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The name Tahiti conjures up images of the ultimate tropical paradise, the paintings of Paul Gauguin, and beautiful black sand beaches. Although the beauty of the islands was admired by the French explorers who first visited them, the savagery of the native people was almost without limit. Historic accounts maintain that the Tahitians murdered at the slightest provocation. Sacrifices were a crucial component of their culture and giving their own children to volcano gods, water gods, and sharks common ceremonies. No girl over the age of twelve remained a virgin.

Some like it blue

As times have changed and the Europeans took over, traditions may have disappeared but the spirit lives on forever. Tahiti always had some sort of magnetic attraction to artists from all over the planet, the island’s natural beauty itself is only one reason. There is a feeling to this place that one can only explain in artistically expressing the dazzling array. As many people did, Kévin Métallier went to find his intuition and as it turned out, his work is closer to home then the actual scenery. Witness Jordan Taylor, Ryan Spencer and Jarne Verbruggen exploring the wonderful spectral island of Tahiti.

Ryan Spencer

Jordan Taylor

by Daniel Pannemann
Photos: Kévin Métallier

Mails are coming in, phones are ringing and social media is exploding – it’s time for feedback! To be honest it’s always a very exciting time when a new issue drops. How will people react on things, that we think are cool? For the first time we would like to present you a little selection of our favourite reactions on our newest issues of all times – either good or not so good.

“Where can I get that camo top?”bumwin

“Do yourself a favour and #savetheforrests”Christian Welther


“Very nice issue. I really like that the mag is in English, the print is amazing and I love the Roman pictures. Thank you!”Pontus Alv

“What the hell? I think you should finally do a skatecover again.”Hendrik Herzmann

“I had to call instead of writing a mail ’cause I’m so excited. Just to say, I’m fuckin’ lovin’ it!”Nick Bridge, Bitchslap Magazine

“Yo, everything’s been done. VERY FUCKIN’ WELL! Kudos.”David Luther


“Good job guys! Fully experimental cover but good!”Kévin Métallier

“I think that your latest cover was made for me! Congrats again for the NBD cover!”Lucas Beaufort

lucas beaufort

Illustration by Lucas Beaufort

The brandnew PLACE issue 54 just arrrived at the office and will be available through skateshops, selected retailers and newsstands next week – some of the shops got the issue already, just ask!

For this issue we ask if all NBD’S have already been done and we’ll find an interesting answer coming along with some crazy photos by Roman Gonzalez aka @gonzox1000 – shot with iPhone only!

Here’s a sneak peak of the magazine, filled with Skateboard Culture… Take a look, order your copy here and enjoy the read!

EBD – Appropriation in Skateboarding

Becoming Friends – Sage Elsesser Interview

Behind The Scenes – 5boro NYC

Cracks and Crooks – Frankfurt Hauptwache Retrospective

Those who make – Reik Manig

Where have you been – Vladik Scholz

Portfolio – Alexey Lapin

Leo Valls’ life is pretty much a textbook example of everything that’s great about pro skateboarding: To him, it’s all about being an individual, traveling and exploring the world, seeing things through different sets of eyes. Now 28 years old, the Bordeaux-born Frenchman has been skating for 15 years, and he hasn’t been home much: Valls used to spend six months of the year in San Francisco for a while and has been visiting Japan every year since 2006. Accordingly, he knows a thing or two about the different cultural perspectives of Europeans, Americans and Asians. He has a creative mind and is one of the original members of Magenta Skateboards. He loves 90s skateboarding and exploring new cities with his effortless skating. And yet, speed, movement and personal expression are only as important to him as connecting with the locals. Since he’s never been featured in PLACE before, it’s a pleasure to have him in the mag, both online and offline…

Part I – offline: Face-to-face conversation in a Japanese bar in Nakano…

Let’s first talk about your Japanese friend, the one and only Takahiro Morita…
Well, there is a lot to say about him! He is a legend for any Japanese skateboarder. He is the guy who first understood that the Japanese approach to skateboarding was so specific and that it was really important for the Japanese scene to keep its own identity and not copy the rest of the world. In fact, the story begins in 1995, when Morita broke his leg while skating. He couldn’t skate for a few months and from there he started filming every session with his friends.

A few months later, he produced his first video “43/26”, the title referring to the latitude and longitude of Japan, and focusing only on the Tokyo skate scene. At that time, in his first opus, there was nothing really crazy or wildly different from what we could see in any other video from around the world. It was also in ’95 that he created his own company FESN (Far East Network) and two years later, in 1997, his brand Libe. His first big video project was to unify all Japanese skateboarders by filming them in their own cities around Japan. He filmed for more than five years for this project.

The final result came out in 2004: “Underground Broadcasting”, a video that for the first time showed what’s so special about the Japanese style of skating. The next step of his artistic video project was going to be “Overground Broadcasting” a few years later. He traveled the entire world for seven years to film this new opus, which became an international success when it finally came out with the famous Gou Miyagi part at the end…

The message of this second chapter was to show that skateboarding was a way to travel, to discover many different ways of thinking, of skating, and that it’s a very good way to open your mind and get more creative. In 2008, when the video came out, it was really like an earthquake on the skateboard world, and many skaters all over the world started to discover the Japanese way of skateboarding. So, in short, all this comes from inside the brain of Morita and the Fat Bros crew from Nakano.

When did you come here, to Japan, for the first time?
In 2006 it was my first time here. I immediately decided to come back every year.

There are some similarities between your approach to skateboarding and the way some people skate here in Japan. How would you define your take on skateboarding?
Well, first I respect all the different visions, styles and faces that make skateboarding what it really is. Second, I would say that I definitely don’t focus on the technical performance side. I’m more looking for an aesthetic part, trying to experience something personal. I guess that comes from all the influences I was exposed to when younger, when I started traveling, meeting people who were skating in different ways, plus I’m also influenced by my studies in Art History.

I’m more interested in the creativity, the character, the universe of each and every skater, more than his ability to reproduce a technical trick he might have learned over many days in a skatepark. I just want to say that there is not just one way to skate, and that’s what makes skateboarding so magic and attractive.

