The clan is back again with this nice little 8-minute piece.
Favorite Skateboards went to Istanbul for “Portakal”. Watch Daniel Ledermann, Valentin Ott, Ike Fromme & more skate Turkey’s capital and major metropolis. Valentin’s SS FS Heel is more than delightful, just to name a highlight.
We first saw this new edit during the SKTWK video night, and afterwards, the owner came up to us and thanked us. He had read our “reviews” of their other projects Street Patrol and Jockey Club and wanted us to know how he felt about things.
We gladly accepted his kind words and stayed a bit longer for a beer and a chat and another beer, at the end of night one thing had been decided “Tripping” should be released on our platform. All (slightly tipsy) parties were very happy with this result, we shook on it and the end result is this post.
Now finally let’s talk a bit about the video itself, first off, it starts with another back to back situation (Favorite™ ). Michel Funke and Daniel Ledermann hit you over the head with some big stair manoeuvres while a new face plays a BGP type of role. Keep that young face in the back of your mind because that is the person closing of the video with his “welcome part”.
Getting a welcome part means you are the “new kid” and being the new kid is not always an easy role. Many of these “kids” need a moment to adjust, all of a sudden you are not with your local crew, you are with a new group of people that all know each other and have been skating together for a while, what is your place in this group?
On the other end of the spectrum, what does the team think of you? What do you bring to the table that wasn’t there before? Well, hopefully, Ike brings with him a youthful energy, a type of energy that pulls the whole team up by their bootstraps and keeps them on their course.
Mr Fromme also brings a cool and at times very original bag of tricks with him, he also knows how to put together things so that they flow well. Add to that the air of confidence of a young rapper and you basically have what Ike is bringing to the table.
Now enough talk, now press play and watch the new and improved Favorite Skateboard team in “Tripping” enjoy!
Text by Roland Hoogwater.
Photos by Michael Heindl.
Last week during the Bright they showed their newest video project to a crowd of thirsty skate rats. And if you follow our channels which you do if you are reading this post then you know that we are of the opinion that the Favorite team has some great skaters on it.
Text Roland Hoogwater.
Photos by Leo Preisinger.
And after watching the whole video we noticed a couple of things. First off, the whole team has the same pair of ski style sunglasses. Secondly, Daniel Ledermann stepped up and produced some of his best work to date! High-speed lines, in XL clothing and no-nonsense pretty diverse bangers.
We also noticed that the team likes and supported each other in more ways than one during the making of this video. When Nico Kasterke was not there to document things, it seems that they handed the VX1000 down and took matters into their own hands. We often see this “family of friends” vibe used for marketing purposes but if it is not authentic you see right through it.
Another point worth noting is Mario Ungerers Flip nose wheelie on the famous Pappalardo ledge in Madrid which in our opinion would have been nice if he only did the straight part but he takes it all the way to make it one of our highlights in the video.
Ok enough talk, if you are still not convinced simply press play and let the skating do the talking, you won’t be disappointed.
Today Favorite Skateboards Co. proudly present their very first full length video “Daggers”, which will be available as a whole for the next 11 days. It was a very huge project for such a fairly young company and I know each and every one of the guys put a lot of effort into it. Fortunately, the hard work paid off and the video delivers both skateboarding on a very high level and a clean cut by Nico Kasterke. It is quite foreseeable that we will hear and see a lot more of Valentin Ott, Daniel Ledermann, Mario Ungerer, Michel Funke and the whole Favorite fellowship in the very near future.
Photos by Leo Preisinger
Tomorrow the first full length of the Favorite Skateboard Company premieres in Munich. Honestly, I really cannot remember if there has ever been a German full length that got me into such a mood of excitement. Reason enough for me to invite my old friend and editor of the video, Nico Kasterke, to our office in Berlin and have a little chat about the process of making “Daggers”.
Well, that is really important for me that the video will be presented as a whole. I grew up with full-length videos. You know, today single online parts became the usual because it is much easier to produce them. But to my mind, a full length generates a much stronger impact. Therefore, we tried to find a possibility to properly show the whole thing but still without thrusting DVD’s into everybody’s hands. For that reason, we found a smart solution having a website that is designed only for the video, which is much better than just having a Youtube link and that is it. Having an own artwork and stuff gives the thing a whole different character already.
How did the collaboration with Favorite and yourself as the editor of the video came about?
I know Thomas (founder of Favorite) for quite some time now. One day he called me and asked if I would know someone who could do the edit of the Favorite video. He knew that editing a project like this would actually not be possible for me temporally. But right in the first second as he asked me this question I knew for myself that I wanted to do it so bad that I said to him that I would be willing to do this.
That is right! Actually the whole process was very similar to the Chinchilla Video I did years ago. Back then I was not living in Berlin and I could only go out filming with the crew when I was in town. For the Daggers video it was even harder because I am having a full time job now and most of the team riders live far away. So I knew right from the beginning that there would be only a few sessions where I might be able to realize some of my ideas while filming.
So one could say it is more a video that was edited by you but the footage came from various hands?
