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PLACE CLASSIC: Keith Hufnagel Interview

With the recent passing of legendary skater, businessman, influencer, and family man Keith Hufnagel we decided to delve into the archives and found this interview from 2012. Obviously, this was before he became sick, and even before Dylan’s passing so the tone of the talk is actually quite upbeat and happy. He touches on things that inspire him which is nice to hear from a person that managed to touch and inspire us. So take a trip, go down memory lane and enjoy Keith’s words in this Classic.

Originally by Benni Markstein. / Photos by Erik Gross.

Added intro by Roland Hoogwater.

Keith Hufnagel is originally from New York but moved to San Franciso in 1992 for College and to follow his passion for skateboarding. Ten years and a well-done pro career later he opened the HUF store in 2002 to give back what he got from the scene so far. Although the shop closed in 2008 the longtime Real Skateboards Pro established HUF as a brand with worldwide success. We present an interview about inspiration, influencing skateboarders, and his view on Germany.

What did change the most within the skate market in the last 15 years? How did the brands change that have been in the business for that long?

It is crazy just how much the skateboarding market has changed in that amount of time. This is really the biggest skateboarding has ever been, and this is the most accepted skateboarding has ever been. I mean, skateboarding these days is on TV, in advertisements, in the news— it’s absolutely huge right now. In many ways this is good because we are finally listened to, we are invested in, we’re even sort of taken seriously, haha. There is money in skateboarding now that allows us to actually make a living and survive, even prosper, doing what we love. But then again there is the downside to all of this as well. Because of the state of skateboarding now, we are seen as something “profitable,” something worth being “invested into.” Yes, it is awesome we have financial backing, but in the end, in the eyes of the major corporations and big businessmen buying into our “sport,” we really are just another dollar. Where were these corporations 15 years ago when skateboarders were despised and laughed at? Where will they be if skateboarding falls from public acceptance as we have seen it repeatedly do in the past? I think the most important thing for brands nowadays is to make absolutely sure that they keep enough of skateboarding for skateboarders. This means holding on to enough of the brands and industry to ensure that we as skateboarders are the ones profiting most, as we are doing all the work.

A perfect summary of Huf’s very influential skating.

As we’ve seen over the past 15 years, a lot has changed for a lot of skate companies—some for better, some for worse. And then there are those that have not changed much at all, and those are the brands that I think are doing it right, the brands who keep doing the same shit that has always worked for them. I think something like the DELUXE camp (Real, Spitfire, Thunder, Anti-Hero, Krooked) has it all figured out—they’ve been sticking to the same thing for a long time now. They are really a “for skateboarders by skateboarders” crew over there, and make sure that every one that is working hard for them is taken care of in return. I could be a bit biased ’cause I’ve been with them for so long, haha, but they are really like a family over there. They make skateboards for skateboarders, simple as that.

Name three skateboarders that had and are having a massive influence on what’s happening in skateboarding right now.

Hands down, Mark Gonzales. He absolutely changed the way people looked at street skateboarding and opened everyone’s eyes to a whole new way of skating. He didn’t invent the ollie, but he took it to the streets and applied it in a way no one had ever seen it done before. There are those few people in this world that can turn water into wine and he is one of them, haha. You can watch Mark skate down the street and be completely stoked. 

Danny Way. He essentially invented the mega-ramp, which is seriously one of the craziest things ever. I honestly don’t understand it. Danny Way completely killed gnarly street skateboarding, and as if that wasn’t enough, he is now pushing boundaries with the mega-ramp that are just beyond comprehension. I mean, he has both acid-dropped off out of a helicopter and ollied over the Great Wall of China, haha. I feel like we are going to be seeing a lot of progression on the mega-ramp over the next 10 years.

Rodney Mullen. He probably invented every street skateboarding trick there is today, he was just doing them as a freestyler. He has undoubtedly had a huge influence on why street skateboarding tricks are the way they are today.

