Before we start with the accompanying interview to this beautiful video we have to acknowledge and thank Luidgi Gaydu who came to us and established the connection that has lead us to this moment, presenting this video to you all. And now on to CECÍLIA a video by Esteve Femenies, a name that you will remember the moment you press play.
Hello Esteve, I have some questions about “Cecilia” but as a beginning, can you do a little introduction about you. What do you do? Where are you from?
I am from Mallorca, trying to become a Professor. Well, normally, I am an English Professor, teaching children, but at this moment I am unemployed. But besides that, I love skateboarding and have been filming all the time for basically as long as I can remember.
I’m curious about the title of the video. Why this name, if it is the name of a special person or something?
I saw the “Nicaragua” video by Jacob Elliot Harris, the narrative in the video was cool and it made you think so much about the importance of the people around rather than the spots. That made me think a lot and that is reflected in “Cecilia”, which took us around 2 and a half years to film. I had the idea before, but I did some other projects first. Skateboarding is like that, many things happened along the way, spontaneous stuff that you can’t control. I wanted to give some importance to the people around me and they all have their names. So, why can’t a video have its own human name?
What are your inspirations in relation to the style of your video?
I had a lot, too many to specify. When we began with all of this, I started super motivated, feeling hyped I realized you don’t need to do crazy nollie inwards heels on big stairs. I had that epiphany when I watched Yoan Taillander’s skate video “Minuit” which continued when I saw some people from Baltimore, Alex Rose & many others skate. Skateboarding has a crazy output these days, there’s a new skate video every day. For example just talking about Place, the video I’m watching on loop now is Pascal Moelaert’s part. I am amazed by how it is filmed and edited. Nowadays you can get a little inspiration from other things and a little inspiration from skate sites, that’s the thing skateboarding has going for it.
I totally agree with you. And the sound? Some of the artsy parts have a cool soundscape.
I was creating the sounds using a normal audio recorder and then editing them further until I really liked what came out. It was during a spontaneous, rainy day when we filmed the intro part on 16mm and the sounds we captured were a lot of street sounds. It was such a mess, I filmed the footage badly and after it got developed it was even worse. I spent around €200 for less than 20 seconds of video, what a bummer! So in fact, the intro part is something that doesn’t have to be in the video but I wasted so much time, money and energy on it. So, we put it in any way (laughs).
What was the process like regarding the soundtrack? It feels like the music is a way of bringing a diverse group of skaters together. Like glue almost.
I listen to a lot of music, a lot! Here in Manacor, Mallorca the number of musicians around is always high. I have lived with musicians all my life and never had to search for music. If I listen to certain music, it starts something in me and my mind wanders off to skate videos. We’re mega fans of some of the bands we used, but to be honest, there may also be some music in this video that next year we won’t be listening to anymore.
I am really pessimistic at times but I think in this project the music works really well! I’m happy with all the choices I made, I wouldn’t change a thing.
How did you pick the skaters? Is it a crew of friends or did you select them?
Mallorca is a family. Maties Adrover has been my friend for what feels like my entire life. I met him skating when I was 12 years old he also worked with me on this project so 50% of this video is him too. Sebas Sitjar is the ambassador of Palma de Mallorca. If you go skating at the Sa faxina plaza, you will see him. Dudu Garcia is a beast, one of those skaters in my opinion will be well deserved to make a living with his skating. Charlie Armstrong is a 20-year old skater who blows my mind. There are so many good skaters here, total family vibes. Mallorca is about love for me. Everyone got involved in this project at the end.
In the video, there are different cities. Did you make any trips?
The first trip was to Barcelona when we had the premier for “Compulsio” there and we partied so much, too loco (laughs). Then we went to Madrid as well. I am lucky to have good relationships in skateboarding, I am connected with some cool people. The but in the end, the video was mostly filmed in Mallorca.
I can see special spots in your video. Are you dedicated to finding spots?
I think Maties the main boss when it comes to spots, like the water spots, that was him. Also, the tree spot, that was him, Maties was like: “Hey let’s go skate a tree and I said, are you crazy, a tree?”. That tree ended up being hard to skate, harder to skate than you can tell on video. So yeah Maties is the spot guide mostly.
Who made the stop motion animations
Here in this city, whether you want or not. We are really privileged when it comes to the arts. There are so many talented people around all the time. That is awesome! One of my friends, Alexandre Coll, is a person who has been doing collages all his life and I always wanted to work with him. He showed me his work one day, and it was amazing! So for this video, he contributed many different animations, just 20% of them made it to the video. Maties then hand made the titles for the video. As you see we are lucky.
Does your video have a special message? If it has what might that be?
Nothing special, but, I wanted to do something different, show Mallorca and not make it look like California. For instance London is beautiful and easy to sell, but I just want to show the true style and take on Mallorca. What is mallorca to me?I tried to do something visually appealing about my city. Mallorca always was super catholic, mega touristic and I want to show Mallorca without shame. There is a bit of narrative telling you our view, this is our culture and that is. We love the results, it was hard to make and present this to others but we are happy with the video.
Tom Weimar is back with this new part that he filmed with Kert Hollywood. For those that know Tom’s work, he is famous for using very special music and cool camera work.
Then Coronavirus hit, and like most of us, Tom was sat inside more than ever, going through his previous work while his girlfriend asked him: ‘Why don’t you make a video with a “sweet” vibe. The answer came through reading a book about Post-Punk, think Manchester, Joy Division, that type of music.
So, when Kert showed up this summer super motivated, Tom had his camera ready and together they ventured off the beaten FFM path. Jannis Fray came into the picture a bit later, known for his detailed line work. He stuck to the Post-Punk spirit of industrial landscapes and sounds and contributed the final piece to the puzzle.
Peter has been a busy boy this last summer! His “What The Heck” video came out less than a week ago and now we are already getting his next video. Creature and OJ Wheels came to town and somebody named ULPH put his Swedish foot down on multiple spots in a time span of 6-days. JAKE and JOAO backed him up and DAVE came along for a day too. Pretty amazing, and because you might not be aware of how fun these guys are we asked a BGP legend & team manager Steve Forstner to casually introduce Berlin to the guys and the guys to you.
LOVE is just a 4 letter word but so is FUCK! A lot of GOOD things are described by just FOUR simple letters. 4 is the number of people in this edit and the liquid they drank most is 4 letters long as well.
