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Joe Hinson joins the Black Sheep family

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

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May saw Joe Hinson join the Black Sheep family.

Given Joe’s intense Instagram output, you’ll very probably be aware of this handrail chomping, hyper-active one man demo machine and current reigning UK Champ already, even if you’re not overly familiar with his name but, for those of you who have enough of a life going on that you don’t spend 23 of your daily 24 hours glued to your phone screen, we figured that it made sense to get a little background on the man himself to sit alongside his recent recruitment to the team.

If I were tasked with giving a synoptic description of Joe to the uninitiated, then I’d probably say that as far as current UK skateboarding goes, he’s something of an anomaly as his relentless quest to conquer bannisters and staircases across the nation harkens back to an earlier time. Not to say that nobody else skates handrails these days, just that the thirst that this maniac has for them is reminiscent of the early 00’s where all anyone cared about was finding skateable rails, (and by ‘skateable’ I mean the UK version of that term).

Anyhow, enough background from me as it’s time to pass the mic over to the high hairlined man from the Fens now to hear about growing up skating on his own, using ADHD to his advantage and the dangers of excessive hashtagging. Welcome to the Black Sheep family boss.

 

 

 

Right then Mr Hinson – for those people who don’t know you – give us your vital stats please: how old are you, how long have you been skating for and where do you live?

I’m 22, soon to be 23 next month and I’ve been skating for around 10 years.

I live in a small village just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire.

 

Am I right in thinking that you basically live in the middle of nowhere, at least as far as skateboarding culture goes?

Yeah that’s right: all that’s around me are fields. The closest skate park is around 25 minutes from me.

 

I’m sure you once told me that you basically grew up skating on your own, is that right?

Yeah pretty much, there were a few lads from my village that used to skate when I first got into it but they were a lot older and after a time most of them gave up so I mostly skated on my own as a kid and even to this day I’ll still skate on my one a couple of days a week. I was super lucky where I live as there’s so much room. There’s a patch of concrete where an old barn used to sit so I took that over and started to build DIY ramps out of old bits of ply and palettes.

 

Where was the first famous skate spot that you skated?

The first famous street spot I went to was probably just Milton Keynes so The Buszy I guess, but that’s sort of a skate park isn’t it?

 

You love a handrail Joe – tell us about the first one that you ever skated…

My first handrail was a really small 4 stair down the road from my dad’s house at a school. That was the first one I ever did a trick on although it was more of a board slide bonk than an actual slide if I’m honest.

 

What’s been your worst handrail slam? You skate some fucking big ones, you must’ve taken a few awful slams over the years, right?

There’s been a few – it’s hard to name just one. Sacking isn’t fun nor is ribbing a rail and I’ve done both of those numerous times.  I also broke my wrist skating the the famous MK rail and I did some ligaments in my ankle a few years back skating some 9 rail. I always wear an ankle brace now as I’m scared of hurting it again. Overall I feel like I’ve been really lucky so far, touch wood.

 

So what’s up with the handrail fetish? These days people are less and less keen to jump on the banisters but you’re still out there scouring Instagram for anything – what do you like about skating them so much?

I’m not sure really, my first real skate video I saw was Stay Gold so that probably had a lot to do with it. You just can’t beat the feeling rolling away from something you were shit scared to try at first.

 

 

 

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Joe handling a beast of a 5050 in Nottingham. Photo: Tom Quigley

 

 

You have ADHD Joe, does time slow down and everything feel calm when you’re jumping onto some scary handrail? Is that part of the attraction in it for you?

My brain’s on overdrive all the time pretty much so just going out and skateboarding helps with that. If I don’t skate I find I have so much energy that I don’t know what to do with it. I was a right little shit at school but I feel like I’ve mellowed out as I’ve gotten older, well a bit anyway. I’ve just not got the patience for a tech ledge tricks and also I love the buzz you get of trying a big rail.

 

Is your ADHD responsible for those Insta posts that you used to do with fifty hashtags?

I don’t think I can blame that on ADHD, I just didn’t know what I was doing, (laughing)…

 

Derby Daz gave you ‘the talk’ about that too, right? What did he say?

