Taking “Skits” to another level. WKND Skateboards definitely know how to be entertaining.
“Norgesferie” is the name of Norways big summer vacation and the title for Pekka Lovas new video featuring Karsten Kleppan, Didrik Galasso & Jan Henrik Kongstein.
If you haven’t been to one of those you really missed out. Maybe there will be another chance in 2021? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Featuring: Alex & Steve Olson, Matlock Bennett-Jones, Santiago Sasson, Ville Wester, Karsten Kleppan & many more.
The third and final installment of a series of collaborative moves that can only be described as bringing the best of both worlds.
Fashion and product design from a company that brings together runway and youth culture combined with the swagger of Portland’s finest, combined with a legend like Eric Koston and you get FRI.day.
Before you press play take a trip down memory lane and check out the first FRI.day 001 video:
Shot in Soulland’s home town of Copenhagen, Denmark. Featuring a strong crew consisting of Eric Koston, Hjalte, Karsten, Hugo, Ville, Jugga & Oski.
Then after we got the sequel with the 002 episode traveling all the way to Eric’s hometown of Los Angeles to show and prove that the first one was not a fluke. Check out our little talk with one of PLACE’s favorites Ville Wester here.
And now we are at the third and final stop, a stop that unlike the first two doesn’t visit a person but visits Soulland’s own Silas Adler’s home of inspiration, Tokyo. We like you are excited so press play and let the FRI.day venom spike into your veins 🐍
Kyron Davis is aging like a fine wine, only better with time! This is probably our favorite footage of his to date.
Nike SB just dropped one of their newest and most important projects of the year “Trust Fall” featuring some of the best and one of the most legendary people in skating.
Blake Carpenter, Daan Van Der Linden, Donovon Piscopo, Kyron Davis, Caleb Barnett, Casper Brooker, Karsten Kleppan, Cyrus Bennett, Max Palmer, Sean Malto, Andrew Wilson, Nik Stain, and Stefan Janoski.
Just a part… is what this title says to the viewer, marginalizing the effort Karsten put in but when you watch the whole thing you start to think how good is this motherfucker? And is it not slightly arrogant to be saying that this is “just another part”?
Anyway, we don’t believe Karsten, we think he worked hard to make this part good and we appreciate the work he put in! From the boardslide that goes up and over to the casual flip backside smith grind 180 this part is a labour of love.
For most of you Ville Wester is not a stranger, he came up through social media and the Bryggeriet Gymnasium in Malmö. Ever since we saw him winning our very own “King Of Vulcano” contest two Bright Tradeshow’s ago we have been paying attention to this young Danish lad. We worked together with Ville on our just-released Special Malmö Issue and met him multiple times since at events, parties and on the streets all over Europe. The point being made, young Mr.Wester is coming up and one reason for his ascent are these FRI.day Nike SB x Soulland releases that he is very much a part of. The second video is dropping today and because of that we sat down, connected with Ville and talked about his two FRI.day’s.
Photos by Ben Colen.
Interview by Roland Hoogwater.
Hey Ville, what’s up?
I am sitting in bed right now.
Are you about to go to bed? (8:04 PM)
No, I am just chilling, I am probably going to a party tonight. “Gonna get fucked up tonight!”
(Laughs) Okay, so, let’s start this interview then.
Talk a little bit about the first collabo, how did it happen and how did you get involved? Because, when that one happened, you were not that well known.
No, at that point I wasn’t that well known yet but I had been skating for Nike for a little while before this all happened. This older guy Silas Adler (co-founder of Soulland) got interested in skating again. I think he used to ride for Cityfellaz and some other sponsors back in the day. He does Soulland now and because of his history in skating, he wanted to do something together with Nike SB.
So one day I got a call from Silas, “We are doing it, do you want to be in this? Tao (Tor Ström) is going to film it and the boys have to be in it, it is going to be good.”
Soulland is based in Copenhagen so Hjalte Halberg, Oski, Karsten Kleppan and myself all got involved in the project. Actually, Hugo (Boserup) got brought in as well, he just started skating for Nike at that time. Anyway, they always wanted to have Eric Koston involved as well because he is a Fucking legend.
Did you know the Soulland guys before this all started?
Yes, I knew Silas a little bit, I met him a few years before. I did not know what he was doing though, I was just a little skate kid but I have learned since then (laughs).
The first Nike SB x Soulland collaborational video.
Do you know why they called it FRI.day?
In Danish, F.R.I.day means something like “To have a day off.” At the same time, you have good Friday, Friday is also a good day because it is the start of the weekend, and any day off is a good day.
