It is great to see your friends again even if it is through Youtube. The joy of seeing them do good together with their friends is a feeling that will warm even the coldest of Christmas hearts.
When Mark Metzner showed us this video we were excited because it is rare to see Mannheim but also it is rare to catch a glimpse of Franz Grimm’s skating in 2020. So read what Mr. Metzner has to say but above all press play!
Longer shows you the daily life of Mark Metzner in the streets of Mannheim aka Monnem through the lens of his HPX camera. This video can be seen as an appetizer of what is going to be happening in the future. So you viewers better hide your wallets and watch out for Longer.
The Place Road Trip was a 2017 French/Dutch/German/Swedish comedy bus tour directed by Daniel Pannemann, Roland Hoogwater and Danny Sommerfeld and written by Franz Grimm.
The bus stars all the above in addition to Peter Buikema, Valentin Cafuk, Valentin Bauer, the brothers Sondre Mortensen and Amandus Mortensen and Malte Spitz. The team went on a 2,000km journey through Germany and France.
They soon found out to their shock and horror that their final destination is doomed to be Disneyland Paris. Upon entering the park, they immediately discover that the castle in the world famous Walt Disney Resort is not in fact real and that ticket prices are lower on the internet.
The year is almost over and we are looking back to one hell of a crazy year. Talking about crazy we have to mention our last summer’s French Intern Augustin Giovannoni who just dropped is 2017 mixtape featuring Franz Grimm, Joffrey Morel, Auguste Bouznad, Juan Saavedra, Yann Garin & us. Loye you, Noni <3.
Probably the most motivated filmer, Augustin Giovannoni, is back with another one. As enthusiastic as he is, you’ve probably seen most of this footage on his Instagram already, but who cares. Keep ’em coming, Noni!
In our opinion, his best work so far. Augustin Giovannoni drops a new edit and at the very end you will see the date his full length video might be released. Paris, Berlin & Potsdam feat.: Val Bauer, Tolia Titaev, Niklas Speer von Cappeln, Remy Taveira, Daniel Pannemann, Franz Grimm & many more.
“As a little boy, I used to wonder how people know how much milk they have to pour in their coffee for it to be the way they want it to be. More precisely, is the color of the coffee actually related to its taste and its strength? Life went on and enigmas of this type got solved by themselves: You pour the milk and hope for the best. By doing it every morning, you just get the flow. Nowadays, I don’t even need a timer to cook pasta anymore. I just try the spaghetti when I feel like it might be good.
Anyways, things look the same way on a larger scale: You ask yourself how to lead this tyrannic symphony of existence involving girls, getting enough sleep, washing dishes, skateboarding, paperwork, friendships, the past, the present, the future, online banking, buying new socks, career, trying to be cool, healthy food, holidays, girls, skateboarding, the future etc. Good thing is that in the end it all happens by itself and you just pour the goddamn milk, worst case scenario is that you end up with some kind of latte macchiato.
And now, here’s a little video that may be useful if you ever happen to need a life-coach.”
To turn something simple and random into something meaningful gifted with form and substance can bring precious satisfaction. In skateboarding, this something might be a bent pole or just a wall. As soon as you put your eyes on it, the glimpse of a movement through space and time comes to your mind. You picture yourself doing your own little special thing right there and unconsciously you’re giving this infinitesimal fragment of your physical environment a new purpose. If you make this vision real, you get that valuable satisfaction and be sure you count among the coolest people on earth from then on. The truly cool ones, top 5%.
As there are limitless possibilities of shaping and adapting what’s around you to your own perception, it can be very entertaining to widen the range. That’s how we come to talk about the street view on Google maps. It offers way more than one may think. I know some skaters use it to find new spots but I have no clue what the street view’s original function is. It must cost loads of money to drive those Google-maps-360°camera-cars through every city in the world. All that for a gimmick? No, the street view is one of the hidden treasures of the world wide web. One of the rare escapes from the boredom of social media, for example.
The street view embodies normality and randomness. The 360° camera captures ordinary streets at random moments of the day. Average people doing regular things outside. And you can’t see their faces (they are blurred), which makes it even more emotionless. Moreover, the camera settings are so basic all the pictures taken over the planet lookalike. But the street view doesn’t care much about aesthetics, it is about raw reality. That makes it so great… I like to think so. The more normal things get, the more anything unusual sticks out.
For a better understanding, I would like to invite you to click on the link below and to spend a few minutes on the streets of Mlada Boleslav. And you should read the instructions first: Mlada Boleslav is a small city of Central Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic. As soon as you click, you find yourself on a street with no name, surrounded by parking blocks and you fully experience the flair of Czech suburbia. Now, follow the road straight and observe what’s around you until you reach the next road junction. That’s where the journey ends.
Now let’s venture into the world of street view and into the Czech city of Mlada Boleslav.
Did you see that the guy is wearing a Thrasher shirt tailored into a lovely tanktop.
So… You’re virtually going through these streets, it seems like time has stopped and so you can take some time to notice things you wouldn’t see if you were there in real time, caught in the rush of life.
