STOKED ON STAPLE, PIGEON.

March 25th, 2015

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When ordering product we take a huge amount of effort since there are so many brands these days to choose from. At the Black Sheep Store we are honored to stock the brands we do, Staple Pigeon is certainly one of them. It can be seen on sale at our Manchester store and over on our website.  What sometimes sways us towards brands is the history behind it and Staple has one to be proud of.

 

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Jeff Staple was a student at Parsons School of Design, New York and one day he walked into Triple Five Soul Boutique in New York City (1997) and received his first order of 12 silk-screened T-shirts. From there Staple was officially open for business. Originally started as a small T-Shirt line hand-made by Jeff himself it began to gain visibility in the city. The demand for the clothing grew allowing the company to expand and can now be seen worldwide. In 2005 Jeff was hired by Nike to create a limited trainer to represent New York. From this the iconic Staple Pigeon was brought to life and was branded onto the heels of 150 limited pairs of the Popular Dunk Pro SB. The Staple Pigeon is now a world renowned symbol that first of all represented the grittiness of New York but is now influenced behind the Staple extensive apparel range distributed in the top retailers across the globe including ourselves.

 

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Staple is also known for there infamous collaborations they’ve done over the years. They’ve combined forces with the likes of Nike, Timberland, Porter, Hex and Beats By Dre and many more. As you can see Staple is hugely respected and the brands they’ve combined with aren’t any small time thing, they are huge. Staple also has STAPLE DESIGN which has been in operation since 1997 which is situated in New York. It is a creative consulting firm and has worked with companies such as Nike, Microsoft, Sony, Lotus, Timberland, New Balance, LVMH and many others. As well as the Brand and consulting firm Staple also owns ‘REED SPACE’ which is regarded as the worlds best and most innovative boutiques holding various pop up stores and exclusive events. It also features an art gallery which has hosted some of the best artists out there.

 

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We are a huge fan of what Jeff Staple has created so there is no surprise why we are so stoked to be able to stock Staple, next time you visit our store or even the website make sure you have a look at the collection as I’m sure you will see something you like, because not only is the story amazing but the product is also on point! We would like to thank Jeff and the crew at Staple for giving us the opportunity to be part of something great and plus being from Manchester we are pretty familiar with pigeons so the brand fits perfectly.  

 

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Vans X Anti Hero

March 24th, 2015

 

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In celebration of  Anti Hero‘s 20th anniversary , Vans have joined forces with the legendary board  brand to bring you the Vans X Anti Hero collection, featuring new models of pro skate footwear and apparel pieces. Established way back in 1995, Anti Hero is one of the most well respected skateboard companies in the scene today with a robust heritage behind them, who can forget their videos like The Anti Hero Video, Tent City, Cash Money Vagrant and their most recent online release Destination Unknown. With a team consisting of some of the most influential riders like Jeff Grosso, Frank Grewer, John Cardiel and Tony Trujillo to name a few, you can bet that that the products in this collection will be much sought after!

 

From the collection we will be stocking the Vans X Anti Hero T-shirts, a white version and a black one, Vans X Anti Hero Socks in white / brown, Vans X Anti Hero snapback hat in dachshund brown / black and the Vans X Anti Hero coach jacket in pine green, Tony Trujillo’s sixth Vans shoe the Vans TNT SG (Pictured below) and the Vans Era 46 Pro (pictured bottom) which has been designed by Chris Pfanner! You can see all the collection by clicking here!

 

Vans TNT SG Anti Hero Trujillo

The TNT SG features Anti Hero print on the upper, Anti Hero flag and original lock up graphic on the tongue. Vans legendary waffle outsole, superior board feel in Van’s pro vulc construction and light cushioning with ortholite sock-liners. 

 

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Vans Era Pro 46  Anti Hero

The Era Pro 46  has a classic stitched Vans suede outer with a leather accent heel, Vans ultracrush Anti Hero sole, slim padded tongue, all over double needle stitching, suede upper and Vans classic rubber vulcanized outsole.

 

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Cliche’s Gypsy Life

March 23rd, 2015

 

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It seems like there is going to be some real banging videos coming out this year and this one is defiantly no exception. This April, 2015, will see the release of Cliche’s new full length video ‘Gypsy Life’.  The video will feature full parts from the Cliche team and will introduce us to some of their newer riders like Max Geronzi, Paul Hart and Kyron Davis amongst others.