Yes, although my filming amount increased a lot towards the end of the project, which I have not noticed at first. But as I was working on the trailer I figured out that still a lot shots are my own.
The first tour was Paris in May 2014, which is not too long ago actually. Thus, we were working on it for quite accurate two years.
If one watches the trailer it seems to be quite obvious that a special focus is drawn on Daniel Ledermann. Does he have the last part, too?
Probably! (Laughs) In any case Daniel put in a lot of effort and delivered some of the heaviest skateboarding that has ever been seen from a German. It is just unreal that he did the Bigspin that double set in Athens only because I wanted to have it for the trailer and three tries later it was done.
Oh man, it is definitely the team vibe for sure! It is so great to see how everybody supports everyone! That was really amazing! Besides that, what also comes to my mind is that one night in Thessaloniki. We were drinking and suddenly everybody wanted to get a gang tattoo and via some curios connections we got the address of a guy who was living more outside the center of the city. As we arrived we first of all ordered twelve gyros pitas and then one after the other got inked a dagger in the backroom of the odd apartment before we went on to party the night away, everyone having plastic wraps around various body locations. On the next day we had to get our flight back home and Mario was still so drunk that he tried to get through the security zone with a couple of canned beers and two knifes in his backpack, which of course got him the fullest devotion of the security agents. Now you got an idea why the video is called “Daggers”. (Laughs)
Interview by Paul Roehrs
Let’s call it a day! Go Skateboarding Day 2015 in Berlin was a blast. The crowd met at Civilist store in Mitte to get their goodie bags while Nike SB donated money towards a new local Skate-Spot-Project for every kilometer that was pushed on a skateboard through the streets. The route took us to the “Bänke”, the famous street spot at Warschauerstr. where another issue of Battle At The Bänke was about to go down.
This 5th issue of BATB went to the history books as Alex Mizurov and Denny Pham did so many lines, they could have filmed a whole Bänke-part on one day. It was just stunning! Also the homies like Louis Taubert, Patrick Rogalski, Sylvain Tognelli (and many more) did their best to show amazing skateboarding at a fully crowded spot. Thanks to everyone who came along to join this epic Go Skateboarding Day!
Here’s our photo recap, shot by Burny.
Watch out for the final video dropping this week!
Der durstige Donnerstag ist der kleine Bruder des Freitags, heisst es ist bald Wochenende! Bis dahin noch etwas Geduld und die neuesten Clips schauen. Die MARIJUTHCREW veröffentlicht einen Trailer für ihr Full Length Video und wir besitzen bereits Insiderinformationen: Ledermann und Ungerer werden es killen und wisst ihr was? Der Rest der Bande auch.
RECORDS ist ein Clip aus New York, der zeigt wie schön pures Skateboarding sein kann. Das ganze wird dann auch noch mit einigen deiner Lieblingsskater und lange nicht gesehen Bekannten gemischt. Wow.
Den Namen Justin Sommer hört man in diesem Winter desöfteren durch die Skatehalle Berlin raunen. Immerhin hat der Kurze bereits den NKOTB Contest gewonnen (okay, Contestergebnis), ist aber auch der neueste Flowfahrer bei Radio Skateboards (aha!). Hier ein paar Eindrücke vom Sommer im Winter.
Joey Guevara ist wahrscheinlich nicht mit Che Guevara verwandt, dafür aber neu bei Think Skateboards und morgen kommt sein Part. Hier schon mal, wie sollte es anders sein, ein Trailer:
Und für alle, die schon wieder durstig sind, hier die komplette Bar 25 Doku “Tage außerhalb der Zeit”. Einfach mal so.
Unmissverständlich findet Jahr für Jahr ein bisschen mehr Generationswechsel statt. Schuld sind unter anderem die Jungs von Favorite Skateboards, die zwar niemandem die Butter vom Brot nehmen, allerdings ihre eigenen Stullen ziemlich gut streichen. Featuring Daniel Ledermann, Mario Ungerer, Daniel Trautwein, Thomas Eckert, Patrick Freitag, Michel Funke und Max Pflüger
Oh ja, sie hat mal wieder lange auf sich warten lassen – die gute Monday Madness. Jetzt ist sie, bzw. wir wieder back in full effect. Nur, damit ihr es wisst. Deshalb starten wir mit etwas, was das Skaterherz höher schlagen lässt – Skateboarding und Sex. Genau, denn Mystery haben mit der Pornocompany Vivid eine neue Boardserie ins Leben gerufen. Und einen Clip dazu gibt es auch. Vorsicht, ab 18!
Chima Ferguson ist ab sofort Mitgleid von Odd Future und haut dazu einen Remixpart raus von seinem Since Day 1 Edit. Sicker Shit.
Von Supra Footwear kommt die nächste Pro + Am Kollabo an den Start. Diesmal mit Spencer Hamilton.
Mario Ungerer heisst sich selbst willkommen bei Favorite Skateboards. Und das ganze, zeitgemäss, mit einem Welcome Clip.