You are looking at all this average stuff, realizing almost every corner of the “Western world” looks alike. Suddenly, you see something that sticks out. Someone flipping a bird to the camera is a classic. Someone picking up his dog’s business as well. If you’re lucky, you come upon a 60-year-old badass wearing a Thrasher tank top in the absolute middle of nowhere. At that moment, the best thing to do is to take a screenshot because you don’t want it to sink into oblivion. There is a good chance for you to be the first web surfer to notice this deviation from the ordinary. And that feels good, so handle the street view with care or it might turn into your major pastime: exploring the streets in order to capture the aberrations of a society that wants to be cast into the mold.
Here are some screenshots from my personal collection that I’ve been widening over the last two or three years. A breathtaking mosaic of impressions from a virtual odyssey, from Skagen (Denmark) to Zadar (Croatia) passing through Miami Beach.
No clue what is happening here. Are they waiting for the school-boat?
No words needed to describe the intimate beauty of this one.
“The man who talked to walls.”
That’s a wolf. Wildlife at it’s finest.
“People in love near the Military Circle.”
True words. Get them and forget them.
I wish I was a little bit taller, an ode to the Deutsch Stylechef.
It’s a done deal.
When your shoes match her zip sweat/ When your zip sweat matches his shoes.
Same blood & fashion sense.
This is my favorite one. (note his face is not blurred)
We would like to proudly introduce our newest columnist Franz Grimm! For those who follow our moves, Franz is no stranger, we met him last February in Paris while we were out there working on the Paris/Paname issue. In that issue, he had one of the most beautiful pictures and ever since that trip we stayed in touch. Born in Berlin, raised in Paris, an “In Between” kinda guy. Thus it felt only logical to call his column “In Between Tries”. Franz is a person who is German in France and French in Germany. I could give more examples but let’s leave something for the viewer to find out. So without further ado, we are happy to Introduce our newest columnist and column “In Between Tries” and as for this first column called “If My Mind Was A Laptop.” I will let Mr. Grimm explain that one.
A few years ago, my brother Tibor was told he looked like Evgeni Plushenko, a famous Russian figure skater. I googled the name and watched Plushenko’s footage on Youtube and I found out they do look-alike.
At first sight, I thought figure skating is really badass. Absurd skills, fluidity, creativity and speed. These performances on the ice seemed like lines in skateboarding to me: some flowing moves with tricks and rotations in between.
Anyways, a couple days back it all came back to me and this is what my mind would look like on a laptop since then.
I clearly remember when this project started, I was talking to Leon Rudolph and I asked: “Why don’t you do full-length videos anymore?” He answered: “Right now, I just don’t want to wait to put something out.” Leon did do a lot this year, he did some stuff for Converse Cons, Cleptomanicx and a couple of independent short videos. So an idea crept into our mind, what if we ask Leon to remix his 2016 work into one longer project? He loved the idea, and from that moment we started to talk regularly about the project, Leon would bring up ideas and started working on the project, he even found a date and a location to premiere the project. Yesterday the video had its premiere in Kassel it premiered together with Jonathon the Dog’s new project. So with, that out the way we are proud to introduce to you Leon Rudolph’s newest project “U Already Know” for PLACE, Enjoy!
Featuring: Danny Sommerfeld, Jonas Hess, Jan Hoffmann, Daniel Pannemann, Hyun Kummer (Versace_Germany), Jun Kummer (Seoul_air), Steffen Grap, Franz Grimm, Max Sand, Moritz Alte and much more.
Our Friend Augustin Giovannoni released a new edit called “Европа”, which is Russian and means “Europe”, and thus, suitably features a bunch of well-known skateboarders from France, England, Spain, Finland and, of course, Russia.
The feel-good-montage of the day. Watch it and dream about your next vacation with all the homies. Here’s Joffrey Morel, Alban Matri, Paul Langsley, Louis Perruchaud, Selim Osseirane and our favorite skater Franz Grimm, filmed by Viktor Demonte.
Those of you that know us have seen us popping up in Leon Rudolph’s latest edit s/o, now if you don’t know what s/o stands for it is short for shout out. I guess that is what Danny Sommerfeld is giving Leon with this behind the scenes style gallery!
Shout out to the end of summer.
Shout out to ignoring the rules of photography.
Shout out to all the cars that passed by and made Franz lose his focus.
Shout out to the next man on the come up.
Shout out to all the teachers that told me I would never amount to something
Shout out to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustling in front of.
Shout out to all the places we travel to only to pass by in a second.
Shout out to JJ for bringing a mic to a skate session.
Shout out to ankle braces and smiling faces.
Shout out to all the prayers that were written down by sprayers.
And finally, shout out to all the people that skate second-hand grip and own a first class pet.
Check out Leon’s edit by clicking here and to see more of kaffeezigarette click here.
Very recently, we had not one but two Placemag sympathizers for a visit in Berlin, Leon Rudolph and Franz Grimm. As Leon is always down to film something, the guys cruised through the city and produced this, naturally, nice edit. And, of course, shout out back to you Leon!
