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Some would say it was bad luck and some would say that it was meant to be this way. Here is an explanation by Dan himself why the new video is called unfinished:

“Due to harddrive issues in the past, a lot of the corresponding footage got lost. This is the fragment of THE UNFINISHED VIDEO from 2017.”

Featuring Manuel Mayr, Johannes Schirrmeister, Tabo Löchelt, Stephan Weimar, Sascha Scharf, Niklas Stube, Juan Carlos Aliste, Kerem Elver, Roland Hirsch, Banden B, Molly, Valle Ott, Kanya Spani & Quirin Staudt.

For us here at Place Magazine it is important to keep our connection to our city alive and kicking. Berlin has multiple hubs, places where our culture lives and from time to time those hubs change, get updated, or in the worst cases disappear. 2020 has been a tumultuous year with a lot of changes a lot of bad ones but also some good ones. One of the ones that are most relevant to us as a skate scene is the change of hands when it comes to our beloved indoor park, The Skatehalle Berlin. Yesterday we had an interview with Roberto Cuellar, who worked on the art in the park. Today we have Sara Plagemann one of the fixtures in the Berlin and one of the people now helping run the park talk about what these changes mean both long and short term. So, put on your reading glasses and inform yourself about one of the most important pieces of the Berlin skate scene.

Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Text by Sara Plagemann, Marketing, Skatehalle Berlin.
Photos by Dennis Scholz.

New beginnings

2020 has been a year of many changes. We had to say farewell to life as we once knew it. But since endings also make room for new beginnings- what better time is there to take over the Skatehalle in Germany’s capital and change it into a non-profit company run by the skateboarding scene itself? Democratic structures through the association of Drop In e.V., the 1. Berliner Skateboardverein, the Cassiopeia Club, and, for a limited transition phase, the previous owner, paved the way for a sustainable concept for many decades to come.

“After a little more than three months of operation we see our ideas slowly but surely coming to life”, says Joest Schmidt, CEO of Skate RAW GmbH. “Despite the challenging circumstances of the reset at Skatehalle Berlin we have started necessary repairs and improvements, managed the bureaucratic challenges, found new partners and sponsors, and gave the building a new look. First and foremost, we already succeeded in quickly reopening the park for all skaters and made it safe to use during the COVID-crisis. It is very reassuring that the skateboard community in Berlin seems to take us up on the offer to get actively involved. Their requests, comments, advice, and constructive criticism genuinely helped us plan the next steps.” But in order to fully explain what we stand for at the new Skatehalle Berlin, it is essential to first take a look at the cultural meaning of skateboarding itself.

“After a little more than three months of operation we see our ideas slowly but surely coming to life.“

Joest Schmidt, CEO of Skate RAW gGmbH
Kalle Wiehn Frontside Flip.

Most people are aware of the fact that skateboarding is a sport. But, as you guys all know, there is more to the story. Traditionally, certain cultural aspects have had strong ties to the skate world. For instance graffiti art, punk rock and later rap music. Recent years have shown that subculture is no longer constrained by fixed signifiers but diversified to such an extent that it is no longer valid to paint a one-sided picture of a male pot-smoking -skater, who doesn’t shower and listens to trap music. This imagery is outdated as exemplified by a rapidly growing number of female skaters, who are taking their rightful place within the skateboarding scene in a very liberating way.

At the Skatehalle Berlin, located within the capital’s most progressive district, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, it does not matter what country you are from or what social class you were born into. Your gender does not define who you are, nor does your age. All of these things do nothing but add value to the great melting pot that is skateboarding. None of it matters when you hit the streets or, in particular during the long cold Berlin winter, the Skatehalle. We are all unified in diverse difference and we live by this notion. Everyday.

Patrick Rogalski Switch Backside Noseblunt.

A metaphor of unity resonates vastly in a world exceedingly divided by invisible borders between humans. Our power comes through our unity and creates a potent political component revealing the inherent subversive nature of the skateboard community around the globe.

