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December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

It’s been a great month so far for UK-related video releases so here’s Black Sheep’s December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey.

 

 

First up, the latest in the Atlantic Drift series: Jacob Harris continues to disprove the tired moan that ‘the Internet is ruining skateboard videos’ by dropping yet another sublimely re-watchable clip via Thrasher Magazine.
The tenth Atlantic Drift sees the extended crew over in Russia sampling post-Soviet marble and some of the roughest looking bank spots this side of Blackburn. If you’ve watched the previous episodes of Atlantic Drift then you’ll know what to expect: if you haven’t – dive into the Atlantic Drift back catalogue here.
Once you’ve watched this month’s Thrasher cover star Tom Knox destroying Moscow, you could do a lot worse than to check out our massive range of Thrasher clothing (including a huge sale section) and/or pick yourself up some New Balance Numeric kicks and help support the dudes behind this pinnacle of Internet skateboarding. Who knows? They might even release them all on DVD one day.
Also, if you appreciate Photoshop comedy – go check out this Tom Knox/Mike Arnold merriment here.

December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey

 

 

 

 

Following that banger is the latest VX1000 drop from UK brand Skateboard Cafe entitled ‘Sonata’.
Coming in at a steady 10 minutes, this is another bog break worthy pause for anyone who has missed it so far.
Featuring the likes of Sam Nobbs, Ollie Lock, Francis Peters, Dom Henry, Korahn Gayle, Josh Arnott, Harry Ogilvie, Shaun Currie, Savannah Stacey Keenan and the stair chomping Layth Sami – this is Skate Cafe at its best: Bristol and London heavy, jazz music and archaic camera aesthetics. Can’t go wrong really.
Sit down and take a sip.

 

 

If you’re still hungry for UK related Internet enjoyment then look no further than Blondey McCoy’s first post-Palace skateboards full-lengther (well, Internet ‘full lengther’ at least).
Now you’re fucked if watching this makes you thirsty for a pair of his see-through adidas Skateboarding Superstar 80’s, as we sold out of them in 5 hours but, the video clip is still more than worth a watch.
He’s an divisive character is Blondey – to some he’s an over-privileged kid whose skateboarding is over shadowed by his fashion persona but, to just as many, he’s a UK based ripper following a sponsorship path almost unthinkable five years ago. Either way, he’s got a mean ollie impossible on him.
Still not keen on the Kanye track though…

With that said – whilst you can’t purchase his transparent skate shoes from us any more (unless there’s a post-Christmas re-stock) – you can still get yourself knee deep in solid adidas Skateboarding footwear as we have absolutely shed loads of it in stock.
Peep these Metropolitan adidas Superstar 80’s below for a similar vibe, only without the potential for showing off your verrucas.

Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey

If you’re still not satisfied then we strongly recommend that you jump straight onto Instagram and follow @meetatbenjys for a glimpse into Dan Magee’s massive archive of Blueprint skateboards VX1000 gold right now.

Over and out…
December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey


Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

It’s taken a while and generated a fair amount of forum conspiracy theories in the process but, finally, Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards.

 

 

After being left out of the most recent Element full-length, (directed by ex Emerica video head honcho Jon Miner) it looked very much as if this multi-talented North Dakotan ripper would be stuck in man am purgatory forever. Slap’s vociferously outspoken forum community offered various potential reasons for this, from aesthetic conflicts with Jon Miner over filming, through to more wild theories regarding his War & Peace being part just being too good to sit amongst the 60 minute full-length without taking away some shine from his team mates.
Regardless of whatever the thinking was behind this bizarre omission – this unassuming maniac’s ascension to pro status was announced yesterday making him the latest pro skater for a brand with a massive back catalogue of highly influential and era-defining pros.

 

With the above in mind, we thought it provided excuse enough to remind you of a few other memorable pro skaters to have emerged from the Element Skateboards brand over the 20+ years since its birth.
Props must be given to Element also for having an extremely diverse approach to team riders right from the very outset, with an unashamed embrace of non-US skaters stretching back into the earliest days of the brand.

So without further ado – here are a brace of some of our favourite Element heads from over the years in descending chronological order.

