Tag: Chris Nieratko

When we flew to China we arrived at Shanghai airport as two tourists, my travel companion had been to the “People’s Republic of China” before but it was my first time in Asia. I didn’t know what we were in for but I was down to experience it all, we both wanted to see as much as possible.

We had brought along the perfect tool for that, an old Digital 8 “tourist style” handy cam. Armed with both the “handy cam” and our boards we chose to visit not only the Vans Park Series but everything else that Suzhou, Jiangsu and the Chinese people had to offer us.

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First off, I have some information for you, “the internet” is not the same in the PRC, no Facebook, Instagram or even Google! This was at times a big plus because instead of looking down to our devices we looked up into the somewhat smog-filled part of the world we were in.

Secondly, we didn’t want to spend all our time at the hotel or at the event. “When in Rome” you don’t just want to stay inside the Coliseum, right? So one-day Oski (bless his heart) managed to get us some free (complimentary) bikes and we were off into the weird wilderness of China’s concrete jungle.

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Now, we were two white guys. Normally that is not a big deal but we were in a part of China that did not have many westerners in it. This Caused us to become somewhat of a circus show at times. People wanted to skype their families together with us, stared without shame, took “secret” pictures and the biggest bonus, they allowed us to go and see and do everything. Nobody told us no! We went into temples, factories, sweatshops and “fake supreme shops” all with our “tourist camera” in hand.

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That brings me to my second to last point:

Environmental groups are not completely against dams. We approve of appropriate development.

Ma Jun, Chinese environmentalist.

Now after reading this quote you might be confused about the link to the Vans Park Series right? Well, there is no link other than that we put a large percentage of “random” quotes in this video. Not normal quotes (spoken ones) but quotes printed on various pieces of clothing.

We found these quotes (in a store that sold fakes) that seemed random and were often badly spelled and connected them to our experiences in Suzhou. So instead of trying to make sense of the quote at the top of this article just know it is a random quote we found and used, in a similar way as all the others you will see in our video.


A small example of what we found.

Finally, if that didn’t convince you to watch the video let me assure you that we have included some great moves by people like Romand Pabich, Oskar (Oski) Rozenberg-Hallberg, Brighton Zeuner, Kokona Hiraki and a dancing, screaming but overall ripping Pedro Barros. Press play and enjoy the ride!

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Extra thanks go to Vans for supporting this project.

Brad Cromer has been videotaping skateboarding for some time now and to be honest he is getting really good, the other noteworthy thing in this short video is the Austyn Gillette clip. We have not seen anything from Mr. Gillette in a while – there where rumors about him being injured – so to finally see him back on the board is certainly a good thing.

Chris Nieratko traf sich mit Brian Anderson um über 3D Skateboards, Alex Olson und zukünftige Projekte zu sprechen. Neben dem Interview gibt es kleine Clips von Brian im Park.

John Cardiel erzählt von den Dreharbeiten zu seinem legendären Part im Transworld Video. Wenn der Kuchen spricht, haben die Krümel Pause.

Das Vice Magazine hat ein Interview mit Jerry Hsu über seine Fotografie und das Verlassen seines langjährigen Board Sponsors Enjoi. Gehalten von Chris Nieratko und gespickt mit einigen Fotos von Jerry. HIER geht es zum Interview.

Chris Nieratko hat in Belgien einen weiteren Dylan Rieder Klon gefunden und ihn zum Interview gezwungen. Doppelgänger findet man mittlerweile in jeder Kleinstadt und vielleicht wird es Zeit eine Art Wettbewerb daraus zu machen. Anstatt Highest Ollie gibt es dann vielleicht den Best Nailjob oder Longest Catwalk Contest ? Passend zum Thema findet ihr HIER das Arne Stein Interview.

Chris Nieratko hat Tony Hawks Sohn Riley Hawk zum Interview gebeten und erklärt euch, warum er diesen junge Ripper nicht verstehen kann. Als Sohn des Birdmans sollte man die Kuh melken und nicht den eigenen, langen und harten Weg gehen und als wäre es nicht noch schlimm genug, macht Riley auch noch Stoner Rock. Es könnte doch alles so einfach sein! Der nicht ganz ernt gemeinte Bericht + Interview findet ihr auf Vice.com.