We at Place are very proud to present to you a video by someone close to our hearts. Peter Buikema is a big part of what makes us, us. From FUNBOX, Shimmy, The Place Roadtrip video, and many more he has plowed through 2020 and came out the other end. The result being, this new video “What The Heck” together with Lousy Livin. We asked Peter to talk and explain a bit about this video, the meaning behind the title, amongst other things. He reluctantly agreed but added that his talents lie behind the lens. Which is a part of why we love him so much. So here is a modest talk with the creator for those that want to know more after pressing play.
Welcome Peter are you ready for your close up? I hope you are here we go, some hard hitting questions: What The Heck is a fun title for the project but for those in the know it has a somewhat personal flavor, care to explain?
Well, I live in an apartment at the Heckmannufer, a skate house would be the appropriate term. So, last year we had friends over all the time. And on one of those nights, the idea was born to make a Heckmannufer video with all the homies and we came up with the name “What The Heck”. The street itself and our apartment feature throughout the whole video.
In what way did this idea then come to be a project connected to Lousy Livin?
The Idea for the Heckmannufer video came before Lousy Livin asked me to do a video. Actually, we had already started filming. I then came back to them with the idea to combine the two and they liked that very much. The process of working together was quite nice in general, they gave me artistic license to make the video I wanted to create.
The music in your projects always plays a big role, on past projects we have been sending songs back and forth. Can you tell us a bit about your music selection process?
Sometimes I spend days and days browsing Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud or whatever for music. Every now and then, I manage to find things I like, which I then add to one of my playlists. Funnily enough, I often find the best music, the things I end up using, when I am not looking for it (laughs). And then when editing I check if I have something that matches the vibe of the footage. Sometimes I just use a song I’ve been listening to for ages, but then after editing I can’t hear it anymore (laughs).
Music is obviously important, but the skaters you choose are at least as important. How did you pick the people for this video, did they just wander into your apartment?
(laughs) They are all the homies. I like an open vibe and I feel that skaters work well in groups.
What do you want people to take away from watching this video?
I can’t really answer that, maybe that it was really fun making this project. I hope that shines through in the video.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gotta love the Vans Europe team for their ability to go for it in any and every situation or spot. We don’t want to spoil the trick but we were really stoked to see Dustin Dollin with a great ender trick in this!
On a side note Pfanner is like a very fine wine isn’t he.
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.
First of all, we want to give a big thanks to Vans for supporting us and assisting in making the project happen. Secondly, thanks to Heiners for being a surefire location where we all feel welcome enough to be ourselves. And lastly, thank you to all the protagonists for not only putting your energy towards the project but also for shooting the recap to your own party. Cheers!
Photos by Julian Ruhe, Moritz Alte, Kalle Wiehn & Valle Cafuk.
“Nochmal” translates to: Again or Another One. Niclas probably choose that title in regards to the many Maybachufer videos that came out in the last years, but we thought you might like to watch anyway.
Filmed by Niclas Rickes featuring, Peter Buikema, Carlo Metzger, Kalle Wiehn, Moritz Alte, Luis Richter, and Johannes Schirrmeister. Enjoy!
It is always interesting to see new teams coming to town and find their own way and flow in the city of Berlin. The Levi’s Europe squad is pretty young and their latest addition to the team is no stranger to us.
Feat.: Manny Lopez, Edouard Depaz, Quentin Boillon, Ale Cesario, Val Bauer, Lilian Fev, Charlie Munro, Mikey Patrick & Kalle Wiehn.
Starting something completely on your own, at one point in your life, is a natural step for someone motivated and creative. Fatos Veseli is not a new guy to the German skateboarding scene and definitely one of the most shining characters from the city of Cologne. The city with the Dom is quite sexy, we have to admit; definitely not because of the architecture (the city got bombed to a high percentage during WW2) but more of its people. If you have ever been to Cologne you know what we are talking about, it is almost like you can touch the harmony that is in the air.
Fatos is using Sleep-Over as his very own creative outlet and all of his friends are down with that and support his vision, that’s something you can clearly see in this first ever brand video featuring guys like Kalle Wiehn, Kevin Vietzke, Norman Wirtz, Daniel Giesecke and quite a lot of more new faces. The girls you see on the video are all good friends of the guys above, big Thank you to Anke, Charly, Mareike, Maureen,Meagan and Sophie.
A film by Gabriel Dimmig.
The Sleep-Over X Robotron Skateboards collaboration is now available HERE.
It is hard to understate how involved we were in the making of this video, all our staff has tricks except Danny Sommerfeld who was hurt. Some of this video was even filmed on Place trips, a lot was documented on other trips but all of it was shot during Leon Rudolph’s holiday.
The end reslut makes you wonder what he could do if he filmed full time.
Robotron has had a great year! They turned ten, multiple team riders have put out parts this year and Carsten “Barney” Beneker has been ripping extra hard since he hit that three-oh, so the bot chose to tour around Bella Italia this year.
Unfortunately not everybody could come but that left some extra room for some people that we don’t see skate that often. And with some people, we mean Julian Ruhe that sly guy truly sprinkled some style onto the pizza di-robo. Don’t waste any more time and click play.
Also featuring: Niklas Speer von Cappeln, Fatos Veseli, Kalle Wiehn, Jan Hoffmann & Dennis Behrens.
Film/Edit: Dennis Ludwig
Intro: Philipp Jadke
Music: Viola Valentino – Comprami
Today at 6pm we will show you exclusively Jan Hoffmann’s new full part and to say the least, it is quite a heavy one. Before that you get the first look at Jan’s Pro Board for Robotron Skateboards and Cleptomanicx now, by showing you the snapshot recap of his surprise party at the Attitude Skateshop in Bremen last weekend. Jan got his shirt, the board of course and a first video premiere, surrounded by all his loved ones. All Photos by Friedjof Feye. Make sure to come back at 6pm ;).
A while back we premiered Paul Herrmann’s video “Welcome to Franki”, at the same time we introduced his video column for PLACE. These raw cuts are a part of that series and they provide you with a great behind the scenes look.
Featuring highlights by Philipp Oehmige, Justin Sommer, Timo Meiselbach, Kalle Wiehn and much more
Last summer, the German Vans team went on a 15 day trip to Sweden and Denmark. Their Nordic Tour led them to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Malmö, where they explored local spots and hidden gems. Featuring Kalle Wiehn, Thomas Graf, Tobi Fleischer, Jan Hoffmann, Julian Ruhe and Valentin Cafuk.
After several premieres all across Germany finally the new TPDG 2016 video is also online accessible now!
I know Danny Sommerfeld for quite some time now and I can tell that he is a perfectionist in the purest manner. Everything he dedicates himself to has to go through a long lasting process of re-thinking over and over again.
Having said that, it is not surprising that he left the edit in the talented hands of his long-time confidant, Gerrit Piechowski, and chose Figub Brazlevic, who is one of Berlin’s finest producers, for the musical accompaniment. Eventually, TPDG 2016 is a skateboard video that provides a very own vibe – the Top Dog Vibe – which one could already have experienced in the previous video, Street Jazz.
You have heard enough! So gather the homies, put your smart phone away, turn on your boombox, and hit the play button!
Photos by Hendrik Herzmann