 

Not only will there be fresh new parts from the team, the video will also include the footage from the 4th Cliche Gypsy tour – The tour with no hotels, only 15 Euros to spend each day, a true skate / road trip across Europe, skate what you want , where you want and sleep where you can! Adul Skoorc (More commonly known as Chet Childress) stated – ” A skateboard trip plus way more. A sideways adventure to pillage spots, live in tents, bbq and party with the bro’s, Enter the simpler times.”

 

Gypsy Life will feature Lucas Puig, Sammy Winter, JB Gillet, Andrew Brophy, Joey Brezinski, Flo Mirtain, Brad McClain, Lem Villemin, Jeremie Daclin, Daniel Espinoza, Adrien Coillard, Javier Mendizabal, Pete Eldridge, Paul Hart, Kyron Davis, Max Geronzi and guest janitor / Gypsy Life artist Chet Childress. It is being filmed and edited by Boris Proust who also made Cliche’s 2013 release ‘Bon Voyage” . The music for the Gypsy Life tour will be exclusively  handled by Busy P – The French DJ, producer and record label owner who was once the manager of Daft Punk!

 

Cliche videos are always full of rad skating and amazing looking spots, how good were Bon Voyage and Freedom Fries?! So I’m sure that there will be more of the same from Gypsy Life. Click play on the two trailers below and get hyped because this is going to be one of the best videos you’ll probably get to see this year!

 

 

 

 

 

Stannerz Hassles Fos

March 20th, 2015

 

Instead of writing about the top dogger Fos, we thought it would mint if we got our mate Stannerz to ask him a few random questions. Makes sense since he rides for one of Fos’s companies Landscape Skateboards. You may not already know this as well but Fos was kind enough to design our infamous ‘stacked’ Black Sheep Logo which can be seen all over the streets of Manchester. Have a read below to see what happened…

 

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So then Fos, Tell me a little about yourself.

I was born in Bury and grew up in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, went to art College in Burnley, then ended up moving to London when I was 20, I went to Goldsmiths college down there and ended up staying down after I graduated. I got a job at the Slam Warehouse in 1997, I started a Skateboard company called Heroin in 1998, then another called Landscape in 2003. I’m the art director for Altamont apparel and Baker skateboards, I moved to Los Angeles in 2011.

 

What are your strengths?

Drawing. Getting the job done, having a good work ethic.

 

What are your weaknesses?

Not knowing when to quit. Organization, paperwork.

 

Which would you pick up first a scooter or a pair of blades?

Ugh, a scooter cos I can throw the thing away, blades would be attached to you.

 

Why did you choose this industry?

My old man wanted me to be a plumber or an electrician or something, I was only ever interested in art and skateboarding, so it was natural that I’d end up in this industry. My first skateboard graphics were for Toy Machine in 1997.

 

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What do you know about this industry?  

That its very small, its run by about 8 people in the UK and 20 people in the USA. Its similar to those other industries like if you start a record shop or book shop, there’s no money in it really. Everyone wants to open a skate shop or run a board company, but its very difficult to make money that way. If you sell septic tanks or washing machines, or something completely unglamorous that nobody wants to do you’ll totally clear up.

 

If you could bring something to the table what would it be?

I like to think that I have. When I was at Slam most of the UK skaters were on flow deals from US companies, there were very few UK companies at the time, and I definitely didn’t fit into what most of them were doing, so I started Heroin, and it gave people a platform to make a name for themselves. 

And whatever era of Heroin you look at, be it the graphics or the riders, Snowy’s first part in Good Shit, a Chris Pulman part, a full Howard Cooke part in LFA, Colin Fiske, Rogie, Gou Miyagi, Deer Man of Dark Woods, its always tried to bring something new to the table rather than copy anyone else.

 

If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a steak and they brought you a quorn slab, what would you do?

Throw it out the window.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

What fucking spare time? Geez, I don’t have too much of that anymore. I got married a couple of years ago, so I kick it with my missus. We like to go and shoot guns at the gun range. Just trying to keep busy and find time to skate still really though.

 

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What kind of car do you drive?

A 1974 Camaro. Thing is a Beast! I didn’t move to LA to drive a ford Fiesta.

 

If you were to wear high heels or Heely’s for the rest of your life which would you choose?

Heelys I guess. You can keep it undercover.

 

What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

Having my mum be proud of me.

 

Art or Skateboarding?

Skateboarding, always. I’ve drawn since I can remember, and love art, but skateboarding has sent me all around the world and when I go abroad I’m always on a mission to skate spots, I never go to galleries or anything. 

 

What irritates you about people?

When they’re from Stockport. ha ha. Just kidding. Shitty drivers in LA usually in White Prius’s. 

