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Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarding

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarding just went live and stands in testament to the depth of loveliness that our much-missed sage represents. We can only hope that the big pink one is surveying the scene from above and is smiling that unmistakable grin as the Internet reacts to his Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarders the world over. Absolute magic this one.

I’m not going to waste your time by recounting who’s in it, what gets discussed or why it’s an extremely timely embrace of our brother and sisters in arms because, unless you’re stupid, you’ll already appreciate the significance of this being Grosso’s final Loveletter.
We’ve come a long way since the days of women featuring in skate brand adverts purely as eye-candy wearing skate clothing not designed for them, and even more so in the slow but exponentially increasing open acceptance of the huge LGBTQ+ community but there’s still a way to go and this Grosso/Vans release is going to do a lot to expedite that change.

Like I already said, I’m not going to patronise you, you know that this is the perfect send off to one of skateboarding’s most beloved voices. If you ever needed proof of the fact that Jeff Grosso loved the act of skateboarding with all his heart and soul, then this 36 minute video provides it.
We love you Jeff Grosso.

If this has put you in the mood for more of the great man, (and why wouldn’t it?) – head over to our very own Loveletter to Jeff Grosso here.

With the above said, we can also strongly recommend checking out the full-length ‘Euro There’ video from LGBTQ+ skate crew/brand There Skateboards (featuring a bunch of the people interviewed in Grosso’s final Loveletter to skateboarding). We’ve even made it easy for you by embedding it below.
It’s 2020 and there are millions of skateboarders in the world. Let’s try to make our shared universe that little bit more pleasant by trying to be nice to each other, it’s really not that difficult.

Jeff Grosso's final Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarding


A loveletter to Jeff Grosso

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

 

 

The last twelve months have been rough as far as skateboarding is concerned.
Far too many people have passed long before their time and on March 31st we lost another stellar human being – hence this loveletter to Jeff Grosso.
Grosso passing has left a huge void globally and the reaction to his death speaks to the level of affection that our culture held for the lovable curmudgeon.

 

 

 

 

It ought to come as no surprise to any of you reading this that we loved the man.
All of us have had the pleasure of meeting Grosso a bunch of times in various destinations under the auspices of everything from ASR trade shows to unexpected demos in Shrewsbury. Always he was funny, talkative and the loudest voice in the room. A truly lovely man.

 

 

 

 

He was a walking, talking skateboard encyclopedia. A man who wore his heart and his flaws on his sleeve and didn’t give a hoot about who that might upset. As spokespeople for a culture go, we couldn’t really have asked for anyone better than Jeff Grosso.

A loveletter to Jeff Grosso

 

Like everybody else, we’ve been binging on Grosso content since his untimely death, so as a nod in the direction of the man, we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you as a loveletter to Jeff Grosso from some more people who loved him.

Skateboard culture should be forever grateful to Jeff Grosso – for his stalled inverts, for his resurrection from the pits of addiction that allowed him to reappear and become our collective mouthpiece, for his unswerving dedication to shining a light of every aspect of skate culture and not just concentrating on the hottest and the coolest, and for the fact that he was happy to share his private life with us all via his Instagram account.

 

 

 

 

Most of all though, in this sad time, we ought to be eternally thankful that Vans, Jeff and his friends at Six Stair recorded so much of his love for skateboarding over the last decade.
Grosso’s Loveletters to skateboarding are going to go onto to become some of the most influential, culturally deep and significant reflections ever made on skate culture.

 

 

 

 

So without further ado, and with no need to be in chronological order – here’s our loveletter to Jeff Grosso. There’s so much out there on the Internet so this is only intended as a pointer based on our own playlists since the great man passed. Either way – buckle up and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, there are as-yet-unaired episodes of Loveletters still to come out with Season 11 episodes focusing on the Japanese and the LGBTQ skate scenes currently under production by Sixstair so we have much to look forward to. For now – tell your friends you love them and stay safe. Jeff Grosso rules!

 

 

 

 

The above are some of our favourites – if you want to catch the entire back catalogue of Grosso’s Loveletters – you can do so here: Vans playlist Grosso Loveletters in order.

Let’s close it off with Jeff’s appearance in the still fucking incredible Antihero ‘Destination Unknown’ video. All hail the man. We love you Oliver!

