Enjoi Ben Raemers

 

Stoked to hear the news Enjoi have seen fit to turn long time UK ripper Ben Raemers pro. Ben’s been steady killing it so we’re heavily backing his new Pro status and he’s also a bloody nice chap to boot so let’s see his board sales rocket so he can treat himself to more cartoon character tattoos. 

 

 

We’ve seen fit to compile some of Ben’s most memorable sections from over the years and if you’ve not already heard Raemers and the rest of the Enjoi skateboarding team are set to release the long awaited ‘Oververt’ full length DVD next month. Along with Bens pro stick due in soon you’ll also be able to choose from the OG Oververt DVD and also a collectible edition with posters, stickers and more…

 

 

 

So Ben’s been riding as an am for Enjoi now since 2009 and also along the way picking up other fine brand sponsors like Volcom, Cons and Independent Trucks. All fully deserving of the young boy from Essex who has grown to be an all round terrain killer. Enjoi (bad pun sorry…) the clips we’ve chosen below and feel proud the UK is still producing some of the most original styles the skateboard world has seen. Massive congrats Ben from us all at The Black Sheep Store. So well deserved!

 

 

 

Tiltmode Episodes #23 Bad Boy Ben Raemers

 

 

 

 

Ben Raemers “Tweak the Beef” Full Part

 

 

 

 

VOLCOM EXCLUSIVE BEN RAEMERS VIDEO PART

 

 

 

Ben Raemers – Heel Toe Magic

 

 

 

Shop Enjoi Skateboards hear and look our for Ben’s new Pro board coming soon….

Vans Shop Riot Live Stream 2014

 

 

Its that time again! The Vans Shop Riot finals are upon us and you can watch all the action unfold via our live stream on our Black Sheep blog. Independent shops and their teams from all over Europe have been battling it out for a place in the finals in Aalast, Belgium this weekend ( 11 – 12 October ).  This year saw the Northen leg take place at Ramp1 in Warrington where our Black Sheep team and defending champions placed themselves in a respectable third.  The Southern leg was held at Prevail Skatehouse in Poole, unfortunately our lads were just pipped to the post of top spot but still finished in a well deserved second place.  That means there is no Black Sheep entry in the final for a change! We could win it every year but were just not that selfish! A new team will be crowned champions by Sunday evening, but until then lets look back at last years final!

 

Time schedule and live link below so get that kettle on and time that pizza delivery-

 

 

Saturday, 11 October:

 

3:00pm: Best Trick Session Obstacle 1

 

3:35pm: Best Trick Session Obstacle 2

 

4:10pm: Best Trick Session Obstacle 3

 

Sunday, 12 October: 1

 

2:00pm: start round 1

 

1:20pm: start round 2 

 

2:45pm: shop vs.shop knock outs (8 shops)

 

3:10pm: shop vs shop knock outs (4 shops)

 

3:25pm: Super Final

 

3:50pm: Prize giving

 

Follow all the action here- Vans Shop Riot Live 

 

 

 

 

Get watching below for last years Vans Shop Riot held at The Works Skatepark in Leeds. Black Sheep Family smashed it’s back doors in and come through victorious as the number one European Skate Shop Team and yes we like to brag on the fact we’ve won more qualifiers and finals than any other team over the past 5 years! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

HUF x UXA Collaboration

The Black Sheep are honored to announce that we have an exclusive HUF x UXA collab dropping later this week. It will be available in our City Center store on Church St and online. Only store in Europe to be stocking this bad man shit! We all know about the brand HUF but if you don’t know the story behind it, it is rather interesting. It was founded by one of New Yorks finest skaters Keith Hufnagel who has been shredding it up since the late 80s. At this time when Keith started skateboarding it was seemed as a thing for outcasts like hip hop and punk rock was, so I feel that this allowed him to understand the world in a different manner to the general public. Who in their masses showed nothing but hate towards this new extreme sport which has now taken over the world….

 

 

Ignoring the public’s views Keith took skateboarding to another level and turned pro in 1992. He was supported by many companies, flown all around the world and generally having a mint time thanks to the sponsors he had accumulated. To give some support back to the skate community he decided to open a small store in San Fransisco in 2002 called HUF. It was only right that he started to design and introduce his own company to live along side the shop since its success was massive. From that you have the brand HUF that can now be seen worldwide and is easily one of the most seen brand in the skate industry today. I’m pretty sure that you will have come into contact with the company from the most famous socks invented to their stylish set of shoes. To go with the product HUF have a skate team you will not forget. You can see such people like Kieth himself, Joey Pepper, Dylan Rieder, Austyn Gillette to their newest rider Sammy Winter repping the brand. 

