Skateboarding

Element Skateboards Knucks Video

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Element Skateboards Knucks Video

 

 

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Been waiting on this one a while now but finally some fresh Sharkey footage along with the rest of the Element Skateboards crew! No better time to have something to sidetrack yourself with and then go be inspired in your back garden of lock-down.

 

So the whole International Element team went IN on this one along with filmer/editor royalty French Fred holding it down as only he can. Knucks comes in at around 11 minutes worth of some of the most creative skateboarding and spots to match. Featuring the likes of Madars Apse, Jaako Ojanen (#BigFansOfHisWork ) Brandon Westgate, Ross McGouran and of course Black Sheep Family member Jordan Sharkey!

 

 

Go get involved and treat your eyeballs to this one. The physical body can follow suit with said inspiration once this whole virus nause up has passed.

 

 

Huge props to all involved and of course Element Skateboards for always backing it with the budget to get there team out there providing content for our pleasure!

 

 

 

 

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Skaters (in order of appearance) : Eetu Toropainen Victor Cascarigny Jordan Sharkey Gabriel Fortunat Jaakko Ojanen Maité Steenhoudt Madars Apse Dominik Walker Brandon Westgate Chris Colbourn Nick Garcia Ross McGouran Weskinen Phil Zwijsen Ethan Loy Antoine Ravel César Dubroca

 

Filmed and edited by Frech Fred.

 


Joe Hinson Rugged Kingdom Darkstar Skateboards

Monday, March 9th, 2020

 

Joe Hinson Rugged Kingdom Darkstar Skateboards

 

 

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Whilst Joe’s currently holed up nursing an injury this part for Darkstar Skateboards came from no where!

If you know UK skateboarding and the spots/weather we have to deal with you’ll appreciate this part even more. Joe Hinson ain’t afraid to go full tilt on the ruggedest terrain. Half the “spots” in this “Rugged Kingdom” part are made up of pieces of ply run up’s and dirt landings. Imagine hitting a huge rail knowing what you had to ride out of if you make the bottom of it!

 

Seriously for those unaware parts like this don’t come by so often with such heavy hitting skating on UK home turf. These rails, gaps and conditions don’t lend themselves to hammer parts so believe how shocking this Rugged Kingdom part really is.

 

Hat’s off to Darkstar Skateboards representing a UK rider and backing him hard with his now third full part. No doubt Joe’s mind is already planning out the next one after these few months injury hiatus.

 

Good work Joe and prop’s to Darkstar and Dwindle Dist for the support. Now get your viewing on below-

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Hinson – Rugged Kingdom – Filmed and edited by David Hayes. 

 

 

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Joe currently rides for Darkstar Skateboards, Lakai Shoes, Tensor Trucks, Pig Wheels, FP Insoles, Lousy Livin Underwear.

 

 


Vans Rowan Pro Release Date

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Vans Rowan Pro Release Date

 

 

We’ve known at Black Sheep now for a while that (Sir) Rowan Zorilla was due his own first Pro model for Vans. Seriously been hyped for this release date as with our instagram hashtag #BigFansOfHisWork truly rings true in Rowan’s case.

 

When you hear the stories from Jason Dill saying he’s that one dude who he’d love to steal for Fucking Awesome and praise from many a pro skater claiming Rowan as in there top picks you know he’s more than worthy of his name on a Vans Pro Skate shoe. So it don’t take much our end to go with the excuse of gathering as much Rowan footage as we can and compiling in one easy watch space. Scan below for some serious shockingly futuristic skateboarding from the style master Mr Zorilla.

 

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Guess along with the footage below we’ll give you a sneak preview of the mighty new all Pro Skate Shoes designed by Rowan and the Vans Pro team of designers. The features and details are above and beyond on the Rowan Pro including all new Vans “Sick Stick” waffle gum sole and “PopCush” impact protection/comfort insoles. The outer silhouette has hints of the ever popular Vans Half Cab along with the classic side-stripe and padded heal. Rowan’s further detailing includes his Pro signature woven tongue and embossed heel tab. All this along with the Vans classic Pro Skate upgrades including the ever durable ‘Duracap’ under toe extra layer, triple stitched ollie areas and breathable side panels. Be sure to check all available colourways for the Vans Skate Rowan Pro on release date of Saturday 15th February, shoes will be available in our Manchester Skate Store and online via the link below-

 

https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-skate-shoes.html

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mid 90s Movie – Everyman Cinema Birmingham & Liverpool

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Mid 90s Movie – Everyman Cinema Birmingham & Liverpool

 

 

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Now this one’s been a while coming and highly anticipated by the majority of the UK Skate scene. The much talked about Mid 90s Movie from the mind of Jonah Hill is hitting cinema’s across the UK this week. Everyman Cinema’s have got the ‘dopest’ of surroundings to go watch this future classic and we’ve teamed up for a very special event for the opening night in Birmingham.

