We met Valentin Schmeißer this year in Berlin to be exact. It was during this trip made by a seemingly random group of friends from Vienna, Bristol, Rotterdam, Leiden & Hamburg. It was quite a big group, seemingly thrown together for the occasion. They were at the skatepark loudly pumping music, hanging about, and drinking beer (usual Berlin man trip behavior). All very friendly stuff but then you had Valentin, who seemed relaxed, quiet and but also a bit shy. He was ripping, with his own bag of tricks and at certain spots, the whole gang got behind him to cheer him on.
At the end of the trip, we briefly spoke and he told us that he was working on something and if we would be willing to have a look once he had a preview ready. We obliged, not truly knowing what to expect, we exchanged follows on Instagram and 2 months later we got a DM and then shortly after an E-mail with a link.
Venus as a Boy was the title that struck us. Simply because it felt like something close to the person we had gotten to know: “It is the title of one of my favorite songs by Björk.” Valentin told me. Once we pressed play, we started to see 8-millimeter footage that was romantic and it cut quite close to the person doing the directing. In a way, with this and most good videos, you catch a bit of the personality of the filmer/editor as one episode progresses into the next.
The final version also introduced us to the graphic work of Lukas Rosen which added another dimension and lead to the actual title of this episode EXIT. It might be just us, but it feels like in 2020 Hamburg is having a moment. and Valentin agreed: “In the 4-years that I have been living here, things have changed a lot. It feels like the scene is more together now. A new generation has stood up with the Homeless crew with Moritz Ueberall behind the lens.” That is one of the grounds why this is not so much a “crew” video but more a project based around people that wanted to film. “I feel like the filmer has become more of a central point, look at people like Johnny Wilson or Jake Harris you are waiting for their work and the skaters that gathered around them. It feels like people come in and out of those groups but it is because it is their work that you click play.”
“For the next one you might see me travel a bit more to places like Berlin & Vienna to capture the people that attract me there.” So let’s hope that the world gets back to normal and Valentin gets to make the video he wants to make. We are very excited to see where this journey leads him, and are of course very proud to introduce Episode 1 of Venus as a Boy to you.
Watch PEX as well to see some of Valentin’s past work.
Fresh off that boat (actually this was produced before the cruise) Hamburg’s most productive group of skaters Stanley WE is back with a new project for our viewing pleasure. Those guys really put Hamburg on the map lately. Use headphones for this one, the sound is really good.
Here’s a little explanation:
“R. is a video-installation that documents the encounter of the Sculpture artist Roberto Cuellar with our Skatecrew Stanley WE. This work was shown on multiple TV screens at the artnight of the SKTWK -Skateweek in Düsseldorf 2019. The centre point of the exhibition was the sculpture of Roberto Cuellar and the walls and screens around it were ment for the other artists involved in this project.”
Feat.: Kenny Hopf, Christoph Friedmann, Dennis Behrens, Benny Vogel, David Neier, Luis Mathys, Mike Brauer, Johann Rohde, Johannes Keschke, Christoph Reinhardt and Lars Zimmermann.
What do you do when you have walked through your city over a million times? You are probably trying to find new roads around the good old town. Stanley WE & Lobby Skateshop went a bit further, took the old concept of Hamburg’s famous Labskaus Jam format and got everyone on a boat cruise through the Hanseatic city. Hamburg knows how to throw a party!
It is with great pride we present to you our newest video by Nizan Kasper with the support of adidas Skateboarding.
This video is almost entirely shot in the “Park am Gleisdreieck” spread through the district Kreuzberg and Schöneberg, located in the heart of the city. Shot within only a few days, we managed to catch the very last good days of the year to spend outside, just to eventually end up at the bar playing Foosball.
Did we ever tell you guys that we low-key really like Foosball? More about the topic bar sports coming soon.
Featuring: Jun Kummer, Valeri Rosomako, Tjark Thielker & Benny Vogel.
Do you remember when Quartersnacks called Johnny Wilson’s crew “the most productive crew in New York™”?
Well, we think it is about time to give the title of “Hamburg’s most productive crew™” to Nizan Kasper and his crew of skaters. Video after video, edit after edit they seem to be “in the window” right now.
With humour, good tricks, filming and solid editing style that is his own Nizan created yet another strong video making sure that you, me and many others have to take notice of what is going on in the Hanzestadt.
Enough talk press play and enjoy all that the Lobby Skateshop team did in Malaga, Spain.
Extended Play meaning:
1. extended play (record, tape, etc.)
2.an extended-play single, one of the formats in which music is sold, usually comprising four or five tracks.
Welcome to Cleptomanicx’s newest offering “Extended Play” which is aptly titled because it is in fact not a full length but also not a single.
It is a mid-length video created by Nizan Kasper who used musical terminology to give these 10 to 15-minute videos a suitable name. To strengthen the reference, he divided the project into a side-A and a Side-B with two “tracks” on each side.
Similar to an EP there is a single on this recording, and there are album cuts. Like the team montage, which features one of Denis Laaß’ best tricks ever, we guess the music reminded him of the 90’s and sparked something!
Another great album cut is Niklas’ 50-50, Nosewheelie nollie flip and David Conrads vert trick which came as a surprise to many.
But in the end, people often buy the EP to listen to the single and that single is Benny Vogel and Lars Zimmermann’s welcome part. Pop and creativity are what they bring to the table with a classic “Day before the premiere” type of ender. Let hope Hamburg is proud of what they achieved because this is not an everyday thing.
Now press play and enjoy all that this EP has to offer.
Who would have ever thought a remix of “My Humps” makes a great fit in a skate video!?
Jesus! These guys are having a run at the moment. Hamburg is back again with Nizan Kasper, Niklas Speer, Benny Vogel, Noah Moerbeck, Lars Zimmermann and special guest Felipe Bartolome, hitting the flawless streets of Paris.
Clepto took a boat in Hamburg and sailed to the real tip of Spain. They took Jan Hoffmann, Tjark Thielker, Lars Zimermann, Niklas and Benny Vogel who stoked us out with some strong moves and 2 great switch pushes.
Hoist the sails and press play!
Within the past months Hamburg’s very own Stanley WE crew has been constantly releasing new footage in increasingly shorter intervals. We gladly support this developement! Believe the hype, watch Hype#2 and stay hyped!
Featuring Nizan Kasper, Acid Pablo (dancin), Benny Vogel, Noah Moerbeck, and David Neier.
We told you before that our friends from the Lobby Skateshop had something cooking for the end of the year. Now it is time for you to see what Lobby is all about. Germany’s second biggest city always dealt with some kind of an underdog position, a situation that makes it even harder to shine. The city is mad underrated and we would suggest you take a visit with your friends, go to Lobby and say what’s up. To get you motivated for your spring trip to Hamburg you should now enjoy their very first promo video.
Feat.: Benny Vogel, Nizan Kasper, Lars White, Dennis Behrens, Christoph Reinhardt, Danny Stephen, Anton Wempner, Kenny Hopf, Noah Moerbeck and Christoph Friedmann.
Edit: Nizan Kasper
Filming: Nizan Kasper & Lars Zimmermann
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