Tag: Michael Mackrodt

A video by Christian Pelz, featuring Catherine Marquis, Max Shrädder, Michael Mackrodt, Fabio Caposso and many more.

Design is often based on other design, how many Ferrari shaped bedsheets or My Little Pony shaped birthday cakes have we not seen in our life?

So when Nike remastered the Janoski for its 10-year anniversary they also looked outside, they probably looked at animals, the sky, cement patterns, but in the end, I believe they simply looked out of their Beaverton office window onto the parking lot and there they found the answer sitting in the swooshes own parking lot.

(disclaimer: this might not be factual, they might have just found pictures of the car on the internet)

Photos by Danny Sommerfeld.
Text by Roland Hoogwater.

The story continues below…

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The Volkswagen Polo “Harlekin’s” story connects to the Janoski in multiple ways. It was in 1994 that the German company wanted to draw attention to their newly-updated Polo model but the problem they had to solve was:

“How do we get people to look at the newness?”.

The answer came in all colors! They devised a special showroom model of the new 6N, this model would breathe NEW! But this model was only meant to show off in the showroom it wasn’t available to the public… Well a couple of the showroom models actually did get sold afterwards and those cars began to create “word of mouth” on the streets and when the streets are talking the people at VW were listening.

1995 swings around and featured in the catalog is the now legendary VW 6N Harlekin as demanded by the public and in 2019 a similar story can be told about Nike SB’s Janoski shoe. Like the Polo, it looks similar but it is not quite the same, from little leather linings to the tape on the sole, everything has been tweaked for ’19 and that is where the two stories meet.

The story concludes below…

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Fast forward to the 10th of May, Denny Pham, Jan Henrik Kongstein, Peter Buikema, Leo Preisinger and myself find ourselves driving around Berlin in a VW Harlekin wearing the Janoski Harlekin, we are putting both through the wringer for the next 2,5 days.

We didn’t do that alone, of course, we invited some Nike riders and Berlin locals to test it with us along the way.

To be honest the car has had a bit more mileage than the shoe but both held up quite well during our time even though Leo had his doubts about the car.

After the 2.5 days we concluded a couple of things:

  1. Denny Pham skates like he is playing THPS.
  2. The “new” Janoski looks better than the “old” Janoski (look closely).
  3. Jan Kliewer can shove his board like it is 1991.
  4. Jan Henrik like all people in Norway is hella tech.
  5. Michael Mackrodt drives a car the same way he skates.

Thank you for the support Skatedeluxe and Nike SB <3

This video is a need to watch if you are into eastern-European style spots, besides that it is probably one of Guillaume’s nicest videos to date. Enjoy New flip Pro Denny Pham, Michi Mackrodt and Giorgi in Belarussia.

Michi gets a bit political at the start but as the video progresses you slowly start to think “why aren’t more people skating these spots?”.

As always the skating is on point, the spots are crazy (a mini sphinx plus pyramids!?) and the song ties it all together. Enjoy another great episode of “Fishing Lines”.

We were wondering when the next one was coming out and just like that, it arrived. Enjoy another classic Fishing Lines!

For Transworld’s recent Cinematographer Project Patrik Wallner and his as well-knwon as well-traveled crew featuring Denny Pham, Walker Ryan, Michael Mackrodt, Laurence Keefe, Kenny Reed and Phil Zwjisen (who, by the way, is also going to have an article in our upcoming print issue) chose Japan to be the country to explore. Since seemingly whole Asia is kind of a home game for Patrik you may have high expectations for this edit for sure! If you are interested read the full Transworld interview of Patrik here.

You probably have seen the parts of Marca Barbier, Maceo Moreau and Michael Mackrodt on our site already. Now this is the complete full length project about Europe’s three popular metropolises coordinated by our friend Thomas Busuttil. Very worth watching!

