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People start up new businesses every day, Budgetbeuker bearings was started by Bastiaan van Zadelhoff. We interviewed Bastiaan a while back about starting a company, being a part of Pop Trading Co and his many nicknames. We kept in touch after the interview and a couple of days ago he told me that he had gotten a cease and desist letter from another company that felt like the Budgetbeuker logo was to similar to theirs. The whole thing kind of shocked me! I asked him, why would such a big company care about a small upstart with a logo that was inspired by their own? How did they even find out about his company? What where the consequences? And how can you avoid having to go through similar issues. Bastiaan quickly responded to these questions and answered them all in this interview.

How did things go after you launched the company?

Things went well for some time, that was the best time of my life though!

How did people receive the brand?

Way better than I expected! I have been visiting some shops that carry my product and I was surprised at how much of my product they where selling. I am so happy and grateful for all the love I have received!

After such a great start when did you find out you had a problem?

On the eighth of January I opened my inbox and in that inbox was an email: Notification of IPR Infringement by Envisional Enforcement. An Italian brand (that will remain nameless) had seen my logo and felt that it was to similar to theirs. The email also stated their demands, basically all the products and promo with my old logo had to be taken offline.

Are your logos really that similar?

Well both our logos are based on a compass, the are some other differences but the only real difference is that they copyrighted their logo. So I google them and the first thing I see is that some of their jackets cost more than my initial investment! (laughs) After that I thought it would be better to comply with their request and take my site down.

Do you think this whole episode could have been prevented?

People really took notice, Budgetbeuker went kind of viral. I started to get more followers on Instagram, one of those followers “happened” to be a shop manager for this Italian brand. He possibly started this whole thing, the guy used to skate, he was one of those people who big themselves up and tells crazy (untruthful) stories. Hugo (Snelooper) told me that his friends used to pick on the guy, one night his friends even threw the guy into a swimming pool because he was Dj’ing terribly (laughs). Truthfully I really don’t know what happened, this person denies snitching on me. It could have been somebody higher up, Who knows? The Internet is a crazy place!

Did have to take your product out of the shops?

No but we have to cover the original logo, so I had some stickers made so shops can cover the old logo with these stickers. Once that is done we can keep selling our bearings.

The new Budgetbeuker look with a sticker covering the old logo.

Okay. So what does this mean for the future of the brand?

Well the brand itself suffered because of these issues. We had to drop or change all our product designs that where based on the original logo. I’ve been spending a lot of time troubleshooting, instead of putting that time into growing the brand.
As far as creating a new logo I am not a 100% sure but I am working on it. No matter what design, we will be extra careful! So those Italians are not temped to start some trouble again.

Any last words?

To be honest I never saw myself winning the court case but it felt strangely cool that I got noticed by such a big brand!

Go to budgetbeuker.com to see more.

Photos by: Hugo Snelooper
Interview by: Roland Hoogwater

Yesterday you had the chance to learn a lot about Dutch Light – now it’s time to see Dennis Laass, Tjark Thielker, Niklas Speer von Cappeln and Jan Hoffmann in action. Here’s the clip from Cleptomanicx’ trip to Holland. Filmed and edited by Lucas Fiederling – press play:

Dutch Light is a phenomenon that has its origins in 19th-century literature. Historians started writing about this special light that only seemed to exist in The Netherlands. It was widely believed that the phenomenon first showed up in 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings. As it turned out, the 17th-century artists who painted those pictures often also worked on other assignments that fit in with their artistic practice. When researching these artists more closely, historians discovered that most of these artists were also employed by the government. They had been assigned to study the Dutch landscape with the help of early measuring tools. And among many things, these studies led to some of the first maps showing the country as it is today.

Dennis Laass – Siderock

The governmental research missions also gave the artists an opportunity to study the landscape in several aspects. During these studies, they experienced something special:
It was a distinct kind of light, not the bright equalizing sort of light that artists in the south of Europe were painting, neither was it comparable to the ever-changing light that one might find in Great Britain or Scandinavia. Intrigued by the phenomenon, they came up with an explanation: Because most of the Netherlands sits below sea level, it was first believed that the effect was created by the sea moving in and out of the land.