Back to the feature of the day. Get ready for something new, something fresh, some weird new Creature. Press play on the above first, but stay here and get into podcast mode for a second with our audio below.
Another day and another wonderful pre-Christmas exclusive. This time we have a pretty… pretty… pretty heavy part by our Norwegian connect, Simen Hægeland & Martin Strøm.
Both are not new to the site but with this project, they are bursting on the scene in a new way. They are taking things a bit further this time, both trick-wise & filming wise. In the end, it resulted in some cool choices like a Varial-Flip Nosegrind Revert or the use of homegrown Norwegian Trap music.
Also notable is the return of the BIG Heelflip, 2020 also has its upsides.
Earlier this year we were pleasantly surprised by a video called 93FRAMES – EPISODE 1. A loving portrait of one of the rougher areas in France. The video showed the spots, the skaters, and most importantly the people of that area. It was obviously made with the type of attention to detail that two people that live and breathe in that area themselves would poses.
Macéo Moreau was one of those two architects of that video. He is the main guy behind this new video that we are premiering today. But this project is not so much about an area it is more like a tour video. But it is still about a group of people, traveling and skating together. Which in 2020 was one of the things most of us missed the most.
Differences aside, what remains throughout both projects, is that same loving feeling that was so present in the the first episode of 93FRAMES. So, without wasting any more words, we ask you to press play and enjoy vx TOLON.
We at Place are very proud to present to you a video by someone close to our hearts. Peter Buikema is a big part of what makes us, us. From FUNBOX, Shimmy, The Place Roadtrip video, and many more he has plowed through 2020 and came out the other end. The result being, this new video “What The Heck” together with Lousy Livin. We asked Peter to talk and explain a bit about this video, the meaning behind the title, amongst other things. He reluctantly agreed but added that his talents lie behind the lens. Which is a part of why we love him so much. So here is a modest talk with the creator for those that want to know more after pressing play.
Welcome Peter are you ready for your close up? I hope you are here we go, some hard hitting questions: What The Heck is a fun title for the project but for those in the know it has a somewhat personal flavor, care to explain?
Well, I live in an apartment at the Heckmannufer, a skate house would be the appropriate term. So, last year we had friends over all the time. And on one of those nights, the idea was born to make a Heckmannufer video with all the homies and we came up with the name “What The Heck”. The street itself and our apartment feature throughout the whole video.
In what way did this idea then come to be a project connected to Lousy Livin?
The Idea for the Heckmannufer video came before Lousy Livin asked me to do a video. Actually, we had already started filming. I then came back to them with the idea to combine the two and they liked that very much. The process of working together was quite nice in general, they gave me artistic license to make the video I wanted to create.
The music in your projects always plays a big role, on past projects we have been sending songs back and forth. Can you tell us a bit about your music selection process?
Sometimes I spend days and days browsing Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud or whatever for music. Every now and then, I manage to find things I like, which I then add to one of my playlists. Funnily enough, I often find the best music, the things I end up using, when I am not looking for it (laughs). And then when editing I check if I have something that matches the vibe of the footage. Sometimes I just use a song I’ve been listening to for ages, but then after editing I can’t hear it anymore (laughs).
Music is obviously important, but the skaters you choose are at least as important. How did you pick the people for this video, did they just wander into your apartment?
(laughs) They are all the homies. I like an open vibe and I feel that skaters work well in groups.
What do you want people to take away from watching this video?
I can’t really answer that, maybe that it was really fun making this project. I hope that shines through in the video.
It has been two years since we have seen the introduction of the SLEEP-OVER brand with their first video. Since then a lot has changed, from the crew to the clothes and the vibe in general. Were the first video was sexy, to say the least, this one is strictly about the skating or as the founder Fatos Veseli said “I wanted this one to be for the skaters, the people that backed the brand”.
IN 2020 Fatos has taken the reigns and has pulled the brand closer to his own person. “At the start, I was wearing hoody’s, T-shirts and tighter pants but I was dreaming of the South of France. Driving along the coast in a cabriolet car. We needed and wanted to make those clothes to connect to our base but I wanted to evolve and project the brand to where I feel I want to be. Now we have gotten to a place where the designs and the cuts are our own. That means a lot.”
There is no denying that this brand is being propelled forward by hard work and love for what SLEEP-OVER means to the people working on it. Pascal Kurth & Gabriel Dimming worked on the video up to the moment the beamer projected the light onto the silver screen. “They have been the motor behind this video, not me. I want them to have their day in the sun, to shine for a moment, because they put it all into the video.” Fatos told me.
For people that have seen the brand grow, it has been quite the journey, but for the people in the know, it hasn’t been a surprise that the changes have worked. Their newest collection is being worn by both men and women alike. So cheers, to SLEEP-OVER and the hard work behind it, because that is the foundation of any successful brand.
Our third and last Unsigned Hype, Pascal Moelaert is one of the oldest 19-year-olds I have ever met. And through reading this interview you will see that he hangs around and talks a lot with people that are about 10 years older than him. At the same time, Ziggy Schaap is one of the youngest 29-year-olds I have ever met. Living the life he wants, when he wants, and enjoying it around the way. Pascal is the serious one. Even though he handles everything with humor and irony, he does really care. Ziggy is more of a whatever works type of guy. Together they are the youngest and oldest people in this project and somehow it makes so much sense to close this first series with them. We hope you agree.
So, great first question where did you guys first meet?
P & Z: Tinder! (laughs)
Z: You know it!
Regular like or Super like?
P&Z: Regular like.
Z: I am more of a Bumble guy normally though, the people on there seem a bit more interesting.
P: I liked him on accident.
Who proposed to meet up first?
P: I did. I told him I was going on skate camp and he said he was going there as well, taking photos.
Z: You were still a minor, you were 12 years old, I was 22.
(Laughs) Who made the first move?
P: I did, a Backside Smith grind on a ledge. And he asked me if he could shoot it.
Z: That photo might still exist. But after camp, we kept in touch and saw each other at contests. The next big thing was a skate trip around Europe. The parents and their children just camped and skated around. Again I was taking the photos. I think after that, we did Pascals On the Roll video part. That was at 13.
Ziggy you are single. How is 2020 dating life and what about you Pascal, dating much?
P: No, I was partying a bit much during summer but there hasn’t been much dating going on.
