Monday morning, Cologne, Brüsseler Platz. The sun is shining and a sun-tanned Patrick Rogalski is leaning back on a park bench next to me and takes a nip of his coffee.
The Belgian Davy van Laere is a man of many parts. He was pro for Deathbox Skateboards (before he lost interest in professional skateboarding after getting his first pro board), then for a decade he made a living from his music, until he finally started photography on a professional level because of a friend’s online skatemag. Good decision, cause you don’t become Europe’s skateboard Photographer of the Year for no reason
I have the feeling that our scene defines itself too much on the basis of fashion and brands. At least this aspect seems fairly present to me. The critical mass which makes us interesting for big corporations has been reached, skateboarding will be Olympic in 2020 and the independent companies, which have established a counter-movement in bigger cities, are used to distance oneself from the less savvy skaters. But the climax of all the unimaginable things – and this is where Tom Knox comes in – consisted of those people that actually thought it would be a good idea to buy a company that is deeply rooted in London’s skate scene, put some American skaters on it and exploit it as much as possible. What did Max Liebermann once say? “I cannot eat as much as I would like to puke.” What’s really good news though, is the fact that the no longer required skaters from the mentioned company Blueprint turned their backs on the new owner in order to found a new, vivid, and free home in the form of Isle Skateboards. Here is our interview with him.
The HUF team was quite different than the other visitors photographer Florian Hopfensperger normally welcomes in his adopted home Bangkok. „Let’s explore the city!“ was the name of the game.