You can say what you want about Luan but you can say he doesn’t have “IT” because that would make you a hater.
One time ÉS Game of skate winner and legendary Cologne skater Patrick Bös just hit the internet with his newest part and truth be told it features some of his best footage to date (that last line was particularly great).
We also feel that respect must be given to the fact that Herr Bös still manages to put out good parts at a somewhat later skate age combined with a serious job as a teacher.
At the same time, we like the fact that he is an outspoken person that has been around the block and has seen trends come and go.
We suggest you give his part a watch and then read his blog
Skating a mini ramp never looked like so much scary but fun at the same time!
At the same time props for Matt Hudson, the guy who put this together mini ramp skating is not easy to film.
CK1 already belongs to the club of unbelievable good skateboarders. He certainly knows how to skate everything and it seems to bring him a lot of joy. Bottom line: he’s just winning from A-Z. Here is a fan-made remix of Cory’s last highlights.
Skateboarding is about many things, mostly it is about the skateboarder and his skateboard interacting together. This interaction begins with you learning to stand on the board, pushing, ollieing, shoving the board, nollie, fakie, switch or normal stance. Some learn faster, some slower, but the objective is the same; “Stay on the board.” This article is not about that, this is about getting off the board (and getting back on afterwards), walking or running with or without, maybe even away from the board.
Today we offer you a step by step analysis (lmao) of some of the most influential skaters who got off the board.
A Different Route.
Right off the bat, we start with two of the most classic walks caught on tape! At the same time, both Jason Dill and Louie Barletta use walking to get somewhere or to walk over something they could not get to by staying on the board. Louie’s might be a little more eccentric because not many people skate terraces like he did, but still, both these guys made a lot of people get off the board.
John Motta uses the same principle but instead of picking his board up and taking it with him, he chooses to leave it and jump on the next one. A technique, mostly used by filmers, while filming long lines, with a lot of ups and downs like stairs. Normally I’d go for the pickup but doing it John’s way creates a little more suspense about what is about to come next.
Cruising To The Spot.
I am not totally sure if Mike V just got back from an injury here or if he just has that much pent up punk rock Aggression, but Mr. Vallely does deserve his props for this ‘powerful cruise through the city’ style line! He manages to push skateboarding by keeping it true to his style of skating, whilst at the same time doing tricks that every skater would like to do, while going from one to another spot.
Vincent, on the other hand, seems like he just came from the corner store where he bought a soda, and on his way back, he noticed he could flip his board in there. Probably the most relaxed walk of the bunch, which contrasts quite nicely with Mr. V’s spurt.
The Bail To Pick up a.k.a. The Never Give Up.
This is a more recent phenomenon, ever since iPhone filming became an everyday thing, skaters started to worry less about wasting tape and thus happy accidents made it into our collective memory. The reason why we like this style of walking is because it makes everything seem so much more spontaneous, it reminds us of skating around with the homies, instead of the sometimes tedious process of perfecting things in front of the lens.
The Hop Off, Hop On.
The Hop off and Hop On is a method perfected by one of today’s most influential skaters: Mr. Kevin Rodrigues. He has a knack for wall riding, no comply flipping or throwing down his board (to hippy jump) and moving into the next trick. The great thing about this combination is that everybody can join in, just remember: the most important thing is the rhythm of your walk! Hesitation can sneak in and ruin an otherwise great line.
The Mid Trick Walk Along.
To be honest, a lot of these moves seem to come straight from a Louie Barletta, who should be on everybody’s favorite skater list by now. Go watch his parts and you will notice that the only difference is that these tricks are done in a serious manner, instead of with a weird hat and a Rod Stewart track. Anyway, you have to find the right trick and spot (a long slide) to do this but if you do the possibilities are endless.
Walk The Line.
This one doesn’t really need any explaining, does it?
Walking as a mode of skating.
A fancy way to say that walking can be the actual main dish instead of a side order that only add’s to the meal. Case and point CK1’s stroll on these metal arm rests, imagine him replacing that walk with a series of hippy jumps, it wouldn’t be the same right?
The Stop Walk And Roll.
