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Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series

Friday, October 15th, 2021

Proper stoked on this one! We’re very proud to announce that Black Sheep Manchester have teamed up with one of our favourite artists for the Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series.
Back during the initial Covid 19 global lockdown, French artist Lucas Beaufort connected with 9 independent, skater-owned stores across the globe and floated the idea of creating the Lucas Beaufort Very Special Board Series that you can see in the animated video by Jack Hyde above. The idea was to celebrate the cultural significance of the independent skate shop by creating a unique run of boards featuring Lucas Beaufort’s much-loved art.

Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series

Hailing from Cannes, France, Lucas Beaufort‘s distinctive artwork has appeared alongside many brands within skateboard culture over the last two decades.
Lucas Beaufort’s collaborations have spanned the spectrum of the skate world with board graphics for the likes of Almost Skateboards, Sk8 Mafia and Zero, textile work for Vans and North Face and cover art for German skate mag Solo, to name but a few. You’ll definitely be familiar with Lucas’ work but if not, (or you want to see more of it) check out his website at www.lucasbeaufort.com

To return to the matter in hand, the Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series features bespoke graphics on Generator wood for the following stores: Antisocial (Vancouver, Canada), Slappy’s Garage (San Diego), 303 (Denver), Working Class (Moncton, Canada), Nozebone (Paris), Uprise (Chicago), 242 (Geneva, Switzerland), Lockwood (Antwerp, Belgium) and of course, ourselves here at Black Sheep Store in Manchester.
Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board series

Each participating store will receive one complete set of all 9 boards and a full stock of their own particular bespoke board.
Be warned though: Lucas Beaufort’s art work is extremely popular, we have limited numbers of the Black Sheep board, and these will fly out.
If you’re keen – don’t sleep.
Our Black Sheep board from the Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series will come in an 8.1″, an 8.25′ and 8.5″
You know what to do.
Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series


Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

Strong collaboration power here via two of our favourite brands and this Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoe collection. What’s not to like here honestly? First up, Magenta is one of founding skater-owned-brands of the modern era (alongside Palace etc). It’s owned by legit French legends Viven Feil and Soy Panday. Its focus is style and aesthetics over number-crunching bellendery and, perhaps most significantly, they have championed Japanese skate culture through their brand since the very earliest days.
In line with this focus on glorious Nippon, this Vans Skate X Magenta shoe collection combines Magenta’s flair for aesthetics with direct Japanese influences as Magenta team rider Shogo Zama gets his name on these two bangers.
Secondly, it terms of things that ‘can’t be fucked with’ (as the Wu Tang would put it) is the use of two of Vans’ most beloved silhouettes in this Vans Skate X Magenta collab. If you’re not a fan of the Vans Era or the Vans Chukka then, you’re dead to us basically.
Anyhow – if Shogo Zama is new to you, you can update your brains via the clip above that welcomed him to Magenta skateboards last year. As you’d expect with all things Magenta – it’s steez heavy and about as far removed from the ‘let’s jump off a building’ approach as possible.

Vans Skate x Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

As we’re on the topic of the mighty Magenta skateboards and by extension their home town of Bordeaux, France, this seems like a reasonable excuse to champion the work undertaken by Magenta pro Leo Valls.
Following an attempt to criminalise skating in Bordeaux, Leo approached the local authority and created a working relationship that completely flipped the script and has ended up with the city embracing skateboarding. Similar to Malmo, this embrace has gone way beyond decriminalisation and has instead seen the city fixing up existing spots, building new skate-specific spaces and recognising the cultural value of their homegrown skateboard community. If you’re listening Manchester City Council/ Andy ‘king of the North’ Burnham – maybe that’s a slightly more forward thinking approach than this bullshit? You with us, yeah?
Anyway, enough with that – to see the fruits of this, watch the recently released Bordeaux Exposure 3 video featuring Leo Valls, Vivien Feil, Aymeric Nocus, Gauthier Rouger, Tom Penny and numerous other heads.
It’s sick, it’ll make you want to visit Bordeaux and it’s got Tom Penny footage. What more do you need?

Bordeaux Exposure 3 from Julien_Januszkiewicz on Vimeo.