So for a Skatehalle that brings all those astonishing groups of people together under one roof, it is important to make all of those feel at home.

Hence, our mission is to create a space for all things significant within the realm of skateboarding. Music and art form a bond with youth and community work and frequent exchange is accompanied by an ever growing range of food and drinks at the SHB-Café. Whilst naturally providing the best possible skate experience for every single one of our visitors from around the globe.

Being the only central indoor skatepark in Berlin, expectations are high. So in all of our attempts, we are being fully aware of the fact that, no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to make everyone happy (only Tony Hawk can do that). However, we will continue to think outside the box and value our history without ever feeling restricted by it. We will face logistic and financial challenges during a worldwide pandemic “head-on” with the help of our sponsors VANS and Blue Tomato, our partners, and the community. And we will include and protect groups that need a little more of a “safe space” as long as we possibly can.

Roland Hirsch, Jump Off A Building.

We offer regular slots for skaters on boards and in wheelchairs, a vast variety of kids classes, an adult “After-Work-Session” for those, who no longer want to compete with the youngsters and not one but, due to popular demand, two “Girls Nights” a week, alongside a lot of educational projects for local and refugee kids topped by numerous events for the local skate scene.

It is important to us to provide artists, such as, very recently in the cooperation with Roberto Cuellar, a one of a kind “canvas” and give them the opportunity to create their own habitat within their Skatehalle. Replacing dominant corporate vibes with a more artistic one seems appealing to guests and skate-coaches alike. Thus, we aim to manufacture this change continuously throughout the whole area, which entails a huge yard, home of the open-air cinema “Freiluftkino Insel” and the SHB-bar, which will soon come back to life. One thing is certain, things are moving fast around here and you guys can be sure that we will host a hell of a lot of fun skate video premieres, contests, and music acts of any genre in these upgraded surroundings.

However, times are tough and entry fees, in particular during Corona, don’t come close to covering the costs of running and renovating the big area. Previously, a lot of the Hall’s profit was made through subleases, which since July 2020, are no longer possible. So as idealistic as we might be, we depend on other sources of income. Renting out the Skatehalle for movie shoots is one way to generate those.

Kalle Wiehn, Kickflip.

We will proceed to grow and progress and develop new concepts that do not exclude but fully involve everyone. In a city that has been hit hard by gentrification we are not scared to be one of the last subcultural bastions if you will.

Rapidly, our thoughts have become words, and now is the time to turn those words into action. For years, certain parts of the Skatehalle, such as the Bowl and Miniramp area, have been neglected. Rain has been pouring through holes in the wall and has rendered the indoor park unskateable in certain weather conditions. So we are using the vacuum caused by the government lockdown for intense renovation work and simultaneously enable our staff to keep their jobs. Like all sport & cultural sites, we are heavily affected by the current restrictions and the partial shutdown. All the more reason to unite our power and let the Skatehalle Berlin “feels like a home” for everyone.

Does Drop In e.v. sound familiar? They feature pretty heavily in our Mobina & Melika mini-doc that you can check out below.

So, a little earlier this month Nike hosted a day where the Skatehalle Berlin was opened up to the public and as you have come to expect from us we were there to show you, the public, what went down. A video recap is something we do quite often but because this was a special event we chose a different route, we chose you, the skaters, to document the event for us.

What was so special about this event? Well, it was part of the new “Just Do It” campaign which focusses on getting skaters skating, skaters talking and mainly skaters just being active, together.

Besides that, two local skaters are part of the campaign, Melika & Mobina Nazari, two girls who came to Berlin from Afganistan and are now a strong fixture in the Berlin skate scene. They became a part of skating through workshops and now they took the role of giving them, a proud moment.

Furthermore, we also gathered to session the Bowl in the Skatehalle. A bowl that has been there for the longest and is worth celebrating but is also worth updating and with people like Fernando Bramsmark, Farid Ulrich & David Bachl it is easy to see why an update is needed to raise the stakes.

