Heads up because there’s going to be some heavy hitting skateboarding coming to the UK as part of Dwindle Distribution’s European Summer Holiday Tour, which kicks off here in England later this week. There are only two UK dates set which are Friday 29th July at Bay Sixty6 in London followed by Saturday 30th which will be at Projeckts MCR ( The Pump Cage) with things getting underway from 6pm. Dwindle distribute some of your favorite skateboard companies like Zero, Cliche, Enjoi, Almost , Blind and Darkstar. With a crew consisting of Chris Haslam, TJ Rogers, Zack Wallin, Flo Mirtain, Ryan Decenzo, Tommy Sandoval, Kris Vile, Kyron Davis and Ben Raemers all coming for a shred you can expect this one to go off at the cage and will be one not to miss.
According to Thrasher, this is a promo for the new Shep Dawgs 5 video and this is throw away footage of Riley Hawk. He must be stacking clips on a daily basis because this is pretty much a part of it’s own with some top shredding from the Baker Skateboards pro. Riley skates every ditch and rail in his path, smashes out a frontside slappy grind flip out and halfcab front-foot impossible into a bank are some of the highlights. From what we can see from this edit we can be assured that his part is going to be off the hook along with the rest of the Shep Dawgs crew.
Skateboarding and music have always played a part in each others existence for as long as I can remember. Being a skateboarder music has had a huge influence on my life because as we all know the majority of skate sections include some of the best tracks ever released whether it being a Redman or Black Sabbath track. I will recall a various track played in a bar or club and relate it to someones part where that specific track was used. As well as the other way around by watching a skate video and recognizing a song taking you back too a certain album or artist. It’s a relationship linked between the two that we can all appreciate. In addition to this great occurrence you can now purchase one of the best things to happen in connection with both music and skateboarding as one of the UK’s most influential DJ’s, DJ Odin, has kindly put a special package together. The Legends Never Die VHS Box-set.
The Box-set consists of a USB stick that is nicely produced as a key and it is is filled full of all you necessary beats from generations of the best hip hop to some outstanding classic rock n roll tunes like Black Sabbath and Danzig. I have it playing at The Black Sheep Store as we speak and let me tell you something, you need this lengthy mix in your life as it’s power. I’m struggling to stay on my seat as all I want to do is get up and dance or go skating. As well as the USB stick DJ Odin has also included a block of wax that is shaped like a cassette keeping the music theme constant. I mean talk about creativity.
Considering the Legends Never Die VHS Box-set is possibly one of my favourite items in store at the minute it felt right to give Tom (DJ Odin) a call to find out more about the idea. Here’s what I found out about the man behind the product and also the idea. So DJ Odin as expected was a keen skateboarder and in the early 2000’s he was just around the corner from being one of the best up and coming skaters the UK had to offer. Sadly due to breaking his leg on a mini ramp the dream was lost. Well the dream was lost but the passion wasn’t. The talk of his old skate VHS collection showcased the love that DJ Odin still has for skateboarding. Considering he couldn’t skate anymore he decided to take a step forward in the Music industry. A place just like skateboarding where to break the surface it is just as hard as anything out there. The love for DJing first came about when he used to hang out at a bar in Croydon (London) called the Black Sheep and his pal used to let him spin a few records. You may think I’m having you on by calling the bar the Black Sheep but that was the case aha. From there DJ Odin went on tour with Skinnyman at the age of 17, Skinnyman by the way is one of London’s greatest hip hop artists. You may remember the album Skinnyman released, Council Estate of Mind. Now that was on point! Here’s a quick track to refresh your memory…
Anyway back to the story, so from an early age it was obvious there was a career as a DJ for DJ Odin. After years of playing gigs around the country he took a step into the commercial side of music and became a full time DJ for a pop-star in 2014. I mean it wasn’t what he wanted to do exactly but it still paid the bills. Everything was running smoothly and after working for the pop-star in 2014 he was fortunate to be asked to be the DJ for them for the whole of 2015. As anyone would he took the work and declined numerous gigs/shows for 2015 from various people as he was fully booked up. Well that turned out to be a mistake as the wasteman pop-star turned around to him and decided they wanted some lurker on a keyboard rather than him on the decks. Talk about about a stab to the heart as this left DJ Odin with no work for 2015 and in the dump to be honest. After already turning down all the shows it looked like 2015 would be a bad year for him. A piss take really, although in the long run it isn’t all that bad as during the time he had to spare, which was a fair bit he decided to spark up his love for the music and style of Djing that grabbed his attention from the beginning.
