Today I’m going to talk about Schund. “What is Schund?” you might ask. Well I’m going to let one of my friends tell you about it. But first a little story.
As a skateboarder I often find that I meet a lot of other like-minded individuals. Sure, that could be said about most hobbies, interests or even jobs. I think with skateboarding though it’s a little different, or at least it used to be. Maybe it doesn’t happen as much now with skateboarding being so popular and kids forming their own tight little crews. But, once upon a time, when there were so few of us it was a rare occasion to see another skateboarder, especially one you didn’t recognise because you knew everyone on the scene. So, when you did see a new face on the scene you wouldn’t see any reason for not going over and making friends. One such individual I met in this way was Shorty.
In truth it wasn’t me that first met Shorty. I met him after he had met my friend Olly. I think it went something like this. Olly had been out skating in Durham, spotted Shorty as a skater and got talking to him. Shorty turned out to be from Germany visiting in Durham while his girlfriend studied at the University and had a lot of free time on his hands to go skating. Olly and Shorty exchanged phone numbers and arranged to meet at a later date. Next time we were all out skating Olly invited Shorty who then, for the time he was in Durham, became part of our crew.
I liked skating with Shorty, not only was he a nice guy and easy to get along with, he was down for skating anywhere. We also had a very similar catalogue of tricks as each other (although I’m sure his has a few extra in there now), both of us having nollie flips, switch hards and switch fs flips down. Anyway, we got a lot of skateboarding done until eventually shorty had to go back home to Germany.
At the time I didn’t have a Facebook account, but once I’d been dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age we eventually found each other and keep in touch. I’ve been watching what he’s been up to with a project called “Schund” and I thought I’d give him an opportunity to talk about it with a little interview.
- Anth. Hi there Shorty, for the benefit of our readers tell us a little about yourself. (who you are, where you are, how long you have been skating, other interests etc)
- Shorty. Hi, I live in Berlin, studying Geography. I have been skating since 1997. Besides skating photography is one of my favorite hobbies.
- Anth. It’s been a long time since I met you in England, over 6 years or more. Tell me a little about what you thought of the skate scene over here in England and any differences you found from back home. Also, what have you been up to since we last seen each other?
- Shorty. Yeah, I met you 2006. Long time ago. I can’t really say anything about the Skate scene in England. I only stayed in Durham for about a year. And when skating it was always with the same guys. I guess one main difference is that in England there are so many skateparks. Since a few years I guess Germany has a similar development. Being back to Germany I have basically done nothing special I guess. Studying, Skating, Photography and Traveling.
- Anth. Tell me about Schund, what is Schund? What is your role with in Schund? What does Schund translate into in English? And what is the goal (if indeed you have one) or is it purely something that has come about from your passion for skateboarding? Tell me about the Schund website.
- Shorty. Basically the Translation of Schund means trash or bullshit. We have no real goal. The idea was to have a collective blog that everyone can check. Besides a majority of skaters there are also photographers, artists and musicians in our crew. Actually it was easier to check one blog than all of the individual ones. One day Niels came up with the logo and Schund was born.
- Anth. Schund has brought about the release of a DVD, tell me about it. Is it a local scene video? Who will be featured in it? Without giving away to much information, what do we expect to see?
- Shorty. After making many little Berlin skate clips Dirkye Lampe decided to make a bigger Project. The result was a Full-Length video filmed between 2011 and 2013. Featured skaters are Niels Rost, Adrian Neef, Julian Thyssen, Nahuel Kirchoff, Paul Simon and many many more… Besides the actual Video “Something with Friends” you can enjoy some bonus material.
- Anth. If one of our readers wants to pick up a copy of the DVD, how would they be able to get one?
- Shorty. Send an email to [email protected] and for 5 Euros + shipping you can become a proud owner of the Video.
- Me. What are the future plans for Schund? More DVDs? Product? Or just enjoying what your doing and see what happens?
- Shorty. We are actually doing pretty well in taking over the world (haha)!
- Anth. Is there anything else you would like to add or talk about?
- Shorty. I guess not. Thanks for the interview. Hope to see you in Berlin one day. Keep skating and Schund up your Life!!!
Here is a trailer for the video to wet your appetite…
Check out some more clips to see what the Schund guys are up to on their Youtube Channel.
If you haven’t already clicked on one of the links get your self over to the Schund website or over to their Youtube account to check out some more of their videos, don’t forget to show the “Like” buttons some love. If you like what you see then give an email to [email protected] and bag yourself a copy of the Schund DVD “Something with Friends”.