Archive for September, 2015

House Of Vans Manchester Comes To Black Sheep

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015







Yes that’s right the House of Vans is coming to the Black Sheep! Everybody put Sunday 4th October in your diary and keep it free! As I’m sure this will be one not to miss! The perfect end to an action packed weekend in conjunction with The House Of Vans! Get ready for a awesome street jam taking place just next to our shop ( 36 Dales Street, Manchester, M1 2HN ) in the Northern Quarter from 1pm till late! There will be ramps, rails, bumps, pads and a whole lot of other interesting things for you to get your shred on including a specially designed obstacle from us! There will also be Black Sheep riders and lurkers in attendance to bring the good vibes and make sure everybody has the best time! Like any good old fashioned street jam, there will be plenty of giveaways throughout the day and also cash for tricks so there’s the intention to get your training in!


Following the massive success of the first European outpost, House Of Vans London, Manchester has been chosen to host a bumper weekend of art, music, street culture and skateboarding. First of all, on Friday 2nd October the Great Northern Warehouse will undergo a massive reconstruction and turn itself into the House Of Vans Manchester! The 900+ venue will welcome some of the biggest names in Electronic, Dub, Drum & Bass. Jenna and the G’s will headline  the night of music. 8 Gold rings ft Fox and Sparks will produce a set mix of the finest Dub and Drum & Bass. The likes of Madam x, Roy Davis Jnr, Shadow Child and electric duo Maribou State will all be playing sets throughout  the night. There’ s more to come as well, with the announcement of some very special guests so keep your eyes peeled!


Apart from the incredible line up of music, Saturday the 3rd  has loads of activities to get involved with from 1pm!  Throughout the afternoon there will be skate lessons from 12pm to 3pm provided by the guys and girls at Projekts MCR ! Womenswear label Man Up Girl will be hosting an embroidery workshop, where they will be on hand to help you design your own Vans t-shirt with a choice of illustrations. There will also be a Sk8 Hi Riso printing zine workshop. Manchester ambassadors Jemma Jones, Jake B and Krek will be there to help you experiment with type, collage and illustration on your Sk8 Hi, it will then be scanned and turned into a page of the zine! There will also be an exhibition showing pieces of work from these three ambassadors! Also from 4pm – 6pm there will be another skate jam with the obstacles that were mentioned above, there’s 1000 pounds up for grabs between first, second and third place!


Lots going on and it looks like its going to be another memorable weekend in Manchester! For more information regarding your entry / participation to the events, this cane be found on the House Of Vans Manchester website, just click here !







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HUF X Bronze Reflective Pack

Monday, September 28th, 2015


Its always a good thing when two companies come together to create something. Having previously collaborated successfully together, HUF – one of the biggest names in street wear at the moment have again teamed up with New York skate crew and hardware company Bronze 56K to bring us the aptly named – HUF X Bronze Reflective pack!




Having gained recognition for their gritty skate videos filmed around the streets of New York and their 90’s tech inspired logo’s, both HUF and Bronze have brought both of their individuality into this collection. The ultimately strong co-branding provides a modern twist to a set of clothing and accessories that have a established following already, while still keeping an element of the basic level of where the brands began. Featuring a 3M black reflective theme throughout the drop, the most noticeable pieces include the Formless Visor 6 panel hat, reflective Track Pants and matching packable anorak which folds and tucks into a kangaroo zipper pocket, transforming into a hip pouch, other styles include a hoodie, reflective T-shirts and socks!










The collection is in store as we speak and will be online very shortly! Don’t miss out on this limited edition collaboration!


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Vans Syndicate x Golf Wang

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015




Vans Syndicate x Golf Wang release is just around the corner. The first release of three which was available in 2013 flew of the shelves. As you can imagine, so did the second last year. It’s now time for round 3 so this is a warning to those it may consider! Be at the ready people because this drop has already had a substantial amount of interest! Constant incoming calls/emails asking the obvious. Stuttering voices have been flowing into the phone microphones asking when they’ll be released? What time? How much? Will they go online? Can I buy them all? The world is collapsing as we speak. To prevent world panic all the information needed is right here….



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This year you can expect to see each shoe featured in the image above go on sale at 10 pm on the 26/9/15. I would arrive early as we are already expecting a queue first thing Saturday morning. First come, first served. They were first previewed on Tyler’s Instagram page, this particular release is centered around the Old Skool silhouette. This iteration is constructed with panels of ostentatiously bold orange, blue, yellow and pink, and likely relates back to Golf Wang’s own apparel collection for Fall 2015. Costing you just £84.95 per pair. Take a closer look at each individual pair below…



His palms are sweaty.


golf-wang-x-vans-2015-old-skool-collection-2Knees weak.



Arms are heavy.



There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.


