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Skate World: Sweden

Skate World: Sweden

was a big industrial city. And building big oil ships, like
big tankers, that was the main business. In the ’80s, there was the
big financial crash. So there was no work,
there was no jobs, there was nothing. Malmo had quite a big
skate scene back then in the late ’80s. That was when the big trend
came from the States. When my parents got divorced
and moved to another city, like a small village called
[INAUDIBLE], that’s where I started skating. Basically, my dad picked me up
after school, drove me 45 minutes to Malmo to go to the
skate park, go to the spot. He would sit there all day,
wait for me, watch me skate, go back. And we would do that every day, pretty much, after school. I always try to skate
something different. I always try to make something
different, find something different. For me, it’s like the atmosphere
around the spot is just as important as
the spot itself. The first place we built
was Savanna Side. This is where it all started. Well, it’s right there. Used to be all empty here, just
old factory foundation. When we built the park, we
didn’t have any plan for it. Everything is just kind of made
up, just everybody got a little piece in here. We use to skate the trains as
well sometimes, street gaps on top of the trains. This here, we skated here every
day for two months, three months. People are not so
into this place. Not many people come
here to skate. This is the New York banks. If you don’t have it,
you got to build it. This is kind of like
the spot in London. I know Bobby Puleo has a couple
tricks, the nosegrind into these brick banks, kind
of like the same idea. I mean, if you want to have
something good to skate, you want to have something that is
interesting, fun, you’ve got to build it. I mean, you don’t find these
kind of things on the streets. And here, I’ve got everything
I need in one small place. And it’s perfect, you know. We go skate. And I got the camera with me. And whatever happens happens. But we always end up having
some photos, some footage. And then we just do something
with it, you know. NILS SVENSSON: You have to
be creative to find new stuff all the time. That’s what’s great
with Pontus. That’s exactly what
he’s looking for. And that’s exactly what
I’m looking for. “Strongest of the Strange,” it’s
quite a slice of history from Malmo skating
right there. You could see the development
we’ve done with the DIY stuff. I think it was really inspiring
for a lot of people that you can really create
your own skate scene, basically, just by bricks
and concrete. PONTUS ALV: I think a lot
of people, it was really refreshing to see that video,
with the whole DIY documentary thing inspired a
lot of people. I got kids from all over Europe
sending me emails like, hey, I love that video,
I love what you did. And look what me and
my friends built. There’s so many bowls have been
built just because of that little section
in my video. This is what remains. There’s a lot of history
here in this place. It was quite famous when
it was up and running. This place used to be fucking
homeless city. We talked to the landowner when
he kicked out all the homeless people here. They said, yeah, you
guys can stay. But we’ve got to clean
up the area. The homeless people here, they
were so angry at me. They’re like, yeah man, we’ve
been living here for eight, nine years. And you guys get to stay. They kick us out. And yeah, they were throwing
fire bombs over the fence into the bowl. This bowl has got destroyed
a couple of times, and we fixed it. And one day came, someone
smashed it. The first you get bulldozed,
you get really bummed. But I’m so used to it now. In a way, it’s good, because
you get new stuff to skate all the time. Tear it down, and build
another one. And tear it down, and build–
it’s like a little war I got. If you have an idea, do
it, and do it now. This session today might
be the last one. It might be the last time
we skate here together. That brings something extra to
the spot, rather than just a public state park, that
it’s there for you. Back in the ’90s, Malmo was
a ghost town, kind of like worn down city. Skating-wise, wasn’t
anything going on. I mean, skateboarding in
the ’90s was dead. We used to skate here
all the time. Then for some reason, they put
