If you didn’t catch the release that Vans Syndicate did with Golf Wang last year you’re in luck as we at The Black Sheep Store will be releasing the new colour ways this SATURDAY for you to PURCHASE. Last years model were quite simple colours from red, blue and black with a gum sole but the new ones are a lot brighter with a pink sole! There will be 3 different colours for you to choose from all with the same sole! Vans released images of the shoe earlier this week and they look banging….
We will be stocking all 3 shoes although you will have to wait till Monday to get the wheat ones but you will be informed further on their arrival. Also there will be some rules to obey as it will be one pair per customer to make things fair for everyone! The shop will be opening at 10:30 as normal but I would get down as soon as possible as we will be expecting queues! If you have never gone camping in the city centre this may be the time to do so although we do not encourage the idea. Each pair will cost you £84.95 and sizes start from UK 5.5 up to UK 12. We have a few in each size so hopefully no one will go home empty handed!
Enjoi have always had some of the funniest board graphics and adverts over the years and this series is no different. This weeks deck of the week is brought to you from their classic art series! Louie Barletta’s mug shot put onto the body of the Mona Lisa is priceless!
Along with the ‘Mona Louie’ 7.75” there is also the ‘Birth Of Nestor’ and ‘Wieger Van David’ both 8” and then Jose Rojo’s pro model the ‘Jose Zapata’ at 8.25”. These boards and more Enjoi product are available now online and in store!
Following on from yesterdays piece on Sexual Stu’s top fives we decided to delve a little deeper and ask him, what’s the section that gets you most hyped on to go skating?
This one is an easy one for me ! When I was younger I used to watch this section endlessly, on repeat, maybe at least four or five times before getting the bus into town to skate, it got me so hyped back then and it still does when I watch it now. For me Jim Greco ’s section on Baker 2G is a timeless classic! That opening line finishing off with the back three down the Med Choice gap wow! What a way to start a section! Then theres that blunt, stuff down the Wiltshere stairs and then that banging ender!
Now don’t get me wrong, I know his other sections like his last Deathwish one were rad but for me 2G is the one to watch if you want to get gnarly, hypes me up every time. Give this a watch, grab your board, go shred and try to learn back threes like Greco
Sexual Stu has recently swapped lurking in the shop to working in it! Here is his top fives, from skating to drinking and a few things inbetween! Carry on reading below and enjoy.
Top Five Skate Spots
- Grizzlys – Spent many an hour at those stairs over the years.
- Urbis – Can be a proper decent session, if it isnt covered with mosh.
- Renesaunce – The only place you would go when it rained!
- Gasworks/G/G-spot – Gone but not forgotten.
- Bridgewater – Nice flat ground to warm up for what your having down the stairs or over the rail.
- Sinclairs – Still get a pint for under two quid, bargain!
- The Garrett – Been a good pre or after skate hangout for years, top pool matches have gone on in there.
- Marble Arch – Some of the best ales on offer.
- Fringe – Possibly the best juke box in town.
- Canal Duke – The local where me and my dad have a pint and out the world to rights.
Top Five Tipples
- Stella – PUMF Premium!
- Holts Bitter – Got that one from me dad!
- Cider and black – A classic cocktail for when its sunny and warm.
- Gin and tonic – For when im feeling supersonic.
- Guinness with a shot of port – Naughty but nice.
- The Black Sheep – The best skate shop in all the land and all the world!
- Manchester City – Champions.
- Oasis – Best Beatles tribute band I’ve ever heard.
- John Cooper Clarke – Amazing with words.
- Vimto – One of the best drinks ever invented.
- Prime and Dowd robbing the R off the Rovers Return from Corrie at Granada studios.
- Joe Devine popping the CIS stairs back in the day like second try! amazing!
- Getting the infamous ‘gay belt’ tat off Rob Smith at his old flat in town
- Mike Matthews nollie flipping the Lowry double set after a heavy night of partying
- Seeing the PUMF boards finally become a reality! so stoked!
It’s Sunday and I’m not hungover for a change but what gave me a right headache on the way to work today is the amount of knobs carrying their skateboards by the truck?! At first I thought I would give them the time of day until I realised that the board was untouched and the wheels were spotless. I gave the first people I uncounted a break but there was too many people rocking the untouched skateboard that it came to my attention that they were using it as a fashion accessory! That is bollocks! Go and get a pug you wastemans!