I’m more looking for an aesthetic part, trying to experience something personal.


Can you tell us a bit about your last experience during your trip to Perth in Australia?
It was also a really good one! We went there last year with the Magenta crew. It was my first time in Australia and, well, I have to say that the skate scene in Perth got its own personality, they do their own stuff with their own style, so it was really cool to spend time and skate with them.

Actually, we filmed them a lot while we were there and we gave them the first part of our Magenta video “Crossing The Perth Dimension”. They were really happy with that and they told me that a lot of teams had visited Perth already but we were the first ones that really made connections and filmed with them and gave them the opportunity to get some media exposure. I was really happy about it.

Part II – online: Conversation about the internet & digital life – done digitally, via email

What are your memories of the world and life without the internet?
Access to information and communication seemed more limited but I remember spending a lot of time dreaming, imagining stories, reading books and drawing. It was not so bad in the end, when I think about it now. I discovered the internet quite late, around the age of 13, if I remember it correctly.

What is your first memory of the web?
I think it’s when I realized that we can communicate with people anywhere in the world, without any limits of time and without burning units on my mobile phone, so that was really good! I especially remember doing my skate history lessons through the internet. I am part of that generation who had access to all the videos at once thanks to downloads.

I was able, in the space of a few months, to download a true collection of skate videos, which was all of 411, also the “Eastern Exposure” and the Zero videos. Attracted by all kinds of styles, I could get them all quickly thanks to the internet. So I spent a winter downloading, viewing and analyzing videos of all types, and exchanging them on CDs with friends. I quickly became fascinated by movies like the FTC “Penal Code 100A” or the Zoo York “Mixtape” which really had a great urban atmosphere and a special aesthetic.

What are the major changes that the web has generated in our society?
The ease and speed of search, communication, and exchange.

Do you believe that it was better before or after the advent of the internet?
I’m not sure about this formula “it was better before”. There are always ways to see things more positively. I think the internet is a good instrument as long as we know how to use it correctly and keep in mind where the limits are that we shouldn’t overstep. In my own experience, it really helped me to connect with the majority of the friends I met while traveling. My wife is American and the beginning of our long-distance relationship would have probably been way more complicated without this tool.

Do you use the internet to inform and educate yourself?
There are a lot of parallel channels of information on the internet. There is much to learn and discover, socially, artistically, historically. And yet, we must pay attention to the sources of information, and not become sheep. One has to find a balance between the mass media and “bad theories”. On the other hand, the internet is an excellent tool for so many things. You can, for example, learn all the skills to edit videos or how to use specific software, just by watching tutorials. But if you are really interested in something, my opinion is that nothing beats a good book on a focused topic.


How do you personally use the different social networks?
I naturally started to use Facebook mainly to stay in touch with people I met while traveling. Recently I also started to use Instagram, timidly, but most of the time it’s just to post stuff related to what we do in skateboarding. I am quite passive on social networks, I don’t think it’s a very natural way to communicate about personal feelings, but actually this year I’m trying to get more into them and to spread more stuff via those networks.

However, I find it very important to be careful not to share too private or personal information through these channels, especially about love and family life. I think it’s important to keep some personal stuff private by avoiding too much exposure on the social networks. When it’s about skating or passions to share, it allows others to discover things, and I think that’s great, but when it’s about personal life, I think it’s embarrassing!

What are the main advantages and disadvantages of these platforms to you?
It’s great to get close to people who are passionate about the same subjects. The skate community has broken so many boundaries since the advent of the internet, and everyone can express themselves. If we dig a little we can discover and track a lot of “underground” crews from all over the world that do great things in their corner without necessarily being represented by the mass media.

There are lots of very interesting guys that motivate and inspire us and come from everywhere, whether from Croatia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, the States, Korea or anywhere else. There is a lot of great stuff that remains unknown, but the internet is a really good way to discover and eventually get access to that. Also, I would say that the major problem with social networks is that many people, especially young kids, start losing social skills by spending too much time in this parallel and artificial world where, whenever you publish something on your profile, it’s all about the amount of likes you get. The real life with real people in front of you is definitely way more exciting!

If the internet was to suddenly disappear, which aspect of it you would miss the most?
Probably emails and Skype, which is so far probably the best way to chat with friends on the other side of the world. And probably also YouTube to listen to almost any music album that I love.

What is your outlook on print magazines, especially the ones from the skateboarding universe?
To be honest, I think that the printed press still seems a little too conventional at times. I would like to see more magazines take some risks, they should try more original things and find a different approach. Of course there are differences between all the countries and there are many excellent skate magazines today, but what I mean is that we could try to offer the young readers something less standardized, going deeper but also returning to the basics and the roots of why skateboarding is so unique and exciting.

Today, it is true that with the advent of the internet and all the new independent productions, we are beginning to see more talented rookie skateboarders in the press, people that are less known and less connected to the industry, which is obviously a really good thing! I hope it’s going to evolve in this way in the future.

Which do you prefer: buying a magazine or visiting its website?
The print magazine and website are now, in my eyes, complementary. However, I like to hold an object in my hands. A paper magazine or a DVD has the advantage of marking and crossing time without finishing in internet limbo.

More and more video parts are dropping every day on the web, what do you think of this?
It does not bother me because I still watch the exact same video parts that have influenced me for years. Look, even yesterday before going to skate, I was still watching the New York part in “Eastern Exposure”! We watched it with a small crew of friends, like we usually did when we were kids. The part in black-and-white set to Miles Davis, dude, these things will never get old!

Today, it’s great that everyone has a common place of expression. Next, it is also clear that there are too many images of skateboarding online and I guess we lost something there in terms of creativity and quality. It seems impossible for me to look at everything. You must have a minimum of critical thinking and know how to select the things you’re going to watch online, otherwise you’re going to lose your life getting lost on the internet.

What is your opinion about the fact that “too much information kills the information”?
Hmm, well, the avalanche of information is often used to produce content to sell advertising and create traffic and buzz on some websites. Media outlets generally share the same info and bludgeon the same images, obscuring the other content. I don’t want to dwell on the subject, but we recently saw an example of this in France with the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. There were loops of the same terror images on all the main media channels and newspapers for a week, thus completely ignoring and overshadowing the rest of the international news, which were equally dramatic.