No art school trips?
P: Nah, I had to stop drinking, it was getting too crazy.
Did you feel the pressure growing up, quitting alcohol at 19?
P: Who said anything about stopping, I am having a beer right now (laughs). But the hangovers were pretty heavy so I had to cut down. Less and less is better for me.
Random one, what political party would you guys vote for?
P: Green party (Groen Links)
Z: I don’t really vote.
P: You can’t trust people that say that. They secretly vote rightwing for sure (laughs). But do the people that read Place really care about politics?
Ok, point-taken, let me ask a standard skate question then, who did the best line ever at Paleis van Justitie (Pascal’s favorite ledge plaza in The Hague).
P: Ricardo Paterno, I told him that too. I went to his office recently, he works with Sami El-Hassani who films for POP as well. We watched his Colorblind part together. He was shining, it must have felt good for him to relive that. He did say the last trick in that line was sketchy but he also revealed that he did the first trick about a hundred times. His skating deserves some props in this interview.
Sure, Pascal, your dad was a big factor in your younger skateboard days right?
P: Not really, he was around, he just brought me to all the contests, went to skate-camps with me. But he would just chill.
Z: I saw him on the sidelines at contests screaming “COME ON PASCAL!” (laughs).
Your TM for Spitfire (Niels) wanted to know what happened to you and skating handrails? Nowadays you stay with low-impact tricks.
P: I am not as young as I used to be (laughs). But for real, I always felt like I had this label of being a rail skater. So when I was young, I always would be taken to rail spots, and because of that label, I would also try things that at some point I just wasn’t that stoked on trying anymore. Like when I did that video with Luci (Lucas Jankoshek) we filmed a lot of ledge-lines but I still felt like I needed that ender to be a rail trick. So, I did that, and afterwards, I just knew I didn’t like it anymore. So I faded it out of my skating.
Z: You also stopped skating contests and parks and started street skating more.
You also skated for Enjoi (flow) for a bit.
P: That was Ricardo Paterno’s doing. Skatestore had a distribution behind it and they had all of these shops in the Netherlands but they also had their top Dutch skaters on this three-star team. So, Paterno was talking to me and he said: “I am leaving as TM but the last thing I want to do is elevate you to that level and get you some good deals.” So it was a board brand, truck, and wheel sponsor offer. And he asked me who I wanted to ride for. I said Krooked, Thunder, Spitfire. So, I started telling people that I had those sponsors. Like a really stoked little kid, and a week after Ricardo called me and said: “Yo, we thought about it and we feel like Enjoi would be better for you.” I was bummed for a bit, but he explained that back then Dwindle was more open to adding European riders to the actual team. I ended up, saying yes to that deal, and rode for Enjoi for a couple of years. I think I quit when I stopped skating rails.
My taste just changed so much, I got into Alex Olson & Hjalte’s skating. That was right before Bianca Chandon started. So, I just changed and wanted to skate boards I liked. So, instead, I was buying Krooked and Polar boards.
Your last part in “Likkie Wax” was also a joint effort between the two of you. Do you feel that your skating changed again from 2018 to now?
P: I think so, maybe.
Z: I think, that you were doing a lot of the same things but you curate your tricks better now.
I think there are some big differences. You did a lot of combo’s in that part and this part doesn’t have that many.
P: That was Thaynan Costa’s influence on me. He was early with a lot of those things. I went to this DC thing in the Netherlands and Ziggy was the spot guide. He invited me to come along, I already got Nike SB flow at the time but he wanted me to join anyway. Ziggy took us to this ledge spot and Thaynan was doing all of the cool combo’s and I thought that he was so sick. That day I managed to learn noseslide to 50-50.
I think for this part I toned that down because I did it so much and I wanted to show another newer part of my skating in this video part.
It seems like this one has more flip ins or flip outs.
P: I watched Fully Flared and got totally inspired (laughs). Joking, but I did start doing wheelies more for this part.
Z: I see a lot of Hjalte in your skating now. Hjalte’s tricks and Alex Olson’s ironic attitude.
P: I wouldn’t say that but if someone else wants to (laughs). I just like to watch Alex’s footage, I don’t want to copy him. Although I did skate a bowl yesterday and I did have that Alex type of vibe. (doesn’t laugh)
Ziggy, you started as a photographer but you moved on to also include filming. When did that interest spark?
Z: I started documenting at 11 and I just did photos until 16. After that, I bought a VX1000. So since then, it has been a wave motion of me doing one more than the other, but I never really totally sideline one. Right now I am packing a bag with both video and photo equipment. I just want to keep challenging myself and often after a long time working on a video project I find myself wanting to pack flashes.
Those bags are heavy, so how are you carrying these items? A backpack, or a trolley case?
Z: I have seen some professional photographers slam really hard with those trolley cases so I prefer fucking up my back with the backpack.
Back to you Pascal, a lot of people know you because of those POP clips, but how did you get on POP?
P: There was this skate-premiere in Rotterdam in 2018. On the day of the premiere, I was skating in my local park. I ended up twisting my ankle pretty bad but I still wanted to go because they had a sick afterparty. But I couldn’t walk so I stayed home.
That evening Ziggy wrote to me and told me Peter Kolks (Who does POP) had given him a big bag of products for me to wear. So the next day I texted Peter and thanked him. He just told me “All good, I hope you like it.”, So I was wearing the gear a lot and I ended up seeing Peter and Ric van Rest (Co-owner of POP) again and they told me I was at the top of their list to get some seeding again. That got me pretty hyped. A week later I get a text from Peter, “Yo, we have this filming weekend with the whole team, and if you want, you can join us.” So I was hyped, A try-out. Chima Chibueze was also on that trip to try out.
I arrived, met the guys, and got a big bag of stuff. But I noticed none of the regular filmers were there because I knew both Jan Maarten Sneep (memory screen) and Sami El Hassani from Rotterdam. So instead of them, Mouse was there (OG filmer from The Netherlands) But instead of a real cam, he had a GoPro on him (laughs). That fucked me up mentally, I just couldn’t really skate because of the GoPro and I didn’t end up doing much.
So the next weekend I see that they are on a filming trip again and Chima is there and I am sitting at home bored. So I was like, damn I didn’t make the cut. Later that week I went filming with Sneep and I told him that story.
