Tag: Lucas Jankoschek

What to write, what to write, we love turtles & we love Vienna. So it is only logical that this latest offering by Turtle Productions is also part of our Place Presents series. But because we have spent so much time talking to the head turtle Lucas Jankoschek, we all decided to focus on a shift that happened one video ago. The music is now custom made for the editors, Sven Langkabel & Simon Trummer are responsible for this shift so we asked them: how, when, why, and what.

Intro and interview by Roland Hoogwater.
Photos by Lucas Jankoschek.
Film & edit by Lucas Jankoschek.
Music by Simon Trummer, Sven Langkabel and, Aui & Sween.

So guys how are things in Vienna? How is the scene? Haven’t been there since November.

Sven: Through you or through Place, Vienna gets more and more coverage. It’s not only about Philipp Schuster or Daniel Spiegel anymore.

Not “only” about these guys anymore!

Sven: These were the only guys you heard something about, out of Vienna. But slowly but surely things are changing.

Simon: I feel like it has got a lot to do with Lucas Jankoschek (Luci) too. Because he’s doing a lot of things. And Louis Marshall is also very a social dude that does a lot.

A lot of things changed and are changing in Vienna. The city and the people have gotten so much more open.

But still, you do not really see a lot of the crews mixing up or hanging out with each other, do you?

Simon: Probably more whilst filming, but less so during skating. After all, now that all the obstacles are at Otto Wagner, you run into all the other crews pretty much every day.

Sven: Yes, I feel like Louis is getting everybody together…

Here we go again…. a German guy uniting the Austrians. (laughs)

Sven: (laughs)

Simon: I think Louis was also the guy with the idea with the whetstones, wasn’t he?

Sven: Yes, 100%!

Simon: We are all super thankful for that!

Sven: Honestly, I feel like we are super lazy. You should be asking when we would ever come down to Berlin…

I do not really have to ask anyone that, to be honest. Everyone ends up in Berlin someday.
I mainly wanted to talk about music and not only about the music in the Turtle videos. But maybe we can start with the Turtle videos music..how did it all start?

Simon: We got to know each other through skateboarding. And for a long time, I didn’t know that Sven made music. one day he invited me to play before an Aui and Sween concert. We ended up playing a gig together. It was a very fun night!

Sven: Agreed!

Simon: I have been saying to Luci for a long time, that it would be super nice to make the soundtrack ourselves. Because we all are musicians and that it would be an interesting approach to a skate video. Did you watch the Burgenland tour video?

Yes, the clip that Sven did not make the Wallie. (laughs)

Sven: (laughs) Yo, I’m going to do that one still! Hopefully soon!

Simon: So we started to experiment in that clip, with making the soundtrack for the video. Many people liked it and commented nice soundtrack. We just created something that is in my opinion incomparable to other skate videos. What I really like about skate videos is, that when you watch them you get introduced to a certain type of music that you didn’t listen to before or would not have been introduced to otherwise. A lot of the music that we/I listen to has been discovered through a skate video that someone made. That is something wonderful. Especially as a musician, to create something that no one knew because you made it specifically for that video and then have people enjoy it is extremely fulfilling.

Sven: Totally, a really great feeling indeed. For me personally, it is pretty similar. I discovered my musical foundation through the popular skate videos and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate Part One and Two back when I grew up. Let it be Jimi Hendrix in a Reynolds Part or the Ramones in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate Part One. I always used to press pause on the VHS to find out what song was playing. I personally enjoy discovering new songs through skate videos more than the actual skating. That is why it was only a matter of time until we included all of our on stuff in the videos for some promo.

So basically the promo is that people Shazam the track in the video. It happened to me when I wanted to find out what the last song in this edit was. I Shazamed it and realised that it was a song by Aui and Sween. (laughs) Maybe you can tell us a little be about the two of you and the music you guys make?

Sven: I have been playing the guitar for about 20 years. Im from a rather classic rock background. I played ACDC in the beginning, then moved on to a little bit more indy rock. Some day the guitar became too much for me and I was missing an electronic component in the music that I made. When I met Aui and the Schrott Boys in Kassel we started playing music that worked with a live audience. We never thought about recordings, making a record or uploading something to Soundcloud. We just wanted everybody to enjoy themselves. Very often our music just worked live because we made an effort. We dressed up for example. We always used to have a skateboarding connotation to our music. Aui and Sween the skater band (laughs).
One day we tried to remove ourselves from that and wanted to make music for other people too.
In the first place the music is supposed to be fun and should work live, but later on we started recording and uploading it.