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Tjark Thielker – Ollie Up Kickflip Wallride

When word of Dutch Light spread through 19th-century writings, artists from all over the globe became enchanted by the light and came to the Netherlands to capture it in their paintings. These pilgrimages gave artists the perspective that it was not just the sea causing the effect, it was mainly the fact that the water was everywhere at once. And on top of that, it needed to be accompanied by sunlight. When these conditions were met, it created a “double landscape,” which magnified all things in its presence. Trees seemed to become greener, the sky looked especially blue and the red brick buildings seemed illuminated for a brief moment.

Niklas Speer von Cappeln – BS 5-O

Unfortunately, “Hollands Licht” – or Dutch Light – is not easily found, especially in the ever-changing Dutch climate. Some of you who might have traveled to this fair country might have experienced days where grey clouds packed with rain, hail, or snow have been almost instantly replaced by sunlight. This is because most of the country is flat, and the wind is free to bring on rapid change. When the right conditions are met and if you are lucky, you might be able to see some Dutch Light.

Cleptomanicx took a group of their finest riders – Dennis Laass, Tjark Thielker, Niklass Speer von Cappeln and Jan Hoffmann – to the Dutch city of Groningen, to try and capture this fleeting moment when all the conditions are just right to create something special.

Jan Hoffmann – Beanplant

by Roland Hoogwater
Photos: Friedjof Feye

Is skateboarding still cool? Is there an end in sight? Usually you can tell by the amount of young talent out there, and if you judge by the phone and car commercials featuring skaters at the moment, it seems to still be cool. But kids don’t want to do what their parents or elders like to do. They want to break out of the system and do something different, to be edgy and develop their own identity.

It’s not right to tell them what to do, they have to figure it out themselves. That’s how real talent appears and becomes visible – not by falling in line with all the other guys out there. On that note, meet Jan Hoffmann, Julian Ruhe, and Valentin Cafuk – a trio of young guns going their own way.

Jan Hoffmann – FS Disaster

If you are a talented young adolescent, there is a chance you don’t really grasp the concept of being sponsored. First of all, there is a big chance that you never have to spend money on product, simply because you never earned a dime in your life yet. So you probably never really paid for your own gear anyway – your parents did! But does that automatically mean you take everything for granted?

That depends on your character, but appreciating what you have is a rare trait. Unspoiled young talent is an even rarer find in Germany these days. But there are a few kids out there that are on the right track – and I think we might have found them!

Julian Ruhe – BS 180 fakie Nosegrind

Jan, Julian, and Valentin are young, talented – and German. Seems kind of odd nowadays, right? It wasn’t always like that: Remember back when Dardan Sabovic, Asche, and Patrick Streiter where on the come-up? For a while they seemed to be unstoppable. Any magazine in Germany had them covered with most of their tricks shot in North Rhine-Westphalia by either Helge Tscharn, or Thomas Gentsch.

Valentin Cafuk – Gap to BS Lipslide

Especially Dardan and Streiter were known as the German answer to the Spanky/Herman duo back then. They might as well have been called shooting stars because everything happened very quickly. That time when Streiter kickflip crooked a handrail was pretty much a milestone for German skateboarding. Michel Lohmann, former skateboard filmer from Muenster, got into a wager to get Patrick’s name tattooed on his ass, because he simply didn’t believe he could actually do that trick, which was not that unreasonable.

Same goes for Dardan’s nollie BS 180° down the old famous Cologne 13-stair, next to the Rhine river, which ended up being an Adio Shoes ad. And not to forget Asche’s switch kickflip at the Münster Ten. Those tricks where NBDs at that time, at least for German skaters. Nowadays it has became a very rare sight to find those three guys in magazines, or see any new skate footage, but they still skate and still live in the same town.