This – new video from Emerica footwear

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Of all the brands within the Sole Tech stable, I think it’s safe to say that Emerica footwear is the one whose identity has been the most fixed throughout its life. With the exception of its earliest incarnation (see below), Emerica footwear‘s output has been green-tinged, has erred on the side of tech-gnar and has had the unmissable stamp of Jon Miner’s involvement all over it. Whilst fashions in skate culture have changed almost as quickly as Covid restrictions over the last decade, Emerica has remained steadfast. No gimmicks, no bullshit – just straight up ripping.
Unsurprisingly, ‘This’, Emerica footwear‘s latest video release stays true to this. Lots of rails, lots of scarily desolate-looking Southern Californian ditches and school yards and a heavy stoner rock vibe.

This - new video from Emerica footwear

This kicks off with what looks at first glance like a shared part featuring Colin Provost and Justin ‘Figgy’ Figueroa. Whilst these two maniacs are undoubtedly part of the vanguard of modern ATV hammer skating, neither one of them would be the first person I’d turn to if I needed help writing an essay on anything more intellectually challenging than the best way to slug Budweiser. What they may lack in brain cells they more than make up for in skateboarding bannister gallantry however.
After Figgy supermans himself down about twenty stairs onto his cheekbone, it becomes clear that this shared opening ‘part’ is actually nothing more than an intro and a hint of things to come from this duo.
Long time Emerica head and up rail innovator Leo Romero starts This off proper, closely followed by a brace of newer additions to the roster.
Extra props go out to the editor here for bucking the current trend of assuming that the viewer knows who every skateboarder in the world is and ommitting titles. Note to every contemporary video maker who isn’t Jon Miner – ‘stop being bellends – we ALL WANT NAME TITLES!’.
Erik Winkowski has a short but incredibly impressive section after the initial montage proving once again that you can do anything you want on a 1987 Jeff Kendall shape, if you’re supernaturally gifted at skateboarding.
Norway’s Kevin Baekkel has a load of wild footage, lots of which was in his his recent Free Skate Mag interview. Some of the spots this nutter steps to are truly frightening. Black Metal!
Jon Dickson still looks one of the dinner guests from A Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, as ever, smashes the doors off with mad tech gnar.
Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long continues on his sober redemption arc and produces yet another quirky section filled with creative twists, wallie variations and the odd Natas Kaupas reference: well done mate.
It’s left to Beavis and Butthead (AKA Figgy and Provost) to close off This with the shared part that you think you’re watching at the start. The two numbskulls put their lack of impulse control to full effect and take down some of the heaviest kinked rails and bump to neck high fence spots since their last appearance.
All in all, this will delight Emerica footwear fans and all but the most militant vert heads will find something to enjoy.
This is Skateboarding. This is Emerica Footwear. This is…This.

As referred to above – here’s a reminder of Emerica’s pre-green video history. If you’ve not seen it before, enjoy Emerica’s first video release ‘Yellow’ from 1997.


Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Well, it’s been a long time coming but finally Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards. UK-based British skateboarders turning pro for American board companies is still very rare, (was Kyron Davies the last one?) but with Harry it was only a matter of time.
Funnily enough, Harry filmed the ender for his 2011 Sidewalk magazine ‘In Progress’ part exactly ten years ago, (September 1st 2011) so it’s pretty wild that 10 years and 1 day later, his name will finally adorn a pro model. As a long-time Black Sheep family member who has been tied into everything we do for a decade at least, it definitely feels great to legitimately be able to say out loud that Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards.
Whatever your views are on the current situation of wider skateboarding culture in 2021, it’s going to take a pure bellend to question Harry’s right to this one. I mean yeah, it’s Real Skateboards, one of the first post Bones Brigade/post Steve Rocco skater-owned brands with a heritage stretching back to 1991 and founded by Tommy Guerrero and Jim Thiebaud but, on the other hand, this is Harry fucking Lintell we’re talking about.
Before I get too carried away force feeding you nuggets of video history let’s all just take a minute, breathe in and reflect on how fucking cool this is. A kid from Ashford in Kent, ‘discovered’ via a DVS get yourself sponsored contest in Sidewalk magazine, who went on to ride for a number of board brands through his friendship with all of here at Black Sheep (Jart, then Superdead) has gone on to move to Manchester, make waves globally and end up with a pro board on probably the most venerable skater-owned skate company on the planet. And we had to pretend we didn’t know about it in order to pull off his in-store board release party that happened tonight (Sept 2nd 2021). What a fucking trip.