 

 

Curtis McCann – Skypager – 1993

This one is from the very first Element video release, back when the brand was co-owned by Andy Howell and Johnny Schillereff (Element’s current CEO) and was called ‘Underworld Element’ prior to the 1994 re-brand as ‘Element’.  Aside from notable appearances in various Powell-Peralta videos, this is UK legend Curtis McCann’s only full pro section and coincided with the release of his pro model on UE making Curtis the first UK street skater to receive a pro model from a US skateboard brand. Light years ahead…

 

 

Next up, from the same 1993 release is Julien Stranger’s (yes, he rode for UE too) Skypager part.
Pay close attention to 1:11 for the first ever documented nosegrind pop out and the last trick which still makes no sense 26 years later. This part could come out today and still blow minds.
(Watch the full Skypager video here.)

Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards

 

 

 

Jumping forwards a year and we have another super progressive before-its-time section from the much missed DC native Pepe Martinez. Count the NBDS in this one and pay atention to the style. Lord Finesse!
Pepe Martinez – Element ‘Fine Artists’ 1994

 

 

Next up, it’s 1998 and Tim O’Connor joins Element with this short but banging shared part on their ‘Third Eye View’ release. Nollie hard flip nods to Julien Stranger’s Skypager part at 1:35.


Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards
 

 

The year 2000 sees Element skateboards bless us all with one final, short-but-sweet section from one of skateboarding’s most influential and often overlooked pioneers – namely Natas Kaupas (click this link for more).

 

 

It’s 2005 and Element skateboards release ‘Elementality Volume 1’ – this is peak Bam Margera madness – driving Ferrari’s over unicorns, FDR destruction and a pre-booze addled Bam.

 

 

The first decade of the new century begins with the 2010 release of Element skateboard’s first European focused project showcasing the likes of Ross McGouran, Madars Apse, Phil Zwijsen and various others.
Full-length below.

Chris 'Cookie' Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards

 

 

A year later and Element’s golden child Nyjah Huston announces his return to the brand with eight minutes of handrail destruction in the form of 2011’s ‘Rise & Shine’ stand alone section.

 

 

Two years later and Flip skateboards SOTY and Canadian big lad Mark Appleyard jumps ship, announcing his switch to Element skateboards with this 2013 ‘Soul Rebel’ part. The steez…

 

 

Closing up on the present day now so what better place to end this than with Brandon Westgate’s epic 16 minute raw files War & Peace release from Thrasher? When you’ve got Heath Kirchart towing you in on the sesh, you know you’re 100% down with the greatest.

 

 

 

And there you have it: a whistle-stop tour of some of your favourite Element skateboards releases from the last two decades. If your wallet is now itching to spend some coin – why not head over to the site and have a peruse of our massive Element range, including a huge sale section on jackets and winter apparel?
Happy hucking…
Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards!


Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who’s your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who’s your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?

 

Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who's your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?

It’s undeniable that in the world of skateboarding there is no higher accolade than the much coveted Thrasher Magazine SOTY trophy. Imbued with the literal blood of the much missed dude-with-the-glasses himself, since 1990 Thrasher have flexed their benign dictatorship and awarded one skateboarder above all others the title of SOTY in accordance with a recognition of their contributions to skateboarding during the 12 preceding months. Neither Jake Phelps nor Thrasher Magazine itself have ever made any secret of the fact that this is their award and that ultimately the winner is decided by them, regardless of what everyone else thinks. Equally, they’ve also always made it abundantly clear that one aspect of being in the running for SOTY is what each winner has done ‘for the mag’. Put another way, you could be hippy jumping over moving cars but if you’re not doing it for Thrasher then you’ve got no chance.

With the above in mind, hopefully you’ll forgive us for picking the three most worthy candidates from this year’s slightly confusing SOTY pick just to narrow the field down for you. I mean, democracy is all well and good in principle but there’s nothing like a focused choice…

 

 

 

 

First up, we have the man with hand grenades in his skate shoes (New Balance Numeric skate shoes as of last month to be precise) the one and only Tiago Lemos.
Initially dropped as a stand-alone single part on Thrasher for 24 hours, and then re-released as the curtains of Primitive Skateboarding‘s full-length Encore piece a few days later – Tiago brings the heat as always with 5 minutes of straight up skateboarding annihilation. You know a part is good when it follows a switch backside heelflip down Wallenberg and still manages to blow everything out of the water.
Put simply, this dude has the most explosive and mind bending POP in the history of skateboarding.
If you dig ledges, switch front feebles to switch heel out down handrails and the most legit switch mongo ever seen, then you need to vote for Tiago.
Extra points for all the nerds too by including a trick at the legendary Sadlands spot.