 

 

UXA is also a brand to come out kicking and screaming out of New York and was established by designer Peter Huynh in 2000 then was relaunched in 2012. Knowing the background on the brand name and inspiration for the logo, in his own words the ‘X’ is a variable and is to represent the crossover of all street wear brands into the skate world and now after over 20 years in the NYC skateboarding game Pete Huynh is happy where the brand sits among his peers. The now iconic UXA ‘Kickflip Man’  logo has stood the test of time and so it seems the perfect fit to use it in this Huf collaboration. You mustn’t forget the mastermind behind this brand has worked with some serious heavy hitters from the music industry like Mobb Deep  and he was also the first NYC based brand to collab with the legendary Mark ‘Gonz’ Gonzales. With a brand statement that boldly shouts ‘To bring inspiration to every skateboarder in the World’ we’re backing this underdog heavy weight hitter. 

 

   

This will be the third time that HUF and UXA join forces and it’s possibly my favorite so far. After the previous two collaborations between the brands, this new collection combines both UXA’s signature Skate-Man graphic and HUF’s classic Plantlife pattern bringing you a range of tees, hats and socks. I can guarantee it’s going to be a huge hit! Take a peak below at the socks to see whats to be expected!

 

 

Like I mentioned before this is our first European exclusive to the Black Sheep and will be available on a first come, first served basis on Thursday 9th October. It will be expected to sell out quickly and I wouldn’t want any of you doggers out there to miss out on this legendary collab. Check the clip below to witness one of UXAs best Zered Bassett tearing it up…. will surely get you hyped! 

 

 

 

When Stannerz Met Jerry Hsu

 

Earlier this year our team rider Nick Stannerz had the opportunity to interview the legend Jerry Hsu. Born December 17, 1981 and currently living in San Jose, California. Jerry has been involved in skateboarding for many years so it was a pleasure to get the opportunity to ask some questions. If your not familiar with Jerry then get familiar! Have a read below to find out what he replied and about his move to Chocolate and much, much more…..

 

Nick: Mr Jerry Hsu, steez isn’t a good enough compliment for your mad skills on a skateboard and character off the board. You have done some serious sh#t over the years, from Osiris “The Storm” To Enjoi “Bag Of Suck” which ended up you winning the Transworld best video part……must be stoked about that right?

 

Jerry: I’m glad to still have this job, yes.

 

Nick: It’s not any new news that you have left Osiris for Emerica which resulted in your epic Stay Gold Part but you have recently moved from Enjoi to Chocolate…. It must have been upsetting leaving your good friends at Enjoi like Ben Raemers and Barletta?

 

Jerry: Everyone on the team is my friend so yeah it wasn’t easy to go my separate way, but there are no hard feelings and I’m always glad to skate with those guys.

 

 

Nick: So now you’re part of the Chocolate family which is bloody amazing what can we expect in the future, could you give us any secrets on missions to come featuring the company and yourself?

 

Jerry: Everyone is helping to plan 20 years of Chocolate so that’s the main thing coming out. I don’t have any personal projects with Chocolate right now, just skating with my new team mates and going on trips this year. I’m focused on Made 2 at Emerica so Chocolate is nice enough to let me do that.

 

Nick: How did the idea behind the chocolate Beavis and Butthead for yourself and Marc Johnson come about?

 

Jerry: I really had nothing to do with it. An artist named Rob Mathieson sent in the Butthead version of me to Girl and they liked it so they asked him to do an MJ version too. I think they came out just right.

 

 

Nick: Since the move to Chocolate Skateboards has this changed the crew you cruise with and who does this involve anyway?

 

Jerry: Yeah I go out with Ben Colen a lot (girl/choco photographer) so I get to meet up with people on the team more like Vincent and Stevie and I go skate with MJ as much as I can. But as far as my regular crew of people, that hasn’t changed really.

 

Nick: You’ve visited Manchester last year for an Emerica Demo at the Pumpcage, did you manage to see much of the city and if so what did you think? You should also make plans to come back and visit, more than welcome to pop into the store for a brew (tea) or coffee!

 

Jerry: I enjoyed Manchester and I would love to come back for tea.

 

Nick: Manchester has also produced some great music in its time like Joy Division, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Broke n English and DJ Dogger but no Elvis, is it true you have been nicknamed ‘The Asian Elvis’ aha….. How did this come about?

 

Jerry: I think it comes from when Matt Eversole and Chris Avery made the first tilt mode video and the just put that name in front of my part. I have no idea why and it doesn’t make any sense to me.

