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The contest is not over yet! Next week we’ll go on with clips by Tjark Thielker, Lem Villemin and Kai Hillebrandt. Make sure to enter your submissions:
In order to enter, all you need to do is film three tricks – either in a line or three single tricks in a clip – and upload the video to your Instagram account, using #3stripes3tricks while also tagging @placemag and @adidasskateboarding. That’s it – all entries get the chance to win amazing prices. We’ll choose three winners and repost your videos on the PLACE Instagram channel.
And there’s more: the winning footage will also take part in the Big Final Edit featuring the German adidas team with riders like Sandro Trovato, Lem Villemin, Patrick Zentgraf, Kai Hillebrand, and more. Last but not least, all three winners will receive a big adidas surprise stuff package delivered straight to their front door. Whether it’s stripes or tricks – three is the magic number and we hope to see your footage soon. Good luck!
After a long day of amazing skateboarding by the best Pro- and Amateur Skateboarders from all over Europe and the rest of the world, it’s time to grab some cold ones and enjoy an exciting night. Our beloved DJs will make sure to get you dance on three floors until the sun sets – you’re cordially invited! This is the official Line-Up:
DJ Keen One (Miami)
LOOKY LOOKY (Berlin)
A MILLION (Berlin)
PLACE Love Floor:
Sex & Emotions by Lee Stuart (Berlin)
Hariku (New York City / Tokyo)
The brandnew PLACE issue 53 just arrrived at the office and will be available through skateshops, selected retailers and newsstands on next Monday, July 6th. For this one we tried to think inside the box and question ourselves: what does perfection mean and does skateboarding need to be perfect at all? What do you think? You’ll find our point of view in the newest issue of all time featuring the following:
Cover: “It could have been you” by Danny Sommerfeld
Think Inside The Box
MOB in Alicante – Good Times In The Front, Kicktail In The Back
Giorgi Armani – Qartulli Stili
The Death Of The Robot – Vans In Rotterdam
Behind The Scenes – Isle Skateboards feat. Nick Jensen & Paul Shier Interviews
8 Days A Week – Pleasecharge in London, Paris & Berlin
Where Have You Been, Madars Apse?
Dutch Light – Cleptomanicx in Groningen
California, California – Cameron Strand
Watch out for the official launch event on wednesday, July 8th.! More infos soon.
The habit that is photography has been instilled into Pieter Verburgt from a very young age. His father owns a store in Amsterdam, selling cameras, lenses, film, etc., so as a Young man Pieter started helping out his dad and getting to known photography through the customers and their photographs. For a lot of skateboarders the act of capturing moments in moving or still images has become a daily routine and most of them don’t even think about it anymore. For Pieter this doesn’t seem to be the case, he is curious about the medium of photography and his approach towards landscapes, fashion, and day to day life.
Tjark Thielker is a professional skateboarder who’s passionate about what he does. He definitely knows how the game works, and he’s playing his own role in it. But if “professional” means that he earns enough money to make a living, we might have to rethink that term…
We know for a fact that there is only a handful of Germans who actually make a living out of skateboarding. Tjark does get a lot of support from his sponsors, and yet being a sponsored skater is not enough to make ends meet in his case – although he’s been sponsored for about 10 years by now. “In a good relationship with a company you could get sponsored for at least 15 years I think, maybe even longer,” Tjark says.
Skateboarding can make you feel quite worn-out every now and then. Either you win or you lose. There is no insurance company that’s willing to pay in case you’re not landing tricks. “If I didn’t skate, I would probably already have my degree, a lot more brain cells left and maybe even some more hair left on my head.” But let’s be honest, skateboarding opens up your horizon in many ways. No way Tjark would have seen places like Kyrgyzstan, San Francisco, NYC, or all the other destinations around Europe in the way he’s experienced them over the last years. “It’s a privilege,” he agrees. “With next to no money in your pocket you can travel all around the world, see different people and learn about their culture,” he enthuses.