Can you give us some info about why you think these guys are so important.

Well, for one thing, I have the utmost respect for individuality. One of the most important things in this world is to have a vision, a dream, a goal, and just go for it no matter what. All three of these guys had that vision and just went with it. It’s insane to think that everything they did on a skateboard simply did not exist before. They literally invented new forms of skateboarding. Nothing was copied– these were original minds taking skateboarding to a new level… that, to me, is what trendsetting and innovation is all about, which is the only thing that advances this world.

Dylan Rieder and Ryan Lay in front of Civilist.

What did you inspire most for your actual collection? What is different than before and what do you see coming next year?

Well for our current HUF Fall ’12 collection we took a lot of inspiration from that sort of “do-it-yourself” skate style of the ’90s. Over here at HUF, we’re heavily influenced by the 90s skate scene… that’s the environment I grew up skating in, so that’s what’s closest to home for me. Back in the 90s, you didn’t have the variety of brands you get today. A lot of the style that emerged at that time was just totally DIY, you know, piecing together gear from all over the place. For Fall ’12, we wanted to return to those roots, so we took inspiration from both the DIY and hip hop scene of the 90s, and just added a modern 2012 twist.

Looking forward to Fall ’13, I would say it’s not necessarily about what is different in comparison to this current season, but more so just where we have added on. We look at each season as a new layer as we build our vision, so are always feeding off our collection as a whole as we adapt and develop as a brand. For Fall ’13 we continue to pull a lot of influence from our 90s NYC roots, so you can expect to see a lot of saturated, bold colors, sitting alongside the classics that people have come to expect from HUF. If I had to find one difference, it’s that our Fall ’13 season is merchandised really well, so you can expect to see overarching color stories as well as mini capsules within the line, which can be put together in so many ways. I guess all in all it’s going to be a really versatile collection, but still on some “we don’t give a fuck” kind of shit, (laughs).

Where do you see HUF as a brand in 5 years? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

As a brand, I see HUF evolving more and more into a larger and more solid footwear company. I love where we are at right now, but see a huge amount of potential for growth in footwear. We are still relatively new to the footwear game, but I feel we have the originality, creativity, and authenticity that can really drive us into becoming one of the most solid footwear companies in the industry, a footwear brand that is able to compete with the major corporations out there. I am really stoked on our skate team right now and feel honored to be a part of such a genuine crew. I plan to continue to remain completely involved in the company, and definitely see myself playing such a part as long as HUF is around—I plan on being here forever, haha. I may not always be the person doing creative, but I’ll always be here to guide the brand along with that same original vision we had when we first started.

Keith in Real Skateboards “Real To Reel” video.

What’s your most favorite place in the world? 

Oh man, that’s always a tough question. I feel very fortunate to have traveled all over the world because of skateboarding and have fallen in love with many places. What’s awesome about skateboarding is that it takes you to places that “normal” people really don’t ever end up seeing, simply because it is completely out of their radar—a hubba behind some centuries-old European church, a ledge behind an abandoned American grocery store, a set of stairs on top of some mountain in Mexico, haha… Every place has its unique qualities, it’s own vibe. I guess one place I wouldn’t mind settling down at might be something like Hawaii, for when I’m a bit older. I really enjoy the whole beach life out there.

What do you like about Germany? Cars, beers, Nurnberger Bratwurst?  

Germany is awesome. I’m a big fan of German-engineered cars, beers, and sausages, haha. I haven’t spent too much time in Nuremberg specifically, but do know the city saw some gnarly times during the war. I’d definitely have to say that Berlin has become one of my favorite cities out of everywhere I’ve visited. It has such a crazy history, and it’s awesome to me to see how it has developed into this huge hub for the art world. I really liked all the different artist areas there, and the whole creative vibe that is going on there… lots of good times out there!

Thanks a lot, Keith!

The winner of our slappy contest and just all-round gnarly skater Gumpi sends us off with the very final part of what has been a well made enjoyable video!