So in the end, a temporary extension was brought in and Nando rang the bell which signaled a new day for the transition part of the Skatehalle. Now press play and see people race, fly, skate, DJ but most of all enjoy themselves.

Vincent Heller did a really great job making Hack3 even better than Hack Hack! The skating, editing and overall vibe all had an update and it did the project well.

For those of you that might have thought it ended here, think again, trust us when we say there is more Hack coming!

Every year, during the winter months skaters in Berlin need to find a sheltered home to skate. Snow, hail, wind, rain and -15 temperatures will make even the most hardened skater go looking for an indoor location.

Some go to public parks others like to get creative and sneak in somewhere warm. This “spot” is definitely the creative kind of location and with Valle Rosomako as the gatekeeper, you are assured that things will be fun and surprising.

“I can’t take it. It’s January now and I’m losing my mind over here.” Probably driven by the same search for activity during lousy winter days Dan Schulz, the mastermind behind one the most significant Berlin Skatevideos of recent years OH SNAP, brings a documentary to the screen that deals with exactly this very topic. It reveals the ambivalence of having the winter season, while taking a look on it’s pros and cons. Experience it with and through the eyes of Paul Otvos.

Necsessity is the mother of ingenuity. Thus, during the harsh wintertime in Berlin a part of the Iriedaily warehouse got transformed into a wonderful DIY indoor park. I suggest you better become friends with Valle Rosomako and if you are lucky he probably invites you for the next after work sesh, too.

Featuring Valeri Rosomako, Malte Spitz, Konstantin Rutschmann, Carsten Beneker, Tjark Thielker, Thanos Panou and Roland Hirsch.

Finally, Dan Schulz’s Berlin based independent skate film Oh Snap is going to be premiered on December 3rd. Here is the official trailer, which provides a good foretaste of what is to come! Oh Snap!

Featuring Pascal Reif, Justin Sommer, Joscha Aicher, André Gerlich, Tim Bornemeier, Quirin Staudt, Valentin Ott, Patrick Rogalski, Ilja Judizki, Michel Funke, Philipp Oehmige, Farid Ulrich, Danny Goodman, Roland Hirsch and Daniel Ledermann.

Sami Harithi, Roland Hirsch, Steve Forstner, Dallas Rockvam, Jan Kliewer, Sylvain Tognelli, Manuel Bogner, Nino Ullmann, Danny Goodman, Greg Cuadrado, Harrisson Hafner, Nahuel Kirchhof, Daniel Haber, Juro Lehmann, Lars Noll, Hannes Schilling and Nils Brauer in Jonathan Peter’s “Propeller Island” friends section:

Als ich vor knapp 20 Jahren das erste Mal in Kroatien war, war der Jugoslawien Krieg gerade vorbei. Die kroatischen Freiheitskämpfer und die Milosevic-Schergen hatten gerade erst die Waffen beiseite gelegt.
Auf meiner Reise durch das ehemals sozialistische Land, sah ich Häuser, die mehr Löcher hatten als ein schweizer Käse und in dem Touristen so oft anzutreffen waren, wie Menschen auf dem Mond rumspazieren.

Mehr Bilder und die ausführliche Geschichte findet ihr HIER

Steve Forstner_biemer

Roland Hirsch – FS Boardslide

Valeri Rosomako – Wallie Crooked Grind.

Konstantin Rutschmann – Nosebonk.

Valeri Rosomako – BS Lipslide.

Photos: biemer

Francisco Saco did it again. Ein fast 15 Minuten langer Trailer für sein neustes Werk Homo Pop Gun, welches am 10. Oktober in der Villa Neukölln, Berlin Premiere feiern wird. Mit dabei sind unter anderem: Konstantin Rutschmann, Eniz Fazilov, Dallas Rockvam, Steve Forstner, Daniel Pannemann, Malte Spitz und viele, viele mehr.

