Also, it feels like this is a new step for FA since this is the first of their videos with actual music.
“Lil Wayne, a.k.a Weezy F. Baby please say the baby” has made a triumphant return into the skate world with this part by Thames’s own Sam Sitayeb. We don’t know if Sam or the filmer/editor Austin Bristow came up with the song choice but we thank you for it.
A new video by Ben
The FA squad have been touring through Europe.
Featuring Anthony Van Engelen, Jason Dill, Kevin Bradley, Diego Todd, Ben Kadow, Sean Pablo, Andrew Allen, Sage Elsesser, Kevin Rodrigues, Louie Lopez & Aidan Mackey.
Some of the supreme guys doing what they do best!
A polarizing figure, a favorite to many, the worst for others but a close friend to Joey Sinko who made this heartwarming portrait of skateboarder Corey Duffel.
Head over to Jenkem Mag to read a bit more on the how, when, and why’s of this project.
One of our favorite skate videos featuring a great and diverse crew of people, shout out to all of the LGBTQ+ people doing what they do and brightening all our lives in the process!
Skateboarding is about many things, mostly it is about the skateboarder and his skateboard interacting together. This interaction begins with you learning to stand on the board, pushing, ollieing, shoving the board, nollie, fakie, switch or normal stance. Some learn faster, some slower, but the objective is the same; “Stay on the board.” This article is not about that, this is about getting off the board (and getting back on afterwards), walking or running with or without, maybe even away from the board.
Today we offer you a step by step analysis (lmao) of some of the most influential skaters who got off the board.
A Different Route.
Right off the bat, we start with two of the most classic walks caught on tape! At the same time, both Jason Dill and Louie Barletta use walking to get somewhere or to walk over something they could not get to by staying on the board. Louie’s might be a little more eccentric because not many people skate terraces like he did, but still, both these guys made a lot of people get off the board.
John Motta uses the same principle but instead of picking his board up and taking it with him, he chooses to leave it and jump on the next one. A technique, mostly used by filmers, while filming long lines, with a lot of ups and downs like stairs. Normally I’d go for the pickup but doing it John’s way creates a little more suspense about what is about to come next.
Cruising To The Spot.
I am not totally sure if Mike V just got back from an injury here or if he just has that much pent up punk rock Aggression, but Mr. Vallely does deserve his props for this ‘powerful cruise through the city’ style line! He manages to push skateboarding by keeping it true to his style of skating, whilst at the same time doing tricks that every skater would like to do, while going from one to another spot.
Vincent, on the other hand, seems like he just came from the corner store where he bought a soda, and on his way back, he noticed he could flip his board in there. Probably the most relaxed walk of the bunch, which contrasts quite nicely with Mr. V’s spurt.
The Bail To Pick up a.k.a. The Never Give Up.
This is a more recent phenomenon, ever since iPhone filming became an everyday thing, skaters started to worry less about wasting tape and thus happy accidents made it into our collective memory. The reason why we like this style of walking is because it makes everything seem so much more spontaneous, it reminds us of skating around with the homies, instead of the sometimes tedious process of perfecting things in front of the lens.
The Hop Off, Hop On.
The Hop off and Hop On is a method perfected by one of today’s most influential skaters: Mr. Kevin Rodrigues. He has a knack for wall riding, no comply flipping or throwing down his board (to hippy jump) and moving into the next trick. The great thing about this combination is that everybody can join in, just remember: the most important thing is the rhythm of your walk! Hesitation can sneak in and ruin an otherwise great line.
The Mid Trick Walk Along.
To be honest, a lot of these moves seem to come straight from a Louie Barletta, who should be on everybody’s favorite skater list by now. Go watch his parts and you will notice that the only difference is that these tricks are done in a serious manner, instead of with a weird hat and a Rod Stewart track. Anyway, you have to find the right trick and spot (a long slide) to do this but if you do the possibilities are endless.
Walk The Line.
This one doesn’t really need any explaining, does it?
Walking as a mode of skating.
