Some underground edit filmed in the subways of the wonderful city of Vienna. With this being produced during a pretty strict lockdown, we do wonder if that cop was right and this was an expensive edit.
Skateboarding has always been a magical thing to a lot of people. The movement, the culture, the feeling of being in the moment, and the draw of being connected to something together with a group of people. It doesn’t only attract persons that skate, it attracts a lot of other humans too. The type of people that it attracts has changed over time & since skateboarding has grown it has become more acceptable to practice and live the lifestyle. But there was a time not that long ago (which probably still exists in some countries) that skateboarding drew outcasts of all ages and walks of life and threw them together in a melting pot to become a band of brothers and sisters so to speak. Today we host a piece by Sophie Mercedes Köchert who shot the emerging womens scene in Vienna all while talking about her own journey with skateboarding. So step into the ’90s.
I was born in 1988, grew up at a lake in Austria called Traunsee, the only girl in a 4 headed-gang with one big brother and two cousins. Being a part of this family or crew was sometimes tough and wild, but also totally empowering. By the age of eleven my mum, brother and I moved to the south of England for two years, to a little town called Plymouth. There, I was bullied at school, I encountered a lot of hostility which turned into multiple confrontations. The first year I didn’t make any friends, the kids didn’t even call me by my own name. They used mean words to make me feel that I was different. There was a park close by to where we lived, named „freedom-field“ by going there I got in touch with the local skaters and punks.
It was there where I first got in contact with a group of kids. We started hanging out and skating all day. The kids, being of different ages and backgrounds, were skipping school. They didn’t care where I was from and instead had fun trying to learn some German. One day a guy gave me his old skateboard as a present. He knew I had no idea where to get my own. That was one of the best days I had ever had. Ever since then, I carried this block of wood to school, every day, and I also took it everywhere else I went. I felt secure and slowly the kids in school became more interested in me. I was the only girl back then that would skate. Slowly the school kids stopped calling me names and I even made a few good friends amongst them. Most of those friends were way older than me and thus not interested in those daily school-fights. The only thing that mattered to my friends and me was „freedom-field“: skating and hanging out. What else is there to do? Most of my new friends didn’t want to go home, many of them would get beaten up by their parents. If they actually cared at all if their children came home.
I saw many tricky family-situations and learned that for many people swearing was the only way they knew how to communicate. Skateboarding calmed my friends down, and the scene around it created one’s own family without all those additional troubles. The two years passed and my family and I moved back to Austria. I went to school in Vienna, to which I stopped going by the age of 17. I worked as a snowboard instructor to earn my own money. Traveled and worked for a few years across Europe, but one thing remained always the same: My first contact in each city was the skate-scene. It is an open-minded, creative scene that has been continuously attracting me as it felt natural without forcing anything. The unspoken closeness between its members has up until this day, fascinated me to the fullest. It’s just magical: people who skate connect instantly and are happy and open to share ideas and mindsets. You might take it for granted but this is something rare to find. The love through and for skateboarding will stay the same, it still plays a big role in my life.
I made many friends all across the world through skateboarding! And most importantly, I remember how it made me feel: Welcomed and accepted! It is art, it is meditation and it is rebellion – it is a rough and gentle feeling at once, it is not a secret that these days girls are in the mix, rocking at the skatepark and in the streets. Our presence has increased immensely over the past years, which is so good and fun and definitely a hugely positive development! One year ago, during the first lockdown, I moved back to Vienna. Having a lot of time off, I focused on my new homepage and tried to spend as much time as possible with my dog outdoors. while walking around it the city with my camera I automatically started to take pictures of people skating. Soon I realized that there is so little focus on all these cool girls who ride here in my city. Observing, I shot one roll of film after another. I took as many photographs as I could, at first I considered it a game. I checked out all the skateparks in Vienna and again made, great friends. I met fun, sweet people. I know what it feels like wanting to keep up with the „big ones“ and how scary it can be to be the only girl on the field. A big thank you to all the amazing female skaters out there. Thank you to the great female crews I met at Vienna ́s skate parks, for listening to each other, and also for being patient with my analog equipment.
The Crackers are back but instead of Crackers 5 we get a short but very sweet road trip video. We are not going to lie, vibe, and skating wise the path they followed is amongst the best in Europe. From Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, and finally, to Vienna the spots to skate and camp are plenty and the grilling is good.
If you want more Chima check out his Place Remix part here:
Sooooo… as you might be aware of at this moment we are entering another surge in COVID 19 and a big portion of us are heading back into a lockdown type of situation. Our last “Eat Your Veggies” was with Ville Wester and that was at the start of the first lockdown. We are looking to make this a series with more coming soon. But we are not looking to make the connection to lockdowns a tradition.