Do you still buy CDs, DVDs and books in stores, or do you prefer to order them on platforms such as iTunes?
Except plane or train tickets, I rarely buy things online. The abundance of images on the internet makes it clear that owning a DVD, a magazine, or a book is much more interesting and enjoyable. I will take the example of our friend Josh Roberts from Perth, who sent us a DVD copy of his great local video “Domingo” by mail, which was actually a great surprise for us. It had a totally different effect on us compared to discovering it on YouTube in the middle of so many other new clips. We eventually went to visit him with the Magenta team to work on our project “Crossing the Perth Dimension”.

A part of this interview was done face-to-face and the other part by mail. What suits you better?
It is true that the questions about Japan in a Japanese bar with a Japanese beer in my hand were more inspiring than answering email questions about the web. I would say that it’s still more natural for me to have a real discussion in a face-to-face interview!

If you could change one thing related to internet matters, what would it be?
The option “mandatory week without internet”, which should be applied by all! My friends Vivien and Jean Feil are both aware, they gather every year for a week in a house in the middle of the forest without access to the web. Instead it’s all about various activities, like fishing and skating mini ramp.

Top 5 websites that you visit the most?

Top 5 websites that you hate?
Well, I do not really waste my time on websites that I hate.

Top 5 public figures that you found on the internet?
– Badbadnotgood
– Erik Truffaz
– Taro Okamoto
– François Damien (Belgian comedian)
– Kim Jong-Il

Top 5 video parts you’ve discovered on the internet?

– “Eastern Exposure 3”: NYC section

– “Parisien”: Soy Panday

– Zoo York “Mixtape”: Peter Bici

– Real “Non-fiction”: Mark Gonzales

– Heroin: Gou Miyagi

What is the future going to look like?
Skate sessions with Google glasses! No, I’m kidding, I just hope skaters everywhere will continue to connect with each other, to come together and inspire each other to push skateboarding in a direction that’s more and more creative.

Interview and Photos: Kévin Métallier

Die Red Bull Doku “Children of the Sun” kommt nun zum Ende der Trilogie: Nachdem die gesamte Crew um Brian Delatorre, Aidan Campbell, Charles Collet, Manu Etchegoyen, Tjark Thielker und Maxim Kruglov einmal quer durchs Land zog und sich an den beeindruckenden Landschaften des Südens erfreuen durfte, zwang das begrenzte Angebot an skatebarem Terrain die Bande wieder zurück in die Hauptstadt Bishkek, um den Spot-Durst der vergangenen Tage zu löschen.

Hier geht es zum ERSTEN Teil und zum ZWEITEN.

In dieser Ausgabe geht es vermehrt um den Umgang mit sozialen Netzwerken und das Leben mit einer ununterbrochenen Internetverbindung. Mit mehr als 300 Millionen Usern ist Instagram vor Kurzem am Social-Media-Kollegen Twitter vorbeigezogen, und auch in Skateboard-Kreisen scheint ein Foto oder Video interessanter zu sein als das geschriebene Wort – oder kann sich jemand vorstellen, wie Lucas Puig seine irrsinnigen Neuerfindungen auf dem Skateboard in nur 140 Zeichen erklärt. Witzig wäre es, und lesen würde es sicher auch der eine oder andere, nur fehlt uns der bebilderte Beweis. Mit dieser Ausgabe wollen wir nicht den Finger heben, jedoch die eingegangenen Signale verarbeiten und einfach mal darüber sprechen, denn das hat doch schon immer geholfen – #willkommenzurausgabenummereinundfünfzig.

Malte Spitz InterviewKeine weiteren Fragen
Skateboarding im digitalen ZeitalterWir fällen permanent Urteile
RepostEin digitales Experiment im Spiel mit on- und offline
Behind The ScenesLousy Livin
Patrik Wallner’s Silk Road“A Far Offline Journey” by Mike o’Meally
Butts & BluntsMarco Hernandez
Leo Valls Interview“A French man in Japan” by Kevin Metallier
Greetings from TPDGGallery

Malte Spitz Interview by Jonathan Peters

Skateboarding im digitalen Zeitalter, ein Gespräch zwischen Benni Markstein und Sara Chahrrour.

Repost, ein visuelles Experiment

Butts & Blunts by Marco Hernandez

Das Heft bekommst du im Skateshop, am Kiosk oder online in unserem STORE.

Die Red Bull Doku “Children of the Sun” geht in die zweite Runde: Brian Delatorre, Charles Collet, Max Kruglov, Manu Etchegoyen, Tjark Thielker und Aiden Campbell machen sich gemeinsam mit Kévin Métallier auf die Reise durch die atemberaubend schönen Landschaften Kirgistans. Ausserdem geht es in dieser Episode für die bunt gemischte Truppe in den Städten Toktogul, Jalalabad und Osh auf Spotsuche – mit mehr oder weniger Erfolg:

Wer Teil Eins der Doku noch nicht gesehen hat, kann das hier nachholen!

Passend zur “Children of the Sun” Doku, deren ersten Teil wir euch letzte Tage schon hier gezeigt haben, gibt es heute eine Auswahl an Bildern zu sehen, die der ewige Weltenbummler Kévin Métallier von Brian Delatorre, Tjark Thielker, Charles Collet und Maxim Kruglov geschossen hat. Viel Vergnügen:

Aiden Campbell – SW Ollie

Brian Delatorre – BS Smithgrind

Brian Delatorre – Fastplant


Charles Collet – Kickflip FS Boardslide


Manu Etchegoyen – SW Kickflip

Maxim Kruglov – BS Disaster








Der zweite Teil von “Children of the Sun” geht übrigens am Donnerstag online – stay tuned.