You can buy yourself one of Harry’s boards (which will sell out very quickly make no mistake) by clicking below. You know what to do.

Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards

With the above said, and in celebration of the fact that Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards, allow me the liberty of throwing a few possibly lesser known Lintell bangers at your eyes because, well just because…

First up, Harry’s 2011 Sidewalk ‘In Progress’ referenced above – the 5050 on the kinked subway rail in Sheffield was filmed on Sept 1st 2011 – quite the coincidence.

Next up, a pretty obscure one that I’m assuming many people won’t have seen but that absolutely deserves a re-watch. This is the i-Path shoes entry for the 2010 Big Push and Harry’s final trick in Leeds is still FUCKED 11 years later. The video is set to play from the start of Harry’s section but the whole piece is worth your eyes.

Next up is Harry’s Volcom ‘True to this’ part filmed by long-term friend and cohort Kevin Parrott. Again, watch this, consider the fact that it’s 6 years old and weep at the knowledge that Harry did the switch flip over the rail at Southbank on three separate occasions.

And last but by no means least and probably the least obscure of all the UK-based legacy parts from Harry’s back catalogue – his section from Cover Version by Kevin Parrott and Dan Magee.

Obviously there are a ton of other Harry Lintell parts out there – hit Harry’s name earlier in this sentence to peep those.
And now, without further bollocks – see below for the first Real video and then go bask in the reality that Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards. Esse quam videri, innit?


Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Can’t fuck with Harry now can you?
Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax is the latest northern-focused mind-melter from Black Sheep family member Mr. Harry Lintell.
Filmed over the last year in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and various other northern cities – this is the fruit of Harry’s next level ability and the removal of mainstream security from shit loads of spots during the Covid lockdown.

With long-time Mancunian film maker Sean Lomax behind the lens and Harry in front of it, this was never going to be anything less than brilliant and, surprise, surprise – that’s exactly what it is – brilliant.
It’s literally just dropped on Thrasher’s YouTube channel so we’ll keep the chat to a minimum – go watch Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax right now. It’s a belter!
Big up all involved.

One brief thing that made us laugh was the switch backtail in London, which isn’t exactly in fitting with Thrasher’s blurb about filming locations but hey, it’s only one trick and the ender’s filmed in a carpark in Stockport so, whatever…

Also, just for good measure, after you’ve watched Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax, give your brain a reminder of another Lintell – Lomax collaboration. See below.

Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax


Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown – Welcome to the future

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

With the second of the skateboarding events of the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, we figured it was a good opportunity to shine some light on Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown. This pair, along with the likes of Momiji Nishiya (Japan’s 13 year old gold medalist in women’s street), are about to reset skateboarding completely.
You’d have to have absolute no interest in skateboarding to have not heard the names Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown before. They, along with a swelling group of mini rippers, represent probably the biggest paradigm-shift that skateboard culture has ever experienced.
Obviously, it is a clear and evident fact that skateboard’s embarrassing gender imbalance is finally over. Skateboard participation numbers are up full stop, with female skateboard participation exploding globally.
The boy’s club is finished…

The reasons for this explosion in female skaters in manifold: from the current visibility of pioneers like Alexis Sablone, Lizzie Armanto and Elissa Steamer, through to the obvious power of Social Media at connecting once disparate communities and inspiring people to get involved. Our own UK-based Girl Skate UK network is one such example. What began as a one-woman project to try and create spaces for the (then) tiny UK female/non-binary skate scene to connect, has since mushroomed in a massive network of skaters across the country running everything from skate schools to skate comps. You could do a lot worse than to check out their website at girlskateuk.com