Anyway, just a short introduction to Turtle Productions. They hail from Austria, Vienna in particular. We learned about them during their Turtle Times run and interviewed the head Turtle named Lucas Jankoschek as well. This then leads down to us visiting them in Vienna and finally now this episode E.Y.V.
We made the most of the end of summer vibe we all had, going out to this old-school Concrete Rudolph park and finding out what we had for some of the creative weirdness that these parks often bring.
So, he we go the Jankoschek twins and Gab in our newest “Eat Your Veggies”.
Since 2020 got cancelled big time we can proudly look back on the year 2019. Watch Vienna’s most productive crew take a trip to Kassel / Germany, the Alphen DIY & The Netherlands.
Featuring Pascal Moelaert, Ziggy Schaap, Justin Wagener and Turtle Production’s Luci, Fabi, Gabs, Sven & Bjorn.
Want to feel what road tripping with your friends feels like? Well, this is it!
Made by much of the same people who run the Hera skate program here in Berlin this video will turn a red day into a green one because this shit goes!
Here is what they themselves have to say about the project:
Hey, now just get in
And close the door
And put your foot down
There’s a lot of nice places to see out there
So just don’t worry
If you like a longer trip
All you’ve got to do is put your foot hard down to the floor
And we’ll go moving away from home
Without a care in the world
About 2 weeks back we were in Vienna, we met up with the turtle crew, we filmed a little clip of this British guy Henry who found love in the city and we met up with Louis Marschall. All in all, it was a nice get-together, and most of the faces we saw during those sessions are now represented in this new 11-minute piece.
We asked Louis to tell us a bit more and he came back with this little text:
“I try to be outside filming almost every day anyway but what specifically made this video come together was my good friend Henry Gibbs.
“Because of the global outbreak of Covid-19 and the fact that his girlfriend is currently living in Vienna he decided to extend his trip to the city way longer than planned (In the end, he stayed about 4 months).
Due to his positive energy and motivational skills, we had a really good time filming in beautiful Vienna. I believe this video shows just that, FUN, and I look forward to seeing him again. Cheers to Henry and all of my friends!”
Now simply press play and enjoy the ride.
Lorenz Sutter, Franco Simeoni, Max Geiselbrechtinger, Maxi Thienen, Max Rumpeltes, Paul Spendiér, Adrian Correa Kunnen, Manuel Correa Kunnen, Anton Defant, Markus Fischer, Danny Wright, Raphael Krisa, Viktor Szeberin, Sebastian Weissinger, Jan Federer, Lucas Jankoschek, Henry Gibbs & Louis Marschall.
It is well known that we have a lot of love for the Viennese shelled crew of skaters lead by Lucas Jankoschek. We talked to him last time he dropped a video and support his efforts now that he went back and used the quarantine to create specific content for us to enjoy.
Thanks to all of you turtles and stay in your shell!
Straight from Vienna comes a video that will take you back to your best summer ’19 session with your friends. Great work by Louis Marschall
It was about a year ago that Stepan Bares sent us his last full part filmed mostly in Prague.
Now, 12-months later we get a follow up to that video but this time we get him and the homies and not only Prague but Split, Bratislava, Budapest & Vienna. It is great to see pockets of quality developing further and we can’t wait to see what comes after this. Enjoy!
An interview with Lucas Jankoschek by Roland Hoogwater.
Turtle Times is a series of videos, a project, based around three things, skateboarding, friends & turtles. Lucas is the filmer, one of the skaters & the editor of this (for now) last video in the “Turtle Times” series. We really love turtles and we really love the way Lucas documents and edits it so we dropped a line and managed to talk to the man himself.
Hey how are you, what are you up to?
I’m good, editing the video right now since the premiere is on Friday. It’s all a bit last minute because the premiere of my other video was two weeks ago and I’m kind of in the middle of an editing-marathon to get everything done before winter. It’s been a stressful week but it’s all good.
What do you still need to do until the video is ready for the premiere?
I still have to finish up two animations, the trailer and the friends part. Ziggy (Schaap), Pascal (Moelaert) and Justin (Wagener) are featured as well. They were here in Vienna last and this September and managed to get some footage.
I was actually at Ziggy’s place in Leiden when the last ‘Turtle Times’ episode premiered.
So you stayed at Ziggy’s house? It’s a cozy place right?
Yeah for sure. At the time they weren’t even sure they were going to be featured in that episode of ‘Turtle Times’ or the next one. But it was super fun hanging and skating together with Pascal and the others. This short stay in the Netherlands during the Vans Shop Riot contest allowed me to connect with people there and also get some social media coverage for Placemag. A lot of people still think of Place as a German skate mag but really it’s become half German and half Dutch.
That’s cool that you guys can do that in Germany. My friend does a mag here in Austria (ABD Magazine) and earns next to nothing, the skateboard industry just isn’t as present here as it seems to be in Germany.