 

 

Up next is the twinkle-toed, high brow ledge poetry of Mr Mark Suciu – we’ve waxed lyrical about his Verso section previously so if you want more comment – check out this blog post.
If you’re more of a white wine and French poetry kind of skater then Mark’s probably your guy.
Here’s a reminder…

 

 

 

 

Last, but by no means least, if you prefer your skateboarding to err on the side of outright insanity and near-death-experiences then you have absolutely no option but to cast your vote for Creature Skateboards‘ own Argentine maniac Milton Martinez. If his “¡DEMOLICIÓN!”section doesn’t scare the shit out of you, then you need to lay off the Xanax. Pure, unbridled, skate and destroy ethos in human form.
An entire video section of enders without a hint of hyperbole. Fucking nutter!

 

 

 

 

Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who’s your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?


Mark Gonzales adidas Aloha Super Wallenberg skate shoe exclusive

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Mark Gonzales adidas Aloha Super Wallenberg skate shoe exclusive to Black Sheep.

 

 

Inspired by Mark Gonzales’ 1991 christening of a spot that has gone on to be legendary in skate culture, we are proud to announce that The Black Sheep are one of only two UK retailers stocking the adidas Aloha Super Wallenberg skate shoe. Dropping tomorrow, (November 2nd), this exclusive number will fly off the shelves so if you’re down, don’t hang about – go grab your adidas Aloha Super Wallenberg skate shoes right now.
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Based on the super popular adidas silhouette first released as the Mark Gonzales Aloha Super last year, this adidas Aloha Super Wallenberg skate shoe updates that initial release with several nods to the context of Gonz’s paradigm-shifting ollie grab down Wallenberg’s big four back in 1991. The pink insoles and Scmoofoil logo on the tongue reference both the great man’s distinctive art work and the sun-drenched context to Gonz’s first big four conquest as seen in probably the greatest skate video every made – the masterful 1991 Blind ‘Video Days’. Similarly, the iconic black Three Stripe graphic on the lateral midfoot nods to the less than forgiving black asphalt that composes the floor at Wallenberg itself.
The overall shape of the Mark Gonzales adidas Aloha Super Wallenberg skate shoe also refers back to the adiStar fencing shoe, as memorably rocked by the man himself during his now infamous 1998 performance art piece in Mönchengladbach, Germany (see below).

 

 

 

 

We’re so hyped to be one of only two UK retailers stocking this homage to skateboarding’s greatest that we figured it was a good enough excuse to remind you all of a few bits of Wallenberg history as well.
If you peep the video embedded at the top of this page, you’ll see a fairly comprehensive overview of some of the most note worthy bangers to have gone down since Gonz first ollie grabbed the big four nearly 30 years ago. Everyone will have their own favourites no doubt but, as with most things in skate history, it all started with Mark Gonzales.

For those of you who might not have seen Gonz’s ‘Video Days’ section – dive in now and fill your eyeballs with 30 year old time traveling. This video part changed skateboarding forever.
(The Wallenberg ollie grab is at 2:32).

 

 

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We’d be slipping if we didn’t also include Thrasher Magazine‘s Back to the Berg (2009) event video here too.
This one followed up their original 2004 Wallenberg event and served as a reminder to people of just how fucking crazy Wallenberg’s big four is. With Phelps in charge, this school-sanctioned carcass tossing frenzy cemented itself in skate history, with NBDs dropping like hammers from a greasy tool box.

 

 

 

 

Since then, the big four at Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School in SF still hold their position as one of skateboard culture’s most recognisable spots and is still regularly hit up nearly 30 years since Gonz set the bar.

If the geeks among you crave more stats on this asphalt behemoth, Jenkem Mag put together a funny interview with the big four here, along with measuring Wallenberg so you don’t have to.

 

 

One final thing absolutely worth mentioning here is that the Raoul Wallenberg high school in SF, the one you know about because of skateboarding culture, is actually named after a real person. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish architect and businessman who is credited globally for personally saving tens of thousands of Jewish people from death during WWII. His story is incredible – read more here: Raoul Wallenberg


Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystone Action Sports Manchester

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystones Action Sports Manchester
This has been said many times previously but it absolutely deserves reiterating: Vans Shop Riot is hands down the best event in the UK skateboard calendar. There is a lot of talk from a lot of brands about the cultural value and necessity of supporting core skate stores but there is only one brand who actually put their money where their mouth is and that brand is Vans.
We can argue all day about the relative ‘legitness’ of the myriad skate shoe brands in our universe if you like and, judging on Instagram battling, people love to, but one, simple, undeniable fact remains.
Only Vans are prepared to put their hands in their pockets and back up the rhetoric year after year with an event that brings the sadly dwindling number of UK skateboard shops together to create a space for localism to be celebrated, skaters both known and unknown to shine and, more importantly, still manage to keep things 100% skate in the process.

