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An interview with Newquays finest Skateboard photographer.

Thursday, February 15th, 2018



Danny Parker- A short interview with Newquays finest Skateboard photographer.


Sit back put your feet up and gain a little insight into the world of Danny Parker. He’s a proper skateboarder. He’ll happily sit on a bus for 2 hours just to skate a shitty curb in a rough underground car park in the middle of winter because its the only dry spot in Cornwall. He has no problem lying in the corner of a cold dirty street with his head staring through the viewfinder of one of his many cameras, just to make his friends look good on a skateboard. He shoots rad pictures, is super productive (started up his own skate zine Fraction Magazine), is a genuine down to earth geezer and can even bust nollie heelflip front noseslides! We sat down and asked him a few questions about his skateboarding and photography and what he’s been getting up to recently. Ladies and Gentleman it is my pleasure to introduce to you the original slippin wizard, Mr Danny Parker.



Darren Goldsworthy- Higher than your average Nollie over the old Parrallel Bench’s- photo Danny Parker



Safe Danny, can you tell us about yourself and what you do?


Wasson! I guess you could say that i’m an amateur photographer and print enthusiast from Cornwall with a lifetime obsession with skateboarding. I finished uni last year and headed to Barcelona soon after with the intention of skating every day in the sunshine and shooting a tonne of photos. A broken foot threw a bit of a spanner in works as far as the skating went but I still managed to chase them shots down, albeit very slowly and carefully haha. Aside from that, I’ve been working on a limited run mag with issue two almost finished.


How does Barcelona compare to Cornwall for skateboard photography? Do you approach taking a picture differently when your in a city in regards to your setup and how you want the finished product to look?


Aside from the lack of rain haha, the sheer amount of spots in Barcelona is absolutely mind blowing. Obviously there’s a lot of famous spots but there’s so much more if you’ve got the time and the willingness to go out and explore. That being said, I’m really excited to be back in Cornwall. We have a lot of really rugged terrain and genuinely unique locations of the type that you wouldn’t normally see in a skate photo. The two are very different but both rad!

As far as the approach goes, I guess you’re always trying to show the essence of the spot (if that even makes sense haha) whilst trying to show the trick the best way that you can so I’d say that the approach is the same but  the end result is usually very different. I tend to use long lens a lot more than fish eye and take a few steps back wherever I am, although sometimes it’s nice to get in real close and just let the skating do the talking!



Its Nice To Be Out The House- Danny Parker



Who and what influence your photography and what made you want to start photographing skateboarding in the first place?


It was during my fist trip to Barca about six years ago, we went to a screening of the Phil Evans film ‘Format Perspective’ while we were there. I’d been looking at skate photos in mags since I was a kid but something clicked when I saw that film. There was an exhibition there and it was like it was the first time that I had really looked at a photograph properly. I started my own poor attempts as soon as I got home on a borrowed camera and just took it from there. The enthusiasm hasn’t gone away at all. I’m influenced by all sorts. Obviously there’s a massive list of skate photographers, people like Leo Sharp, CJ, Sam McGuire, Oliver Barton, Daniel Sturt, Wig Worland, Kevin Banks, Mike Blabac, Graham Tait, the list just goes on and on. I’m influenced a lot by American colour photography from the 1970’s and 80’s too. People like Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld. I’m not sure if you can see it in my pictures but the influence is definitely there. Recently I’ve been trying to incorporate elements of street photography where I can, probably from just being in the city. It doesn’t always work out though, there’s definitely an element of luck involved haha.


Do you have preferred method/format of photography you like to use? (as in film or digital/what brand of camera etc…)


Well I started on an entry level Canon DSLR which I still used until very recently. Quite quickly though I became interested in analogue photography also. I’ve always got a little 35mm point and shoot in my pocket and I’ve always enjoyed shooting skating with medium format. I had let it slip a bit over the last year or so but that old DSLR bore the brunt of a bad hill bomb slam about a month ago and doesn’t work anymore (I got my moneys worth ha) so I’m only shooting film at the moment and enjoying it more than ever! I’ll probably end up replacing it at some point but I’m in no rush right now.