 

 

 

Nick: With the photography Instagram has been a huge hit in the past years but how did the name @internetfamous come to mind?

 

Jerry: Most people take that name literally which I will never understand. I wanted to have a name that was slightly derogatory and glib. I felt like people seeking out and begging for internet fame was so rampant and pathetic I would name it after them. It’s basically meaningless.

 

Nick: Many thanks from the Black Sheep Store for answering these long winded questions aha…. it is much appreciated! To finish off with we would like your quote of the year so far? Thanks again and we wish you luck for the future and your time at Chocolate Skateboards. Respect man!

 

Jerry: I’m still waiting for my quote of the year. Thanks so much.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Jerry more and we would like to thank him and Chocolate for making this interview happen. It mustn’t have been easy making time to speak to Stannerz of all people so lots of respect and hope all goes well with your future at Chocolate and we’re very excited to see more action from Jerry in future!

Lastly massive thanks to Form Distribution for hooking this one up. 

 

Now get your viewing eyes on and peep some of our favorote Jerry Hsu sections below-

 

Emerica ‘Stay Gold’ B-Side.

 

 

 

Chocolate Skateboards Welcome…

 

 

 

Jerry Hsu & Louie Barletta – Osiris ‘Subject To Change’

 

 

 

Jerry Hsu – ‘Wheels Of Fortune’ 411 Video Magazine.

 

 

 

 

Harry Lintell Piff Sticks Edit

Man of the moment , Spitfire rider, Real skateboards ripper and of course our very own Black Sheep representative Harry Lintell has come through with the goods yet again! This time a four minute edit for Morph’s ‘highly’ recommended Piff Sticks company! (for all your smoking needs!) Expect some London landmarks, rugged spots and steezy lines from our ‘Azzer! YES FAM!

 

 

Stussy

We at The Black Sheep Store are proud to announce that we will be stocking the godfather of Streetwear …Stussy. It started in the early 1980s in Orange County, California by a bloke called Shawn Stussy and this originally based surfwear has taken over the world!  The early success of the brand was helped by the popularity of it in the Dj and hip hop scene! At the time hip hop was growing by the second and more people were starting to catch on, as this new underground genre of music. Not only were they interested in the music but also the fashion that followed and Stussy being popular with many famous artists lead to a huge demand for the brand. This iconic image of one of hip hops greatest J Dilla who sadly passed away in 2006 due to a blood disease was one of many to rep it hard! J Dilla was a classic rapper and producer that worked with so many legends such as A Tribe Called Quest, Del La Soul, The Pharcyde, Mf Doom and many more.

 

 

 On August 6, 1988 the world changed Yo! MTV Raps debuted on MTV and back then hip hop not being as popular as it is today challenged the current pop music of the time. Yo! MTV Raps allowed millions of homes to be able to witness the greatness of the Hip Hop when it was really hard to see videos and listen to it elsewhere. The language of Rap began to influence popular culture and when the show left the air in 1995, the genre was no longer the best kept secret. Rap music had grown to being the biggest and most popular genre of music today,  a lot of this is due to Yo! MTV Raps.

 

Stussy produced a 2 part documentary called ‘We Were All Watching‘ in conjunction with Stussy/Yo! MTV Raps collection with the first part looking at the history of MTV’s groundbreaking music program called ‘The Importance of YO! MTV Raps’. Then part 2 looked into the trends, styles and influence that Hip Hop had in the fashion world ‘Fashion in the Golden Age of Hip Hop’. It’s a really good watch so make time to have a look and I guarantee you’ll be stoked on it. Here’s a bunch of the T-shirt collaborations that Stussy and MTV did…

It wasn’t just MTV that Stussy did a collaboration with, they have also done collabs with huge brands like Adidas, Nike, Vans, Timberland, Fred Perry, Herschel Supply, Supreme…. the list goes on!  The one they did with Timberland was amazing because it wasn’t expected and came completely out of the blue. Although I found it fitted perfectly as Timberland was also worn in the hip hop circles so was a suited. Doing collaborations like this has also opened peoples eyes that would have generally never have heard of Stussy. Always been a sly fan of Timberland and can for sure see myself buying a pair of these navy bad boys below..