 

 

For those of you not clued up as to what Vans Shop Riot is, here’s a very brief summary.
Vans invite skate stores from across our country (and our European counterparts) to come together for a shop team event every year. The idea is simple: without skate stores, skateboarding culture is screwed, so why not create an event that allows all the major stores responsible for nourishing their local skate communities to gravitate towards one place for a weekend? Vans fork out for hotels, food, booze and the venue and the crews come to rip purely based on the love and respect that they have for the skate shops that support them. In the simplest terms – it’s on some Robin Hood shit. You get me?

 

 

If my slowly disintegrating memory is correct, the recent Vans UK Shop Riot 2019 Graystone Action Sports Manchester event marked the 11th anniversary of Van’s commitment to celebrating the lifeblood of our skateboard scene and what a weekend it was. Vans UK masterminds Olly Wright, Manhead, Matt Lloyd, Amanda Destroyed Brains, Ralph Knackered Hip and various others held the reigns and curated a banger of a weekend.
Free booze from Northern Monk (who doesn’t love their 2% IPA?), free BBQ chomp, Blast skates pinatas, a warm up sesh at the Pump Cage and a Saturday at Graystone watching the best humans from the best shops in the country go in – I mean, you’d have to be an utter bellend not to enjoy that, wouldn’t you?

The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’ just in case you were wondering.
As defending champions, the Black Sheep Family came out swinging, qualifying in first coming into the semi finals but you know us, as the Kersal Massive said “we dont fuck about”. With that said, when the final was finally finalised, nobody was going to argue with Flatspot’s position as Vans Shop Riot 2019 winners – the Devon cream tea heads went in – fair play.

 

 

I could ramble on all day about this but really, you might as well just watch the excellent Ryan Gray crafted video at the top of this guff and decide for yourself.
As a completist of the highest order, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you the full list of attendees as you’re very probably not going to see them anywhere else so…
If we work on the proviso that the eventual winners were in reverse order:
1st Flatspot
2nd Black Sheep
3rd Slick Willies
4th Lost Art
4th 5050

That then means that the full results are as follows (according to the score sheets).
6th The House
6th Freestyle
8th Sessions
9th Forty Two
10th Skate Warehouse
11th TR7
12th Kultivation
13th Flavour
14th Big Wooodys
15th Lariatt
16th Ideal
17th Welcome
18th Decimal
19th Exist
20th Brixton’s Baddest
21st Cardiff Skate Club

 

 

So there you have it. Absolute banger of a weekend for all involved. Never ending big ups to all the Vans heads for making this happen year after year. Even heavier big ups to all the shop crews that came and repped hard for the love and a special donation of knucks to our very own Rikk Fields who managed to break his ankle in the finals, carry on skating till the final whistle and then still drink a brace of booze before returning to grafter land.

If you want more, head over to the Vague Mag site for a full photo overview by skateboarding’s own Man Mountain Marko, the very venerable Leo Sharp and the equally venerable Rafski.

 

 

And then, seeing as how we didn’t win this year, scroll down and drink deeply from our victory in 2018.
We’ll be back in 2020 and this time we’re going to DESTROY you.


Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystone Action Sports Manchester


Mark Suciu’s Verso section

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Well, it’s nearly three months late, has generated 38 pages of Slap message board faux outrage, and holds the somewhat 2019-as-fuck honour of being the only online video section in history to have its own meta-narrative published months before it came out – but, Mark Suciu’s Verso section is finally here and fucking hell it’s amazing.
Initially premiered as a work-in-progress back in July at his long-time shop sponsor Atlas Skateboarding’s San Mateo store, since the first airing of Mark Suciu’s Verso part, expectation and anticipation levels for this have been higher than for pretty much any other online video release in recent history, (although by ‘recent’ remember that’s it’s 2019 so that basically means six months max).

 

Would this video mark a true return to the rapid foot mathematics and out-of-the-box thinking that first enamoured the entire skateboard universe to this mild mannered young man? Would Verso represent a complete return to form of one of modern skateboarding’s greatest thinkers, following the long recovery from a burst appendix back in 2014 that left him emaciated and facing the prospect of relearning to skate? Would it top his adidas Away Days part that, at least according to him, was filmed during his convalescence? Or had he Pat Duffy’d himself by dropping so much paradigm-shifting footage so early in his career that he’d be forever playing catch up with his earlier output? (See below for a reminder of a few of those).