Can you tell us who your favorite skaters were to take pictures of whilst you were out in Spain and did you get the chance to shoot with any famous skateboarders?


By the time I got over there, my good pal Max Hawke had been there for nearly a year so I just sort of fell in with a ready made crew of rad people who also happened to all shred. It was rad going on missions all the time and usually coming back with something. People like Max, Bacon, Seth Kirk (and loads more) are just down to skate and it all happens organically. It was cool when friends from the UK would come out too and were keen to make the most of a trip. That was always fun and really productive.


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Brian Wenning Interview

Friday, March 11th, 2016





Brian Wenning, for those that don’t know, is one of the most stylish skaters that skateboarding has ever seen. Known mainly for his technical ledge capabilities, especially back nose-grind combinations as he has them all, inspired by Jerry Fowler may I add. When I found this interview earlier today I couldn’t have been more happy because in my eyes it’s good getting to know the person behind the tricks and who better than this dude. Wenning is a hero and from what I’ve seen he’s a down to earth dude. Have a watch above and even if you don’t know him and aren’t familiar with his skating I’m still pretty sure you’ll enjoy the watch. It is incredibly interesting and even more so when he talks about his first boards on Habitat skateboards and how he spent £15,000 in a bar in Barcelona in just one night, yes £15,000. That’s all from me anyway, you’ll have to watch it to find out the rest.


Keep up with Brian Wenning on Instagram.



Top 3 – Stu Reynolds

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


stu reynolds


Stu Reynolds, The Black Sheep’s most valuable employee. A middle-aged man in a teenagers body. A dude that is still shredding to this day, and more than ever may I add. When I say shredding, I mean busting out 360 flips or flip back smiths on the regular, he’s a beast. There are also some rumors lurking around Manchester that we’ll be expecting a Stu Reynolds section later this year so keep those eyes peeled. For those that have been fortunate to meet this chief he is truly an amazing character and never fails to bring the banter. For the unlucky few who haven’t had the opportunity, have a look at his top 3 to gather a bit of information about this coughing, granola eating toothless chap. Top 3 – Stu Reynolds.




1: Steak

2: Tomatoes

3: Chocolate



1: Milk

2: Lager (just that 4% shit though)

3: Orange squash



1: Barcelona

2: Amsterdam

3: Newcastle



1: Chris Barrett

2: Pepe Martinez (RIP big dog)

3: Gino, he’s pretty good ain’t he aha





1: 360 flip, not fucking called a tre flip.

2: Nose-blunts

3: Bs power-slides (or any power-slides)


Moments of 2015:

1: First year of being with my girlfriend Sascha.

2: Trip to Barcelona

3: The Black Sheep Mangle Street Jam. It was SICK!!!! MC STU YA KNOW AHAH



1: Chris Barrett, Sub – 50 video, Wreck Eds, Fresh Eds and Piss Eds.

2: Jason Lee in the Blind Video Days.

3: Harry Lintell, Volcom True To This part.






1: The Black Sheep (although being supervised by stannerz isn’t great aha)

2: Poolside Bar Tenerife

3: Painter and Decorator, Newcastle.



1: Wu-Tang

2: The Amazing Snake Heads

3: Massive Attack





Football players:

1: Alan Shearer

2: Peter Beardsley

3: Tino Asprillia


Moments to come in 2016:

1: Well Iv’e already had a mint trip away to Germany, so that’s first.

2: Barcelona again in September.

3: Try n stay healthy



1: Summer

2: Summer

3: Summer



Keep up with Stu Reynolds on Instagram.



Eddie Belvedere Footage and Interview

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014



Obviously the following interview was going to lead to just pure abuse on Eddie Belevdere’s behalf. We do actually love Edward but we’ve always been drawn to giving him absolute hell for our own selfish/childish amusement. Now with him residing in Cornwall where he’s pretending at being a ‘mature student’ we don’t often get our fill of verbal torment so this interview is purely to fill that sad little void. Big up’s the Belvedere, prepare for onslaught of verbal diarrhea.