this for the people that go from the bus, so it’s
not slippery. So they kind of fucked up the
spot, because this ledge was the main thing to skate. MARTIN NILSSON: In the
’90s there was this square right there. We called it Plaza. We had ledges. We had this. We had some stairs. I mean, it wasn’t perfect,
and nothing is. But it was our spot. And I wouldn’t go as
far as saying it was American standard. But in our heads, we were
like, yeah, this is really a good spot. When we started, we were
10 or 15 guys. Pontus was 11. And one guy was,
back then, 25. Everybody hated us. Story of most skaters’
lives in the ’90s. -Yes. MARTIN OTTOSSON: This was
in the early ’80s. There was a Swedish band
called Magnum Bonum. They made a hit song called
“Skateboard.” I used to listen to it every day when I was
playing on my swing. I moved here in ’95. The official reason
was for studies. But I wanted to go here because
of skateboarding. It was only one group
of people. It was us. We didn’t have anybody else to
look up to or learn from. MARTIN NILSSON: We probably
spent skating three hours every day. When it was raining or too cold,
we could just go down, because under here is
a parking garage. When the shopping mall is
closed, we could skate up here, the luxury part
of the garage. And most of the time, we used
to just skate down there, because otherwise we
got kicked out. TOBIAS HENRIKSSON:
We came down here first time maybe ’91. We used to skate here a
lot, every day from 7 o’clock ’til 9:00. There are some other garages,
but not as good as this. This is warm and perfect
flat ground and curbs. Perfect to do manuals
and stuff here. That’s the way it
was back then. We never turned the
camera off. One guy missed, the next guy
would jump in, do the line. Pontus, he’s five years younger
than the rest of us. I remember when he took off
in ’94, maybe, when he was getting really good. It was cool when he went to San
Francisco and skated for Mad Circle, because Mad Circle
was so big at that time. -Were you guys pretty
proud of him? TOBIAS HENRIKSSON:
Yes, we were. Still are. PONTUS ALV: [INAUDIBLE], and
he’s the one who started up Mad Circle with Justin. I met him at the skate
park in Gothenburg. And he saw me skate. And he was really stoked. Basically, yeah, he got a
camera from [INAUDIBLE]. He came down one day. And I’m going to film you. And I was like, OK, cool. Because I was thinking
you have to make everything first try. So I got, like, I don’t know, 15
lines first try, like bam. And then he sent the
tape to the States. Justin saw it, and he’s
like, this is it. Him and Blabec came
over, we skated. And then they said, yeah, I’ll
fly you out to San Francisco, and it was on. I was, like, 15. My mom said, you got
to bring a friend. So I brought one of
my friends over. Justin picked us up. And we lost our luggage. Me and Scott Johnson didn’t
really get along that well. But me and Bobby were tight. Coming from this little town,
just straight to fucking your dream company, like from nothing
down here to going straight into the heart
of San Francisco. This is the church. It’s called Johannes Church. This is where I had a line in
the “5 Flavors,” opening switch 180 up, and
backs a flip out. This was the main
meet up spot. Back in those days, all you
needed, like, flat curb and wax it up, and [SWISH]. JOHN DAHLQUIST: We spent
a lot of time here. Pretty much one full summer
in ’93, we’d meet up here, skate all day. Road trip would be to go down
to that parking lot. PONTUS ALV: This parking lot
used to be covered with these white ledges. We used to skate here a lot. This is for the good old days. In my second video, I had 50-50,
and then transfer to the other side. Mad Circle ended. I got back to Europe, I wanted
to quit skating. But then I just started to skate
again with friends and got into it, and just called up
Jeremy and said, I want to work with Cliche, and want to
build something up in Europe. And me and Jeremy started
working on the whole Cliche Europa project. It seems like since I left the
industry, things have just been going so much better. The more you’re away from
skateboarding, the more people want you. Now it’s like, oh, we
want an interview. We want photos. We want to publish your stuff. When I was in the States,
when I was with Cliche, you try so hard. And then it’s like you’re just
