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Sweaty Sausages. Hamburg, Germany – 2014

No amount of anti perspirant could have prepared us for this year’s trip. The sausage gods of Hamburg felt it was fit to slowly roast our pale British skins and make skateboarding extra difficult. Six gents sharing a small room created some very interesting smells and we were drinking more water than von raven this time round…

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Skateboring: an angry piece of text but also a love-letter

Sometimes people come with this opinion: that because major brands (Nike SB, Levi’s, Adidas…) sponsor skate events, build a few skateparks here and there, they participate to the community and culture of skateboarding.

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Shaun Ross

“Shaun “the Boss” Ross is a bad ass. Shaun loves skateboarding, his family and surfing. Unfortunately shortly after his Thrasher intro part and his “Hall of Meat” clip came out, he blew out his knee. So here we are now, all healed up and starting to roll around again.

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Mr. Keisari no-complying the new kicker gap thing photo: Viltsu

Minin Jamit 2014 – Hämeenlinna, Finland

It’s called Mini only because in the late 90`s there was a miniramp and everyone met at ”Mini” for skateboarding. Later came the small street obstacles but only about 5 years ago, the local skaters totally took over the place and things really started to happen. The concrete started to appear with the very little […]

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Ratz Secret DIY spot – Slovakia

The place is located in Senica in western Slovakia. The situation with skateboarding in Senica is completely fucked up and skateboarding there is only a fucking business.

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Satanic Hex against Scooters

It’s about a Satanic Goat with a gas mask, which is a skate truck. Also this mask is to protect the toxic smoke of skull of scooters. These are burning and at the same time it forms a satanic star inside the skull which is a skate bowl. Artwork by: Bec Negre

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Sweaty Sausages. Hamburg, Germany – 2014

Photos by Pob Scumtash
Words by Joxa

“No amount of anti-perspirant could have prepared us for this year’s trip. The sausage gods of Hamburg felt it was fit to slowly roast our pale British skins and make skateboarding extra difficult. Six gents sharing a small room created some very interesting smells and we were drinking more water than von raven this time round (we still drank our fair share of Von and thought it fit to sample some different beers this time!). Sometimes skateboarding seemed to fall from our thoughts. More important tasks were created such as buying hats (mission accomplished Dave!) and looking for fans, despite not knowing the German vocabulary for ‘fan’. That mission was less successful but provided us with a good laugh. On this occasion we shared our visit with the Waaken festival, so we were surrounded by dirty metallers from around the globe. As an added bonus Hamburg was hosting some sort of gay pride weekend. We totally fit in both groups as we could have easily been mistaken as homosexual grungers. But hey we were here to skate and skate we did!

This was my third visit to Hamburg as a skateboarding tourist. It really is excellent and provides everything to any discipline of skateboarding. There’s skateable street terrain everywhere from banks to blocks and if you’re into park skating preferably of the ‘pool’ style Hamburg really has you covered. There are several parks, all providing different challenges and incorporating a selection of transition, obstacles and coping. Want a chilled morning skate? Head down to the Fruchtallee bowl by the old folks home and share your slash grinds with the old folks there. Want something a bit bigger? The new park in Wilhelmsburg has a massive ultra-bowl that only has pool coping and boasts one of the most fun street plazas I have ever skated with lines for days. On this mission we spent more time skating this part than the bowl as we missed out last year. If it’s raining you can head indoors to the Ipunkt park although you must be willing to stomach terrible German techno much played at maximum volume. And of course there is the Rote Flora…

Dick'eads on holiday, this years crew.

Dick’eads on holiday, this years crew.

The Rota Flora is a really rad place and long may it last. Ant pays tribute on the new bit with a blunt yank in.

The Rota Flora is a really rad place and long may it last. Ant pays tribute on the new bit with a blunt yank in.

Shitty picture, sick trick on "Street Sunday". Ant wallies somewhere in the Hafencity

Shitty picture, sick trick on “Street Sunday”. Ant wallies somewhere in the Hafencity

The Rote Flora is special. It has an aura surrounding it that you can feel when you enter the park. Located in the Sternschanze area of Hamburg the Rote Flora is situated behind the back of an old Theatre that is currently being used as a squat. The park itself is totally DIY and every time we head to Hamburg this park brings the best out In people. All of its transitions are different and you have to really study your lines. What might work one time will be almost useless the next! Its always good to watch the locals as they know it very well and you’ll be given an unforgettable demo, they’re also super friendly and happy to tell you about any other spots that may be around. The deep end has the gnarliest pool coping that should satisfy the most stubborn of slash dogs. If you let your guard down it will annihilate you. Its scary but it’s very rewarding when you make anything! On this trip I was stoked to see Ant and Mark make their way around the loveseat, exiting with massive grins to the sound of everybody cheering.

This one took a good bit of wrestling as Dave needed to stick it into the narrow bit. Gap ollie at the Flora.

This one took a good bit of wrestling as Dave needed to stick it into the narrow bit. Gap ollie at the Flora.

