Sergio Ben Mario was out in the streets of Berlin for while to make this video happen. A lot of your favorite skaters from Berlin are in the edit such as Kalle Wiehn, Julian Ruhe, Kaio and even Danny & Peter, just to name a few because the list goes on and on.
This is a big thing for the Vans German team and with a person like Max Pack at the helm, you know you are going to get some good shit. But what about the behind-the-scenes? Leon Moss did a lot of the heavy lifting in Berlin. So we turned to some of the riders and asked them to turn on their friends, unfortunately, most of them remained cordial 🙁
Leon Moss tells all about his friends
About Roland Hirsch
Hirschi has been on Hitachi-airlines since the first fusion festival in 1997. Frequent flyer miles because he keeps blasting airs!
About Julian Ruhe
Julian Ruhe’s allergy-collection is bigger than his bag of tricks.
About Kalle Wiehn
Kalle Salzburg is so German that he named his dog after a German potato dish.
Roland asking about Roland (Hirsch)
You had some surprising tricks in this video, did your move from Emerica to Vans open up your bag of tricks?
The Switch Frontside 360 I had done before years ago. I did one Marocco over a hubba, and it just fit. but yeah, I don’t do that trick that often, I keep forgetting about it (laughs).
The Pole-Jam Pressure Flip was another surprising one!
That one just just happened. I sort of flipped like that on some of the shove it tries. I did a shitty Pole-Jam Shove-It and ended up going back for a better one. I landed the shove one fast, and figured out that if I put my foot in the pressure flip position before I pole jam that I could flip it. Once I figured that out I rode away a few tries later.
You went on a trip with Vans to Hamburg, who surprised you the most on that trip?
Schianta (Daniel Lepori)! He is so quiet, so nice but all of a sudden he will just bust out something crazy!
What about Max Pack, how is he as a TM?
Max Pack, is the best TM and a good soul!
Kalle Wiehn Versus?
Max Pack vs Leon Moss?
Similarities are more easy to find that the differences, they both inject beer into the session and make it fun.
Who is your favorite team mate?
Julian Ruhe or Joscha “Bonez” Aicher but I don’t see him as often especially since he moved to Barca! To be honest Julian really needs a raise in pay, he has been ripping so hard lately (laughs)!
Julian Ruhe about Leon Moss
Leon is always motivated to get a clip and won’t ever give you the feeling that you’re taking too long to get the trick!
He also has a very strong opinion on which trick could look cool on which spot, and he isn’t shy, he will give you that extra creative input as well!
He seems to know exactly what trick each skater could or should do at the spot, he definitely has a vision.
Thank You, Coach!
Maxi Schaible about his brother Niklas Schaible.
I don’t know what to say except that when we are together people say: “Oh I didn’t know he was your brother” (laughs)!
Joscha Aicher about Max Pack.
Max Pack a.k.a. Max Zapf is one of my best homies. We traveled and skated many spots in many different countries. I would like to say that we pushed each other to become better. The difference being, he focussed on filming and I focussed on skating! It is great that we both ended up over at Vans. Even though we only really see each other on tour, we still talk just about every day and our friendship remains a deep one. I am really happy about all that he accomplished and support him to the fullest, I know he poured his heart into it! The only thing he has to learn is how to drink for real!
“Er hat noch nie richtig GEZAPFT!”Joscha Aicher about Max’s drinking skills.
Last Saturday something happened, a group of people honored us with their presence, their good spirits & their bowling skills. Today we recap the magic of that night for you.
Photos by Danny Sommerfeld.
Text by Roland Hoogwater.
What happened? Well, we had one of our best events ever, from a slow start, where basically everyone turned up on time, which was a bit early (not expected at a skate event) to an electric final we have you, the Berlin skate scene to thank for making this what it was!
What it was? Well, a night of surprises. For instance, a very drunk Jack Taylor together with a driven Dan Clarke making it all the way to the finals. An amazing performance from Collin McLean who bowls with as much finesse as he skates. Mark Nickels who brought his own bowling ball and wore a bowling shirt (scare tactics) and bowled steadily for the entire night, in the end, coming up short because Berlin local and adidas skater Baswti kept racking them up and knocking them down like he had ice in his veins.
When we shot the trailer he wasn’t bowling like this we tell you! He did use his patented own was of throwing the ball but it seemed like in the 3-weeks between the shoot for the trailer and the actual event he had put in the work and at the end up the night took home the 300€ prize money. Congratulations Bawsti you earned it!
adidas Skateboarding thank you for helping us and making this happen, it was a magic evening for all in attendance, skater, and non-skater together knocking down those pins together.
Herzlich Willkommen to the video that goes with PLACE YOUR FLAG a special publication of Place Skateboard Culture (in finer shops now). This project is special, not only because it deviates from our “regular” numbered editions in size, because it has animation or the number of pages but because somebody proposed it to us.