About a month later Sneep went to Paris with the POP squad to film. So on the first night, something rare happened. Sneep got really drunk and he went up to Peter and started saying things like “Why isn’t Pascal on, you guys should give him another chance. He would fit.”, which if you know Sneep is not a typical thing for him to do or say.
After that trip, I get a DM from Peter and we get talking and I had asked Ric if I could intern at the store so Peter was like “Oh, so we can go skate together. How long is the internship for, a week?” I told him it was for 4-months and he was like – ok. So I arrive and I get new gear again. So my internship is about to start and I get added to the POP group-chat together with Rob Maatman. We get the whole welcome to the team introduction on Whatsapp but I am still thinking this is because I am about to start my internship (laughs). I thought they were talking about the team that works for the company. So later that week I was talking to Bats and he was like “No man, you are on the team.” So a drunken Sneep and my internship got me there. If it wasn’t for those two things it might have never worked out. This was around the time Jair Gravenberch & Ali Belhadj were working on their 4:3 part and at the time they didn’t have too much footage so they asked me if I wanted to film a little something as well. And I ended up getting a whole bunch of clips. That was all during my internship.
But big up to Sneep for getting really drunk and getting loose (laughs).
That is truly a rare thing. Sneep and you go back a long way.
P: We do, we met by me doing a No-Comply pressure flip when I was 10 and a mutual friend was like “Hold up, wait here.” he fetched Sneep and said “do it again” and I did and Sneep was hyped because that was his trick and I just happen to learn it.
I always looked up to him. Jan was the filmer & editor behind Bombaklats the skate video of my youth (Pascal is 19). So back to Ricardo he put me on the same skate shop Sneep skated for around the time the first Bombaklats video came out. Sneep worked in the shop and I went to get a board and he had made Bombaklats griptape and he asked me if I wanted one. I was so stoked, I was like “Really? can I have one?” He gave me the grip and he made the video. I guess he liked my skating so we ended up filming for the second Bombaklats video.
I met Sneep even before I met Ziggy. I was ten when I did that no-comply pressure flip and freshly sponsored by Left. Luckily Ricardo saved me (laughs). Bombaklats is a big part of me.
Even though your most footage has been with Ziggy & Sneep some of your most fun footage is with Lucas Jankoshek, even dating back to your early days. He is one of two guest filmers on this project. Can you tell us a bit about this Vienna connection?
P: I met him through Ziggy, Luci was studying at KABK in Den Haag, and we went skating in Rotterdam. I think Fabi (Luci’s twin brother) was there too. We didn’t talk much but he ended up inviting me to go skate, so I went down to meet him. We ended up talking the whole day, I think I was like 14. He told me it was his last week in the Netherlands. So he wanted to get some clips with me. So we met up at my favorite spot Paleis van Justitie in Den Haag and we got like 6 clips in one day. That week we met up 2 more times, once in Rotterdam and once in Den Haag again and we filmed that little part in three days.
After he left he invited Ziggy, Justin Wagenaar, and I to visit him in Vienna. So we did that and ever since it has been back and forth. Vienna is the best city. Great people out there.
I like the city to but I never manage to connect with Luci when I was there. Except when we filmed that Eat Your Veggies. We do talk on the text.
P: Damn, so you are more of a Louis (Marschall) guy?
I don’t know, I get along with them all. But Louis seems to have more free time.
The last visit was to get something in Vienna for this part and that was the first time I felt like I wasn’t visiting anymore. I was just doing my own thing. But the fact that you see Luci in my part means a lot to me. He is Vienna for me. He has always been the reason I went there.
Toni Donau makes an appearance too.
P: True, he is a fan (laughs).
Ziggy, recently you started your own brand Karaoke what is going on with that?
Z: Well, I just was out filming a bunch and I told Rob (Maatman) that I felt it was a shame he never really filmed a real part. So Rob put in some work and I felt like I needed an outlet for my film & photo work so I put that towards a brand. We put out some hardware and some t-shirts together with a video in July and the new video and merch will drop mid-December.
P: A lot of good stuff. Look at me doing a Place Magazine job (laughs).
Z: My problem has always been that I have always had the urge to do everything: filming, editing, photography, and music. Now I wanted to streamline that into one thing. So instead of giving my content to other platforms, I wanted to create a space for myself. We went to Split with a crew and those people formed the basis for the brand.
Can you tell me about your dog Chip to whom this part is dedicated?
P: It started with Ziggy and me planning to film 8 millimeter with the dog and we took Chip for a walk and filmed him doing his thing and about a month later he ended up dying of old age. He was 10 years old and the feeling of losing him was weird because I grew up together with that dog. So to have that documented was special. We have a new dog now, but I will move out soon so you know that bond won’t be the same.
So in some ways, this is also your most personal part to date.
P: Yeah, I mean Likkie wax (a little wax) what does that have to do with me? I never wax, I just go faster (laughs).
(Laughs) True, thanks for the interview guys. And thank you all for supporting our Unsigned Hype series. Don’t forget to watch Oscar Säfström and Leon Charo-Tite‘s parts as well.
Leon Charo-Tite is our next “Unsigned Hype” and he is from Freiburg/Germany and that part of his heritage can be an issue. Many have gotten stamped and sidelined as the “German Skater”. To our U.S. audience, that’s kind of like being stamped Canadian or Brazillian in the early 2000’s. Not all Germans suffered this fate obviously, Jan Kliewer, Michi Mackrodt, Sami Harithi to name a few have escaped this treatment. And let’s be fair it is a bullshit stamp. Leon is also Kenyan and once he found out that David Jakinda is also of Kenyan heritage he got very excited and asked if I could introduce him but Covid happened. Still, these kinds of things are important to Leon. Imagine a double part between the two of them! 2021, David were you at? Anyway, Felix Schubert and Leon did the work! while being the two most humble, relaxed, and kind people you could work with. I haven’t heard any bad words about the two of them ever and you know as well as I do that people love to hate (the comments after this will be the true judge of that statement). But through this process they remained hungry, hard working and with good results. You will be seeing a lot more from them after this moment. Mark my words.
I want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. First question, how are you guys feeling right now?
F: Nervous, I want to know what people think of the video.
Are you afraid that people won’t like the video?
L: I am pretty confident with the stuff we got and I am happy with the way the edit came together. At some point, I was thinking that people would think it was lame or that it wasn’t good enough. But I think it turned out pretty well.