Featuring: Franz Grimm, Danny Sommerfeld, Roland Hoogwater and Steffen Grap.
Marc-Alexandre Barbier is a young man from Paris’s suburbs, we met him and his crew out in the French capital, they are a band of young skateboarders who roam the streets. At first glimpse, I thought Marc-a was going to be a kid who only rips at spots with “good” pavement (you know the type) but I was proven wrong almost immediately interesting enough. You can tell by looking at these photos that sometimes he likes it rough, sometimes he likes it smooth but he always makes the trick look nice! I think it was Benjamin Debert who told us that the guys from the suburbs often seem to be the most motivated “They have to ride the train for an hour or more just to get into the city. So, once they get here they want to use their time to skate!”. That definitely goes for Marc-a who in our eyes is one of France’s biggest up and coming skaters and if you saw his part in the De Paris video yesterday you might be thinking the same thing! So we asked a mutual friend of ours to interview Mr. Barbier so you can all get to know him.
Hi, Marc-A so this is your first interview, right?
We just filmed your last tricks for your « DE PARIS » video part. Can you tell me more about that ?
Yeah, I was under pressure during the last 3 months I filmed a lot with Guillaume Perimony and yourself (Augustin Giovannoni).
So can you tell me what the « De Paris yearbook » video project is about?
It’s gonna be a 10-minute video and I am going to have a 3-minute section together with Maceo (Moreau) a shared part! I am stoked! It’s my very first “real” part ever. I did some other things before but I am a lot more satisfied with this one! I did a little left over part last month for my local skate shop. As for the De Paris projects Zeb (Thomas Busuttil) and Stéphane Borgne manage that, and this video is in celebration of De Paris’s third edition.
I heard people say that Yann Garin might have a part?
That would be really sick! Yann has been my favorite skateboarder since I was a kid!
So, how exactly did you meet the PLACE guys?
I just saw some lost Germans at République, Franz, you and I went over to them and we ended up deciding to skate with them for a couple of days. A couple of months later I went to Berlin and I met up with them once again.
Have you seen the Roman’s (Gonzalez) cover for PLACE? The one he shot with his phone? How do you feel about the increasing role of the cell phone in the today’s skateboard world?
Yeah, Roman is the best! He has a great style whatever he tries to do, it’s always something cool!
Instagram used to be cool up until they decided to stretch the length of their video format from 15 seconds to 1-minute, for me 15 seconds is the right length for a for a social media video.
Ollie into the hubba – Photo by Biemer
You were in Berlin to meet the guys from Chill or Die, right?
Yeah, I went there to visit my friend Bapt Chill, he is the owner of Chill or Die. It’s a pretty nice clothing brand, with a sick team (Matt Debauche, Benji Russel, Covo…)
Do you want to go back to Berlin this summer?
Yeah for sure! They invited me to come back to their house. We had such a good week in Berlin. There are a lot of spots, nice people, good places to hang out and good places to eat like Dunkin Donuts…(laughs)
Sounds nice! I want to join the party too, it seems to be the “Dolce Vita” (laughs). Back in the day, you went on a lot of trips you visited Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, and Greece. What was your favorite country and what was the best trip?
Well, my father has been living in Switzerland for about 10 years now and I visit him every summer, I use to skate with Sven (Kilchenmann) and Kilian (Zehnder) a lot when I was out there!
As for your second question, all of those trips were really nice but I particularly remember a trip to Italy with the Niaks crew, that was my first “wild trip”. We traveled in a van and every night we were like “oh we don’t know where we are going to sleep tonight” it was an adventure and I really enjoyed that!
You just featured in a project for Nike SB as well right?
Yes, it is a short video for the European contest series, the clip was to introduce Paris and the Parisian spots. It was an introduction for the 2016 Paris AM contest.
Do you deliberately tweak your switch Ollies ?
Yes and No, I feel more comfortable when I tweak my ollie out! (laughs)
Tail Drop into the bank – Photo by Danny Sommerfeld
What kind of stuff influences you as a person?
When it comes to music I get influenced by the 90’s, when it comes to my clothing it has got to be the 70’s & 80’s and the 90’s-00’s influence me when it comes to the way I ride my board. I like some of the older videos but I also like some of the newer ones that get released on Thrasher.
I notice you like to shop at second-hand shops
(laugh) Yeah, I like to shop there because you can find all sorts of things!
Like colored jackets?
I found an old-fashioned Nike jacket in Berlin and I was like “wait everybody I want to go in this shop… I think”.
You almost have your baccalauréat (the French high school diploma).
Yes, I haven’t worked that hard this year, because I am obviously always thinking about skateboarding and I am under some pressure to get it but I think I’ll manage!
So what do you want to do when you get out of high school?
I want to go to a design school, The first year they let you experiment and we get to try a lot of different courses. It is going to be cool!
So does that mean that you wanna stay in Paris for the next couple of years? How do you feel about Paris at the moment?
Paris is cool the scene is sick, I have my crew with Franz, Martin, Maceo, and you (Nnoni)! But there are always multiple crews out and about so we tend to skate with everybody, it’s really nice !