I owe Daz a lot, he’s helped me out no end. I’m basically where I am now because of his help. He just told me how everything worked with the industry and gave me advice that you don’t even think of as a young kid. The excessive hashtagging was just one aspect of me being a clueless kid with no idea about what I was doing.

 

You work a regular job too don’t you? Something related to gardening I think – what’s that like?

Yeah sort of, I used to do tree surgery for awhile but now I just do like freelance landscaping/garden and other bits really, it’s good as I’ve got more time to skate as and when I want but because I’m self employed if I don’t have any work I don’t get paid.

 

Doing the kind of stuff you do, if it was 10/15years ago – you’d have been in every UK skate magazine all the time – what’s up with you not getting coverage really?

I’m not sure, I guess people aren’t so keen to run a hand rail or stair set photo anymore? I get coverage from a lot of independent mags like Dogpiss Mag, they are super sound  guys but I just feel like getting a photo in print is harder now as there less mags around and it’s more video focused in general.

 

Joe’s last video part from 2017

 

You seem like the sort of person who doesn’t really care and will just go out and make it happen for yourself – is that how you’ve got to where you are – DIY coverage?

Yeah I go out for the fun of going out and skating and just enjoy filming and pushing myself. I never had a filmer to start with so I just went out and bought myself a camera and got the boys to film for me. I’ve been filming with my mate Dave Hayes a lot lately, he’s a super sound guy always up for coming out, he’ll drive a couple of hours to a spot in different city in the middle of winter.

 

Didn’t you ride for Soft Trucks at one point? What the hell was going on with that?

(Laughing), oh god, I’ll never live that down will I? I was a hungry kid looking for sponsors with no clue but they used to hook it up and help me travel to events from time to time.

 

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You love a comp don’t you? What’s been your favourite UK contest over the years and why?

Probably NASS, that’s always a fun time – a full weekend of skateboarding and four one four skate parks always build amazing courses for it as well. Also the UK Champs was fun this year as well.

 

What’s the best thing anyone has ever said over the mic about you when you’re skating? And is it true that ‘you can’t rinse the Hinse’?

I think you said once that I was “the king of the hashtag” on the House Skatepark Comp live stream a few years back – that was a good one. Also anything that Churchill, Powley or Nathan who does the VHS Show come out with is normal pretty funny. I can take it, (laughing)…

 

Talking of comps – you recently won the UK Champs, finally taking Nick Remon’s trophy away for him after 5 years of no UK Champs – did you have a good time at that one?

That was a really good weekend actually. I wasn’t expecting to win it at all, it was crazy. I just went up to skate the park and have a laugh. I thought Jordan Sharkey or Aaron Jago we’re going to take it – those boys killed it  all weekend.

 

 

It must’ve been pretty crazy to win that comp knowing that it was being broadcasted live on the BBC…

I couldn’t believe it, to be honest with you. I only just made it to the semifinals by a couple of points too. It was only the top 20 who made it into the semifinals and I was 20th by the skin of my teeth. I’m still stoked on winning but to me Nick Remon will always be the UK champ. My family were pretty stoked though, my dad was watching it live.

 

Who are your favourite UK skaters?

That’s a hard one there’s so many out there…

Ben Grove because he’s just going for it all the time.

Always been a fan of Harry Lintell, always got those hammers on the rails.

Eddie Belvedere because who doesn’t like Eddie? He always does something gnarly.

Gotta add Geoff Rowley to that list as well for obvious reasons.

 

What about your three favourite UK video parts?

That’s a hard one too:

Kris Vile’s ‘Get 3’ part.

Harry Lintell’s ‘True to This’ Volcom part

Neill Smith’s ‘Make Friends with the Colour Blue‘ part.

 

So you rode for Rollersnakes for a long time but have recently joined the Black Sheep team – what the story there? How did you get yourself hooked up with the Manchester crew?

Well Rollersnakes always had my back but basically Daz left to be the Skateboard England team manager which I was super stoked about but I felt like it wouldn’t be the same without him being there. I left Snakes without anything else being lined up and I was just thinking who’d I really want to ride for and rep and Black Sheep always had a lot of my favorite skaters on the team so I just sent Harry an email to see if he’d be been keen to have a southerner on the team and he was. Stoked!

 

You’re about to go over to California aren’t you? What’s happening?

