Element skateboards have been killing the skateboard game since 1992. It was a company I grew up and couldn’t be more stoked that they are still going strong. Probably stronger than ever, the team consists of some more than familiar faces like Chad Tim Tim, Nyjah Huston, Chad Muska, Ray Barbee, Mark Appleyard, Bam Margera, Madars Apse and loads more. So over the past few years Element have been holding a competition called ‘Make It Count’ which has been a great success. It is a series of amateur skateboarding events that is put on throughout the world to seek out the latest talent skateboarding has to offer. It also promotes the Element message of social awareness, environmental stewardship and positivity. Instead of a cash prize the overall winner is awarded some great memories, a taste of culture from around the world and a possibility for a new found career in skateboarding. A truly unforgettable experience.
This year we see the competition coming to Manchester’s pump cage on Saturday May the 19th. You would be mad to miss out on such a great opportunity on your doorstep. Show your support and spread the word as it could be you or a friend that takes the time to enter and ends up winning something worthwhile. What’s to loose hey..
Sam Frost has put together a new Manchester scene video called ‘Maybelol’. It’s all about having fun and going out with your mates shredding various North Western locations. You can expect to find a lot of quirky skating including plenty of wallrides/no comply’s on various spots you wouldn’t think possible. Our Black Sheep lurker/rider Josh Bentley opens the show with a powerful section leading into many more parts from such familiar faces in the Manchester skate scene. Our shop mosher Sexual Stu gets gnarly, Seb Batty gets fresh with loads more on a general hype! Guarantee you’ll be left in stitches from laughter but also hyped to go and shred some local spots in an unfamiliar way. 100% worth a watch… good work dudes!
Adidas Skateboarding, Respect Your Roots Collection
Adidas Skateboarding have released a new range of Superstar Shell Toe inspired trainers to honor four skate legends of the 90’s, one of which is Kareem Campbell. The range is known as the “Respect Your Roots” collection.
Kareem is without a doubt one of the most treasured skaters of the 90’s and one of the coolest pros to ever grace the game. Even in 2015 people are still trying to replicate his tre flip.
Back in September Thrasher uploaded his part in World Industries’ trilogy, featuring a kickflip over a trashcan from flat. That sort of pop is rare to see today, let alone in the early 90s.
You can check it out below, featuring a few words from the man himself Tom Penny (who previously said that Reemo’s switch frontside flips were his favorite)
Kareem rarely comes up in conversation without the mention of his signature Ghetto Bird, aka nollie hardflip bs revert, still remains one of the most technical and difficult street tricks around. Pull one out in a game of skate today and you are sure to make everyone else gain a letter, providing you can land one of course.
Just look at that catch:
Kareem also established himself in the commercial side of the skating, founding both City Stars skateboards and Axion footwear. Axion was a huge success initially, grossing almost 48 million dollars three years after launching.
Though he is no longer as active on the contemporary pro circuit, Kareem’s buttery smooth style and technical street skating has continued to be a massive influence on modern skating. His legacy lives on through countless street pros and ams. Just look at any current Paul Rodriguez or Torey Pudwill part today, and it is clear how they have taken the groundwork Kareem laid down to the next level.
Adidas Skate Shoes
The new Adidas Skateboarding Kareem Campbell Superstars are a throwback to a simpler time in skating. Skate shoes weren’t as available as today, so the shell toes were a preferred choice among skaters, as their hard shell toe cap did not wear as easily from griptape abuse.
The series features four shoes released only to a select few retailers. Other skate legends featured in the series are Richard Angelides, Drake Jones are Joey Bast. All are variations on the superstar shell toe design in both high and low top.
The Superstars are one of those shoes that work well both on and off the board, if you are fed up with notorious kickflip toe holes in your trainers, it well worth giving a pair of Adidas shelltoes a try. As well as being practical skate wise, they look fresh and are perfect for that classic streetwear look.
You can view our full range of Adidas skate shoes and Adidas skateboarding clothing on the site.
So Vans have finally announced the worldwide premiere dates for their long awaited, first full length video ‘Propeller‘. With a team including the likes of Geoff Rowley, Dustin Dollin, Chima Ferguson , Anthony Van Engelen, Gilbert Crockett and Jason Dill to name a few! You know that this is a video you are not going to want to miss! Well…you could be going to the UK Premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema in London ( There is no age restriction on entry to the premiere) on the 30th April! The prize is for two tickets so you can take whoever you want be it your brother, mother or a lover! Not only that, you will also be able to get your dancing shoes on at the after party at the House Of Vans! How you ask? The answer is simple! Simply treat yourself to a new pair (or pairs!) of shoes from the Vans Pro Skate line from us here at The Black Sheep. You will then receive some of the sought after golden tickets, on which is a strip that you will scratch off to see if your the lucky winner! But remember there’s only one winning ticket! The premiere is coming soon so don’t hang about! Make sure its you that’s going to be one of the first to see the new Vans video and not somebody else!
