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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.


Bath Salts by Heroin Skateboards

Friday, November 20th, 2015

 

 

 

My good friend Fos, owner of Heroin skateboards. He is truly one of the best dudes out there and I’m extremely happy to see the progression in which his company Heroin skateboards has made throughout its many years of existence. The team have currently been filming for a video, Bath Salts. I couldn’t be more hyped to witness this new DVD. Keep your eyes peeled as it will soon be on sale at The Black Sheep Store.

 

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Fos, holding it down in LA with some new additions to the infamous Heroin team.

 

Focusing on the Am team, Craig Questions, Zack Krull, Adrian Adrid, Nick Michel, Nick Rodriguez, Shane Powell, Lee Yankou, Stephen Malet, Joe O’Donnell, Tom Day and Tony Karr. This new video will be nothing but powerful. As always you can expect to see some madness from Craig Questions to some quirky street lines from Joe O’Donnell. As Fos has said it’s going to ‘eat your face off’. Here’s one of their previous videos ‘Magic Sticky Hands’ that they released in 2006 to get you excited for ‘Bath Salts’.

 

 

 

Keep up with Fos himself and the Heroin boys on Instagram.

 

Proper stoked on this, good work guys….

Stannerz

 


Stannerz Hassles Fos

Friday, March 20th, 2015

 

Instead of writing about the top dogger Fos, we thought it would mint if we got our mate Stannerz to ask him a few random questions. Makes sense since he rides for one of Fos’s companies Landscape Skateboards. You may not already know this as well but Fos was kind enough to design our infamous ‘stacked’ Black Sheep Logo which can be seen all over the streets of Manchester. Have a read below to see what happened…

 

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So then Fos, Tell me a little about yourself.

I was born in Bury and grew up in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, went to art College in Burnley, then ended up moving to London when I was 20, I went to Goldsmiths college down there and ended up staying down after I graduated. I got a job at the Slam Warehouse in 1997, I started a Skateboard company called Heroin in 1998, then another called Landscape in 2003. I’m the art director for Altamont apparel and Baker skateboards, I moved to Los Angeles in 2011.

 

What are your strengths?

Drawing. Getting the job done, having a good work ethic.

 

What are your weaknesses?

Not knowing when to quit. Organization, paperwork.

 

Which would you pick up first a scooter or a pair of blades?

Ugh, a scooter cos I can throw the thing away, blades would be attached to you.

 

Why did you choose this industry?

My old man wanted me to be a plumber or an electrician or something, I was only ever interested in art and skateboarding, so it was natural that I’d end up in this industry. My first skateboard graphics were for Toy Machine in 1997.

 

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What do you know about this industry?  

That its very small, its run by about 8 people in the UK and 20 people in the USA. Its similar to those other industries like if you start a record shop or book shop, there’s no money in it really. Everyone wants to open a skate shop or run a board company, but its very difficult to make money that way. If you sell septic tanks or washing machines, or something completely unglamorous that nobody wants to do you’ll totally clear up.

 

If you could bring something to the table what would it be?

I like to think that I have. When I was at Slam most of the UK skaters were on flow deals from US companies, there were very few UK companies at the time, and I definitely didn’t fit into what most of them were doing, so I started Heroin, and it gave people a platform to make a name for themselves. 

And whatever era of Heroin you look at, be it the graphics or the riders, Snowy’s first part in Good Shit, a Chris Pulman part, a full Howard Cooke part in LFA, Colin Fiske, Rogie, Gou Miyagi, Deer Man of Dark Woods, its always tried to bring something new to the table rather than copy anyone else.

 

If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a steak and they brought you a quorn slab, what would you do?

Throw it out the window.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

What fucking spare time? Geez, I don’t have too much of that anymore. I got married a couple of years ago, so I kick it with my missus. We like to go and shoot guns at the gun range. Just trying to keep busy and find time to skate still really though.

 

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What kind of car do you drive?

A 1974 Camaro. Thing is a Beast! I didn’t move to LA to drive a ford Fiesta.

 

If you were to wear high heels or Heely’s for the rest of your life which would you choose?

Heelys I guess. You can keep it undercover.

 

What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

Having my mum be proud of me.

 

Art or Skateboarding?

Skateboarding, always. I’ve drawn since I can remember, and love art, but skateboarding has sent me all around the world and when I go abroad I’m always on a mission to skate spots, I never go to galleries or anything. 

 

What irritates you about people?

When they’re from Stockport. ha ha. Just kidding. Shitty drivers in LA usually in White Prius’s. 

 

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Mullet or Mohican? 

Mohawk for days. I’ve rocked em in the past. I even got upgraded to first class on a flight cos the bird thought I was the bloke from Travis.

 

Do you have any questions for me?

Nah, ha ha.

 

We would like to thank Fos for making some spare time to put up with Stannerz. We hope LA is treating you well dude. Catch Fos killing it below amongst others in Heroin Skateboards ‘Magic Sticky Hands’ which was released in 2006…..