No Comply Tailslide
As corny as it might sound, skateboarding is a choice of lifestyle. People might treat you differently, because they picture you as Bart Simpson or the guy on the cereal box. Although it’s a dog in a clown’s dress with a dorky hat, there are certain stereotypes about us, and people outside of skateboarding are not to be blamed for that. That’s just how society works, and we play our own role in it. “Even though quite a few things in my life have changed over the last five years, skateboarding was always on my mind, no doubt,” he says.
And yet, it’s just not enough to make a living. As a side job he is interested in buying and selling old furniture, records and suitcases. Together with one of his best buddies Dominik he buys things by auction and re-sells them at flea markets or online. Some days, things go really well, but the one time we followed them they were pretty much out of luck. That’s life, I guess. Here is one day with TJ at an auction somewhere on the outskirts of Berlin:
The rack Tjark and Dominik are interested in is lot number 229. It’s about one and a half meters high, and about a meter wide. 120 records, and there might be some real treasures in this pile – hits only! Reason enough for Dominik and Tjark to decide about how high they’re willing to go for this one. It’s still about half an hour until the auction starts. This is not the type of auction were you have to sit on your spot and raise your hand when you see something on stage that you like. This is one where you walk around – but you still raise your hand if you are interested. The storehouse is about the size of a basketball field, filled with racks full of stuff that no one really needs.
It’s totally ridiculous how much money people are willing to spend for this crap. I saw a rack with broken vases, expired apple juice, coffee filter boxes and framed images of strangers, dogs or entire families. Two meters high, four meters deep, for a price of more than 500€…
But back to the records: “Usually most people don’t recognize the value of records over here, so this could be a bargain for us,” Dominik explains while browsing the collection. The smell is comparable to being inside an old church or lost in grandmother’s basement. “It’s interesting how different the people are over here,” Tjark offers while screening the crowd for people who might also be interested in the record rack. It doesn’t take long until Dominik discovers a familiar face: “This guy bought records off of us, maybe he will be interested again.” Unfortunately, the man is interested in the whole rack.
Tjark found another man who might show interest. “This guy does not know what he bids on. The minute we raise our hand, he goes in,” says Tjark, then adding: “A pretty dislikable person. I really hope he is not interested this time.” He’s wrong though. The man is interested in the rack, probably because of Tjark’s and Dominik’s looks. Seems like he just sensed it somehow. Before you can join an auction you need to sign up first to get a registration number and a little ID-card to show.
The whole rack starts at 80€. Not willing to pay more than two Euros per record, Tjark and Dominik agree to stop at a price of 250€ for the whole thing. Everything happens really quickly, and all the bidders seem to be aware of that. “The moron saw that we’re interested, and that was the only reason he made a bid on the records.” The moron eventually buys the rack for a price of 540€ plus 20% auction tax. It all went down in less than two minutes, and I actually had a hard time keeping track of the situation. “Usually this would have never happened, we were just unlucky that he noticed we’re interested,” Dominik tells me.
After a little break with homemade potato salad for 3,50€ the whole group moves on to the next room – the furniture room. Everything you could wish for, marked with a little scratch or a crack here and there, but nothing too bad. Some of the guys have already seated themselves on some of those couches, desks or chairs, just to make sure they will bid as far as they need to. To my mind, this does not really make sense from an economic perspective, but what do I know? Reverse psychology, maybe?
Tjark and Dominik don’t seem to be too motivated. TJ is taking notes in his iPhone about some of the items. Number of item, starting bid, and how high they are willing to go. “To call it a day right now would be wasting time, and there is more to it than just the biddings,” Tjark says. He’s got the feeling that there is at least a little something left for them. A chair and a coffee table for 20€, for example.