You see, normally our we come up with the ideas but this time the credit for the “Startschuss” has to go to Moritz Alte. Moritz or Mo came to us because he felt we needed to do something that included Vans team rider, Julian Ruhe.
“He felt we needed to do something that included Vans team rider, Julian Ruhe.”
After a short pitch, he presented us with a plan, which we then together finetuned into the thing you hold today. A series of papers with ink on it about young people, leaving their “Heimat” and finding their place in Berlin.
It all sounds great, skating in Berlin, following 4 people and a dog as they find their place in their new surroundings but the thing is that Mo proposed to do all this during the winter and early spring months. Puffy jackets, low light, grey skies, and snowy Berlin, not sunny, hip, drinking beer and hanging out until 23:00 at a Späti Berlin.
Moritz proposed a young crew consisting of Steffen Grap, 21 (photographer), Peter Buikema, 23 (filmer) and himself, 22 as (an overseer and writer) we liked the idea but felt we needed something more so we added a Brittish ex-pat Jack Taylor, (26) to do a part of the graphic work.
The question we had was: “Is a 22-year-old ready to do the heavy lifting it takes to make a print issue work?” Well the results speak for themselves don’t they, it took some time, it took a lot of energy but it came out great, different and that was what we were looking for. because Berlin can be a lot of things but in the cold it is mostly a beast of burden, whereas in summer it can feel like a balloon, lifting you up. Working the beast, might not be easy but it can be rewarding. There are clear benefits like the lack of tourist people around, fewer skaters at the more famous spots and fewer distractions all around by open airs, protests, and kick-outs because winter is mostly about staying in.
“Is a 22-year-old ready to do the heavy lifting it takes to make a special issue work?”
To wrap it up, a lot of people talk a good game about moving to Berlin but you haven’t truly been here unless you have been through a winter so look at what we together created and make up your mind firmly if you really want to Place your flag in Berlin soil.
Special thanks go out to Vans “OFF THE WALL” for supporting this project.
Editorial lifted and adapted from the print issue of the new PLACE YOUR FLAG issue of Place Magazine. Text by Roland Hoogwater.
Leon Moss is leaving Dusseldorf, packing his shit and is moving to Vienna next year so consider this his D-Dorf goodbye. Let us hope he keeps his productivity all the way up!
Kevin Vietzke, Nils Vossen, Simon Weißer, Ruben Lücke, Jonas Bakar, Benni Levesque, Danny Stephen, Georg Anders, Marcel Zylka, Stefan Granitzer, Marc Kov, Julian Ruhe, Pasquale Grispo, Florian Nass & Lukas Rosen.
First of all, we want to give a big thanks to Vans for supporting us and assisting in making the project happen. Secondly, thanks to Heiners for being a surefire location where we all feel welcome enough to be ourselves. And lastly, thank you to all the protagonists for not only putting your energy towards the project but also for shooting the recap to your own party. Cheers!
Photos by Julian Ruhe, Moritz Alte, Kalle Wiehn & Valle Cafuk.
June the 21st has many names “Midsummer Night”, the longest day of the year or “Go Skateboarding day 2019”.
This year Berlin was the city, MBU the location and Vans & Radio skateboards the supporting brands but most importantly Valentin Cafuk was the MVP!
Valle told us the day before, “Either I am going home with a lot of cash or I am going home hurt but either way, I am putting it on the line!” and he did just that. The next day though, he spent it all on art supplies…
So now since GSD is over and the sun on the longest day has set. It is all downhill from here but at least we can relive the moment with this video!
We would like to thank both Vans & Radio Skateboards for their support and we will see you all next year. Let’s hope that these obstacles will stay at MBU until then!
Last week during Bright Tradeshow, we hosted a little slappy contest at our local park/second office, MBU, supported by Junkyard. Here’s a recap.
Featuring: Jun Kummer, Moritz Alte, Julian Ruhe, Deo Katunga, Conny Mirbach, Johannes Schirmeister, Kai hillebrand, Benny Urban and many more…
To be young during summer in Berlin, a lovely time, a moment to remember. Paul Herrmann documented his friends and their friends for his newest Berlin edit.
Moritz alte, Luis Waterkamp,Valentin Cafuk, Julian Ruhe, Johannes schirrmeister, Steffen Grap, London Lee, Anton Jäger, Jun Kummer, Wanja Huth, Denzi Bul,Wladimir Hoppe, Arne Stein, Jan Hoffmann, Konrad Waldmann & Basti Eckert.
1st Song – Brat Star
2nd Song – MCNZI
Julian Ruhe at the Dogshit park filmed by our columnist Paul Herrmann.
It is hard to understate how involved we were in the making of this video, all our staff has tricks except Danny Sommerfeld who was hurt. Some of this video was even filmed on Place trips, a lot was documented on other trips but all of it was shot during Leon Rudolph’s holiday.