     

 

I have to give them credit from the graphics they have brought out too, especially the design of the logo! Such an easy and recognizable logo. It’s not to complicated and can easily be read, simple but effective! You instantly know when someone is wearing it as it attracts your attention with the bold lettering. It has pretty much defined the brand and the story behind it! It originated from Shawn Stussy scrawling his surname onto his surf board with a broad tipped marker. He then started to use this same idea on T-shirts and various clothing which he sold out of his car around Laguana Beach, California, a popular destination for surfing. From that it has turned into what it is today and Shawn Stussy deserves huge respect for making a brand that stood the test of time over 20 years, here’s the face to probably the most famous signature in the world….

 

 

After a couple of years of Shawn selling it out of his car in 1984 he decided to partner with Frank Sinatra Jr and in case your thinking he has any relation to the singer he doesn’t. They started to sell the apparel and after a few more years the company expanded into Europe, things were moving fast! Because of the success they decided to open a store in Soho, New York. Many more stores followed and it was reported that revenues reached highs of 20 million in the early 90′s. Hats off to them both, that is incredible! In 1996 Shawn Stussy decided to resign from the brand he had created and sell his shares of the company to his partner Sinatra who has still kept the brand moving and it is currently still a firm favourite worldwide.

 

 

To this day you find many people with different styles/interests wearing the brand. From skaters, hipsters, graffiti artists, break dancers, hip hop artists to the older generation that have repped it since day one or generally people with good taste! It has been around for over 30 years now and to be honest I can see it going for 30 more. If you would like to see some of the latest Stussy product pay a visit to our city center store, we currently have a mint range of hats, beanies and T-shirts. This is the start of something great, so join the hype and grab some fresh Stussy garms and keep your eyes peeled for further amazing product dropping over the next few months…. DON’T MISS OUT PEOPLE!

Adidas Skateboarding New Stripes

 

 

So Adidas Skateboarding continue with the already pretty dam hard hitting team with these latest three amateurs being added to the roster.

 

 

First up you’ve got style master Nakel Smith hailing from LA and who’s already being heavily backed from his other sponsors Fucking Awesome Skateboards, Thunder Trucks, Primitive Apparel. Plus being a regular hang out on the infamous Fairfax St in Hollywood he’s also riding for the Diamond Supply store and can be generally spotted bringing the ruckus with the Odd Future crew. Seeing this Adidas Welcome footage you can see why all the talk, the 19 year old absolutely kills it.

 

Next in this 5 minute banger of a clip you’ve got Miles Silvas who’s currently just 18 years old but with a style much older than his years. Seriously smooth, effortless etc etc doesnt even come close to covering this guys grace on a skateboard. Already riding for Organika, Royal Trucks  and Official Hats you’ll no doubt be seeing plenty more from this youngster. 

 

 

 

 

Last but by no means least Tyshawn Jones takes the last section and man handles many an unseen spot with that loose as a goose approach. From only really seeing this kid come up from his footage in Supreme ‘Cherry’ he’s hopefully going to have a long standing future ahead of him. Again like Na-kel he’s been hooked up by the elite FA World Entertainment and has been steadily building a rep with that New York steeze that not many 16 year old kids could even dream of.

Anyway enough of the talking if you’ve made it this far but watch below as the latest Adidas Skateboarding Am’s give us a glimpse at how mentally good skaters have gotten.

 

 

 

 

Adidas Skateboarding ‘New Stripes’

 


 

 

The Hundreds By Todd Bratrud Collection

 

Very pleased to announce that The Hundreds by Todd Bratrud collection will be available online in the next few days! Todd has designed hundreds of board graphics, stickers and adverts for numerous companies over the years like Flip, Birdhouse, Creature, Black Label and Real just to name a few. He is also a illustrator and blogger over at The Skateboardmag  and took over as art director at Consolidated skateboards way back in 1999. Todd’s artwork reflects his personality as it does with most other artists, his teenage fascination with skateboarding, pin ball machine art, large breasted women and comic books have carved the way for his style.

 


This project and these drawings are as simple as what happens when you keep a marker on you at all times, obviously bathroom walls are where the best examples of this style of ‘art’ can be found. Also, I physically (and mentally) can’t stop drawing, so these crude drawings might be the most accurate depiction of how my mind works when it comes to creating art.” – Todd Bratrud

 

 


Head over to The Hundreds site to see the full collection!

Harry Lintell – Welcome To Black Sheep Skate Store Section

 

So yeah we’re obviously stoked to have Harry come join us at The Black Sheep but this has been a good time in the making. Rewind back a good 6 years (or slightly more, hazy memory killing me) and Lintell was riding for a certain board company we where at the time distributing, we had fun times with plenty UK road trips and even took Harry North of the border and he popped his Scottish visitor cherry. Even way back then Harry was skating with the majority of the OG Black Sheep Family like Eddie, Rob, Scotty etc and with out a current shop sponsor he kind of just fell into the team even back then but we never made anything official. So the years went by and we’ve always supported Harry as much as possible cause we/I firmly believe he should be able to support himself by means of skateboarding and skateboarding alone, god knows he’s pretty shitty at life stuff in general,haha but with serious natural talent the boy from Ashford has now firmly and officially come home and joined The Black Sheep Family.