So I think that is why they chose FRI.day, it seems to have a lot of good different meanings.
What was your favorite thing about the first video?
Hjalte’s lines he has a lot of really good ones in that video, I don’t want to pick a specific one they are all good to me.
How important is Tao in all of this, his style of filming?
I love filming with him, he is a good friend of mine. We also like to hang out and party together but at the same time nobody can get me hyped to film like he can. I know he knows how to film, so I never think “is this going to look whack?” he is on point when it comes to filming and that enables me to focus on doing the skating. He makes me comfortable, I trust him, I know documenting skating is not my job but I do think about the way things look through the lens even though I think I shouldn’t worry.
So after the first project was done did the crew change? If so, what was the crew for the second one?
For the second one, we had David Jakinda, Karsten Kleppan, Eric Koston, Antonio Durao, Me and Tao, Guy Mariano went out skating with us but didn’t film, Vaughan Baker was there, Danijel “Jugga” Stankovic was there, Silas and The Soulland guys came with us to L.A. it was a big crew of people.
Did everybody stay in touch after the first Soulland project ended?
Yeah, we have a Whatsapp group and we write each other every fucking day pretty much. There are two groups actually, one for the L.A. crew and one for the OG crew, both of them are pretty entertaining.
Who is the most active member?
Probably, Eric or Silas, they post some videos that get everybody sparked to talk.
Why did they choose Los Angeles this time?
The first one was in Copenhagen because it was home to Soulland, they wanted to show their city to people. Then for the second one, they wanted to visit L.A., venture out to Eric’s hometown.
How was it being out skating in L.A.?
It is way different than skating back home, here (in CPH) you have a bike and have a lot of spots close by at all times. The cliché is true over there you have to take a car, drive for an hour to a spot that you might want to skate and if nobody likes it, you get back in the car and drive for an hour and a half to the next one. You might hit two or three spots a day whereas here you hit 10 – no problem!
If you want you can push to different spots in CPH.
It is a totally different way of skating the city, it is a lot of fun too but it can also create pressure because the next spot is not around the corner. I did enjoy trying to skate that way because I had never done it. Normally I don’t start thinking of a trick before I get there but it is worth trying to skate something because you made a lot of effort to get there. It is different from what I normally do at home but maybe I should change that. Because some people plan things out and they end up having great video parts and I haven’t even had one yet (laughs).
I don’t know, maybe it is not like you are repeating yourself you did get some cool footage in Tao’s last video. They say “Don’t change a winning formula”.
Okay (laughs), to be honest, I just want to have fun and I think taking things too serious can get in the way of good skateboarding. Truthfully, I don’t see myself getting in a car, driving out to a massive rail trying to get a photo, doing the trick and then driving back home. To be honest, that is not really my way of doing things.
Let’s get back to Los Angeles, did the Soulland guys skate with you in out there?
They did, they said, “We can’t leave L.A. until we all do a tre-flip.” I didn’t see any of them land one but they tried a few times (laughs).
What is the favorite trick you did on your trip to L.A.?
The one-foot ollie, the one that Ben Colen shot.
Can you tell us more about the trip, what about the times you were not skating?
The first week we had this great apartment with a huge swimming pool and a jacuzzi that was really nice. We ate a lot of great food, taco’s, Indian food and on some evenings we drank margaritas at “El Compadre” together with Koston. We had some great times amongst friends.
How was skating with Koston in L.A.?
It was different because his family is out there. He is a dad so he had more family time in L.A. compared to CPH but he went skating with us almost every day. He also invited us to his house, we had a pool party with all the boys and his family. He had catering at his house and these people served us taco’s and gave us beers while we were hanging out in the jacuzzi, great times.
Let’s segue into the fashion part of this collabo can you tell me what your favorite Soulland x Nike SB pieces are?
I remember when they did the first collabo they did these pink shoes and I think they only made a hundred or two of them, those were so great and very comfortable. I still have my pair but I did fuck them up a bit during a New Years Eve party last year but still, those are great!
This time around the Dunk Hi is by far my favorite. I think that out of the twwo designs both last and this year it is the best shoe they did. The new deconstructed design of the Dunk looks so good on your feet especially with the baggy big boy pants that I am wearing.
What has your Soulland x Nike SB non-skate highlight been so far?
I think the first premiere at Chateau Motel was my personal favorite. Chateau Motel had just opened and the premiere was the first event in that club. The screening was outside in the garden, it looked like an open-air theater. At one point I got so drunk and blacked out for a bit, came back to my senses around 4:00 AM met Silas he gave me a wine glass filled with Hennessy I drank it in one big gulp and blacked out again (laughs).
