Just as we are slowly reaching the coldest point of the year Skatedeluxe and Levi’s created some warm winter wear.
In celebration, they sent out some of their riders to do a resistance test and as we can see the results do not lie.
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.
Credited as the original Levi’s presents us with their holy grail the 501 jeans adapted for skateboarding. Valentin Bauer, Edouard Depaz and Quentin Boillon where selected to show their capabilities while wearing the “new” jean and it looks good.
With all the CPH coverage dropping we present to you one last recap to close it off and that is the PLACEMAGPAULE photo recap.
Contrary to last year almost the whole PLACE staff traveled to arguably the best city in the world. But even though we were all in the same city, festival rules applied, which meant that within moments we lost each other and started doing our own thing. We all ended up at different events and safe for a few moments only saw each other at the plethora of parties that the CPH Open is host to.
It seemed everybody had a great time at every single event but our highlight was definitely the Levi’s event which looked rained out at first but ended up saving our lives by offering us a boat ride, good food, cold drinks and a very hot but healthy sauna experience!
We wish we could say “See you next year!” but the organizers felt that it was time for a break. So we will end it by saying, enjoy Paule’s photo recap and see you at the next Copenhagen Open.
Levi’s Skateboarding is always supporting DIY projects around the globe and most of the time these clips see their release accompanied by a new collection. Seeing that it is time for the spring 2017 collection to drop the guys went out to Detroit to skate, build and hang out, the whole thing turned out pretty good.
Marius Syvanen was the name that drew us to this clip and Wes Kremer’s trick made it all more than worth it. All we can say is WEEDMAPS makes sense for such a big portion of the skate and skate related community out there that it is a wonder that nobody thought of it sooner. Also, Kudo’s for connecting skating, analog photography and smoking weed in the title.
Robin Pailler hooked up with the people from Poetic Collective in Malmö and received total creative control to document the group as he saw it. He chose to mix up different styles of filming with music that was in part created for this clip, something that goes wrong more often than it goes right but here it works like a charm. Enjoy the video!
Last week PLACE issue 58 landed in the mail. Tradition says when an issue is done it is time to host a party. This time it had to be Amsterdam. And that was our gut feeling talking. Trust your gut, people! So, when the time came, we linked up with the people from POP Trading Company & G’s to set the right atmosphere, it all turned out well and it was a great evening.
Special Thanks to Levi’s Skateboarding Collection.
This coming Friday,October 7th, we are proud to launch ‘The Handshake’ issue Nr.58
Together with Pop Trading Company and support from Levi’s we would like to invite you to celebrate the launch of our newest issue together with us at Gs Bar on the Ferdinand Bolstraat 158 in Amsterdam.
The Party will start at 10PM and end at around 3AM.
Music will be played by:
At the start of the evening, we will have a showing of Europe Co.’s New Full Length „Autobahn“. The video will premiere at 10pm.
For more information and updates go to our Facebook event by clicking the link bellow.
When I happened to be in Copenhagen for the CPH Open, I met up with Marius Syvanen in a small Danish pub. Marius is one of those type of people you can already tell from their outer appearance that they have traveled the world and have seen quite a lot. He seems to live an enjoyable life far off the stressed and hectic world, which has given him a very carefree and humble character. As soon as we had been done with the interview, he drank down the rest of his beer, took his board and skated the curbs in front of the pub as if there would be no better place to skate in the whole world.
Interview & photos by Paul Röhrs
First of all, tell me about your roots. I read you originate from Helsinki?
Yeah, just a bit outside from Helsinki. My parents and me moved to the States when I was about five. I still have the rest of my family in Helsinki and I come back to visit them for a couple weeks every summer. I just came here from Helsinki right now and this was the 22nd summer in a row that I go back and forth.
Have you ever thought about moving back completely?
Maybe later but now not really man. San Diego’s weather is hart to beat.
It is a well-known fact, that in San Diego you became close friends with the guys from Skate Mafia. What do you say about the enduring rumors about you being on Skate Mafia for real one day?
Haha! Fuck yeah! I am the TM! But you know, of course this always has been a joke. People have saying this to me for so long like Wes and Tyler. Even on my first photo in a skate mag I had a Skate Mafia board. This was like ten plus years ago man. They are my dawgs! Straight up for sure! But still, Habitat for life!