Der französische Fotograf Kévin Métallier hat wieder einmal eine Gruppe von interessanten Skateboardern aus der ganzen Welt zusammengetrommelt und sich mit ihnen auf eine abenteuerliche Reise begeben – das Ziel diesmal: Kirgisistan in Zentralasien. Die Story haben wir bereits in unserer Ausgabe 047 gefeatured, jetzt kommt die dreiteilige Serie im Videoformat: “Children of the Sun” begleitet Brian Delatorre, Charles Collet, Max Kruglov, Manu Etchegoyen, Tjark Thielker und Aiden Campbell auf ihrer Suche nach neuem Terrain. Hier kommt Teil Eins:

via Red Bull

Apart from being extremely talented on his board, Brian Delatorre is as happy and cheerful as they come: He will always welcome you with open arms, no matter who you are or how you look, and he will certainly take his time to have a chat with you until all your questions are answered. Brian does not close his eyes and treats a situation how he thinks it needs to be treated. What’s more, he has amazing plans: This man is about to sell everything he owns in NYC so he can go on a six-month filming mission in California. All he’s planning to bring along is a guitar, his skateboard, and a book so he can take notes and write down all the memories he’s going to collect while traveling. Make no mistake: Whether it is a story that happened on the road or simply a few notes about meeting new people during a long European summer vacation, this book got stories for days. Our French man Kevin Metallier sat down with him in Paris to talk about religion, alcohol and wom…, wait, no, no women in this one. What’s wrong, Kevin?

Hey Brian! Good to see you here in Paris, mate! What have you done during the two last months you spent in Europe?
Traveling, traveling, traveling! Keepin’ it moving, all over Europe. We flew back to Paris together from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in mid-June. Then I stayed here for about two weeks. I couldn’t really skate in Paris because of my ankle. After that, I went to Berlin for a week to meet my friend Tjark Thielker.

I had an amazing stay there! It’s always so good to go back there. So, Paris and Berlin. I was only traveling by myself, visiting friends, you know? And then, after Berlin, I met my crew, The GX1000 crew, in London, Jake (Johnson), Al (Davis), Jonie (Cruiz), Ryan and my friend Jahred – he’s a photographer from L.A., and we spent two weeks together in London. It was really good, lots of good skating and surprisingly, it was really good weather there. It was very sunny every day! So even if I wasn’t really skating 100%, it was okay for me.

Then we moved on, the entire crew, to Barcelona for two weeks. At the end I stayed there by myself for the last four days. Then I flew back to Paris again for five more days; it was really fun too, with Kevin Rodriguez and my friend Juan Saavedra. There are so many people I have met during this trip, even people that don’t skate, and it’s never been goodbye, I’ll be back here! Then, after Paris, I had the opportunity to go to Helsinki for the Hookup and visit my friend Marius (Syvanen) for a few days. It was my third time there, and it was probably the best one.

The summer over there is like BOOM! Everybody is enjoying the three or four months of sunlight, partying, drinking, because after that it’s just darkness. It was really cool to spend time with all the homies again and I guess I was up maybe 17-18 hours every day there. Honestly, I saw the sunrise every morning! And all this without drinking. After that, back to Paris for almost a week and then finally back to NYC.


Did you write a lot in your road book as usual?
A lot! I always do. Write about my journey, people I have met. It’s just to have some memories, to keep something on paper, to remember some precious moments. It’s been amazing! Each moment has been just as amazing as the last, but it’s moving so quick. Each moment is just as profound as the last one and I am really conscious, aware about that. But I keep forgetting about some of those precious instants, and I need to write down as much as possible.

And especially on this trip, because I’m away from home for quite a long time and I guess when I’m going to get back to New York, it’s gonna be like whoa! Too much stuff has happened to me during this adventure in Europe. It’s been mind-blowing! The people that I’ve met, the connections I have made with people, people that I have touched and they touched me… Some really amazing stories!

You told me that you’ve decided to give up your room in New York? Why? What’s your plan?
Well, I think the reason why I gave my room up in New York is because all of that. I had, like, an epiphany or something. During that trip in Europe, everything was very intense and I was like, okay I want to keep going. Actually, at the beginning when I arrived in Europe, I rented out my room in New York for three months, that was my plan. But then, a while ago, during my trip here I realized that I didn’t really need my room anymore; I don’t need all the things that I have accumulated over the last couple of years since I have been there.

I’ll get two weeks in NYC to gather and sell pretty much everything I have and also to give things away to my friends. So from now on I’m gonna be a homeless skateboarder with two bags, a guitar and a skateboard, traveling across the country to San Francisco where I’m going to work on the video with my friend Ryan Gee, where I should stay for about six months maybe. I’m pretty much hyperactive when I’m in California, always skating, bombing hills, getting coverage.

Out there, it’s very easy to meet up with friends to skate or photographers to shoot photos. It’s not that easy in New York I have to say, you need to schedule things there. So, from now on I would say that I am a free homeless man! And me and three of my good friends, we’re going to cross the States from East to West on the northern road in an old Chevrolet Caprice Corvette! I would say that the beginning of the new life, of the real freedom for me, was last May 31st, when I left NYC and arrived at the airport in Paris to join you and all our crew to this amazing adventure in Kyrgyzstan!


What does Europe mean to you, especially after this long trip?
I feel like a European now, really! I also feel like when I’m going to get back to the States in a few days, the transition is going to be kind of hard for me, to be back to the all mind-set and thinking process of how most Americans work. Even if there are a lot of open-minded people in New York, if you compare it to the rest of the country, the laws there are very strict, and it’s not what I would call freedom.

I don’t really know how to explain it but I know that mostly everywhere in the US people are very aggressive and want you to respect the rules under all circumstances, even if it’s not their business. I don’t get the same feeling at all here in Europe, at least I haven’t seen it so far. I would say that the approach here in Europe is different than in the States. In my country the approach is very egocentric, I would say.

It’s like, I have the power – you have to do what I say. I am the man – and you will listen to me. Stuff like that. There is no dimension of human being, like two people talking to each other, it’s as if all the feelings were gone and the only things that count are the rules, the papers and the money. People got a role to play, and they will play it very well, as a security guard does for example. Even if, of course, it’s not like that everywhere and with everyone, it’s definitely the approach you can feel most of the time in US cities.