A fancy way to say that walking can be the actual main dish instead of a side order that only add’s to the meal. Case and point CK1’s stroll on these metal arm rests, imagine him replacing that walk with a series of hippy jumps, it wouldn’t be the same right?
The Stop Walk And Roll.
This is the only section that doesn’t involve the board moving before hand, it is the simple idea of placing your board somewhere (very high in this case) and jumping on it. Most skaters use this to test out spots but very few use it as a means to an end, which it can be in the right hands. In our opinion, this is the little brother of the caveman nosegrind that Andrew Allen popularized a while back. We say little because everybody can try this one at almost every spot.
The Walk Home.
For the older skaters amongst us, this is a pretty common thing. You need to wrap up the session because your significant other wants to home and the baby needs to be fed, time to go, leave the board and take a walk home.
A new one by the Blobys. Watch Hadrien Buhannic’s new edit full of Bloby magic below. Featuring Kevin Rodrigues, Greg Cuadrado, Hjalte Halberg, Vincent Touzery, Paul Grund, Gauthier Rouger, Oscar Candon, Roman Gonzalez and William Moneris.
A must watch even if you are not into the style of editing or music, simply because Vincent Touzery is one of the more interesting skaters to watch. Don’t hesitate to enter the Colin Read’s jungle, open your mind and come out with some new perspectives on the documentation and representation of skateboarding.
Our Friend Augustin Giovannoni released a new edit called “Европа”, which is Russian and means “Europe”, and thus, suitably features a bunch of well-known skateboarders from France, England, Spain, Finland and, of course, Russia.
A lot of Parisien action on the web lately, the Instagram videos have slightly slowed down but the Bloby video output has gone up. To bo honest, we like it better this way and this clip leaves way more room for us to actually check their style of skating.
Featuring the likes of Kevin Rodrigues, Roman Gonzales, Vincent Touzery, Karl Salah, Valentin Jutant, Bloby Greg and many more.
The Blobys are taking matters into their own hands once again with this insta mix. Instead of the fan mixes this one has the OG footage set to some tunes of their liking. Enjoy Repúblique and many other Parisian spots in this 10 minute video and click here to check out the first remix.
Photo by Manuel Schenck.
While making this issue, we made a list of possible articles. Each one of these articles needed to be a portrait of some sort. So when Manuel Schenck asked us if we wanted to interview Kevin, we wanted it to be a portrait of a special bond, a portrait of a friendship, and that is where Jon’s story comes in. Most of you have probably heard the name Kevin Rodrigues before, but some of you may have yet to come across the name Jon Monie, unless you are french, of course.
Before we traveled to Paris to work on the Parisian issue, we did not know that much about Jon. We started to hear his name mentioned here and there, but not much more. Eventually, while in Paris, we ended up meeting him one night at Chéz Justine, where he works. We started talking and he ended up telling us a couple of stories about young Kevin. Jon basically saw Kevin grow up (on a skateboard.) They both skated for the same skate shop (Nozbone) and they became friends, a friendship that lasts to this day. The original idea was to show the history behind their friendship, but instead, Jon, Kevin and Manuel Schenck (the interviewer) sat down and created something totally different and unexpected. We don’t really know what to say about it, so we will just let one of our favorite artists speak for us:
“Let us consider two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on one hand, and on the other the spectator who later becomes the posterity” – Marcel Duchamp
To summarize: we feel strongly about this portrait but in the end it is you, the spectator and reader, who ultimately completes the portrait.
Intro: Roland Hoogwater
Interview & Photos by Manuel Schenck
How did you guys meet each other?
Love begins with the glare of a soul who expected nothing and ends with the disappointment of an ego that demands everything.
Jon, what did you teach Kev?
Where there is a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.
So you gave him some advice?
Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments.
You both differ in age right?
There are days, months, endless years when it happens nothing. There are minutes and seconds that contain a whole world.
What are you doing right now, Jon?
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Do you see each other a lot?
In nature, everything always has a reason. If you understand why, you do not need experience.
You work in a bar, Jon. Is it not difficult to not drink too much?
Any obstacle strengthens the determination. He who has set a goal does not change.
You see Jon quite often at the bar, right Kev?