This is the only section that doesn’t involve the board moving before hand, it is the simple idea of placing your board somewhere (very high in this case) and jumping on it. Most skaters use this to test out spots but very few use it as a means to an end, which it can be in the right hands. In our opinion, this is the little brother of the caveman nosegrind that Andrew Allen popularized a while back. We say little because everybody can try this one at almost every spot.
The Walk Home.
For the older skaters amongst us, this is a pretty common thing. You need to wrap up the session because your significant other wants to home and the baby needs to be fed, time to go, leave the board and take a walk home.
Cory Kennedy is that guy who does the most difficult tricks, without any effort, all with a smile on his face. Watch CK1 have fun in Idaho and Montana in part 3 of this series by Nike SB.
A friend of our house, a soon to be PLACE intern behind the camera and one of the best shops in Europe. Marca is going to stay for a while! S/O to all of the above!
What is up with Eric Koston getting hit by a board in all these clips, lately? We really enjoy Nike SB‘s new series of short films. But, honestly, who wouldn’t wanna watch Grant Taylor cruising? This guy really just lets his skating talk, and that will solve the rest for him. Good one!
The fifteen years anniversary of the Nike SB Dunk still echos on through the scene. I guess, more or less everybody is aware of the fact that this shoe truly is something special. But how exactly was the enormous hype created? Listen to the stories of shop owners, collaborators and, of course, the skateboarders who followed the history of the shoe through the years and helped to make the SB Dunk a legend.
Last month marked the 15th birthday of the Nike SB Dunk, writing that story took me back into another zone and, as often happens, an interview pops up with John Motta (by Ripped Laces), an avid skater of the Dunk High. Now truth be told I had a big Arizona phase, a phase that consisted of me buying and friends gifting me local AZ videos, a nostalgic feeling that I was keen on revisiting. So I spent the weekend “researching” read, watching my favorite John Motta parts.
The whole thing started with the Daryl Angel and Ryan Lay’s Filmbot File part. I was already into Daryl’s skating but I did not know Ryan yet. So I started doing my Googles and found this video called “Peter Vlad’s Wonderful Horrible Life” in which a Ryan Lay had a part. P.V.W.H.L. is an underrated project, there were some amazing parts combined with people who skated like me, and it showed me, that people with lesser abilities could have parts that would made you want to go out and skate (weird right!?). That is not the case for John Motta though, his part was just great in all aspects, the songs, the spots, the trick selection and the editing, it all worked.
My first introduction to Mr.Motta’s skating came with this video part in “Peter Vlad’s Wonderful Horrible Life”.
That video sparked my interest, but as with many things: you are only as good as the last thing you put out. Luckily the next AZ video I saw was “A Happy Medium” and it was an instant classic. John’s part was my favorite right from the start. I watched the video almost every day, sometimes even multiple times a day and, truth be told, it never really dawned on me what made the part so appealing to me, looking back on it now it didn’t really influence my skating that much. I couldn’t wallie, wallride or do any of the hammer type stuff back then (I still can’t skate drops to this day). But maybe it just showed me a direction of skating I liked. It had a certain spot based approach, instead of just a trick based one. For instance, the wallride nollie to Banana slide at 3:05 or the pole jam wallride to pole jam at the 3:40 mark, those were things you couldn’t just do, you had to find or build those obstacles. It led me to find my “own” spots and come up with ideas for tricks to do there.
John’s “A Happy Medium” part.
After his “A Happy Medium” part came out, multiple other Motta parts got releaed. For instance, John’s parts in Skate Mental’s Am Chowder , and A Happy Medium 2 both parts were alright but they did not have the vibe that the two other parts had.