Tez: Name, age and reasons for living on planet Earth?


Eddie: Edward Lee Belvedere, 29, I beat somebody else to the finish!



Tez: Who’s silly enough to give you free product so you can claim to be a sponsored skateboarder?


Eddie: The Black Sheep, Fallen, Pig Wheels, Theeve Trucks, Yeah Buddy Wax and Superdead.





Tez: Why are you so short in statue?


Eddie: I’m not, everybody else is just really big



Tez: How did you get the nickname ‘Sly Ed’ from your time working at Central skate-park?


Eddie: No idea! Hopefully not for the same reason the other dirt bag got it. Maybe because I used to make my self brews and you lazy twats were to lazy to get off your arse and put the kettle on. 



Tez: This one always comes up but how come you claim to of come up with the Black Sheep name all them years back?


Eddie: I made the first Black Sheep T-shirts. It was all my idea! Obviously I was very influenced by the original ‘sheep’ skate shop that Harry opened and ran back in the nineties. it all made sense in my mind. We are the black sheep of Manchester. I’m not afraid to say what I think. I do what I want!






Tez: How much abuse have you taken from Harry and myself in one day? Any memorable abuse memories you’d care to be counseled on?


Eddie: No abuse, strictly banter. Everything you have ever said to me has helped to shape me into an understanding human being. If you cant take the heat get out the oven!


Tez: Why have you moved to Cornwall? Surely that’s just unfair on all the nice folk down that way..?


Eddie: Its good to change your routine and put yourself in new situations. What’s the point in doing the same thing day in day out. My missus wanted to go to University and I followed her. I didn’t have any commitments in Manchester. The hardest part was leaving my friends, family and job at the black sheep. I had to put on a Cornish accent when I got here at first because I was being ignored by everybody but its all good now. I’ve got a lot of love for my new friends that I’ve made down here.





Tez: How do you fill your days now your a smelly student pretending to be a jazzy hipster?


Eddie: I’ve just finished living the dream this summer. I spent everyday on the beach chilling, skateboarding, surfing and drinking beers. it was really good as loads of friends came down and treated my house as a hotel for 4 months. So there was always shit going on. Now I’m back in the real world of University and I have to crack on with my second year. 



Tez: Have the Cornish skaters accepted you for your weird and wonderful ways?


Eddie: I don’t think any of them understand a word I say, they all just nod and laugh in agreement. Like I say their all a sick bunch of dudes and love skateboarding.



Tez: Who and what do you most miss from the Manchester skate scene?


Eddie: Security guards and the police! Not! I miss all my mates very much, you all know who you are because you keep in contact with me on a regular basis. It sucks not being able to blag harry everyday for freebies though haha.





Tez: So to inject you with a small compliment (this doesn’t come naturally!) Your one of the most productive skaters I know and are constantly filming for your next section, so with that in mind tell us some of your most memorable parts and also what can we expect in the future? 



Eddie: Pusherman is probably my best section so far. I’m looking forward to seeing the last 3 years of footage that I’ve filmed with Sean Lomax for the Superdead video, I’m sure there is some good shit in there. Also I’ve finished filming with my friend Adam Salais for a Black Sheep section that’s going to be on t’interweb real soon. So keep your eyes peeled!



Tez: Stepping back to abuse now, Sexual Stu is asking why have started to talk funny and also what’s with using fake tan!?


Eddie: I haven’t started talking funny its all the Stella in his ears confusing him! and it isn’t fake tan I actually see the sunshine down here in Cornwall so don’t have to walk around looking like a ghost any more!



Tez: What’s the story behind you waking up on a deck chair scissoring Sexual Stu? 


Eddie: Booze and drugs and rock n roll!!! Good times!






Tez: What’s with your mate Yeomans?


Eddie: Human bean is from the planet Charley where everything happens really fast so his brain learned to adapt at a slower pace. Unfortunately his cocaine space ship crash landed on earth and he’s never been able to make it back!