Once again, I think things work differently here in Europe, and people don’t have the same kind of relationships as in the States. People here are more open-minded, they don’t need to know who you are, who you work for, how much you get paid, to start considering you. I don’t want to give a too negative impression of my country, because in the US you will also find a lot of people who are open-minded and welcoming.

But I have to say that in my country, for most of the people, you have to show them who you are before they start to open their door to you. And honestly, I think that here, after all the trips I’ve done all over Europe, all the people that I have met, things work really differently. If you come to Europe, you don’t really need a plan, you can figure out things with the people meet along the way, whereas if you come to the US, you do need a plan.


So do you think you could live in Europe one day?
Yes. Absolutely. What I would probably miss is my family, obviously, and my really close friends, but I could definitely come and live here in Europe. There are actually three places where I’d be glad to live: Berlin, Barcelona or Paris.

And what do you think are the main differences between the East and the West Coast in the States, since you’ve lived on both sides?
Well, let’s compare SF and NYC, as I have lived in both cities. For me NYC and the East Coast is more raw. Fast, stressful, gray. There is no one there that’s taking shit from anyone, a lot of selfish attitude and you can feel a lot of tension through all the Big Apple. This city is moving so fast, there is people from all over the world, a lot of different cultures as well, it’s a clash of energies.

In the streets of New York you can see a lot of people who are just bored to be there, who don’t have the spark in their eyes anymore. Lots of people are in their own world, they don’t want to talk to you, they don’t want to interact with you. On the West Coast the spirit is different, when you meet someone it’s more like, “Hey, how are you? Nice to meet you.”

People are smiling, there is also more contact with nature. Lots of people are constantly aware of how they interact with people, of the environment, of what they put in their bodies, the quality of their food. Don’t get me wrong, there are shitty people in San Francisco too, but for the most part, whenever I’m there, the energy I can get is way more positive than in NYC. That is just my own experience and my own feelings.

For me, everything is temporary, nothing is permanent, so I couldn’t say that I will get back to SF and live there forever, but I have experienced New York and I know now that SF fits better to me, especially since I have stopped drinking.

Why did you stop drinking alcohol?
I was at a bar and I was wearing a Halloween costume. I was drinking my fourth pint and I started looking around. I just said to myself, at this precise instant: what am I doing? I do this every day, why am I here? I can go over here, talk to this person, talk to the other one too, drink, drink, drink, get happy, high, very high and then tomorrow morning, everything is gone. Why am I depressed? Everything is going good for me. Why do I feel this way? It was mainly because I suddenly realized all of that, that night of the 31st of October 2013.

And so, what’s different now, since you don’t drink anymore?
Everything! The way I view life. The way I meet people. The way I’m gonna act with everyone. I’m not saying that I was a bad person before; I was just as happy when I was drinking than I am now, but then always came the low and now, there is no more low. Life is amazing, beautiful, and I want to enjoy it, every little piece of it, as much as I can. Compassion, love, that’s all that matters!

I cleared up my mind, and I see the way I want to go on in my life. This path, this journey that we are all going through, we are the stars of our own movie, each of us, I see it clear now. I don’t want to judge anyone. The way I look at people now is way different compared to when I was drinking. Now I’m also practicing and applying to my life some philosophic values. Love and enjoy life.

I’m not going to put any label on this philosophy. Religions are religions. For me, religion is just a method, you never have to become a slave of any religion either. I have so much hope for humanity but I can’t believe what horrible things people are able to do in the name of religion.


So did you find the Horizon (in reference to the Habitat video, Search The Horizon)?
Ha-ha, yeah, I guess, and I see it very bright and infinite.

Let’s quickly talk about this trip we did together in Kyrgyzstan…
Well, this trip was pretty interesting to me. First of all because I was going somewhere in Central Asia, and I had no idea who is going to join. It’s always good to do this kind of experience with people you don’t know. The only one I knew from our crew was Charles Collet. From the first minutes at the airport in Paris I knew this was going to be fun! And now, I can tell that I wasn’t wrong, this was an amazing trip. The kind of travel that makes your perceptions of life evolve in a good way. If I look back, I would say everything is just really simple out there. Long story short: I’m really glad that I was a part of this adventure.

To conclude, tell me what you would be if you were:
a plant: an Orchid, it’s my mother’s favorite plant.
a drink: Water, cause we are made up of 80% water. Without water, we’re fucked!
a virus: I don’t wanna be a virus! I wanna be the cure to the virus!
a country: Iceland, cause there is almost no one there.
an object: Camera, because you’re capturing moments and saving memories.
a means of transportation: Skateboard, of course, what else?
a word: Profound.
a religion: Taoism, the way of life.

Intro: Daniel Pannemann
Fotos & Interview: Kévin Métallier

Crossing Borders. Editorial.

Wie oft warst du schon auf der anderen Seite deiner Stadt, im Nachbarort, in einem anderen Bundesland, den angrenzenden Nachbarländern oder gar auf einem anderen Kontinent? Es gibt jene Sorte Mensch, die sich eher ungern und selten mit Grenzüberschreitungen beschäftigt, denn solch ein Ausstieg aus der „Comfort Zone“ ist nicht unbedingt der angenehmste Weg. Wer oft reist, lernt sich selbst viel besser kennen, da man einfach öfter in ungewohnten Situationen steckt, die sich daheim eher selten ergeben würden, oder Dinge lernt, die sich erst über einen viel längeren Zeitraum herauskristallisieren. Man muss unerwartete Probleme meistern, Lösungen suchen. Man erfährt von kulinarischen und kulturellen Eigenheiten der neuen Umgebung, spricht mit Menschen, mit denen man sich sonst wahrscheinlich nicht ausgetauscht hätte. Wenn alles gut läuft, schnappt man sogar ein paar neue Wörter auf. „Reisen veredelt den Geist und räumt mit allen unseren Vorurteilen auf.“ – Oscar Wilde.