DJ Odin had a look back and found the passion that had never disappeared for both skateboarding and music. That was where the great idea to create a mix tape that included tracks from a number of skate videos came from. That is exactly what the Legends Never Die VHS Box-set is all about. Each and every track has been featured on some kind of skate video and due to his passion for the earlier videos, mainly before the 2000’s this great masterpiece was created. Not only can you expect to listen to the tracks but he has added little skits and styled it amazingly. I don’t want to give to much away about what tracks are featured because it’ll spoil the fun. Reminiscing and trying to figure out which part and video the tune came from is one hell of a challenge. Trust me, it’s entertaining aha! Many of the tracks were taken from old skate VHS tapes and vinyl he has stacked up and the whole idea of preserving something so special to many of us into one USB stick is the main object. I mean it’s not that often you catch a VHS playing through your TV screen. Even the old tunes that were used are untouchable so seeing them on a skate video again is pretty much impossible. Anyway you’ve now got another VHS to add to your collecting but not one that you stick in the player after giving the dust a blow. It’s a bundle of the best tracks to ever grace skateboarding and I’m extremely happy we are stocking this great product. I mean the link between the Black Sheep and DJ Odin was already there from when he started in Croydon at the Black Sheep bar. It definitely felt right to have it on sale here. He also purchased one of our limited Dickies x Black Sheep coach jackets last year and has been a fan of the shop for a while, especially our Public Enemy logo. To finish off with I would like to thank DJ Odin for giving me my newest playlist as I have already bagged a box-set for myself. It was an easy decision and I’m sure the rest will fly out so grab your copy quick. He is a great dude and I also look forward to seeing him play live at one of his gigs. There’s a link featured after the Marvin Gaye video below where you can purchase the box-set and yes you’ve guessed it, ‘Lets get it on’ is featured on the USB, but that’s all you are getting for now. You’ll have to buy it to listen to the rest! Big UP Tom (DJ Odin) for creating something that should have been done years ago. STOKED!
When the summer comes it can only mean one thing for various skate teams, tour time. The DC lads have been at it again and have released quite a lot of footage already over the past few months. The newest edit is the DC Shoes US-Eh? tour video. They toured around the north east hitting up Maryland to Montreal and everywhere in between, the team shredded the parks made some shop appearances, did the demos and met all the locals along the way. On board for the trip were Chris Cole, Evan Smith, Wes Kremer, Chase Webb, Cyril Jackson, John Gardner, Morgan Smith, John Shanahan, Tiago Lemos, Charles Deschamps and more.
A heavy one doing the rounds on the internet today. Last week Pig Wheels premiered their first full length video since 1998’s All Systems Go. Yesterday via Thrasher Magazine they released Tre Williams part , which is his first ever. Hailing from Riverside California the 21 year old has a smooth style, an amazing flick and has ultimate control even on those big rails. Pretty sure we will be seeing more of Tre in the future, click play now and enjoy his first real part.
A week or so ago Jenkem Mag did an interview with Johnny Layton (once of Toy Machine) to see what he had been up to since he dint skateboard professionally anymore. He was one of the steeziest skaters at that moment in skate history and had possibly the best switch 360 flip ever ( remember the one down MACBA 4 in his good and evil part?). From the interview he explained how he had gone into a ‘proper’ job with Vans as he needed to provide for his wife and kids so he was busier than ever and couldn’t really pursue the professional demands anymore. Before his life got extra complicated he was still skating hard and stacking clips wherever he could, even though he’d stopped being pro he still had at least 9 minutes of footage. A lot of his best stuff got used in his Berrics part but there was still some leftover, so he decided to hand it to the people at Jenkem to release which they have done in this rad little fun edit. I’ve always liked Johnny’s skating for a long time and it’s good to see he still kills it.
After 2004’s Almost Round Three, Rodney Mullen has largely stayed out of the limelight. Now though, the 49 year old street pioneer is back with a brand new video part after twelve years, the new footage called Liminal and released by Vogue is far from an ordinary skate section. It came about when Dhani Harrison ( son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison) approached him asking about documenting his skating with Steven Sebring, a fashion photographer who has had work in magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue and GQ. Shot in his revolutionary 360-degree studio (a 24 foot dome surrounded by 100 cameras) Mullen returns and he’s well on form as he compiles a collection of NBD’s all captured in stunning 360-degree high definition. Rodney hasn’t lost anything at all in fact he’s even better. Click play below now and you will see what we mean.
It has been about three years since Emerica started their MADE Chapter series. The first chapter, released in 2013 featured Leo Romero, Brandon Westgate, Colin Provost and a surprising part from Jeremy Leabres. Now, the official trailer for MADE Chapter 2 has been published online with Jerry Hsu giving us the lowdown on what to expect and how excited he is about the project. Although there has been no official release date yet, we can probably expect it in the later end of 2016. Speaking on the Shelter Show podcast this week Jerry said “October-November-ish. September-October-November. Something like that.” Then he gave us insight who’s going to be featured in this installment, “That’s gonna be Andrew [Reynolds], [Bryan] Herman, Spanky, Figgy, and then myself. And then, like, everyone else will be in the video—they’ll just be in there. Everyone on the team will be in the video, but those guys will have parts.”
Click play below and get hyped because MADE Chapter 2 is most certainly going to be worth the wait.
Axel Cruysberghs is an all-terrain animal. He can log tricks at any spot that is put in front of him and that showed massively in his Volcom’s Holy Stokes video part. In conjunction with his part in Holy Stokes you can now watch his Over Stokes part that involves all the raw footage from the video. It also includes some never been seen before clips so what’s stopping you from giving it a quick watch. It is 5 minutes of pure power footage and despite it having no music in the background, it will still get you as hyped as ever. Watch it now, the Axel Cruysberghs “Holy Stokes!” Over Stokes part.
DC Shoes have just released a new montage from Evan Smith’s ‘A Tour Of It’s Own’. The latest edit checks in on the Australian leg of the tour. Evan, Cyril Jackson, Tristan Funkhouser and Wes Kremer were joined by Aussies Alex Lawton, Tommy Fynn and Chase Jaeger in search of good spots and good times. They also had to do a bit of rain dodging as it’s not always perfect down under but that didn’t stop Tristan Funkhouser. Click play below for four minutes of serious DC action.