Tez: So you live with your good lady Heather, how does she put up with you and your drunkard ways? Haven’t you been banned from the pub where she works?


Eddie: She’s a good girl, I have my madness sometimes and she puts me in my place. I’m allowed back in Beerwolf now, thank god!



Tez: Another classic from Sexual Stu, he wants to know why aren’t you bleaching your hair anymore, now that your some radical surfer dude an all?


Eddie: Cos it looked fucking awful! 



Tez: Have you had enough abuse yet? Why is it you bring that out of all the Black Sheep family members? Do you consider yourself as the runt?


Eddie: Never enough abuse! We are all the runts of the family, that’s what makes us who we are!




Tez: Genuinely we do love you Edward and thanks for letting us reminisce on the good old times of giving you shit as we do miss it. Any final words, comebacks or general wise words you’d care to share? 


Eddie: Thank you and goodnight.



Massive thanks to Adam Salais for filming and editing Eddie’s latest Black Sheep edit. This was done with zero budgets and just a pure love of raw skateboarding. Big up Adam mate, absolutely smashed it!


All images used in this blog piece have been kindly provided by Danny Parker and we suggest you take the time to go witness more dope pics from Eddie’s above new clip via this rad online zine


Ben Horton Interview

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Ben Horton is a well established artist and owner of $lave Skateboards, during the course of the last few months we have been exhibiting some of his original works for sale in-store and had a chance to catch up with Mr. Horton for an interview….


-Hey Ben, how’s it going ?


Things are good.



-Working on any projects right now?


Yeah. Mostly painting and drawing stuff. I have a couple solo shows coming up, so I’ve just been building a lot of wood pieces to paint on.



-How did you enjoy your first visit to UK soil? Was that the first time you’ve shown your art work outside the US?


It was great. The people are friendly, the architecture is amazing and the pies are the best. It was all thanks to my friend Cube though. He drove me all over that place. London, Liverpool, Manchester, etc. He even took me up to Scotland. That place is mind blowing. I’d like to move there someday.

But yeah, he made it all happen. I owe you one player!



-What’s the back story on knowing the Square one that is Cubic?


I met him back in 2007 when he set up a show for me at Cal’s Pharmacy in Portland, OR. It was so sick! I guess I owe him two! Shit.





-Hear you also had fun times with the wild one that is Div Adams from his jaunt over your way? Any ginger man stories suitable to share….?


Div rules. There are stories for days. But my favorite one is when we all played ‘skate’ on a slab of concrete from a torn down house, in the middle of the Southern California desert. We were camping at this spot and drinking by the fire. It’s 2 or 3 in the morning and pitch black. Someone starts skating on the slab and everyone gets hyped. We all get out head lamps or flashlights to help him out. It turned into a game of skate and chaos. Everyone skating and chasing fools around with lights, slamming and shit. Hilarious.

Anyway, it came down to Danny Dicola vs. Div. I was chasing them around with a speaker so they could listen to jams while they skated. Dicola’s shoe blew out I think, so Frecks hooked him up with his shoe. I don’t even remember what the final trick was or who won. But Div did a trick and flew off the slab into the darkness and down a small hill into a shit load of garbage and random metal. It was insane. I thought he was dusted. Maybe impaled. He just got up laughing. So I guess he won. Actually, that might have been Dicola. I don’t really remember. Conhuir Lynn was there, he probably remembers more.

The next day Div didn’t have any money. So he ate some random lunchmeat that had been sitting in the van for 3 days. He barfed it all up in a museum parking lot. He’s out there on the front lines, blind.



-As $lave Skateboards is a firm favorite here at The Black Sheep we’ve got to ask what’s in the works right now?


I’m working on a couple new board series’ for $lave. One series is with my friend J-hon who has been shooting photos of the team through thick and thin since the beginning. He’s the only one who has been on every $lave trip. He’s a great Dude and photographer.




-Please tell us we can look forward to another video from Slave….?


Someday, haha!



-Any future plans for more exploring of our cold and wet island?


