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The life of a French Intern

Monday, March 7th, 2016

 

As a French student I needed to find an internship linked with my life and the things I enjoy doing day to day. So what about working in a Skateshop in Manchester ? The Black Sheep ! Plane tickets booked ! Just had a quick session in Paris then took my plane over to England. I do not live in Paris, I was born in Brest 23 years ago. I started skating when I was 8 or something, with older guys who became real friends.The city I live in is called Plougastel (unpronounceable!), there is a really important skate scene here thanks to the indoor skatepark (SINCE 93’S) because it is raining all the time (but only a bit less than in Rainchester haha!).
It is cool to be here in Manchester and finally meet the impressive skate scene and the different spots and skateparks you have to offer, lets create a connection between our two countries! See you at the Black Sheep or around the corner looking for a chippy mate !!!!

 

Quentin

 

Brest,France

 

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New Plo Skatepark, Plougastel ,France – Backside Noseblunt

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Plo Bowl, Plougastel, France – One of the best spots !

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Some lost footage of our crew !

 

 

Then the last skatepark edit we got, filmed during the last 2 months maybe, just take a look !

 

 

 

See what i get up to with my time in England and Manchester on Instagram !

 

 


Ride Channel Open Edit

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

 

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For nearly a year now the Ride Channel have been posting a series of edits up on their site called the ‘Open’ edits. These clips are from shops not just in the USA but from all around the world. The idea was to show the independent shops that support skateboarding in their community and also the riders and staff that make these shops the backbone of the skateboard scene, and yes you guessed it, it was our turn for the Ride Channel Open edit ! Thanks to the camera and editing skills of Mr Phil Harvey, he has treated us to nearly four minutes of Black Sheep action! Jiri Bulin kicks things off with some raw street hammers before Lewis Threadgold shows us how to properly do a load of wallie and wall ride variations! Josh Bentley mixes old spots with new, a sick line at Manchester’s newest DIY spot and a huck down the infamous grizzly stairs. Stu Reynolds after that proves that 40 is the new 20, then Lucien Costello shows us the talents of Manchester youth on the rise! Seb Batty makes light work of one of the highest ledges in town! Nick Stannerz and Sexual Stu keep the mosh alive with a quick line each on urbis.  Rikk Fields throws some of his footage in from his recent exploits in Hong Kong while Jake Potts keeps it local with an added Barcelona banger! Badman Barrett gets tech at Stockport’s finest ledge haven, then there’s strictly business as Reiss Johnson and Andy Scott take it to the vert! Harry Lintell comes through with even more mesmerizing street antics before Eddie Belvedere takes on some Cornish concrete! Rob Smith ends the show in fine fashion, gnarly drop ins, street lines and flying high at Stockwell! Big thanks to Phil Harvey for putting it together, Rybo, Armani Rochford and Isaac Wilkinson for additional filming. Big shout out to MC DRS for providing the soundtrack and also to the Ride Channel for having us on! So what you waiting for click play now!

 

 

 

Keep up with all things MC DRS by giving him a follow on Twitter !

 

 


House Of Vans Skate Wear Test

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

 

So I was on holiday, chilling in a static caravan in Cornwall when I got a text off Tez. What the bloody hell does he want? Mans on holiday chilling, ya get me ? Surprisingly it wasn’t to do with work….well kinda! It turned out that the nice people at Vans had invited a couple of Black Sheep representatives to go down to London, to the House of Vans to help them out in a wear test. Having never ( yes you read it right! never!) been to London, the possible chance of getting some free product and the chance of meeting up with Black Sheep rider and House Of Vans manager Rob Smith and assistant Wazza Dowd for an overdue beer was an opportunity not to be missed!

 

 

Having got the train from Piccadilly we eventually arrived at Euston a couple of hours later, first stop was to make way through the sea of people to get outside for a ‘comfort break’ and of course the #sexontour instagraming began! Then it was time to jump on the tube to Waterloo, I’ve heard many things about this tube lark, no talking, no making  eye contact and all that, but thankfully it was pretty quiet on the black line that afternoon! ( thank god! ) so I didn’t have the worst tube experience. So we’d reached Waterloo and all that was left was the short walk to the House Of Vans, the excitement was building! I was looking at the skyline to see if i could see any of the famous landmarks, but all I could see was that dildo-esc tube of glass known as the Shard ! We turned around a corner and we were there, I was surprised it was so close by, I thought we were going to have to go on a fair mooch, then we were met by a familiar face on our arrival!