F: I am happy too, but I am curious what the comments will be.
I think it will be fine, you are young and coming into your prime. So, how did you guys get to know each other?
L: It was here in Berlin, a friend of mine from down south in Germany had moved up here and he introduced me to Felix. I think we skated that park in Moabit together. We clicked and started filming clips. That was in 2018.
F: Nope, that was 2019, you moved in January.
L: We filmed that “Obstsalat” video in a few months, that happened fast.
F: I’m more introverted and usually need some time to open up to people but with Leon I clicked from the beginning. I had the feeling with Leon I just can talk about everything. That’s what makes working on projects with him so easy.
Leon, you moved here from the South of Germany close to Freiburg and the Swiss border. Berlin has its very own vibe, how was it to make that change?
L: It changed me a lot. Down there we have cool parks, cool spots and I went to Basel a lot. Basel is cool, the scene is great but things are a bit sleepy there at the same time. I wanted to move to Basel but it is really hard for German people to move down there. The Swiss want to keep the circle tight (laughs). I felt a bit stuck, and last minute I thought about Berlin, some of my friends had moved before me. So in the last 3 weeks of 2018, I managed to pack my stuff, rent a car, one way, and arrived in Berlin. It has been a bit over 1.5 years now and time in Berlin moves fast!
You established yourself fast as well.
L: Berlin just has a lot of people and a lot of the right people for me!
F: I guess your skating helped too. (laughs)
Are you from Berlin, Felix?
F: I moved up from Koblenz about 5 years ago to do my vocational training. I stuck to my friends at first but I found myself hanging out with a crew of people from the Freiburg area quite soon. People like Domi & Michi welcomed me in.
Dominik is a ripper, I didn’t know that about him.
L: They are from Offenburg, the next city over. I know him from back in the day. Him and his little brother were the contest rippers. His little brother always won the kids division. Domi was exciting to watch, when it was contest season I always got excited like “Here comes that nice Back Smith on the hubba.”
You guys live together now, how did that happen?
F: It was kinda random, I had a friend living with me and he built a bunk bed in the hallway. So after Leon lost his flat, I told him he could move into our hallway (laughs). So after a while one of the rooms became available and he moved in there and that is our current status.
L: It is at Frankfurter Allee really close to the famous stair that people skate.
Did you ever kick people out or throw down eggs if the skaters didn’t want to leave?
L: (laughs) Not as much as the people living right above it. I also never skated the spot myself, I think I am too heavy to go up like that.
They kept that on the low for sure (laughs). Felix back to you when did you start filming?
F: Well, me and the hometown crew put the money together to buy a camera. Soon I noticed that I was filming better than they were and I wanted the footage to look good so I took on the role of filmer. We dropped a full length in 2016 after 4-years of filming (laughs).
You can get hooked on filming and editing quite easily. And I think filming motivates people to do their best tricks and I like that. I think I became a filmer because I was interested in showing people that were better than me. I just felt like I wanted to show those peoples skating.
“Obstsalat” is actually the first video I fully did on my own. I guess I just kept filming stuff when I moved to Berlin, without having a project in mind, but when I got to know Michi, I was so stoked about his skating that I figured it’s about time to make my own videos with the guys I like to see skate.
People are at a higher level here. I remember going to one of the skateparks here and just looking around like?! It seems like every cities local hero is just ripping up the park. How did you deal with that coming here, Leon?
L: What shocked me more than seeing some of the skaters that I had seen before in videos is the fact that their ripping looked so casual in real life. I remember going to Skatehalle for the first time and I felt like “What!! Is this a demo or something?”
So I adjusted and thought like “Ok this seems to be the level, let’s see if I can play. Not in a competitive way but I just wanted to see if I could hang.
I definitely saw a “Before & After” effect. Because when we first met at the Kindle Banks I was impressed but after the 2019/2020 winter there was a difference.
F: There was, but even back when we filmed Obstsalat he would always get like one or two good clips each session.
L: I got better except for my wheelie skills, wheelies get me depressed. I want to do them but I don’t know how.
It seems like you just take it to bigger spots and transition more naturally.
L: I don’t even skate transition for that long, I started 3 years ago and I just started learning transition faster than I did any other type of skating. I was into it because it is fast, you can grind long and you go high and because it came naturally to me I stuck with it.
That is kind of crazy because it really seems like you have that level of confidence that comes with growing up on transition. When we did that “Eat Your Veggies” you skated that ramp with ease.
L: That ramp is sketchy but I have this idea that helps me with transition skating. So, on higher ramps, I feel like the basic calculation of the quarter is kind of the same. So whether it is a high ramp or a small one you just need to figure out how to land in the middle of the transition and you can walk or slide out of a bail easily. Also, I look at cats and how they do things and try to emulate that (laughs).
To be honest it kind of shocked me to hear that you have been skating transition for only 3 years and did an ender like that. Could you share a little bit about that process?
That day was crazy, we woke up had breakfast and we just said let’s go to Kreuzberg and we happened to pass the spot. We looked at each other and thought, why not go here. So I warmed up with those Frontside Oski’s, then did a stall on the top to drop in and after that, I wanted to Nose pick. But I landed in a Noseblunt a couple of times and I kind of started believing it might be possible. So I kept going, had a blackout moment and woke up rolling away from it like “What The Fuck”.
How many tries did it take total?
F: Maybe 20, that was before we even met up with the crew. We kept skating and got more clips that day.
L: I filmed that ollie up, Front board fakie line like right after. You can tell in my part I wear a lot of the same outfits because a lot of stuff happened in sequence.
What was the biggest challenge for this part?
L & F: THE MUSIC!
L: We tried everything, from funk, soul, whatever, and we would come home and try to edit it, and either it didn’t work or we got less psyched after we saw the results. Also, the trick selection was hard, we struggled a bit with that.
F: I am happy that a lot of things got leftover and that will go forward to my next project.
Continuing, did you guys carefully select the spots you wanted to skate? Because some of these spots are not typical berlin spots.
F: I am just not interested in filming the same old spots, I am not interested in filming too many lines at Bänke. Berlin has so much to offer and looking for spots by bike is a big part of that experience.
