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!
A few weeks ago, our beloved friend Steffen Grap went on a trip to visit the Bronx Team all over Europe and the results are an analog journey through more than a handful of country’s including Paris, Stockholm & Bronx Wheels’s hometown Berlin.
Meet Edouard Depaz, Pascal Moelaert, Simon Källkvist, Daniel Pannemann & TM and CEO of Poetic Collective Tom Botwid through the eyes of Steffen Grap:
Another one from Berlin! After Leon’s video from last week, Sergio Ben Mario now released his new Berlin-based video through our friends over at Pocket Skate Mag. It features a lot of friends and familiar faces from Berlin and we are stoked to finally see what they have been up to!
We are not going to lie. Standing in line at the yesterday’s opening event for the new Berlin Supreme store was an absolute nightmare and it felt uncomfortable, but we don’t want to complain all too much. The good thing about it was that we have watched William Strobeck’s “MIND GOBLIN” video 11 and 1/2 times before we could enter the location, just to get sent out again by security 15 minutes later.
All jokes aside, the team went in and it is always good to see new people skating the more known spots in Berlin. Also we would like to say that we are proud of our good friends Augustin Giovannoni & Steffen Grap who showed them around town and made them look extra good. Tyshawn Jones tricks up the stairs at Frankfurter Tor are not human.
Much success to the Berlin staff member Johannes Schirrmeister, Jun Kummer, Yannick Zhou and Anton Jäger, who will be taking care of you in the store on Torstraße 74.
Sengo Prevost & Carlisle Aikens are definitely the outstanding stars of this edit by Jeremy. Besides that, there are a few surprises in there by people who are usually behind the camera such as Quentin De Briey, Steffen Grap and the man himself Jeremy.
You can buy “Bye Jeremy” for example at Bonkers FFM online.
Featuring Sengo Prevost, Jose Vivero Diaz, Arnau Truque, Carlisle Aikens, Erik Herrera, Theo Meas, Deniz Yilmaz, Steffen Grap, Nicolo Giovannoni, Daniil Kercz, Jerome Sossou, Morgan Katomba, Olli Lilja, Benji Silva, Luca Barattiero, William Monerris, Quentin De Briey and Jeremy himself.
Filmed and edited by Jeremy with additional filming by Theo Meas.
R.T.CO is skater owned but it is for everyone that likes sunglasses & t-shirts (who doesn’t). But low-key they have supported some skaters as well by making boards so as a result came this… Their first skate tape! Courtesy of Paul Herrmann.
Starring: Steffen Grap, Moritz Alte, Yannik Zhou, Johannes Schirrmeister, Deniz Bulgurcu & Valentin Cafuk.
Last Saturday something happened, a group of people honored us with their presence, their good spirits & their bowling skills. Today we recap the magic of that night for you.
Photos by Danny Sommerfeld.
Text by Roland Hoogwater.
What happened? Well, we had one of our best events ever, from a slow start, where basically everyone turned up on time, which was a bit early (not expected at a skate event) to an electric final we have you, the Berlin skate scene to thank for making this what it was!
What it was? Well, a night of surprises. For instance, a very drunk Jack Taylor together with a driven Dan Clarke making it all the way to the finals. An amazing performance from Collin McLean who bowls with as much finesse as he skates. Mark Nickels who brought his own bowling ball and wore a bowling shirt (scare tactics) and bowled steadily for the entire night, in the end, coming up short because Berlin local and adidas skater Baswti kept racking them up and knocking them down like he had ice in his veins.
When we shot the trailer he wasn’t bowling like this we tell you! He did use his patented own was of throwing the ball but it seemed like in the 3-weeks between the shoot for the trailer and the actual event he had put in the work and at the end up the night took home the 300€ prize money. Congratulations Bawsti you earned it!
adidas Skateboarding thank you for helping us and making this happen, it was a magic evening for all in attendance, skater, and non-skater together knocking down those pins together.
First of all, we want to give a big thanks to Vans for supporting us and assisting in making the project happen. Secondly, thanks to Heiners for being a surefire location where we all feel welcome enough to be ourselves. And lastly, thank you to all the protagonists for not only putting your energy towards the project but also for shooting the recap to your own party. Cheers!
Photos by Julian Ruhe, Moritz Alte, Kalle Wiehn & Valle Cafuk.
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.
If you have ever been to Berlin chances are you have heard somebody scream HACK HACK! But what is Hack Hack and what does it mean? What are those videos popping up with Hack in the title, and who is behind them? The answers to those and many other questions were answered when we connected with Farid Ulrich and Vincent Heller.