 

The idea was to involve some of our Black Sheep team riders and literally session outside the cinemas for all to enjoy. Everyman Cinema have welcomed us skaters with open arms and will even be letting us bring a grind block down for the evening. How many cinema’s do you know that would encourage skateboarding outside there front doors! As mentioned Birmingham Everyman cinema will be the first port of call with all sorts planned for what’s sure to be a memorable night. If you’ve not already bought your ticket for the opening night we suggest you move swiftly as it’s already at full capacity! Follow the link below to be sure of entry for the Thursday 18th April premiere showing at Birmingham Everyman cinema.

 

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So what can you expect on such a prolific occasion you may ask! Well as mentioned we’ll have Black Sheep team riders Harry Lintell, Jordan Sharkey and Eddie Belevedere putting on a skate demo outside and generally lurking in that Mid 90’s vibe. Along with an incredible team of B-Boys from Brum Hippodrome and a killer afterparty in the bar soundtracked by Silencethanomad!

 

Get your view on below and get hyped for this unmissable Mid 90s Movie evening of sheer entertainment!

 

 

 

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DC Shoes Kalis OG

Friday, April 5th, 2019

 

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You know your a 90’s skater when you still get the chills at the mention of Josh Kalis. The technique, style and street grace from the OG Love Park ruler has been rocking the DC Shoes brand since day dot pretty much.

 

If your asking why the blog piece on Kalis and Dc Shoes… basically we’ve got a very special re-release due in store very soon. As yet even DC Shoes UK can’t tell us the release date so for now these sure to be highly sort after skate shoes will sit under a watchful protection in our skate store stock room. Keep a look out via our social media platforms for any shoe release updates.

 

So not that we need an excuse but there’s nothing like avoiding the real work piling up and reminiscing on one of our all time faves here at the Black Sheep Store, Sir Style Guru Josh Kalis!

 

This excuse of work basically involves “researching” all our fondest parts from Kalis and delving into the photo archive with long time photographer friend Blabac. These two are like peas in a pod when it comes to sponsored skateboarder and professional photographers. There joint work over the years has created timeless master pieces that no doubt adorn walls World Wide.

 

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A little brief history with Kalis follows and yet more reasons he’s a skaters “skater” favourite. Born and raised in Michigan and known for his integration into many a skate scene World Wide. From stints (and probably the most fondly remembered) in Philadelphia,  Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco plus gracing our European skate world with an much welcomed over stay residency in Barcelona. All this travel whilst staying true with his first love of his family and now settled down in the sunshine capital of Carlsbad, California, US. Josh continues to kill it on his skateboard, being one of the “elders|” of the 90’s street skating movement he show’s no sign of letting up. Good to see DC Skateboarding recognise this lifetime achievement and still honour Kalis with his own range of dope footwear including the all new DC Shoes Kalis S

 

Watch the video below for said recent release with Kalis x Blabac “Yours For The Taking”

 

 

 

 

So with such heritage with Dc Shoes and Josh Kalis it comes as no surprise to see a reprisal of the Kalis OG silhouette. The hype around this shoe from the original release back in 2000 was crazy, every other skater you’d see was rocking the OG Kalis with as many extra padded tongues as humanly possible. The baggy vibe of the early 2000’s could certainly be honoured to Kalis himself along with the tech street movement of the time.

 

So with all this said we’re stoked to announce to be one of the chosen few stockist in the UK to be offering up the DC Shoes Kalis OG. As mentioned above these are currently under lock and key in store but we’ve managed to sneak a few pictures and a coming soon listing for you to drool over.

 

 

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No Josh Kalis blog piece would be complete without a mighty feast of dope footage. Scan below for Alien Workshop “Photosynthesis” classic part and Kalis’s backlog of fine sections for DC Shoes and more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop DC Shoes Kalis OG here – https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/dc-skate-shoes.html

 

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New Balance Brandon Westgate Bog Town

Friday, April 5th, 2019

 

 

New Balance Brandon Westgate Bog Town “Rough Cut”

 

When a “rough cut” is as brutal as the final edit. You know Westgate goes in for any project but this time round for the announcement of his first Pro shoe for New Balance a few months back. Always been a fan of Brandon’s all out attack mode of skating. Plus knowing he’s a proper grafter when it comes down to his much talked about Cranberry Farm. Enjoy below for as raw as it get’s power skateboarding from Sir Brandon Westgate!