Yeah, I’ve never been to Vienna but from what I’ve heard it’s a great place to skate however the rest of Austria seems to be different, right?
Definitely. Vienna isn’t Austria, it kind of stands for itself. Everything else around Vienna isn’t really worth our while, which is why we don’t travel much within Austria. It’s so different from the Netherlands in that regard. There you can just skate all these cities by hopping on a train. It feels like one big spread-out city.
It kind of is. The next city is always just a 20-minute train ride away, the same goes for where Ziggy lives.
That’s what I really enjoyed about the Netherlands. You can just meet up with people in different cities, regardless of borders even. It’ so sick.
I agree, but I’ve heard that the sidewalks and streets in Vienna are better for skating.
Yeah, everything here is super smooth. Sure there are a few rough spots here and there but technically you could push anywhere, it’s great.
Are you originally from Vienna?
Nah. I’m from Eisenstadt a small town near the border of Hungary. I was born in Vienna though and have been back in the city since 2013.
I see. So how did Turtle Times actually start?
So basically I put out a full-length video in 2015 with all my close friends and homies in it, the OG-turtle-crew so to speak. Two years later I put out another full-length video this time however with a bunch of different people in it. Everybody in Vienna kind of heard I was filming for a second video and started hitting me up. I was super hyped on that on the one hand but on the other hand, the OG crew was kind of neglected and I felt like the whole project was getting a bit too big for comfort. It almost felt like a burden at the time although I’m very happy with the results. So after I put that video out I thought to myself I wouldn’t do that kind of video format again. I also wanted to focus more on my close friends again and only film with people I enjoy skating with. This lead me to choose an episode format that works so much better on a lot of levels. Around that time I also received a call from Dallas (Rockvam) asking me if we wanted to film a part, so it all sort of came together organically. What’s important to me when it comes to the episodes is that they should highlight the different personalities and individual people we have in our crew. Every episode is centered around two or three people which allows me to choose the music and structure my project much more freely than if it were a full-length. It’s just easier to integrate ideas into an episode format. With a full-length, I have to stuff in a lot of different people, styles, music, etc. into one video which just has a mixed-up mess as a result. With episodes, I can just plan each one as a portrait of an individual.
So the episodes are tailored to specific people.
Which means you don’t have to mix n’ match all these different people anymore.
What about Budapest though?
We went there once last year.
Dallas had a few tricks in that one as well right?
Yeah, he joined us later on the Budapest-trip. Originally the idea was to go to Budapest just to film for Dallas’ part, but somehow it turned into an entire tour edit in ‘Turtle Times’ episode 2. Yeah, so Dallas arrived a bit after us, stacked four clips in two hours and then chilled out the entire rest of the trip drinking beers. It was sick! He definitely delivered.
I really enjoyed his part. It might be his last one though.
Yeah, he did just have a second child. Do you know Dallas personally?
A little bit.
He’s a cool dude for sure. We visited him at his house in the woods for his part. It was important for me to incorporate his personality or at least his personal background into his part. A sort of skate portrait if you will.
Cool. And do you make the animations for the videos yourself?
Yes, I do those myself, actually, I pretty much do everything myself (laughs). I’m not really the type of person to watch endless tutorials or acquire and then familiarize myself with some sort of new software. I don’t have the patience for all that. So a few years back I just started drawing on paper then filmed that with my VX, then captured that and finally retouched everything in photoshop… basically it was super tedious and complicated. I’ve learned a lot over the years though and now I just draw on a digital notepad and then animate that with photoshop. Mostly it’s a frame-by-frame animation so basically a lot of drawings put after each other.
Yeah, I’ve noticed your animations have gotten a lot better over time.
Thanks, I’m really happy with how they are turning out now too.
They’ve also become much more involved in the episodes. During the transitions and stuff, especially the last episode it seemed like you reached a new level of animation.
Thanks, man. I’m glad to hear that. I’m going to the art university in Vienna and took an animation class, so I’ve been animating a lot lately, which really improved my animations overall.
What do you do at the art university?
I’m studying art for teaching: I’m going to be an art professor in schools (laughs).
I’m currently writing my diploma thesis which is why the two ‘Turtle Times’ premieres are set so close to each other so I can finish my thesis after I’m done with the videos. I’ll have to hurry up a little bit.
So why is it called ‘Turtle Times’? Why not ‘Cat Times’ for example?
That all started way back when I was maybe ten or twelve. People started saying I looked like a turtle or that I ate like a turtle. Even back then I had always wanted a VX and when I finally got one, I put out my first clip and ironically called it ‘Turtle Productions’. The name stuck and that’s also how the turtle animations came to be.