Last Question, will there be a third collaboration?
I don’t know but you never know with these guys, they are fucking crazy.
Last year they made a movie about CPH Open and so this year they needed to step it up with this little miracle. And when we say miracle we mean it, imagine the amount of tries it took to create this lovely piece of cinema, miraculous.
At the same time, we love the fact that it celebrates the Danish language and it celebrates Copenhagen’s legendary skaters. History was not forgotten and next week will be one to remember.
“Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? In this poetic short film, four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.”
NORTHBOUND is a short film directed by Jørn Nyseth Ranum, featuring Karsten Kleppan, Herman Stene, Didrik Galasso and Henrik Lund.
Actually it is the custom that the greatest parts get announced far in advance, so usually we are prepared to get sparked. However, this mind-blowing part from Karsten Kleppan and Jon Henrik Kongstein came just out of nowhere and causes open mouths. In case you are still reading, stopp here and hit the play button and get enchanted by the duo who have been shredding their home town in Norway every spare moment this past summer.
Eric Koston recently effected a collaboration between Soulland and Nike SB, which is called FRI.day and then went out to Copenhagen to join the Euro riders to produce one of the best Swoosh clips I have ever witnessed. The collection is looking pretty dope as well!
The Quartersnacks guys are out in Europe every summer and slowly but surely CPH seems to have become their favorite spot to chill overseas. Also for the hip hop heads out there you might enjoy the Capone-N-Noreaga reference in the title of this thing.
Featuring Max Palmer, Hjalte Hallberg, Karsten Kleppan, Louie Lopez and some other Johnny Wilson affiliates.
The Swoosh just announced, that their third part of the “Chronical” Videos will be released in December. Line up reads more than good, expect parts from Karsten Kleppan, Lance Mountain, Eric Koston, Kevin Bradley, Trevor Colden, Cory Kennedy and Brian Anderson. Get hyped, here’s the teaser:
A poem in the form of a Japanese haiku consists of no more than three short lines, 17 syllables in total, and it’s usually a somewhat quirky observation of a fleeting moment in time. Often involving nature, seasonal changes, and featuring crisp punchlines, we felt tempted to present our first impression of the following photographs as haikus – flying down five steps, then seven, then five again. Here you go: No drafts or second thoughts, it’s all about pure expression of a sudden insight.
modern kid of pure skating
in the gang of crooks
no one is leading the force
stop pretending please
they are watching you
you never live in freedom
windows of the world
turning around in their mind
it’s a different view
story of the bird
turning around in their height
time is ticking fast
go up go down round and round
searching for a chance
still waiting for the big break
damn it don‘t give up
Die Menschen lieben Selfies und wir ebenso! Besonders, wenn es einen Anlass dazu gibt sich von seiner besten Seite zu zeigen hat sich bisher noch jeder Street League Pro und jedes Monster Energy Girl gerne mit der PLACE Selfie Cam abgelichtet. Frei nach dem Motto: Selfie yourself as hard as you can präsentieren wir eine erlesene Auswahl der schönsten Selbstbildnisse aus Barcelona.
By Benni Markstein & Bmin Boje
Das Nike SB Team um Luan Oliveira, Paul Rodriguez, Ishod Wair, Shane O’neill, Youness Amrani, Karsten Kleppan und Theotis Beasley war im Oktober auf großer “Ruta Panamericana” Tour und ist in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City und Los Angeles Demos gefahren – so weit so gewöhnlich. Die Ausmaße dieser Demos allerdings waren alles andere als gewöhnlich: VIP Bereiche, ausverkaufte Hallen und kreischende Kids in ungeahnten Ausmaßen – fast könnte man denken hier wäre die letzte Tour der Rolling Stones im Gange. Hier sehr ihr die Skateboard Superstars in Aktion:
Das Courthouse in Los Angeles ist ein legendärer Spot, der vor kurzem wieder skatebar gemacht wurde – in diesem Clip gibt Eric Koston den Spotguide und plaudert aus dem Nähkästchen. Trevor Colden, Daryl Angel und Karsten Kleppan steuern noch ein paar Tricks bei und gut ist:
Karsten Kleppans Full Part aus Francisco Sacos Homo Pop Gun ist online. Sieben Tage war er zu Besuch in Berlin und hat in solch kurzem Zeitfenster mehr schaffen können, als so manch ortsansässiger Skater während der gesamten Karriere.