Almost at the same time as “A Happy Medium 2” came out, there where these rumors of something else dropping. And then all of a sudden some footage got dropped online via a secret “leak” which a guy on the infamous SLAP Forum found and used to create his own Motta part. On the forum the guy explains what happened:
“A while back I found an easter egg hidden on the Skate Mental website. I was on Motta’s team page and noticed a bolder font on one of his answers. I clicked on it and it brought me to a file hosting web page, I downloaded the file and it was exactly what the file name said, it was all of Motta’s raw unedited footage, also in the folder with the footage was a letter written and signed by Johns mom, basically saying John didn’t like his footage and wanted it hid on the site cuz while filming it the year before he had a bad bipolar episode causing him to be in and out of the hospital on meds for about half the year and that the doctor told him not to do anything physical, so he just wanted to hide the footage on the Skate Mental site and if someone found it that they could leak it or edit it, and I was that person so Here is what I did with it…let the leaking begin!!!”
Skate Mental Easter Egg Part
So basically this part is fan-made but the whole thing works so well that I ended up rewatching it for about a 100 times. It features some of John’s best and most innovative skating. It was the start of his current tunnel exploration phase and it features the elusive 360 flip FS Wallride, which to my knowledge had not been done before and has not really been done afterwards.
John has not been standing still and has put out multiple parts since then, but he has not been able to truly show the vibe of his current day skating in a way that correctly represents the vibe around the tunnels. But A “Happy Medium 4” is coming out this year, so maybe that will mark another new phase in an already interesting skate career. I know I am waiting to see it.
Photos by Matt Price.
Thanks to Ripped Laces for inspiring me to write this.
Text By Roland Hoogwater
I remember that Sean Malto‘s last serious injury was quite a topic. Maybe it was even more talked of than Sean personally would have liked to. However, I hope for him that this new full part will set the main focus back on his skating again, which would be more than deserved.
Well, what can I say remarkable about Carlos Ribeiro that you don’t already know? Maybe I could just do a little assumption: The Track “Know the Ledge (Juice)” by Eric B. and Rakim was already used in Rob Dyrdek‘s part in the DC Video from 2003. So, if Carlos is not a fan of Rob, they at least seem to share a similar taste in music.
What do you do when you have a lot of footage here and there and probably know it would be cool to have it put altogether? Well, Jacopo Carozzi stopped thinking about it and just made it done! Let’s rave!
An iconic shoe, skated by a lot of iconic skateboarders over the years. I remember when these came out and people started buying them, there was a pivotal moment when a lot of my friends switched from baggy jeans and És Accels into sweatpants and Nike SB Dunks. I also remember when I first noticed I wanted to try on a pair, it was when I saw Niell Brown slowly destroying a pair of the Carhartt SB Dunks during the day. I also remember my very first pair of SB dunks It was the Wieger Van Wageningen (Piazza) Dunk, to be honest, if felt pretty cool!
These shoes were (re)built for skating but they were being heavily sought after items of streetwear that had more than double the store value on Ebay, Some of us in the skatepark saw their money making potential and where smart enough to stack some boxes of OG SB Dunks under their bed, and are to this day literally sleeping on some money waiting to be made or worn. All I got to say is, it is a great shoe and however Nike SB decides to tweak them they were sick then and they are still sick now and they”ll still be 15-years from now!
In honor of the SB Dunks birthday, the kind folks over at Nike SB created a Nike SB Dunk website celebrating 15 years and a video showing the history of the shoe through the people who skated it. Enjoy!
Text by Roland Hoogwater
Image taken from The chrome ball Incident
Genesis Evans just put out this video of some of his well-known Supreme friends skating and Dorking around the city of Angels in short L.A.
I met Justin Sommer the first time when he just started skating. So due to we both always have shared the same local spots in Berlin, I had the chance to kind of follow each and every step of his career in which taking part in the Tampa AM contest might be the biggest step up to now. Moreover, Snipes organized a little sort of documentary to give an insight of how this whole one-of-a-kind experience might have felt like for Justin.
Brian Anderson had many good years but we are sure he had a very special 2016. Nike SB knows the man and over the years have collaborated with him on colorways, special editions, and even his own shoe. A lot of people in skating get their chance to work on projects but Mr. Anderson seems to be very hands on, his style and sense of zeitgeist have made the results of those projects classics. Yesterday saw the release of his newest project to date and next week he will exhibiting some of his painting as well. I say all that to say this, Brian Anderson is one our greats and he has been my favorite skater since day one and I was honored to be able to have a little smalltalk with him.