L: I remember Felix would come into my room really stoked saying that he had found a spot on google maps. We would then go there on the weekend and use the spot as a Geiger meter. On the way, we would find things and skate them. That was probably the most productive method for us, sometimes being too prepared and stuck on the idea of doing a certain trick at a certain spot can be detrimental to being productive. I feel if you keep an open mind you approach the spot differently and you often get a better result.
Who is the leader when it comes to picking directions.
L: It is a group thing but Felix knows a lot of spots.
F: And Leon can skate a lot of them so the combination really works.
Except, you never seemed to land at any wheelie pads.
L: (laughs) No he never brought me to any of those luckily.
F: He doesn’t like to try them and I don’t like capturing them on my vx.
What is your personal top 3 when it comes to things in this part.
L: Halfcab down the stairs Wallie Frontside 180.
L: Switch 270 Wallride over the coffin.
L: A toss-up between the line with the Max Palmer Ollie and the Backside Noseblunt.
F: The Ollie at Görlitzer park into the short bank. I like how it looks on tape.
F: The Wallie transfer from stone to stone in Schöneberg. Also not the most common spot.
F: The Ollie over the rail into the bank and dropdown into the next bank.
Funnily enough, there is a lot of Barcelona in there and I remember that after seeing that footage calling you (Leon) and saying that I felt you could do better.
L: Pfffff, I was scared after you said that, I had an “Aaah I don’t know if I am good enough!” type of moment. At the same time, I did have some tricks to hold on to. I felt like some tricks had a good level and all I had to do was get slightly better than that and I felt that motivated me to get better day after day.
F: I was surprised. But I also felt that you said it to keep Leon motivated and not chill too much. Because we all know those tricks were good tricks.
My goal with that was to get you to keep the same newfound confidence you had inside of the park and I wanted you to take that to the streets. I mean some of those Barcelona tricks are in the ender section of the video but I felt like all-round the possibilities were greater.
F: It worked because most of the footage we got happened in the weeks after our Barcelona trip. We also had a lot of time because of the lockdown.
L: I think we never felt that we could sit and chill with the footy we had, I always felt like we should keep it going.
Even after you did the Backside Noseblunt and showed me the clip? my reaction was pretty reassuring.
F: (laughs) I remember you instantly took out your phone and texted Daniel (Pannemann). And he texted back “Damn @streetquarter on a street quarter.”
Looking back you tried some gnarly stuff in Barcelona too. You tried that big kink rail.
L: That was crazy, you had to gap over a 3 stair, into a flatbar, that changes into a 10 stair rail.
F: You had it though!
L: Almost, I think if I could go back I would try it again. That could have been the ender. I know I can do it though!
Compared to “Obstsalat” you don’t have too many rail tricks in your part. This feels like a part where you shifted focus.
L: You think? Maybe that’s true but at the same time, there weren’t too many good rails around.
Instead of that you just did gnarly drop-ins instead. How many boards did that one under the Prinzenbrücke (bridge) take you?
L: It took like three tries and it didn’t cost a board. I thought I was going to eat shit though! That little slappy wedge at the bottom was scary but I was trying to be mentally prepared for it.
It was the same day as the DDR museum line where I broke the sign. The whole museum area was closed so we could skate some spots that are normally hard to hit. Did anyone ever hit you guys up after seeing something like that and wanted to get the information of the skater?
No, Not really, I received an e-mail once about our stickers being found somewhere but nothing came of it. Random question but what about the frontside flip over the rail? How did that happen?
L: That is in Potsdam, I went there and skated with Justin Sommer and Jose was there as well and we just tried to skate the rail. I tried to Backside Smith it and the rail kept catching my kingpin so I just tried to Reynolds it instead. I got lucky in the end and managed to roll away.
The other line with the Max Palmer Ollie was also in Potsdam but not on the same day.
F: You had learned the Max Palmer Ollie that day. And I made you do it twice because I didn’t like the filming on the first one.
L: I was like, NOOOO PLEASE! (laughs).
In a way, that line is important because it shows you something quite different from the rest of the footage.
L: It was to pay homage to one of my favorite skaters Max Palmer. That guy has it figured out.
I think your part feels a bit more Ishod, to be honest. Except for the fact that you don’t have any ledge lines.
L: I get that a lot. As far as the ledge lines go I will leave those to Pascal Moellaert.
What do you like to see in other people’s parts?
L: I think it is important to stay true to yourself. A lot of parts want to convince you of their quality by going gnarly but in my opinion that only really works if the skater feels like he wants to do it. Like Hyun’s part, you can tell that he skates the way he wants and likes to skate. Or even Shin Sanbongi’s /// part, a lot of people could do a lot of those tricks but you can see that they are true to themselves.
F: I like to see that the skater had ideas and thought about the way he wanted to skate for the part and what he wanted to skate.
L: And in a way, you can’t train street skating. The spot forces you to make choices or it allows you to create combinations that are almost exclusive to the spot.
Hello and welcome to our first transition-based “Eat Your Veggies“. This video was actually not planned to be part of the series, Dave Morgan and myself just wanted to go skate this ramp, fuck around and practice filming transition. In the end, Sara Parson-Texas showed up to watch us. And after Dave said he wanted to see Leon (Charo-Tite) skate the ramp we just called him up, and he came down all spontaneous like.
So how did this edit come to be part of our series? 1. It was all filmed in one day, 2. It was all filmed at one spot/park, 3. We got inspired musically by that old Pontus Alv video, & 4. We had the right amount of footage with the music already under it! One last thing, Dave got sick (shingles) so this episode of EYV is also an attempt to cheer him up! Lord knows he has waited to see that Backside Noseblunt again & again & again.
So, get well soon Dave don’t forget to eat your veggies, and sorry not sorry for saying my battery was low so you would commit to that Noseblunt.
WELCOME! to our new website & welcome to the new STANLEY WE project. It was time for something new, something fresh and something ever so slightly different from what we had before. Never change a winning formula is a true statement but like Daniel Kim (Stingwater) keeps telling us, we need to be: “Groeing and Evolving”. So here it is, our first exclusive on our new and improved platform. “So Fresh & So Clean!”
It is only fitting that we kick this off with Stanley We, people we love and support and give us the same love and support back. From the early days until now we have worked together and a bond has formed. Nizan Kasper’s newest project says it best: “End Of Self Promotion” this new project “A Film For My Friends”.
Almost 60 minutes of love is something you have to work for and work was what the guys put in. Like the port of the city of Hamburg, a lot of goods were imported (mostly Champagne) to make this video into what it is.