It wouldn’t have pissed me off that much if I had seen a skateboard company that I recognised because I’m all for the hype to support skateboard companies at this hard time but instead I couldn’t make out a single brand I was familiar with! This is probably because they have gone to ‘Soccer Sports’ and purchased a board that is a pile of shit for £20. This needs to stop and people should start to support their local skate shop even if it is for a Fashion statement!
Yes it’s that time we’ve all been waiting for…… the new PLAN B video is on it’s way and I can’t wait! You should expect some insane stunts from the likes of Danny Way, Colin Mckay, Ryan Sheckler, PJ Ladd, Torey Pudwill, Pat Duffy, Felipe Gustavo and their new up and coming ams Trevor Mcclung and Scott Decenzo. Looking at the team above I’m positive this video is going to please all types of skaters from the vert lurkers to the street dogs to the gnarls. Personally I’m most looking forward to seeing a Ryan Sheckler part again. Going to be mint! Check the trailer below for a taster of what’s to come…..
Is it just me or is anyone else getting pissed off with video’s that are being posted on various blog posts/social networking sites that are only 15 seconds long? You get a one push, the trick, a second of the landing then a logo to finish it off…. what is that about?! Don’t get me wrong some are short and sweet but mostly there short and shit..
I’m guessing its started to happen through instagram which is cool for short videos to be used on instagram because you expect a quick clip but when your on a hype n want to watch some mint skate action n you get loads of 15 bloody second clips it’s takes you that long to find something decent you’ve lost the motivation to go skating! I’ll tell you what I miss and that I’ve started to do again because of this bullshit is sticking on a good old VHS or DVD… can’t go wrong. Also the good side to this is you don’t have to read a load of skate nerds comments about the video when in fact they should be out skating too!! Watch the above clip then watch Lavar’s part below from Trilogy (VHS) and you tell me which one gets you more hyped to go tear the streets! It’s Stannerz speaking so I’m welcome to all your abuse if you don’t agree!
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!
Filmed and edited by Isaac Wilkinson.
IT’S ALL JUST SKATEBOARDING!
Good work Reiss, stoked to have you aboard Manchester’s finest.
The Black Sheep Skateboard Store. x
Our Black Sheep team ride Nick Stansfield aka Stannerz has given you an insight into Manchester and his top 5 on skate spots, pubs, chill spots etc…… check below to see what he thinks!
Top 5 food spots:
Lust Liquor and Burn because the legend Tyrone will look after you!
Can’t go wrong with a Gregg’s now and again.
Common bar for their peng maple burger!
This n That for a dope cheap 3 curry n rice!
Pieminister for the best pie n mash about chief!
Top 5 pubs/bars:
Have to mention The Garratt, they’ve done their best to look after the skaters over the years and keep Ste Prime away so big respect!
Common because it’s a regular spot to hit up for a pint after a skate at Central.
Ram n Shakle is generally the pub to hit up after a session at Plattfields….. DAMO CHALLENGE is always on the cards.
Terrace in the northern quarter is always a good shout, especially if my main man Jam is working!
Kosmanaut has been good over the years too, ping pong table downstairs so me n Gez can have it out!
Think me and the rest of us are barred from everywhere else……
Top 5 skate spots:
Sand Bar flat for games of skate and few street beers.
Urbis is still going strong and the ledges are still in good condition considering.
Castlefield has loads of hidden gems lurking about.
Stockport ledges are mint and you can often catch badman Barrett shredding it up.
Then the Arndale’s 23 set handrail is pretty sick for a warm up!
Top 5 favorite musicians to come out of Manchester:
Broke’n'english as a team n as individuals…. (konny kon, Drs and Strategy)
Kev n Gez on the jamming session is always a mint time.
Top 5 skaters from Manchester:
Eddie ‘smellsofbeer’ Belvedere
Andy Scott when he’s not being a knob!
Rob ‘dogger’ Smith
Tyrone (might be 6 there but who gives a shit!)
Top 5 memories from Manchester:
Numerous challenges from DAMO, espically when he went down a 40 foot brick bank covered in snow on a blank board into a load of bushes….
Seeing WU-TANG play at the academy…. PROTECT YA NECK
Working at The Black Sheep
Plattfields lurks…. every single one of them is amazing and skating around with the best crew. Manchester defo has the best scene in the UK hands down…. don’t agree….come see!
And finally meeting my girlfriend Alice.