Simon: That was really funny when we did the music for the Burgenland Video. Because he wanted to play everything through all at once. For example he was doing the rhythm with his nose. He had an epiphany when I told him that we could record each instrument by itself and then put everything together (laughs).

Sven: My relationship to music was that, every song I make it should be able to be performed in front of a live audience. I played by myself at a Turtle premier for example and I could play everything to you and show you each song, Roland. Through the recording I realised that you can go step by step and change the melody for example. (laughs)

Simon: I used to have a band but left it a while ago. Since then, I have alway been making music by myself. Therefore I could never play everything at the same time. I multitracked it. It motivated Sven to start experimenting and recording something. It really motivated him to try new things with his music.

So are we going to see Simon and Sween soon? (laughs)

Sven: (laughs) Yes! The sad thing is, that Aui lives in Switzerland.

It is not that sad if you can afford it…

Sven: Thats true! But he is super happy there at the film academy. (laughs) We used to live together in a shared flat with Eric and Kenny. It was the skater/punk flat in Kassel at the time.

He must have come up, living with the Swiss (laughs).

Sven: Because we live so far apart we do not see each other that often anymore. Therefore we do not really get to make that much music. But there will be a record with multiple songs on it by Aui and Sween. We currently waiting to finish it. But as I said with lockdown and our music being live oriented music, we do not simply want to just upload it to the internet. Rather we would love to play it live. In front of people and when the like it they can buy the record.

Really cool!

Sven: Usually when we go on tour, we bring some small instrument with us. It is just a lot of fun when you are on the road. We played a lot on my Casio MT65 on the Burgenland tour. Some nights were spent drinking in the apartment and that’s how the Gigi D’Agostino inspired parts came to be in the first part of video.

So that was the first moment that you guys realised, that you could make the soundtrack to a video?

Sven: Yes!

Simon: I have always been convinced that we could make the soundtrack. But this was a push to do it.

Weren’t you guys scared that it could be perceived as lame?

Simon: No not really, we as musicians are confident enough to pull something like that off. With every project you are risking something, but when you get positive feedback it is worth it in the end.

Sven: I was really hyped for the video to drop, because I wanted the music to be released. This is how I feel right now as well. We made a lot of unreleased music but we are waiting so that we can release it. Just waiting for the Turtle 3 video to come out.

So is the music made primarily for the videos? Or do you make the music disconnected from that and then someone chooses a song for a video?

Simon: 50/50 more or less. Luci said he had footage of people looking very concerned that he wanted to use for example. He then gave me a few keywords like „dark“ and „ominous“ and I started working on the sound. When I sent it over, he really liked it and I think it was a monumental moment between the two of us. We realised that we can create something like we did for that video together.

Sven: Luci was like the director. He told us what mood he wanted to create. For instance he wanted another melody at some point in the middle of the video or something in particular for the night footy that we had. So we made that happen.

Simon: For example, I sent him a song and he wanted it to be a bit more gritty. So we found something that he really liked and that worked well with the footage. It is a bit sad that he’s not here talking with us today, as his perspective as an editor and producer on this would be super interesting. But it must have been a dream to ask for a song to be produced specifically for each part in the video.

Sven: When he cut it, he told us how long we could make each part and what exactly he needed from us. I for instance made the music for the four minute party footage in the video. When he needed something for the outro, I made the Song „Ach war das Schön“ with a very cozy and feel good vibe.

Simon: One of my favourite songs is the song by Aui that he recorded at the DIY (St. Marx) in Vienna whilst being drunk after a session there. I just think that is very beautiful.

Stop, quick question. How important is the visual of you guys making the music in the videos.

Sven: It is kind of important for me at least. That is why you see me playing the piano for a few seconds in the clip. Especially because of the live music and entertainment factor. I think it is always nice to show how music is made.

Simon: I think it is also nice when people include street musicians into their skate clip. The video begins with someone playing a dope song in the streets and then the footage gets put over the music. It brings another element to the table. I think I can be really nice when you see one of us playing music, drunk at the campfire but it also works without showing people point blanc, that one of us made the song for a part in a video.