Alright, enough talk, Nizan made these little works of art down bellow and he put some slyly hidden gems in the video so spend some time with it. Respect the work and remember to love your friends. Peace!
For our #63 issue we traveled to the city of angels to shoot an issue together with an eclectic group of people.
People ranging from Hyun Kummer a.k.a. @Versace_plug, Guy Mariano & Eric Koston, Nyjah Huston, Jim Greco & Mark Appleyard all added their 2 cents to our video and issue.
Kai Hillebrand or Kaio, as most people tend to call him, was one of our main protagonists for this issue and during the shooting, he once took us aside and asked if we could save some of the footage for another project. Well, we said yes, the project didn’t take off and now we decided to ask our filmer, Peter Buikema, to remix to footage.
Whether you are in Los Angeles right now, or his local Ratingen, Germany you should try and enjoy, relax and go skate afterward! We know Kaio would like all of you to follow these instructions to a tee.
We met Sascha in 2018 in Moscow, we clicked instantly, he was motivated, goal-oriented and has a good pop and flick.
During that trip, he had a very positive attitude, which was not surprising since he is a skater going out skating. But he is also a Ukrainian in Moscow and at that time those struggles where a bit fresher than they are now. That all didn’t seem to bother Sasha all that much.
“Yeah, the radio… the Ghettoblaster just is a must on the session, man!”
Chad Muska, 1999, Feedback.
Well, it seems like this new generation is edging in closer to that feeling Chad had when he said that. Because Oscar Säfström basically told us the same thing:
“It was all filmed at a schoolyard in Stockholm, Sweden, me and Axel Berggren filmed, we put the speaker on full volume, cracked some beers on the spot and made this video.”
Oscar Säfström, 2020.
Now, in the end, Vincent Huhta’s noseslides may not be as big and he still hasn’t landed a Nollie Flip to Wheelie but the spirit is there and it is nice to see the future taking skateboarding to a very fun level.
Shoutout to these youngsters for giving us all that let’s go skate feeling:
Oscar Säfström, Axel Berggren, Gabriel Viking, Vincent Huhta & Sebastian Lundström.
Last but not least we have this Placelist which features the full soundtrack from yesterday’s release. This is also the right time to thank all the people involved especially Sam Nobbs & Ben Davies who came to us with an open mind and a proactive attitude about making this release as good as possible.
On some Simply Red shit “If you don’t know me by now” we have the full Drummer Boy video for you together with an exclusive interview with Ben Davies the creator of said video. So get to know the young Bristolian who filmed and edited this fine piece of video entertainment. Press play first but get ready to read right after it is a fun one!
Intro & Interview By Roland Hoogwater.
Tell us a bit about yourself for the people that don’t know you.
My name is Ben Davies and I am 20 years old from Bristol.
When did you start filming?
I started filming 8 years ago on a shitty camcorder until I eventually upgraded to a vx1000 which I have been using for the past 4 years.
Was that transition easy some people have a hard time stopping skating and start filming.
At first, I would often want to skate way more than film. But for the past 2 years or so I have had a reoccurring ankle injury meaning I can’t really skate properly so filming has been my main priority. Although it sucks a lot to have an ankle injury it has also definitely had its positive effects with filming. I have found I am filming lots of stuff that I wouldn’t normally be bothered to film and filming is way more enjoyable because I’m not feeling like I’m missing out on skating (laughs).
You recently moved to London from Bristol can you tell us how the skate scenes differ?
Bristol is way more relaxed, you can just head into town and you know you will see people to hang out with because it is so small and everyone knows everyone and it is very friendly.
Whereas London is way more intense and unwelcoming until you get to know people then everyone is very nice. It is probably like this because in London there are so many tourist skaters coming through that the locals get fed up with it. So they are a bit less friendly until they have seen you a few times.
In terms of filming I think London is way better and lots easier to get clips. My friends Ryan and Pete and I went on some filming missions here and getting clips is a lot easier because of the quality of spots. I like going filming with a group of people and that was hard at first because I only knew my friend Pete Gronau in London so we would just go on duo filming missions which varied in success. Next year we will have a solid crew though as Sam Nobbs and a few other Bristol people are moving into town.
Filming is something you want to develop further outside of the skateboard context. What have you been doing and how does your skate experience play into those types of things?
I have been trying to develop my filming in a way where I can actually make some money. So I’ve been trying to do some music videos which is quite fun until the rapper doesn’t want to do anything apart from sitting in an expensive car and asking you to make him look cool and doesn’t want to give you any creative control (laughs).
Apart from that, it is good to earn some money and I know which type of artists not to work with now. It is also nice to work on something more widely appreciated because showing your skate video to your Auntie isn’t ideal and something like a music video they might understand more. And that is a good thing.
Southbank or Lloyds as the main spot?
Lloyds for sure. I find it hard to enjoy Southbank as its so hectic. Also, everyone is too good at skating so it is hard to have a fun chill skate. Lloyds is way more relaxed and a nice open space to chill at.
Drummer Boy took three years to make tell us why and did you struggle with saving footage for that long? People seem to want to put stuff out quickly today.
It took 3 years because our crew isn’t the most productive (laughs). We also intended to film the video purely in Bristol but we couldn’t quite do it because we got fed up with the shitty spots. During this time of filming we just filmed everywhere like London and around Europe. We did an interrail trip last summer and got good clips.
At the same time, saving clips was a struggle as well, people’s clothing styles and ability changed a lot during this time so I have had to cut lots of old clips from 2017 as they just looked too out of place in the video. But, some of the clips still surprisingly manage to hold up in the video which is good.
All my friends have been wanting me to release the video for a while now and I had to call it a day eventually (laughs). Also now, because we are no longer allowed to go skating in groups due to coronavirus I thought it would be the best time to release the video. It has also been a really good time to edit as I have had nothing else to do.
Tell us a bit about the creative process graphic and music-wise is that something you do alone or do you have help?
My friend Sam Nobbs helped me lots with choosing songs for the video. For the graphics, we both have our input but during quarantine, he hasn’t been able to come over to edit. I have just been uploading sections of the video to youtube on private and trying different songs and graphics and he has been telling me what he likes and what he thinks I should change.
You also started a brand called Interceptor what led you to make that choice?