I just have seen the Levis documentary about the building projects you and the rest of the team did at various places in the world. Tell me a bit about it. How is it to travel the world and build all these skate parks in those sometimes rather remote regions?
Yeah, that’s an epic experience for sure! It’s a give back to communities that don’t really have going so well, you know. It’s like get there and support skateboarding to literally give back something.
Some people might wonder that you actually are a pro skateboarder and now you seem to pursue a rather ordinary job building something with your own hands.
Haha! That’s definitely right! But it’s fun and I learn a lot! Joey Pepper really knows how to do everything proper and kind of like shows us how to build all these things.
How is it going right now with the Levis projects?
We just finished a project in Detroit, Michigan, and we are talking about something possibly in Finland for next year and maybe Vietnam. We definitely will keep on going!
Then I saw this clip of you guys went to Patagonia, which is pretty far south. Tell me about it.
Oh, yeah! Argentina! Man, that was definitely incredible! I guess no professional skateboarders have ever traveled down that far in South America. It was wild man! We went to all these cities that were super poor so it was pretty rough most of the time but we still found some shit to skate here and there. One day we also went to this national park, I can’t remember the name of it, but there was a bunch of penguins on the beach and all these seals and stuff, then suddenly killer whales came out off the water onto the beach to fucking eat the seals. Dude, that was crazy! It was raw nature, although it was still some kind of tourist attraction.
Last but not least, as you are pretty much of a traveling man I heard you are also into photography. Is that correct?
Yes, for sure! I love photos! They help me to remember all these trips, events and experiences, which sometimes would be lost because I have a bad memory. Haha!
Thank you for the interview and I wish you a good stay in Copenhagen!
This spring Titus and Levis Skateboarding joint together to work on different DIY projects to help the German local skate community. This short documetary shows the great result of all their work and effort.
Levis Skateboarding is known for their solidary projects all over the globe. This clip is about Puerto Peñasco, a small town in Mexico, which, despite all adversities, is inhabited by a small skate scene. Reason enough for Levis Skateboarding to fly in their team to help them built a first real skate park there.
Levi’s has a strong tradition in workwear as such it is not surprising that they support skate scene by building DIY spots. In this mini docu the Levi’s team traveled to Christchurch in New Zealand. in 2011 the town was hit by an earthquake that destroyed large parts of the city and its skate spots in the process.
The shoot for the new Levis Skateboarding Spring 2016 collection took place during a DIY build project in Christchurch, New Zealand. The goal was to help the locals build out more skate spots following the devastating earthquake of 2011.
Doch was hat das alles mit Berlin zu tun? Einiges, denn während der Bright baute Levi’s einen temporären Skatepark in die St. Agnes Kirche in Berlin Kreuzberg. Neben Skateaction gab es on top noch die Premiere der Pura Pura Doku (hier zu sehen) und eine dazugehörige Fotoausstellung von Jonathan Mehring, der das Projekt mit seiner Kamera dokumentierte. Alles in allem ein großes Fest zu dem tollerweise auch eine Menge der Leute kamen, die direkt am Projekt beteiligt waren. Hier der Clip zum Event:
Levi’s Skateboarding präsentiert nun die gesamte Dokumentation über Pura Pura Bolivia mit den Jungs von endboss projects aus Hannover und Skatern wie zum Beispiel: Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Carsten Beneker und Marius Syvanen. Sehr schöne Bilder und ein unglaubliches Ergebnis.
Die Jungs von endboss projects aus Hannover haben zusammen mit dem bolivianischen Skater Milton Arellano und Levi’s Skateboarding ein Projekt vollendet, welches seinesgleichen sucht. Ein Skatepark, der höher gelegen ist als die Zugspitze. In über 3000 Metern höhe kamen Rampenbauer, Locals und professionelle Skateboarder aus der ganzen Welt zusammen. Mit dabei sind unter anderem: Marius Syvanen, David Gravette, Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Chet Childress, Carsten Beneker, Max Beckmann und viele, viele mehr. Mehr dazu gibt es in unsere neuen Ausgabe #47, welche ab Freitag im Handel erhältlich sein wird.
Levi’s haben sich schon seit längerem in der Szene getümmelt und einige Events gesponsort. Nun stellen sie ihre erste Skateboarding Kollektion vor, mit einem kurzen schwarz-weiß Clip und teilweise bekannten Gesichtern.