How are you, Brian?
I’m doing very well. I just have been painting and being in New York for the holidays, so yeah, it’s been nice!
Has it been snowy outside as in Berlin?
Yeah, it snowed! I was actually in New Jersey stuck in the house for two days and the snow… it was awesome, it was great! (Laughs)
Yeah, same here! It’s been snowy the whole time and actually even a little snow stormy today, which I really liked to be honest just sitting inside working.
I guess, at the moment it’s morning for you right?
Yes, it’s almost noon.
So, you were painting you said?
Yeah, I was working on some paintings for Berlin. We are leaving Saturday and are going for the Bright Tradeshow. I have some big paintings that were too heavy and expensive to be sent, so I actually started to make four new ones. I am working on them for the next few days and bring them on the airplane to see you guys.
Yeah man, I definitely will stop by your exhibition. It’s actually not far from where we are. I was wondering though about the painting. You have been painting for quite some time now, right?
Not too much within the past ten years because I kind of said “yes” to every tour and I got a dog… So, I never had time to go to the studio and paint. I was mostly trying to skateboard, was running a skateboard company, doing Nike tours, autograph signings, competitions, and demos. So yeah, I didn’t really paint I just kept a sketchbook. But I’m trying to stay in New York more now, and not leave as much all year long. Here is where I can paint more art and start trying to get art shows with friends and it’s good. It’s really calming and it’s kind of a good energy flow and lets bad energy out. So, I really enjoy it now. I just painted for a week straight all alone. It was great and very therapeutic.
I kind of know what you are talking about. Before I started working I was in art school for four years, so I can really feel you on the therapeutic calmness of painting.
I don’t know how long ago but I remember watching a day-in-the-life type of thing with you where you showed a couple of your sketches. It was the same one in which you talked about watching skateboard videos in the mirror, which means to watch for example your favorite regular skater riding goofy. That was actually kind of the start for me to draw, too. And that’s kind of funny that we are talking about that now. So, I was wondering how did you end up doing an art show in Berlin?
It was kind of last minute. I mean, I hate to call it an art show because I just bring four things. One or two months ago Kaspar (van Lierop) asked me “Hey do you want to be in this art show with Nick Jensen for the Bright? You know it’s kind of on the smaller side…” And I was like “Yeah, sure that would be great! I will make some paintings!” So, yeah, I know Nick from the time we both used to be on Fourstar together and I really loved to be around him, he is such a great guy. And yeah, it was like “Let’s go to the Bright Tradeshow and hang out” And we also are going to launch the hockey jersey, the spring ’17 line and the capsule that I created. So, I’m pretty sure that we are going to have a small party for that as well. And then we are going to go to Oslo, too. It’s going to be a nice trip. I’m really excited. And I have to add that I’m looking forward to seeing Nick and that I love his art!
I think so, too! I think it’s definitely juxtaposition between your and his work but I’m kind of excited to see it. He is a very much into more abstract things or let’s say he’s combining abstractionism and realism.
Yeah, so mine is a little loud. Not like a crazy loudness in a ‘piss off’ way but I use like crazy wild colors and think that stems from me growing up on some much advertising and Hot Wheels and Coca-Cola and all this television stuff. I love bold strong images. I love labels and so on. So mine is a little bit more bright and his is a little bit more patterns but it’s beautiful like I said you can tell he took some much time to make these paintings and you have to respect that. It’s great!
So you are working from a studio you said?
Ah, it is not really a studio! I was working at a house. My family has a house down in New Jersey.
Ah great! I was wondering about the collection you are launching. It’s a hockey jersey, which is kind of a trademark for you, I guess, and the shoes as well? So, what inspired you? I mean everything seems to be smoothly picked like for example the coloring is nice. It’s very suitable. So, were you very hands on with this project?