another guy doing it. People always want something
they can’t get. -Do you like it? PONTUS ALV: It’s all right. -Let me see. Let me see it. PONTUS ALV: Hello. -Go ahead. PONTUS ALV: Hello. -Yeah, that’s good. PONTUS ALV: That’s good? JEREMY BUTTERWORTH: Get,
go, come here. That’s right. Not quite used to all this
hype around here. Cameras on, it’s like,
oh, how’s my hair? My name’s Jeremy Butterworth. I’m from Australia originally. I first came to Malmo in 2005. I had to help work on the
Stapelbadd project. This one’s being built here in
Oxie because I think it’s kind of a rough neighborhood, so
they need something to do. And it’s just another good
excuse to get Malmo another skate park. It’s only 20 minutes away. DAVID TOMS: I didn’t really even
know where Malmo was when I first got my job. Just turned up here and
was blown away by the skateboarding that I saw and the
DIY feel that was going on here with Pontus building
spots everywhere. The government really, really
encouraging of the scene. They’re just a really positive
towards the building of parks and the acquisition
of money for the skaters to build parks. JEREMY BUTTERWORTH: We just
came out here with a few things in mind. And after years of experience
in building parks, we can really plan and [INAUDIBLE]. It’s a lot of fun. And you get to be more creative,
where you just come out with a spray paint can,
and just X on the ground. All right, we’re
starting here. There’s always more to add on
to some of the parks we’ve build before. So we’re just going
to keep on going. And we’re never going to stop. -Do you have a favorite
skate park here? DAVID TOMS: I’d have
to say Stapel. -Who rips that place
the hardest? DAVID TOMS: Jeremy. He’s the man. JOHN MAGNUSSON: This park was
started being planned 2001 and was finished end of 2005. One of the main goals for this
skate park was to make people want to come here and explore
what we have, to make it grow and make more people part
of the skate scene. I moved to Malmo in 1998, mostly
because of skating, because the big indoor
park just opened up. The scene in Malmo in 1998 was
far away from where it is now. There was this crew with
Tobias, Nils, Pontus, [INAUDIBLE], John, really
tight crew of 20 people. And they were kind of the guys
behind the indoor park also. Three years after I moved down
to Malmo, we kind of started to think together, the idea to
create something like the indoor park but outside. It’s built and designed
by an American guy called Stefan Hauser. We’ve been working a lot with
skate parks ourself. But this was kind of
knew, the concrete. So we brought in someone that
we believed and help us out. We want to have a little bit
inspiration from Burnside and Santa Rosa. At the moment, these concrete
parks in the States were looking a lot of vertical. So we said, don’t build
everything vertical. Trying to keep it a little
bit lower, make it epic, a lot of flow. My favorite part of the
park is everything. And you can just skate it for
two hours, and you don’t have to do one single trick. Check it out, my son’s skating
it at the moment. [SPEAKING SWEDISH] I don’t know. He has 23 finger boards. Everything here comes from the
skateboard organization called Bryggeriet. And we take care of
the outdoor parks, Stapelbaddsparken and the
smaller Sibbarp Skatepark, and the new one now. The city pays us to
take care of it. And we have a really good
cooperation with the city. We had a lot of big events
here, like Quicksilver Bowlriders and Malmo Ultra Bowl
and stuff, so that we do it together with them. NILS SVENSSON: How it’s changed
here in Malmo, it’s hard to understand, really. But the city is so into
what we’re doing. They have had so much positive
feedback that they just see it as such a good way of
marketing Malmo. And now when they design parks
and plazas and stuff, now they think, yeah, of course we should
include skateboarding. And it’s worth a lot
for them, I think. [SPEAKING SWEDISH] -I read some stupid thing in
some skateboard magazine. JOHN DAHLQUIST: I’m the teacher
here at the skateboard part of Bryggeriets Gymnasium,
the high school for skating in Malmo. Right now, we have
142 students. And it’s three years,
16 to 18. During school hours, it’s
just students here. And then the park
opens at 4:00. They do a lot of skating. And they skate from 9:00 in the