 

Big Ups the toothless wonder that is Hairy Lentells.

 

Tez (and the rest of the fam. x)

 

 

 

 

Name, age, hang left or right?

 

 

Harry Lintell.23.firmly left! haha.

 

Sponsors?

 

 

Black Sheep skate store, Converse, Volcom clothing, Real skateboards, Ace trucks,  Spitfire wheels, MOB grip tape and Piff sticks co.

 

 

 

 

Your favorite team manager!?

 

 

Tez! (as long as I’m above Parrott,haha -Tez,) Chez and Christian.

 

Why not Kevin Parrott…?! (haha, sorry Kev, my leading question worked a treat!)

 

 

I fucking love parrots! Bert and Kevin.

 

Why you living in London now? Have you turned into a jazzy bummer because of it?

 

 

I just wanted to get out of my home town Ashford and I kept going on skate trips and then would always end up back in London so it just made sense! CLAPTON CASTLE represent! and hell no! I’m sick of seeing those jazzy bummers.


Next trip planned to get out of London?

 

 

Skate jam in Hull with bro mattock. then San Francisco mission.

 


 

 

How stoked are you to join the Black Sheep?

 

 

Over the moon to be joining Black Sheep fam! don know haha.

 

Looking forward to a Scottish road trip again with Eddie, Rob, Scotty etc..? (oh yeah that’s your notice that we’re going on a Scottish road trip.) 

 

 

Yeah?! Lets do this!!

 

Why are you so shit with phones?

 

 

I am just rubbish with them and skate with all the time in my pocket haha. even when I do put it in my bag I still end up breaking the screen. haha even the indestructible Nokia 3210, smashed that skating! haha.


Just spoke to your Mum and you should call her now and again. She just wants to know your okay in that there London, haha. Thoughts?

 

 

Need to drop her a call and catch up with her really. What up Mom haha.

 

This Welcome clip took a while yeah? You shouldn’t worry about filming for that small clothing company Volcom when you could be filming more for the mighty Black Sheep! Thoughts?

 

 

Been a while coming I guess yeah haha but worth doing it right.

 

Cheers Harry and obviously stoked your the newest member of the #blacksheepfamily. Any words of wisdom you want to put out to the skate rat masses?

 

 

Go out and charge them streets. heavy still! haha have fun always!

 

 

Safe Harry. Big love from the fam. Tez.

 

 

 

 

Some words from the rest of the Black Sheep Family-

 

Eddie Belvedere- ‘It only makes sense that the best street skater in England rides for the best skate shop in England! Welcome to the Family!’

 

 

Rob Smith- ‘I met Harry when he was about 16, I’d never heard of him before but as soon as I seen him skate I knew it wouldn’t be long until everyone knew who he was. We went on our first trip together around that same time, I witnessed some of the most ridiculous skateboarding I’d ever seen… he grinded his first kinked hand rail on that trip, 10 stairs then about 5 feet of flat, to a T juction rail with a drop of about 8 foot off the end. What a joker!’

 

 

Harry - ‘Damn that tash!!! Stoked he is a part of the Black Sheep Family.’

 

 

Rikk Fields- ‘Raw dogger!  Absolute cannon and a good guy. It makes as much sense as a pie on a barm.’

 

 

Massive thanks to Sam Ashley for the use of his photos (portrait,  backside wall ride and backside tail slide.) Also thank you to Graham Tait from North Skateboard Magazine (nose grind pop over.)

 

Lastly huge thanks to Sean Lomax for the power edit. 

 

 

Weekend In The City 2014 Premiere

 

 

Oh yes, here we go! Another premiere to attend this time for the Weekend In The City 2014 Massive big ups to Lewis ‘Threadhead’ Threadgold for making this years WITC happen. Its always been a great weekend over the years, even if it had rained on a couple of occasions. The premiere will take place on Sunday the 21st September at the Kraak Gallery in the Northern Quarter, a sick venue for a sick event! Entry will be just one of the queens golden nuggets, So don’t be stingy ! Doors open from 7pm with the premiere probably starting going on for 8ish. Big ups to those who entered, we cant wait to see this years edits! For now though here are some of the previous years entries !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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