Archive for July, 2019

Landscape skateboards Seasons video – goodbye Landscape

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

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With this week’s release of the latest Landscape skateboards Seasons video over on the Vague Mag site, came the sad news that this UK mainstay brand would be closing its doors for good.
Originally emerging from the ashes of the short-lived Fos brand Organic Skateboards that preceded it (see below for their only video release as Organic from the masterful ‘First Broadcast), Landscape Skateboards was officially announced back in 2003 with the release of their first full-length VHS ‘Portraits’.
Filmed and edited by the much missed Chris Massey, Portraits is rightly hailed as a UK classic. Featuring the original Landscape team of Olly Todd, Joel Curtis, Daniel ‘Snowy’ Kinloch and Toby Shuall, Massey’s premier Landscape release set the tone of the brand from the outset with a firm adherence to the ‘less is more’ principle and a focus on gimmick-free, stylish street skating.

 

Over the years since its foundation, many things changed at Landscape skateboards – team riders left, new riders joined and two other full length videos were released (see below), along with numerous tour clips and mag articles but the central philosophy behind Landscape always remained the same.

More recently, Landscape earned itself the moniker of ‘Mancscape’ due to the heavy preponderance of Mancunian based riders, including our very own Black Sheep family member Nick Stansfield and the one-man media enterprise that is Joe Gavin, to name just a few. This local connection adds even more poignancy to the news that Landscape is to join the many other now defunct UK brands in purgatory but its legacy will live on. And what better way to say goodbye than with a banger like this one?

Featuring parts from all the current team riders and a lovely dedication to Chris Barrett at the end (along with Chris Massey and Ben Raemers) – Joe Gavin and the boys have done themselves proud here and left the building on a highnote, or to quote the venerable Slap Forum – “They’ve taken the Heath exit…”

Fans of the brand who are keen to get their hands on some Landscape wood for the wall whilst they still can should direct themselves over to our webstore and pick up a Nick Stansfield pro deck, or even better, one of Landscape’s special Chris Barrett memorial boards which we still have in stock.
Don’t sleep though because when they’re gone, they’re gone and there will be no more restocks for obvious reasons.

 

 

We’re sad to see such a strong voice of the UK skateboard scene disappear but such is the nature of the over-saturated skateboard brand market these days. Any of you with an interest in UK skate brand history are advised to have a look at this heritage article cataloguing some of the other UK brands that have left the building over the last ten years or so.

Goodbye Landscape – you will be missed.
Now, why not treat your eyes to some archive Lanners video below, before you go drop some nuggets and pick yourselves up a piece of UK skate history?

Organic skateboards (the precursor to Lanscape) section from the 2001 classic First Broadcast.

Toby Shaull’s section from Chris Massey’s 2003 ‘Portraits’ video.


2008’s full-length Landscape ‘Horizons’ video by Alan Glass – follow playlist for the full video.


Nike SB Trust Fall by Jacob Harris, Ant Travis and Aaron Meza

Friday, July 5th, 2019

 

 

The latest piece from the Swoosh media machine premiered last week in London and as anticipated, Nike SB Trust Fall by Jacob Harris definitely lived up to the high expectations created by the roster of skaters and filmers involved. Clocking in at 23 minutes, Nike SB Trust Fall drops neatly into the category of a clip that would’ve constituted a full-length video release only a few years ago and delivers a package that crosses various boundaries within the immense Nike SB team universe.
Obviously we’re stoked to see fellow Brits Casper Brooker and Kyron Davis get some heavy repping in this one and both of them more than come through with serious skating up to par with the offerings of the various other Swoosh luminaries featured.

 

 

Part window into some of the (globally at least) lesser known members of the Swoosh army, part hype for the tenth anniversary of the iconic Janoski shoe – Trust Fall is one of those clips not hobbled by the inevitably throw away nature of Internet content. This is obviously due to the skating featured, but also definitely down to the calibre of filmers and editors involved too, not to mention a very diverse and, some might say, unexpected soundtrack given the fact that it’s a Nike SB piece.

 

 

Atlantic Drift‘s maestro Jacob Harris filmed the majority of it, with US based support from Ant Travis, along with contributions from Nike SB core crew mainstay Johnny Wilson so it’s low on the over-rinsed handrail NBD’s and Sci-Fi camera set ups and very high on the crusty spots/spontaneous street vibes. Additionally, with Crailtap/FTC/Viceland alumni Aaron Meza pitching in as overall project lead, Trust Fall has a proper sense of cohesion often missing from these montage-heavy shoe brand pieces.

(If you’re not sure who Aaron Meza is, then go watch the FTC video Penal Code 100a right now for an introduction to just one of the numerous iconic 90’s skate video that Mr Meza has been responsible for over the last three decades.)

 

 

Standouts for us were Casper’s ridiculously popped 360 flip in the line, Kyron’s back up varial heel (complete with Mike Arnold champagne BGP’s) and Sean Malto‘s unthinkably impossible nollie flip over the Meanwhile 2 Gonz Gap. With that said – those are just three of the bangers lurking within this bastard so, if you haven’t watched it already – do so now. If you need further convincing, how does this line up sound?
Blake Carpenter, Daan Van Der Linden, Donovon Piscopo, Kyron Davis, Caleb Barnett, Casper Brooker, Karsten Kleppan, Cyrus Bennett, Max Palmer, Sean Malto, Andrew Wilson, Nik Stain and Stefan Janoski.
Heavy, heavy business…Nike SB Trust Fall is going to be on repeat for us for a while.

If you fancy finding out more regarding the filming and editing process, and reading about some of the behind-the-scenes stories related to the making of this one, then head over to the Free Mag site and read Ryan Gray’s interview with Casper Brooker and Jacob Harris that dropped on Monday.
Click the Sam Ashley photo below to peep that.

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Now if all those long lens zoom-ins have whet your appetite for some new creps then we suggest that you head over to the Black Sheep store front and pick up some Nike SB kicks – we’ve loads on sale right now, including various iterations of the decade old Janoski shoe that’s being celebrated in the clip you’ve just watched.