morning until they close here at 9:00 at night. At the beginning of first year,
we have something that we call basic training. But it shows pretty fast that
what’s basic to one person is not to another. There’s everything from beginner
to pro, pretty much. There’s room for everyone. NILS SVENSSON: This place
generates a lot of talent and keep skaters together. The new generations are
the kids that are in this school, I think. [CHEERS] FERNANDO BRAMSMARK: I think
I started to skate in the sixth grade. It’s like four years, or
something like that. -Did your parents give you a
hard time about coming to a skateboarding high school? FERNANDO BRAMSMARK:
I don’t think so. They only say, ah, enjoy. Don’t miss any lessons. -What’s your favorite class,
your favorite lesson? FERNANDO BRAMSMARK: I think it’s
skate, the skate lesson. JOHN DAHLQUIST: There is two
street courses in the vert ramp and the bowl. They’re served these great
state parks and great opportunities. I guess some of them think,
why would you want to go street skate? There’s cracks in the streets
and ledges that aren’t made from steel. Actually, I have to
sometimes yell at people for not skating. But I would never set
any rules to how anyone should skate. There’s never a moment of
everyone having to do 10 kickflips, or anything
like that. Skateboarding has to be free,
and never set any rules to how someone’s going to skate. -[SPEAKING SWEDISH] LOVE ENEROTH: It’s kind of
unpopular, this spot. If I propose that we go here to
someone, they’re like, uh, let’s go somewhere else. There used to be water. And I don’t know why there’s
no water here now. LOVE ENEROTH: My name is Love
Enertoth, co-founder of Bellows Skateboards. And I do the creative
graphics and stuff. I moved here, like, ’97 to
just pursue skating. At that time, there wasn’t
really any skate companies. There was more like shops,
like G-Spot, for example. Seven years ago, probably, I
went to Barcelona and sort of stayed there, and went
to France, too. And I was riding for Antiz. -Was it tough leaving Antiz? Or were you over it? LOVE ENEROTH: Yeah, was tough,
because I was kind of getting frustrated, not at them
but at my situation. I didn’t just want
to skateboard. I wanted to do something
creative. -Bellows is like a second
generation European company. Or even third, right? You know– LOVE ENEROTH: The Cliche. -They were the first,
and then Antiz. And then now it’s
like people– LOVE ENEROTH: Now it’s
a lot of companies. We started out as a team. It was actually me, Martin, and
Johan Florell, a friend of ours who actually passed
away recently. But it was us who started it
together, and with Mika. We just brainstormed how
do we want a skateboard company to feel like. And so we came up with this. You shake your head
really fast. And then the flash will
freeze your face. So we thought that it
would be funny to do a series of portraits. I think Mika had the
fever that day. He couldn’t shake his head,
so he was just blowing air out of his lips. The best skating here is, I
guess, the summer months from probably May until the end of
September, like early October. A lot of the spots
is in the summer. So there’s a few in
the downtown area, but not that much. So you’ve got to go on the
train for 20 minutes. [SPEAKING SWEDISH] LOVE ENEROTH: This is a
suburb of Stockholm. And this is the backside of
where we’re going to skate. And I don’t what this is. Little kids just put
some shit here. SARAH MEURLE: My name
is Sarah Meurle. We’re skating with my teammates
from Bellows and a friend of ours called
Friedrich. I came here at the beginning of
the summer, and I was out skating with Mika every day. He doesn’t stop. LOVE ENEROTH: We got
Sarah on the team. She’s like the first one who’s
not from Stockholm. Her board is coming
out, actually. SARAH MEURLE: It’s
going to be a– LOVE ENEROTH: A sunflower. SARAH MEURLE: –a sunflower
that Love had drawn. I went to school and all
the boys were skating. And I thought it seemed
really fun. And I just kept on skating
with the other boys. If you go to my house,
it’s on a dirt road. And there’s nothing
at all to skate. So in the attic, me and my dad
built a little quarter pipe just next to my room, a small
little bank on the other side so you could kind of
go back and forth. I got sponsored by Streetlab,
