Tag: Valle Cafuk

We at Place are very proud to present to you a video by someone close to our hearts. Peter Buikema is a big part of what makes us, us. From FUNBOX, Shimmy, The Place Roadtrip video, and many more he has plowed through 2020 and came out the other end. The result being, this new video “What The Heck” together with Lousy Livin. We asked Peter to talk and explain a bit about this video, the meaning behind the title, amongst other things. He reluctantly agreed but added that his talents lie behind the lens. Which is a part of why we love him so much. So here is a modest talk with the creator for those that want to know more after pressing play.

Welcome Peter are you ready for your close up? I hope you are here we go, some hard hitting questions: What The Heck is a fun title for the project but for those in the know it has a somewhat personal flavor, care to explain?

Well, I live in an apartment at the Heckmannufer, a skate house would be the appropriate term. So, last year we had friends over all the time. And on one of those nights, the idea was born to make a Heckmannufer video with all the homies and we came up with the name “What The Heck”. The street itself and our apartment feature throughout the whole video.

In what way did this idea then come to be a project connected to Lousy Livin?

The Idea for the Heckmannufer video came before Lousy Livin asked me to do a video. Actually, we had already started filming. I then came back to them with the idea to combine the two and they liked that very much. The process of working together was quite nice in general, they gave me artistic license to make the video I wanted to create.

The music in your projects always plays a big role, on past projects we have been sending songs back and forth. Can you tell us a bit about your music selection process?

Sometimes I spend days and days browsing Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud or whatever for music. Every now and then, I manage to find things I like, which I then add to one of my playlists. Funnily enough, I often find the best music, the things I end up using, when I am not looking for it (laughs). And then when editing I check if I have something that matches the vibe of the footage. Sometimes I just use a song I’ve been listening to for ages, but then after editing I can’t hear it anymore (laughs).

Music is obviously important, but the skaters you choose are at least as important. How did you pick the people for this video, did they just wander into your apartment?

(laughs) They are all the homies. I like an open vibe and I feel that skaters work well in groups.

What do you want people to take away from watching this video?

I can’t really answer that, maybe that it was really fun making this project. I hope that shines through in the video.

I think it does, thanks Peter!

THIS ONE IS FOR AND BY THE HOMIES

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.

At the start of the night, there was some confusion about how to bowl.
Love the ball and it will reward you!

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!

Some people were not aware of the strengths they possessed.
Valle Cafuk showing some of that skateboard attitude on the lanes.
He managed to reel it in though.
We also had a best strike competition, this was not it though.
The great Mark Nickels in full swing during the finals.

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.

Jack Taylor one half of the aptly named team Jack Daniels.
1up or 10 down? Bowling is full of surprises.
Love is in the air when Paul Röhrs enters the room.

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!

Sitting down, Bänke Life!
Steffen Grap, Grap means joke in Dutch but we don’t think Steffen felt this was funny.
Ruhe means to rest in German but Julian Ruhe means business on the bowling lanes.

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.

Like Ronaldo or Messi on the field, Bawsti shuts the haters up and takes home the prize!
We can’t all win but at least you had the outfit of the night.
Diptych side 1.
Diptyque side 2.

Elijah Berle has gone through many phases from his emo the smiths look all the way to his current look which feels like an in-between version of a skater and a fan of DIY cowboy culture we didn’t know what to expect.

Frontside Tailslide, Peter Buikema
Frontside Tailslide, Peter Buikema

A couple of years back, Gilbert Crockett explained to us his shoes were inspired by early 1900’s sports shoes. A fact which makes a lot of sense because of his affection for thrift shopping.

We all know that when it comes to designing shoes that it can be a difficult, long and tedious process at times. I mean if you would get the opportunity to do everything what would you choose?

Front Feeble, Peter Buikema
Front Feeble, Peter Buikema

Durability, stability, board feel, cupsole, vulcanized, a slim silhouette or a bulky shoe? And what about the materials and the sort of shoe? A dress shoe, a basketball shoe some wallabies or a cowboy boot can most likely all lead to your first pro-model.

I the end, Elijah Berle made it through and created a very solid shoe, one that we believe will be on peoples feet for a while. The shoe simply looks nice, not too bulky not to slim and with a special cupsole construction that promises to combine board feel with protection and durability.

Sad Grab, Valle Cafuk.
Sad Grab, Valle Cafuk.

We took Vans Germany skater Valle Cafuk and Vans flow trash Peter Buikema for a run at one of Berlin’s many parks to put words into action and weartest the Elijah Berle pro.

Both were surprised by the way the shoes felt right out of the box, cupsoles often need a bit to break in but these worked immediately and allowed them both to skate and feel safe do the protection a cupsole gives.

In the end, Peter even learned a variation of an Elijah Berle signature, doing his first Crooked grind Nollie flip out! Action speaks louder than words and learning new tricks is a sure sign of approval. So press play if you haven’t already and watch the Vans Elijah Berle Pro in action.

Valle after the sesh.
Valle after the sesh.

Thank you to Vans for the support!

Photos by Steffen Grap
Text By Roland Hoogwater