Interview by Roland Hoogwater.
What is Hack Hack?
That is hard to define! While we were traveling through South America people often asked us the same question… How did we explain it again?
It is a vibe Hack Hack is the moment that you get hyped to do something. It originated in Bar 25 it where we were looking for motivation to do something. Along the way, the word trickled out of the bar, onto the streets and into skateboarding. It was a joke and it has turned into somewhat of a saying.
What was the first Hack moment you can remember?
Bar 25… that must have been 2010, I think… That is when the first Hack happened.
It made me think of Hakken a high energy Dutch dance style from the 90’s.
Ah… Do you mean those people with track suits and shaved heads?
Yes! (illustrates dance)
That suits the meaning of Hack too! Those guys were certainly hyped!
Back to Hack Hack, how did you guys get the idea to make videos?
We sit together to edit, smoke and try and make the best of the footage. Two heads have more ideas than one.
I film more than I edit because I noticed I don’t have the patience to just sit there. At the same time, Farid has a good feeling for what works.
What was the first Hack video?
The first Hack video we did was Hackelona, after that, we released CopenHacken and Hack Hack is our third video.
I started filming during our travels, I always carried a camera and I started playing around with it more and more. So the video happened when we started taking the camera along for our Berlin sessions. So instead of documenting our travels, it became more of a day to day thing.
The funny thing is we did not plan to make a full length, we just started to edit footage, linking certain things together. After a while, we watched the result and thought ” Oh..this works maybe we should create an actual video.”.
So then we made parts, separate from one another and then we tried to fit those parts together. It was kind of like a puzzle.
I got a flashback to Radio Skateboards “Radioactive Kids” when I watched the video. It showed me a kind of Berlin that I did not think existed anymore.
That is exactly what we wanted, documenting our lives in Berlin and by our I mean all that cross our path.
When you see the video you have to keep in mind the fact that these people are not all in the same crew. Vince and I just move in between crews and documented what we saw.
In the end, we turned it into one big Hack family.
We did not want to compromise, we wanted to show the people we liked and have them skate to the music we liked!
Often I work with people when I make a video part so it was important for our project to reflect us.
So, It is not like watching a homie video, it is a scene being documented.
Yes, plus the people that visited the City.
Did you show Hack Hack to people in South America?
We did, we watched it multiple times and it took me back in time, back to these places. It was a real good feeling! Hack Hack!
What about the footage from that trip, Will there be another Hack?
It took me some time but yesterday I started checking the footage from that tour and there will be something. At the same time Joscha Aicher and Daniel Ledermann are staying with us so maybe one of them will jump down a building or something.
The next Hack will be a video focused on South and North America, that will take us some time, with editing and all.
It will be called something like that. First I want to focus on editing and summer in Berlin, I will pack my camera in my backpack and we will see what happens. Maybe this winter we will make the final Hack videos but who knows.
I just want to say we are not interested in being clean or great filming we want to show our lives and if there is a glitch somewhere we will include it, watch it and laugh about it.
That is exactly how I filmed my last trick. I was playing around and got the idea to manual over the tracks.
Just a Smoked out idea!
And an hour later it was done.
I think for a lot of people the Hack experience feels like a break from sponsored life. No main spots just hanging out and looking for the next spot. With a high chance of drinking a beer at the end of the day.
Johannes Schirrmeister is not a well-known skater, but he belongs to a group of young Berliners that are on a very good way to become more noted in the future. Next to the feature in our new issue, with photos shot on one day by our staff member Steffen Grap, we have a documentary made by Nils Hansen, featuring Johannes’ day in Jerusalem.
In addition to our latest “At Home With” issue, we produced a few videos to go along with the articles. We will release these videos on our website the next couple of days, starting today. Watch “Berlin Bound”, a video by Steffen Grap & Peter Buikema, below!
My name is Steffen Grap. I’m 20 years young and born and raised in Berlin: the city that never sleeps but is always tired. The city of contradictions. Nowhere else can you get so much inspiration and space for creative freedom. Nowhere else does that exact same freedom turn into a curse, causing you to relentlessly put yourself under too much pressure. Over and over you lose yourself in the city only to find and recreate yourself again later. You lose hope, you create hope. Berlin is a sensory overload, which sometimes is exactly what I need and other times is just too much for my brain.
Berlin, my aesthetic chaos.