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Powell Peralta skateboards – completes, decks, wheels and more

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Given that we’ve just had a massive pre-Christmas drop of Powell Peralta skateboards product – it seemed appropriate to give you a little history lesson.
For those of you who already know the Powell Peralta skateboards back story, scroll down and remind yourself of a few classics instead.
For anyone out there thinking of buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas, you would be well advised to check out our huge Powell Peralta range too. Their reputation for producing pro level entry completes is unquestionable, and there are no better bearings or skateboard wheels on the market than Powell Peralta’s own Bones brand.

Powell Peralta skateboards

Founded by George Powell and Stacy Peralta in Santa Barbara, California, 1978, Powell Peralta skateboards was one of the ‘big three’ skateboard brands that dominated the industry from the late 70’s and throughout the 1980s.
The combination of aerospace engineer George Powell’s flair for innovation and 70’s pro skater and member of the original Zephyr Competition Team (aka the Z-Boys) Stacy Peralta‘s eye for talent and early grasp of the central importance of the skate video, made Powell Peralta the most globally well known brand throughout the 1980s.

Peralta put together the Powell skate team under the Bones Brigade moniker and was the talent scout responsible for bringing skaters such as Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Mike Vallely, Guy Mariano, Tommy Guerreo, Frankie Hill and inventor of the ollie Alan ‘Ollie’ Gelfand, (amongst many others) to both the Powell Peralta team and the attention of the global skateboard community.

Powell Peralta skateboards

Stacey Peralta pioneered the skate video as we know it today producing such classics as The Bones Brigade Video Show (1984) Future Primitive (1985) The Search for Animal Chin (1987) Public Domain (1988), Ban This (1989), Propaganda (1990) and Celebraty Tropical Fish (1991). With each of these now revered releases, Peralta introduced new approaches to skating and new skaters who would go on to influence the direction of skate culture long into the future.

In the contest oriented skateboard scene of the 1980’s, the Powell-Peralta team and the brand itself was omnipresent. However, the combined effects of the global slump in skateboard sales in the early 90’s, the rise of street skating and the concerted efforts of upstart brands such as those from Steve Rocco’s World Industries umbrella saw Powell Peralta fall from its position of dominance.
By 1991, many of the Bones Brigade had left to start up their own brands, with Stacey Peralta parting ways to embark on a Hollywood directorial career, leading to the formation of the Powell Corporation.

Powell Peralta skateboards

Stacy Peralta and George Powell rekindled their business relationship in 2010 and have since been extremely successful once more, particularly through the re-release of many of their classic legacy skateboards.

In 2012, Peralta released the Bones Brigade Documentary, chronicling the highs and lows of Powell Peralta skateboards and the influence of the brand and its riders on global skate culture.
If you missed it, you can find the full documentary below. Trigger warning: contains numerous rich 50-year-olds crying for no apparent reason.


Collab of the year? Vans x Dime Half Cab Pro skate shoes

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

It’s been a strong year for Vans already – heavy video output, even heavier team additions (Andrew Reynolds and Tony Hawk), the Foot the Bill project: the list goes on.
This latest collab release might just be the best yet though as these Vans x Dime Half Cab Pro skate shoes are sick.
We post a hell of a lot of Vans content on the blog but don’t call it bias.
Quite simply, Vans are now, and always have been, true leaders in the world of skate footwear.
Seeing them team up with Montreal’s own merry pranksters Dime makes so much sense.
As a brand Dime’s roots are in the scene that spawned it but over the years, thanks to a combination of wavey garms and a unique approach to event management, they’ve evolved into one of the hottest street wear brands on the planet.

Vans x Dime Half Cab pro skate shoes

Although it seems fairly unlikely that any of you out there will be unaware of Dime’s contributions to global skate culture, just in case – we’re here to remind you.
The Dime Glory Challenges (see videos dotted throughout) are a series of events, part Olympic/Street League parody, part It’s a Knockout!, part straight forward carnage, that have become the most talked about events in global skate culture since starting in 2015.
The best skating, the best skaters and the best vibes.
Vans have been involved since it began and this Vans x Dime Half Cab Pro collab celebrates this fact.

In the simplest terms, Dime’s Glory Challenges are skate contests like they’re supposed to be.
Competition plays second fiddle to chaos with awards thrown out for things like best ‘fake style’ rather than robotic repetition. If for whatever reason, you’ve never watched any of their videos – sit back, drink ten energy drinks and get ready to rip your shirts off, (after buying a pair of these very limited Vans x Dime Half Cab Pro skate shoes first of course).

Big up Vans. Big up Dime. Big up skateboarding chaos.

If you’re keen, which realistically you should be, DO NOT hang about because these Vans x Dime Half Cab Pro skate shoes will sell out almost immediately. We can guarantee that.

Vans x Dime Half Cab Pro skate shoes


Tony Hawk discussing legendary skate spots and ripping as usual

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

If you’re too cool to openly admit that big Tone is dope then you’re dead to us.
The video above featuring Tony Hawk discussing legendary skate spots just cements it, again.
Mainstream coverage of skateboard culture doesn’t have the best track record if we’re honest. From 7-Sports Wigan contest coverage back in the 80’s (complete with Bill Danforth pissed up on the mic) to New York Times coverage of the rise of Tyshawn Jones, they just seem to always make a bollocks of it. I mean in their defense, that might be just because skateboarders are notoriously picky but, you all know what we mean.