the skate shop in Malmo. But I was small. But it was really fun. And I skated for them for
a couple of years. And then I started to
get other sponsors. The first time I was on
an airplane was 2 and 1/2 years ago. And since then, I’ve been
to so many places. -All because of skating? SARAH MEURLE: Yeah,
pretty much. -That’s a pretty good deal. SARAH MEURLE: Yeah. GREGER HAGELIN: I think
it’s Friday afternoon. It’s like people
are still here. Yeah, hey, bro, [INAUDIBLE]. -[INAUDIBLE]. GREGER HAGELIN: [INAUDIBLE] was one of the guys
that we met back in the days in G-Spot. He was a great skateboarder
back then. -Still am. GREGER HAGELIN: Still
am, yeah. So we met back in the day. So now he works here. There’s a lot of old
skateboarders working here, or young skateboarder, whatever
you want to say. Down here, we have the financial
department, the design department, and the
marketing department. And this is what we call
our lounge room. You guys play ping pong? Skateboarding is the most
important subculture ever. If you’ve been skateboarding for
10 years, whatever you do with the rest of your life,
you’re going to still have the same mentality, always remember
being a skateboarder. My generation, a lot of those
guys got into it because it was kind of trendy. Then it died out. After that, I started my own
skateboard company, actually a mail-order company out
of my apartment named Bam, Backside Airmail. Called Backside Airmail, Bam,
and our amazing stuff and make sure it get the best skateboard
products in three to four days. And that the [INAUDIBLE] skateboard staff was
me, myself, and I. But It was kind of funny,
because all the skaters in Sweden called and they were
like, you almost become a friend to everybody. It’s like, hi, how are you? Me and Pontus started working
together back in ’93. I actually had a skateboard camp
down in Gothenburg, and Pontus was there. Pontus Karlsson actually
had his own mail order. And we started talking, maybe
we should open up a distribution company together
and open up a store. The reason why starting
G-Spot was [INAUDIBLE] skateboarding and have
a good time. And making money wasn’t
that important. We did a lot of crazy stuff. But we’ve never been doing
anything to be mean. To be in Sweden, you could
actually do whatever. Of course, the police came and
knocked on the door and told us to stop selling liquor
and not have parties. But we didn’t really
give a shit. -Was G-Spot known as
the best shop? JEAN-PASCAL STRUWER: It was the
only shop to begin with. Through hanging out at the
G-Spot skate stop, I got to know all the skaters and
the cliques that were hanging out there– Jens Andersson, Pontus Karlsson,
Pelle Fredell, a couple more. Actually, I made the
first video. It was called “G-Spot
Forever.” JENS ANDERSSON: Early ’90s,
the core group of skateboarders in Stockholm
couldn’t be more than 25, 30 people. Skateboarding was really
in for a change there. And it was really ugly, fashion
wise and tricks wise. The natural street skateboarding
scene in Stockholm has never
been that good. It has a very poor
architecture for skateboarding. MARTIN KARLSSON: The ground is
rough, so mini ramps was where people learned how to skate. JEAN-PASCAL STRUWER: Right now,
we are in a park called [INAUDIBLE], which is a
legendary skate spot in the Stockholm skate scene. It was one of the places where
we hung out during the summertime. We would go to this mini ramp
and buy beers and hang out and laugh and have fun. JENS ANDERSSON: In the early
days of Stockholm street skating, there was people from
different social backgrounds. I mean, there were people
from the really upscale parts of Stockholm. And there were people from
the more rougher neighborhoods as well. MARTIN KARLSSON: Some of the
skaters moved in from different parts of Sweden, and
we lived collectively. It was a strange period. No one really knows how anyone
got by financially. JENS ANDERSSON: Sell some
boards, some sweatshirts, and maybe sell something
else as well. Well, the main spot, for
sure, was Sheraton Hotel, as we call it. But it’s not really part
of Sheraton Hotel. It’s just a delivery area
for some shops. It was outdoor but still
has a ceiling over it. So you were able to skate
there all year round. But there was these high metal
curbs and a manual pad, and that’s it. And everybody was skating there
