Archive for February, 2016

Jiri ‘George’ Bulin For Toy Machine

Friday, February 26th, 2016





A number of years ago the people of Greater Manchester were graced with a European hippy from Czech Republic. This was all due to our stock keeper Stu Reynolds because he paid a visit to Prague in Czech and was greeted by an old friend Marcel and a young lad Jiri, aka George. From there the guys spent 5 days smashing various spots and making the most of the cheap lager on offer. On the last day, after an eventful trip, Stu mentioned to George that if he ever wanted to come to England he has a place waiting for him at his. From there George turned up 3 months later and hasn’t turned back since. It’s pretty obvious to the local Manchester shredders, who I’m sure will agree that has most definitely proved himself in the Manchester scene. Not that anyone needs to prove themselves, he’s just been a pleasure to have on our streets. He has even accumulated a fluent Mancunian accent too aha. Anyway, over the years we have seen a huge progression in George’s skating/style. He is a footage machine and is one of the most productive skaters from Manchester at this minute. It has payed off too, as I can now announce our shop rider, Czech legend and great friend has bagged himself a spot on the UK Toy Machine team. He will also be riding Pig Wheels from now on. Good work George! It wasn’t a surprise really as the welcome edit above is bloody brilliant.


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Danny McCourt’s Stupid Bloody Tuesday

Friday, February 26th, 2016


Sometimes in life you have to appreciate people that are nothing but kind, generous and just generally great. Danny McCourt definitely fits into that category. A family man, photographer, filmer, hard working guy that has more passion for skateboarding than most people I know. He has been a huge part of the skateboard community in Manchester/Stockport for a lengthy number of years now. Funny story actually as I (stannerz), remember asking for Danny’s autograph over 13 years back at the Gas-Works when buying a set of The Firm wheels from him. He is still the only person I’ve ever asked to this day aha. Anyway, Danny is one of those dudes that will be committed to skateboarding until his body can’t take it anymore and even then he’ll probably still be involved somehow. Maybe in connection with his Stupid Bloody Tuesday’s. Stupid Bloody Tuesday’s, one of the greatest blogs/companies to come out of Greater Manchester hands down. I had a brief conversation with Danny and he wanted to explain to all you lovely people what SBT is and the reasons behind it. Have a read below to see what he said…



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”Stupid Bloody Tuesday started on New Year’s eve 2007 when I was on a sleep at work. I was a support worker and used to work sleeps a lot. The guy I worked with was really chilled at night so I would get some time to myself and edit skate videos or mess around on Photoshop on my laptop. I guess most skateboarders dream about starting their own company and I had this convoluted idea of making t-shirts and selling them. It was New Years eve 2007, I was sat in work listening to the Beatles “ I am the Walrus”  and I heard the line:


“Corporation tee shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you been a naughty boy. You let your face grow long”


Man I love that song and I love the Beatles and I’ve had a fair share of stupid bloody Tuesdays (you know that feeling right?) and so I bought the domain  for about £10. It was right about the time I got my first SLR camera and decided to teach myself web code and photography.


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Since then the SBT website has had many redesigns and faces but I’m happy with how it looks now. SBT dabbled in making t-shirts and hoodies but never to the extent I’ve wanted it to. The Morrisey “Heavens knows I’m miserable” tee was quite popular and Lewis Brownlie did some sick graphics which I really appreciate. Skateboarding has so many new companies all competing with each other, I never really had the time to spare to concentrate on SBT the way I would like to. Since then I’ve had 2 kids, worked my way up to manage a respite service and continued to skate/shoot when I can.


sbt tee


Over the years I’ve just kept skateboarding, shooting photos, making skate films and adding to the site. Over the years the friends I skate with have always pushed themselves, got hyped, took slams and let me keep shooting and posting, sharing posts and basically just having a good skate and a laugh. Most the guys I skate with ride for the Black Sheep so I’m always stoked to support them.


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Today I’m convinced that SBT is a way to promote and develop the local scene, to get more people hyped on skateboarding and push and promote the guys that shred. SBT has no real commercial value. It’s just a site and if anything a distraction from the usual day to day bullshit we all do. Some days I find myself dreaming about what the next post might look like, weird I know. I get kind of obsessed with skateboarding; it’s an outlet of all of life’s stress so I don’t mind.  Other times I will get a great photo of someone and struggle to write a post, either way it’s going on S.B.T. It’s a skate photo gallery and I’m really stoked on the guys that keep killing it on their board and for letting me shoot them. Skateboarding is creative right? Keep it creative. SBT is kind of like a secret identity a pseudonym, I like to keep it underground.


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The future, I don’t know, just keep posting and shooting, keep it real skateboarding, don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk, whatever that means, skater owned right.


If anyone out there wants to invest in what we are doing then let me know. I would love to see some SBT graphics on a board, t-shirt or energy drink (Vimto!)


Peace out.”


What a dude! To finish I thought it would be compulsory to listen to the tune that sparked Stupid Bloody Tuesday off, The Beatles – I Am The Walrus, enjoy!