“This couple makes about 90€ if we take care of it,” Tjark replies with a little smile on his face. “At least something,” adds Dominik. Last bid of the day is on a roll-front cabinet with no keys to it. Apart from TJ, one young woman seems to be interested, but for some reason she also seems to be in a really bad mood. “I think she doesn’t like us at all, she must have seen us here before.” Tjark got lucky once again for a price of 90€. In total, they spent about 110€ on furniture. “Next time we just need to invest more money to make a better profit,” Dominik speculates. Turns out he was right: A week later, TJ and Dominik got lucky by investing a higher amount of money.
Words: Daniel Pannemann
Photos: Friedjof Feye (b&w) & Danny Sommerfeld (auction)
As we said before, we had a great day on this year’s Battle At The Bänke 5 during Go Skateboarding Day in Berlin. Here’s the video featuring amazing lines by Louis Taubert, Denny Pham, Alex Mizurov and many more. Speed kills, see you next year!
Juan Esteban Saavedra is Colombian. He now lives in Paris, but he was born on the other side of the planet, right at the foot of the Andes. Later, as a child, he grew up in France and received his education in Florida as a teenager. In other words, without his choosing, Juan Esteban has become a citizen of the world that doesn’t really belong to a specific country, region or neighborhood. If anywhere, he feels at home on a small maple board with wheels on which he has already spent more than two thirds of his life. And if the skateboard can be regarded as a passport to freedom and travel, no doubt that Juan will not end up stuck at a border post… Confessions of a story out of the ordinary…
From Colombia to Paris…
I was born in Colombia, in a city called Cali, on the 17th of March 1992. I lived there until I was six years old. In 1998, I had to leave the country with my parents. They had some good jobs there, but they’d become a target for the FARCS and the cartels, groups that wanted to kidnap them for ransom. I have to say that Colombia is a country where violence is rampant, especially in the 90s. Around that time some bad stories started to happen, involving some friends of my parents who got kidnapped. Scared by all this, they decided to leave before it was too late for us.
As my mum really like the French culture, we managed to go to France and live in Paris. My cousin, who was into synchronized swimming, had already been living in Paris for a while. She was swimming for the Racing Club of Paris and she’d arrived in France with my Grandma. As my mum is also a synchronized swimmer and coach as well, this was an opportunity for us to come here.
So at six years old, I kind of started a new life in the 18th arrondissement of the French capital – without knowing anything or anyone except my Grandma and my cousin. It’s a big culture shock but at the age of six it’s actually quite easy to manage. You don’t realize what’s happening; you barely start to be aware of who you are and what you do, so it’s pretty okay. And yet, it was still a huge change in my life. I remember, for example, the first time I arrived in class at school and that the teacher asked for my name: I did not speak a word of French and I gave my name Juan Esteban Saavedra, and then all the other kids started laughing, nobody understood anything…
So I quickly abandoned “Esteban” and simply went by “Juan”, it was easier for everybody. In fact, I spent only one year in Paris. Then we moved to the suburbs, in the 78 (Les Yvelines) at Fontenay-le-Fleury, not far from Versailles, and I grew up there. It was much cooler for me, there was the forest, and the quality of life was generally better compared to the center of Paris. Another important point, there was a skatepark not far from my home…
I started skating there just before I turned seven. It’s a funny story: I remember I was playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, I finished my game, it was in the summer, and I suddenly discovered that there was a hidden video at the end of the game. Actually, when you finish the game with a character you can see a real video. I remember very well, I was playing with Koston and so I discovered his part!
It was a huge revelation, this was the first time in my life I saw real skating, and I thought, “but it’s too damn cool that thing…” In fact, at the time I had a friend who owned an old skateboard but up to that point we’d only cruised down slopes, sitting on the board, that was all… After seeing the Koston part, I decided to try skating and I haven’t stopped since.