Interceptor is run by myself and Sam Nobbs. We wanted for a while now to release some clothing together with the Drummer Boy video. We decided to make the brand because we felt that we had lots of ideas for graphics and it would be a fun project to work on together.
Obviously, every project needs at least someone to pull the wagon for a bit Sam seems to do that or does he just get stuff that quickly that you put him all over the video?
Sam always manages to get lots of clips for my videos which I am very happy about and it doesn’t always come easy but he commits and if he says he will do something then he will definitely do it (or at least give it a good try). He also films lots with Rich Smith from Skateboard Cafe so it is crazy that he always manages to get clips for both.
Finally, give us your 5 favorite clips from the video.
This is a very hard question I like all the clips but: 1. Dylan Wilks back fifty-fifty shove it at 1:35 2. Lucas Castellano hippy jump at 9:00 3. Cosmo Conway’s fs flip at 25:26 4. Ryan Viens nose slide at 29:08 5. Sam Nobbs fs nose to fakie manny at 13:05
Today we are launching one part from Drummer Boy a video by Ben Davies shot all over Europe but based in Bristol, England. For those that have not seen one bit of Ben’s work go here and educate yourself. For now, enjoy Sam’s footage and read up on him below. Tune in on Friday for the whole video, it is worth it.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Text by Ben Davies.
Sam and I have been filming this part for a while now. During this time he has also been putting lots of effort into filming with Rich Smith for Skateboard Cafe and practicing with his band DamefrisØr for whom he plays keyboard and whos music feature in the full-length video.
Towards the end of the filming process for Drummer Boy, he put some extra effort in and managed to get lots of clips for the video so, much love to Sam for doing that! He also managed to pick up a savage knee injury trying a trick on the last day of filming for this project. So I want to say sorry for pressuring you into doing that trick (laughs).
We also started our brand called Interceptor and we made a few t-shirts which were released last year and since then we have been designing some clothing while working on the filming for Drummer Boy which will be out in full this Friday, May 1st. So this is the real entrée before you get the main dish. Enjoy!
First off, let us start with some facts about this tour.
On this trip, we had Vincent Huhta, David Jakinda, Hugo Corbin, Santiago Sasson, Marc-A Barbier & Juan Saavedra.
It was a nine-day trip.
We had one full dry day.
Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Lille were the places we traveled to.
In Holland, we stayed on a houseboat.
We spoke a lot of our own little twisted Brazillian influenced Portuguese (or that was what we were thinking).
Obrigado, irmao, vagundo, caralhao, poa, valeu, todo, junto, vagabundo where the words of choice.
I got to wear that sweet ass Palace Avirex Jacket for a hot minute and flex for a bit.
Juan Saavedra uses beard oil to keep his shit looking correct.
Santiago did the best line we have ever seen from him. It was like a stripper jumping out of a birthday cake.
David & Vincent are like brothers from different mothers. The only difference other than the obvious being that David packs like a Kardashian & Vincent packs like a 1920’s train-hopping blues singer.
Marc-A Barbier really loves to facetime with his girlfriend.
Both filmers have very similar names Petr and Peter. They also shared a bed which was easy when we needed to wake them up.
Scandinavians are simply better at life than the rest of us.
Hugo Corbin got injured on day one and had to go back home.
Bringing a Nintendo Switch was necessary even though I was skeptical at first.
Juan’s phone got stolen 🙁
Barabakaa is a Russian street spy and he will capture anything weird going on in the streets. Trust me watch the video!
Belgium has the best fries, Holland has the best-fried food and France thinks they have the best cheese! (I can already hear Santi, & Marc-A protesting)
We played a lot of bar sports but surprisingly didn’t drink that much.
Marc-A Barbier is the best house guest ever, he cleaned the boat every morning. Marc-A “Tu es bonne à marier!”
Santiago ordered way to much Nike stuff to the house so all of our guests ended up getting a nice pre-Christmas present.
IT RAINED 8 OUT OF 9 DAYS!
So basically this tour was preceded by some of the best weather Europe had seen in a long time. Like the year before it seemed like we would be having an almost endless summer. But as luck would have it, as the tour grew closer so did the clouds. As soon as we all arrived in Amsterdam (our meet up point) the signs weren’t good.
What was good
though was the food, we went to:
A Dutch-style snack bar. (also known in some regions of the Netherlands as brown fruit)
We ate Surinam food.
Indonesian food (must have).
Traditional Chinese food (fried pork belly!).
Had some German meat-heavy food.
And every morning someone made sure we had fresh eggs, some juice, coffee, toast, yogurt, and Nutella.
During this trip we traveled by train, which to be honest is still the nicest way to trave because nobody is forced to drive, we didn’t have to go through security, there is enough room for all the bags and you can still buy coffee in the vehicle without stopping. Also, Greta Thunberg travels that way so…
We also have to give it up for all the great parking garages inside of the cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp. The security guards also let us have our fun so an S/O is in place!
We also had some
great guests in both of those cities Pascal Moelaert, Aaron Tiekink,
Sneep, Ziggy Schaap, Alex Raeymaekers, Yannick Gores & Wallem.
You guys really helped guide us through the raindrops to the right
spots at the right time. Without really ever complaining, chapeau!
Vincent Huhta and David Jakinda have been best friends for a long time. How far back? Well, David told me his mom used to grip Vincent’s board when he stayed over at their house when they were young.
This was their first tour together and when we asked them they both said I’ll go if he goes. Vincent even cut short a London trip just so he could come skate with David. Obviously they roomed together the entire trip and it feels like they motivated each other a lot as well not only verbally but also by actions.
When one would film a trick and was having a hard time the other usually skated the spot with him just to back him up and keep the vibe right. Which often resulted in us getting way more tricks from both of them at spots that weren’t typical. They would often make it a little sesh together and all we had to do was point and shoot.
Because of their bond, they also were at ease at almost all locations and truth be told just fun and easy to be around their friendship also extended and made us all as a group become a bit closer as well and that is worth a lot.
Last but not least all the skate shops, Ben-G, Skatestore Rotterdam, Lockwood & Zeropolis are all places that helped us and help their scenes on a daily basis. We all know that with the current situation things aren’t easy for them so don’t forget them and show them your support in both easy and hard times.
In Cooperation with Nike SB.
Photo & Video by Barabakaa.
Additional filming by Peter Buikema
This article was written by Roland Hoogwater.