Grenzüberschreitungen können aber auch ganz andere Dinge sein, man braucht dafür keine Ländergrenzen, keine greifbaren Abgrenzungen. Neue Spots, neue Tricks, einfach mal schneller fahren, ein paar Runden im Bowl drehen, obwohl du eigentlich am Wheelie-Pad zu Hause bist. Marmelade statt Mettwurst. Punk statt Pop. Für den eigentlichen Grenzübergang von A nach B benötigst du einen Reisepass, du musst also dazu berechtigt sein, diese Grenze zu überschreiten. Selbst dann, wenn man den Pass in den eigenen Händen hält, ist es doch immer wieder komisch, an so einer Grenze zu stehen und abzuwarten, beziehungsweise im besten Falle sofort durchgewunken zu werden. Jeder, der schon mal in die USA gereist ist, wird sicher seine eigene Geschichte davon erzählen können. Wir als Europäer können uns glücklich schätzen, denn uns wird es relativ leicht gemacht, in fremde Länder zu reisen. Anders ist es jedoch mit all den anderen Dingen, für die du keinen Ausweis benötigst. Sofern du dich mit legalen Dingen beschäftigst, kannst du im Fließband-Modus deine Grenzen überschreiten und den inneren Schweinehunde einschüchtern und an die Leine nehmen.


Für unsere neue Ausgabe wurden so einige Schweine und Hunde verkloppt, denn jede der gezeigten Persönlichkeiten hat seine eigene kleine Grenze überschritten, um später dann bei uns im Heft zu landen. Ob von einer Straßenseite auf die andere, per Kickflip über Dylan oder von Europa nach Asien, wir haben nicht nur Tricks, sondern auch Geschichten zu erzählen, und so schildern uns drei Freunde des Hauses ihre ganz persönliche Story aus ihrem Leben. Von Austyn in Berlin über Barney in Bolivien bis hin zu Louis auf den Spuren seines verstorbenen Vaters in Alaska. Für die neue Ausgabe hagelt es also ganz gut Flugmeilen und teilweise sind diese so neu, dass sich während der Arbeit an diesem Text die letzte Tour noch in vollem Gange befand. Es kann also sein, dass unsere Kirgisistan-Story, unter anderem mit Brian Delatorre, Charles Collet und Covermann Tjark Thielker, noch nicht so ganz trocken ist, wenn du die Gallery im Heft aufschlägst – so frisch konnten wir bisher nur selten liefern. Ob Tomatensaft, marokkanischer Tee, Chartreuse oder Fritz Kola – wir stoßen an! Wieso meckert man eigentlich ernsthaft über das Essen im Flugzeug?

Ab sofort im Skateshop deines Vertrauens, am Späti und im Bahnhofsbuchhandel – die neueste Ausgabe aller Zeiten aka PLACE Issue 47. Folgende Inhalte wollen von euch entdeckt werden:

Music Makers: Morrissey
TPDG x Mériadeck: Hundeleben in Bordeaux
Interview: Daniel Ledermann
Wild Proof: Louis Taubert auf Spurensuche
Pura Pura Bolivia: Der Bau des höchsten Skateparks der Welt
In here: Austyn Gillette
Viagem ao Brasil: Photo Essay by Marcel Veldman
Strictly Sequences: Streetgap Special
No Vegetables: Axel Cruysberghs in Bangkok
Gallery Special: Kirgisistan by Kevin Metallier

Poster inside!

Hier gehts zum Abo – wir wünschen viel Spaß mit der Ausgabe.

Text: Daniel Pannemann
Fotos: Kevin Metallier

Passend zur neu erschienen Ausgabe mit dem A Postcard from San Francisco Artikel gibt es ein paar analoge und digitale Aufnahmen, die es nicht ins Heft geschafft haben. Den ausführlichen Artikel mit Photos von Kevin Metallier findet ihr in der aktuellen Ausgabe PLACE #46 am Kiosk oder im Zeitschriftenhandel eures Vertrauens.

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Nils Brauer, FS Wallride.

Mario Miron, Lookout Downtown SF.

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Tjark Thielker auf dem Dach unserer Unterkunft.




Das amerikanische Stromnetz ist in vielen Ortschaften mehr als 100 Jahre alt.

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Tjark auf einem Lookout im Stadtteil Twin Peaks.

BS Nosepick an einem fast unberührten Spot, direkt am pazifischen Ozean.

Die Golden Gate Bridge war nicht unbedingt unser häufigstes Ziel. Wir haben sogar drei Tage gebraucht um sie das erste Mal zu sehen – nicht das wir sie gesucht hätten.

Harrison Hafner, FS 5.0 an einem Truck. Checkt diesen GX Clip für Footage vom Spot.

Erik Martinez kommt aus New Jersey und ist eine absolute Skate Rat.

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Alle Fotos gemischt von: Tjark Thielker, Daniel Pannemann und Nils Brauer.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

Skateboarding kann mehr sein als nur ein Spielzeug, und für einige wenige ist es sogar so etwas wie ein Therapiezentrum, ein Instrument, um Dinge zu verarbeiten – und der Inbegriff von Leidenschaft. Wenn du so ganz ohne Fähigkeiten und Freunde in deinem Zimmer sitzt und die bösen Großkonzerne zu Tode kommentierst, wirst du außer einem frühzeitigen Herzinfarkt eher wenig erreichen. Wir diskutieren über Begriffe wie „core“ und „skater-owned“, während wir heimlich auf The Berrics den neusten Content durchstöbern, präsentiert von Company XY, und ganz, ganz tief in unserem Inneren, irgendwo in den Tiefen unerforschter Regionen der linken Gehirnhälfte, plötzlich ein klitzekleines Glücksgefühl aufkommt, das dann aber sofort wieder unterdrückt wird, da nicht „core“ genug. Wieso machen wir das? Aus einem einfachen Grund: Liebe. Wir lieben Skateboarding, und das so sehr, dass wir uns wünschen, es würde sterben – „Skateboarding, I love it so much, I want it to die“, so Jason Jesse. Wir wollen es nicht verlieren, und bevor das doch passiert, soll es doch besser einfach sterben, so hat wenigstens keiner mehr etwas davon.