From Paris to Miami…
I finally spent seven years in France. One day, when I was 13, my mum told me that we were going on a vacation to Florida to visit an uncle. So I went there with my parents, and after a couple of weeks they returned to France and I stayed there to finish my holidays. At the end of August, it was in 2005, my mum called me: “How do you like Miami?” I went like: “Yeah it’s pretty cool and fun, I like it…”. After that, a few days later, my parents went back to Miami with all our belongings. They had decided that we were going to live there.
At the beginning I thought, okay, it’s going to be perfect here, I’m going to be on permanent vacation, sunshine, beach, skating, etc… but then again, I had to really live there. A new life again, and I hadn’t even said goodbye to any of my friends back in France; they all believed that I was just on vacation in Florida, but I actually never came back. So at 13 years old, I had to build a new life in Miami. And 13 is a tough age to change everything in your life, especially when you come from Europe to America, and especially to Miami, which is America on steroids! It’s an insane, crazy place!
After that, I went to middle school for a year and then did four years of high school in a good international school in Miami. Again, upon arriving in Florida I could hardly speak any English at all, I just had some basics, like any 13-year-old, I guess. It was quite hard at the beginning; it took time to adapt. On the other hand I was lucky because there was a large Spanish community in Miami and so I was able from the start to make myself understood.
I soon realized that I had lost all my friends in France, and I must admit that I initially hated Miami, the people, the superficial side of a lot of things… It was definitely strange for me. Being Colombian but also speaking French, no one really understood who I was, and even for me it was a bit confusing at times. Anyway, I soon focused on skateboarding, because it was pretty much all I had to escape to during that period. I was going to skate everyday, all the time, alone, skate, skate, skate!
I really did not talk to others, and it stayed like that for at least two years. On top of that my parents wanted me to go to the best public high school in Miami, which was a good thing in itself, but it also had its downside because it was located on the opposite side of town. My high school was on the 152th south west and I lived 174th north east, so around my home I had no friends, I knew no one… and to go and see my friends in the south of the city, it was a real mission. Especially when you have to take public transportation.
I had to take three busses, one train and one metro mover for each direction. It was a nightmare! To give you an idea, I finished school at 2:30 pm every day, and when I had to go by metro or bus I sometimes arrived home at about 6:30. Up to four hours transit! It was the best school in town, but it was just too bad to get there. Every morning I had to get up at 4:30 because my dad dropped me off at school at 5:30, and then I had to wait till 7:30 for school to start. I often brought a pillow and slept in the cafeteria; times were pretty hard…
Then, when I was 16, I started to get more used to the culture, I understood better how things worked, I spoke perfect English, started to party with friends, started to have fun like a normal teenager. Plus, I had my skate crew, the LFT (Lift For Today), some good friends I filmed my first-ever video part with. So it was finally okay for me. I stayed in Miami until I was 18.
From Miami back to Paris via Colombia…
At 18, when I finished high school I had to make a choice. I was supposed to attend a major university, something everyone pushes you to do in the States, because if you don’t study at a great university you are considered a loser, a piece of shit – which is especially true when you come from a school like my high school, with geniuses in every corner. Anyway, I was going to live somewhere else – again. For me to go to university in the States was probably the most depressing thing ever, so I decided to leave for Colombia after graduating.
I think at that time I really needed to return to Colombia. I am Colombian but I hardly knew anything about my country and my roots, and I guess I had something like an identity crisis: I couldn’t really say what I wanted to do with my life. Well, I went to find the rest of my family back in Colombia, where I stayed for almost a year. I was really well received, it felt good to just be by myself without anyone around me telling me what to do. I think it was very beneficial for me and I also realized that the one thing I missed the most during my stay was skateboarding.
So I decided to move back to Paris, just to see how things were in Europe, and in 2011 I started to study Cinema at La Sorbonne. The bad thing was that just a week after I left, my Grandma, who I’d spent most of my time in Colombia with, died. It was really a bad blow for me, especially at that point when I was restarting a new episode of my life in Paris, alone again, pretty much without knowing anyone.