Yeah, I was very involved with it! I did the original sketch of the whole jersey itself and it was well received and so we decided “Hey let’s do a whole capsule!” And then I did a sneaker drawing and then, you know, we picked some existing pieces that were already in the SB line, you know, classic hoodie, a coach jacket… And yeah it’s not like I wore a hockey jersey like twice a month or a year around, it’s not necessarily my signature thing. I just thought, you know, often times they don’t fit that well. And so I found an exciting jersey that I liked that was a little smaller fit, so we used that and I just kind of was like have them shirked the arms down a little bit and the shoulders so they do not look quite as big as a traditional hockey jersey so it’s fun and I’m hoping a lot of other people will take it to popular culture and hip hop, whatever… It’s pretty “gangster” if you might say. (Laughs)
Check out the lookbook to get a feel for Brian’s capsule collection.
That’s what I like about your style. It’s not only drawn from skating. It has a very broad reach. I mean, I can see people all over the world kind of wearing the stuff and that’s kind of nice.
Yeah, it is! I love to wear all kinds of genres. One day I leave my apartment with a tie on just because I want to feel different for the day, you know, and maybe wear sunglasses and walk down the street. And then the next day I maybe wear camouflage and cargo pants with a hockey jersey. I just like to wear whatever I feel around a day. It’s fun because then when you design you can feel how things should fit from whatever category: punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, skateboarding and so on.
So, do you often shop in thrift stores or do you just go and look around what’s the thing at the moment? Where do you find what you like?
I actually wanted you to ask that! I turn forty this year and I just kind of have all these pieces that fit me so great that I actually don’t really go shopping and buy stuff anymore at all! I just kind of look at magazines and see what’s trending and walk around in New York City to see all the new stuff right away on for example the subway train. You know, all the kinds are fixing and changing ideas. It goes so much faster nowadays through the Internet. It’s easy to see what’s going on in the culture. Especially in New York City, it’s like that day or that week something becomes popular you see it. I love watching what’s the younger generation is doing with trending.
It’s kind of amazing that your generation to say broadly has been around for that amount of time that wasn’t there before. I mean I’ve been talking with multiple skateboarders about this. It’s kind of nice that you see like the cycles of things. That was not much of a thing in skateboarding before speaking of fashion cycles.
Oh yeah, it’s fun to see skateboarding go back to beautiful eras like the 90’s style again, you know. Kids are wearing little baggy pants in New York City but I’m also pretty sure that there are a lot of tight pants kids out in Los Angeles but yeah, it is cool to be around that length of time to see things come and go. And you also see a lot of fashion taken from skateboarding, you know, it’s funny. It’s like a pyramid flipped over. Before it was the top with Gucci and Louis Vuitton and all these types of things and then down on the bottom it’s like skateboarding and popular culture and now it’s like reversed, now we’re kind of at the top and high-end fashion stuff is a little below and looks up to what we do more often. It’s interesting. Everything is more mixed together nowadays. A lot of high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Coach, Chanel and stuff they are using patches of like hand-drawn little dinosaurs and stuff, more like what maybe skateboarders would wear.
Yeah, it feels really playful at the moment. People are experimenting around with colors a lot, too.
Yeah, that’s well put “playful”.
And that’s kind of what I see in skateboarding as well like you can do slappies again. Like when I was starting to skate I didn’t see a slappy until a couple of years in and understood what it was even. And now it’s like the kids are growing up with such a broad view, which the Internet of course kind of did as well. It’s not really a question, I guess, but there are parallels.
Yeah, that’s right! Sorry, man but I have to go! Any Last questions?
No, don’t let me keep you! Have a nice day and see you in Berlin next week!
Yeah, see you there! Bye!
To get more information about Nick and Brian’s exhibition Click Here.
Interview by Roland Hoogwater
It is really not a secret anymore but still, we have not officially celebrated the fact that we did actually hit the 10 years mark by now. Together with Nike SB we would like to invite all of you to a very special location in Berlin. Find us at PLACEOne (Funny Enough) at Strausbergerplatz 19 on Wednesday the 18th of January, door open at 9pm. We are very much looking forward to celebrating this event together with you!
Oskar Rozenberg‘s new full part mostly takes place in the vertical. Powerful and fearless.
Austin Thongvivong seems to be one of those people that never forget to smile about anything. Probably this positive vibe is also the secret behind his feather-light-fooded skating. Kickflip into whatever and whereever…