Jan Hoffmann – Beanplant Bluntslide

The kids are growing up really fast. I hadn’t seen Julian in about ten month and it feels like he’s coming along fine. Same goes for Jan and Valentin, they are in such an interesting time of their lives right now that it’ll be hard for them to understand what’s going on; also simply because they learn – every single day.

Remember when Chris Cole wore a yellow shirt and baggy jeans, then years later went fully Rock ‘n’ Roll and now he looks like he’s on his way to a Nickelback concert? You definitely go trough a lot of phases in your early stages. Some more then others… The industry is constantly looking out for new talent. What doesn’t fit is made to fit, that’s how the industrial age proceeds. But in our knowledge-based society, the individual can win by breaking the ranks and being a little different, or going down a more unusual road than others.

Julian Ruhe – FS Nosegrind pop out

Personality is the keyword and the skate-robot slowly dies out, but that’s no longer news. The industry is aware of that. Like Dardan, Streiter, and Asche – those new guys have charisma. And that’s something no one is going to able to simply buy or mold any time soon. You can put a label on a lot of things, but some things are just unaccountable, that’s for sure. There is and will always be a lot of talent to evolve. And we are very much looking forward to seeing more of the power trio Jan, Julian, and Valentin.

Photos: Hendrik Herzmann
Video: Severin Strauss
Text: Daniel Pannemann

What happens when you give two Dutch artists the incentive to make a behind the scene’s skate documentary? This last year Walker Pachler and Ruben van der Linden went out skating and filming non stop to make what is now known as Sander The Skatefilm.
If you are bored and want to see skateboarding represented in a way that is different from a lot of other video’s out there give their latest project a try.



Noah Bunink is a young up-and-comer, some of you might have seen him skate around Berlin recently or in one of the monthly Pop Trading Co clips. His tricks and style make him somebody you can easily recognize and we saw him skate in Converses #PleaseCharge. I’m sure you will be hearing more of Noah Bunink so we thought this would be right time to present you with 10 facts about the boy.


01. Noah Bunink is 17 years old.

02. Noah Bunink lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

03. Noah Bunink has an English Background.

04. Noah Bunink is a supporter of AJAX amsterdam footbal club.

05. Noah Bunink is sponsored by Converse, Palace, Pop Trading Company and TOMS.

06. Noah Bunink loves Todd Falcon’s skating.

07. Noah Bunink has become Sylvain Tognelli’s favorite skater.

08. Noah Bunink fucks heavily with Polo by Ralph Lauren.

09. Noah Bunink is a fashion model.

10. Noah Bunink sometimes wears his sisters overalls.

Watch Noah skate in #Pleasecharge

Photos courtesy of: Hugo Snelooper

The habit that is photography has been instilled into Pieter Verburgt from a very young age. His father owns a store in Amsterdam, selling cameras, lenses, film, etc., so as a Young man Pieter started helping out his dad and getting to known photography through the customers and their photographs. For a lot of skateboarders the act of capturing moments in moving or still images has become a daily routine and most of them don’t even think about it anymore. For Pieter this doesn’t seem to be the case, he is curious about the medium of photography and his approach towards landscapes, fashion, and day to day life.

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Take a look at his TUMBLR.

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Das Preloved Team hat es in diesem Sommer richtig gemacht und ein paar Tage an der holländischen Nordseeküste verbracht. Was Dardan, Streiter, Till und Co. skateboardtechnisch fabriziert haben, hat Gerrit erneut stylisch in folgendem Video verpackt.

Das etnies Global Team kommt auf lauten Sohlen nach Europa! Im August werden Ryan Sheckler, Willow,
Cairo Foster, Tyler Bledsoe, Nick Garcia
sowie die Europe Fahrer Axel Cruysberg, Barney Page, Albert Nyberg und Julian Furones nach Deutschland, Österreich und Holland kommen. Checkt alle weiteren Infos auf dem Flyer und auf der Facebook page von etnies Europe. Das wird auf jeden Fall ziemlich gut!