I really like Paris, and after those years living in the States I have to admit that the way of life, the culture, the attitude, the relationships between people are really different from what I have experienced in the US. It’s pretty much the same with skateboarding: you can feel the difference. I am much more receptive to how people skate here in Europe, much more instinctive, less focused on technical performance stuff, whereas in the US the only valid way to stand out is to always go bigger and more technical.
What’s more, here in Europe you also have all this ancient architecture, which influences your approach to skating. It’s not like in the States where everything is square, flat, smooth, well balanced, with perfect run up and landing. Here you have to deal with the imperfections, the unique nature of each spot, and I think you can feel that in the way a lot of Europeans skate. So yeah, I really enjoy skating here in Paris. Back in Miami I used to jump down a lot of stairs and stuff, but now I don’t really enjoy that anymore; now I’m happy when I do a hammer just because I won’t have to try it again. That’s a big difference.
I realized that this type of skating, jumping down big shits, is not fun for me anymore, and I want to have fun every time I skate, which means I do pretty much everything except stairs and rails. After a while in France, luckily I found some sponsors and I started to travel a bit through Europe, for example to Barcelona, London, and Berlin. I guess if I didn’t live in Paris, I would probably live in Berlin, I really love the atmosphere in that city.
I remember one time I went to Berlin, and on arrival at the airport, my skate bag was the last on the mat, so I went out the last and the customs guys immediately stopped me. They asked me if I had anything to declare, like narcotics. I told them no, absolutely not, and when one of the German guys from the customs saw the nationality on my passport (Colombian), he called all his colleagues and they all started to get excited, digging through my stuff like crazy.
After a while, they took my coat and passed it through the x-rays, and in fact I had a pack of Fisherman’s, and the guy got fully crazy and ordered me to open my pocket and present what was inside. All the guys around me were in a too hot mode, like “this one, we’re gonna catch him,” and when they all finally saw the pack of candies, they were all so jaded, it was crazy, really – thanks for the welcome! A lot of stories like that happened to me because of my nationality, but that’s life, I’m kind of used to it by now.
I just quit my studies of Cinema and switched to “Langues Etrangères Appliquées” which is way easier for me as I already speak three languages. So it’s pretty convenient for me because I don’t really need to go to class every day. I can go on any trip I want, I can skate every day, and I just need to go to the exams. Besides that, I can earn some money doing translation jobs for scripts and movie clips, which is pretty cool too. I can do it at home and it’s quite good money. Now I’m 22, and I just want to keep skating as much as I can for the next few years, enjoy everything and see where it will bring me…
On the 21st of June we as skateboarders will go out to celebrate our day, Go Skateboarding Day! Skateboarders all over the world will celebrate this day and skate the streets together, Berlin will be no different.
Together with Nike SB, Civilist and Titus Berlin we are gathering all skaters in Berlin and it’s surrounding areas, we invite you to push through the streets with us. As a bonus for every skater that shows up, Nike will donate 15 Euro towards a new local Skate-Spot-Project support your local scene (donation receipt included).
We will start at 14:00 at Civilist, where you will receive a Nike SB GSD 2015 Goodie Bag. Supplies are limited so get there while you can and sign up here.
After that we’ll be pushing through the streets! The route will take us through Alexanderplatz to Titus Berlin where we will make a stop and have a Stuff for Tricks session on a curb. After that we will push on to the main stop of the day, the Warschauer Strasse where PLACE will host Battle At The Bänke 5. There will be both a best line and best trick session with a total prize purse of 1000 Euro Cash! At the end of the day we will introduce the new Spot-Project, this event will take place at the spot itself and after that it’s every skater for himself!
This summer, PLACE and adidas Skateboarding proudly present the 3Stripes3Tricks video contest. It’s all about dynamic skateboarding – easy but stylish, fast and light-footed. In order to enter, all you need to do is film three tricks – either in a line or three single tricks in a clip – and upload the video to your Instagram account, using #3stripes3tricks while also tagging @placemag and @adidasskateboarding. That’s it – all entries get the chance to win amazing prices. We’ll choose three winners and repost your videos on the PLACE Instagram channel.
