in your diary and keep it free! As I’m sure this will be one not to miss! The perfect end to an action packed weekend in conjunction with The House Of Vans! Get ready for a awesome street jam taking place just next to our shop ( 36 Dales Street, Manchester, M1 2HN ) in the Northern Quarter from 1pm till late! There will be ramps, rails, bumps, pads and a whole lot of other interesting things for you to get your shred on including a specially designed obstacle from us! There will also be Black Sheep riders and lurkers in attendance to bring the good vibes and make sure everybody has the best time! Like any good old fashioned street jam, there will be plenty of giveaways throughout the day and also cash for tricks so there’s the intention to get your training in!
Following the massive success of the first European outpost, House Of Vans London, Manchester has been chosen to host a bumper weekend of art, music, street culture and skateboarding. First of all, on Friday 2nd October the Great Northern Warehouse will undergo a massive reconstruction and turn itself into the House Of Vans Manchester! The 900+ venue will welcome some of the biggest names in Electronic, Dub, Drum & Bass. Jenna and the G’s will headline the night of music. 8 Gold rings ft Fox and Sparks will produce a set mix of the finest Dub and Drum & Bass. The likes of Madam x, Roy Davis Jnr, Shadow Child and electric duo Maribou State will all be playing sets throughout the night. There’ s more to come as well, with the announcement of some very special guests so keep your eyes peeled!
Apart from the incredible line up of music, Saturday the 3rd has loads of activities to get involved with from 1pm! Throughout the afternoon there will be skate lessons from 12pm to 3pm provided by the guys and girls at Projekts MCR ! Womenswear label Man Up Girl will be hosting an embroidery workshop, where they will be on hand to help you design your own Vans t-shirt with a choice of illustrations. There will also be a Sk8 Hi Riso printing zine workshop. Manchester ambassadors Jemma Jones, Jake B and Krek will be there to help you experiment with type, collage and illustration on your Sk8 Hi, it will then be scanned and turned into a page of the zine! There will also be an exhibition showing pieces of work from these three ambassadors! Also from 4pm – 6pm there will be another skate jam with the obstacles that were mentioned above, there’s 1000 pounds up for grabs between first, second and third place!
Lots going on and it looks like its going to be another memorable weekend in Manchester! For more information regarding your entry / participation to the events, this cane be found on the House Of Vans Manchester website, just click here !
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
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.
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 £29.95they’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!!!!!!!