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Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin for Piilgrim clothing

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

 

Stoked on this for all kinds of reasons but not least as it sees Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin take the curtains. ‘Chrysalis’ is the suitably psychedelic latest release from Mark Kendrick’s ethically-minded clothing brand Piilgrim. For those of you who don’t recognise Mark’s name – he’s been a face on the UK skate scene for many years, as both a ripper in his own right and the man behind the camera.
Piilgrim’s mission statement is to create clothing using ethical processes and to attempt to reduce waste involved to as close to zero as possible. Highly commendable stuff indeed.

For a more in-depth insight into Piilgrim and Mark Kendrick’s back catalogue of video produce to date – hit the link earlier in this sentence and read the interview that Jenkem Mag did to coincide with their online premiere of Chrysalis back in the darker depth of the Covid-19 lock down era.

 

Anyhow, onto the meat of this particular sandwich, (vegan meat substitute that is obviously). Chrysalis serves up a veritable smorgasbord of North West related rippers including Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin, plus the likes of Keanu Robson, Zach Riley, Ricky Davidson, Jeremy Jones, UK legend Franklin Stephens plus recent US additions Corey Duffel and Pat Burke. The whole thing is absolutely banging from start to finish and all involved deserve hearty back slaps. If you missed the online premiere – now’s the time to wise your eyes up. Go peep.

 

In related Jiri Bulin news, our very own Czech Manc, his lovely family and an assortment of local heroes have also been hard at work during lock down creating DIY gold in otherwise unused space. If you’re keen to get involved with that project, either by donating funds, materials or your labour then go check out the Instagram account @beesidediy and/or sling them some funds through their Go Fund Me here.

 

Jiri is sponsored by Black Sheep, Toy Machine, Pig Wheels, Etnies, Theeve trucks and Piilgrim clothing.

Black Sheep family member Jiri Bulin


etnies Skateboarding crew hit Malaga

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

Spain’s Costa Del Sol has long been a place of pilgrimage for skateboarders. Its mix of guaranteed good weather, spots galore and the generally relaxed Spanish attitude to the use of public space has cemented it as a tour staple and last week saw another chapter added to this as the refreshed etnies Skateboarding crew hit Malaga and the surrounding areas to come up with this tasty little treat.
‘Skating through Costa Del Sol’ sees a select cadre of etnies current skate team hitting up spots both new and established, following a path well-trodden by both the etnies brand, and skateboard culture as a whole for the last twenty years. Along for the ride in a camera-wielding capacity were UK skate heads Mike Manzoori and Kevin Parrott plus Element skateboards rider Nick Garcia, Spanish etnies head David Castells, Moroccan ripper-on-the-rise Nassim Lachhab and the latest quick-footed addition to the etnies crew, Finland’s Eetu Toropainen.

 

 

For those of you who don’t recognise some of the names involved in this one, check out the recent etnies release TRANSITOIRE which introduced Moroccan-born Nassim Lachlab to the global team, for a heads up on why this frizzy-haired ripper is currently makes waves globally. You can also read an excellent interview with Nassim Lachlab here courtesy of Free Skate Mag which tells his story of coming up in Rabat, Morocco, before moving to Barcelona and being recognised globally.

As for David Castells and etnies newest addition with the bound-to-be-incorrectly-spelled name Eetu Toropainen – the Costa Del Sol piece at the start ought to fill you in on their worthiness for free shoes methinks.

 

 

etnies is a one of only a few skater-owned shoe brands still out there killing it in the 21st century and their roots run deep with three decades of contributions to skate culture. As is always the case with these blog posts, what began as a simple decision to hype this latest etnies video slowly turned into me getting lost in the YouTube vortex so, if you’ll bear with me, here are a few etnies scented fruits that I rediscovered along the way that you can enjoy after watching the current etnies Skateboarding crew hit Malaga.

First off, any post mentioning etnies is duty bound to point all of your eyes at their timeless 1995 inaugural full-length video (released on VHS of course) – the truly epic etnies High 5. If you’ve never watched this before, stop whatever it is that you’re doing and paper over these cracks in your skate education right now.
Aside from Tom Penny‘s first ever full-length part, it also contains the likes of Eric Koston, Peter Smolik, Chad Muska, Jamie Thomas and Marc Johnson to name just a few. Sadly, all of the full-length uploads that I can find of this have had most of the music muted for copyright reasons, so watch the Penny piece below first, then follow the link in this sentence to watch the whole (albeit slightly altered) etnies High 5 video. This came out 25 years ago!!!!