Featuring Remy Taveira, Kevin Rodriguez, Roman Gonzales, Tom Knox, Jake Collins, Jarne Verbrugen, Didrik Gallasso, Joseph Biais, Vincent Coupeau, Denny Pham, Dennis Busenitz, Kyron Davis, Marc-Alexandre Barbier, Maceo Moreau, Michael Mackrodt, Yoshi Tannenbaum, Harry Lintel, Edouard Depaz, Giorgi Balkhamishvili and so many more!

Since the “3” video is initiated by Parisians and includes among Paris itself and London also Berlin, hardly nobody could fit better into this project than Michael Mackrodt who was born in Paris and currently lives in Berlin.

“3” is a new video production presented by De Paris Yearbooks. It is going to be released with the De Paris, Of London and Aus Berlin 2015 Yearbooks.

The Parisian wheel manufacture Haze Wheels just dropped a nice little promo clip starring Michael Mackrodt, Antoine Roussel, JP Villa, Jody Smith, Bertrand Soubrier, Victor Campillo, Oscar Candon and Hugo Maillard. Filmed with VX only.

1 – Trying to imagine a motorcycle trip through one of the most exotic countries in the world, one would usually think of palm trees, lots of sun, friends, plenty of speed and a warm breeze brushing back one’s hair. None of which existed on a day towards the end of January 2012 when Michael Mackrodt, Jerry Hsu, Javier Mendizabel, Keegan Sauder, Joey Pepper and Jonathan Mehring left the capital city of Hanoi, embarking on a two-week trip that saw them travel more than 2,000 kilometers.

A very slight drizzle turned into heavy rain that lasted for hours, making everything wet and leading to misery when our bodies and hands were freezing from the cold wind. Not to mention getting lost, Jerry slamming, not finding food because it was Vietnamese New Year’s Day – it goes without saying that this day was a pretty miserable one. But waking up the next morning and putting back on my wet pants and shoes was probably even worse.

2 – When a couple of things go wrong in no more than 24 hours, it usually makes for a pretty shitty day. So when three non-related people tried to hurt us and hunt us down within said time span, it was worse than anything I could have imagined: This random day began in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, with a taxi driver wanting to beat us all up if we didn’t give him five dollars each.

Having managed to escape the situation, an older woman at the train station viciously started throwing rocks at us. And to top things off, a drunk Mongolian climbed up to the third floor of our hostel and broke the balcony windows, trying to steal things in our room, but when film maker Anthony Claravall turned on the lights, he jumped from one balcony to the next and took off. Welcome to Mongolia!

To be honest though, I was accompanied by nine Chinese dudes (Converse team), who are not really welcomed by the natives, which is hardly surprising: after all, they built that Great Wall to keep the Mongolians out…

3 – On most long-distance trains in China you can find cabins labeled as “sleeping class”, “sitting class”, and – a popular alternative for anyone trying to save some bucks, at least if you don’t mind standing on two feet – “standing class”. On a Trans-Siberian trip from Moscow to Hong Kong, we found ourselves almost towards the end in Beijing with only a couple days left until our next destination, Xi’an.

We were all pretty shocked when we heard that we were supposed to stand on that train for 13 hours. On the actual night of our departure, half the crew bailed out and took a plane or stayed longer in Beijing, but Laurence Keefe, Kirill Korobkov, Daniel Hochman and myself took it upon ourselves to see how shitty one would feel after this experience.

I can’t really describe it, but after 13 hours of standing with a couple hours of painful kneeling between the aisles (which was almost worse than standing), both Daniel and I caught the flu, babies shat all over the ground and my body felt like the biggest pile of shit ever. “Never again will I stand again,” or some such thing I told myself after that.

4 – You know it’s not your day when you are in survival mode thinking, “If I collapse right here, right now, I might just perish amongst a million Hindus and no one will ever know.” In early 2013, the world had its biggest gathering of human beings along the Ganges in India for the ‘Kumbh Mela’, which is held every 12 years.

During an eight-week period more than 130 million people pilgrimaged to bathe in the Ganges, amongst them Mark Suicu, Sebo Walker, Nestor Judkins, Sean Malto, Jon Mehring and myself. Of course once again half the crew caught the flu and were out under the most stressful circumstances, with loudspeakers blaring 24-hour prayers at maximum volume and a flooding tin shack falling apart.