Sven: The second song we made for instance…You know we have a few rockers in the Turtle crew too. At one point Luci said he would be down for something punk. I then showed him a few recordings from Aui and Sween. He said “Yo, that’s dope”, let us do something like this. He was down to make a part to some really fast music. He usually listens to synth pop music and edits most of his footy to that. This was something new for the Turtle videos. I always like when new things get mixed in like that.

Simon: Totally!

How important are the lyrics? When I think of Turtle Productions, I think of good German lyrics. Even though I do not really listen to German music that much. Why did you decide to work with German lyrics a lot? Was it a question of identity for you? Or is it because the videos and everything around it get made in German speaking you countries?

Simon: I depends. Nothing from my music, that was used, ever had any lyrics. If I write, I usually write in German or English. English has the advantage that it is understood internationally. But I like both.

I like that Luci is using a lot of music with German lyrics. As you said, it is also about the identity. It is really cool that he’s doing his own thing. It makes him recognisable. The idea to use music that has been influenced by the culture and language around you feels really nice to me.

Sven: 90% of the time I listen to German music. 1982 was the best year for German music. Some really dope Neue Deutsche Welle was made back then. Aui and Sween lyrics have always been German. Once again we’re at the live shows. Most of the time when we perform, we tell a few stories in between songs. It just makes sense when everything is in German. Also my English is not really perfect, so I feel more comfortable in German. I like that not everyone can understand it, because I listen to music from other countries and languages too. I really enjoy that kind of music the same. For instance you do not have to speak a word of French to enjoy French Hip Hop.

I found a Ukrainian post punk band. And I couldn’t understand a word. But I do not think it is that important sometimes.
I thought it may be interesting to get you favourite songs, that you got from skate videos? What are the most memorisable parts and songs of yours?

Simon: Reynolds Baker 2 – Both songs but especially the first song.

Sven: I mostly watch homie videos really. I like watching videos where you know the people. The Likkie Wax Video by Ziggy The song is, I believe by a Dutch guy from the 70s, who covers Gigi D’Agostino or the other way around. I sort of like Molly Nilson too. Because of the minimal stuff. Luci also used a few Molly Nilsson tracks already.

Simon: The intro from the WHY 2 Video. These were the first skate videos that we saw from people skating in Vienna. I will send you the link!

Yes please we want people to learn here!

Sven: Yes I will definitely also send you my absolute favorite, that I discovered through a Turtle video by Luci. There is a part by Elias ASMUTH AND DR. FUCHSL – AN HAIFISCH HOBI . When I moved to Vienna from Kassel this was one of the first songs that introduced me to the slang of ancient Vienna lyrics. At first, I didn’t understand a word, but the song is so dope. Also the part that Fabi and I skate on by Karl MIZK: Phoenix aus der Asche. Austrian music never really made it to Germany and when I moved here it really inspired me.

Thank you guys for the interview and if you want to hear more sounds click here.

Remember when it used to be sort of whack to make the music yourself in the early 2000s? We can think of multiple companies and people skating to music produced for their parts and it being a big miss. There were obvious exceptions even back then, but nowadays, with music rights and a strong DIY current running through skating “handmade soundtracks” are now better than ever.

Turtle Productions out of Vienna is at the core, something for the homies by the homies and this video shows that all the homies have their own skills that contribute to the whole. From the A-2-B, this was handcrafted with love.

Two exclusives on one day!
Santa must be coming your way.
And what does he bring?
A golden microphone for you to sing.
Tunes, all you want with the fam.
Alone or together with your nan.
Karaoke Round Two is what they call it.
And on a curb is where they stall it.
From the land below the levels of the sea.
They grind, slide and flip for you and me.
Once called ROB and friends, today TOM and Crew.
They are a group of skaters just doing what they love to do.
Now drop this digital paper and lay it away.
And watch Ziggy Schaap’s present for you today.
Whether you drop the needle or press play, either way, you can be sure that you’ll sing yourself into the next day.
Hungover, tired, or just sick of all the food, tomorrow you’ll wake up in a great Christmas mood.
Poem by Roland Hoogwater
Photo by Pieter Verburgt

Sooooo… as you might be aware of at this moment we are entering another surge in COVID 19 and a big portion of us are heading back into a lockdown type of situation. Our last “Eat Your Veggies” was with Ville Wester and that was at the start of the first lockdown. We are looking to make this a series with more coming soon. But we are not looking to make the connection to lockdowns a tradition.