 

 

 

 

Obviously with a history as heavy as etnies is I could’ve picked any number of other archive classics to regale you with here but I’ve plumped for an often forgotten 2010 online release from the now defunct TWS Magazine.
etnies contribution to Transworld’s ‘Skate & Create’ series predated the current nostalgia for all things 1990s by half a decade, was filmed on 90s camera equipment and features a true to life mock up of the OG World Industries park. Next level content this, authentic 90’s clothing, Rick Kosick and Shiloh Greathouse cameos, a Wu Tang soundtrack, etc, etc. So, so good. (Side note: this one was also filmed/edited by Benny Magliano who went on to make videos for Hockey, Supreme and various others).

 

 

Last but not least – if all of this has whet your appetite for more Costa Del Sol spots and skating, then cast your eyes over this 2014 Malaga trip video featuring Black Sheep family member Harry Lintell, along with Nick Remon, Korahn Gayle, Nicky Howells, Mark Baines and etnies global rider Barney Page.
Now book your flights to Malaga!

With that done – why not head over to our site and pick yourselves up some etnies kicks? We have a huge sale on footwear right now so dive in and fill your boots.

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Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystone Action Sports Manchester

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystones Action Sports Manchester
This has been said many times previously but it absolutely deserves reiterating: Vans Shop Riot is hands down the best event in the UK skateboard calendar. There is a lot of talk from a lot of brands about the cultural value and necessity of supporting core skate stores but there is only one brand who actually put their money where their mouth is and that brand is Vans.
We can argue all day about the relative ‘legitness’ of the myriad skate shoe brands in our universe if you like and, judging on Instagram battling, people love to, but one, simple, undeniable fact remains.
Only Vans are prepared to put their hands in their pockets and back up the rhetoric year after year with an event that brings the sadly dwindling number of UK skateboard shops together to create a space for localism to be celebrated, skaters both known and unknown to shine and, more importantly, still manage to keep things 100% skate in the process.

 

 

For those of you not clued up as to what Vans Shop Riot is, here’s a very brief summary.
Vans invite skate stores from across our country (and our European counterparts) to come together for a shop team event every year. The idea is simple: without skate stores, skateboarding culture is screwed, so why not create an event that allows all the major stores responsible for nourishing their local skate communities to gravitate towards one place for a weekend? Vans fork out for hotels, food, booze and the venue and the crews come to rip purely based on the love and respect that they have for the skate shops that support them. In the simplest terms – it’s on some Robin Hood shit. You get me?

 

 

If my slowly disintegrating memory is correct, the recent Vans UK Shop Riot 2019 Graystone Action Sports Manchester event marked the 11th anniversary of Van’s commitment to celebrating the lifeblood of our skateboard scene and what a weekend it was. Vans UK masterminds Olly Wright, Manhead, Matt Lloyd, Amanda Destroyed Brains, Ralph Knackered Hip and various others held the reigns and curated a banger of a weekend.
Free booze from Northern Monk (who doesn’t love their 2% IPA?), free BBQ chomp, Blast skates pinatas, a warm up sesh at the Pump Cage and a Saturday at Graystone watching the best humans from the best shops in the country go in – I mean, you’d have to be an utter bellend not to enjoy that, wouldn’t you?

The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’ just in case you were wondering.
As defending champions, the Black Sheep Family came out swinging, qualifying in first coming into the semi finals but you know us, as the Kersal Massive said “we dont fuck about”. With that said, when the final was finally finalised, nobody was going to argue with Flatspot’s position as Vans Shop Riot 2019 winners – the Devon cream tea heads went in – fair play.

 

 

I could ramble on all day about this but really, you might as well just watch the excellent Ryan Gray crafted video at the top of this guff and decide for yourself.
As a completist of the highest order, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you the full list of attendees as you’re very probably not going to see them anywhere else so…
If we work on the proviso that the eventual winners were in reverse order:
1st Flatspot
2nd Black Sheep
3rd Slick Willies
4th Lost Art
4th 5050

That then means that the full results are as follows (according to the score sheets).
6th The House
6th Freestyle
8th Sessions
9th Forty Two
10th Skate Warehouse
11th TR7
12th Kultivation
13th Flavour
14th Big Wooodys
15th Lariatt
16th Ideal
17th Welcome
18th Decimal
19th Exist
20th Brixton’s Baddest
21st Cardiff Skate Club

 

 

So there you have it. Absolute banger of a weekend for all involved. Never ending big ups to all the Vans heads for making this happen year after year. Even heavier big ups to all the shop crews that came and repped hard for the love and a special donation of knucks to our very own Rikk Fields who managed to break his ankle in the finals, carry on skating till the final whistle and then still drink a brace of booze before returning to grafter land.

If you want more, head over to the Vague Mag site for a full photo overview by skateboarding’s own Man Mountain Marko, the very venerable Leo Sharp and the equally venerable Rafski.

 

 

And then, seeing as how we didn’t win this year, scroll down and drink deeply from our victory in 2018.
We’ll be back in 2020 and this time we’re going to DESTROY you.