 

 

The pleasantries began, handshakes, fist pumps and the general hows life conversation. We all chatted amongst ourselves for a few minutes then was ushered into the park so that things could get underway. We were each given a locker and inside was a Vans tote bag filled with a couple of goodies and most importantly the shoes that we were there to test. I was stoked to see that they were a pair of Gilbert Crockett Pro’s !

 

 

And these mega sick socks!

 

 

We all gathered in the cinema room to watch a presentation hosted by product manager Juss Apivala and Alexis Jauzion. They took us through the design concept of the shoe and there was a short video of Gilbert himself talking about his involvement and ideas which were used in the whole process. They explained to us about the new Wafflecup soles that had been used, this technology gives a more secure and cushioned sole with the full flexibility of a vulcanized one. We were also told about the Duracap technology which is basically making already tough and durable suede that bit more better for longer lasting shoes. The techno chat was over and it was time to put them to the test with a session in the park. Having never been inside before I was eager to explore and the first thing I saw was the bowl section on my left, its pretty deep and whippy, transition has never been one of my strong points so I decided to spectate till it was quieter later on! People were skating this like it was nothing – ridiculous! The next room is the mini ramp room with a couple of different sized ramps on either side.  The final room is the street section consisting ob a bank, across and down ledge, a couple of quarters and one or two more street-ish obstacles.

 

 

Had a decent couple of hours in the park, people were smashing it! If you’ve not been yet its worth a day out! That bowl is pretty gnarly to say the least! After having a good skate it was time to sample the beverages and scran that was on offer! Some tasty burgers and cans of IPA were consumed in the cafe area, we chilled out for a bit and had a chit chat, then Wazza and Rob mentioned a pub near their gaff round the corner that would be ideal for a pint!

 

 

We met the doggers  just across the way from the park and the plan was to head to the ‘old man’ pub further down street. By now it appeared that most people had put having a pint at the top of the agenda as we were joined by a merry crew of at least twenty strong skateboarders taking up a large front seating area at the pub. Time quickly ticked away and before we knew it the time had come start with the mission back home, back onto a now slightly busy tube to Euston for our two hour journey back to Piccadilly.
Massive thanks to Vans for the invitation, big thank you to all at House Of Vans for having us and big ups to everyone that was there making the day and session what it was!  In a bit London ! I’ll be back!

 

 


CENTRAL SEND OFF!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

You must all know by now that Central Skatepark is no longer here for all you moshers to shred it up….. R.I.P! It has been an mint 8 years and the support you guys have shown has been truly amazing! We can’t thank you enough for visiting us and showing your support! Some incredible stunts have gone down over the years but we had a last session not so long ago for the final hammers to be put down.. take a look at the clip below to see some final stunts from one of the best skateparks I’ve been too and had the chance or working with!!! CENTRAL ALL DAY DOGGERS!!!

 

 

P.S. Don’t worry though, watch out for some big moves about to happen from the Black Sheep Store…


Sexual Stu Top Fives

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Sexual Stu has recently swapped lurking in the shop to working in it! Here is his top fives, from skating to drinking and a few things inbetween! Carry on reading below and enjoy.

 

 

 

Top Five Skate Spots

  • Grizzlys – Spent many an hour at those stairs over the years.
  • Urbis – Can be a proper decent session, if it isnt covered with mosh.
  • Renesaunce – The only place you would go when it rained!
  • Gasworks/G/G-spot – Gone but not forgotten.
  • Bridgewater – Nice flat ground to warm up for what your having down the stairs or over the rail.

 

 

 

 

Top Five Pubs
  • Sinclairs – Still get a pint for under two quid, bargain!
  • The Garrett – Been a good pre or after skate hangout for years, top pool matches have gone on in there.
  • Marble Arch – Some of the best ales on offer.
  • Fringe – Possibly the best juke box in town.
  • Canal Duke – The local where me and my dad have a pint and out the world to rights.