Was wäre denn, wenn genau das geschieht? Skateboarding stirbt, denn alle erdenklichen Tricks sind sowieso schon abgehakt. Dylan Rieder hat das Fish-Gap in NYC via Kickflip bezwungen, und zwar hoch. Geht da überhaupt noch mehr? Nyjah Huston, David Gonzales und Clint Walker grinden Rails, die eigentlich eher im Snowboarding eine Rolle spielen; Daewon Song fährt die Miniramp nur noch auf zwei Rollen und so weiter und so fort..
Wann ist Skateboarding ausgeschöpft? Wahrscheinlich nie, oder? Es verändert sich nur ständig und erfindet sich neu. No-Comply everything. Wir befinden uns in einer Zeit, in der Skateboarding sich in zwei höchst interessante Richtungen entwickelt. Um es kurz zu fassen: Auf der einen Seite haben wir die (nennen wir sie mal) „Athleten“, und auf der anderen Seite die „Freigeister“. Je größer die eine Seite ist, desto größer auch die Gegenbewegung.
Wie steht es eigentlich um unsere Toleranz im Allgemeinen? Scooter im Skatepark? Verpisst euch. Mongo-Pushen geht gar nicht. Mall-Grab: ein absolutes No-Go. Wieso denn das? Bei einer Achse bietet es sich doch förmlich an, sie mit den Fingern zu umgreifen. Viel angenehmer als der Griff ums Holz. Hier geht es wohl mehr um ungeschriebene stilistische Regeln. Es sieht einfach nicht richtig aus. Und so steht es wahrscheinlich auch um all die Großkonzerne, die gerade darum kämpfen, einen Fuß in „unsere“ Branche zu setzen.

Wir sollten es verstehen lernen, denn einige unserer Top-Skater in Europa können nur so davon leben und sich dem Wesentlichen widmen. Was in den USA geschieht, sei mal dahingestellt, in den europäischen Ländern geht es jedenfalls nicht um Reichtum, sondern eher um das blanke Überleben in der Szene. Ausnahmen bestätigen die Regel, und verallgemeinern sollte man das natürlich auf gar keinen Fall, lediglich überdenken und sich fragen, ob man in der Situation steckt, darüber einen Kommentar abgeben zu müssen.

Skateboarding ist eine farbenfrohe Kultur und so auch unser PLACE Magazin, in dem wir all die Eindrücke und Aspekte einfliessen lassen, die uns begegnen. Diversität ist hierbei das Stichwort und wir freuen uns an dieser Stelle die neueste und überarbeitete Version unserer Webseite PLACE TV präsentieren zu können. Und alles fängt damit an, dass Tjark Thielker nachts durch Downtown San Francisco powerslidet, was in just diesem Moment eine Stimmung wiederspiegelt, die wir gerne weiter geben…

Foto: Kevin Metallier
Text: Daniel Pannemann

Skateboarding und Musik gehören einfach zusammen: Der richtige Song zum gestandenen Trick (oder auch zum harten Slam), die passende Band bzw. der passende Act zur gelebten Attitude und dem gewünschten Style – erst dann ist das Bild, das Gefühl, der komplette Lifestyle absolut stimmig. Kein Wunder eigentlich, dass es schon immer Skater gab, die sich auch selbst irgendwelche Instrumente geschnappt und einfach mal losgelegt haben. Auf den folgenden Seiten stellen wir euch ein paar ausgewählte Songs von Leuten vor, die in jüngster Zeit in die musikalischen Fußstapfen von Caballero, Barbee, Guerrero, Muska und Co. getreten sind. Turn up the Volume!

Bastien Duverdier:
KéPA“No Goat Cheese”
Digital Album – 5€

Der Lo-Fi-Sound von KéPA würde an irgendeinem sumpfigen Ufer des Mississippi genauso wenig fehl am Platz wirken wie auf einem südeuropäischen Marktplatz voller Kids, Katzen und Kopftuch-Omas mit Warzen im Gesicht: Wie fernab der Straße aufgenommene Straßenmusik, singt und jodelt, schrammelt und stampft, heult und jault Herr Bastien Duverdier auf unserem ausgewählten Stück „No Goat Cheese“, bläst in seine Mundharmonika und macht gleich noch eine Runde weiter. Irgendwie passend, dieser handgemachte, improvisierte, aus Blues- und Folk-Wurzeln gezüchtete Lebens-Soundtrack: Schließlich ist es Hobo-Musik, staubige Straßenrand-Musik, DIY-Musik fürs Unterwegssein, und das ist der Franzose mit seiner Klampfe bekanntermaßen oft – mal in Ordos, mal in Detroit, mal in Burma, mal auf den Philippinen. Der ultimative Lebemann und Weltenbummler klingt auf seiner Anti-Ziegenkäse-Hymne dabei älter, als seine 25 Lenze es erwarten lassen, was auch daran liegen mag, dass seine Musik stets im Geiste seiner Großeltern entsteht: Kepa hieß auch sein Opa; die Oma hat ihm einst die Musik nahegebracht.
Da Bastien angeblich neben seiner aus den USA importierten Resonatorgitarre auch eine Sitar und ein Banjo besitzt, empfehlen wir ihm an dieser Stelle, den Banjo-Hype der letzten Jahre doch als Rückenwind zu nutzen und damit bei irgendeiner durchgestylten Talentshow mitzumachen: Wenn dann die Karriere erst mal richtig rollt, kann man Konzertverpflichtungen und Skate-Trips in entlegene Regionen bestens miteinander kombinieren – und Hippie-Jumps mit Weste und umgeschnalltem Banjo machen. Und wenn’s doch nicht klappt, dann sollte für einen waschechten Basken ja immer noch ungewaschenes Busking drin sein!

Text: Renko Heuer
Foto: Kevin Metallier

Michael Mackrodt & Oscar Candon sind zusammen mit unserem Hausfotografen Kevin Metallier für 10 Tage nach Äthiopien gefahren und konnten dort unerwartet einige skatebare aber durchaus staubige Untergründe finden. Gefilmt wurde der gesamte Clip mit dem Nokia Lumia 1020. Venture Into The Unknown ist der Name der dazugehörigen Gallery aus der aktuellen Ausgabe #45. Das Abenteuer kann losgehen:

Ab sofort im Skateshop deines Vertrauens, am Späti und im Bahnhofsbuchhandel – die neueste Ausgabe aller Zeiten aka PLACE Issue 45. Folgende Inhalte wollen von euch entdeckt werden:

Sylvain Tognelli – das Interview
Behind The Scenes – Polar Skateboards
Auf einen Ollie mit – Casper
Hard Working – Jeremy Reinhard Interview
The Sk8room – Collection
Venture Into The Unknown – Äthiopien Gallery mit Michi Mackrodt und Oscar Candon
und viel viel mehr.