Vans Shop Riot UK 2019 – Graystone Action Sports Manchester


Landscape skateboards Seasons video – goodbye Landscape

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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


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


The VHS show chat 21 years of Death Skateboards

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

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The House skatepark’s very own UK skate history show is back and this time the VHS show chat 21 years of Death Skateboards with head honcho Nick Zorlac, long-time rider Dan Cates and video maestro Mark Nicolson.
As always with these VHS Shows, you get a very informal chat led by Man Mountain Marco himself Nathan Black that goes off on various tangents, starting with the early days of Zorlac setting up a distribution company simply because Consolidated skateboards were unavailable at the that time in the UK.

With Death being the longest running UK skate brand in history with 21 years under their belts there’s obviously a hell of a lot to talk about here, and the conversation covers everything from the infamous House of Doom in Harrow, to the various sketchy constructions built in their backyard, through to the vagaries of running of a UK skate brand that started out as a joke but ending up becoming a mainstay of the scene representing everyone from local rippers to global skateboard superstars.

 

 

Zorlac’s description of wanting to start a brand that was basically ‘The Spinal Tap of skateboarding’, only for it to go on to outlive all of the brands that started around the same period, is definitely inspirational and proof that if your love for skateboarding is strong enough that you can achieve pretty much anything.

 

If you feel like supporting the good guys at Death after listening to this one, then it’d make sense to go check out the huge selection of Death skateboards product that we’re currently holding and maybe picking up a pro board from Black Sheep family members and Death skateboard riders Rob Smith and Eddie Belvedere.

If you’re keen to follow Dan Cates into the skimboard rabbit hole though, I’m not sure that there’s much we can help you with there – other than pointing you towards the nearest wetsuit shop.

 

 

The VHS show chat 21 years of Death Skateboards Nick Zorlac

 

If you enjoyed listening to the VHS show chat 21 years of Death Skateboards, and honestly, it’s hard to think of a reason why you wouldn’t have, given the trio of venerable idiots involved in this 2 hour conversation about UK skate history, then we’d also strongly recommend taking a look at the previous three episodes.

Just to make life easier for you, if you scroll down, you can watch the three previous episodes in order featuring Ben Grove, James Bush and Callun Loomes of Get Lesta and Team GB member, Lovenskate and Converse Cons rider – the supernaturally talented Alex Hallford.

 


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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Arrivederchi – A Film By Isaac Wilkinson – Supported By Dickies

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

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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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Shop Dickies here: https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/dickies-workwear.html

 

 

Lastly, keep up to date with team riders:

 
Eddie Belvedere

 

Chris Barrett

 

Ricky Davidon

 

 

 


Sidewalk Interview with Harry – 10 Years of Black Sheep

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

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We just wanted to share this Sidewalk article with you. Ben Powell has kindly shared the good news about Black Sheep’s 10 year anniversary, as well as our celebratory Enjoi collab. As part of this milestone Ben has put out a quick interview with the man behind it all. Black Sheep boss man Paul Harrison, or as he’s much more commonly know as, Harry.

 

Not much more to say other than check out the interview on Sidewalk here:
https://sidewalkmag.com/skateboard-news/black-sheep-store-manchester-10th-anniversary-x-enjoi-collab-deck.html

 

A massive shout out to Ben Powell and Sidewalk for this, much love guys!

 

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Jiri Bulin’s ‘Lost Part’ Courtesy of Isaac Wilkinson

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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Jiri Bulin’s ‘Lost Part’

 

 

We are very please to share this special edit of Jiri (George) Bulin. What makes it special? Firstly, it is brought to you by two of our own Black Sheep family members Jiri and Isaac. This pair have a pretty cute history in skateboarding, this unlikely duo were more like brothers than skate companions. Before Isaac moved to London to peruse his filming these two spent so much time out skating and filming on the streets of Manchester you’d be surprised if you caught one of them without the other.

 

Secondly, this footage was collected over two years, from 2014-2016 to be precise. Not only that but the footage is from a bunch of different counties and cities. Hong Kong, Prague, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna and London to name a few. Isaac had realized early on that much of Jiri’s footage was still yet to be used so he put them all in a this edit. However, he managed to totally forget about it… until now. Better late than never anyway.

 

I strongly recommend you watch this edit, not just to see the power house that is Jiri Bullin on a skateboard but Issac’s filming and editing talents that made him such an asset to the Black Sheep family.

 

Watch the edit here:

 

 

See more from Isaac via his blog: http://blogsandbiscuits.blogspot.com/2015/04/hong-kong.html

And keep up to date by following both Jiri Bulin’s Instagram and Isaac Wilkinson’s Instagram

 

 

 

 


NocturnUp Hong Kong – Nick Richards

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

 

 

 

NocturnUp Hong Kong – Nick Richards 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Nick can you give us a bit of your skate background, where did you grow up, how did you discover the wonders of four wheels?