Happily, it’s absolutely indisputable that with Thrasher Magazine’s drop of this latest piece of Suciu wizardry, his status as one of skateboarding’s most forward-thinking pros is more than assured.
We don’t intend to give any spoilers here as this banger needs careful digestion in its own time but, suffice to say, if you thought he would struggle to top his Sabotage 4 or Cross Continental parts then you, like the rest of the Internet, were tripping.

 

When the second trick in your latest section is a switch backside nosebluntslide fakie flip out back to switch (or fakie – fuck me this is confusing) – then you’re basically chilling as far as your status within skateboarding’s highest strata of next level innovation is concerned.

 

We’re not going to list any other stand outs – just go watch it, although it does bear saying that Mark Suciu’s Verso section begins with a lovely tribute to Ben Raemers, which is even more reason to love this dude.
Whilst the moniker of ‘skateboarding’s premier intellectual‘ that’s been foisted upon him purely due to the guy not being an idiot can be a little wearisome at times, Mark’s skateboarding really does speak of his passionate desire not to repeat himself, nor to limit his selection of spots to the obvious, and most importantly, to push the boundaries of the possible whilst remaining 100% true to a very specific and personal skateboard aesthetic. In short – if 2019’s relentless tirade of meaningless Instagram enabled cock measuring has led you to begin to question whether or not modern skateboarding is actually bollocks, this will convince you otherwise. Bravo big lad.

 

Now, with that said – we recommend that you check out The Bunt Live’s Mark Suciu interview here for more stories and a less self-consciously high brow representation of the man in question, then check out his 15 stair switch 5050 at the recent Dime event in Montreal here.

When you’ve done that – why not head over to our webstore and pick yourself up a pair of his adidas ADVII bangers as well, seeing as we just so happen to have them on sale right now?
Mark Suciu's Verso section - well worth the wait

Whilst you’re navigating your way around our extensive adidas Skateboarding range, it would be silly not to remind yourself of some Mr Suciu’s past bangers too, so please find below a couple of fast footed classics from the last decade. Enjoy.

2016’s adidas Away Days

2015’s Sabotage 4

2012’s Cross Continental

If you need more, and realistically, who doesn’t? Get over the excellent Skatevideosite.com for the full Mark Suciu playlist.


New Deal Skateboards are back

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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New Deal Skateboards are back with a reissue of their original range of skateboards, soft goods (featuring the iconic Andy Howell crafted logo that first launched the brand), along with reissues and re-jigs of various OG logos on stickers, which will please all the archivists and arthritic skate fans who love the brand.

 

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Founded back in 1990, New Deal Skateboards was one of the first iterations of the skater-owned skate company as far as modern skateboarding is concerned.
Created through a coming together of UK skateboard impresario, liptrick innovator and general force-of-nature Steve Douglas, legendary industry figure Paul Schmitt, and artist/technical innovator Andy Howell, New Deal followed in the wake of the early 1990’s shake up of the 80’s skate industry initiated by Steve Rocco and his World Industries enterprise.

 

 

To those of you too young to really get the influence that New Deal Skateboards had, it was born at a point in skate history where the major brands that dominated the industry had become bloated, slow to move with the evolution of the culture and resistant to the rapid fire changes being spearheaded by street skaters across the world. Rather than the over-produced, high-budget skate films produced by the likes of Powell-Peralta, (which often looked dated by the time of their release due to the speed at which skateboarding was changing), New Deal skateboards took a similar route to that of H-Street and World Industries.
The focus was off camera tech, big budgets and cheesy narratives: instead New Deal’s initial video output focused on trick evolution and innovation, mixing a line up of established pro skaters, (including co-founders Steve Douglas and Andy Howell among others) with a crew of virtually unknown rippers whose skateboarding spoke for itself, without the need for the industry to have co-signed them first.

Their first video release summed up this DIY attitude and approach perfectly.
Simply entitled ’15 Minute Promo’, this was a statement of intent from the fledgling brand and set their stall firmly within the wider skateboard culture by concentrating on the skateboarding itself, set alongside cameos of the kind of tweakers instantly recognisable to anyone out skating street in the early 1990’s.