Since this festival is on only every 12 years, we had no choice but to wake up at four in the morning to witness the finale of all the sadhus and gurus bathing. My head was spinning and we had to walk some three or four hours to get to the river and back; during the walk back I felt so weak I was contemplating just passing out amongst millions of people, but the desire to keep on living was stronger. Not planning to go see the biggest gathering of humans ever again.

5 – I have had a couple bus rides in Indonesia and Sri Lanka where I told myself I would never ever enter a vehicle again, but when traveling from the Iranian/Azerbaijani border to Baku in a Mercedes-Benz alongside Michael Mackrodt, I didn’t think anything could go wrong in this equation. Well, I was wrong.

This might not have been the worst day, but probably the most intense and annoying transit. Our Azerbaijani driver of course didn’t speak English and then he picked up this random lady, which was already a bit annoying since we had paid for the entire car. To make things even worse, she asked the driver to stop by her house so she could pick up her baby. After a good 30 minutes she showed up again with a ten-year-old boy who wore ridiculously thick glasses and a suit. At this point Michael and I were pretty pissed off, but we were also glad to finally hit the road.

Minutes later we realized that we were in for an intense ride, seeing how the driver turned the Azerbaijani coastal roads along the Caspian Sea into a Formula 1 racing track, with speeds up to 160 kilometers per hour at times. I was stuck in the back with the lady and the boy, while she was telling the driver stories in Azerbaijani, non-stop for over two hours. By non-stop I really mean non-stop, there was no silence.

Even when a car in front of us hit a cow and we saw this huge creature sliding down the street on its back, she still kept on talking. I was wishing she could just somehow shut up… and since she obviously had photosensitive epilepsy, a few minutes later she had a seizure: There was foam coming out of her mouth, and so the driver immediately stopped and gave her some Fanta.

It was scary, I didn’t wish for her to die, all I wanted was some quiet for a minute. She was shook up for a while, but of course soon she started talking again. So that cow sliding on its back, that lady with a seizure, that insane driving – I mean I don’t see Michael Mackrodt scared too often, but we both felt quite relieved when we arrived in Baku in one piece.

Dieser Beitrag von Patrik Wallner findet sich in unserer Jubiläumsausgabe, die du hier bestellen kannst.

“Ich möchte ein Eisbär sein im kalten Polar – dann müßte ich nicht mehr schrei’n – alles wär’ so klar.” Klar ist, dass Michi nicht enttäuscht und dieser Clip auch gerne hätte länger sein können. In Pariser Architekturbüros weht wohl ein anderer Wind, denn anders können wir uns diese Banklandschaften nicht erklären.

Francisco Saco is so god damn passionated about what he is doing that you might get caught on fire if you work with him. He has the power to motivate you in a heartbeat – from sitting in a corner to grinding something. He will talk untill you really move your ass. We sat down with him to chat about Homo Pop Gun on the very day it will be celebrate its premiere. Happy Skateboarding y’all!

What is your new Movie “Homo Pop Gun” like? What do you wanna show your audience?
The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms defines romantic comedy as “a general term for comedies that deal mainly with the follies and misunderstandings of young lovers, in a light-hearted and happily concluded manner whichusually avoids serious satire”. We can attempt to date the romantic comedy back to the ancient Greeks, who
incorporated elements of sexual and social nature in their comedies, or back to Shakespeare’s comedies of the late 1590s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream being purely romantic while Much Ado About Nothing approaches the comedy of manners.

It was not until the creation of romantic love in the western European medieval period, though, that “romance” came to refer to “romantic love” situations, rather than the heroic adventures of medieval Romance. The creation of huge economic social strata in the Gilded Age combined with the heightened openness about sex after the Victorian Era and the celebration of Sigmund Freud’s theories, and the birth of the film industry in the early twentieth century, gave way to the screwball comedy. As class consciousness declined and World War II unified various social orders, the savage screwball comedies of the twenties and thirties gave way to more harmless comedies. This style faded in the 1960s, and the genre lay mostly dormant until the more sexually charged ‘When Harry Met Sally’ had a successful box office run in 1989, paving the way for a rebirth for the Hollywood romantic comedy in the mid-1990s. And I would have to say that it is this late period of the romantic comedy that most informed me in the making of Homo Pop Gun. These are the films that I was surrounded by when growing up, forced to engage with either by girlfriends past or my mother and sister spending time back home. I make skate videos with themes to keep from getting bored and lost in the skating.