Yeah man I’m super stoked: Matt at Dwindle hit me up and asked me if I wanted to go on the skatecation trip they do every year with their flow riders where they just take us out there to film a video. It’s always been a dream of mine to go to America and skate so I couldn’t say no to the opportunity.

 

Aren’t you going to have footage in a Darkstar video with all the pros despite them never having met you? That’s pretty heavy Joe…

I know – I can’t believe it man. I was just filming for another solo part and Matt at Dwindle sent them my clips to ask if it was okay to drop it over here and the next thing you know they are up for having me in the video. I couldn’t be more stoked to be involved, being some UK flow rider having footage with the big boys is an honour.

 

How long are you out there for? Aren’t they paying for you to go as well?

I think I’m out there for around 10 days and yeah, Dwindle are paying for my flights and stuff – I still can’t believe it. It definitely won’t feel real until I’m on the plane!

 

You’re going to shit yourself mate – loads of handrails but with actual run up… So are you keen to pursue this skate thing as far as it can go?

I’d love to do something with skateboarding for sure. I just wanna skate everyday and travel around filming and seeing new places, if it doesn’t work out I’ve still enjoyed every minute of it no matter what happens.

 

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You were at Street League recently – how was it? Did you enjoy it?

Yeah it was crazy. The level was so high, you can’t beat a weekend of skateboarding. Everyone is so good – the stuff they can do every go just blows my mind.

 

Right then – that’s enough for now boss – last thing – what’s the secret to clearing your mind before skating a rail where you might actually die? Do you have any rituals that you go through beforehand?

I’ve got this thing where I roll up three times: I have to do that twice, so I roll up six times all together and then jump on the rail. It’s crazy I know, but it helps to clear my head. I also drop in the rail and just grind down it before trying to ollie onto it so I can get the feel of how it’s going to grind.

 

Who would you like to thank?

I’d like to thank Derby Daz, Harry and Tez at Black Sheep, Matt While at Dwindle UK. Darkstar, Tensor and Phil Harvey at TKC for Pig Wheels, Smithy and everyone one at Form Distribution and Lakai UK and FP Insoles, Chet Thomas at Darkstar skateboards, Graham from Billy’s, Dave Hayes, Jason Emory for helping me stack footage, Scott Howes, Forde Brookfield, Tom Quigley, Swampy and of course you Ben for always helping me and everyone else who sponsors me or who has helped me over the years.

RIP Ben Raemers – we love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vans x Anti Hero Skateboards Collaboration Release

Friday, March 8th, 2019

 

 

Vans x Anti Hero Skateboards Collaboration Release

 

 

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Like we need any excuse to talk about Vans x Anti Hero! To say we’re stoked on this collaboration release is an understatement. Get the low down on this full release then scan your cursor downwards and hit play. Like we say, any excuse for some Anti Hero appreciation with a shed load of classic footage.

 

This collaboration pack includes the Vans TNT Advanced Prototype, Vans Slip On Pro, Old Skool Pro and the ever illusive Vans Sk8 Mid Pro’s. The full collaboration capsule is due in any-day now. Keep an eye on our Black Sheep Store Instagram for up to minute updates.

 

 

With signature models from the legendary collaboration riders Tony Trujillo, Chris Pfhanner, John Cardiel and Jeff Grosso. Plus insole artwork by the absolute ruler Todd Francis

 

Take note of the Vans Pro range and the differences with make up and insoles. The TNT Advanced Prototype and Grosso Sk8-Mid Pro’s both utilising Vans UltraCush Lite 3D footbed insoles (*editors note- these are ridicuously comfy with real arch support in a vulcanised shoe.) The John Cardiel Old Skool Pro and Chris Pfhanner Slip On Pro are both equipped with Duracap (dual layer reinforcement under toe piece suede) reinforced rubber underlays for durability plus the ever popular UltraCush HD sockliners for cushioning and impact protection.

 

All the Vans x Anti Hero Footwear range comes complete with the Todd Francis artwork insoles along with woven embroidered Anti Hero tab label. Seriously can’t choose between the styles of this collaboration pack but the welcome return of the Vans Sk8 Mid from Jeff Grosso is sure to be a straight up classic go to skate shoe.