 

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Mullet or Mohican? 

Mohawk for days. I’ve rocked em in the past. I even got upgraded to first class on a flight cos the bird thought I was the bloke from Travis.

 

Do you have any questions for me?

Nah, ha ha.

 

We would like to thank Fos for making some spare time to put up with Stannerz. We hope LA is treating you well dude. Catch Fos killing it below amongst others in Heroin Skateboards ‘Magic Sticky Hands’ which was released in 2006…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vans Syndicate x Harmony Korine

March 18th, 2015

Proud to announce that once again we at the Black Sheep along with other very selected stockists are to bring you a new Vans Syndicate collaboration,  coming to you on Saturday the 21st of March! Vans syndicate have joined forces with Harmony Korine, and are bringing you his design on a classic slip (Slip-on Pro S ) on and an eye catching Authentic model (Authentic Pro S ). For those of you who don’t know the name Harmony Korine, he is an American film directer, producer, author, screen writer and an occasional actor. He has written and directed Spring Breakers, Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely and Gummo but he is best known for writing the film Kids.

 

Both shoes will be available in sizes UK 7 – UK 11. Limited stock on both so be on the ball and get up early to avoid disappointment! The Slip-On Pro S is priced at £69.95 and the Authentic Pro S is priced at £79.95

 

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Propeller – The Vans Video

March 17th, 2015

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So its finally been announced, officially,  the long awaited, highly anticipated, first-ever feature-length video from Vans will be released in May 2015! ‘Propeller’ will be directed by acclaimed skateboard film maker Greg Hunt who has worked on some of the most memorable skate videos like The DC video, Alien Workshop’s Mindfield and numerous Transworld videos like Sight Unseen and Viedeoradio to name just a few. The video will feature full parts from some of the biggest names in skateboarding alongside appearances from some of the true legends of our culture. Starring in Propeller will be Anthony Van Engelen, Tony Trujillo,  Geoff Rowley,  Gilbert Crockett,  Chima Ferguson,  Chris Pfanner,  Kyle Walker,  Daniel Lutheran,  Elijah Berle,  Pedro Barros,  Curren Caples,  Andrew Allen,  Dustin Dollin,  Jason Dill,  Omar Hassand, Rowan Zorilla with Steve Caballero,  Christian Hosoi,  Jeff Grosso,  Ray Barbee,  John Cardiel and Tony Alva.

 

With a line up as good as that May 2015 can’t come quick enough! The exact release date has not yet been released but keep your eyes peeled on our blog and our other social media outlets and as soon as we know we will spread the word! For know heres the official trailer, it doesnt give much away but it sure builds up the hype for the first ever Vans video!

 

 

 

 

 

New Seb Batty Footage!

March 16th, 2015

 

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First of all, from all of us here at The Black Sheep we want to wish our team rider Mr Seb Batty a  happy 21st birthday! All the best pal!

 

To celebrate Seb’s birthday we have a brand new web edit that he’s been putting together over the past few months. I say putting together, Seb is one of those skaters you can take to pretty much any spot and will be able to get something on film, this lad stacks clips for fun! You can normally find Seb  filming out on the streets, shredding the cage or chilling in his red Toyota Yaris! He’s already lived in numerous places around the world like Australia and Hong Kong which have some of the best skate spots imaginable! Whilst were on the subject of Hong Kong, Seb and fellow Sheep riders Rikk Fields and Jiri Bulin are heading over there on a skate mission this week, expect more footage and photos from these three in the weeks to come! Wish him a happy birthday yourself by clicking the play button below! Special thanks goes out to Dwindle Distribution Uk for the Enjoi flow he receives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Lintell’s ‘True To This’ Volcom Part

March 11th, 2015

 

There’s no stopping our latest team rider Harry Lintell, smashing out parts like there’s no tomorrow. This guy is seriously on a mad hype. Constantly on the road living out of a bag this dude is living the life and would say he’s right up there in the UK’s most productive skaters at the minute. When he’s not on the road you can find him couch surfing in the city of Manchester, The Black Sheep’s back garden.

 

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Harry’s hit the bulls-eye with his ‘True To This’ Volcom Part…

 

So our mate Harry, earlier this year he released a part to be proud of. It was a project him and Kev Parrott had been working on last year for Volcom Clothing, hitting up some iconic UK spots as well as some hidden gems. It has everything from gnarly rails to some technical lines so it will definitely appeal to almost every skater. It got my hyped anyway to go out and shred! It was advertised on almost every social media site so I’ll be surprised if you’ve not already seen it. It was also advertised on the infamous Thrasher Magazine’s homepage which is pretty good dam going if you ask me. Watch below and prepare to have your mind blown….