Ah okay, that makes sense. I think the turtle figure and name have a strong brand recognition, the turtle kind of ties everything together.
Yeah, that’s something really important to me. It shouldn’t be just about skating, it needs something in-between to ease it up.
I also have some questions from Ziggy for you.
Oh really? (laughs)
I’m supposed to ask you about a tinder story about a local legend called Sven (Friend from Kassel) which involves lighting a car on fire?
(laughs) I don’t even know if I’m allowed to tell this story but if Ziggy asked for it, it should be fine. So basically Sven really got into tinder when he moved to Vienna and naturally has a lot of stories. One of them is that he and his date took ecstasy and broke into a car in a parking lot we sometimes skate in the winter. Which seemed to start kind of romantic at first turned out to be a total disaster. His date apparently was an outspoken feminist and got triggered by something in that car, which promptly led her to light it on fire. Being super high that whole scenario was obviously a bit much for Sven and I remember him telling me he listened to all the news reports the next day to make sure nothing serious had happened. After they ran off the fire should have gone out by itself anyways. I don’t think the car exploded or anything nor I‘m not sure how the date kept on going after the car-fire-action (laughs).
(laughs) He also has another question for you: why do you clean your kitchen ten times a day?
This fucking Ziggy guy, haha. I can just focus better in a clean environment. My kitchen is my kingdom you know? If I make my oatmeal in the morning it has to be clean.
I get that. Another question was: Who would win in a fight, Pascal or Ziggy?
Huh. That’s a tough one. Pascal’s pretty tall but Ziggy might be stronger. I think Ziggy would win though, he has more life experience. Pascal still needs to learn a thing or two. Go Ziggy!
Another question, or maybe it’s more of a demand, is: when will the iPhone-holiday-road-trip-video drop?
Ah fuck, sorry boys! It’s definitely coming. I promise. I’m just in the middle of an editing-marathon as I said. No time for anything else right now.
And how many more ‘Turtle Times’ episodes are planned for the future?
This is the last episode as far as I planned it out for now.
So no more ‘Turtle Times’?
Yeah, the ‘Turtle Times’ series has come to an end. Time for something new. For now, I have to finish my diploma thesis and then we’ll see what projects might come my way next year. What I can say is that I definitely won’t stop filming, however, I would like to try out some new things, maybe approach a project with a specific concept already in mind. Maybe shift the focus more towards filming or animation. I think the coolest thing would be to make an entire animated film. That would be a dream come true!
Yeah, that makes sense.
We kind of reinvigorated the whole crew vibe because we were all skating and filming a lot together this year and I think we will carry that vibe into the new year. So the next project will probably happen naturally because of that I guess.
So what will the last ‘Turtle Times’ episode look like?
This episode contains of three parts and some friends sections. My twin brother Fabi, Gabs and I will have full parts and of course, all the OG crew members are in there too. This ‘Turtle Times’ episode is the one I cherish the most I think. I started filming with Gabs two years ago. So finally releasing that footage is special to me. Plus my twin brother who hadn’t really been skating last year was overcome by skate fever this spring and filmed a whole part. That was really nice to see, not to mention that the level of skating and that of the animations have greatly improved.
So this is definitely your piece de resistance!
(Laughs) Yeah, sort of my final showdown. I had actually thought about naming it that but in the end, it felt like that was a bit over the top.
I think so too because then the next project will ruin the whole final showdown thing.
Yeah pretty much.
But does it have a name yet?
Nah. I still have to make my mind up about that. I talked to Ziggy and came to the conclusion that numbers just tend to confuse people so I’ll definitely give the video a name and not just call it ‘Turtle Times – episode 4’.
Alright. Is there anything else you want to share or let me know about?
I think that pretty much wraps it up. I don’t think I have anything left to add. Thanks for the opportunity to have this interview, cheers!
The Turtles from Vienna are back at it with this wonderful audiovisual piece of work. Not only is the skating great but pay extra attention to the animations.
A nice video project from the city of Vienna, which is probably also one of Europe’s most underrated skate destinations.
Triggered by an IG post via Jankem Magazine I stumbled upon this Austrian full length, which deserves your immediate attention.
By chance I have met Ilja Judizki at my local skate park in Berlin earlier this year. On my question why he hadn’t been seen for so long he answered that he actually already moved from Berlin to Vienna because he needed some change of the scenery at least for a while and was only in town to take care of some things. Watching this part I got the impression that his decision to leave Berlin behind was obviously the right one. As well as I know Ilja being really critical of his own skating I am also fairly sure that this is a full part he is satisfied with. And he definitely can be!
In the beginning, this HUF X Stil clip might have you thinking this is one of those nice “Cruise through the city.” type of clips but as the clip progresses Mr. Binder steps it up culminating the clip with a really good Ollie.