Jazzcat "Rockin Dave" Bristol's best & worst dressed man does love a good jump. Nice hat Dave!

Jazzcat “Rockin Dave” Bristol’s best & worst dressed man does love a good jump. Nice hat Dave!

Nosfrockartu the Dark Lord of Hollyoaks loves to wreck his ankles, but as he's undead it's not too much of a problem.

Nosfrockartu the Dark Lord of Hollyoaks loves to wreck his ankles, but as he’s undead it’s not too much of a problem.

So yeah, goto Hamburg. Its rad. The people are rad, beer and food is pretty cheap and the skatespots are amazing. I feel that this time we didn’t skate as much as we could have but the heat was almost unbearable its lucky we could skate at all! The weather was excellent for metallers and gay festivals though! Those guys looked like they were having loads of fun!

Cheers again to Bob for sorting it out, Eva for helping us out and everybody we met over there. Prost!” – Joxa

Just go. Wilhelmsburg park.

Just go. Wilhelmsburg park.

The author balances on his tail at the Flora.

The author balances on his tail at the Flora.

Joxa nailed this trick on our first trip 3 years ago but we didn't take a picture, the footage is out.

Joxa nailed this trick on our first trip 3 years ago but we didn’t take a picture, the footage is out.

Sam actually had to wear shorts on this trip which was shocking for the rest of us, here he is back in his standard all black get up wallriding through the corner.

Sam actually had to wear shorts on this trip which was shocking for the rest of us, here he is back in his standard all black get up wallriding through the corner.

Sam in shorts holding his nose at Wilhelmsburg.

Sam in shorts holding his nose at Wilhelmsburg.

Skateboring: an angry piece of text but also a love-letter

Article by Joaquim Méndez Guigo aka JAAAW

“Sometimes people come with this opinion: that because major brands (Nike SB, Levi’s, Adidas…) sponsor skate events, build a few skateparks here and there, they participate in the community and culture of skateboarding.

That would be true if it was, for them, about skateboarding. But for these companies, even though they try to make themselves look cool and harmless through advertising, it is not, not one second, about skateboarding. It is about money. These people wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for money.

They don’t “create” skateboarding, they don’t “support” skateboarding. They USE skateboarding. Their intentions in entering the “skate-market” are not coming from love, which is the energy, the ideal that I believe must be in everything we do in our lives. No, their intentions come from wanting to expand an already gigantic financial capital. And they achieve that by exploiting poor people, in poor countries, to manufacture their products. But then they go to another poor country and build a skatepark and make a nice video out of it? How can that make any sense?

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Skaters nowadays. Artwork by JAAAW

Skater-owned companies are not better on the field of chinese sweat-shops manufacturing their shoes, boards, clothes, accessories, but at least they belong in skateboarding! Nowadays you can’t escape capitalism, but until the whole thing collapses we can still support ideals. The only sort of brand I’ve seen making shoes in Europe is “ER”, from France, and they manufacture the shoes in Portugal. But those shoes are, of course, expensive (around 100€), and not too nice to skate for they don’t have the money a big company has to put into laboratories and making them really nice to skate. And they’re also a little too fancy to me, but oh well.

So, the big fishes make millions, put a few thousands in a skatepark for a small community of skaters in Bolivia, but keep on exploiting millions of humans in the “third-world” for the sake and pleasure of a few westerners that think they have the right to blindly consume, unaware of the consequences it can have on others’ lives and on the integrity of skateboarding? Talk about hypocrisy. It is so, so sad that skater-owned skate shops now die one after the other because of those corporations and their agressive marketing and brainwashing of kids. Kids whose moms prefer, of course, to take them to a mall « skate-shop » rather than an underground kind of place for the mall is a more family-friendly environment. It is sad because skateboarders are being taken away the right to live from what they love and built for decades, in good and hard times alike.

People Nowadays.  Artwork by JAAAW

People Nowadays. Artwork by JAAAW

Yes, I am angry. Angry and tired of all the people making greed “okay”. Angry of all those who say “But one has got to make a living, isn’t it?”. This is just cynical. As you may have noticed, this text is not just about skateboarding, but about love, about being a conscient human being.

I am in the making of a movie on skateboarding, I have been travelling and interviewing people about skateboarding in Argentina, France, Germany, the UK… And this for the last year and a half. I live, breathe, think skateboarding. In my research I came to learn something that all of you already know: that skateboarding comes from surfing. And then I learned that the first traces of surfing are to be found as far back as in the 14th century, 600 years ago. At that time already Hawaiians understood the very pure and amazing feeling of being in harmony with their close environment, the sea. And 600 years later skateboarders do that with concrete. They pursue this tradition of sensations and love for what surrounds them. It seems clear to me that skateboarding has a soul. The most wonderful skateboarder is to me the one that is 4, has just started learning how to stand on his board, and can’t get enough of how good it feels to roll around.