 

 

Pretty good right, the switch flip at Southbank also made it onto the front cover of Sidewalk Magazine as it should have done because it’s absolutely nuts. Surely he can’t keep this standard up, can we expect more this year from Mr Lintell? We definitely can as he’s already featured on a Converse trip ‘Braving The Cold’ and is currently on another filming mission with the lads somewhere in Europe. Can’t wait to see more of this raw ripper, keep up the good bloody work pal!   

 

 

Jiri Bulin At Zero Degrees Skatepark Peacehaven

March 10th, 2015

 

A couple of weeks ago our Czech imported smasher Jiri Bulin headed down to the Zero Degrees skatepark, Peacehaven in the Lewes district of East Sussex. The park was built and designed by Canvas Spaces in connection with the Big Park Project – A project that aims to create and improve outdoor sports and community facilities in that area. The park has a great lay out and has all your usual park obstacles including  bowls, rails, hubba ledges, a brick bank, various gaps and pads, it  even has a skate-able sundial! For those of you who don’t know why there’s a dial in there it’s because the park sits on a Meridian line which is part of a Bronze-age archaeological site! So now you know!
As could be expected Jiri came through with a couple of bangers as he always does! Big shout out to Canvas Spaces, Zero Degrees and the Big Park Project for having him down to shred. Can see some sick summer sessions going on down here! Lets just hope we have some decent weather this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Skate Sections Ever

November 13th, 2014

After having a conversation about skateboarding with some youths that came into the shop recently I was shocked to learn what videos/skaters seem to get them hyped. Further more it was upsetting to hear that they hadn’t even heard of some of the videos that I had growing up. Got pretty emotional to hear one of the kids had never seen of Flip Sorry and Geoff Rowley’s section. So because of this I thought it would make sense to put some legendary sections from video’s that you may have missed in your era of growing up. Let’s start of with Geoff Rowley in Flip’s ‘Sorry’ released in 2002…

 

 

Another must see section is Gershon Mosley’s from Transworld Skateboarding video ‘The Reason’ released in 1999. Not only is this a mint part but it also includes some of the most famous spots like the Venice Beach ledges which you may remember from Tony Hawk’s pro skater 2.

 

 

Some British heritage next with Nick Jensen in Blueprints ‘First Broadcast’. This has to be one of my personal favorites. Jensen is still killing it to this day, you should also check out his shared part with Danny Brady in Lakai’s ‘Fully Flared’. Being a skater from Manchester England, there’s nothing quite like British videos to get you hyped to go skate. Maybe because you can relate to the spots and style of skating more than others.

 

 

Next to mix it up for all you gnarly transition skaters out there is Bob Burnquist. An absolute don on a skateboard. Capable of skating all types or terrain from the streets to bowls then vert ramps, this guy has it all. This is his part from The Firm’s ‘Can’t Stop’, keep your eye out for his blunt fakie in Barcelona at 1.22 as it is insane!

 

 

World Industries in 1996 changed skateboarding as they brought ‘Trilogy’ to your TV screens. Has to be one of the best of all time. It was so hard to choose someone featured in this video as they’re all amazing and each part is mind blowing. I decided to go with Kareem Campbell although others worth watching from this video are Marcus Mcbride, Jason Dill, Gino Iannucci, Lavar Mcbride, Ronnie Creager, Enrique Lorenzo, Daewon Song and many more….

 

 

Transworld need to be thanked for the amount of video’s they’ve produced of the years. The choice of skaters that they include in each one has been on point to the date/style of skating to that specific time. One’s to look out for are 4 Wheel Drive, The Sixth Sense, Feedback, In Bloom, Are You Alright, to the more recent ones such as A Time To Shine, Let’s Do This, And Now, Not Another Transworld Video to their newest Outliers. The one out them all which gets me hyped is ‘Free Your Mind’ which came out in 2003. Here’s Dan Drehobl’s part from it….

 

 

I had to include a part from Jason Dill and which one better than the his in Habitat’s ‘Mosaic’. Dill is a beast, has been on form since the beginning of street skating. A true legend! You will remember his killer part in ‘Mind Field’ that was out not so long ago. Also with all the sections I’ve mentioned they have been taken from an even better video as a whole. So if you get the chance watch the whole thing as the sections I like may not be the ones you do! I hope you find some inspiration because over the years these have kept me as hyped as a hype can be…. SK8 OR DIE moshers x