 

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Also you’ll be able to purchase the banging apparel pack to coincide with this Vans x Anti Hero release.

 

The Vans x Antihero apparel collection comes correct as you’d expect. Clean simple graphics on short and long sleeve tees, a fleece pullover hooded sweatshirt and a trucker hat. Make sure you check the detailing on the staple work-wear inspired yarn dye shadow plaid flannel shirt. Regular straight fit with Todd Francis artwork pigeon embroidery to lower hem plus custom label package details.

 

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Now remind yourselves why Anti Hero Skateboards is one of the most well respected brands out there. Good reason why skate footwear rulers Vans continue to seek out these collaborations with only the best. “All Hail” Vans x Anti Hero.

 

 

The classic Antihero “Fucktards” video. Originally release back in 1997.

 

 

 

 

The one when Cardiel goes nuts! Or is that even nuttier than before. John Cardiel worship is highly encouraged!

 

 

 

 

This was the one you just couldn’t find on video. Maybe your mate had a copy of a copy held together with celloptape and the prongs snapped out so you couldn’t record over it. Timeless skateboarding Antihero “Two Songs” from the year 2002.

 

 

 

 

Tony Trujillo aka TNT = Vans x Anti Hero lifer!

 

 

 

 

Big poppa Chris Pfanner for the Vans “Propeller” video.

 

 

 

 

Okay so it’s not classic Grosso footage from the late 80’s but his ‘Love letters to Skateboarding’ episodes are just to entertaining to not mention.

 

 

 

 

Shop Vans x Anti Hero here – https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-skate-shoes.html

 

 

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Palace Skateboards Danny Brady

Friday, March 1st, 2019

 

Palace Skateboards Danny Brady

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With the latest delivery from Palace Skateboards we’ve seen fit to relate what’s somewhat globally known as a London brand ting and show our love for the Northern Skateboarding connection that is the legendary Danny Brady.

 

For those unaware of Danny’s Blackpool roots and country boy done good in the big smoke, read on for a brief history of the original skate rat master himself T’Brady!

 

Personelly I met Danny when he first ventured out of his hometown of the English Paris and made his way through the door of the then heavily sessioned Bones Bolton Skate Park. Turning up with his older peers of a crew he was a tiny framed, flee type skater on a mission from open till close. It wasn’t long after his regular jaunts down to the Pheonix Nights of skateparks that Brady was receiving his packages to pick up courtesy of Blueprint flow.

 

Not only was Danny honing his non-stop skate rat style skills at our place he was getting coverage in locally produced scene videos like Nige Cowell’s “Northern Lights” and getting his first invites on team trips with the mighty Blueprint Skateboards team. Remembering back to the 2000’s when we were experiencing the fondly known “Tony Hawk boom” period and Blueprint being hands down the pinnacle of all things UK skateboarding. This early conception of a brand can be related to the hype you see nowadays for all things Palace Skateboards, just maybe without the re-sellers and crazy global dominance of the Triangle. So basically Danny has always been in the right place in terms of team influences and over the years has proved his worth for long term shoe sponsor Lakai, Royal Trucks and Spitfire Wheels.

 

 

 

So following on Danny’s rise from baggy panted, fat shoe wearing days Blueprint did the honourable thing and created Blackpool’s own very first professionally recognised skateboarder. In this period of filming for the very, very highly regarded Blueprint Lost And Found, both Danny Brady and fellow yoot on the come up Nick Jensen were turned pro after the DVD release. Between the two above mentioned names the future of UK skateboarding was dragged kicking and screaming into a new world. Consistency of technical smooth skateboarding along with skate rat mentality’s these guys set the bar for a whole new generation of UK skaters. The deservedly pro status seen Danny spending more time away from the trams of Blackpool and more scouring the London underground system with probably Dan Magee in hot pursuit. This part joins the dots to where Danny now resides in the Big Smoke and with the fall of Blueprint only someone like Lev (Palace owner and instigator) could recognise Danny’s youth like ability to keep producing undoubtedly the finest of English skateboarding chic.

 

 

 

Spending so much time skating, smoking and residing in the original PWBC residence no one could of predicted the next chapter for Danny and the newly formed Palace Skateboards.