Ein neuer Edit aus dem Shelter und diesmal waren die Teams vom Titus Berlin & Zoopreme zu Gast. Ohne weite Anreise, dafür mit ordentlichen Tricks: Collin McLean, Roland Hirsch, Ilja Judizki und Patrick Rogalski!

Roland “Hirschi” Hirsch fährt zwar nicht für den Search & Destroy Skateshop, haut aber trotzdem einen Part raus. Auf rein freundschaftlicher Basis versteht sich. Wer so viele Stunden vorm Laden abhängt, hat auch nichts anderes verdient. Die Lok muss dampfen!

Dominik Dietrich, Danny Sommerfeld, Wilko Grüning und Roland Hirsch bahnen sich in dem visuellen Großstadt-Abenteuer von Mark Nickels ihren Weg durch die Hauptstadt. Ziel ist der CONS Space BLN, der zwei Wochen lang als Herberge für Künstler diente, als auch den skatebaren Skulpturen von Roberto Cuellar Platz bot. Dort bewiesen die Protagonisten ihr Gespür für kreatives Skateboarding und dem Instinkt eine eigene Linie zu finden. Der Pianist Fortunato d’Orio hat die Skateboarder musikalisch begleitet und ein eigenständiges Stück auf die Skatefootage komponiert. Premiert wurde der Film natürlich im CONS Space, hier ist er nun exklusiv auch online zu sehen.

Francisco Saco veröffentlicht nun sein komplettes Video Video Diays auf seinem Vimeo Channel. Gezeigt wird Lo-fi Bildqualität verstreut über den gesamten Globus mit Augenmerk auf Costa Rica und Berlin. Francisco geht mit seinem Projekt gegen den HD Strom und erzählt dabei sogar eine kleine Geschichte.

Der Transfer eines Fotos auf ein altes, schon als unbrauchbar eingestuftes Stück Holz schenkt dem Lichtbild, trotz massivem Qualitätsverlust, eine ganz besondere Beachtung: Es wirkt plötzlich wertvoll, was nicht zuletzt am investierten Arbeitsaufwand und ausgiebiger Motivauswahl im Vorfeld liegt, und zugleich stellt man dadurch sicher – ganz gleich, ob an einem besonderen Platz hängend, aufrecht oder liegend an der Wand präsentiert –, dass es ausnahmsweise nicht in den endlosen Katakomben des hauseigenen Fotoarchivs verschwindet. Wir haben besonders interessante und düstere Fotos ausgewählt und sie mittels analoger Technik auf hölzernen Müll aus dem Container eines Sägewerkes transferiert und später abgelichtet. Die Technik ist sehr einfach und in fünf kurzen Schritten erklärt – und vielleicht dienen dir die Resultate ja sogar als Motivation, es auch selbst einmal auszuprobieren. Uns hat es Spaß gemacht: Wir konnten die öden Office-Wände ein wenig persönlicher gestalten und das Stück Holz hat schlussendlich sogar doch noch eine letzte, ehrenvolle Aufgabe bekommen.

Brian Delatorre, Berlin 2011.

Die Technik:

Schritt 1: Such dir Holzstücke, die möglichst hell und von glatter Oberflächenbeschaffenheit sind – dafür musst du einfach deine Augen aufhalten oder zum Beispiel das Sägewerk in deiner Nachbarschaft checken. An rauen und unebenen Stellen bearbeitetest du das Holz mit einfachem Schmirgelpapier, dein altes Griptape funktioniert zur Not auch bestens.

Schritt 2: Wähle ein Foto aus, Farbe funktioniert dabei genauso gut wie farblos. Drucke dieses mit einem Laserdrucker spiegelverkehrt auf ein Blatt Papier. (Kein besonders dickes Papier benutzen!)