You have to become the man you are. Do what only you can do. Become who you are, be the master and sculptor of yourself.
Kev, you skated for 5boro before you started skating for Polar. How was that change?
Our youth love luxury, have bad manners, mock authority and have no respect for age. In this age, children are tyrants.
Do you still see the guys from 5Boro?
Experience shows that those who have never trusted anyone will ever be disappointed.
How is the Polar family doing?
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but whether we rise every time we fall.
Are you working on some new projects?
Diseases that come from the wickedness of a woman’s heart are: disobedience without modesty, anger, backbiting, jealousy and a low intelligence.
You skate for Supreme now. Did that change anything for you concretely?
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Back in the day you visited New York together, how was that experience?
We can beat his opponent through love and not hate. Hatred is the most subtle form of violence. Hate injures the hater, not the hated.
What happened with your Instagram account Kev? Are you or are you not in the game?
Others say the secret is treachery, others say it is her foolishness.
What are you doing when you’re not skating, Kev?
I object to violence because when it appears to produce the good, the good that results is only temporary, while the wrong product is permanent.
What do you want to do in the future?
The madman who is chasing the pleasures of life and is disappointed; the wise man avoids evil.
Kev, what would you like to say to Jon?
We do not yet understand life, how could we understand death?
And you Jon, what would you like to say to Kev?
May everyone have a chance to find precisely the way of life that enables him to realize his maximum happiness.
Give me your last words.
Jon – A man should never be ashamed to admit that he is wrong; for in making this confession, he proves that he is wiser today than yesterday. What do you think?
Kev – It is no coincidence; everything is a trial, a punishment, a reward, or a foresight.
Thanks you two. If I may I would like to conclude this interview with a phrase that sums up the whole.
“Stupidity has only two ways of being: It is silent or it speaks. Silent stupidity is bearable. ”
Lucky us, lucky you! Today a load of great skateboard clips got released today. This one is by one of our favorite videographers Ben Chadourne. As in most of his work he once again shares some great footage of Les Bloby’s skating mainly around the French capital. Enjoy!
Featuring Kevin Rodrigues, Paul Grund, Valentin Jutant, Greg Cuadrado, Manuel Schenck, Roman Gonzalez, Luidgi Gaydu, Bobby Worrest, Hjalte Halberg, Antoine Gaston, Sean Pablo, Vincent Touzery and Nasere.
When I was younger I just collected every skate video I could get ahold on and stored it in my DVD shelf. But over time, I got more selective about which ones I really needed to buy a copy of. There have been only a handful videos during this year that expanded my collection. Pontus Alv’s latest masterpiece is one of them. Already the title makes you aware of the fact, that this video is much more than just a couple of skateboard tricks. This film takes you on a journey in a sort of dream-like nostalgic setting and, in doing so, a unique feeling is created.
“Everything is possible when we dream. Why can’t we sleep forever?”
Watch the full video online now! Click here.
Featuring Hjalte Halberg, Aaron Herrington, Kevin Rodrigues, Nick Boserio, Oskar Rozenberg, David Stenström, Dane Brady, Paul Grund and Roman Gonzalez.
Normally this footage seems to be reserved for Instagram montages but somehow Mr. Strobeck decided to make an entire montage from the Paris leftovers. Seems that Dill had a hand in choosing the song for this one (Mr. Wonder being his favorite artist) and we are happy to see Stevie shine in a montage like this one. Sit down and enjoy all your favorites in this 4-minute throwback to Supreme’s winter months in Paris.
We would like to invite you to the launch of PLACE Issue 57 “A Portrait” –
For this event, we want to take you with us and celebrate things “Berlin Style” at a Spätkauf.
Our new issue is focusing on the age-old art of portraying: people, moments, things and emotions. We challenged ourselves in new ways! Stop by and have a drink with us.
Head over to our Facebook event for more info and updates.
PLACE Issue 57 Features:
Dane Brady, Jerry Hsu, Kevin Rodrigues, Jun Song, Sarah Parson-Texas, and Giorgi Armani.