Due to the high demand, we will be applying the one pair per person rule so hopefully as many of you will be able to purchase the shoe you want. It is highly unlikely but if any are left over they will be put online. To be honest I can’t see there being many left so make sure your first in line!




You can keep up with Tyler, The Creator  by following him on Twitter !





Ride Channel Open Edit

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015





For nearly a year now the Ride Channel have been posting a series of edits up on their site called the ‘Open’ edits. These clips are from shops not just in the USA but from all around the world. The idea was to show the independent shops that support skateboarding in their community and also the riders and staff that make these shops the backbone of the skateboard scene, and yes you guessed it, it was our turn for the Ride Channel Open edit ! Thanks to the camera and editing skills of Mr Phil Harvey, he has treated us to nearly four minutes of Black Sheep action! Jiri Bulin kicks things off with some raw street hammers before Lewis Threadgold shows us how to properly do a load of wallie and wall ride variations! Josh Bentley mixes old spots with new, a sick line at Manchester’s newest DIY spot and a huck down the infamous grizzly stairs. Stu Reynolds after that proves that 40 is the new 20, then Lucien Costello shows us the talents of Manchester youth on the rise! Seb Batty makes light work of one of the highest ledges in town! Nick Stannerz and Sexual Stu keep the mosh alive with a quick line each on urbis.  Rikk Fields throws some of his footage in from his recent exploits in Hong Kong while Jake Potts keeps it local with an added Barcelona banger! Badman Barrett gets tech at Stockport’s finest ledge haven, then there’s strictly business as Reiss Johnson and Andy Scott take it to the vert! Harry Lintell comes through with even more mesmerizing street antics before Eddie Belvedere takes on some Cornish concrete! Rob Smith ends the show in fine fashion, gnarly drop ins, street lines and flying high at Stockwell! Big thanks to Phil Harvey for putting it together, Rybo, Armani Rochford and Isaac Wilkinson for additional filming. Big shout out to MC DRS for providing the soundtrack and also to the Ride Channel for having us on! So what you waiting for click play now!




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Luke Meier X Vans Syndicate Seylynn S

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Introducing the Luke Meier X Vans Syndicate Seylynn S




To help celebrate the 10nth anniversary of Vans Syndicate, they have asked once head of design at Supreme, Luke Meier to work on a shoe for them. What he came up with is now known as the Seylynn S, it was based upon the Zero Low which was released in 2010 whilst he was still at Supreme. Now creative director with menswear label OAMC, he often likes to challenge the ‘norm’, merging together high end fashion with streetwear function and the Seylynn S is just that, the elegant shoe silhouette has been transformed into a fully functional Vans skateboarding classic. Like the other collections from Vans Syndicate, only the best materials are used, Meier has opted for an all white buttery premium nubuck leather construction with the inclusion of a classic rubber vulcanized sole, reinforced ollie patch on the toe panel, Vans ultracrush HD footbeds and it has the signature Syndicate 10th anniversary artwork in gold on the footbeds. Perhaps the best way to describe the thought process behind the shoe would be from the man himself, so here are a few words from him that we borrowed, taken from his Syndicate interview.




This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Syndicate. We are bringing back some of favourite shoes and collaborations. Is the anniversary model a colour you wanted to make before? What was the process behind the updated version? 



It’s actually a colour I never really imagined, but when the guys approached me with the idea I thought it was fresh. The updated version was mostly put together by the Syndicate guys. I had some input, but it’s really been their initiative.



Was designing the Vans Syndicate shoe a new experience for you at the time? Tell me a little bit about your background at Supreme as well as school and how that informed this shoe.



It was a new experience because while I’d worked with Vans (through Supreme) for a long time, this was the first shoe that was a completely new style that I was able to make. I started designing for Supreme in 1999, and working with James (Jebbia) and all the talented people there definitely helped to shape my approach to making things.



You designed the shoe from scratch or based on an existing model?


The upper of the shoe was designed from scratch, but we used a classic Vans vulc outsole.




Most of the time when people do shoes for Vans they are colour-ways or slightly altered versions of their classics. Do you like the classics? Did you ever wear any of them growing up?


I grew up with Vans, and have had most of their classic models at one time or another. I got my first pair when I was about 8 or 9 years old. Freshest kid in school that day … black and white checkerboard slip ons. I have always had at least one pair of Eras or Authentics ever since.



What were the styles that inspired the shoe you designed? Did you want something skateable or more fashionable?


Because the idea was ‘Destroy Luxury’, I wanted to make a skate shoe of luxurious materials that was supposed to be shredded. Even more, I wanted people who skate to really like the shoe for skating; style is the bonus. Many different people have told me that they like to skate in the shoe, so I think it was successful in that regard. There wasn’t a particular style that inspired the shoe, it was more an approach of how can I make a shoe with Vans DNA look a bit more ‘luxurious’.