Francisco Saco is so god damn passionated about what he is doing that you might get caught on fire if you work with him. He has the power to motivate you in a heartbeat – from sitting in a corner to grinding something. He will talk untill you really move your ass. We sat down with him to chat about Homo Pop Gun on the very day it will be celebrate its premiere. Happy Skateboarding y’all!
What is your new Movie “Homo Pop Gun” like? What do you wanna show your audience?
The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms defines romantic comedy as “a general term for comedies that deal mainly with the follies and misunderstandings of young lovers, in a light-hearted and happily concluded manner whichusually avoids serious satire”. We can attempt to date the romantic comedy back to the ancient Greeks, who
incorporated elements of sexual and social nature in their comedies, or back to Shakespeare’s comedies of the late 1590s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream being purely romantic while Much Ado About Nothing approaches the comedy of manners.
It was not until the creation of romantic love in the western European medieval period, though, that “romance” came to refer to “romantic love” situations, rather than the heroic adventures of medieval Romance. The creation of huge economic social strata in the Gilded Age combined with the heightened openness about sex after the Victorian Era and the celebration of Sigmund Freud’s theories, and the birth of the film industry in the early twentieth century, gave way to the screwball comedy. As class consciousness declined and World War II unified various social orders, the savage screwball comedies of the twenties and thirties gave way to more harmless comedies. This style faded in the 1960s, and the genre lay mostly dormant until the more sexually charged ‘When Harry Met Sally’ had a successful box office run in 1989, paving the way for a rebirth for the Hollywood romantic comedy in the mid-1990s. And I would have to say that it is this late period of the romantic comedy that most informed me in the making of Homo Pop Gun. These are the films that I was surrounded by when growing up, forced to engage with either by girlfriends past or my mother and sister spending time back home. I make skate videos with themes to keep from getting bored and lost in the skating.
My last film was about post-colonialism and the vast divide between Latin American and European sensibilities. This time around my main focus was Love and my perception of it, or how I was being forced by elements around me to perceive it, how to perceive romance and companionship. I shot this video in exactly one year because of obsession, because of an addiction to realizing another project that just wouldn’t let go of me. After Video Diays, I thought I would take a break, but I just couldn’t force myself to. I’m proud of this video in the same way one is proud of something totally unexpected, a happy accident of sorts. I just kept shooting because I had no other alternative. And then somehow some idea formed in the distance and it made sense, total sense, to make this video about love and relationships and all that went with it.
Whats the main difference between “Video Diays” and “Homo Pop Gun”?
I honestly tried to make this more of a ‘skatevideo’ and I think at times I do go in that direction, but the ‘story’ aspect always manages to shine through. I guess that’s the main difference between this one and Video Diays. I wanted to try and get away from such experimentation and go for a straight skate video, but apparently I’m no good at those so the theme just slowly crept out of me and spilled into the video, along with all my eccentricities, which I’m very well aware are not everybody’s cup of tea. But I drink my own brand of tea and don’t really care if people catch on or not. I do feel the flow and level of skating is much higher in this one. And this time around its not as academic or critical. Homo Pop Gun works on a more purely emotional level. I really do hope people can identify with it in that way. I was also a little less strict about using only Hi8. I incorporated a lot of iPhone material, as well as ‘downgraded’ VX and HD footage, not to mention a little bit of Super8mm to class it up some.
Who came up with the name Homo Pop Gun?
I could spend a while bullshitting, saying that I’m trying to buck the trend in skating right now about bromances, gay culture, ambiguity and club culture by saying the title is a reference to all that, but in actuality it was just a happy accident when Martin Küpper, of MK1 fame, fucked up the name of a movie he was trying to remember, saying the film was called Homo Pop Gun. We all laughed and suggested he name his video that, but he went the safer, more sensible route and chose MK1. I on the other hand felt that title had just what I was looking for, for the themes being explored in my video, so I asked if I could take it and he said yes. I probably owe him a beer down the road at some point for that.
Who is involved in your latest project?
Some of the cast of my skate romcom are Hannes Schilling, Malte Spitz, Callum Paul, Dallas Rockvam, Roland Hirsh, Michael Mackrodt, Sergej Vutuc, Juan Esteban Saavedera, Kevin Besset, Valeri Rosomako, Remy Taveira, Flex O’Connor, Gereon Hecht, Elna Gurvitz, Julian Thyssen, Karsten Kleppan, Mauro Caruso, Steve Forstner and Konstantin Rutschmann.
The movie will be shown today at Villa Neukölln. For more information click HERE.
All Photos by: Malte Spitz.