In these difficult times, a title like “Push Button to Destroy the World” is not really something we like to hear but maybe we have to hear it. Our friend and Grey Area creator, Kuba Kaczmarczyk, told us that the title got inspired by an old Ed Tempelton graphic he owned back in ´95 and it´s a reminder that we daily push this button by using too much plastic, polluting the oceans, driving our cars or voting for right wing parties. It´s a hard pill to swallow but we are all part of it. So better make a change!
Well, enough of this and let´s enjoy the amazing skating in this video. The whole crew obviously came trough but we want to give out a big shout out to Agata Halikowska! She killed it! We are very excited what the future will bring.
Our friends from Barrier Skateboarding Magazine out of Warsaw just released a new edit by and featuring one of our favorite skaters Michał Juraś. Watch him and his good friends do a few rounds around the block.
Hello and a good day to you! Today we are traveling down to the streets of Warsaw, but not just any streets, one spot, “The Palace Of Culture And Science”. One could argue that this needled building is the center point of the Polish capital. A building gifted by the Russians, during the Soviet era, a palace with 4 brothers and sisters just like it – We know Russians like to stick to what they knew. I asked Kuba Kaczmarczyk, the Grey Area filmer what he felt the building stood for because one could imagine it being representative of a time of oppression. Although he felt some type of way about it for a long time, now he is happy it stayed around. They use it for good things now and obviously, it is a good skate spot. So Kuba and his Grey Area gang went all the way in and explored all the different nooks and crannies of the Palace.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
All photos by Kuba Baczkowski.
After skating this spot, for so long, I just need a fucking holiday!
Grey Area was formed in order to explore new and un-obvious locations. Our goal was to see new things in something old and do as much as possible. Back in the day, if we got footage at the palace grounds it mostly happened during our warmup sessions.
Even though we spent a lot of time there over the years, I’ve been wanting to film a Culture Palace edit for years now. When we started this project I thought about setting a limit on how far you could go outside of the main square and onto the streets surrounding the Culture Palace. It was all up to the creativity of the skaters, them trying to find new options. I reckon it is very interesting to show a group of people known for skating very rough spots in a slightly different light compared to the usual. I was more than stoked when they accepted the challenge – some of them really loved the idea.
And, in the end, it worked out, I’m really happy with the result. So now, after this, we can go back to our obscure and unknown areas of our Polish towns.
Culture Palace is the main skate spot in Warsaw. It has a lot of spots inside and around the building, everything is made of skateable stone, it grinds and slides great. The main challenges are the police officers and some of the skate stoppers. But we know how to get rid of those things 😂
The first time when I skated this spot, I felt like everything was too rough for me, and at that time I didn’t skate too many street spots. Now I’m an adult skater (laughs) and the streets have spoken to my soul 🤷♀️. These days the Culture Palace is definitely my favorite spot and it is a place where I can meet other skaters and we can spend a full day together. I like the fact that there are so many different sections on the palace grounds, places like,,kongresowa”, ,, parapety” or ,,bej murek”. Kongresowa my favorite place to warm up, and I like the atmosphere there, we can all meet there, sit on the stairs, talking shit and skate ❤.
When it comes to may own favorite skater to watch skate the Palace grounds there is onl one, Tomek Ziółkowski a.k.a. Tomi Gunz! 👊
You might wonder if like the others I need a break after this edit? I need to change the spot for a while, but probably we will be back at the Palace after a few days anyway. Because through this process of making the video I started to see other, new ways to skate certain things, and to me, that is awesome. The Palace Of Culture And Science is an endless spot ❤.
Being in Berlin, we are close to the Polish border, 30 minutes by train, and your average “Scheisse” will have turned into a “Kurwa”. The capital, Warsaw is only 5 hours away, and with it being such a good skate city we didn’t need an excuse to go there.
Even closer – to our hearts – is the Polish skate scene, with many lovely characters almost all named Kuba for some reason. So when we got the chance to participate in this project we jumped on it. And now with the final edit & the article out on both the online and analog Free Mag channels, it is time to say thank you! We hope people will watch this video and enjoy it as much as we enjoyed seeing it in production.
If you are reading this and are Polish or of Polish heritage don’t forget about the #LegendaryPolishPower it took to make this all a reality.
During a little Nike SB event, we met Kuba Kaczmarczyk a.k.a. Grey Area Kuba. We got along well, the beer was flowing and at some point, we landed on the topic of Michal Juras.
Michal is a mutual friend and a well-loved skater but he is also an unlucky bastard, “Michal has been injured at most premieres!” Kuba told us. So with the release of the latest episode in the Grey Area series, it was only natural that Juras would injure himself once again.
Being the good friends that we are we contacted Michal and asked him to explain why his only type of luck seems to be bad luck.
Intro & Interview by Roland Hoogwater.
How are you feeling right now Michal?
I feel good. I pretty much live the life of a normal guy, not like a skater. I can go to a bar, drink a little bit but I can’t skate, run, jump or do any sporting activities. So, I am doing some basic things like cleaning my room, helping my mother, stuff like that. Kind of boring but it is better than walking on crutches.
This injury is weird because normally you have a cast or something and afterward they take that off and you have to do rehabilitation or something like that. This time I feel really normal, without any injuries but I can’t do anything I have to live like a grandma.
(Laughs)Very positive, so how did this happen?
Well, during the filming of my last trick, the kink rail was the last thing on my list. I went there three times and the last times the weather was grey, London vibes you know. I had four cups of coffee and it was time to do it and after a couple of tries, I sacked it.