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 Riot2015 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.
Yes that’s right, one of the most missed companies of the 1980’s, Life’s A Beach is back and we here at the Black sheep are happy to say that we will be stocking products from this iconic brand!
It was started back in the early 80’s by Jeff Theodosakis and brothers Mark and Brian Simo. Jeff worked in the restaurant business and the brothers were tree surgeons.
They were based in Chicago and all three were motocross riders who traveled the circuit and this took them to Florida a few months each year. Even though they were ranking competitors they never really made any money from the sport, ” We were basically bums” Theodosakis says. During their chill time in Florida they would hit up the beach, where they were horribly offended by mens ball-strangling swim wear styles and felt like they needed to create a fashion alternative. They decided to make knee length baggy shorts out of tablecloths and curtains! The shorts were met with a warm reception and the three started to sell them on the motocross circuit. They had little success at first in some of the Florida store until a Fort Lauderdale shop started selling them during spring break. That was it, they sold their bikes and bought sewing machines and built the business from Chicago until 1985 when the relocated to Carlsbad, California. They then found themselves in the thick of the world as what we now know as extreme sports: motocross, surfing and skating etc. They made unique and wild styles which Life’s A Beach was especially geared towards expressing the pursuits of these sports. To show their own support they sponsered a number of top riders ( Now legends!) in each field, these included championship MX rider Rick Johnson, professional surfer Sunny Garcia, BMXer Brian Blyther and top skateboarders Mark Gonzales, Bill Danforth, Ron Allen, Dave Crabb, Jamie Mosberg and Mike Vallely. In 1988, Life’s A Beach introduced a sub-division deck brand under the name B.C.C, which stood for Bad Boy Club!
Now after a twenty one year absence Life’s A Beach is back, in part largely to Greg Finch with the help of Melvyn De Villiers and Fergus Purcell who have brought this well recognizable company back to life!
Stoked on Official, certainly one of the most productive hat companies out there at the minute. Constantly releasing new hats which can found over on our website or on sale at our city centre store. They’re making anything from 5/6 panels, bucket hats and even snapbacks. The prices aren’t too steep either. What I most like about the Official product is how they take time and add features making each hat individual and separate to other brands. For example a recent one we sold has a secret stash pocket. Won’t be needed by most the population but for some it will be extremely handy, I’m sure you’ll be able to find an Official hat which suits you.
Not only is the product on point but my god do they have a powerful team, Stefan Janoski (featured above) is a member or their team. You can also find the likes John Cardiel, Jamie Thomas, Rodrigio TX, Jose Rojo, Marquise Henry, Miles Silvas, Sebo Walker, Killian Zehnder and Yoshiaki Toeda wearing the Official clobber. That’s a powerful team right! Some of the guys recently went on a trip round Korea, have a look below to see some of the photos from the trip.
Yoshiaki Toeda, varial heel.
Rodrigo TX, backside tailslide.
Marquise Henry, half-Cab crooked grind.
Miles Silvas, backside 360.
Kilian Zehnder, bacside 180 nosegrind 360 out.
Pretty banging right! Not only did they manage to get some dope photos but they also managed to collect a fair amount of footage which can be seen below in the edit…
Mint to see some new footage from Stefan Janoski and the rest of the boys. Absolutely smashed it! I’m sure you can expect more big things from the Official crew so keep your eyes peeled for more trips and adventures in the future. A final reminder, keep a close eye on our website as new product is arriving all the time. We recently had a fresh drop of the latest gear so go check them out and see what you think…
A collaboration that has been long overdue has now happened. The people at Mighty Healthy present the Gino Iannucci collection, the capsule. Pieces in this collection are inspired by Gino’s unique fluid style and will be the hallmark for the brands tenth anniversary.
Now we know Gino is one of the more notoriously quieter professional skateboarders out there but he loudly made his arrival on the major skateboarding world with, as only he can, a precise and stylish backside heeflip down the infamous Gonz Gap at San Francisco’s landmark Embarcadero plaza. With the entire skateboarding world immediately taking note, Gino would cement his place in skateboard greatness with mind blowing schoolyard and downhill lines and numerous classic video parts. Gino’s style is unique, always fluid and never forced, even when he seems to land something sketchy it’s undeniably pulled off with absolute steez! Having been keeping a lower profile than most in recent times, every clip, part or photo of Gino is always a gem, he’s pretty much untouchable! We here at the Black Sheep are proud to be able to bring you some of the pieces from the collection ( Which can be viewed here!)
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.
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.
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.
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.