First off, let us start with some facts about this tour.
On this trip, we had Vincent Huhta, David Jakinda, Hugo Corbin, Santiago Sasson, Marc-A Barbier & Juan Saavedra.
It was a nine-day trip.
We had one full dry day.
Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Lille were the places we traveled to.
In Holland, we stayed on a houseboat.
We spoke a lot of our own little twisted Brazillian influenced Portuguese (or that was what we were thinking).
Obrigado, irmao, vagundo, caralhao, poa, valeu, todo, junto, vagabundo where the words of choice.
I got to wear that sweet ass Palace Avirex Jacket for a hot minute and flex for a bit.
Juan Saavedra uses beard oil to keep his shit looking correct.
Santiago did the best line we have ever seen from him. It was like a stripper jumping out of a birthday cake.
David & Vincent are like brothers from different mothers. The only difference other than the obvious being that David packs like a Kardashian & Vincent packs like a 1920’s train-hopping blues singer.
Marc-A Barbier really loves to facetime with his girlfriend.
Both filmers have very similar names Petr and Peter. They also shared a bed which was easy when we needed to wake them up.
Scandinavians are simply better at life than the rest of us.
Hugo Corbin got injured on day one and had to go back home.
Bringing a Nintendo Switch was necessary even though I was skeptical at first.
Juan’s phone got stolen 🙁
Barabakaa is a Russian street spy and he will capture anything weird going on in the streets. Trust me watch the video!
Belgium has the best fries, Holland has the best-fried food and France thinks they have the best cheese! (I can already hear Santi, & Marc-A protesting)
We played a lot of bar sports but surprisingly didn’t drink that much.
Marc-A Barbier is the best house guest ever, he cleaned the boat every morning. Marc-A “Tu es bonne à marier!”
Santiago ordered way to much Nike stuff to the house so all of our guests ended up getting a nice pre-Christmas present.
IT RAINED 8 OUT OF 9 DAYS!
So basically this tour was preceded by some of the best weather Europe had seen in a long time. Like the year before it seemed like we would be having an almost endless summer. But as luck would have it, as the tour grew closer so did the clouds. As soon as we all arrived in Amsterdam (our meet up point) the signs weren’t good.
What was good
though was the food, we went to:
A Dutch-style snack bar. (also known in some regions of the Netherlands as brown fruit)
We ate Surinam food.
Indonesian food (must have).
Traditional Chinese food (fried pork belly!).
Had some German meat-heavy food.
And every morning someone made sure we had fresh eggs, some juice, coffee, toast, yogurt, and Nutella.
During this trip we traveled by train, which to be honest is still the nicest way to trave because nobody is forced to drive, we didn’t have to go through security, there is enough room for all the bags and you can still buy coffee in the vehicle without stopping. Also, Greta Thunberg travels that way so…
We also have to give it up for all the great parking garages inside of the cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp. The security guards also let us have our fun so an S/O is in place!
We also had some
great guests in both of those cities Pascal Moelaert, Aaron Tiekink,
Sneep, Ziggy Schaap, Alex Raeymaekers, Yannick Gores & Wallem.
You guys really helped guide us through the raindrops to the right
spots at the right time. Without really ever complaining, chapeau!
Vincent Huhta and David Jakinda have been best friends for a long time. How far back? Well, David told me his mom used to grip Vincent’s board when he stayed over at their house when they were young.
This was their first tour together and when we asked them they both said I’ll go if he goes. Vincent even cut short a London trip just so he could come skate with David. Obviously they roomed together the entire trip and it feels like they motivated each other a lot as well not only verbally but also by actions.
When one would film a trick and was having a hard time the other usually skated the spot with him just to back him up and keep the vibe right. Which often resulted in us getting way more tricks from both of them at spots that weren’t typical. They would often make it a little sesh together and all we had to do was point and shoot.
Because of their bond, they also were at ease at almost all locations and truth be told just fun and easy to be around their friendship also extended and made us all as a group become a bit closer as well and that is worth a lot.
Last but not least all the skate shops, Ben-G, Skatestore Rotterdam, Lockwood & Zeropolis are all places that helped us and help their scenes on a daily basis. We all know that with the current situation things aren’t easy for them so don’t forget them and show them your support in both easy and hard times.
It wasn’t the first time that Converse decided to help the Berlin Skateboarding scene with an indoor facility during those dark days of the Winter. Meet “Push Berlin” – a project in cooperation with Converse.
In this video, a few Converse CONS ambassadors took a look at the park to show you around, which ended up in a session for everybody.
Featuring.: Danny Sommerfeld, Daniel Pannemann, Vladik Scholz, Jonas Hess & more.
