One of the best things about moving through time is that you get to see things move, change, and evolve through ups and downs. Paul Herrmann has had a long and hard-fought road to where he is now as a director working for many a famous fashion house or other big brands. Still, he knows where he comes from, and who he came up with. Thus in a way, this video is an homage to all of that road he has traveled together with his friends.
it is lovely to see, it is his best work (in skating) yet and it shows that you do what you do because you love to do it. Enjoy!
Paul Herrmann has been working with us for years now and even though this is not an edit for Place we still feel close to Paul’s work. And in our opinion this is Paul’s best work yet, from the filming, the trick, spot and song selection everything works well.
Special shoutout has to go to T-Time aka Tommy Habermann who has gone the extra mile for this edit and made us want to see more.
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.
We are happy to present a new Video by Paul Hermann titled: “Transit Ride” filmed in the US – New York and LA to be exact. Since he’s been traveling for quite a while, we thought to ask him about the recent project and everything else he’s been up to lately.
Interview by Moritz Alte
Photos by Paul Herrmann
Hey Paul, what are you up to right now?
I’m in Frankfurt right now, for my sisters birthday. I just got back from Rome and I’m going to fly back to Berlin tonight.
Happy Birthday to your Sister!
So, looking at the video it seems like you guys had a pretty good time. Where did you go and which parts of the cities did you stay in, for how long?
Anton (Jäger) and I had an room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We stayed there for over a month. Even though our area was more or less calm, I feel like New York was really loud and hectic.
After that we flew to LA, where we got lucky and stayed in West Hollywood for another month.
I can imagine…Did you feel a different vibe after going to LA?
Yeah as I said. It is a whole different vibe over there. It is almost like going to a different country. It was way warmer and sunnier than New York and it felt even bigger because we spent ages in the car, as everyone does.
In New York you were able to go street skating almost every day. We could just push around and just find spots. Compared to NY, LA was the exact opposite it was pretty chill. We checked our skate map and tried to hit about 2 or 3 spots a day around the same area. Sometimes only one a day.
Okay, so who’s part of the video/who came along on the trip?
Actually, the main part is with all the boys from Germany. They came out to New York for about two weeks. We skated and filmed every day. The first weeks of the whole stay in the US, were the most productive. After the guys left, we still went skating, but it was rather chill. We crossed ways with a lot of skaters from all over the world. Almost everyone got a trick too!
Who would you say has standout appearance in the video?
Luis Waterkamp, Tim Thomas. No cap!
We can agree, always good to see some Wulle (Luis) footage. Steffen (Grap) told me that a car crashed into a Deli, right next to the place they were staying at. Do you have a similar story like that?
(Laughs) What? I didn’t even hear about that!
Actually, it was the whole time that stood out. If I think back now the small things that I enjoyed the most come to mind. For example, the day the other boys left we went to a rooftop and had a slice of pizza at our local spot before they left to the airport. I also loved the trip to Vegas from LA that we did. Even though Vegas itself sucked and I had to drive the whole time, it was sick. We stopped whenever we wanted, in the middle of nowhere. One time we even found an abandoned Motel and skated the pool.
That sounds pretty sick…Any place you would like to go next?
I’d love to go to Valencia with all the homies, but I have to work, unfortunately. Besides that, I don’t have any plans at the moment.
Any projects planned for the future that you can tell us about? You’ve got an exhibition coming up? Tell us a bit about that!
Yes, that’s right. I’m working on an exhibition, including a super 8 video. The whole project is called “I THOUGHT I WAS YOU” and is about my time in the states. I will be finished by the beginning of April or May hopefully. Besides that, I want to keep on traveling, creating and doing what I love.
Sounds really good, we’ll be there. Thank you for being in touch Paul!
Paul Herrmann gets the honor of closing off our year with his best of 2018 montage. The video features some of Berlin’s finest and some of Germany’s best.