Is the piece on the side for ollie protection?


Yeah. It’s the spot on a skate shoe that gets the most abuse, so I put the most luxurious material there … to be destroyed.



Was it cool to imagine people skating in the shoes?


It’s the main reason I wanted to make them. Vans and skateboarding can’t really be separated in my mind. Skateboarding has had such a profound effect on me, and Vans is part of that. For that reason I will always revere the brand.





Stock is limited on these fine pair of footwear, so be quick and get yours to avoid disappointment !


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Manchester Wild In The Streets 2015

Friday, September 18th, 2015





That’s right, its incoming, Manchester Wild In The Streets 2015 is nearly upon us!
Emerica footwear’s Wild In The Streets event was first held on the streets on New York back in 2004. The event was based on mass bicycle rides, reclaim the streets festivals and motorcycle rallies. It has now been a yearly event in the skateboarding calendar, and over the past several years has spread all over the world. From New York to London, Paris to Madrid, this is one you don’t want to miss! The idea behind the event is simple, Wild In The streets aims to bring together skateboarders of all ages, abilities, colour and creed to converge on city streets around the globe in a celebration of pure skateboarding! It asserts that the essence of skateboarding and being a skateboarder is to be able to reinterpret our surroundings, using our environment to our advantage to create fun. The event also aims to show that skateboarding belongs where it was born, on the streets and that the conventional competitions and events are carefully re-packaged for mainstream corporate consumption. This in effect is a misinterpretation of what skateboarding is all about!



So get Sunday 27th of September in your diary, spread the word and be at Urbis from 1pm to join the Manchester leg of Wild In The Streets. Expect to skate all over the city, hitting up numerous iconic Manchester spots on the way. There will be a heap of prizes up for grabs and numerous Black Sheep riders will be in attendance! Check out how rad some of the previous years have been by watching the videos below, let’s make the Manchester event the best one up to now but that can only be done by you, your mates, your skate crew turning up and having it!













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Preston Skate Park Opening Jam

Thursday, September 17th, 2015




So last weekend saw the Preston Skate Park Opening Jam and lets just say the newly poured concrete was shredded until the unsuspected sun disappeared for the night. Expectations high, skaters descended from all over to give the Norths newest park a good seeing too. A heavy LBP presence working behind the scenes, local skate legend Frosty helping out, it was certain to be a good day.

Freestyle, one of the UK’s leading skate park construction companies took on the contract to build the park as part of the Moor Park restoration. Costing £320,000, it’s worth every penny. Not a ledge in sight, just strictly transition! Situated right across the road from Preston North End football stadium it’s easy to find/get too and it’s 100% worth a visit. So if you’re ever in the area go take a look for yourself, plus there’s free parking too so no excuses.


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Welsh Alan, Back Smiths the deep end.


Since Preston is one of Manchester’s neighboring cities. It was inevitable that some of our family would make an appearance including The Black Sheep’s veteran Mr Eddie Belvedere. You also saw the likes of Josh ‘Man Head’ Young, Same Pulley, Frosty, Sam Mason, Rooney, Sox and many more slashing the fresh pool coping. Paul Graham behind the camera lens as seen above with Welsh Alan’s, Back Smith. Catch the whole gallery over on the Sidewalk Magazine site. As for the edit, you don’t need to look any further than below….




Big up to everyone involved for giving the North yet another amazing place for not only the kids to go shred but also us old dudes! Massive thanks to Bob Frost, chair of Preston Skate Park Projects for making it happen.


Etnies X Hook-ups Collaboration

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015


Introducing the Etnies Marana X Hook-ups Collaboration shoe!


Jeremy Klein rose to skateboard fame as a promising ripper for Steve Rocco’s World Industries company. He then moved over to Birdhouse skateboards spear headed by Tony Hawk and became one of the first professionals on the team before finally retiring from the company in 2008. Back in 1993 though, he started Hook-ups, which started mainly producing T-shirts with Japanese animation style female characters and monsters on their products which has become their well recognized trademark. It has grown over the years into a fully fledged skateboard company producing their own boards, shoes and other apparel. Now to celebrate his brands time and his own within skateboarding, skater owned Hook-ups and Etnies have teamed up to release a collaborative shoe, the Etnies Marana X Hook-ups. The shoe is a translation of the Hook-ups Special Police style which was released in 1995. The designs on the shoe are reminiscent of the original Hook-ups style, it has the same Japanese katakana on the side and a silhouette which is similar.





etniesxhookupsmaranaburgundy1Jeremy was at the forefront when street skating started to make a real impact in the nineties and has the footage to prove it! Check the clip below to see some amazing moves from him from the past and present and more on the Etnies X Hook-ups colab.





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