Old but still very good! That is the best way to describe this never before seen footage from 2014. The French seem to be able to let everything age like whine instead of milk. Enjoy some great moves from the likes of Kevin Rodrigues, Hjalte Halberg, Roman Gonzalez, Greg Cuadrado, Luidgi Gadyu, Carlos Cardenosa and of course Alex Pires.
Any conversation about Russia and its youth culture these days is bound to include Gosha Rubchinskiy. It’s inevitable. He’s considered one of the most exciting streetwear designers of the day – with collections in haute stores such as Dover Street Market and Tres Bien – as well as an influential photographer. His work is without a doubt a reason why the fashion world is looking East for fresh ideas. His approach consists of an authentic mix of real life situations unfolding around him, captured in a Soviet aesthetic and told in a Russian accent. Skateboarding always plays a major part in Gosha’s imagery and its focus on showing teenagers on the streets in their natural environment. Most of the teenagers don’t even know about their power and their style, which is what inspires Gosha and makes the results appear so real. It’s just normal life, caught with an open mind.
We’ve had the pleasure to meet Gosha in his own Moscow neighborhood, in between bar hopping and walking around from one club to another. To no surprise, he turned out to be a friendly guy who likes to share his story. And it was also impressive to find out that he is taking care of his friends a lot and that he has such a strong belief in a romantic idea of community.
Interview by Benni Markstein
How did you get started with photography? What is your background?
Initially, I started photography in my school years just for fun. I just shot my friends with basic film cameras. It was nothing special. During college, I took some photography lessons and learned how to use mirror film cameras. I studied fashion, styling, hair dressing and some make-up. I always had a need to document my work, so I had to learn more about photography because I had to present it. I learned that it is always better to have a complete project. When I started my fashion project, I started to use my photography for it, since I knew how to develop film. But anyway, I was already taking pictures of my friends my entire life, for example while going out or skating.
Your new book Youth Hotel just launched. Please tell us something about making that book.
There is a hotel in Moscow from the ‘80s that was built for the Olympic Games for the youth and young sportsmen. It’s a strange building with 28 floors in a real Soviet mood and feel. One day a friend of mine, who is a stylist, came to Moscow and she wanted to stay in a strange hotel. So we chose this one as I also wanted to take a look inside and see what’s going on there. It was very interesting, so we rented a room, spent some time there, invited some friends and had some parties there. It’s very empty, so we had the entire floor for us, played some music, danced and also we could smoke. During these parties I shot some pictures there. My friends of IDEA Books, who also made my last book Crimea / Kids, asked me to do something new and asked if I had something for them. I said yes and told them that I have some great outtakes from my Youth Hotel series that we could use. I mixed these pictures with last year’s cool pictures that I never used. I think the name Youth Hotel is very romantic. Youth is such a short period of time in your life that you spend shortly.
You mentioned that you had unused photographs you were able to use. Do you feel that different outlets are also important to realize different ideas in your work?
Photography for me is like a diary. It’s about documenting. I see something and when I think it’s interesting I shoot some faces or some outfits or some boys wearing something in a good way. Afterwards, I can use it for inspiration in my new collections. It’s always interesting to document some energy, or some moods, and to look back for some inspiration.
Please describe the overall image and aesthetic you are aiming to create.
I see something interesting here in Moscow, in Russia. My friends are doing interesting things that I always wanted to show to other Russian people, and also internationally. It doesn’t matter if it’s through photography, or films, or fashion – those are just different ways to show it. For me, it is always about showing things that are happening in Moscow and what is interesting and what is our mood.
The Moscow mood?
Moscow, or Russian, or my Gosha mood – I don’t know! It’s all about the same things told through different outlets. But what is it? I don’t know, it’s my vision; it’s different things that I think are great. If I think this guy is great, or this building, or this landscape is great, I want to show it to people.
And if people don’t like it?
Anyway, I like reactions. It’s a good thing when people react because it’s bad when people don’t care about you. I like bad reactions like: “What the hell is he doing?!” I like that.
What’s your background in skateboarding? Do you still skate?