10 hours a day, and coming in from all over Sweden
just to skate this spot. [CLAPPING] MARTIN KARLSSON: You get that? Always when you cut yourself
down here, you’re like, what was that I cut myself on? JENS ANDERSSON: And you kind
of remember the feeling you had when you were skating
back then. -When we looked at the book “The
Sheraton Years,” that was like the golden age for you
guys in terms of fun? GREGER HAGELIN: It was, like,
I mean, there’s four generations of skateboarding. Jens did send that book to me. So I it at my office in LA. And I opened that book– it
was a Friday afternoon– and started reading it. And I started to remember. And I started feeling really
sad, because skateboarding was very small at that time. And the same crowd of people
went to every contest, went to every spot, went out drinking
every night together. And it was a very, very special
time, for sure. JENS ANDERSSON: There
was a lot of pictures to choose from. And we decided to go with the
more insecure teenager on the way of growing up kind
of direction. I never really had an intention
of being a skate photographer. But at the time, I always had
a camera in my backpack, shooting regularly just
the people around me. Rather than trying to get the
perfect skate photo, I’m just trying to document the time
we were spending together. There was definitely a turning
point when the new skate park opened up. JENS ANDERSSON: YMCA. The chief for the YMCA, he was
really into doing stuff for kids and teens, and trying
to put his mind into subcultural stuff. MARTIN KARLSSON: So we had
something for the graffiti people and for the
skateboarders. And he even had a pub for skinheads down in the basement. They had taken skateboards from
the skateboarders and snapped them in half and
put them on the wall. That was how crazy it
was, that place. Ali Boulala, back then he was
so lightweight, so small he could jump down anything. When we started skating with
him, he cried every time he skated, because he was so
frustrated when he didn’t skate good enough. You know, he was a huge Mike
Carroll fan at this time. I think this is the day
after he watched the Chocolate video. And Mike Carroll does the
feeble in Hubba Hideout. And he’s just like, oh,
I got to do that. And he learned it. But he was always really aware
of what was going on in skateboarding, trick-wise,
style-wise. He always made the
right moves. Greger drinking 40s,
Santa Monica beach. JENS ANDERSSON: The G-Spot era,
I think that was very important to the fact that skate
wing was getting back in the limelight again. And it was really cool. And there was different
companies that could offer money and sponsor stuff. We could step out of
the garage, you know, out of the darkness. -Would you bring a lot of the
skaters to the ASR Trade Show in Long Beach? GREGER HAGELIN: Yeah, sure. It’s like our team, we used
to bring them there. So [INAUDIBLE], Andreas,
Ali Boulala, and all those guys, yeah. Back then it was like we were
part of this business just to have fun. And then we did that business
from ’93 to ’99. And then we decided
start up WESC. This is a collaboration we do
with [email protected], Medicom Toys. And going to be released
in January. You’re from New York, so you’ll
probably know Stash. -Yes. GREGER HAGELIN: He’s From
Brooklyn as well. And this is a pair
of his denim. But this is with a gold
thread in it. And if you should sell
them, should probably cost about $5,000. So we don’t sell those. Then we had G-Spot. G was for a Swedish
word and name. [SWEDISH] is like all of us together. And then [INAUDIBLE], it’s
actually the same feeling about us. I came down to [INAUDIBLE],
that skateboard place. And my son, he was 12 at that
time, and he was down there skateboarding. And every good skateboarder he
saw came up, hi, how are you? How are you? And he’s like, how can you
know all those guys? Yeah, that’s skateboarding. It’s like you met them once,
and you know them for life. -Is your son aware of all the
generations of skateboarding? Does he see all the
old pictures. GREGER HAGELIN: He’s 13. He thinks everyone
back then sucked. Of course, it’s like in 10 years
from now, he’ll probably respect it, but you know. -Yeah, that’s typical. -Pelle Fredell, he’s my
father, Pelle Fredell. He gives me everything
I want, man. -[SPEAKING SWEDISH]