Anyway, just a short introduction to Turtle Productions. They hail from Austria, Vienna in particular. We learned about them during their Turtle Times run and interviewed the head Turtle named Lucas Jankoschek as well. This then leads down to us visiting them in Vienna and finally now this episode E.Y.V.

We made the most of the end of summer vibe we all had, going out to this old-school Concrete Rudolph park and finding out what we had for some of the creative weirdness that these parks often bring.

So, he we go the Jankoschek twins and Gab in our newest “Eat Your Veggies”.

Revisit your Turtles by re-watching Episode 4 of their Turtle Times Series.

Want to feel what road tripping with your friends feels like? Well, this is it!

Made by much of the same people who run the Hera skate program here in Berlin this video will turn a red day into a green one because this shit goes!

Here is what they themselves have to say about the project:

Hey, now just get in

And close the door

And put your foot down

There’s a lot of nice places to see out there

So just don’t worry

If you like a longer trip

All you’ve got to do is put your foot hard down to the floor

And we’ll go moving away from home

Without a care in the world

About 2 weeks back we were in Vienna, we met up with the turtle crew, we filmed a little clip of this British guy Henry who found love in the city and we met up with Louis Marschall. All in all, it was a nice get-together, and most of the faces we saw during those sessions are now represented in this new 11-minute piece.

We asked Louis to tell us a bit more and he came back with this little text:

“I try to be outside filming almost every day anyway but what specifically made this video come together was my good friend Henry Gibbs.

“Because of the global outbreak of Covid-19 and the fact that his girlfriend is currently living in Vienna he decided to extend his trip to the city way longer than planned (In the end, he stayed about 4 months). 

Due to his positive energy and motivational skills, we had a really good time filming in beautiful Vienna. I believe this video shows just that, FUN, and I look forward to seeing him again. Cheers to Henry and all of my friends!”

Now simply press play and enjoy the ride.

Featuring:

Lorenz Sutter, Franco Simeoni, Max Geiselbrechtinger, Maxi Thienen, Max Rumpeltes, Paul Spendiér, Adrian Correa Kunnen, Manuel Correa Kunnen, Anton Defant, Markus Fischer, Danny Wright, Raphael Krisa, Viktor Szeberin, Sebastian Weissinger, Jan Federer, Lucas Jankoschek, Henry Gibbs & Louis Marschall.

It is well known that we have a lot of love for the Viennese shelled crew of skaters lead by Lucas Jankoschek. We talked to him last time he dropped a video and support his efforts now that he went back and used the quarantine to create specific content for us to enjoy.

Thanks to all of you turtles and stay in your shell!

Straight from Vienna comes a video that will take you back to your best summer ’19 session with your friends. Great work by Louis Marschall

Featuring both Leon Moss from the recent Drive-in video & Lucas Jankoschek of Turtle Times fame. Enjoy!

An interview with Lucas Jankoschek by Roland Hoogwater.

Turtle Times is a series of videos, a project, based around three things, skateboarding, friends & turtles. Lucas is the filmer, one of the skaters & the editor of this (for now) last video in the “Turtle Times” series. We really love turtles and we really love the way Lucas documents and edits it so we dropped a line and managed to talk to the man himself.

Hey how are you, what are you up to?

I’m good, editing the video right now since the premiere is on Friday. It’s all a bit last minute because the premiere of my other video was two weeks ago and I’m kind of in the middle of an editing-marathon to get everything done before winter. It’s been a stressful week but it’s all good.

What do you still need to do until the video is ready for the premiere?

I still have to finish up two animations, the trailer and the friends part. Ziggy (Schaap), Pascal (Moelaert) and Justin (Wagener) are featured as well. They were here in Vienna last and this September and managed to get some footage.

I was actually at Ziggy’s place in Leiden when the last ‘Turtle Times’ episode premiered.

So you stayed at Ziggy’s house? It’s a cozy place right? 

Yeah for sure. At the time they weren’t even sure they were going to be featured in that episode of ‘Turtle Times’ or the next one. But it was super fun hanging and skating together with Pascal and the others. This short stay in the Netherlands during the Vans Shop Riot contest allowed me to connect with people there and also get some social media coverage for Placemag. A lot of people still think of Place as a German skate mag but really it’s become half German and half Dutch.