I’m not, like, a big skater. I started when I was 22 years old. During my school years I never had friends that skated and I was really focused on art, sitting at home and drawing. Later I met some people that skated, not too crazy just in a basic way. Sometimes I go skating but I’m very busy right now and you only have a few months during the year to skate in Moscow. I’m not professional enough to go to indoor skate parks in the wintertime. Also, every year it’s a challenge to kind of start skating again and again. It’s always like stepping on your board for the first time. Anyway, I try to remember how it works.
For me it’s a about the romantic of being a teenager having time to go skate in the streets to escape problems.
Some people still live this life, people who used to do it since they were teenagers. I like to go skate on sunny days in summer and to watch others doing good tricks, to cruise around and take some pictures.
I guess you have many friends that skate, then?
Yeah yeah, it’s a big community with friends, and their friends! When I met these guys for the first time around eight years ago, I thought wow, this is really cool and it is something so true and strong. These guys are really interesting people, the most interesting guys in Russia are from the skate community. Because it mixes guys from different areas: some football fans, some musicians, some Hip Hop dancers, and graffiti guys – they all skate together. Skateboarding is the connection. If you want to meet cool dudes it’s easy to find them in the skate community. For me, it was like fresh air when I met skateboarders for the first time and every year new and cool people become part of the community.
Do you see similarities between skating and fashion? And do you get inspired from skating?
Yes, of course. Normal life always inspires me. I can be inspired by some cool 15 year old guy coming to the spot for the first time because he has some weird style and I will use it for my collection. It works this way for me; one guy can inspire the whole collection. I met Kevin Rodrigues in Paris who has a very cool style – he is really inspiring. Everybody around him is now wearing the same style as him and this is how it works.
How did that connection with Kevin happen and is he your new muse?
First of all, I’m checking what’s going on in the skate world and of course I saw him many times in videos and I liked his style. The first time I met him was in London through a Converse presentation. And when I saw him in real life I thought he was an interesting guy, and that I would like to know him more. Six month later we met again in Paris at Place de la République because we have some friends in common. So we started hanging out, drinking beer, and he was like “Oh, you’re from Russia! That’s cool, we love Russian people.” So we became friends from the first day. It’ the same with Ben Kadow from the US, how they look and how they skate is something I really like.
Crimea / Kids (2014)
What do you think is are the differences between the Moscow scene compared to other cities?
I think the main difference is the places to skate because of the weather and the winter. In Moscow, people have to do all the things they like to do during the summer period because in the wintertime everybody starts to become lazy. I think that’s the main difference between Russia and other countries. But besides that, I think in terms of the community, friendships, and skateboarding – everywhere is the same around the world. That’s because it’s so easy if you go to Paris, or to China, and meet some people at the spot, it’s the same connection.
Many people pay attention to my work and that’s why I need to use it to show the good things about Russia.
At one time you said that you would like to change people’s perception of Russia through your work. Is that true?
Yeah, it’s one of my ideas that I want to show Russia the way I see it. I think I have my own vision and I want to show it because it’s hard to imagine how it is if you don’t live here. I have power and the ways to show it – so that’s why I need to use it. Many people pay attention to my work and that’s why I need to use it to show the good things about Russia. Now we’re living in a time of information war, and especially many bad things about Russia and I would like to say: No, it’s not really like that. I can show you what’s happening. Well, and what I think is the beauty of being a Russian.
Why is there some much attention on Russia at the moment? What is attracting the people?
It was a closed country for many years and no one knew what was secretly happening inside. It was just a big myth surrounding what it is – and it still is. The country is big and of course you can be in Moscow or St. Petersburg, which is easy. But that is not the real Russia. You have to go to other cities to understand the Russian mentality better. Like you told me the story of this security guard Dima in Sochi and what his soul is like. I think you’ll understand more now. These are things I also like to show about Russia, because I think it’s good here. It’s not only clichés.
So what do you have coming up for the future and new projects?
I have an idea for a short movie so I try to find free time for it. First of all, I need to sit down, write the script and then start filming. This will be my next project.
So, will there be skateboarders involved?
Of course, ha-ha!
All photos by Gosha Rubchinskiy