99 thoughts on “Skate World: Sweden”

  1. the world has a lot to learn from Sweden… and not only skate wise, but everything else. they are truly superior.

  2. As many talks that I’ve seen about skateboarding being an art I honestly just sigh at yet another person delusional of what is not there. Yes Gorilla Grip to the Ollie was a major advancement. Shifting from freestyle to street was a major change and we always have loved vert. However, where have we gone with them? Yes there are some people who make really nice variations. There are few people like Richie Jackson who actually do something that you don’t see every day. However, look at the majority of our content, how many people do you see pick up the basics and come back in a year or two and actually impress you. We spend a large amount of time dwelling on perfection (which I love by the way) and not creation. There is nothing wrong with seeking to get your tricks down I often love to see a line of seven plus tricks carried out well rather than clip after clip mashed together. I know that it seems that this is a knock against skateboarding but it is not. There was a time where this could have been an art (but honestly we are limited to a point there are only 360 degrees). The contemporary content of skating is no longer geared towards that goal, and I’m not just talking about the pros. Ninety-Seven percent is a conservative number when dealing with what portion of skating is non-innovative and I hate that word. Innovation, as soon as Steve Jobs made it popular it apparently needed to be used to tell anyone and everyone in a professional setting you were trying to act contrary to the popular pattern. I do believe there is room for growth but we are no longer an activity or sport that supports an art form. If someone learns to Hard Flip maybe in a year you’ll go see him hard flip a ten stair (that is not art but I do understand that is debatable). A variation in a trick seems more artistic to me than just jumping over a bridge and that is what we have come to. I do not see how it was missed other than to say it happened slowly but it is apparent. We are daredevils not artists, and while some may argue that the feats we produce are our proof of willingness to venture into unknown territory, I cannot agree that the art in that context they are talking about is of high significance. Everything can be labeled art to a degree. Inventors, Engineers, even teaching methods could be called artistic. Although, I do not believe that comparing skateboarding to something such as painting, poetry, or theater would do justice to these fields. What creates the separation is when you look at skateboarding you see someone trying to be dangerous and that is the result of skate culture. An artist on the other hand is trying to be witty he is trying to figure out how to reach his audience through a very complex form of communication that reaches out their emotions as well as their intellect. The jokes that only people who watched the first movie/episode of the series would get, the connections you would make of character motives in the second half of the plot, why you relate to character more than others, tropes and stereotypes that an audience draws on from real world experience as well as referencing other productions of the past, and I could go on and I still would not justify all that those mediums of art can connect to. Am I saying that skateboarding is not intellectual? I believe that skateboarding can be intellectual to a very defined and clear cut point in the learning of it. I do not believe that it is too complex if it were to be broken down by a physicist, although I do believe that the execution of a trick and dedication of time and effort spent learning a trick speak for itself when debating whether skateboarding itself and those who master it deserves respect of their accomplishments. Skateboarding is a sport; it is obscure in the sense that it was not created out of rules or objectives initially, but I do not think that is grounds to call it an art. It evolved through inventors and I am very grateful to those who have spent the hours and years of its development. I believe Rodney Mullen was thinker who thought outside the box or at the very least had enough experience to know how to look at skateboarding. However, going back to my portion on what separates skateboarding from “art,” an inventor is usually narrow in his objective and I believe an inventor, in trying to contrast him/her with an artist as far as occupation, does not think in the abstract. They do not deal with metaphors or personification or alliteration. They deal with reality, and the objective of skateboarding is to impress the crowd, it is a show, there is nothing wrong with that. That is the main reason I started skateboarding, I wanted to impress people, make people think I was cool because here this kid ready to almost break his bones to flip this board, even just riding a board people can get hurt. I care about skateboarding that is why I’m writing this. I hope we push the limit of what we can do with a modern skateboard. There are only 360 degrees and nothing you do is going to change that. Spinning the board four or five times is cool but did the first 1080° get as much hype as the 900°. While there is a limit I hope we push to it, I hope we realize what we are and stop walking in ignorance of what we are not. I hope we can at least create a sub culture one that is not as focused on your looks and gets rid of our stereotypical stigma of a violent nature for the people who do this because the industry feeds off it and the community practically bathes in it. Even if we don’t look cool, hard flipping El Toro wearing a polo shirt and no hat is still going to look sick (in the right context).
     –This is me rambling
     The culture is a problem and I’m glad to see there are some people online that have grown up and realized, hey maybe people don’t like their property to be scratched up on every rail and object with 180° border that can be skated, let’s do this somewhere else or at least get their permission first. Don’t get me wrong I want to skate El Toro and maybe the Costco Gap as well and yes that sounds hypocritical but I know as well as everyone else that buy a twenty stair staircase is not cheap and despite the bluntness of the previous comment I do sympathize to some degree with those who want to skate good spots (and the debate over what is good spot I won’t even start). Just to end the point what I will never agree when a skater just does something harshly inconsiderate like skate on a car he doesn’t own (especially a cop car). –End rambling
    We need to change the culture’s stigma or at least tone it down immensely. It is part of why we call this function an art and it is not an art by standards of how we commonly use the word. We are daredevils, we are entertainers, performers, but we are not artists.
    I’m trying to post this many places if you think it is spam please just post your argument in many places.