 

Over the past few years since Palace Skateboards inception Brady has gone from strength to strength footage wise. He’s of the rare breed when less is more keeps you hungry for more. Along with that Northern charm and general good head on his shoulders Lev’s seen fit to pass team manager duties over To Danny. Can only imagine the ‘fun’ he must have dealing/organising the UK’s most misfits of skateboarding team members since the early Flip team days. Yeah Chewy is highly relatable to the young Tom Penny and the TM crown for holding down such a tight ill crew is highly commendable to Brady who also holds his own in amongst the pro ranks.

 

 

 

If you’ve read this far you may be wondering why the reason for a random Palace Danny Brady blog piece… To be fair it’s a pretty simple answer as I’d just re-read the mighty fine Free Skate Mag Brady interview and also seen Palace Skateboards announced this morning a very app-laudable £5o,000 plus donation to the Long Live South Bank campaign.

 

For a more up to date and in depth take on Brady happening’s click the below image for the mentioned Free Skate Magazine Interview.

 

 

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Amongst the tiny island skate mentality you hear Palace have sold out but those ‘adults’ amongst us will firmly take our flat caps off and see Palace for what it really is and what it’s always been. One straight up no bullshit skate company taking the proverbial piss out of this fashionista world and supporting home grown talent like no other brand in the UK can do. Serious props to the whole squad for just keeping it real in an industry that only dreams of being this successful without sucking the proverbial corporate slong.

 

Shop Palace Skateboards – https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/palace-skateboards.html

 

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Cottonopolis Video – Manchester Skateboarding

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Cottonopolis Video – Manchester Skateboarding

 

 

So it’s been a hot minute since we see Sean Lomax going it alone again for another full length production of documenting the Manchester Skateboarding scene. If you seen any of Sean’s past work you’ll know his integrity and down right unique sick way he captures such a vibrant scene. We’ve compiled some of his finest ‘skateboarding’ work for you below but watch and be aware that all this work is made outside of his real job of doing high end TV production filming. The dedication is always a true reflection of Lomax’s craft and the finished product is always something that stands the test of time.

 

 

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If you not already seen the hype for this premiere on social media then just be sure your in attendance Friday the 1st March (doors open at 19.00.) To give the newly named ‘Cottonopolis Video‘ it’s deservedly premier the Manchester Skateboarding scene will be treated to a real cinema style setting. This is not for those lurkers just after the free beer whilst squinting at a little monitor, this is sure to be a more rowdy yet civilized affair. Entry on the door will be a donation of just £4.00 and we’ve been advised the younger skaters may attend in the company of a responsible adult. Click the link for venue info at NIAMOS Center Hulme.

 

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As mentioned above you’ll get a sample to what Cottonopolis Video production will be like. Get your viewing pleasure on and catch up on a whole host of amazing Manchester Skateboarding. Yes the scene is strong here and the amount of sponsored skaters within such a small proximity lends itself to being the most ever productive skateboarding scene the UK has ever witnessed. Big up to all the featured skaters no matter who you rider for it’s always inspiring to see such a tight crew as it was and how it should be. And obvious props to Sean for his continued documentation of the above mentioned skate scene. Always got big love for the Independent producers, artist, photographers, retailers etc as the true shine always reflects in there chosen art. Anyway… get watching and then get your cruisers decks out and mission on down to Hulme tomorrow for the fun and frolics of what’s sure to be a monumental Manchester Skateboarding event.

 

Kingpin Magazine Manchester Scene video-

 

 

Superdead Skateboards (RIP) – One crazy road trip for our old brand Superdead Skateboards- 

 

 

 

 

Harry Lintell Black Sheep Team Welcome Edit

 

 

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Shop Manchester Skateboarding here- https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/skateboard.html

 

 

 


Vans Skate Berle Pro – UK Release

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Vans Skate Berle Pro – UK Release

 

Now we’ve been #BigFansOfHisWork for a while (see our Black Sheep Store instagram for hashtag reference) so to see the Vans Skate Berle Pro come to fruition is extremely welcomed. 

 

Elijah Berle’s Vans history dates back to 2012. In this year Berle’s all out attack gained him number one spot at Tampa AM along with Transworld, Skateboarder and The Skateboard Mag covers. Plus topping the boom year out with TSM’s ‘Year Best AM’ award. Since the initial onslaught Berle established himself firmly on the ever dope Chocolate Skateboards team. Then proceeding to knock out one hell of a memorable part for ‘Pretty Sweet.’ 