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Damn, that is # 3 already? Yes. Our third Converse “Push Berlin” session earlier this year went down successfully and we can’t wait to reopen the doors of YAAM next Tuesday. Here is what went down, who was there and what you have missed out on:

Together with Converse, we are proudly hosting a session for everyone to join on the 03.03 (Tuesday) at YAAM Berlin, after Give Something Back To Berlin took over the park, build by Yamato Living Ramps.

Learn more about GSBTB HERE and watch our Converse CONS team session HERE.

All photos by Danny Sommerfeld.

All you need to know for next Tuesday:

It wasn’t the first time that Converse decided to help the Berlin Skateboarding scene with an indoor facility during those dark days of the Winter. Meet “Push Berlin” – a project in cooperation with Converse.

In this video, a few Converse CONS ambassadors took a look at the park to show you around, which ended up in a session for everybody.

Featuring.: Danny Sommerfeld, Daniel Pannemann, Vladik Scholz, Jonas Hess & more.

Globe and Pantone came together to celebrate the release of the “Color Of The Year”. 19-4052 aka “Classic Blue” is the color to be exact.

Now for those of you that are not familiar with Pantone, they are a company that is dedicated to documenting color, the specifying, and management of color in industrial work. Basically they created a system that allows product designers to create and match the colors on the screen with the colors on the eventual product.

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And in a nutshell that is also what is happening on the Globe x Pantone board series.

Often times, we get to see new people move to Berlin but not often do they catch your eye and captivate you for a period of time. Carolina Gamboa a Chilean born skater did just that when she moved to Berlin.

If you have been paying attention to our IG she has been popping up here and there. So, when we got the invite to weartest this collab we immediately thought of her. As such here she is performing a 2-day test on the “Color Of The Year” board.

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.

PUNK! That is what Mobina and Melika are. why, you might ask? Well, first of all, they are DIY people. Coming to Germany together with their whole family and finding a new way in a country, a society & a city that bares at best small resemblances to where you were born. That said, they took on that challenge and are well on their way of knocking it out of the park. All while staying humble but not shy and they are certainly not shy! HIGH ENERGY, that is what they bring, jokes for days, a lust for life that in all honesty, we haven’t seen that often. Mobina (18) is a wild child, dancing at parties, skating with the pros, finding out about all that Berlin has to offer while still maintaining a serious attitude to her education. Melika (15) is a bit more relaxed, strong-willed on the board, not afraid to take a slam or even go back to get what she feels she can land. All while putting great value into people treating each other with kindness and respect, she doesn’t suffer fools lightly either and will let her opinion be known. At the same time, they both like to pull pranks on one another, pretend like they hate each other saying things like “You make me want to vomit!”. But in all honesty, it is a game and they are playing the game well and have fun doing it together!

Text by Roland Hoogwater / Photography by Tina Willim.

We first met Melika Nazari one and a half years ago at Heidelberger skatepark in Berlin, a random skatepark to be at, if you are a young upstarting skater in the German capital. The transitions are steep, the ledge and the flatbar are pretty high & the flat ground is not the most fun but Melika found her way.

We all skated for about an hour after which our crew sat down, immediately Melika introduced herself and started asking questions:

“Who are you? What are your names? Where are you from? Do you skate here often? What are your IG handles?”

Melika Nazari.

Needless to say, we where a bit overwhelmed but at the same time she was nice to us and obviously so interested in skateboarding that we obliged her and she made a real impression on us. It was only when we fired some questions back at her that we found out she wasn’t German, she was a refugee from Afghanistan. That fact almost seemed unreal to us because she was fluent in German (no real accent) and dressed like a skater no shyness either, it just showed us not to judge a book by its cover.

“Drag & Drop” only works on computers girls!