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Rikk Fields New Witchcraft Part

Thursday, February 25th, 2016




Now this is what I’m talking about! Our shop rider Rikk Fields has just released a part for Witchcraft Hardware and it’s a bloody cracker. Proper skateboarding at its finest, good on you Rikk lad, stoked! Contains everything you need to get hyped from gnarly street stunts, handrails, some ledge trickery and even some transition. For some reason I always seem to associate Rikk with mainly transition skating although with this part it seems to be more street than anything. Anyway lets be honest, he can do it all. An all around ripper, pie eater, ale drinker, this section is power. It also couldn’t have come out at a better time as we have just had a restock on Witchcraft Hardware product. So do consider these guys when purchasing your next board. Hit the link to see what’s available…


Keep up with Rikk Fields and Witchcraft on the old Instagram to make sure you never miss a moment of madness.



Est. ‘1986 Etnies Series

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Skateboarding has always been in a state of progression, which means skateboarders, people associated with it and the companies that are the staple of our scene must progress to, if they have any chance of surviving in the mish mash world that we find ourselves living in. It seems that there are brand new companies popping up almost every month or so, the current companies then battle for space and eventually push the older companies into the abyss and out of business. There are those companies which have been there and stood the test of time and been with skateboarding through thick and thin and now have firmly put their footprint into skateboarding history. Etnies was founded in 1986, originally as an offshoot of a French shoe manufacturer. It was called Etnics. It was Pierre André Senizergues, a skater from France, who, alongside Don Brown, a skater from England, took the brand to America. 30 years is a long time in anything, but as they say, the rest is history! The series of episodes from the Berrics Est. 1986 – Etnies are a really interesting watch, a look into one of skateboarding’s most important brands, have a look at each episode below!










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Andrew Reynolds Cellphone Video

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Earlier this week The Boss, Andrew Reynolds uploaded a 7 minute video of footage that he’s gathered on his travels and at home in and around LA from his mobile! Or cellphone if your American! It features pretty much the entire Baker team and even cameo appearances from Atiba Jefferson and Brandon Biebel! It gives the feel of a Baker video promo and what The Boss gets up to in his daily day to day skate  life. It certainly gets you hyped to go out and skate! Click play below for 7 minutes of Reynolds gold!



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Adidas Matchcourt

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


To promote the Adidas Matchcourt, Adidas have also released this clip, which is more like a team check in rather then a fully proportioned edit to promote the new shoe. It has footage filmed in Shanghai , Gran Canaria and New York to hype up the release of the Matchcourt, the clip features Na-kel Smith, Nestor Judkins, Mark Gonzales, Rodrigo TX, Tyshawn Jones, Jake Donnelly, Miles Silvas and Lucas Puig. The new team shoe has a suede and textile upper with a vulcanized sole and the ever increasingly popular rubber toe cap ! Keep your eyes peeled for the Adidas video “Away Days” which will be hitting our screens soon, can’t wait for that one!





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Volcom Holy Stokes Teaser

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


Nearly two years in the making and featuring an international cast of skaters ranging from street legends to transition destroyers to hyper-talented up-and-comers rolling and rallying across the planet, Volcom’s forthcoming feature film Holy Stokes! is shaping up to be the feel good hit of the summer.

Shot entirely in 4K ultra high-definition and directed by skate-film auteur Russell Houghten, Holy Stokes! marks the first full-length skate film from Veeco Productions since 2007’s Let’s Live. Shot in dozens of locations spanning every corner of the globe, it builds on more than 20 years and 30 influential films from the world of Volcom.






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TJ Rogers – IOU Part

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


Blind skateboards ripper TJ Rogers has just had his IOU part released online, in connection with The Ride Channel and part of the Blind Damn Sundays series that they have been posting for a while now. This section really does have a bit of everything and TJ does it with style and precision, he can skate the big stuff but also he can get really tech with some ledge wizardry, throw in a bit of Barcelona footage and amazing ender at Wallenberg four and your on to a winner!



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Residency In NYC Video

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


Following on from their Dispatched series of skating in London and Paris, Supra are again back with an even newer edit, this time it’s their Residency in NYC video which backs up the article that they just had in Thrasher Magazie. With a crew consisting of people such as Erik Ellington, Jim Greco, Lizard King, Dane Vaughn, Oscar Candon, Boo Johnson, Lucien Clarke and Pat Rumney to name a few, you can expect the next ten or so minutes to be quite heavy hitting! A solid crew, on point videography, killer skating and some of the best spots the big apple has to offer makes for a really enjoyable edit! Click play below and see for yourself!



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Rodrigo TX Restitched

Friday, February 19th, 2016





In connection with the latest collaboration between DGK x Adidas skateboarding, Rodrigo TX has released a banging new part. Over 5 minutes, it’s incredible and it isn’t often we see parts this long these days. Especially with all the 15 second clips that are floating about. When I realized it was a full length edit I couldn’t have been more hyped. After the first few tricks/lines it definitely grabbed my attention. It has to be the most technical skating I’ve witnessed for some time now. Most technical but also conquered with the best style. Rodrigo TX is a G. For those that haven’t yet seen the Collaboration it’s also a powerful one too. Here’s a glimpse of Rodrigo wearing the tracksuit top below, if you want to take a closer then hit the link..



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