 

I’m from between Newport and Cardiff in Wales, I got into skating through a German sponsored skater (Ralph Poschke) who moved to our school when I was about 12/13.

 

 

Anyone you grew up skating with still rolling now? Anyone who’s come through we’d know about or should know about?

 

Lots of the people I grew up with still skate, as for fresh talent in South Wales, it seems like every time I go home there’s a new ripper. That place breeds good skateboarders!

 

 

When did you first get into filming? Was it through skating or outside interest?

 

A few months into skating, after I caught the bug, I was at the newly opened CSP (Cardiff skatepark) having a roll about. A BMXer came flying at me so I tried to get out of his way by jumping up onto the block I was next to. This was before I could even properly ollie, but somehow the board came with my and I ended up on top of the block. I completely lost my balance and came backwards off it onto my straight arm, resulting in a break.

 

Still wanting to hang out with my mates, despite the broken arm I begged my parents to pick me up digicam (with no audio) from Argos. After that I found myself studying skate videos from a filming perspective, probably moreso than skating. After that I slowly progressed to a VX1000 and stuck with that for a few years until the repair costs became too much of an issue and I realised I wanted a career outside just filming skateboarders. That’s when I picked up a 5D mk2 and started to take it all a bit more seriously.

 

 

Any backlog of edits/videos the reader could go hunt down?

 

If you look at www.vimeo.com/nickrichards there are lot of skate videos that go back to 2008. Any further than that are still on VHS.

 

 

What’s your personal favourite video/edits throughout your years? What’s the go to video for the hype skate?

 

Siam Siam But Different in Thailand or The Far East Coast in Vietnam were incredible experiences. For hype though I’d have to say the new NocturnUP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s initial plan was it for the Hong Kong trip NocturnUp?

 

We’d done one the year before in Bangkok which was initially Daryl’s idea after he got back from his travels. The way that Asian cities caught his eye at night inspired the concept. Also many of them are too hot to skate during the day and overpopulated so it was a win win. Hong Kong came about because I was working with Isaac (Wilkinson) and he’d previously been night skating there. The idea was that it would be the two of us filming Hong Kong to share the workload but in the end Isaac couldn’t make it.

 

 

 

 

 

How did you know which riders would be into the mission?

 

The rider selection was down to who we knew and wanted to go. There were a few other names we wanted to come but finances and prior obligations got in the way. In the end we had Charlie Munro, Jordan Sharkey, Seb Batty and also Jasper Dohrs (a Seattle transplant living in Bangkok) to join us too. It was just Daryl and Dylan Hughes the year before, with the Bangkok dudes and they smashed it so we were confident HK would work out too!

 

 

 

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How long did you have over there?

 

We had 12 days there in total, which resulted in 10 full nights of filming and very little chilling.

 

 

Most memorable moment from the trip?

 

There was a lot of funny shit that happened throughout, but probably the most memorable thing was Daryl’s battle on the last night. He took a slam, that I will not be able to unsee, then five minutes later came out victorious.

 

 

Were spots easy enough to find? Obviously Black Sheep family member Seb was on the trip as a guide, how did he come through for you?

 

If we didn’t have Seb, Owen Yu and Piet Guilfoyle, we probably wouldn’t have skated a lot of the hidden gems. Hong Kong city itself is actually quite small though and many nights we’d skate from one side of the city to the other and find things along the way. The boys always had our backs and were the ones to wake us up from our daylight slumber to seize the night haha. Luckily we didn’t have any gnarly situations – as you occasionally do in foreign countries on skate trips – so we all just had a bloody great time!

 

 

 

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Who was most productive on the trip? Stirring the pot with this one but who would also be the nightmare dude who stayed in bed longer than everyone else or generally was a nause, haha?

 

It’s pretty safe to say Charlie Munro came away with the most footy, but none of these boys farted around getting tricks. I have to say it was the most productive trip I’ve personally ever been on, I’m very proud of all my boys! As for late risers I think we all had our moments, same goes for being nauses haha.

 

 

Any specific thanks to brands or anyone who helped out making NocturnUp a reality?

 

Vans helped with Daryl and Sharkey; Primitive with Charlie; New Balance with Jasper; and Seb and I paid for ourselves. Most of the boys only had flights covered though, so a lot of the stuff we did was out of our own pockets.

 

 

 

 

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Any future skate/filming trips planned?

 

I should have some more soon with Charlie for New Balance, and Daryl is really keen to get NocturnUP happening more than once a year. The next call for that is Taipei which I’ve heard is incredible. I’m also off to South Africa with the legends on the Route One team – that’ll be a dream trip. Other than that we’ll have to see what the summer brings.

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