I met Melika a couple more times and each time she showed a lot of improvement, she had found a new home at the better-suited skatepark DOG SHIT SPOT. And that is where they really became a part of the Berlin skate scene. People have opened their arms and welcomed them in, helping them with boards, shoes and all the little things so that they could continue to skate.

Fast forward to November the 10th, at the Nike SB Shelter in Berlin to be exact. That Sunday we first saw the girls in their natural form… together. It was at the Skate For More Session that was part of the then-new Just Do It Campaign of which both sisters were a big part. That day hosted best tricks, a race, a potential to vote for a new Bowl section but most of all they stood out by co-hosting the workshops, investing their energy into giving back to new often young skaters from all walks of life.

Question:

How does a person that flees Afghanistan via Iran ending up in Berlin find skateboarding? Drop-In that is how! DROP-IN is a foundation that hosts projects for Refugees and as the founder Joest Schmidt explained uses sporting activities to engage in education and integration of new-comers into German society. Mobina & Melika entered a summer program that helped teach German, showed them the city and introduced them to their first love Skateboarding.

They were hooked from day one, we offered other sporting activities but they were only interested in one thing. If we would go swimming they would ask if they could go skate instead.

Joest Schmidt, Drop-In Founder.

Joest being a skateboarder himself obviously obliged them and so their journey began. Their German language skills developed at least as fast as their skating did, that is in part due to the fact that Drop-In’s courses involve mixing local Berlin kids in with the Refugees creating the necessity for both to find a way to get out of their comfort zone and talk to each other.

Mobina enjoying her first 15-minutes of fame.

“That and the fact that we where hanging out at the skatepark a lot, really helped us learn German fast! We had to try and talk on a daily basis we couldn’t stay in our own language bubble.” Melika tells us.

Now within three years, they don’t only still attend skate classes, they are able to host them and teach new people, in a sense closing the circle that Drop-In created.

Imagine this, they came to Germany 3 years ago, found a new hobby, sport, art… whatever you want to call skateboarding and within 2 years they were not only fluent in German but also good enough at skating that they could stand in front of a group of native speakers and teach them their new hobby, their new lifestyle.

Joest Schmidt, Drop-In Founder.
Mobina & Melika together with their girlfriends

As I said in the intro they are PUNK, they might not dress like PUNKS did in the ’80s but they are “Do It Yourself” people taking their own route and not following the mold that other refugees, skaters or teens have followed in the past. For a lot of girls with Muslim backgrounds, a lot of activity can be forbidden depending on the strictness of their religion. Riding a bike is one of those activities but skateboarding is so new that it is not Haram so it can be practiced freely. And even though skateboarding is an activity that you perform alone it is something that you do together with your friends, culture, heritage, age, ethnicity all fall to the side the only thing that counts is “are you a real skater?” and if you can fulfill that requirement you can hang.

So to close it off, this is, of course, a story about two young women who through hard work and having an open attitude managed to find their way into Berlin. But more than that it is a story about skateboarding, social work and that special mix that can help people from all walks of life.

Mobina called this one the Pineapple.

This was the best event since your last event together.

London Lee, Wassertorplatz, 2019

And with that introduction, we would like to welcome you to the recap video for our Wassertorplatz invitational table tennis tournament. The idea started last year after /// teamed up with us for our first ever non-skate tournament, in fact, it was a table-soccer or Fooßbal competition.

Won in style by the ever-competitive Felix Lensing and his friend that night sparked a series of ideas of which taking back our Anchor for at least one day was a part.

Mr. Lensing and his teammate after a dominant performance.
Mr. Lensing and his teammate after a dominant performance.

Now, ever since they changed our famous skate spot into a playground area we have been veiled in black and to be honest the “Platz” has changed a lot as well. When we went to shoot the trailer for the event it was literally riddled with weeds. Needless to say, the new locals had not shown it the love we had :(…

So what better to do than to return and give the place “a years worth of love” in one day! And even though the city and some of the people didn’t seem to want us there they accepted us showing up this day to celebrate the place we love.

Of course, we adapted to the changed plaza and organized a Table Tennis tournament as well as 2 best trick sessions, recreating the rooftop ledge especially for this occasion.

The people came out and celebrate we did and truth be told the platz, the cops and the people living around wtp the place all showed up (the cops blessed us by not showing up) and celebrated with us.

A very special thank you goes out to adidas Skateboarding!

Enjoy the video and we hope to all see you at our next competition.

Read all about the loss of Wassertorplatz as a skate spot here.

Anyone who is following what we are doing on our website knows that we are suckers for videos from Berlin, for many obvious reasons. This one is another gem from the Kreuzberg / Neukölln locals straight to the rest of the world. All filmed between fall 2017 and summer 2019.

Our friends from Naïve are back with their fourth video in series. All captured in 2019 it gives you a good example of how skateboarding in Berlin can look like. It’s rough, rainy and pretty bumpy. Loving it!

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!

We had the pleasure to combine the launch of our all-new “Stefan Marx Issue” with the Berlin premiere of Nike SB’s all-women video “GIZMO”. Now you might think, “What do those two things have to do with this article I am about to read?”, well, our trip had Lea Schairer on it and she skates for Nike so when we got the call to ask if we wanted to talk to any of the girls we had a plan.

The plan was this: Lea would integrate and spend some time with her team-mates while they would go through their media rounds, a Pappelplatz skate sesh and finally the premiere of the video. She would then take a moment, regain her thoughts and note them down for us all to read.

I mean what is better than having a woman evaluate a major moment in all of skateboarding but women’s skating in particular. Nothing right?

Well, you better start reading now!

Drawings by Stefan Marx
Intro by Roland Hoogwater
Text by Lea Schairer

Finally, there is a queue

Right before the video started I already tried to fight my way to the toilet but failed, because after three beers I definitely was ready to pee! But I was too busy talking to people and was too excited for GIZMO to start that when I was finally able to go in, the projector was already switched on. Since I didn’t want to miss anything I told my body to hold it back. I actually forgot about it watching the video, also because there were two guys standing next to me who couldn’t stop saying: “Dude! What?!”, literally every trick they saw. I was wondering where they had been in the past five years. It’s not like you wouldn’t expect those girls to blow your mind. Because their level of skating just went through the roof during those years. These people are – with a handful of others – currently the best female skaters out there! Thinking of a new skate video being released featuring any pro there is, you would already expect a certain level of tricks… I think we should definitely be in a time where you should expect the same from female pros.

I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon with the crew of the GIZMO video, which means Sarah Meurle, Elissa Steamer, Nicole Hause and Ashley Rehfeld, who is a co-producer and athlete coordinate at Nike SB. We met at Civilist, we went skating and we talked a lot. It’s great to see that with skateboarding we had a connection right away – I knew I’d get along with these women, even though I had never met them. All of our experiences and impressions about skateboarding coincided.
It was also great to feel the vibe that gets shown in the video when skating with them in person. It was impressive how the skate park sort of shifted their attention towards these women.
We talked about gender equality, equal or at least adequate prize money at contests, how well women are integrated in the skateboard scene now, that, even though all of us have been skateboarding for 11-17 years (Elissa more like 30 years), it’s just now that some of us have the possibility to live from it – despite the already existing high level in women’s skating many years ago. Having trouble finding a sponsor in earlier ages and now asking yourself: well, is it really the skating that drives the companies to support us or is it just because girls who skate are so marketable?!

Fuck! That is definitely a major downside of female skateboarding becoming more popular.

It’s important to know that GIZMO is NOT the first all-women skate video – there have been a few, all privately financed and produced. It’s the first one a big company has produced and put its name behind; which is amazing and is a big step in the right direction. It probably means that more will follow… already shown by the premier Vans had in London with their Bali skate trip video.
Unfortunately, we didn’t speak much about the video itself and how everything came about. And then again, there is actually no need for that. When you see the video, you see the same things that you see in any other skate video. There are struggles, there is the pressure everyone puts upon themselves because they want to deliver the best part possible. There are the super fun times, going on tour with your friends and just hanging out, there is the hype after landing a tough trick and there are the times of doubt.

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With my bladder still filled, a few drops went into my pants when I saw the tricks, where those two guys behind me yelled the loudest. There are nose grinds on handrails, bs tailslides flip out, tre-flips over motorcycles, super high grab less alley-oop bs airs in deep-ends, and much much more you will be impressed with.
Even though it can be a little annoying having guys scream into your ear for 10 minutes straight, I was obviously also flattered by the guys’ comments, because it means they have now realized on what kind of level female skating is. It also shows that men are starting to dig the different styles of those women skating, mentioning things like: ”Damn, I wish I could do this trick like that!”. It’s just that the implicitness is still missing!

There were also several other people who came up to me with different perspectives to the video. For example, two super shy girls saying how much they enjoyed seeing me (and the other girls) skate. This has never happened to me and I found it more than flattering. I can’t imagine how many times this must have happened to the GIZMO team over the past days… the motivation for those who are starting to skate has probably risen to a maximum watching this video. It’s just so cool that now there are female role models (several) in skateboarding and that these are all over the world and not just in some far away place. I think this is a big push for skating in general!
All in all, it was an overwhelming vibe. It was so great to see everyone being hyped about the video. There was a lot of cheering and yelling, clapping and laughing. An honest: “Ouhhhhhhhh” when seeing a bail and the same honest: “Whaaaat?!?! Yeahhh!” when seeing a banger. The place was packed, the drinks were cold and people even started bouncing to the tunes of the video.

When the video was over I remembered what my bladder was telling me, also realizing that it should move right now to let it out! I hurried, in the expectation that at video premiers it’s not a problem for girls to just walk straight into an empty booth. After finally fighting my way to the toilets, I found myself waiting in a super long queue… Fuck! That is definitely a major downside of female skateboarding becoming more popular.

Watch GIZMO again here.

Design is often based on other design, how many Ferrari shaped bedsheets or My Little Pony shaped birthday cakes have we not seen in our life?

So when Nike remastered the Janoski for its 10-year anniversary they also looked outside, they probably looked at animals, the sky, cement patterns, but in the end, I believe they simply looked out of their Beaverton office window onto the parking lot and there they found the answer sitting in the swooshes own parking lot.

(disclaimer: this might not be factual, they might have just found pictures of the car on the internet)

Photos by Danny Sommerfeld.
Text by Roland Hoogwater.

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The Volkswagen Polo “Harlekin’s” story connects to the Janoski in multiple ways. It was in 1994 that the German company wanted to draw attention to their newly-updated Polo model but the problem they had to solve was:

“How do we get people to look at the newness?”.

The answer came in all colors! They devised a special showroom model of the new 6N, this model would breathe NEW! But this model was only meant to show off in the showroom it wasn’t available to the public… Well a couple of the showroom models actually did get sold afterwards and those cars began to create “word of mouth” on the streets and when the streets are talking the people at VW were listening.

1995 swings around and featured in the catalog is the now legendary VW 6N Harlekin as demanded by the public and in 2019 a similar story can be told about Nike SB’s Janoski shoe. Like the Polo, it looks similar but it is not quite the same, from little leather linings to the tape on the sole, everything has been tweaked for ’19 and that is where the two stories meet.

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Fast forward to the 10th of May, Denny Pham, Jan Henrik Kongstein, Peter Buikema, Leo Preisinger and myself find ourselves driving around Berlin in a VW Harlekin wearing the Janoski Harlekin, we are putting both through the wringer for the next 2,5 days.

We didn’t do that alone, of course, we invited some Nike riders and Berlin locals to test it with us along the way.

To be honest the car has had a bit more mileage than the shoe but both held up quite well during our time even though Leo had his doubts about the car.

After the 2.5 days we concluded a couple of things:

  1. Denny Pham skates like he is playing THPS.
  2. The “new” Janoski looks better than the “old” Janoski (look closely).
  3. Jan Kliewer can shove his board like it is 1991.
  4. Jan Henrik like all people in Norway is hella tech.
  5. Michael Mackrodt drives a car the same way he skates.

Thank you for the support Skatedeluxe and Nike SB <3

Last week you might have noticed that Vans touched ground in Berlin with their trademark House Of Vans. Well, we will be celebrating that moment today and this is the first little piece to go out.

Stay tuned for more later today!

10 days of carnage, joy, pain, music, and side-missions now culminate into 34 chapters for us to muse about and for you to enjoy whether you were or weren’t there when it happened.

Luck has it that we just released our CPH Open special issue that you can grab in selected skate shops.

Elijah Berle has gone through many phases from his emo the smiths look all the way to his current look which feels like an in-between version of a skater and a fan of DIY cowboy culture we didn’t know what to expect.

Frontside Tailslide, Peter Buikema
Frontside Tailslide, Peter Buikema

A couple of years back, Gilbert Crockett explained to us his shoes were inspired by early 1900’s sports shoes. A fact which makes a lot of sense because of his affection for thrift shopping.

We all know that when it comes to designing shoes that it can be a difficult, long and tedious process at times. I mean if you would get the opportunity to do everything what would you choose?

Front Feeble, Peter Buikema
Front Feeble, Peter Buikema

Durability, stability, board feel, cupsole, vulcanized, a slim silhouette or a bulky shoe? And what about the materials and the sort of shoe? A dress shoe, a basketball shoe some wallabies or a cowboy boot can most likely all lead to your first pro-model.

I the end, Elijah Berle made it through and created a very solid shoe, one that we believe will be on peoples feet for a while. The shoe simply looks nice, not too bulky not to slim and with a special cupsole construction that promises to combine board feel with protection and durability.

Sad Grab, Valle Cafuk.
Sad Grab, Valle Cafuk.

We took Vans Germany skater Valle Cafuk and Vans flow trash Peter Buikema for a run at one of Berlin’s many parks to put words into action and weartest the Elijah Berle pro.

Both were surprised by the way the shoes felt right out of the box, cupsoles often need a bit to break in but these worked immediately and allowed them both to skate and feel safe do the protection a cupsole gives.

In the end, Peter even learned a variation of an Elijah Berle signature, doing his first Crooked grind Nollie flip out! Action speaks louder than words and learning new tricks is a sure sign of approval. So press play if you haven’t already and watch the Vans Elijah Berle Pro in action.

Valle after the sesh.
Valle after the sesh.

Thank you to Vans for the support!

Photos by Steffen Grap
Text By Roland Hoogwater

Last Friday Nike SB, Skatehalle Berlin & Skatedeluxe teamed up to put on an event in celebration of women all over the world. This event took place in the city we call home, Berlin. The event’s organizers asked us to document the whole thing and we answered by asking if we could add some karaoke in the mix?

“Karaoke, how? The event is at the skatepark”

“There are these Karaoke caravans you can rent for the day, we can park it in front of the park!”

And sure enough our wish was their command and the celebration was on!

Now meet the women that made the event special.

Meet Sara, she was the host of the PLACE karaoke bus. She also documented International Women's day for us.
Meet Sara, she was the host of the PLACE karaoke bus. She also documented International Women’s day for us & in our opinion is the Gertrude Stein of the skateboard world!

Now meet Moonia, she is Sara's best friend.
Now meet Moonia, she is Sara’s best friend.

Now meet our new favorite up & coming skater! She was shorter than her board but twice as tough, had a need for speed and had the entire skatepark crowd following her every move like a tennisball at the wimbledon finals.
Now meet our new favorite up & coming skater!
She was shorter than her board but twice as tough, had a need for speed and had the entire skatepark crowd following her every move like a tennisball at the wimbledon finals.