 

 

We’re super stoked to be a UK stockist of New Deal skateboards and will be carrying the full range of New Deal gear beginning in October of this year. There’s just so much history tied into this brand and so many amazingly influential skaters who have ridden for New Deal over the years that it’s impossible to mention even a fraction of them here but, if you’ll indulge us, we’ll throw a few of our personal favourites into this piece.

Before we do that however, we suggest that you all follow @newdealskateboards on Instagram for a curated feed of historical gold, and go explore the #mynewdealstory to see and read a bunch of stories from skaters across the world relating to their own memories relating to the New Deal skateboards brand.

 

Additionally, you could do a lot worse than to get up to speed on the entire history behind the creation of New Deal skateboards, (along with nearly 2 hours of related skateboard history) from the man behind New Deal, liptrick evolution, 411VM, Giant distribution and a host of other highly influential pieces of skateboard history – none other than London’s own Steve Douglas.
Hit the link below to listen to a fantastic in-depth interview with Steve Douglas courtesy of the always excellent UK-based Looking Sideways podcast.

 

We can’t recommend this podcast enough – for those of you old enough to remember New Deal Skateboards the first time around, just as much as for those of you who aren’t. Steve Douglas has had such a massive influence on global skateboarding culture and has touched all of your lives, whether you know that or not.

We’ll update you all on the ins and outs of the product related to the fact that New Deal Skateboards are back soon but for now, consider this your historical input feed whilst you wait to see the proddy.

 

As stated above, there are way too many insane video parts to include in here so we’ll bang a brace of our own favourites below. Once you’ve watched those – head over to the New Deal Skateboards YouTube channel to see the entirety of their earliest video releases uploaded from the original masters.

With that said, here’s co-founder Andy Howell’s section from New Deal’s first full-length release, the epoch-forming * useless wooden toys. Imagine not only filling your section with new tricks that nobody had ever seen before at the time firstly, then imagine having tricks in your section released 30 years ago that nobody has ever replicated to this day. Pretty heavy right? (0.30 in for the nerds).

It’d be churlish to mention New Deal and to not include Ed Templeton‘s first full section too so, here you go.
This was also the ender of * useless wooden toys – even now, 30 years later, it’s not hard to see how far ahead this one was when it came out.

Finally, for now at least, is the truly incredible Danny Sargent section from the same video.
If Gonz is the John Coltrane of skateboarding then Danny Sargent is Ozzy Osbourne. Raw as fuck.

For more info on everything New Deal Skateboards related – head to newdealskateboards.com


Deeper Understanding – Charlie Birch rides for Palace

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

 

 

Yes, it’s officially true: Charlie Birch rides for Palace.
Now nobody likes to be one of those ‘I knew last week’ bellends but in this instance, I’m claiming it.
You’re not wearing Palace skateboards garms on the number one transmission outlet of skateboarding culture unless you’re riding for them, (well assuming you’re a sponsored skater, rather than just a P-Bomb fan).
As of this week, with the release of Deeper Understanding, the latest in a long line of extremely fucking good Palace online videos, (this time primarily filmed in Japan alongside the opening of their Tokyo store), the squealing Scouse cat has finally been let out of the bag.

 

Charlie came up the old way – by being an omnipresent teeth-braced face at every event across the UK from the age of 13, generally accompanied by his legend of a dad and/or brother Oliver. Never any bullshit with little man, no kiddy points, no lowered expectations – just pure, simple talent and determination with that distinctive Scouse willingness to go for it at all times.
With his recent switch from the Swoosh to Mackey’s captained New Balance Numeric squad and short (ish) time on Yardsale skateboards – the all new deep voiced Charlie had moved to London, started studying for a Business degree and set forth on a handrail slaying voyage that has led him to exactly where he should be – on Palace.
Now there’s plenty more to talk about as far as Deeper Understanding goes so I’ll cut to the quick here as regards Mr Birch. All praise and props to Charlie for never straying off the path of righteousness and continuing to rip as hard, and be just as nice as he was as a tiny kid, and major cap doffs to Lev and co for giving this beast the support he most definitely deserves (and for using Frankie Goes to Hollywood).
For the geeks amongst you, especially the M62 corridor related ones, know this: Charlie’s entire section is filmed on the hallowed ground of his native Liverpool and includes various classic Scouse spots such as Lime St station’s ‘they look good but they’re awful’ plastic ledges, a kinked rail previously only ever attempted by Scouse 90’s nutters Jon Newby and Nicky Ryan, the Pierhead and of course, those fucking awful stairs that Charlie grew up flinging himself down, (you also get a no push Dave Mackey line so what is there to not like?) One love to Liverpool.