And there’s more: the winning footage will also take part in the big final edit featuring the German adidas team with riders like Sandro Trovato, Lem Villemin, Patrick Zentgraf, Kai Hillebrand, and more. Last but not least, all three winners will receive a big adidas surprise stuff package delivered straight to their front door. Whether it’s stripes or tricks – three is the magic number and we hope to see your footage soon. Good luck!
Vans announces the official debut of the Geoff Rowley Signature Collection, hitting shelves worldwide June, 13th. On Vans since 1999, pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley is influential in modern street skating for pioneering big technical tricks and a go-for-broke style, a true legend whose impact on the culture endures. Not surprisingly, Geoff demands the same qualities of style and durability from his gear.
Geoff Rowley on his new collection:
Purpose-built for skateboarding in construction and design, Geoff Rowleys Collection reflects his energetic lifestyle by infusing workwear and military-spec detailing to emphasize classic styles. Inspired by the original Vans Era, the all-new Vans [ROWLEY] SOLOS transform the legendary Vans silhouette to create a revolutionary model that performs even better.
Geoff’s first Vans apparel collection includes chinos, a cotton canvas workwear shirt and jacket, a 6-panel cotton snapback cap and four tees – see the whole collection here:
I was drunk last night. Drunk and high. It wasn’t too crazy, but enough to make me talk shit about my boss to one of his closest assistants. I’m sure this won’t cause any trouble for me, but it’ll definitely make me feel a bit uncomfortable at the lunch meeting later on today. A wall of six screens, various desks, neatly arranged in a room the size of a swimming pool. 12 people in dark suits competing over today’s biggest deal. I’m here to put them in their places.
I like my job, I really do. I couldn’t see myself working anywhere else right now. I work as a banking administrator in the Corporate Finance Department of a big bank that’s based in Frankfurt am Main. Born and raised in London, I’ve always been able to hold my liquor. My siblings and I were born drinking, my whole family drinks. What is a hangover anyways? Isn’t that a city in Germany? I usually wake up early, I need to be in the office at around 7 a.m.
The first meeting is on at 7:15 and the last one usually around 8:30-ish. That’s normal. I’m not complaining. I love it! If I could, I’d probably sleep less and drink more. Having a successful career is a family tradition. When I look out of my office window I can see the “Silberturm”, also known as the DB Tower, and its marble entrance plaza. Some days you can watch the most fucked up things happening down there. Pure entertainment!
Although I have a pretty terrific car collection back home in London, I never really use my own car out here. Frankfurt is small, and I can take a cab in less than a minute if I really need a ride. Since my new apartment is only a block away from my office, I often take a quick walk instead. Probably the only time I actually spend outside. I’m sure I’d catch the flu if someone threw me into the woods, or even just close to a tree. I rather smoke a cigarette; they do me better anyway. Life is what you make of it, right? Nature only makes me nervous.
As a kid you have a different view on things; I always thought of myself as someone who goes on a journey to discover the planet. I wanted to plant a seed on every single mainland, help people, feed those in need, maybe become a doctor or a professor, just to do some good. That was before I went to college and everything. Before girls, money, drugs. I was wet behind the ears, a real virgin. So after I discovered my strengths, I slowly started to forget about all that good-will bull crap and became a businessman. I do business!
So, today I arrived pretty late. It must have been around 7:14. That means not much time to actually prepare a meeting, although that’s something I usually don’t do anyways. My job is to chair the meeting and talk about yesterday’s numbers and today’s forecasts. My secretary is this 23-year-old German girl, born and raised in Frankfurt. Married to a policeman. No kids. So, why not? I mean I would, and maybe I will at one point.