My last film was about post-colonialism and the vast divide between Latin American and European sensibilities. This time around my main focus was Love and my perception of it, or how I was being forced by elements around me to perceive it, how to perceive romance and companionship. I shot this video in exactly one year because of obsession, because of an addiction to realizing another project that just wouldn’t let go of me. After Video Diays, I thought I would take a break, but I just couldn’t force myself to. I’m proud of this video in the same way one is proud of something totally unexpected, a happy accident of sorts. I just kept shooting because I had no other alternative. And then somehow some idea formed in the distance and it made sense, total sense, to make this video about love and relationships and all that went with it.

Whats the main difference between “Video Diays” and “Homo Pop Gun”?
I honestly tried to make this more of a ‘skatevideo’ and I think at times I do go in that direction, but the ‘story’ aspect always manages to shine through. I guess that’s the main difference between this one and Video Diays. I wanted to try and get away from such experimentation and go for a straight skate video, but apparently I’m no good at those so the theme just slowly crept out of me and spilled into the video, along with all my eccentricities, which I’m very well aware are not everybody’s cup of tea. But I drink my own brand of tea and don’t really care if people catch on or not. I do feel the flow and level of skating is much higher in this one. And this time around its not as academic or critical. Homo Pop Gun works on a more purely emotional level. I really do hope people can identify with it in that way. I was also a little less strict about using only Hi8. I incorporated a lot of iPhone material, as well as ‘downgraded’ VX and HD footage, not to mention a little bit of Super8mm to class it up some.

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Who came up with the name Homo Pop Gun?
I could spend a while bullshitting, saying that I’m trying to buck the trend in skating right now about bromances, gay culture, ambiguity and club culture by saying the title is a reference to all that, but in actuality it was just a happy accident when Martin Küpper, of MK1 fame, fucked up the name of a movie he was trying to remember, saying the film was called Homo Pop Gun. We all laughed and suggested he name his video that, but he went the safer, more sensible route and chose MK1. I on the other hand felt that title had just what I was looking for, for the themes being explored in my video, so I asked if I could take it and he said yes. I probably owe him a beer down the road at some point for that.

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Who is involved in your latest project?
Some of the cast of my skate romcom are Hannes Schilling, Malte Spitz, Callum Paul, Dallas Rockvam, Roland Hirsh, Michael Mackrodt, Sergej Vutuc, Juan Esteban Saavedera, Kevin Besset, Valeri Rosomako, Remy Taveira, Flex O’Connor, Gereon Hecht, Elna Gurvitz, Julian Thyssen, Karsten Kleppan, Mauro Caruso, Steve Forstner and Konstantin Rutschmann.

The movie will be shown today at Villa Neukölln. For more information click HERE.

All Photos by: Malte Spitz.

Francisco Saco did it again. Ein fast 15 Minuten langer Trailer für sein neustes Werk Homo Pop Gun, welches am 10. Oktober in der Villa Neukölln, Berlin Premiere feiern wird. Mit dabei sind unter anderem: Konstantin Rutschmann, Eniz Fazilov, Dallas Rockvam, Steve Forstner, Daniel Pannemann, Malte Spitz und viele, viele mehr.

Der deutsch-französische Dauerbrenner Michael Mackrodt in einer neuen Ausgabe der Firing Line beim Thrasher Mag. Diese sagen dazu kurz und knackig: “a wild ride at an epic spot.”

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:

Die Kollegen von Live Skateboard Media haben einen Tour Clip von den Philippinen mit Michael Mackrodt, Alex Mizurov, Bastien Duverdier und Co. Ein exotischer Exkurs, welcher einem die Sonne ins heimische bringt.