Did it hurt directly?
No, I got up from the slam felt totally fine, Kuba (Grey Area) showed me the footage and after he said: “Maybe check inside your pants real quick and see if it’s okay”. So I went behind a tree and I saw some bruising on my leg but nothing crazy.
So, I drove back home with Kuba Bączkowski (Barrier), two hours in traffic, finally got home, took a bath and that is when a little blood came out of my dick. So I thought, let’s check what it looks like after I take a piss.
That is when it all went wrong, I started peeing blood, a lot. I freaked out, quickly called Kuba (Barrier) and told him I was passing out and that he should call an ambulance. He ran back to my house and the ambulance came to bring me to the hospital.
How was your time at the hospital
I hope that after this little surgery all my bodily functions will be working. They should, it is just a little piece of skin. But I am worried because of the hospital, they were weird. Every day, in the beginning, there was something new. I went there after my drama in the toilet and after three days, they said everything was fine and I tried to pee normally again but there was still blood in my pee. So, after a few days, I went back and after that, they found the real problem. So, that scared me.
I understand that it feels a bit sketchy.
During my second stay, I was supposed to only stay one night but I ended up staying six days and on the fourth night, I woke up and saw blood seeping towards my back. So in the end, I got a stoma and had to hold this thing, my bag with pee.
So how did you feel when you got home?
I was shook. I was waking up every night to check and see if my stoma bag did not have blood in it. I was pretty stressed, I kept doing that for the first week. After that, I managed to relax a bit. I mean, I was dragging that full with my piss around for one month.
So what happened after that month?
I went in for a check-up, I was supposed to be good, I thought they would take everything out but my urethra ended up closing so instead, I needed to have surgery.
So, back to the situation at the hospital. Every time they said it was supposed to be good, but something new always ended up happening.
Thats is why you are taking it step by stepthis time?
Yes, I am worried because I don’t know how this time is going to be. Maybe all of a sudden I have to stay for longer again.
Do you think you need to do any training?
No. After it is healed there is no “step by step” I can just go skate again. A little bit weird because I am used to taking it slow, some skating, a little flatground, but this time it will be different.
You could, straight away, go back to that rail and try it again?
It is kind of like your parents grounded you and you can’t skate for a while.
Do you think you will be scared to skate?
It is hard to say. But right now, I don’t think so. If I am walking down the street, looking at spots, I feel ready to skate. But maybe it will be different once I get on the board. I think I will be fine, maybe I will just be scared of Boardslides (laughs).
More 50-50’s, less Boardslides?
I think I prefer my rails short and high (laughs). Where you don’t land on the rail if you bail.
No more kinks?
Do you know what is amazing? At almost all of the video premieres where I have a part, I was injured in some sort of way.
Grey Area: I came on crutches. The first Polar video: I walked but had ankle surgery straight after and now for this one I had the bag. Neverwhere was good though, I was fit (laughs).
So with 2019 behind us what does 2020 hold?
Well, to be honest, the past year, 2019 has been a really good year for me. We went to Portugal, Lisbon and did a lot of other trips and I was productive. 2020 is a year of big change! I friend of mine told me that, in 2020 we are all going to go through changes and I told him “yeah I am starting with a bag attached to me.” (laughs).
Danijel or Juggaboltz as some call him has again gathered his strengths and teamed up with Kuba Kaczmarczyk for this Grey Area follow up “Neverwhere”.
To “Jugga” this might have been the hardest one to film because like many other “grown-ups” he has grown up things to do. Things that take him away from the board and in our opinion, because of those hurdles, this part shows you the determination and hard-headedness of a person like Mr. Stankovic.
When we asked him about this part and his current relationship with skating he told us he was:
“Too young to be tired but too old to be relevant…”
Obviously, a combination of self-deprecating humor and willingness to still compete has hit Danijel in 2019. but it shows that he is trying to talk to the younger skaters. Skaters who might not know all about sharing your platform with your friends or using a song suggested by a collaborator like Silas Adler (from Soulland) and all the while he is showing us all that spot and trick selection always matter.
Jugga is not afraid to put himself out there and say or show you what he likes and dislikes. And in 2019 we think opinions matter as much as ever. So when the opportunity was presented to us to showcase these things in motion we got excited and jumped on the opportunity to show them to you.
But enough talk for now! We are excited to premiere a part by one of our favorite skaters for 24 hours exclusively here on Place!
Unsere Nachbarn östlich der Bundesrepublik lassen nicht oft von sich hören, umso mehr wundert man sich dann, wenn auf einmal ein Schinken um die Ecke kommt, der sich definitiv nicht verstecken muss. „Grey Area“ ist ein Skateboard-Film von Kuba Kaczmarczyk und Pawel Piotr Przybl aus Polen dessen auf-die-Fresse-Soundtrack und VHS-Sequenzen einem zum hin- und herschaukeln auf der heimischen Couch bringen. Es folgt der erste Part von Danijel Stankovic aus Schweden.
„Voll Bock“ ist der erste Part des MOB Skateboard Videos mit allem was dazu gehört – Skater, die sich auf den Hosenboden legen, Geld, Frauen und Waffen. Mehr Bock.
Kyle Walker hat einen Part raus, der sich a) gewaschen hat und b) ihn absolut auf die Karte als Super-Newcomer setzt. Definitiv der beste Full Part des Wochenendes.