To be honest, it is nice to see that young filmers still wait to “build” montages instead of filming for a couple of weekends and then “just putting it out” in a sub-par fashion.
Surprises are nice and we believe in the fact that every skater can have something to add to a montage. To draw a parallel, in a band not everybody can be the lead singer, some people might be drummers or they might not even play any instrument but still, they are an important element of the band.
In “bestof2k18” Herrmann manages to show us all the bits and bobs behind his “band” andwe hope you enjoy the results.
If you pay attention to the youth around you, you will get to see the future. Big words for just a phone compilation from Berlin but whatever, it’s the truth. S/O to Tommy Habermann, Steffen Grap, Luis Waterkamp, Anton Jäger and many others.
To be young during summer in Berlin, a lovely time, a moment to remember. Paul Herrmann documented his friends and their friends for his newest Berlin edit.
Moritz alte, Luis Waterkamp,Valentin Cafuk, Julian Ruhe, Johannes schirrmeister, Steffen Grap, London Lee, Anton Jäger, Jun Kummer, Wanja Huth, Denzi Bul,Wladimir Hoppe, Arne Stein, Jan Hoffmann, Konrad Waldmann & Basti Eckert.
Last year, we interviewed Tom Weimar and premiered his video ANTR’S MIX wich stood out due to its use of original tunes, offbeat editing and a plethora of all different kinds of skating.
This all together created an interesting experience and so it was only logical that we came together again to premiere the follow-up video FFM MIX 2K18.
As the last video, this one promises Frankfurt’s locals skating THE legendary spot (Hauptsache Hauptwache), supported by their local shop, edited to some tunes and made by people from Franki am Main. Could it be more local? Maybe, if the skaters only ate locally produced food during the making of this video. Enough talk – Enjoy the video!
After a little drought (it was winter after all) Paul Herrmann is back with another episode of his video column and to be honest, we feel like it is his best one yet. Don’t just rely on us though, make up your own mind and watch Kevin Vietzke, Timo Meiselbach, Skkinz, Luis Waterkamp and more in Demain.
Paul Herrmann has been coming through on the regular with his video column and instead of showing another highlight reel from his “Welcome To Franki” project he hits us with a fresh dose of footage. We were positively surprised when we saw Mannheim footy pop up in this edit maybe we will see another one of our columnists in one of Mr. Herrmann’s edits soon.
Featuring: Yunus Ergen, Luis Waterkamp, Tim Thomas, Bernhard Glimm, Marcel and Deo Katunga skating around Mannheim and Frankfurt.
Today we are premiering “Welcome to Franki” a skateboard video by a young filmer out of Frankfurt named Paul Herrmann. The video was shot in Frankfurt, Berlin, Barcelona and the French capital of Paris. It gives you a good insight into what young German skaters are doing (mostly in Frankfurt and Berlin) but it also has some mainstay people like Kai Hillebrand, Valentin Cafuk, and Timo Meiselbach. All in all we back Paul in his efforts and are proud not only to host the online premiere of his new video but also to welcome him into the PLACE squad. From now on Paul will produce a monthly video column for all of you to enjoy but first things first, take a seat, make yourself comfortable, press play and welcome yourself to Franki.
Valentin Cafuk, Tim Griffel, Luis Waterkamp, Max Barthel, Philipp Weil, Lukas Bergener, Clemens Dembinski, Yunus Ergen, Louis Urban, Anton Jäger, Steffen Grap, Daniel Pannemann, Philipp Oehmige, Johannes Schirrmeister, Deniz Bul, Timo Meiselbach, Rahul Rahman, Nils Hansen, Sascha Scharf, Niklas Stube, Ollie Reinicke, Eric Erhardt, Max Obert, Timo Klein, Kai Hillebrandt, Tom Weimar, Martynas Katauskas, Andrius Kohrs, Tim Thomas, Matthias Ellinger, Kert Hollywood, Luis Kohl.