That’s cool that you guys can do that in Germany. My friend does a mag here in Austria (ABD Magazine) and earns next to nothing, the skateboard industry just isn’t as present here as it seems to be in Germany.

Yeah, I’ve never been to Vienna but from what I’ve heard it’s a great place to skate however the rest of Austria seems to be different, right? 

Definitely. Vienna isn’t Austria, it kind of stands for itself. Everything else around Vienna isn’t really worth our while, which is why we don’t travel much within Austria. It’s so different from the Netherlands in that regard. There you can just skate all these cities by hopping on a train. It feels like one big spread-out city.

It kind of is. The next city is always just a 20-minute train ride away, the same goes for where Ziggy lives. 

That’s what I really enjoyed about the Netherlands. You can just meet up with people in different cities, regardless of borders even. It’ so sick.

I agree, but I’ve heard that the sidewalks and streets in Vienna are better for skating. 

Yeah, everything here is super smooth. Sure there are a few rough spots here and there but technically you could push anywhere, it’s great.

Are you originally from Vienna?

Nah. I’m from Eisenstadt a small town near the border of Hungary. I was born in Vienna though and have been back in the city since 2013. 

I see. So how did Turtle Times actually start? 

So basically I put out a full-length video in 2015 with all my close friends and homies in it, the OG-turtle-crew so to speak. Two years later I put out another full-length video this time however with a bunch of different people in it. Everybody in Vienna kind of heard I was filming for a second video and started hitting me up. I was super hyped on that on the one hand but on the other hand, the OG crew was kind of neglected and I felt like the whole project was getting a bit too big for comfort. It almost felt like a burden at the time although I’m very happy with the results. So after I put that video out I thought to myself I wouldn’t do that kind of video format again. I also wanted to focus more on my close friends again and only film with people I enjoy skating with. This lead me to choose an episode format that works so much better on a lot of levels. Around that time I also received a call from Dallas (Rockvam) asking me if we wanted to film a part, so it all sort of came together organically. What’s important to me when it comes to the episodes is that they should highlight the different personalities and individual people we have in our crew. Every episode is centered around two or three people which allows me to choose the music and structure my project much more freely than if it were a full-length. It’s just easier to integrate ideas into an episode format. With a full-length, I have to stuff in a lot of different people, styles, music, etc. into one video which just has a mixed-up mess as a result. With episodes, I can just plan each one as a portrait of an individual.

So the episodes are tailored to specific people.

Yes, exactly.

Which means you don’t have to mix n’ match all these different people anymore.

Yeah, precisely!

What about Budapest though?

We went there once last year.

Dallas had a few tricks in that one as well right?

Yeah, he joined us later on the Budapest-trip. Originally the idea was to go to Budapest just to film for Dallas’ part, but somehow it turned into an entire tour edit in ‘Turtle Times’ episode 2. Yeah, so Dallas arrived a bit after us, stacked four clips in two hours and then chilled out the entire rest of the trip drinking beers. It was sick! He definitely delivered. 

I really enjoyed his part. It might be his last one though.

Yeah, he did just have a second child. Do you know Dallas personally?

A little bit.

He’s a cool dude for sure. We visited him at his house in the woods for his part. It was important for me to incorporate his personality or at least his personal background into his part. A sort of skate portrait if you will.

Cool. And do you make the animations for the videos yourself?

Yes, I do those myself, actually, I pretty much do everything myself (laughs). I’m not really the type of person to watch endless tutorials or acquire and then familiarize myself with some sort of new software. I don’t have the patience for all that. So a few years back I just started drawing on paper then filmed that with my VX, then captured that and finally retouched everything in photoshop… basically it was super tedious and complicated. I’ve learned a lot over the years though and now I just draw on a digital notepad and then animate that with photoshop. Mostly it’s a frame-by-frame animation so basically a lot of drawings put after each other.

Yeah, I’ve noticed your animations have gotten a lot better over time.

Thanks, I’m really happy with how they are turning out now too.

They’ve also become much more involved in the episodes. During the transitions and stuff, especially the last episode it seemed like you reached a new level of animation.

