This is the third year that we (G’nassis) organized the Malinas Machinas event in Mechelen. The first year we didn’t really knew what we were doing, but we knew that we wanted skateboarding, bands playing and the bowl filled up with water for a pool party. And that all ended up super good, so we decided to do it again the next year in pirate-style. Which was great too! But the government and the police didn’t think the same. So we had some difficulties to get the permission of the government this year and no financial support from them, but Vans solved this problem.
Only two weeks before the planned date of the event we got the permission to organize it within certain restrictions, because they were afraid of losing control over it. So we had to give in a bit, but we decided not to give in a lot so we could end the Malinas Machinas in style, with no regrets and without losing the soul of it!! And like they say: “It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission!” The flyer was finished before we ever really got the permission – it was going to happen no matter what!
Malinas Machinas 2013 / Horrorave edition
This year we did it in horror/rave style. The first day we had built the gallows and the guillotine. The energy in the skate park had changed a bit. The next morning we had to call the ambulance for a guy who had a open fracture. In the evening a local kid broke his arm so we had to call the ambulance again. While helping the kid on the stretcher, one of the nurses fell down from a bank and we had to call another ambulance for picking up the nurse! She ended up with a broken wrist and twisted ankle and we had to carry her on a stretcher into her own ambulance.
We considered this as a sign, so we bought a first aid kit at the grocery store, which luckily we didn’t have to use during the event. We hope that everybody had a great time in the past three years but now we think it’s time for something else! – Den Benne
Photos by Fleur Vandenbosch and Dorien Peeters.
The little kid standing with his board like a real man is called ‘Pepermans’. He’s a little upcoming local rat from Mechelen and gets up at 6 o’clock to skate before going to school! That’s what I call motivated.
Sebbe Debuck is not only good on a snowboard. He’s got some smith grind skills too.
In Belgium people like to share the good stuff and if it needs a shovel, then it needs a shovel. Ost (the guy with the glasses) is the most sober guy of Mechelen, but even he knows that sharing is caring. Sloeri’s body (in blank) is here in the picture, but he lost his mind on his way to the shovel.
Ratman and the rest of the Knock Out crew had a little party on their own on Sunday afternoon next to the swimming pool. It was not always bloody, but for sure it was drunk and lots of fun!
When everybody thought the skating was over, Hans found this (im)possible fs wallride on the bbq. He bumped on the rail in his way out!
Dirty Mike wants to tell us how much he is enjoying his beer. Regarding his face, it must be a really good one. Alex in the background has his doubts about it..
I don’t know his name, but for sure he can do front side airs.
Hans Claessens fullspeed bluntslide the bunker
The name of the dog is Sumo, he’s half human, half dog, half crazy. Searching for water instead of beers, smart dog!
I wonder what Mikkjel did the last years to get teeth like that?
Ratman and his little party with his (imaginary) friends
This band is called ‘to the bone’ and they recorded their video clip during the show on the malinas machinas. While everybody was shredding the bowl
Bruno eating a muffin like it’s as hard as the concrete in the skatepark.
Phil Zwijsen carving bs on the Vans off the wallride.
Sunday morning the place was a warzone filled with positive energy.
Photos above by Fleur Vandenbosch
Photos below Dorien Peeters
Axel Cruysberghs passed by to collect some boards. Backside smith to fakie on the bunker.
Axel had some struggle with the pool clown boys doing smith grinds on the bunker and killing the bowl session together with Szymon.
Ian Dykmans cruised around in the bowl and passed by with a back smith grind in style.
Szymon Stachon was killing the bowl session frontside, backside and upside down to get the one and only Independent bowl-ashtray.
Half face Ben Daeleman hosted the weekend with his dead baby head stick
To check out last years Malinas Machinas II (Pirate edition), click here.
To check out Malinas Machinas (park montage I) by Ralf Goossens click here.
Video by Wim Dewaele