About 4 weeks ago Jarne Verbruggen sent us a DM on Instagram, “Yo, a friend of mine made a part, would you be down to check it out?” well yes, we where! The thing is we can’t have eyes everywhere and obviously we get sent videos a lot (don’t stop doing that) but most of them don’t come with a Jarne co-sign. Anyway, we got the link, checked out the part and loved it immediately, it gave us a Beauty and the Beast kind of vibe. So we responded to Jarne by confirming our interest and the rest is what you see before you, a small portrait on a Belgian skater named Pieter De Clus.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Main text by Ben Daeleman who runs Jean Jacques Distribution.
About 1,5 yrs ago Pieter’s school contact me to let him to an internship with us in Jean Jaques. Of course, I was stoked on this, so was he. In the beginning, we didn’t do much besides talking and soon I could tell he was a misunderstood kid with lots of capacities. You can’t blame the teachers since they only act on what they know but I could see it was not working for him.
When the teachers asked me how the internship was going, I could only say positive things (besides him never coming on time but still, what is being on time? So I kept that to myself), they were surprised. Sometimes you just have to listen instead of trying to put your thoughts in someone else’s mind just to be the one who is right.
Pieter’s eyes are open, he is aware and a bit ahead of his time, he sees things through and I can understand it’s not always easy to put a mask on just to fit in. Luckily in skateboarding, you can throw off your mask and be you. Pieter might not be the best person to be put in a classroom, listening for hours to someone in the front of the class telling him what to do and how to behave, but on a skateboard, he knows how to express himself.
If I think back on what Pieter was like as a kid, cruising around in our local park of Mechelen, in fact, not much has changed. He is still doing just that but with more power and a bigger bag of tricks. He knows the park like a squirrel knows the forest and it’s great to watch him use every inch of it. This past year he was doing more and more trips, extending his horizon and developing his own style. During this process, he felt he was ready and decided to film a part. The last trip we did was the one to the US with the concrete dreams crew. We landed in Seattle and drove down the west coast all the way to San Francisco. We skated all the crazy concrete madness that the guys from Grindline built, nasty parks, scary as fuck (laughs). Pieter went all in for every session and pushed his limits, it was so great to witness.
Some of the highlights from that trip are in this video. Honestly, some shit seems random on video but once you’ve been there, at the spot you will look at things differently, believe me! Like we all know, it ain’t always easy to film the right trick on the right spot and then throwing it all together to make a part that satisfies you. This was the same for Pieter, a process with ups & downs. The same ups & downs that he has in his character. On the one hand, he has got this ‘not a single fuck has been given’ mentality but on the other hand, he cares a lot! I guess that’s also the thing that girls like about him or maybe it is his eyes (laughs).
Anyway, press play and enjoy Pieter De Clus’s part!
An interview with Lucas Jankoschek by Roland Hoogwater.
Turtle Times is a series of videos, a project, based around three things, skateboarding, friends & turtles. Lucas is the filmer, one of the skaters & the editor of this (for now) last video in the “Turtle Times” series. We really love turtles and we really love the way Lucas documents and edits it so we dropped a line and managed to talk to the man himself.
Hey how are you, what are you up to?
I’m good, editing the video right now since the premiere is on Friday. It’s all a bit last minute because the premiere of my other video was two weeks ago and I’m kind of in the middle of an editing-marathon to get everything done before winter. It’s been a stressful week but it’s all good.
What do you still need to do until the video is ready for the premiere?
I still have to finish up two animations, the trailer and the friends part. Ziggy (Schaap), Pascal (Moelaert) and Justin (Wagener) are featured as well. They were here in Vienna last and this September and managed to get some footage.
I was actually at Ziggy’s place in Leiden when the last ‘Turtle Times’ episode premiered.
So you stayed at Ziggy’s house? It’s a cozy place right?
Yeah for sure. At the time they weren’t even sure they were going to be featured in that episode of ‘Turtle Times’ or the next one. But it was super fun hanging and skating together with Pascal and the others. This short stay in the Netherlands during the Vans Shop Riot contest allowed me to connect with people there and also get some social media coverage for Placemag. A lot of people still think of Place as a German skate mag but really it’s become half German and half Dutch.
That’s cool that you guys can do that in Germany. My friend does a mag here in Austria (ABD Magazine) and earns next to nothing, the skateboard industry just isn’t as present here as it seems to be in Germany.
Yeah, I’ve never been to Vienna but from what I’ve heard it’s a great place to skate however the rest of Austria seems to be different, right?
Definitely. Vienna isn’t Austria, it kind of stands for itself. Everything else around Vienna isn’t really worth our while, which is why we don’t travel much within Austria. It’s so different from the Netherlands in that regard. There you can just skate all these cities by hopping on a train. It feels like one big spread-out city.
It kind of is. The next city is always just a 20-minute train ride away, the same goes for where Ziggy lives.