Anyhow, we’ve wandered away from the specific topic of this blog post, namely Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown. These two (for us at least) represent the direction that the future of skateboarding is headed in.
Both are technically children at 13 years of age. Both are in the Olympics, (Rayssa has already won a silver medal and Sky is highly likely to win a medal too) and most importantly, they both absolutely fucking rip. Not ‘good for a girl’, or ‘good for a child’ – just good, full stop.
We’re kind of assuming that you all knew this already but, just in case, (and because it’s the Olympic Park skating event this week) it seemed timely. Unlike the footage of Rayssa at the top of this blog which is all super recent and was only uploaded this week, we’ve struggled to find much recent footage of Sky in YouTube format since most of her stuff ends up on her parent-run Instagram page.
With that said, it’s still worth posting the Almost x Skateistan clip of her from 2019 (see below) just because it’s dope and the project was a sick one. I’m not entirely sure she still rides for Almost skateboards though as there were a couple of vague ads for a sinister sounding board brand called the ‘Monarch Project’ claiming Sky Brown as a pro, (along with Leticia Bufoni) recently. Either way, she’s 13, she spins head high mute grabbed McTwists and if she’s not a millionaire already, she will be soon.

Also – this: Rayssa Leal was 11 here. Jesus wept.

(P.S. The Men’s Park Olympic contest is on Thursday August 5th from 1am – 4.30 am.
Women’s park in on Wednesday August 4th from 1am – 4.30am Uk time)

Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown

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Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown


Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Finally, after 12 months of delay, the Tokyo Games are here and Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist.
It was always going to happen. I’m surprised it took this long to be honest given how boring a lot of other Olympic sports are. I mean, do you want to watch a 13 year old girl gap out to front crook on a 12 stair handrail, or do you want to watch some Allegra dance around on a horse? Simple equation really.
The arguments for and against skating being in the Olympics are myriad. Depending on your side of the fence it either represents the ultimate coming-of-age of a culture, or it represents the neutering of what was once an anti-establishment sub culture. I kind of agree with both sides if I’m honest. Uniforms, IOC officials in blazers (not the Swoosh kind) pretending to give a shit and all the other sports bullshit is, very obviously, anathema to the traditions of skateboard culture. I agree with all I’ve just typed but that didn’t stop me sitting up till 4am two nights in a row to watch it and talk real-time shit on the UK Skate forum with other portly dads.

Honestly, it was entertaining to watch. I get that a lot of people feel as though it’s somehow soiled the spiritual pants of skateboarding but, in a world where people happily cover themselves in logos for Monster, knife companies and Christ knows what else – does it really matter?
As I write this we’ve only had the street section of Olympic skateboarding with Park to follow next week.
The format was basically Street League and, as with SLS, it devolved in a handrail fest pretty quickly.
Nonetheless, it was bloody exciting to watch despite the inherent tedium of the SLS format, well unless you’re the Mayor of Greater Manchester that is – Andy Burnham you made yourself look like a out of touch bellend mate.

If you missed it, you can peep highlights of Men’s street below in YouTube format, plus a link to the full BBC broadcast of the entire Men’s Street here (complete with Marc Churchill on the mic)

Along with the fact that Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist, is another moment of glory for the host nation with a gold medal for Japan in Women’s street too. A double whammy for glorious Nippon made even crazier by the fact that the winner, Momiji Nishiya at 13 years old is one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists of all time. Pretty fucking cool eh?

Below there’s a video with a bit of back story on Momiji Nishiya and to watch the whole thing – hit up the BBC iPlayer here to peep the entire contest.

It’s highly likely that a lot of you won’t give a toss about the Olympics and that’s fine but believe me when I say this – a 13 year old girl just repeatedly back smithed a twelve stair handrail in front of millions of people. I’m struggling to think of many ways in which that is not a good thing.

Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist


Darkstar Skateboards Joe Hinson Britannia Part

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Darkstar Skateboards Joe Hinson Britannia Part

Not everyday you see such a heavy hitting part from UK soil. Joe Hinson more than ever showing his worth with his spot on the Darkstar Skateboards team.

So whilst battling injuries (hardly surprising with the spots he skates!) working full time along with a Global pandemic Joe’s seen fit to put out another rail chomping, heavy sets stomping of a part. For any non UK skaters that may be reading/watching this please take our word that the spots you see in this are really not ‘spots’ but more like horrible ground, rusty jaggedly rails and a strong possibility of a mossy wet roll out.

