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Manchild and Simon Bannerot are pro for Girl Skateboards

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Manchild and Simon Bannerot are pro for Girl Skateboards

It’s a rare day indeed that the very venerable House of Crailtap, (one of the originators of the concept of the skater-owned brand), formally add new pros to their team, so the recent announcement that Manchild and Simon Bannerot are pro for Girl Skateboards ought to make a least some ripples in the skateboarding universe.

 

If you’re getting co-signed by the likes of Mike Carrol and Rick Howard then it’s safe to say firstly that you are very talented on a skateboard, but also, and infinitely more importantly, you’re not a bellend in any shape or form and that, besides being good at tricks, you also possess a larger than average dose of that ineffable ‘something’ that makes people stand out in the current ocean of skateboarding content.
Being big fans of Crailtap and Lakai, their contribution to global skateboarding culture, their video output (you might as well watch ‘Mouse’ in full right now since I’ve made it easy) and their talent for picking people gifted with otherworldly talent (to name but a few things we ought to be grateful to them for) I figured that the recent news was excuse enough for a quick mind prompt of some banging footage of both of the heads in question, via a couple of bangers from the Girl and Lakai footage archives.

 

First up we have the ridiculously banging ‘Extra Flare’ Tyler ‘Manchild’ Pacheco that Thrasher dropped a couple of years back as part of their never ending commitment to raw footage. This one contains all of Manchild’s footage from Lakai‘s 2017 full-length release The Flare with all the behind-the-scenes stuff that didn’t make it into the full thing. You’ve got to love this kind of shit – back in the day all this footage would be lost to DVD Extras that nobody watched but now, thanks to the completist’s field day that is the Internet, you get a chance to see it all: the tries, the fails, the security guards kicking off and all the other bits that give you a better idea of how someone really skates. Pay close attention to that frotside flip on the earthquake-created (I assume) spot at 1:53 and that backside bigspin at Fort Miley if you need further information on why this dude is pro for Girl

 

Following that, here’s Simon Bannerot’s masterfully put together web footage remix containing footage predating his appearance on Lakai footwear‘s The Flare. Remixed by Girl uber-fan Daniel Policelli (check @danielpolicelli on Insta for more), this is an insight into the equally otherworldy talents of Mr. Bannerot – rails, tranny, ledge tech – this dude can do it all.

 

 

If you’re still hungry for more from these two, then we can wholeheartedly recommend a re-peep of the very recent Bangers & Mash Girl x Kodak collab tour that took place in London in January of this year to coincide with the opening of Selfridge’s indoor bowl.
More Simon Bannerot, more Manchild and a dusting of Sean Malto and Rick McCrank just for good measure.
If you missed this the first time – sink your eyeballs in now. That last trick is fucking bonkers! It takes a lot to make Leo Sharp shit his pants these days but that tailslide flip out over the road at Big Chalky did just that. If you’re giving Big L the shivers and impressing random members of the public so much that they feel obliged to give you a tenner (true story) then you’re doing something right!

 

If you fancy throwing your pound coin shaped support behind these two maniacs, then go have a look at the recent Lakai footwear drops and pick yourself up a skater-owned bargain.


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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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