I hope to get out there again soon. There’s so much to do and see. It’s great. Definitely one of the best places I’ve visited. The amount of history and worldwide influence from there is phenomenal.



-How much do you miss the pie, mash and gravy from Pieminster?


Damn, so much. Seriously. Those things are too good.



Any final words of wisdom you’d care to share?


I don’t have anything wise to say. Just thanks for the support and hanging my art up in the shop. I’m grateful for that.



Check out more from $lave skateboards and Ben Horton artwork.


Sit back and enjoy the goodness from $lave Skateboards – Danny Dicola ‘Trying to Relax’…

Rob Smith Interview

Thursday, January 10th, 2013



-Name/age/sponsors/blah blah?

 Rob Smith, 23, Death skateboards, Supra Footwear, Carhartt, Monster Energy, Independent, Ricta wheels, CRV WKD, The Black Sheep.


-How long have you been Skateboarding in Manchester and what’s your favorite spots?

 Been in Manchester all my life. Favorite spot was Bones Bolton, favorite street spot now is concrete jersey barriers in Hulme.


-Who’s your favorite Black Sheep rider and who’s the worst?

Scotty, you never know when you will see him and what he will do.

 Polish George. Haha only joking. There isn’t a bad team member.



-Dish some dirt on your fellow Black Sheep Riders?

Ollie can’t piss straight


-Give us a little bit of your skate history from in and around Manchester. Where did you grow up skating and with who?

 Grew up skating Bones Bolton with Eddie, Scotty, Ollie, and loads of others . slowly started coming into Manchester the more I learned to skate “street”


-Childhood heroes in skating?

Scotty, Avi, Pontus alv, Ali Boulalla, John Cardiel


-Your one of them annoying multi talented doggers who not only skates all the time but also makes music, edit/film etc… so tell us what your working on right now and music/projects to look out for etc?

PFFWWW, where do I start. I just finished a series of video’s for the Black Sheep along with an intro.

I’m Doing a lot with CRV WKD, we just got our website live, I’m trying to gather loads of content for that, also Ive been doing a lot of graphics work for new T-Shirt/hoodie’s

We also have a top secret project coming up soon that will blow some minds,

I just made the CRV WKD drive edit and made all the music for it which was a lot of fun.

Along with an advert for our new T-shirt graphic that is available online.

Ive been working on a Black Sheep X p.u.m.f  X Carve Wicked DVD that just premiered at the Christmas party.

Also I have been Dj’ing out a lot, and working on an album slowly but surely. I really want to Concentrate on this but it takes 100% of your effort and you cant have other things going on in your mind, you need a clear head to get creative and make something different, there’s so much music out there these days. so it seems like I have to finish my other stuff first. But yeah look out for all that shit!



-You’ve currently relocated to the big smoke with your good lady, what’s noticeable different between the Manchester and London scenes, good and bad?

To be honest when I’m in London its usually in between trips so when I’m in London I just chill at my lady’s place and don’t go out much, Play with the puppy, work on edits/music/CRV etc.

Good things are that there’s always something going on, and there’s so many more opportunity’s with everything.

Bad things is getting around takes hours, and its really busy full of people.


 -Why is Black Sheep the best shop and team?

Best shop because we are not trying to be anything, we are a skate shop that loves skateboarding and skateboarders, We don’t have to try and be cool and put up an image, we just do it, fuck political bollocks, at the end of the day Its skateboarding, we all started because it was fun, and that’s the way its kept at the black sheep.


Oh and best team because we have a man for every job, we got a vert skater, a guy who lands everything, some little tech head, a retired skater who can do back 360’s first go, Whatever we got it.


-Rob Smith words of wisdom?

You cannot achieve the impossible without attempting the absurd.


-What’s next for Rob Dogger Smith?

Who knows, Ive always got some new idea. My goal is to film a 100% street part, I want to have a song released on a record label. Make more clothes with my sewing machine, Make a film. Maybe even make a dogger fragrance for men why not!

HA! Peace out!

*All pics kindly donated by CJ.

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