 

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Moving on from Berle’s first introduction to the skate scene, his much anticipated debut Vans part “No Other Way” did not disappoint. Initially gaining coverage through the Vans Skate Instagram and social media platforms the below Thrasher Magazine “Raw Files” shows what a serious powerhouse Elijah Berle has become.

 

 

Following on from Elijah’s long term sponsorship with Chocolate Skateboards he departed ways for the new kids on the block. Welcoming Berle with open arms Jason Dill and Vans riders Anthony Van Engelen invited the style master to join the elite Fucking Awesome Skateboards team. Known for the diverse mix of riders with an emphasise on raw skateboarding Elijah became the perfect fit with a much deserved pro model following soon after. All this whilst working towards his next Vans Skate part in the form of the highly regarded “Propeller” video. Tirelessly filmed and edited by Greg Hunt this section cemented Elijah’s professional status. Featuring a heavy mix of transition skateboarding and true veteran style street skating this became to go to video part for all round pre-skate hype.

 

Enjoy the “Propeller Raw Files” below courtesy again of Thrasher Magazine.

 


So with the short background above of Elijah Berle and his ever so sweet history with Vans Skate Shoes. It’s no wonder after the unquestionable ridiculous footage from the past few years Vans have done the right thing and let Elijah design his own Pro skate shoes from the ground up.

 

Utilising the newly produced Vans “Wafflecup” along with input from Elijah all the way. The new Vans Skate Berle Pro silhouette is designed with the mantra “Less Is More.” To explain this further the idea behind a skate shoe with no foot-bed inserts is purely to achieve the all important board feel. To make this happen without compromising the impact protection and day to day comfort Vans Pro Skate have incorperated the much loved “Wafflecup” construction along with the comfort enhancing LUXliners. Without getting to technical on the makeup of Berle’s first ever Vans Pro shoes it basically fits like a (foot?) glove and protects as a Cupsole does.

 

Also as standard from all Vans Pro Skate, Berle’s shoe features the Vans Duracap under layer upper reinforcement along with the longer lasting Vans Original Waffle sole compound.

 

The global release date (including the UK) for the Vans Berle Pro is set for Saturday February 9th 2019. Vans always come correct with delivery of product and we’re 100% guaranteed of receiving all available colour-ways for release day.

 

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In the interim take a good hard luck above at the Vans Skate Berle Pro skate shoes and expect some heavy release footage/photos and general hype from the Vans Skate Instagram

 

 

As you’d expect Elijah’s been running the samples for a little while and put out teaser pictures of what’s to come from his debut Vans Pro Skate Shoe. Give the style master himself a follow for all things Berle, Vans and FA Entertainment related.

 

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Come release date you can shop Vans Pro Skate here- https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-skate-shoes.html

 

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Arrivederchi – A Film By Isaac Wilkinson – Supported By Dickies

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Arrivederchi

 

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Brought to you by Black Sheep family filmer Isaac Wilkinson featuring team riders: Eddie Belvedere, Chris Barrett and Ricky Davidson. Not your ordinary skate edit, this one promises to be a gooden. The boys traveled over 4000 miles in Eddie’s humble Fiat Panda, taking on some of Europe’s best skate spots. Arrivederchi teasers are up on Isaac’s Instagram and are sure to get you hyped. Because of the scale of this trip Dickies have backed the guys and helped them make this trip possible. So, shout out to Dickies, who will be presenting the video on Friday 24th August at London’s House of Vans. If you’re about we recommend you go. There are promises of free giveaways and good times to be had.

 

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Lastly, keep up to date with team riders:

 
Eddie Belvedere

 

Chris Barrett

 

Ricky Davidon

 

 

 


Vans Rowley Classic LX – Vault Release

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Vans Rowley Classic LX – Vault Release

 

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We don’t say this lightly but seeing the re-issue of one of skateboarding’s most iconic silhouette in the form of the Vans Rowley Classic LX has seriously gotten us nostalgically hyped.