I saw her once, at an office party, making out with the younger brother of my boss. They left the room for a good 15 minutes. Whatever it takes, I always try to get what I want. Since I was a young kid, I walked my own path in my very own shoes. My father was a cold-hearted man and I taught myself how to take a shit on the toilet, ride a bike and smoke a cigarette. My mum died when I was two years old and I never really learned to love my stepmother. What I’m trying to say is, I’m good.
Sometimes, when I look out of the window, down to the DB entrance plaza I see grown men on skateboards. Guys around 20, 25. Playing with a toy for kids, in the streets. I always wonder what their parents might think about that. Do they still have a parent that tells them to get a life? Skater-punks, prostitutes, drug-dealers, all kinds of crooked people and in between you have us: good-looking men in suits. What a contrast! Like there is only black and white. Rich and poor. Clean and dirty. Day and night. Call me whatever you want, but this is pretty fucked up and I kind of like it. I feel like I belong in a situation like that. I was born for this. Give me more of that.
This meeting is useless. Every single banker in this room is looking at me as if they really care, as if they like what I’m saying… they want to know, they want to get a raise and I am the one in charge. Bullshit. Don’t look at me like that and stop kissing my ass. You pricks don’t know shit. My mood is on a low. This might be the closest I ever get to a “hangover”.
All these thoughts come to mind as I sit here and I talk about millions of Euros. It’s easy for me. After ten years in the business and three years in a position like this, it’s a fucking breeze. God, how I love it. Actually, I do three things at once. 1: Talk about yesterday’s Indonesian stock market. 2: Make fun of my colleagues. 3: Picture my secretary butt naked while screaming at me – maybe that makes it even four. This place is like hell and I seem to be the devil.
Film-maker Kamil Krzesniak from Stuttgart is always open minded, when it comes to special filming techniques – in this little feature for Arrow & Beast he tested out the DJI Ronin M, a 3-axis stabilized handheld gimbal system. Watch Daniel Trautwein and Maxi Schaible flowing around – nice one boys!
Can you see that little man on the bottom of the photo, skating between two very modern tree houses? Yup, that’s made for skating and it’s in the middle of nowhere. A bunch of friends dared the step and created their very own world, somewhere in the state of Washington.
“In the Spring of 2014 a small group of close friends broke ground on a building project in Skamania County, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house, but also included a skate bowl and a wood fired soaking tub as well. The crew came from all over the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Some were professional carpenters, others learned on the job, gaining experience along the way. The Cinder Cone is Foster Huntington’s short film that documents this year-long process of building his dream home with this community of tight knit friends.”
For more information and a purchasable book about the whole story check out THIS website.
Patrick Rogalski never dissapoints – watch this brandnew full part and you definitely know, why Titus turned him Pro lately. Expect excellent footage from Bangkok, Barcelona and Berlin, all with a smile and style for miles. Congrats on this one, Rogge!
Carhartt released “A Skateboarding Annual” these days and we can’t wait to get our hands on this beautiful piece of printed paper – looks great. Whoever said that print is dead was wrong. Obviously.
“A Skateboarding Annual” is our very own contribution to skateboarding, adding some diversity to an already rich panorama of magazines, blogs, books and other media. This publication was initially intended to include all of the projects that the Carhartt WIP skateboarding dept. worked on last year, but since there are always many aspects that remain unseen to the public, we thought they deserved some exposure of their own. Instead of listing and recycling what we had already done, we chose to further explore these projects. We had the time and the hindsight to approach them from other angles, to put together images that had never cohabited, to give more space and depth, to commission work and essentially approach the editorial exercise with a bit more freedom than usual.We hope you enjoy our last 12 months of pushing around!
Available now in Carhartt WIP stores, selected retailers and online.
There’s always new people coming to the German capital. Some of them leave, some of them stay. Roland Hoogwater made his way from Groningen, The Netherlands, to Berlin and is definitely here to stay. Time for a short introduction…
Roland, please give us some basic information about your person.