 

 

A loveletter to Jeff Grosso


Antihero skateboards do it again ‘Arbitrary Function’

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

All I wanted for Christmas was more Grant Taylor footage! Like a scabby Santa, Antihero skateboards came through and dropped a video bomb just in time for the festive season. Like their last full-lengther Destination Unknown, 2019’s Antihero skateboard’s release came in the form of a completely unheralded 15-minute banger.
In an age where people rarely go to the bog without teasing their toilet decision on Instagram for a month beforehand, it’s immensely refreshing to see that Antihero still have the bollocks to just drop a video as heavy as Implosionistic tendencies: Arbitrary Function with almost zero pre-hype.
The reason? Well, they just don’t need to hype it up first. It’s Antihero, it’s going to be sick!

 

 
Antihero skateboards do it again

Established in 1995 by early street skating pioneer and one time Santa Monica Airlines and Underworld Element pro skater Julien Stranger, Antihero skateboards appeared at a pivotal time in skateboarding’s development away from the inward-looking overly-technical skateboard scene of the early 1990’s.
Emerging from under the Deluxe umbrella, from the outset Antihero represented the raw underbelly of skateboarding and offered a pure vision of what being a skateboarder meant – regardless of trends or perceived rules.

 

 

Antihero skateboards do it again

Their inaugural video release ‘Fucktards‘ (1997) featuring the original team of Julien Stranger, Sean Young, John Cardiel, Eric J and Bob Burnquist firmly established an aesthetic that showcased every style of skating from vert to street and focused on the grimier aspects of the culture.
Anti Hero skateboards‘ instantly recognisable graphical output followed in the same vein with memorable graphics from the likes of Todd Francis (amongst many others) that celebrate the underbelly of the American dream and revel in the realities of street trash, political corruption, vagrancy and the darker side of life.

 

 

As the brand grew, the team changed but the underlying philosophy did not – hit the road and skate everything and anything that you encounter.
Antihero‘s video releases to date are numerous and include classics such as:
Fucktards (1997)
Cow (1998)
Two Songs (2002)
Cash Money Vagrant (2003)
Bonus Footage (2006)
and their full-length video Destination Unknown (2014) released in customary fashion with absolutely zero advertising beforehand to worldwide acclaim.

 

 

Antihero skateboards do it again

Here’s the timeless 1997 Fucktards in full just to remind you why this Antihero skateboards is now, and always will be, the shit.

When you’ve done that – take your fingers for a stroll over to our webstore and fill your boots as we’ve loads of Antihero merchandise online and ready to roll.


Spitfire x AntiHero Collab Release Date

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

 

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The hype has started rolling out for this weeks fire (pun intended…) release from skateboard giants Spitfire x AntiHero Skateboards.

 

As leaked from the Spitfire Wheels Instagram this collaboration release will coincide with a full new section from AntiHero Skateboards Pro Tony Trujillo so expect an updated blog piece from us nearer the time on that one! *edit- scan below now for some Tony T fire!

 

Spitfire x AntiHero release date is set for this Friday 9th June 2017. The limited range will be available in store and online whilst stocks last.

 

 

Scroll down below for some teaser images of this forthcoming drop with four select Spitfire x AntiHero Pro wheels along with a limited release capsule collection including coach jacket, hooded sweatshirt, T-shirt and mesh trucker cap.

 

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Shop the latest Spitfire Wheels here- http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/spitfire-wheels.html

 

Shop the latest AntiHero Skateboards here- http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/anti-hero-skateboards.html

 

 

 


Antihero X Volcom – The Vickie Report

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

 

In honor of their recent collaboration, Antihero and Volcom sent some of their team to New York to film a short video. The Vickie Report was posted via Thrasher Magazine yesterday and from the start animation you can tell that this is no ordinary edit. Various members of the crew are let loose to shred the streets and DIY spots of New York and New Jersey. Andy Roy, Tony Miorana, Jordan Trahan, Julien Stranger, Grant Taylor, Chris Pfanner, Raney Beres, Daan Van Der Linden and Frank Grewer are all involved. The spots get a fully fledged seeing to with some really raw skateboarding, click play now because this edit doesn’t disappoint.

 

 

See our full range of Volcom clothing here  > http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/volcom.html