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I talked about the integrity of skateboarding, but what does that mean? Even though skateboarding is a paradox between sub-culture and capitalism, it is still, in its essence, one of the very last pure things in the urban landscape. It is one of those activities that allows you to go out and not having to consume. Think about it, whenever you go out, you go to buy something, you go to a cafe, you are trapped in the role of a dumb, manipulated consumer, and that’s all you’re worth to those big companies I am so angry at. Skateboarding allows you to go out and use the city, physically, without necessarily having to consume. Skateboarding is fucking beautiful.

Lastly I want to talk about the professionals that sell themselves and therefore the culture to those brands. Yes, one has to make a living. But you know what? I care more about skateboarding than about pros. Pros don’t make skateboarding. It is the millions of skateboarders around the globe make skateboarding. And skateboarding will survive, no matter the pros, no matter the companies or the industry, it will always survive somewhere through local impulses to keep it alive. P-Rod can die in the gutter for all I care. And who the fuck needs to make a million dollars? You can only eat so much food and drink so much water in a day man! What do you need all that for? Building another lame uncreative clothing brand? Go for it!

Call me an idealist, call me a hater of progress or a hater at all. As long as money is the motivator behind the start of a project, it has no credibility to me. Skateboarding is changing, you can see it when you go to the skate-park, but nobody can change what skateboarding is in your head. Keep it pure. Be aware.

Skateboarding prevails.” – Joaquim Méndez Guigo aka JAAAW

More from JAAAW:
www.cargocollective.com/jaaaw
www.jaaawblog.tumblr.com

Shaun Ross

“Shaun “the Boss” Ross is a bad ass. Shaun loves skateboarding, his family and surfing. Unfortunately shortly after his Thrasher intro part and his “Hall of Meat” clip came out, he blew out his knee. So here we are now, all healed up and starting to roll around again.

Shaun is well versed in skating, never bitching, he wants to surf all the time and is always in a positive fun mood. I’m proud to welcome him back after his surgery and very excited to see what he has in store for the skate world.
Enjoy!”

Words + photos: Jon Steele

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Shaun Ross skates for Sector9, Gullwing, Vox, Bull Taco, Grandeuro Oceanside skateshop.

Minin Jamit 2014 – Hämeenlinna, Finland

It’s called Mini only because in the late 90`s there was a miniramp and everyone met at ”Mini” for skateboarding. Later came the small street obstacles but only about 5 years ago, the local skaters totally took over the place and things really started to happen. The concrete started to appear with the very little support from some companies, the city and some extra cash we got from the local indoor skatepark Laitos (worth a story itself). It really seemed like almost anyone of any age who was spent any time at Mini would work on the new stuff. I’m not sure if people felt pressure about it or they didn’t like the localism this may have created or if it’s a good or a bad thing? But it sure has brought a lot of people together and it’s really a must to keep things rolling! So we’ve build something new every summer and when it’s done… Minin Jamit happens!

This year a lot more young skaters showed up than the years before and we had a really good time with the crazy sessioning that went on, the contest, the best trick contests and the afterparty. I’m not going to try writing more to describe how much it means for the locals in this little town that all these people from all over come together for that one day to skate the place. So thanks everybody and see you next year! And thanks for supporting the event: Portland wheel company, Laesh clothing, Linnabike, Windmill and Helsinki surfshop. Check some photos below.

words by Tuomo

This year we even  had a girls contest, first time ever! Sandra Vuori fakie 50-50.

This year we even had a girls contest, first time ever! Sandra Vuori fakie 50-50.
photo: Leena

Mr. Keisari no-complying the new kicker gap thing photo: Viltsu

Mr. Keisari no-complying the new kicker gap thing
photo: Viltsu

Lauri Ojanen from Tampere grinding to fakie behind the tree. photo: Viltsu

Lauri Ojanen from Tampere grinding to fakie behind the tree.
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Samu Sundell from Tuusula double grab transfer photo: Viltsu

Samu Sundell from Tuusula double grab transfer
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Ville Nyström from lempäälä fs pivot to fakie photo: Viltsu

Ville Nyström from lempäälä fs pivot to fakie
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In case you end up at Mini some day, this kid Juho is propably there already. Daily bs lipslide transfer. photo:Vilkgrund

In case you end up at Mini some day, this kid Juho is propably there already. Daily bs lipslide transfer.
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Ratz Secret DIY spot – Slovakia

The place is located in Senica in western Slovakia. The situation with skateboarding in Senica is completely fucked up and skateboarding there is only a fucking business.

We are a small bunch of riders bmx / skate and building our own DIY spot with our own money. The spot is at the end of the city and near the customs office. There is a concrete quarter to wall, wave, bank, and small quarter curves which will continue.

Concrete is our hobbie and we want to spread the idea of DIY.

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Words: Robert Háberl
Photos: Lilly M. and Matej Jamriška

More info at Slovakian Skate x DIY x Punk x Concrete x Vert x Bowl action at: Ratz Skates


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