The end reslut makes you wonder what he could do if he filmed full time.
You have heard it before, we are hosting this Saturday’s Snipes – SQUAD UP event in Berlin / Märkisches Viertel. The best thing about it – everyone can join the contest, as long you find a crew of three people and a name. Easy, right? We have more than 10 crews invited from all over Germany including:
Skywalker: Marcel Weber, Tim Hachen, Max Pack
Dshild: Modo Matinda, Marvin Rausch, Vincent van Essen
030 Gaunerz: Justin Sommer, Phillipp Oehmige, Max Obert
Saltyboys: Yannick Schall, Denny Pham, Patrick Rogalski
Bong Bande: Michel Funke, Valentin Ott, Farid Ulrich
Marijuth: Joscha Aicher, Daniel Ledermann, Mario Ungerer
Seoul Air: Hyun Kummer, Jan Hoffmann, Julian Ruhe
Roncalli Kids: Robert Gray, Yannick Zhou, Malte Schüttensack
Downright: Tom Kleinschmidt, Christopher Schübel, Quirin Staudt
Europe: Kai Hillebrand, Timo Meiselbach, Kevin Vietzke
VierSwei: Sascha Scharf, Niklas Stube, Oliver Reinicke
Stanley WE: Benny Vogel, Christoph Friedmann, David Neier
OWN Skateboards: Andi Welther, Glenn Michelfelder, Robin Wulf
This is Dshild:
This is VierZwei:
This is Own Skateboards:
All the INFORMATION you need.
Summer is in full effect and thus it is only logical that Paul Herrmann started putting out his column consistently.
Whereas his last video was filmed all over Germany this one takes place in Berlin. Similarly the last one had many people from different crews this one focusses on one crew consisting of a gang of all-star wearing youngsters.
For those of you that follow him, it must come as no surprise that Deniz Bulgurcu has a strong presence in this video. His growth is visible in almost every new clip he puts out. Deniz is one to watch.
Additionally, Paul Herrmann would like to thank Converse for the support.
Three days, that is all it took to film this video, two days it took them to edit it and today it’s out for us to see.
The people over at Seoul2k don’t like to let things sit on the shelf for too long, whether it’s tricks or product they are all about keeping it moving.
Julian Ruhe, Jun Kummer (@seoul_air) and Hyun Kummer (@versace_plug).
Last week the boys came to Berlin and hooked up with their friends over in our fair city to film this promo, we came with on a couple missions to see what was up, skate with them and chill out.
The edit makes it all look fun but the boys were serious about going all in and try a trick for a couple of hours which we felt was unexpected in the Instagram era. Also, we want to shout out Hyun Kummer aka Versace_Germany for finding a “normal” ollie trick that had not been done down the Kulturforum double set and doing that kickflip back smith line first try!
Enough said, watch the video!
Jan Hoffmann’s “At Home With” article in our new issue is all about celebrating, partying and the bright side of life. Editing Jan’s clip felt like we would being held in a mental health unit. During the process of working on the video Danny got asked how it goes a numerous time and he just always replied “It’s a nightmare!” Actually, out of all three “At Home With” Videos, this one is the most unique one. And we got a good laugh out of it! Watch Jan and quite a few of his friends on a pretty common weekend in Bremen/Oldenburg.
Robotron has had a great year! They turned ten, multiple team riders have put out parts this year and Carsten “Barney” Beneker has been ripping extra hard since he hit that three-oh, so the bot chose to tour around Bella Italia this year.
Unfortunately not everybody could come but that left some extra room for some people that we don’t see skate that often. And with some people, we mean Julian Ruhe that sly guy truly sprinkled some style onto the pizza di-robo. Don’t waste any more time and click play.
Also featuring: Niklas Speer von Cappeln, Fatos Veseli, Kalle Wiehn, Jan Hoffmann & Dennis Behrens.
Film/Edit: Dennis Ludwig
Intro: Philipp Jadke
Music: Viola Valentino – Comprami
Today at 6pm we will show you exclusively Jan Hoffmann’s new full part and to say the least, it is quite a heavy one. Before that you get the first look at Jan’s Pro Board for Robotron Skateboards and Cleptomanicx now, by showing you the snapshot recap of his surprise party at the Attitude Skateshop in Bremen last weekend. Jan got his shirt, the board of course and a first video premiere, surrounded by all his loved ones. All Photos by Friedjof Feye. Make sure to come back at 6pm ;).
Last summer, the German Vans team went on a 15 day trip to Sweden and Denmark. Their Nordic Tour led them to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Malmö, where they explored local spots and hidden gems. Featuring Kalle Wiehn, Thomas Graf, Tobi Fleischer, Jan Hoffmann, Julian Ruhe and Valentin Cafuk.