 

 

 

Shop New Balance Brandon Westgate https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/new-balance-skate-shoes.html

 

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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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Adidas Skateboarding Tyshawn Jones

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

 

 

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Yes indeed, the three stripe hype is the real deal for this guy Tyshawn Jones. Adidas Skateboarding brought this kid through from the ground up (along with the legendary filmer William Strobeck.) So from humble beginnings Tyshawn is the new breed and here at Black Sheep we’re 110% backing the pure style of this young man’s skateboarding.

 

So, Tyshawn background is the true underdog coming goods. Hailing from the rough East Coast and daily slaying New York spots this guy is as raw power as it come. I’ve always felt he’s that kid to come through with a NBA style, pure leg pop athleticism but with complete smoothness and grace. Yes far reach I know but you don’t get many (if at all) straight nollie flipping over trash cans! That’s like the pop Jordan needed to slam dunk from the line right there.

 

 

2018 seemed to be Tyshawn’s year with no signs of letting up for 2019. Rumours adrift that Adidas Skateboarding might be giving him his own shoe… only time will tell but for now his FA Entertainment boards must be flying along with signature trucks and wheels for Thunder and Spitfire for the Deluxe camp.

 

Early on last year you could follow Tyshawn Jones Instagram and get a feel for his dedication. Snippets on his story showed him out at all hours with Supreme master creative William Strobeck. Even after this incl-in nobody expected the two song straight up raw power of his ‘Blessed’ part. Up till this point he seemed the under dog for Thrasher Magazine’s highly coveted Skater Of The Year title but once Supreme dropped there latest video you just couldn’t deny Tyshawn his rightful crown.

 

 

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By all accounts he’s not slowing up neither with yet nothing to prove he want’s to go at it again for 2019. Fingers crossed we get a blessed Jason Dill inspired FA Entertainment full part! That would be very nice to run alongside his endless social media output. Remember kids style matters and by all accounts he’s a good guy with his head firmly screwed on his shoulders. In the down time from smashing out ridiculous footage Tsyhawn has been busy at the design hub for adidas Skateboarding, working closely with the legendary Scott Johnston (respected older Pro for the younger folk reading) they’ve been putting ideas to paper for a small signature apparel collection due later this year.

 

So by now your thinking to yourself what’s the reasoning for this long winded blog post about Tyshawn and hints at what he’s up to for adidas skateboarding… Well you can’t beat a ramble social media posting as an excuse to post a whole host of one of favorites videos and photos. Also look for the link for interviews and more all to help give you more of an in-depth look into Tyshawn’s World.

 

 

Kicking it all off with joint section with adidas and Supreme team mate Sir Mark Gonzales (insert worship emoji.)

 

 

 

And not forgetting that opening backside flip from his adidas skateboarding ‘Away Days’ part!

 

 

 

Forgot to mention Tyshawn and his tight crew have the highly sort after Hardies Hardware brand. Oh and of course they all absolutely kill it! Below for evidence.

 

 

 

 

In the midst of writing this blog piece Thrasher Magazine seen fit to release the April 2019 issue. Guess who’s gracing the coveted cover spot again! Yeah Tyshawn, ‘SOTY’ status ringing true! Pick up your copy here Thrasher Magazine Tyshawn Jones Cover April 2019

 

 

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The yearly chosen Skater Of The Year also get’s to take his/her (when will we see a woman Skater Of The Year!) nearest and dearest on a trip. This is basically the celebration week long party and skate mission with said chosen crew. Let it be known Tyshawn and his guys did not just slack on there holidays for this one. Some seriously powerful vacation shredding of the highest order.

 

 

 

 

If you’ve made it this far into our Tyshawn Jones appreciation blog piece then you may be hungry for more. You won’t go far wrong following this link to Jenkem Mag “Hustle To The Top” interview and get the low down on adidas skateboarding, Supreme and Fucking Awesome direct from the proverbial horses mouth. Good work Tyshawn, keep on keeping on and here at Black Sheep we’ll admirably be following your next moves. All killer no filler Tyshawn Jones!

 

 

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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.

 

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