 

 

Deeper Understanding - Charlie Birch rides for Palace

With Charlie’s props out of the way – a few words regarding the rest of this excellent video offering from Palace. Number one – it begins with a banger of a joint part shared between P-Bomb OG’s Lucien Clarke and Rory Milanes, both of whom manage to fuck up heavily guarded Japanese skate spots without being dickheads to the overly polite security paid to protect Tokyo’s futuristic architecture. Knucks there as we’re bored of seeing people act like wankers. Following that you’re treated to a brace of dope Danny Brady footage who, as the Palace TM, still finds time to rack up more footage than anyone else other than Charlie. Chewy Cannon, Benny Fairfax, Jamal Smith and Juan Savedra bring up the rear with short but deece appearances in a montage and then, after Charlie – Palace’s newer faces (along with honorary guest and Palace bro Evan Mock – dude who does the back 3) bring Deeper Understanding to a close. Heitor and Kyle are on the road to the very top of the skateboard game and this little shared piece in Deeper Understanding further cements that trajectory.

One last little moment of musing before I go: does the use of the Kate Bush song indicate a homage to Nick Jensen? Or is it a deliberate mind confuser for all of Palace’s younger fans who’ll probably go out and download a bunch of the UK’s most eccentric singer/songwriter off the back of this vid? Or, is it rather a light hearted jab at the amount of shit talked about Palace online by haters and acolytes alike via the lyric, ‘Turn to my computer like a friend…’ Who knows? Deeper Understanding though – deffo banger.
And so, that’s enough – go watch the video – if you fancy linking yourself with some Palace Skateboards product, hit the link here and if Charlie’s addition has put you in mind to purchase some New Balance to support – go check out our extensive range of NB Numeric stuff here.

Peep below for a look into Charlie Birch’s antics when he was about 2 foot shorter and 8 years younger via the excellent independent UK skate video ‘Albion’. Who would’ve thunk back then that in 2019 I’d be typing Charlie Birch rides for Palace…


Anthony Van Engelen – AVE appreciation for the new Vans AVE Pro shoe

Monday, August 26th, 2019

With the release of Anthony Van Engelen‘s latest Vans AVE Pro Skate Shoe it seems a little redundant to not use that as a justified jumping off point for a little appreciation of the man himself.
Fortuitously, but not unsurprisingly, Free Skate Mag, (in association with video archivist and remixer Jan Maarten Sneep AKA @memoryscreen on Instagram) have taken a little of the legwork out of this endeavour via today’s release of an AVE Greatest Hits video which you can see above. Watch that first, then perhaps show your appreciation for the man with the undisputed greatest switch 360 flip in the history of skateboarding by bagging up a pair of his latest Vans Pro Skate kicks here.
Anthony Van Engelen - AVE appreciation

With the above said, it’s probably a good point to insert some of the classic AVE parts that the above Memory Screen ‘Best Of’ clip has cannibalized, if for no other reason than to be entirely clear about just how fucking awesome (pun intended) this Californian maniac is.
As we’re on a Vans tip, there seems to be no better place to start than the Raw Files edit of his recent(ish) Vans Propeller section, containing the raw visuals of his epic section and including everything from alley oop back smiths in Californian ditches to gap out to boardslides on kinked rails in Belper, Derbyshire.
If you haven’t already watched this one you’re slipping, hard.

 

 

 

 

Following up from the Propeller Raw Files, we’ve got AVE’s Alien Workshop‘s swansong section (before he left with fellow AWS alumni Jason Dill to form FA and Hockey Skateboards) which is absolutely banging and contains yet more evidence as regards his crown as the king of the switch tres, along with a brace of switch and fakie handrail majesty, a Danny Way cameo and further exploration around the ‘Over the Top‘ handrail genre first invented by Sean Sheffey (last trick in his Mouse part here for the nerds). If you don’t like this, you’re dead to us. 3.22 in for the switch tres of dreams!

