Words, Photos & Video: J. Hay @haywirephoto
We knew this skate fiesta would be a perfect setup for a hectic weekend of skateboarding and beer drinking, so we packed up the van with 7 dudes and headed from Köln, Germany to Belgium, where we stayed at the Brusk Collective’s commune in the heart of Brussels. I’ll save that story for another post as a lot went down this weekend…
The Fiesta started early with all kinds of events the Brusk Collective organized for the community (not just for skaters): DIY silkscreen printing, cooking demos, clowns, monsters dancing with grannies and grandfathers at the local old peoples home, punk bands, djs, photo workshops and local beer tastings.
We arrived via a brief tour de Brussels on skate around 1 in the afternoon and skateboarding was already fully underway. I soon found Danger, Sean, Roberto, and Leticia from Consolidated who flew out for a 2 week tour of Belgium, Holland and England. The event lasted a solid 8 hours, where all kinds of strange activities were going on (they have some strange folks out in Brussels I tell you…) There were people dressed as muscle men, a freaky bride MC, old boobie man, bears, zombies, and 17 year old british style punk rockers with mohawks (oh wait maybe they were “real” punks and not just dressing up for the Fiesta.)
The skating was solid throughout the day, with hundreds of people gathered around the bowl, freshly painted by the artist ELNINO76 in an intestinal pink. [you can see the artist’s plans for the painting here] The promised “chaotic session” with a punk band playing on the deck went down as planned! I proceeded to get completed worked in the bowl (nicknamed “the punisher”) within minutes, and took a 2 hour break to have a revenge session in the punisher in the dark which culminated in hundreds of empty beer cans thrown in the bowl as well as some idiot throwing in a glass bottle which sliced my hands into bloody mittens.
At some point, the masses began to thin out, Danger Dave was inviting us to an after party (which of course wouldn’t end until sunrise), which we barely slipped out of in the last minute (unlike Sean and Danger) and lived to fight another day….