Thanks, man. I’m glad to hear that. I’m going to the art university in Vienna and took an animation class, so I’ve been animating a lot lately, which really improved my animations overall. 

What do you do at the art university? 

I’m studying art for teaching: I’m going to be an art professor in schools (laughs).

I’m currently writing my diploma thesis which is why the two ‘Turtle Times’ premieres are set so close to each other so I can finish my thesis after I’m done with the videos. I’ll have to hurry up a little bit.

So why is it called ‘Turtle Times’? Why not ‘Cat Times’ for example?

That all started way back when I was maybe ten or twelve. People started saying I looked like a turtle or that I ate like a turtle. Even back then I had always wanted a VX and when I finally got one, I put out my first clip and ironically called it ‘Turtle Productions’. The name stuck and that’s also how the turtle animations came to be. 

Ah okay, that makes sense. I think the turtle figure and name have a strong brand recognition, the turtle kind of ties everything together.

Yeah, that’s something really important to me. It shouldn’t be just about skating, it needs something in-between to ease it up.

I also have some questions from Ziggy for you.

Oh really? (laughs)

I’m supposed to ask you about a tinder story about a local legend called Sven (Friend from Kassel) which involves lighting a car on fire?

(laughs) I don’t even know if I’m allowed to tell this story but if Ziggy asked for it, it should be fine. So basically Sven really got into tinder when he moved to Vienna and naturally has a lot of stories. One of them is that he and his date took ecstasy and broke into a car in a parking lot we sometimes skate in the winter. Which seemed to start kind of romantic at first turned out to be a total disaster. His date apparently was an outspoken feminist and got triggered by something in that car, which promptly led her to light it on fire. Being super high that whole scenario was obviously a bit much for Sven and I remember him telling me he listened to all the news reports the next day to make sure nothing serious had happened. After they ran off the fire should have gone out by itself anyways. I don’t think the car exploded or anything nor I‘m not sure how the date kept on going after the car-fire-action (laughs). 

(laughs) He also has another question for you: why do you clean your kitchen ten times a day?

This fucking Ziggy guy, haha. I can just focus better in a clean environment. My kitchen is my kingdom you know? If I make my oatmeal in the morning it has to be clean. 

I get that. Another question was: Who would win in a fight, Pascal or Ziggy?

Huh. That’s a tough one. Pascal’s pretty tall but Ziggy might be stronger. I think Ziggy would win though, he has more life experience. Pascal still needs to learn a thing or two. Go Ziggy!

Another question, or maybe it’s more of a demand, is: when will the iPhone-holiday-road-trip-video drop?

Ah fuck, sorry boys! It’s definitely coming. I promise. I’m just in the middle of an editing-marathon as I said. No time for anything else right now.

And how many more ‘Turtle Times’ episodes are planned for the future?

This is the last episode as far as I planned it out for now.

So no more ‘Turtle Times’?

Yeah, the ‘Turtle Times’ series has come to an end. Time for something new. For now, I have to finish my diploma thesis and then we’ll see what projects might come my way next year. What I can say is that I definitely won’t stop filming, however, I would like to try out some new things, maybe approach a project with a specific concept already in mind. Maybe shift the focus more towards filming or animation. I think the coolest thing would be to make an entire animated film. That would be a dream come true!

Yeah, that makes sense.

We kind of reinvigorated the whole crew vibe because we were all skating and filming a lot together this year and I think we will carry that vibe into the new year. So the next project will probably happen naturally because of that I guess.

So what will the last ‘Turtle Times’ episode look like? 

This episode contains of three parts and some friends sections. My twin brother Fabi, Gabs and I will have full parts and of course, all the OG crew members are in there too. This ‘Turtle Times’ episode is the one I cherish the most I think. I started filming with Gabs two years ago. So finally releasing that footage is special to me. Plus my twin brother who hadn’t really been skating last year was overcome by skate fever this spring and filmed a whole part. That was really nice to see, not to mention that the level of skating and that of the animations have greatly improved.

So this is definitely your piece de resistance!

(Laughs) Yeah, sort of my final showdown. I had actually thought about naming it that but in the end, it felt like that was a bit over the top.

I think so too because then the next project will ruin the whole final showdown thing. 

Yeah pretty much.

But does it have a name yet? 

Nah. I still have to make my mind up about that. I talked to Ziggy and came to the conclusion that numbers just tend to confuse people so I’ll definitely give the video a name and not just call it ‘Turtle Times – episode 4’. 