Hier gehts zum Abo – wir wünschen viel Spaß mit der Ausgabe.

Sylvain Tognelli passt einfach in keine Schublade: Wie man es auch versucht, mit absoluter Gewissheit lässt sich über ihn kaum etwas sagen. Doch was überhaupt macht einen guten Skateboarder heutzutage aus? Wir haben nachgefragt.

“Behind The Scenes” wirft einen Blick hinter die Kulissen aufregender Brands. In der neuen Ausgabe haben wir bei Polar Skateboards in Malmö vorbeigeschaut und Art Director Stefan Narancic und Mastermind Pontus Alv zum Interview gebeten.

Der 2er in Hannover ist mehr als ein Ghettospot und bereits jetzt eine Institution in Deutschlands Skateszene. Doch warum heißt der Platz eigentlich “2er” und wie ist dieser wundersame Ort entstanden? Unsere Timeline klärt auf.

In seinem neuesten Reiseabenteur hat es unseren Fotografen Kevin Metallier nach Äthiopien verschlagen und eigentlich bietet dieses Land nicht die besten Bedingungen, um Skateboard zu fahren. Michi Mackrodt und Oscar Candon haben es trotzdem getan, zu bestaunen in unserer Gallery.

Die druckfrische Issue 45 ist soeben im Büro eingetroffen und wird in den nächsten Tagen auch im Skateshop, deinem Kiosk und überall sonst zu haben sein – so go and get your Copy. Folgendes erwartet euch in der neuesten Ausgabe aller Zeiten:

Sylvain Tognelli – das Interview
Behind The Scenes – Polar Skateboards
Auf einen Ollie mit – Casper
Hard Working – Jeremy Reinhard Interview
The Sk8room – Collection
Venture Into The Unknown – Äthiopien Gallery mit Michi Mackrodt und Oscar Candon
und viel viel mehr.

Hier gehts zum Abo – wir wünschen viel Spaß mit der Ausgabe.

Sylvain Tognelli passt einfach in keine Schublade: Wie man es auch versucht, mit absoluter Gewissheit lässt sich über ihn kaum etwas sagen. Doch was überhaupt macht einen guten Skateboarder heutzutage aus? Wir haben nachgefragt.

“Behind The Scenes” wirft einen Blick hinter die Kulissen aufregender Brands. In der neuen Ausgabe haben wir bei Polar Skateboards in Malmö vorbeigeschaut und Art Director Stefan Narancic und Mastermind Pontus Alv zum Interview gebeten.

Der 2er in Hannover ist mehr als ein Ghettospot und bereits jetzt eine Institution in Deutschlands Skateszene. Doch warum heißt der Platz eigentlich “2er” und wie ist dieser wundersame Ort entstanden? Unsere Timeline klärt auf.

In seinem neuesten Reiseabenteur hat es unseren Fotografen Kevin Metallier nach Äthiopien verschlagen und eigentlich bietet dieses Land nicht die besten Bedingungen, um Skateboard zu fahren. Michi Mackrodt und Oscar Candon haben es trotzdem getan, zu bestaunen in unserer Gallery.

Daniel Pannemann – Ollie

Nach dem Videofeature ist vor der Photostory: Kevin Metallier öffnet für Red Bull Skateboarding seine Fotoarchive von der Tour nach Ordos. Alle Bilder findet ihr auf der Red Bull Skateboarding Webseite – sehr sehenswert.

Antony Lopez – Circle Push

Die chinesische Stadt Ordos wurde ursprünglich erbaut, um über eine Million Menschen zu beheimaten. Gekommen sind aber nur einige tausend und so wirkt Ordos heute wie eine Geisterstadt. Die Stadt hat alles, was ein riesiger, virtueller Skatepark auch bieten würde. Nur ist hier alles echt. Red Bull Skateboarding entsandte Korahn Gayle, Daniel Pannemann, Thaynan Costa, Alex Mizurov, Antony Lopez und Bastien Duverdier um die Stadt zu erkunden.
In nur wenigen Monaten hochgezogen, säumen brandneue aber leerstehende Gebäude die weitläufigen und verlassenen Straßen von Ordos City. Über hunderte von Quadratkilometern hinweg kämpfen futuristische Museumsbauten um die Aufmerksamkeit von niemandem. Monumente sollen an die glorreichen Taten alter mongolischer Krieger erinnern – nur wen? Im Herzen dieser urbanen Fata-Morgana ging die internationale Crew auf die Suche nach Skateboard-Abenteuern. Im Clip seht ihr ihre Erfahrungen in der Stadt, in der die Zeit stehen geblieben scheint.

Photos: Kevin Metallier

Neues Jahr, neues Heft, neues Glück! “The Photographer Issue” ist der Titel unserer ersten Ausgabe in 2014 und markiert zugleich eine Hommage an die Fotografen, die uns in den all den Jahren begleitet und begeistert haben. In dieser Woche findet ihr unsere neueste Perspektive auf die Skateboard-Welt im Skateshop, Bahnhofskiosk, oder Zeitschriftenhandel eures Vertrauens. Die Ausgabe enthält unter anderem folgende Fotostrecken:

Kevin Metallier – Alone In Ordos

Phil Boyd – The Hothouse Chronicles

Sarah Meurle – Extended Grey Tuesdays

Brian Kelley – A Friendship Formed Throughout The Years

Davy van Laere – Silhouettes Gallery

Außerdem gibt es ein Special Feature zum CONS Space 002 BLN mit eigenem Backcover featuring Roberto Cuellar.

Wir wünschen viel Lesevergnügen und angenehme Entschleunigung!

Hier geht es zum Abo.