Anyway, with that said, and very probably due in part to Tony Hawk‘s involvement, we’ll put our hands up and admit that this Vox piece, which sees Tony Hawk discussing legendary skate spots alongside skateboarding’s premier academic Iain Borden, is definitely worth a watch.
From Mount Baldy to Natas Kaupas’ infamous hydrant, this is an in-depth look at many of America’s (primarily at least) most iconic spots accompanied with discussion by Tone and Iain and a brace of archive footage. You’ll love this whether you’re a 15 year old stair hero or an arthritic 50 year old struggling to force your beer gut up a kerb.
As an additional (and customary) treat – you’ll find links to various other bits of documentary coverage of skate culture (both good and awful) littered through this text – take your fingers for a wander and scoff at Danforth’s not-so-subtle digs at Sean Goff nearly 30 years ago.

Tony Hawk discussing legendary skate spots

If you enjoyed the above, get your eyeballs around some more Tony Hawk ripping courtesy of the latest Homies clip featuring Independent Trucks riders big Tone, Omar Hassan and various others skating tons of classic spots in Montreal, Canada.

Now go enjoy the sun whilst it’s here and don’t pay any attention to all this foolish talk of a skateboard hardware drought – we’re stocked to the gills like always.
Visit our web store or come in and see us and we’ll sort you right out.
Avanti Jerry!


Thirty Years of Animal Chin

Monday, October 31st, 2016

 

Thirty years on from the iconic Powell Peralta video ‘The Search For Animal Chin’ the Bones Brigade has regrouped for a very special occasion.

 

Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill and Tommy Guerrero accompanied by photographer Grant Brittain attended a heavy and nostalgic session on a re-built version of the iconic ‘Chin ramp’ to re-shoot Brittain’s famous four-man invert photo.

 

This really is a brilliant way to celebrate such an influential part of skateboarding history so without further ado, let Tony and the gang put a smile on your face.

 

 

 

 


Things Only A Skateboarder Would Do

Friday, March 18th, 2016

 

Have you ever wondered what the general public may think of you when you’re doing your day to day things in skateboarding. Not that it even matters but I thought I would show you some things that ‘normal’ people would find strange that skaters get up too on a daily basis when out and about.

 

 

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When you stop at various locations and scope out a spot. This can involve randomly jumping down some stairs too even lifting one leg up onto a handrail to test the height.

 

 

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Telling such things like a park bench to DO ONE because you can’t land your nose-slide that you’ve been trying for almost an hour. Talking to objects in the street would be weird for your average person right?

 

 

tealight candles

 

Pulling out a candle from your pocket, mainly tealight candles as we are cheap skates and instead of lighting it up you wax up a ledge.

 

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Giving each other plenty of knuckles throughout the day. Sometimes a few each minute.

 

big crowd

 

Gathering the crew around a screen smaller than a £2 coin to watch back a trick, too then turn around to each other and scream you hearts out. Yet again more knuckles are seen..

 

 

newspaper

 

If it has recently rained, grabbing any nearby newspaper to dry up the spot again so you can bag a trick. Sometimes even leaving a trail of paper up to the spot then away for the landing.

 

 

camera equpiment

 

Having a film maker/photographer on standby with a stack full of expensive camera equipment than probably is more high-tech than what Channel 5 use for filming the news.

 

 

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Telling people, including the public to ‘Fack off Hawk!’, even though a few years back it was definitely the other way around. ‘AHAHA it’s Tony Hawks init’

 

 

stickers

 

Then finally being hyped on receiving some stickers even though you’ve been an adult for some time now. ‘Grow up pal, your not a kid anymore!!!’ to which you reply, ‘there’s an empty spot of my fridge where that would go nicely!’.

 

 

Every single one of these makes skateboarding great, but when you think about it, we must look like right weirdo’s. Not that it should bother you, because as we all know, skateboarding is the greatest thing to grace this earth so who cares what people think. If anyone has any more crazy things only a skateboarder would do then email them over and we’ll add them in (contact@blacksheepstore.co.uk). For now, carry on with the unusual and enjoy yourselves.

 

 


Reiss Johnson

Friday, November 27th, 2015

 

At the Black Sheep Store we have some wonderful bosses and I’m not just saying that to get a pay rise. Harry and Tez are generally top dudes and I personally couldn’t thank them enough. Not only have they given so much to Manchester skateboarding over the years, risking mortgages and food for their amazing kids but they have also supplied many of us with jobs. One person they’ve helped out for the past year is Reiss Johnson. Many of you may recognize him for shredding transition like there’s no tomorrow.

 

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It is now unfortunate to announce it’ll be his last day working for us at The Black Sheep Store. Reiss is one of those dudes that has an infinite amount of knowledge, whether it be in brew making or where the next sink hole will appear. For those that haven’t met him personally in our store, maybe due to him working hard behind the scenes, he’s a top lad! He’s a good friend, great colleague and a barrel of laughs. There are various rumors to where he’ll be forwarding his career but after his earlier announcement he will be venturing out into the gay porn industry. Good luck pal, hope it serves you well.

 

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Mr Johnson will still be a valuable member of our infamous skate team. Hopefully we can expect to see some more video parts in the near future. Here’s his welcome edit that was nothing but power….

 

 

It’s been great having you part of the team pal….. NOW FACK OFF HAWK!