 

 


Anthony Van Engelen - AVE appreciation for the new Vans AVE Pro shoe

Next up is another timeless classic from the vaults of the pre-Internet Internet with the theme tune that anyone over the age of 30 has etched into their memory – namely the 411 Video Magazine Alien Workshop Industry Section. For those of you too young to appreciate the impact that 411VM had on the global skate scene, or of the implication of the phrase ‘Industry Section‘ as far as skateboarding culture is concerned – hit the hyper links in this here sentence for a brief overview. Then go download the the track ‘The Boxcar‘ by Sol for the ultimate skate earworm. Mr Dibbs and peak Alien – fuck yes!
(By the way – if you’re wondering what the intro song for this 411 banger is – worry not – it’s called ‘Little Ethnic Song‘ and it’s by Dinosaur Jr – it also features as the intro for Alien Workshop’s first video release, the epoch-forming Memory Screen – hence the Dutch dude’s Instagram handle – watch Memory Screen in full here and brainwash yourselves.

 

 

 

 

Obviously there are way too many AVE parts to post for the space we have here, so let’s end it on a under-appreciated classic, again from his time on the Sovereign Sect, alongside team mates Jason Dill, Dylan Rieder, Jake Johnson, Omar Salazar, Kevin Terpening, Grant Taylor, Mikey Taylor and Gilbert Crockett. It’s hard to top this one – the ender section from the 2012 Transworld Skateboarding’s ‘Cinematographer’ video, filmed and edited by Benny Magliano who is now in charge of Hockey Skateboards output.

 

 

 

I’ve purposely not included AVE’s DC part here since most of the best stuff from that section is included in the Memory Screen remix at the very top but, if you’ve never seen it – go watch AVE destroy Barcelona here.
Oh yeah, it also has the best switch manual switch tres out that a human will ever perform too.

That was enjoyable – now go bask in switch front crooks glory and push three times faster at every obstacle than is necessary.

Still thirsty for more AVE? Go check this pre FA Anthony Van Engelen interview here, and this Greg Hunt piece for further back stories here.


Krooked Skateboards Mermaid video – Bobby Worrest alert!

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

 

 

If there’s one thing that DLXSF’s Gonz led brand Krooked skateboards can be relied on to produce, it’s banging video content. With a long back catalogue of releases including the only-on-VHS 2007 classic ‘Gnar Gnar‘, (which predated the current vogue for low-fi VHS skate videos by at least a couple of years) and skateboarding’s only ever 3-D video ‘Krook3d‘ to name just two – Krooked’s unique take on skateboarding has seen them quietly but solidly dominate the over-saturated skateboard airwaves since their inception.
Their latest straight-to-web piece – Krooked Skateboards Mermaid video serves up 10 minutes of new footage of most of the squad, (the originator and skateboarding’s own gaffer Mark Gonzales is sadly absent from this one) with a grip of footage from Brad Cromer, Matt Gottwig, Simon Jensen, Eddie Cernicky, Ronnie Sandoval, Felipe Bartolome and Mike Anderson, plus a 3 minute ender of a Bobby Worrest section and a fair few cameos including none other than Ray Barbee, (who’s rumoured to be riding for Krooked in some capacity after parting ways with Element recently).

 

 

As with everything Krooked put out – Mermaid is a cornucopia of skateboarding with everything from ditches, Ronnie Sandoval backyard DIY tranny carnage, and lines at what’s left of the infamous Justin Herman Plaza in SF (AKA ‘EMB‘) getting a shoeing from the Krooked warriors. Add to that a warm and enjoyable vibe, a banger of a soundtrack (who knew that the Tom Tom Club or HUM’s ‘You’d prefer an Astronaut’ would go so well with skating?) and a brace of Brad Cromer majesty and you’re basically laughing.
Put your phone down for a second, boy off the slow mo/trap music late flip clips and enjoy some realness.

 

 

Krooked Skateboards Mermaid video - Bobby Worrest alert!

 

 

As we’ve mentioned our appreciation for Krooked Skateboard’s previous video output it seems churlish not to throw a classic in here too, just so you can continue to bask in the Gonz-iverse following watching Krooked Skateboards Mermaid video. Scroll below and remind yourself of just how far ahead of the curve Gonz was with Gnar Gnar – long before Palace skateboards repopularised the VHS aesthetic, (and by doing so launched a million Instagram copycats), Krooked were releasing full-length VHS videos complete with obscure (ish) tracks by New Order and The Smiths. Damn well makes you think eh?

 

 

If you’re still keen for more from Krooked Skateboards – take your fingers for a wander around our extensive Krooked range, including everything from adidas Skateboarding X Krooked collabo merch, to Krooked decks, Krooked soft goods, cruiser wheels and of course, the classic Krooked Zip Zingers.
Now go learn eggplants.