That’s what I really enjoyed about the Netherlands. You can just meet up with people in different cities, regardless of borders even. It’ so sick.
I agree, but I’ve heard that the sidewalks and streets in Vienna are better for skating.
Yeah, everything here is super smooth. Sure there are a few rough spots here and there but technically you could push anywhere, it’s great.
Are you originally from Vienna?
Nah. I’m from Eisenstadt a small town near the border of Hungary. I was born in Vienna though and have been back in the city since 2013.
I see. So how did Turtle Times actually start?
So basically I put out a full-length video in 2015 with all my close friends and homies in it, the OG-turtle-crew so to speak. Two years later I put out another full-length video this time however with a bunch of different people in it. Everybody in Vienna kind of heard I was filming for a second video and started hitting me up. I was super hyped on that on the one hand but on the other hand, the OG crew was kind of neglected and I felt like the whole project was getting a bit too big for comfort. It almost felt like a burden at the time although I’m very happy with the results. So after I put that video out I thought to myself I wouldn’t do that kind of video format again. I also wanted to focus more on my close friends again and only film with people I enjoy skating with. This lead me to choose an episode format that works so much better on a lot of levels. Around that time I also received a call from Dallas (Rockvam) asking me if we wanted to film a part, so it all sort of came together organically. What’s important to me when it comes to the episodes is that they should highlight the different personalities and individual people we have in our crew. Every episode is centered around two or three people which allows me to choose the music and structure my project much more freely than if it were a full-length. It’s just easier to integrate ideas into an episode format. With a full-length, I have to stuff in a lot of different people, styles, music, etc. into one video which just has a mixed-up mess as a result. With episodes, I can just plan each one as a portrait of an individual.
So the episodes are tailored to specific people.
Which means you don’t have to mix n’ match all these different people anymore.
What about Budapest though?
We went there once last year.
Dallas had a few tricks in that one as well right?
Yeah, he joined us later on the Budapest-trip. Originally the idea was to go to Budapest just to film for Dallas’ part, but somehow it turned into an entire tour edit in ‘Turtle Times’ episode 2. Yeah, so Dallas arrived a bit after us, stacked four clips in two hours and then chilled out the entire rest of the trip drinking beers. It was sick! He definitely delivered.
I really enjoyed his part. It might be his last one though.
Yeah, he did just have a second child. Do you know Dallas personally?
A little bit.
He’s a cool dude for sure. We visited him at his house in the woods for his part. It was important for me to incorporate his personality or at least his personal background into his part. A sort of skate portrait if you will.
Cool. And do you make the animations for the videos yourself?
Yes, I do those myself, actually, I pretty much do everything myself (laughs). I’m not really the type of person to watch endless tutorials or acquire and then familiarize myself with some sort of new software. I don’t have the patience for all that. So a few years back I just started drawing on paper then filmed that with my VX, then captured that and finally retouched everything in photoshop… basically it was super tedious and complicated. I’ve learned a lot over the years though and now I just draw on a digital notepad and then animate that with photoshop. Mostly it’s a frame-by-frame animation so basically a lot of drawings put after each other.
Yeah, I’ve noticed your animations have gotten a lot better over time.
Thanks, I’m really happy with how they are turning out now too.
They’ve also become much more involved in the episodes. During the transitions and stuff, especially the last episode it seemed like you reached a new level of animation.
Thanks, man. I’m glad to hear that. I’m going to the art university in Vienna and took an animation class, so I’ve been animating a lot lately, which really improved my animations overall.
What do you do at the art university?
I’m studying art for teaching: I’m going to be an art professor in schools (laughs).
I’m currently writing my diploma thesis which is why the two ‘Turtle Times’ premieres are set so close to each other so I can finish my thesis after I’m done with the videos. I’ll have to hurry up a little bit.
So why is it called ‘Turtle Times’? Why not ‘Cat Times’ for example?
That all started way back when I was maybe ten or twelve. People started saying I looked like a turtle or that I ate like a turtle. Even back then I had always wanted a VX and when I finally got one, I put out my first clip and ironically called it ‘Turtle Productions’. The name stuck and that’s also how the turtle animations came to be.
Ah okay, that makes sense. I think the turtle figure and name have a strong brand recognition, the turtle kind of ties everything together.
Yeah, that’s something really important to me. It shouldn’t be just about skating, it needs something in-between to ease it up.
I also have some questions from Ziggy for you.
Oh really? (laughs)
I’m supposed to ask you about a tinder story about a local legend called Sven (Friend from Kassel) which involves lighting a car on fire?