  3. haha SossarHatarSverige, malmö har aldrig varit bättre än stockholm, det är därför stockholm varje år utses till en av världens vackraste städer samt den bästa staden att bo i

  4. Sweden is superior than us include Usa, France and Especially grece and Italy. All world should learn somethin from this beautiful country

  5. there should be a whole skate scene on texas. no one skates here and everyone sees skaters as targets for voilence and discrimination, if california is skate heaven then texas is skate hell. ive experienced more hate for riding a piece of wood than ive ever experienced in my life.

  6. What about the story of the FullPipe-skatepark at vestra Frølunda in Gothenburg,back in the days-wich they tore Down to build a f_cking car park Field..(…BUT-They redeemed themselves With building a HUGE miniramp,called the"Monster ramp" With a rectangular Bowl,wich spined over on the one longside to another Half-bowl,and built even further With 2 or 3 hips and a T-transfer,and ect,ect…)..I think it was between 6-8 ramps Connected,one or the other way-and a person who should have a section of his own in this sk8-Sweden issue-is a guy named Magnus(Ljungdell-i believe?)he could do all the transfers in one run,was really fun to watch..)..And another section i would put in is something of the "Fryshuset"sk8park-indoor,but very Nice,and a lot of FUN!!!-And,i think-Thats All Folks-HaveANiceDay-Love You All…and sk8boarding;)

  7. when i took another look at the video,i noticed a few Clips of the Monster ramp,at around 27:07-but you dont get to see what makes the ramp monster,sadly…(….Love U All-Have a Hazy Day;-)))

  8. many off my friends are swedes because there is a lot off thngs that are better in Norway so they move here to get like jobs or work the social office…hehehe…. gotta luv em!!! chilla ner nu pojk

  9. I went skating in Sweden, and a refugee stole my board. He began to eat it for the carbohydrates, fats and essential minerals.

  10. Whats the name of the band that sing that song that first kicks in ? I remember Jon rattray singing it in in a blue van on a old zero vid.

  11. So much woods and green in Sweden, im inpressed + there is a lots of handsome and gorgeous gals and pals there XD

  12. really love the fact that these skaters are doing interviews with their kids there too, that's so cool

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