 

Literally ever other skater you saw would be rocking these back in the day and seeing them fresh in the box again the shoe just hasn’t aged what so ever. As in the name, it’s the straight up ‘Classic’ styling from Vans and Rowley that made these such a huge hit first time round. Originally released back in 1999 and now receiving a very limited drop through Vans Vault Originals. These Vans Rowley Classic LX will only be available through select stores Globally.

 

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Cast your mind back and you’ll remember these initially released at the height of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater game. Along with Vans and other skate footwear having been through a weird time in terms of design and direction this single Rowley silhouette changed the game. Following on the original release we seen the skate shoe industry take notes and the slimmer design and board feel started coming back into play. Obviously this and many other elements within skateboarding at the time contributed but as many of of us look back the Vans Rowley Classic LX seemed to be the tipping point for this huge shift in skate shoe design.

 

Enough with the skate history lesson, get your cursors hitting the below play buttons and remissness with some of Rowley’s legendary parts. “Av it Larr!”

 

 


 

Shop Vans Rowley Classic LX – https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-skate-shoes.html

 

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Sidewalk – Tim Hines interviews Jordan Sharkey

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Sidewalk: Tim Hines interviews Jordan Sharkey

 

 

Tim Hines has just put out another interview, and this time with our own Jordan Sharkey. You can see the full interview here on Tim’s blog.

 

 

 

In this quick interview Sharkey talks life post winning the Element Make it Count contest. As well as European skate trips, living in Madrid and plans for future parts. Tim touches on Sharkey’s recent involvement in Nocturnup. A film presented by Transworld Skateboarding and filmed by Nick Richards (AKA Nick the Bastard), Nocturnup is filmed exclusively on the streets of Hong Kong after dark. So if you’ve not already seen Nocturnup go and check our previous blog post on the video: www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/blog/2018/03/.

 

 

Finally, a big thanks to Sidewalk for sharing the content and of course to Tim for putting this out.

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Grey Skate Mag – Bridget – A Vans Europe Skate Video

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Grey Skate Mag – Vans Bridget Video

Our own Black Sheep team rider Jordan Sharkey took on Marseille this January and (like always) Sharkey does not disappoint. Effortlessly skating huge spots, is there nothing this boy can’t do a flip trick over…? He’s just reminding us why he’s considered one of the finest at the moment in this Video: Vans Bridget.

 

Along with Jordan Sharkey Bridget features Ben Broyd, Shaun Currie, Denis Lynn, Victor Pellegrin, Jordan Thackeray and Josh Young. Watch to the end to see some heavy slams from these boys. Bridget is a film by Siruf F Gahan for Grey and Vans Europe. This edit is showcasing some real UK talent. Why not go see more skate films and art work from Siruf on his website.

 

As well as that head over to Grey to see Bidget as well as more amazing, perfectly filmed skateboarding: greyskatemag.com

 

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Ricky Davidson – Winter In The City Avenue Skateboards

Monday, February 12th, 2018

 

Ricky Davidson – Winter In The City Avenue Skateboards

 

If you’ve ever frequented the Pump Cage skate park you may of come across the unassuming friendly Australian that is Ricky Davidson. Seriously one of the nicest Manchester’s skate scene import since Jiri Bulin. Plus along with being super grounded and all round good dude Ricky as you may of witnessed has some serious talent on a skateboard! His style to me is a like a Jason Adams, Wade Speyers modern street skating mix. And with those sort of credentials he’s one of the best up and comer in Manchester right now.

 

Cast your mind back to 2016 when Ricky stomped all over many a Manchester skate spots with his debut ‘Ender’ and ‘Official Welcome’ section for #01FUCKIN61

 

The above ridiculous part ended up premiering via Transworld Skateboard Magazine. Not a bad entry to the minds of skateboarders Worldwide eh…

 

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Enough of my ramblings as this blog should be about Ricky’s first official video outing for Manchester based Avenue Skateboards. Obvious shout outs to Vague Skate Magazine for putting this out to the Worldwide web. Also if like Ricky you like beer hit the link??? Random, yes but Black Sheep’s own Ricky Davidson graces the Northern Monk beer collaboration with Vague Skate Mag latest joint outing. Beer can photography by straight up grafter and good guy Reece Leung that graces the latest loral hops 5.7% lager.

 

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