News Tagged ‘legend’

Official – Cardiel ‘Park Ragers’

Friday, March 11th, 2016





This past spring Official was honored to participate in one of John Cardiel’s long time aspirations of riding bikes from our homes in Sacramento, CA to Yosemite National Forest (around 180 miles in 3 days). The bike tour was inspired by John’s childhood trips to Yosemite with his father and his ever inspirational need to challenge and push himself. Official Park Ragers is a twist on the original Yosemite Rangers, birthed completely by John and as a way to commemorate the epic three days of riding and camping with our bros and also to poke a little fun at the time honored rangers. This collection celebrates everything that is classic and awesome about John Cardiel and we couldn’t be prouder to have gone on a small piece of the journey with him. Take a closer look below at the collection…


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Keep up with all Cardiel’s adventures on Instagram.


Interested in grabbing yourself some Official gear then hit the link..




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.



Eric Koston Interview

Thursday, March 10th, 2016




I would like to thank Free Skate Magazine for releasing an interview with one of skateboarding’s biggest legends Eric Koston earlier this morning. Eric Koston has been a familiar face in the skateboard world for a huge number of years and he has definitely had a huge influence on me as a skateboarder and even as a person. This is probably because, from what I’ve seen anyway that he is one of the soundest dudes off his board but also when on his board he is destructible. Tackling any spot he is graced with, with a huge amount of style and technical ability. ERIC KOSTON RULES! I don’t want to give too much away in regards with what was spoken about in the interview but lets just say some current topics involving himself leaving Girl Skateboards and his new shoe release on Nike SB were spoken about. There are also some dope photos of the man himself skating one of London’s most infamous spots, South-Bank included as well as the edit featured above. Hit the link and have a read, what else will brighten up this average Thursday after all. 


Keep up with Koston on Instagram.



Top 3 – Stu Reynolds

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


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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.



Mark Baines Interview

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016




Mark Baines has to be one of the most productive skateboarders the UK has ever seen. He has released a huge amount of video parts over the years and each one has never failed to impress. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet this legend you’ll agree that he is a top bloke, if not get yourself over to his hometown in Yorkshire because you’ll probably find him shredding the street spots on offer. Mark has also put a huge amount back into the skateboard community, organizing in conjunction with WESC, a skate camp that may be of interest for you young skaters our there.





I’m not sure how many interviews Mark has actually had although they are always an interesting read and it is a pleasure to announce you can now find another interview with himself over on the Free Skate Mag website. Topics that can be found spoken about are such things as the old Blueprint days, the state of skateboarding in 2015, ‘Netflix and chill and more. You’d be mad not to have a butchers. For those that aren’t familiar with Mark’s skating then have a look below at his section from Blueprint skateboards ‘Waiting For The World’ that was released in 2000.




Proper stoked to see some more quality stuff from Mark. Keep up with Mark Baines, the Northern shredder on Instagram.



Epicly Later’d – Ali Boulala

Friday, December 4th, 2015


Vice Magazine have been documenting some of skateboarding’s finest in their Epicly Later’d series for some time now and who could be more interesting than Ali Boulala. As far as skateboarding goes Ali Boulala has had a huge impact on skateboarding since the early 90s to this very day. Some of you will probably recognize him from his early Flip video parts launching himself down the biggest sets known to man. Pioneering the PD ‘Piss Drunxs’ antics and leading the wild lifestyle we would associate with the yet familiar crew.



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Since the birth of Vice magazine’s – Epicly Later’d (curated by Patrick O’Dell) Ali has been in for a series wince it first started. Although it was unfortunately postponed, due to a drunken motorbike accident involving both Flip professionals Shane Cross and Ali Boulala. This tragically left Ali in a coma and even worse took the life of Shane Cross. In this 4 part series you can expect to see the start of Ali and what his life was like growing up in Sweden, then traveling to California, becoming a skateboard celebrity and the effects that had on his life. Then finally the last few years of how Ali has rehabilitated from addiction and injury to rebuild his life in Stockholme after the accident.


Get the kettle on, digestives at the ready and learn more about the life of one of skateboarding’s legends..


Part one – The Original Baker Boy



Part Two – Remote Control Cars and Being A ‘Piss Drunk’



Part Three – The Crash That Ruined Everything



Part 4 – Opening Up About Life After Skateboarding




An emotional but interesting watch.


Keep up with Vice magazine on Instagram.



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…




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.




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.




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. 




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…..







Vans Syndicate Neil Blender

Monday, March 10th, 2014


It’s a surprise this blog post ever made it to the publish button due to the time I could spend trawling the web reminiscing at one of the most iconic skaters in the whole of skateboarding’s history. Yes I know, very strong opening statement but Neil Blender is what most see as the very essence of skateboarding, simply put he’s just one of them guys that stands completely alone and probably invented the phrase “Marching to the beat of a different drummer.”


So the reason/excuse for this post is the good folk at Vans Syndicate have come through with this powerful collaboration from the man himself. First up is the Authentic Pro “S” in the Washed out Grey featuring Blender artwork around the out sole along with the Ultracush HD cushioning we’ve come to expect from the Syndicate range. These are obviously a take on the original and probably most recognizable Vans shoes but with that added extra comfort and higher grade materials used across the whole makeup. Second up is the skaters favorite Chukka Low WC “S” in Suede, and washed canvas upper which incorporates the Vans patented Wafflecup sole unit to give this normally Vulcanized shoe a completely different feel and more supported fit.


We’re being told the UK release will be early March but you can keep checking back to Vans Syndicate on our website or alternatively give us a follow on our Instagram for daily updates.



So back to the self indulgent part of this post, scan below and get all nostalgic with the true legend that is Neil Blender.

















Eric Dressen Tattoo Tour

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Stoked to announce we’ll have the legend that is Eric Dressen paying us a visit to the store. Both Santa Cruz Skateboards  and Heel Bruise Clothing have pulled together to make this one happen.  Get digging out that old Santa Cruz memorabilia for the signing from the salad grind master.


For more info head over to our Facebook Event page.


Tuesday 10th of September, 5.30pm > 7.30pm.

The Black Sheep Store

59 Church Street


M4 1PD.