The Frafimi boys are back with a spot themed edit called “Bocki Montage” about FFM’s most legendary bank spot, right in the heart of the city. It’s almost impossible to visit Frankfurt and not come across this spot.
Featuring Matthias Ellinger, Fabian Michel, Kert Hollywood, Trevor Ciccarino, Philipp Schäfer, Stephan Ide, Milan Hruska, Patrick Soulier, Fabiano Catanzaro, Moritz Marquardt, Marius Znürsenkel, Carlo Lebsch & Nico Maison.
Whenever we got to see Jonas footage we all get a permanent smile on our faces that is lasting for quite a while. The fact that the edit is coming out of Leon Rudolph’s hands turns our smile to an even brighter level. Is this love?. Here’s Jonas Hess’s new video:
A while back we premiered Paul Herrmann’s video “Welcome to Franki”, at the same time we introduced his video column for PLACE. These raw cuts are a part of that series and they provide you with a great behind the scenes look.
Featuring highlights by Philipp Oehmige, Justin Sommer, Timo Meiselbach, Kalle Wiehn and much more
Today we are premiering “Welcome to Franki” a skateboard video by a young filmer out of Frankfurt named Paul Herrmann. The video was shot in Frankfurt, Berlin, Barcelona and the French capital of Paris. It gives you a good insight into what young German skaters are doing (mostly in Frankfurt and Berlin) but it also has some mainstay people like Kai Hillebrand, Valentin Cafuk, and Timo Meiselbach. All in all we back Paul in his efforts and are proud not only to host the online premiere of his new video but also to welcome him into the PLACE squad. From now on Paul will produce a monthly video column for all of you to enjoy but first things first, take a seat, make yourself comfortable, press play and welcome yourself to Franki.
Valentin Cafuk, Tim Griffel, Luis Waterkamp, Max Barthel, Philipp Weil, Lukas Bergener, Clemens Dembinski, Yunus Ergen, Louis Urban, Anton Jäger, Steffen Grap, Daniel Pannemann, Philipp Oehmige, Johannes Schirrmeister, Deniz Bul, Timo Meiselbach, Rahul Rahman, Nils Hansen, Sascha Scharf, Niklas Stube, Ollie Reinicke, Eric Erhardt, Max Obert, Timo Klein, Kai Hillebrandt, Tom Weimar, Martynas Katauskas, Andrius Kohrs, Tim Thomas, Matthias Ellinger, Kert Hollywood, Luis Kohl.
We would like to introduce our new boy Paul Herrmann, for those of you that are not familiar with his work visit his Youtube channel. Starting next month Paul will have his own monthly video column on the PLACE website. But more importantly this weekend Paul is premiering his newest video project “Welcome to Franki” the premiere will take place this coming Saturday at Bonkers skate shop (September 3rd), the video will be shown between 20:00 and 23:00 PM. For those of you, that want to visit the premiere click here to go to the Facebook event. After the premiere at Bonkers, the people that missed the event can head back over to our website, because the video will have its online premiere right here over at place.tv
Among other great photographers and artists, Fred Mortagne, alias FrenchFred, is going to exhibit his amazing and well-known black and white photographies at the Leica Gallery in Frankfurt from 1 July until 28 August. So if you have the chance to be in Frankfurt around this time, make sure not to miss this!
Own Skateboard’s teamrider Robin Wulf just sent over this little clip and as we have a faible for rap music, Frankfurt and excellent skateboarding, we want to share this little gem with you. Featuring Glenn, Nitsche, Mocki, Hein and Robin himself:
Last friday we introduced the official “Hauptsache Hauptwache” edit about skateboarding in Frankfurt am Main in the 90’s. The day after Bonkers celebrated their very own photo exhibition at the shop in Frankfurt. To give you a taste, here’s some photos of the event:
A nostalgic edit about a whole different period of German skateboarding, brought to you by the good people over at Bonkers Shop in Frankfurt am Main. This video includes skateboarding by Schwarzi, Michel Lang, Sascher Richter at the famous Hauptwache spot in Frankfurt am Main.
The Hauptwache spot in Frankfurt am Main was one of the best spots for the German skateboard culture back in the 90’s. Other than that it is located in the middle of a European metropolis. Bumfights, drug-dealing and skateboarding, this Exhibition shows all of it. Make sure to step by at Bonkers to see a documentation of a very important era of European skateboarding.
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.
Jeden Tag stellen wir uns unzählige Fragen, jetzt ist es an der Zeit Antworten zu bekommen: Herzlich willkommen zu “Eine Frage an …” Heute mit Martin Schreiber, der vergangenen Freitag seinen Bonkers Store in Frankfurt am Main eröffnet hat – zusammen mit insgesamt fast 600 Gästen…
Martin, du gehst mit Bonkers einen ungewöhnlichen Weg, vom Onlineshop zum stationären Skateshop – wieso dieser Schritt?
Ganz einfach, nur ein lokaler Laden kann in der Szene etwas bewegen und sie zum Wachsen bringen. Online hin oder her, Skateboarding ist eine Independent Jugendkultur und eine richtige Anlaufstelle kann gerade der Szene in Frankfurt nur gut tun. Der Localshop war von Anfang an ein Traum/Ziel, allerdings fehlten uns vor vier Jahren leider noch die Mittel.
Hier gibt es die ersten Eindrücke vom Laden in der Klappergasse: