Additional filming by Formizzz.
A new one by our friend Augustin Giovanonni from Paris.
Featuring Alastair Pathé, William Monerris, Marius Chanut, Stan Pradel, Franz Grimm, Auguste Gobeur, Marca Barbier, Marcel Aiha, Sebastien Rolando, Roman Gonzalez & Julian Kimura.
Our good friend Augustin Giovannoni just released his new video and this time Tom O’reilly is the man with the most shine. We need to go back to Paris. Very good one, Augustin!
A nice little something that was thrown together by one of our favorite people to travel with, Augustin Giovanonni.
Featuring Place contributor Franz Grimm, Auguste Bouznad and Roman Gonzalez this is a nice way to start the weekend!
Gangs signs, checks, fist pumps, devil horns and much more in this amazing Giddy with a strong concept that managed to consistently surprise us!
The Place Road Trip was a 2017 French/Dutch/German/Swedish comedy bus tour directed by Daniel Pannemann, Roland Hoogwater and Danny Sommerfeld and written by Franz Grimm.
The bus stars all the above in addition to Peter Buikema, Valentin Cafuk, Valentin Bauer, the brothers Sondre Mortensen and Amandus Mortensen and Malte Spitz. The team went on a 2,000km journey through Germany and France.
They soon found out to their shock and horror that their final destination is doomed to be Disneyland Paris. Upon entering the park, they immediately discover that the castle in the world famous Walt Disney Resort is not in fact real and that ticket prices are lower on the internet.
Filmed and edited by Peter Buikema.
The year is almost over and we are looking back to one hell of a crazy year. Talking about crazy we have to mention our last summer’s French Intern Augustin Giovannoni who just dropped is 2017 mixtape featuring Franz Grimm, Joffrey Morel, Auguste Bouznad, Juan Saavedra, Yann Garin & us. Loye you, Noni <3.
Probably the most motivated filmer, Augustin Giovannoni, is back with another one. As enthusiastic as he is, you’ve probably seen most of this footage on his Instagram already, but who cares. Keep ’em coming, Noni!
A new Giddy by Romain Batard feat.: Franz Grimm, Casey Foley, Hugo Maillard & a whole lot more. Loving it!
In our opinion, his best work so far. Augustin Giovannoni drops a new edit and at the very end you will see the date his full length video might be released. Paris, Berlin & Potsdam feat.: Val Bauer, Tolia Titaev, Niklas Speer von Cappeln, Remy Taveira, Daniel Pannemann, Franz Grimm & many more.
“As a little boy, I used to wonder how people know how much milk they have to pour in their coffee for it to be the way they want it to be. More precisely, is the color of the coffee actually related to its taste and its strength? Life went on and enigmas of this type got solved by themselves: You pour the milk and hope for the best. By doing it every morning, you just get the flow. Nowadays, I don’t even need a timer to cook pasta anymore. I just try the spaghetti when I feel like it might be good.
Anyways, things look the same way on a larger scale: You ask yourself how to lead this tyrannic symphony of existence involving girls, getting enough sleep, washing dishes, skateboarding, paperwork, friendships, the past, the present, the future, online banking, buying new socks, career, trying to be cool, healthy food, holidays, girls, skateboarding, the future etc. Good thing is that in the end it all happens by itself and you just pour the goddamn milk, worst case scenario is that you end up with some kind of latte macchiato.
And now, here’s a little video that may be useful if you ever happen to need a life-coach.”
A new one from the capital of France. From “la Republique” to some more cutty spots, “paris blue” is a short clip by Tom Oreilly.
To turn something simple and random into something meaningful gifted with form and substance can bring precious satisfaction. In skateboarding, this something might be a bent pole or just a wall. As soon as you put your eyes on it, the glimpse of a movement through space and time comes to your mind. You picture yourself doing your own little special thing right there and unconsciously you’re giving this infinitesimal fragment of your physical environment a new purpose. If you make this vision real, you get that valuable satisfaction and be sure you count among the coolest people on earth from then on. The truly cool ones, top 5%.
As there are limitless possibilities of shaping and adapting what’s around you to your own perception, it can be very entertaining to widen the range. That’s how we come to talk about the street view on Google maps. It offers way more than one may think. I know some skaters use it to find new spots but I have no clue what the street view’s original function is. It must cost loads of money to drive those Google-maps-360°camera-cars through every city in the world. All that for a gimmick? No, the street view is one of the hidden treasures of the world wide web. One of the rare escapes from the boredom of social media, for example.
The street view embodies normality and randomness. The 360° camera captures ordinary streets at random moments of the day. Average people doing regular things outside. And you can’t see their faces (they are blurred), which makes it even more emotionless. Moreover, the camera settings are so basic all the pictures taken over the planet lookalike. But the street view doesn’t care much about aesthetics, it is about raw reality. That makes it so great… I like to think so. The more normal things get, the more anything unusual sticks out.
For a better understanding, I would like to invite you to click on the link below and to spend a few minutes on the streets of Mlada Boleslav. And you should read the instructions first:
Mlada Boleslav is a small city of Central Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic. As soon as you click, you find yourself on a street with no name, surrounded by parking blocks and you fully experience the flair of Czech suburbia. Now, follow the road straight and observe what’s around you until you reach the next road junction. That’s where the journey ends.
Now let’s venture into the world of street view and into the Czech city of Mlada Boleslav.
To go on to the road junction click here.
And what else did you see?
Did you see that the guy is wearing a Thrasher shirt tailored into a lovely tanktop.
So… You’re virtually going through these streets, it seems like time has stopped and so you can take some time to notice things you wouldn’t see if you were there in real time, caught in the rush of life.
You are looking at all this average stuff, realizing almost every corner of the “Western world” looks alike. Suddenly, you see something that sticks out. Someone flipping a bird to the camera is a classic. Someone picking up his dog’s business as well. If you’re lucky, you come upon a 60-year-old badass wearing a Thrasher tank top in the absolute middle of nowhere. At that moment, the best thing to do is to take a screenshot because you don’t want it to sink into oblivion. There is a good chance for you to be the first web surfer to notice this deviation from the ordinary. And that feels good, so handle the street view with care or it might turn into your major pastime: exploring the streets in order to capture the aberrations of a society that wants to be cast into the mold.
Here are some screenshots from my personal collection that I’ve been widening over the last two or three years. A breathtaking mosaic of impressions from a virtual odyssey, from Skagen (Denmark) to Zadar (Croatia) passing through Miami Beach.
No clue what is happening here. Are they waiting for the school-boat?
No words needed to describe the intimate beauty of this one.
“The man who talked to walls.”
That’s a wolf. Wildlife at it’s finest.
“People in love near the Military Circle.”
True words. Get them and forget them.
I wish I was a little bit taller, an ode to the Deutsch Stylechef.
It’s a done deal.
When your shoes match her zip sweat/ When your zip sweat matches his shoes.
Same blood & fashion sense.
This is my favorite one. (note his face is not blurred)
Text by Franz Grimm
Images by Google Maps selected by Franz Grimm
We would like to proudly introduce our newest columnist Franz Grimm! For those who follow our moves, Franz is no stranger, we met him last February in Paris while we were out there working on the Paris/Paname issue. In that issue, he had one of the most beautiful pictures and ever since that trip we stayed in touch. Born in Berlin, raised in Paris, an “In Between” kinda guy. Thus it felt only logical to call his column “In Between Tries”. Franz is a person who is German in France and French in Germany. I could give more examples but let’s leave something for the viewer to find out. So without further ado, we are happy to Introduce our newest columnist and column “In Between Tries” and as for this first column called “If My Mind Was A Laptop.” I will let Mr. Grimm explain that one.
A few years ago, my brother Tibor was told he looked like Evgeni Plushenko, a famous Russian figure skater. I googled the name and watched Plushenko’s footage on Youtube and I found out they do look-alike.
At first sight, I thought figure skating is really badass. Absurd skills, fluidity, creativity and speed. These performances on the ice seemed like lines in skateboarding to me: some flowing moves with tricks and rotations in between.
Anyways, a couple days back it all came back to me and this is what my mind would look like on a laptop since then.
I clearly remember when this project started, I was talking to Leon Rudolph and I asked: “Why don’t you do full-length videos anymore?” He answered: “Right now, I just don’t want to wait to put something out.” Leon did do a lot this year, he did some stuff for Converse Cons, Cleptomanicx and a couple of independent short videos. So an idea crept into our mind, what if we ask Leon to remix his 2016 work into one longer project? He loved the idea, and from that moment we started to talk regularly about the project, Leon would bring up ideas and started working on the project, he even found a date and a location to premiere the project. Yesterday the video had its premiere in Kassel it premiered together with Jonathon the Dog’s new project. So with, that out the way we are proud to introduce to you Leon Rudolph’s newest project “U Already Know” for PLACE, Enjoy!
Featuring: Danny Sommerfeld, Jonas Hess, Jan Hoffmann, Daniel Pannemann, Hyun Kummer (Versace_Germany), Jun Kummer (Seoul_air), Steffen Grap, Franz Grimm, Max Sand, Moritz Alte and much more.
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.
Photo by Augustine Giovannoni
The feel-good-montage of the day. Watch it and dream about your next vacation with all the homies. Here’s Joffrey Morel, Alban Matri, Paul Langsley, Louis Perruchaud, Selim Osseirane and our favorite skater Franz Grimm, filmed by Viktor Demonte.
Those of you that know us have seen us popping up in Leon Rudolph’s latest edit s/o, now if you don’t know what s/o stands for it is short for shout out. I guess that is what Danny Sommerfeld is giving Leon with this behind the scenes style gallery!
Shout out to the end of summer.
Shout out to ignoring the rules of photography.
Shout out to all the cars that passed by and made Franz lose his focus.
Shout out to the next man on the come up.
Shout out to all the teachers that told me I would never amount to something
Shout out to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustling in front of.
Shout out to all the places we travel to only to pass by in a second.
Shout out to JJ for bringing a mic to a skate session.
Shout out to ankle braces and smiling faces.
Shout out to all the prayers that were written down by sprayers.
And finally, shout out to all the people that skate second-hand grip and own a first class pet.
All photos by Danny Sommerfeld
Text by Roland Hoogwater