Props to Darkstar Skateboards for backing Black Sheep rider Joe Hinson, could it be one day he’ll be the first UK pro…!?

Click the play button below for some genuine UK crust and untouched spots get a royal Britannia seeing to by Sir Hinson.

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Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Here’s a bittersweet delivery of gold courtesy of Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding. When the great man tragically passed on March 31st 2020, SixStair (the company behind Loveletters) let it be known that Jeff Grosso had filmed a number of as-yet unreleased episodes prior to his death. In true Mothra fashion, both of these turned out to be highly poignant and focused, as always, on the lesser-known creative cultures beneath the previously-monolithic rockface of ‘mainstream skateboarding’. The first of these, (also pitched as ‘Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter’) paid homage to currently unstoppable force that is skateboarding’s LGBTQ+ community. If, for whatever reason, you missed that one – click here for a masterclass in non-patronising inclusion and community love.

Fast forward a year and with skateboarding’s inaugural Olympic inclusion only a month away and Vans have seen fit to deliver what I hope isn’t but probably is, Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding. Shrouded in mystery (partly self-imposed and partly down to the US-centric world view of much of the legacy media) until fairly recently, this here is a 30 minute tour of Japan’s skate history. With the land of the rising sun set to host the first Olympics to include skating, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. For those of you who know nothing about the Japanese scene, get ready for a shock because Grosso doesn’t hold back. From Japan’s first ever pro skater to a strong focus on Japan’s female scene; it’s all here. I can guarantee you that Japan will blow minds next month but it’s very likely that the biggest shock will come from their female contingent so get ready – there is a hell of a lot more to Japanese skating than Yuto Horigome, believe me.

Jeff Grosso's final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding

With the above in mind, if you fancy a bit more insight into the creative forces that are touched upon in Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding, then worry not. Scroll down and peep a glimpse of the end section of Yuri Murai‘s all female Japanese skate video ‘Joy & Sorrow 2’ as discussed in the Loveletters episode. Also, bear in mind that this footage is 5 years old now so get your expectations in line with what’s clearly going to happen in Tokyo next month.

Rest in peace Grosso. We love you.


Tom Penny is back on E’s footwear bust out the Accels

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Bust out the brown Accels because Tom Penny is back on E’s footwear. Increased typographic confusion aside, (is it Es, E’s eS or éS?), this is fantastic news. The most iconic and influential UK skateboarder of all time rejoining the skater-owned shoe co that he started out with? YéS please.
Joking aside, we’ve always found it difficult to associate Tom Penny with any other brand regardless of his sponsorship situation. Whilst Supra might have been paying him to wear their cricket pad moon boots, in the eyes of those who care, he was always destined to run éS again.
Sole Technologies, the mother brand of Etnies, Emerica and éS, dropped the news that Tom Penny is back on E’s footwear via their Instagram after rumours based on Teeps photos had suggested this news was coming.
I’m not entirely sure where this leaves the once mighty moon boot brand but that’s not our problem.
The insta clip that accompanied the news delighted the global Cult of Tom with some very recent and very dope footage of the mid 40’s wizard casually banging out perfect flip tricks down stairs like he was a teenager. Select ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie on your chosen music transmission device, lace up the Accels and go switch frontside flip a double set with your eyes shut in celebration. The Wizard has come home.

Tom Penny's back on E's footwear

In related éS news, Last week saw a banger of a release featuring the varied and undeniable talents of the European éS squad. éS Terminal 001 clocks in at just shy of 7 minutes and is packed with amazing skateboarding. Filmed by various heads and unified as a complete edit by Euro marketing bod and good friend of Black Sheep, Kevin Parrott – this is no throw away Euro trash montage. With UK representation from Dougie George and MK ledge-end James Bush sitting alongside cameos from Spanish skate royalty Enrique Lorenzo and book ended with some off the charts pop/tech from the ever nattily-dressed Marcus Shaw, this is a deffo must-watch. Big up éS for supporting this group of pan Euro belters.