 

Top Five Tipples

  • Stella – PUMF Premium!
  • Holts Bitter – Got that one from me dad!
  • Cider and black – A classic cocktail for when its sunny and warm.
  • Gin and tonic – For when im feeling supersonic.
  • Guinness with a shot of port – Naughty but nice.

Top Five Things From Manchester

  • The Black Sheep – The best skate shop in all the land and all the world!
  • Manchester City – Champions.
  • Oasis – Best Beatles tribute band I’ve ever heard.
  • John Cooper Clarke – Amazing with words.
  • Vimto – One of the best drinks ever invented.
Top Five PUMF Memories
  • Prime and Dowd robbing the R off the Rovers Return from Corrie at Granada studios.
  • Joe Devine popping the CIS stairs back in the day like second try! amazing!
  • Getting the infamous ‘gay belt’  tat off Rob Smith at his old flat in town
  • Mike Matthews nollie flipping the Lowry double set after a heavy night of partying
  • Seeing the PUMF boards finally become a reality! so stoked!

CENTRAL SKATEPARKS CLOSING JAM TOMORROW

Friday, July 4th, 2014

 

If you haven’t already heard this very sad news but after 8 amazing years Central Skatepark is coming to an end! We will be holding a jam tomorrow on the 5th of July so be sure to make it down to give us a well deserved send off! There is no excuses not to come down and show your love as it will be FREE entry into the park and there will be some upset faces but mans will still be on a hype. There’s loads of prizes and give aways, a special guest MC for the day and DJ Rob DOGGER Smith on the decks. There will also be some special celebrity appearances from soap star extra Ollie Tyreman and 80’s throw back Alex Romain.   

 

 

Over the years Central has changed its course a number of times trying to mix it up. I found the park to be suited to both skateboarding and BMX to its best whereas not many parks take that into consideration these days! This has lead to some great BMX events over the years and some even better skate events! Holding comps like The Vans Shop Riots, Cancer Research Jams to the best Christmas bashes in Manchester that has always ended with a mash up after party at Unity Radio…. 

 

 

The Black Sheep Store and Central would also like to thank everyone for help making the skatepark what it is today! Still can’t believe how long we have lasted and if it wasn’t for the support from our locals and visitors then it wouldn’t have happened! Bring your beers boards, bikes, blades and scooters…. anything goes and let’s give Central the send it off it deserves! 


Stannerz Top Fives

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Our Black Sheep team rider Nick Stansfield  has given you an insight into his faveroute Manchester skate spots, pubs, chill spots etc…… check below to see what he rates in Stannerz top fives !

 

Top 5 food spots:

 

Lust Liquor and Burn because the legend Tyrone will look after you!

Can’t go wrong with a Gregg’s now and again.

Common bar for their peng maple burger!

This n That for a dope cheap 3 curry n rice!

Pieminister for the best pie n mash about chief!

 

Top 5 pubs/bars:

 

Have to mention The Garratt, they’ve done their best to look after the skaters over the years and keep Ste Prime away so big respect!

Common because it’s a regular spot to hit up for a pint after a skate at Central.

Ram n Shakle is generally the pub to hit up after a session at Plattfields….. DAMO CHALLENGE is always on the cards. 

Terrace in the northern quarter is always a good shout, especially if my main man Jam is working!

Kosmanaut has been good over the years too, ping pong table downstairs so me n Gez can have it out!

Think me and the rest of us are barred from everywhere else……

 

Top 5 skate spots:

 

Sand Bar flat for games of skate and few street beers.

Urbis is still going strong and the ledges are still in good condition considering.

Castlefield has loads of hidden gems lurking about.

Stockport ledges are mint and you can often catch badman Barrett shredding it up.

Then the Arndale’s 23 set handrail is pretty sick for a warm up!

 

 

Top 5 favorite musicians to come out of Manchester:

 

Broke’n’english as a team n as individuals…. (konny kon, Drs and Strategy)

Happy Mondays

Kydro (dj)

Kev n Gez on the jamming session is always a mint time.