(laughs) I don’t even know if I’m allowed to tell this story but if Ziggy asked for it, it should be fine. So basically Sven really got into tinder when he moved to Vienna and naturally has a lot of stories. One of them is that he and his date took ecstasy and broke into a car in a parking lot we sometimes skate in the winter. Which seemed to start kind of romantic at first turned out to be a total disaster. His date apparently was an outspoken feminist and got triggered by something in that car, which promptly led her to light it on fire. Being super high that whole scenario was obviously a bit much for Sven and I remember him telling me he listened to all the news reports the next day to make sure nothing serious had happened. After they ran off the fire should have gone out by itself anyways. I don’t think the car exploded or anything nor I‘m not sure how the date kept on going after the car-fire-action (laughs).
(laughs) He also has another question for you: why do you clean your kitchen ten times a day?
This fucking Ziggy guy, haha. I can just focus better in a clean environment. My kitchen is my kingdom you know? If I make my oatmeal in the morning it has to be clean.
I get that. Another question was: Who would win in a fight, Pascal or Ziggy?
Huh. That’s a tough one. Pascal’s pretty tall but Ziggy might be stronger. I think Ziggy would win though, he has more life experience. Pascal still needs to learn a thing or two. Go Ziggy!
Another question, or maybe it’s more of a demand, is: when will the iPhone-holiday-road-trip-video drop?
Ah fuck, sorry boys! It’s definitely coming. I promise. I’m just in the middle of an editing-marathon as I said. No time for anything else right now.
And how many more ‘Turtle Times’ episodes are planned for the future?
This is the last episode as far as I planned it out for now.
So no more ‘Turtle Times’?
Yeah, the ‘Turtle Times’ series has come to an end. Time for something new. For now, I have to finish my diploma thesis and then we’ll see what projects might come my way next year. What I can say is that I definitely won’t stop filming, however, I would like to try out some new things, maybe approach a project with a specific concept already in mind. Maybe shift the focus more towards filming or animation. I think the coolest thing would be to make an entire animated film. That would be a dream come true!
Yeah, that makes sense.
We kind of reinvigorated the whole crew vibe because we were all skating and filming a lot together this year and I think we will carry that vibe into the new year. So the next project will probably happen naturally because of that I guess.
So what will the last ‘Turtle Times’ episode look like?
This episode contains of three parts and some friends sections. My twin brother Fabi, Gabs and I will have full parts and of course, all the OG crew members are in there too. This ‘Turtle Times’ episode is the one I cherish the most I think. I started filming with Gabs two years ago. So finally releasing that footage is special to me. Plus my twin brother who hadn’t really been skating last year was overcome by skate fever this spring and filmed a whole part. That was really nice to see, not to mention that the level of skating and that of the animations have greatly improved.
So this is definitely your piece de resistance!
(Laughs) Yeah, sort of my final showdown. I had actually thought about naming it that but in the end, it felt like that was a bit over the top.
I think so too because then the next project will ruin the whole final showdown thing.
Yeah pretty much.
But does it have a name yet?
Nah. I still have to make my mind up about that. I talked to Ziggy and came to the conclusion that numbers just tend to confuse people so I’ll definitely give the video a name and not just call it ‘Turtle Times – episode 4’.
Alright. Is there anything else you want to share or let me know about?
I think that pretty much wraps it up. I don’t think I have anything left to add. Thanks for the opportunity to have this interview, cheers!
Together with the help of adidas Skateboarding’s Tjark Thielker we are going to recreate a wellness day spa feel, and take you through this experience as a role-play not only to relax you but to teach you how to relax outside of this meditation. All of the meditation will be quietly spoken and Tjark put in his best offered to only do the calmest tricks. There will be role-playing elements, a bit of humor for a feel-good mood, binaural sounds theta beats, an ice-cream truck sirene, a water splash, and landscape wind sounds – PLEASE USE HEADPHONES.
TJ’s Serenity Spa London has reopened after an incredible restoration programme designed to significantly enhance its facilities and promote an aura of relaxation, mindfulness and life balance, whilst providing guests with specialist results-driven treatments and fitness advice.
Set in the heart of South Bank, TJ’s Serenity Spa London now offers everything from traditional Chinese medicine to Daniel Pannemann’s famous Pedi/Mani-Cures as well as Augustin Giovannoni’s powerful and anti-aging Nescens facials. The extensive spa menu combines TJ’s Serenity Spa’s own signature therapies with treatments using Aromatherapy Associates, Sodashi and Peter Buikema’s world-famous Leeuwarden fenland products
Guests are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before their appointment time to enjoy the heat and water facilities that The Spa has to offer. Payment should be taking care of up front. The owner (Tjark Thielker) is not required by law to be on time on any day of the week. Product descriptions in this article can be different from the actual product in TJ’s Serenity Spa London – All rights reserved, shot in London’2018 during a 24hrs stay.
Photography & Filming by Daniel Pannemann / Editing by Peter Buikema & Daniel Pannemann