Der Transfer eines Fotos auf ein altes, schon als unbrauchbar eingestuftes Stück Holz schenkt dem Lichtbild, trotz massivem Qualitätsverlust, eine ganz besondere Beachtung: Es wirkt plötzlich wertvoll, was nicht zuletzt am investierten Arbeitsaufwand und ausgiebiger Motivauswahl im Vorfeld liegt, und zugleich stellt man dadurch sicher – ganz gleich, ob an einem besonderen Platz hängend, aufrecht oder liegend an der Wand präsentiert –, dass es ausnahmsweise nicht in den endlosen Katakomben des hauseigenen Fotoarchivs verschwindet. Wir haben besonders interessante und düstere Fotos ausgewählt und sie mittels analoger Technik auf hölzernen Müll aus dem Container eines Sägewerkes transferiert und später abgelichtet. Die Technik ist sehr einfach und in fünf kurzen Schritten erklärt – und vielleicht dienen dir die Resultate ja sogar als Motivation, es auch selbst einmal auszuprobieren. Uns hat es Spaß gemacht: Wir konnten die öden Office-Wände ein wenig persönlicher gestalten und das Stück Holz hat schlussendlich sogar doch noch eine letzte, ehrenvolle Aufgabe bekommen.


Brian Delatorre, Berlin 2011.

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Die Technik:

Schritt 1: Such dir Holzstücke, die möglichst hell und von glatter Oberflächenbeschaffenheit sind – dafür musst du einfach deine Augen aufhalten oder zum Beispiel das Sägewerk in deiner Nachbarschaft checken. An rauen und unebenen Stellen bearbeitetest du das Holz mit einfachem Schmirgelpapier, dein altes Griptape funktioniert zur Not auch bestens.

Schritt 2: Wähle ein Foto aus, Farbe funktioniert dabei genauso gut wie farblos. Drucke dieses mit einem Laserdrucker spiegelverkehrt auf ein Blatt Papier. (Kein besonders dickes Papier benutzen!)

Schritt 3: Klebe das Foto mit der bedruckten, spiegelverkehrten Seite mit einem Acryl-Gel auf das gereinigte Holz. (Das Foto sollte vorher auch schon leicht mit dem Acryl-Gel bestrichen werden, besonders an den Stellen, die für das Motiv wichtig sind.) Befestige die Ränder mit Klebestreifen und leg das Holz in die Sonne oder auf die Heizung. Um das Verfahren zu beschleunigen, kannst du auch einen Föhn benutzen.

Schritt 4: Entferne die Klebestreifen und löse mit einem nassen Schwamm, einem Tuch oder einfach mit dem Finger das Papier von dem Holz. Je stärker du reibst, desto größer die Gefahr, dass das Foto nicht auf dem Holz kleben bleibt, was dem Ganzen einen besonderen Look geben dürfte.


Schritt 5: Die Nachbearbeitung erfolgt durch Holzöl, welches das Foto und das Holz schützen wird. Einfach auftragen und erneut trocknen lassen – fertig ist das Bild!

Und so könnte das Resultat aussehen:


Michael Mackrodt, Türkei 2012.


Tjark Thielker, Berlin 2013.


Danni Olsen, Österreich 2013.


Roland “Hirschi” Hirsch, Österreich 2013.

Alle Fotos von biemer.

Patrick Wallners Visual Traveling zeigt dieses mal Michael Mackrodt in seiner Wahlheimat Berlin, in der man immer noch deutliche Unterschiede zwischen Ost und West erkennen kann.

Element Europe stellen ihr Video Hold It Down online – und das in voller Länge und ohne Werbeunterbrechungen. Full Parts von Nassim Guammaz, Karsten Kleppan, Ross McGouran und Jarne Verbruggen. Shared Sections mit Madars Apse, Phil Zwijsen, Michael Mackrodt, Ruben Rodrigues und Guillaume Mocquin sollten für die nötige Motivation ausreichen.