Stone Roses

 

Top 5 skaters from Manchester:

 

Eddie ‘smellsofbeer’ Belvedere

Woody

Andy Scott when he’s not being a knob!

Joe Gavin

Rob ‘dogger’ Smith

Tyrone (might be 6 there but who gives a shit!)

 

 

Top 5 memories from Manchester:

 

Numerous challenges from DAMO, espically when he went down a 40 foot brick bank covered in snow on a blank board into a load of bushes….

Seeing WU-TANG play at the academy…. PROTECT YA NECK

Working at The Black Sheep

Plattfields lurks…. every single one of them is amazing and skating around with the best crew. Manchester defo has the best scene in the UK hands down…. don’t agree….come see!

And finally meeting my girlfriend Alice.


Black Sheep Present The Full length Too Right video !

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

 Here we go, full length Too Right video alert! 

 

If you didn’t manage to catch the sections from the ‘Too Right’ video which we released a section a day last week live on the blog, we have now made life easier by dropping the full length Too Right video for your viewing pleasure! Edited by our very own Rob ‘Dogger’ Smith with help on the filming thanks to Phil Harvey, Rob G, Rybo, Isaac Wilkinson, Morph and Dan Carpy. The video includes some mind blowing special effects, good times captured on camera and some dope skating from spots around Manchester, Wigan, Barcelona, Paris and more of the good old north west! Featuring in the video are Jake Potts, Rob Smith, Olly Tyreman, Nick Stansfield, Rikk Fields, Jiri Burlin, Eddie Belvedere, Phil Zwijsen, Josh Bently, Sexual Stu, Stu Reynolds, PUMF crew and a host of many more Manchester and UK skateboarding heads. You might as well go and put the kettle on, make a brew and spend thirty or so minutes to watch the full length masterpiece that is Too Right! Hit the play button above to start watching a complete joke of the Girl Skateboards video ‘Yeah Right’!

 


PUMF ‘Too Right’ Part 7

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

 

“Too Right” part 7 has arrived and its a special one. You best get to the bar because its your round! Part 7 featuring the notorious Manchester crew PUMF – a drinking crew with a skateboarding problem! For those who don’t know about the PUMF, they first started knocking about Manchester in late 2000, hanging about in Wisdom, drinking and skating at the gasworks, styling themselves in the height of the pissdrunx / Baker era, tight jeans, Emerica shoes and madshirts!
tCheck them tearing the streets of Manchester and surrounding areas apart. Adam ‘Shep’ Shepherd and Ben ‘Horeseman’ get the part under way with some rad clips followed by some boozy raw street lines from the one and only Steven Peter Prime!  Sexual Stu getting gnarly front shoving any stair set or gap in his way, when he’s not working for us at The Black Sheep Store or drinking Manchester dry of Stella Artois! Finally finishing off the short but rad part is  our other employee Granddad Stu Reynolds who proves that skateboarding does get better with age! Big up to Del ‘DRS’ from Manchester’s Broke’n’English and Rob ‘Dogger’ Smith for producing the PUMF track especially for this part. Hit the play button above to see some proper street skating, some amazing bails thanks to Stu Reynolds and Ste ‘Stella’ Prime wall riding every wall possible! Keep your eyes open for more from the PUMF crew in the near future!      


P.U.M.F Decks

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

 

Roll up, roll up, the P.U.M.F skateboards have landed at The Black Sheep’s city centre store! Available now in sizes 8″ and 8.25″ for only £35 with free grip. Please note these will not be available on our website so you’ll have to come down and say hello to snap one of these bad boys up.

 

If your not familiar with the legendary P.U.M.F crew then you’ve probably not frequented enough bars around the Northern Quarter or maybe not spent your time skating the dirty back streets of Manchester. This will sound cheesy no matter how we say it but these guys are the real deal, strictly skateboarding for the love (and beer) and repping there local Manchester skate scene hard.

 

Keep a look out in the near future as we’re set to release the P.U.M.F section from our “To Right” video.

 

Show some love for the Pissed Up M.other Fu****’s.