Meet Kim, most of the girls that skate know Kim, she has outstanding hair!
Meet Kim, most of the girls that skate know Kim, she has outstanding hair!

She also likes to sing and swing, A LOT! The karaoke bus was like a flytrap, and she was stuck!
She also likes to sing and swing, A LOT!
The karaoke bus was like a flytrap, and she was stuck!

This is Marina, she is from Croatia & she is part of the organization behind the Vladimir film festival. An event you must attend this year.
This is Marina, she is from Croatia & she is part of the organization behind the Vladimir film festival.
An event you must attend this year.

This is Lea Isabell, we once interviewed her and she has a lot of great ideas. Be on the look out, you will see more of her sooner rather than later!
This is Lea Isabell, we once interviewed her and she has a lot of great ideas.
Be on the look out, you will see more of her sooner rather than later!

This is Valerie she might be in the dictionary under "Cool" or "Sweet".
This is Valerie she might be in the dictionary under “Cool” or “Sweet”.

This is Marisa, she has a lot of good stories to tell! She was born in AZ and has traveled the world! We would love for her to start doing stand-up comedy because she is extremely funny!
This is Marisa, she has a lot of good stories to tell!
She was born in AZ and has traveled the world! We would love for her to start doing stand-up comedy because she is extremely funny!

Valeria was one of the first people in the booth and it is safe to say she broke the barrier so that more could follow!
Valeria was one of the first people in the booth and it is safe to say she broke the barrier so that more could follow!

Meet Sara she was DJ'ing the whole night... She also runs things! Eventually though the funk in the van was too strong and even she had to join in song and dance!
Meet Sara she was DJ’ing the whole night… She also runs things!
Eventually though the funk in the van was too strong and even she had to join in song and dance!

Linda didn't come sing with us, not because she didn't want to but because she was to busy ripping! She did a second try Frontside Boardslide 270 right in front of eyes, said hi and had to keep it moving!
Linda didn’t come sing with us, not because she didn’t want to but because she was to busy ripping!
She did a second try Frontside Boardslide 270 right in front of my eyes, said hi and had to keep it moving!

Not much is known about these three, except that they knew all the lyrics to Cardi B's "I Like It" by heart. "Certified, you know I'm gang, gang, gang..."
Not much is known about these three, except that they knew all the lyrics to Cardi B’s “I Like It” by heart.
“Certified, you know I’m gang, gang, gang…”

You could actually follow and almost song to song update via our Instagram Stories!
You could actually follow and almost song to song update via our Instagram Stories!

Power! That is the word that comes to mind when we think of Lea Shairer. Scroll down to see what song was being performed at this exact moment.
Power! That is the word that comes to mind when we think of Lea Shairer.
Scroll down to see what song was being performed at this exact moment.

Rick Ross the boss!
Rick Ross the boss!

Errr day I'm Hustlin'...
Errr day I’m Hustlin’…

Even though it was IWD some longhaired males did manage to skip past security and into the booth....
Even though it was IWD some longhaired males did manage to skip past security and into the booth….

Meet Anna & Joanna both sick skaters, strong singers and now karaoke addicts!
Meet Anna & Joanna both sick skaters, strong singers and now karaoke addicts!

Last year Lea was present at the IWD event and we choose to believe this is a photo of her looking forward to next years event! A sincere THANK YOU to all the women & LGTBQ+ people that came to celebrate with us in the booth we are truly happy to have sung together with you.
Last year Lea was present at the IWD event and we choose to believe this is a photo of her looking forward to next years event!
A sincere THANK YOU to all the women & LGTBQ+ people that came to celebrate with us in the booth we are truly happy to have sung together with you.

A special thank you to Sara Parson-Texas for all the work you put in and Nike SB, Skatedeluxe & Skatehalle Berlin for putting on the event and making people skate and sing their hearts out!

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