Alright. Is there anything else you want to share or let me know about?

I think that pretty much wraps it up. I don’t think I have anything left to add. Thanks for the opportunity to have this interview, cheers!

Here is Louis Marschall’s second video in a week. After their trip to Paris, they went straight back home to get another one. Stacks on top of stacks!

Feat.: Louis Marschall, Anton Defant, Max Geiselbrechtinger, Danny Wright, Thomas Fuchs, Markus Fischer, Raphi Krisa, Manuel Correa Kunnen, Sebi Binder, Christoph Binder, Dominik Scharfer, Franco Simeoni, Lorenz Sutter, Simon Merz, Lucas Jankoschek, Martin Weiß, Gabriel Schmiedt, Max Rumpeltes, Viktor Szeberin, Philip Maric, Nikola Hergovich, Franz Ferdinand Greiter & Fabi Sandholzer.

When travelling to Israel even the most apolitical person gets confronted with the fact that the birthplace of most of our major religions makes even the most menial tasks political. One can go through the airport security check in many other countries without having political thoughts but this land forces you to confront your thoughts and beliefs. As a fellow Dutch person I can imagine it is like going from 0 to a 100 real quick. In Israel, religion, conflict and class function in a way that can feel truly foreign, so skating is in a sense a safe haven.

Intro By Roland Hoogwater.
Text by Sebastiaan Vijverberg.
Photos by Ziggy Schaap.

“Such a blessing was given to the Land of Israel” – Johnny Cash.

No skateboarder would disagree on Johnny. Although tensions in Israel are high, the people we’ve met in the holy land we’re so welcoming and accommodating we immediately forgot about the travel warnings and security checks at the airport. If this isn’t convincing enough, consider the distinctive mix of religions and therefore culture you will experience in the promised land.

Get there while you can and don’t forget to bring hummus home!

Shalom.

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1 – Dutchie Justin Wagenerskating the first spot Ofer showed us in Tel Aviv.

2 – Louis Marshall flew more than 3000 kilometres to skate this sidewalk.

3 – Kinky at the Tel Aviv beach.

4 – Fabian Jankoschek did graffiti, fidget spinning and a little bit of skating on the side.

5 – Fuck you all, Lucas Jankoschek goes down with the wrong foot forward.

6 – Low impact spots are the best, and they get better when high impact skaters like Sebastiaan Vijverberg skate them.

7 – We skipped the club and fancy bars to get crusty in the streets of Tel Aviv.

8 – The old city of Tel Aviv gives a feeling of what Israel used to be, Louis front blunting just before it went from twilight into night.

9 – Sven Langkabel has the highest Wallride Nollie’s and the lowest amount of tricks documented, unfortunately!

10 – There’s alot of spots around the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the most famous one being the meetup spot around the corner of Louis’ wallride called Golda.

11 – Ashdod is a little more south of Tel Aviv and has a whole different level of archtecture like this Dubai like marble ledge spot. Ofer owned this spot after guiding us around the whole week, thanks Ofer <3

12 – He might be small but Turtle CEO Lucas Jankoschek did the biggest switch wallride to regs.

13 – This spot seemed to be the holiest of the holiest places we visited in Jerusalem, we were listening to Ofer’s crazy hip-hop playlist on the boombox while Fabi ollie’ed in the bank.

14 – Only one day of rain during our 10-day trip through Israel and even then the Ofer legend came through with spots to skate. Sebastiaan Vijverberg – Fs ollie

15 – Hopping fences in Palestine territory

16 – Lucas Jankoschek rides the abandoned pool park on our way to the dead sea

17 – People pay a shitload of money for this holy mud which is good for the skin. Sebastiaan bathing in European money

18 – Turtle out!

Alex van Zwietering is not sitting still, here’s another train-themed clip featuring Evandro Martins, Bjorn Barendse, Lucas Jankoschek, Izzy Mccoy, Justin Wagener, Pascal Moelaert, Jesse Voerman, Jamy van Holstein, Bram Schlangen, Thom Geraeds, Jair Gravenberch, Fabio Witkamp, Gijs Visser, Simon te G, Dwight Hoogendijk, Billy Hoogendijk & Jip Koorevaar. Keep ’em coming, Alex!

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