My full name is Roland Jacques Hoogwater and I’m 28 years young. I was born in the city of Groningen, The Netherlands, and I’ve lived there for about 28 years. I have been a skater and a skate nerd for about 15 years. I also have a background in the arts. My first skate video was [Toy Machine’s] Welcome to Hell.
When did you come to Berlin and what were the reasons?
I came to Berlin on my birthday, the 28th of January. The reasons for the move aren’t really straightforward. My girlfriend and I both finished art school in my old hometown and I was working at the skate shop, Stigmatic. I guess my girlfriend thought we needed something – a change of scenery, perhaps of rhythm – so out of the blue she said, “Let’s move to Berlin.” I replied in a positive manner and now we are here. It was very spontaneous and we really hadn’t planned anything, but we knew some people here and I thought it might be good for my creativity.
What do you do for a living?
I’m living the artist dream, working in the Mall of Berlin as a stock boy. “Started from the bottom, now we here!” At the same time, I’m doing odd jobs for PLACE mag and I’m helping Carsten “Barney” Beneker with a project on which I am illustrating.
We heard about your T-shirt label, Jacques – what’s the story behind that?
It’s a project I started in the winter of 2014/2015. After I finished art school, I suddenly had the urge to make stuff with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Which was actually kind of stupid, because I should have started doing that while in art school, that would have made things so much easier. I wanted to make a book containing some of the artwork I had made, which is coming out soon under the title, Doe maar normaal dan doe je al gek genoeg (English: “Just act normal and you are acting crazy enough”). But at the same time, I had these ideas that just didn’t connect well with my other works of art. So I created a different outlet for those ideas, which became Jacques. The logo I use is a garbage bag, because I like to buy vintage clothes and turn them into one-off pieces. At the same time, all the stuff I make will either be in a second hand shop or in a garbage bag someday. And Jacques is my grandfather’s name, that has been passed on to me. At the moment I’m working on a couple of new pieces like shirts, hats, coats, and possibly some bags. I’m sewing things myself, and am hands-on with the screen printing. I try keep the quality of the product as high as possible and have the stuff be fair trade; some of the stuff we do is certified Earth Positive climate neutral. I have been getting a lot of support and good feedback on the products, so as far as that goes, I’m extremely grateful. It’s a wonderful feeling to have people wear your stuff, and as for the future, I am opening a Jacques Web store, and also hope to be in some stores by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!
Who are your favorite people to skate with?
My all-time favorite person to skate with is probably my old roommate G-Dog (Gerben Scharft), but he recently quit skating and started boxing. Nowadays, the people I call to go skate with are Dr. Lensing, Danny Sommerfeld, Tjark Thielker, Nils Brauer, and Daniel Pannemann, who all play a part in making Berlin my new home while simultaneously making me feel like I suck at skating (laughs).
Looks like the new thing for this year is having skateboard events by the beachside. And guess what: we don’t mind that! Mille Grazie to Vans for the invitation to this year’s edition of the Vans Spring Classic. It’s the most popular mini ramp contest in Italy, not only showcasing some of the best transition skaters from Europe but also from the U.S.. The Anti Hero team showed up including Grant Taylor who definitely turned out to be the biggest name to annihilate this amazing and newly built ramp. Located in the beach town of Riccione, close to Rimini, the Spring Classic not only offered insanely great skateboarding, but also a lot nice entertainment surrounding the main event – from concerts, to parties, free beers, all the way to girls in blue dresses dancing like there’s no tomorrow. All in all, it was a weekend where it was easy to get a solid sunburn while watching mini ramp skating at it’s best while meeting awesome people. The Italians call it la dolce vita – and we want more!
1st – Aurelien Giraud (FR)
2nd – Alex Hallford (UK)
3rd – Ivan Federico (IT)
By Benni Markstein BS Ollie Grant Taylor by Federico Romanello