Schritt 3: Klebe das Foto mit der bedruckten, spiegelverkehrten Seite mit einem Acryl-Gel auf das gereinigte Holz. (Das Foto sollte vorher auch schon leicht mit dem Acryl-Gel bestrichen werden, besonders an den Stellen, die für das Motiv wichtig sind.) Befestige die Ränder mit Klebestreifen und leg das Holz in die Sonne oder auf die Heizung. Um das Verfahren zu beschleunigen, kannst du auch einen Föhn benutzen.

Schritt 4: Entferne die Klebestreifen und löse mit einem nassen Schwamm, einem Tuch oder einfach mit dem Finger das Papier von dem Holz. Je stärker du reibst, desto größer die Gefahr, dass das Foto nicht auf dem Holz kleben bleibt, was dem Ganzen einen besonderen Look geben dürfte.

Schritt 5: Die Nachbearbeitung erfolgt durch Holzöl, welches das Foto und das Holz schützen wird. Einfach auftragen und erneut trocknen lassen – fertig ist das Bild!

Und so könnte das Resultat aussehen:

Michael Mackrodt, Türkei 2012.

Tjark Thielker, Berlin 2013.

Danni Olsen, Österreich 2013.

Roland “Hirschi” Hirsch, Österreich 2013.

Alle Fotos von biemer.

Der in Berlin lebende Francisco Saco arbeitet seit einigen Jahren an einem VHS Projekt namens Video Diays, in dem er unter anderem Dominik Dietrich, Valerie Rosomako, Daniel Pannemann, Tjark Thielker, Lennie Burmeister, Dallas Rockvam und Roland Hirsch mit der nostalgischen Kamera begleitet hat. Das ganze wird noch dieses Jahr Premiere feiern, weitere Infos werden folgen, vorab ein weiterer Teaser, welcher ganz schön zur Sache geht und unter dem Motto Angst vor dem Dschungel läuft.

Am 01.September fand die Nike Game On Cash for Tricks Session am Berliner Polendenkmal statt. Es gab satte 1.500 Euro in Nike Scheinen, die die rund 200 Skater zu Höchstleistungen anspornten. Die drei Spots um die Kohle abzustauben waren die Titte, das Curb und zu guterletzt die Achterstufen, an denen für diesen ereignisreichen Tag extra ein Rail angebracht wurde. Die Stimmung war gut, das Niveau hoch und am Ende des Tages sind alle glücklich mit ein paar Euros mehr nach Hause gegangen. Unter anderem waren Roland Hirsch, Lennie Burmeister, Wieger van Wagenigen, Dallas Rockvam, Denny Pham, Farid Ulrich, Georg Armani und weitere Skater aus ganz Deutschland am Start, um die Session spannend zu halten. Das haben sie geschafft. Hier der Videobeweis.

Erste Station: Die Titte. Lennie Burmeister fliegt einen entspannten B-Day Stalefish.

Farid Ulrich war der MVP des Tages. Dieser Kickflip war einer seiner Warm-Up Tricks.

From Munich to Berlin. Crail Airlines macht´s möglich. Ben Dillinger.

Das Curb diente als guter Warm Up Spot für den bevorstehenden Stufencontest. Denny Pham. Nollie Flip Crooks.

Als es zu den Achtern ging, waren auf einmal alle wach und voller Elan.

Und das Publikum hatte auch Bock. Voll Bock.

Dallas Rockvam hat gut Kohle abgestaubt. Dieser Sw Fs Shuv-It hat sicher dazu beigetragen.

Roland “Hirschi” Hirsch ist immer am Start in Berlin. Feeble Grind mit reichlich Lurkern.

Unser Berliner Lieblings-Chinchilla Georg Armani mit einem Fs Crooks am Rail.

David Neier aus Hamburg ist jemand, auf den man in Zukunft ein Auge werfen sollte. Auch er hat gut abgeräumt.

Farid Ulrich mal wieder. Knapp 200 Euro reicher. Ein gelungener Samstag.

All Pics by Jonas Wedelstädt