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7. May 2015

Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,SkateboardingComments Off on Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4

Lea is one of the few female skaters in Munich.
Matter of fact there are only about 15 active female skaters next to about over 300 active male skaters in the city of Munich. That’s a tough competition. Luckily we’re living in a time where female skaters are well respected and treated equal. Unfortunately this is still not the case with homosexual skaters within the scene.
Lea tells us her personal view of a men dominated sport. Thanks Lea!!

Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4 from What's the deal? on Vimeo.


Bike Lab Story in the Boneshaker Mag

by Uveber    Filed under: Hallein,Ljubljana,Munich,Project Reports,Uncategorized,Urban bikingComments Off on Bike Lab Story in the Boneshaker Mag

The adventures of the Muslauf team at Schmiede Hallein where they have held a Trike Lab workshop and their 2 day test-drive to Munich have received an very nice, 6 page coverage in the Boneshaker Magazine, featuring photos by Domen Ožbot and the beautyful illustrations by Ajda Fortuna.

Boneshaker is an advertisement-free quarterly, celebrating bicycles and the people who ride them. It is definelty one of the best looking magazines that we could enjoy not just for its content and the strong community touch, but also for its amazing design, photos and illustration.

As they say: “It is more about what bicycles can do than what they look like (…) no training tips, race diets or adverts. It’s not how much your bike weighs that matters, but where it takes you. It’s not how fast you got there, but what you saw on the way.”

Something we can certainly connect to.

6. May 2015

WTD Final Event program out now

by Hertha    Filed under: Design,Events,FSPU,Munich,Mural Art / Street Art,Nomadic Sculpture,Uncategorized,Urban biking,What's The Deal? generalComments Off on WTD Final Event program out now

Finally we can show you the program of the festival in June,  so take a look and prepare yourself for the big event!

Click on the Flyer to the left, to read it in English. The German version is the one to the right.


WTD_FLYER_ENG              WTD_Flyer


Girls in skateboarding – A female point of view of a scene

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,SkateboardingComments Off on Girls in skateboarding – A female point of view of a scene


In between a male dominated skate scene, it was quite a challenge to find a committed female skater in Munich. Luckily we got in contact with Sofija Pantelić. The 18 year old student has been skating for almost four years and has quite a reflected point of view of the Munich skate-scene as one of the few female skaters in Munich.

How did it all start?

First I saw skating of course as a hobby. I started skating in a park around the corner and went there every day after school. It didn’t take a lot of time, till i figured out, that this is my thing. I still like skating in a park or a bowl better than pure street skating.

What exactly do you like about it?

It’s just a different feeling, riding the bowl. It’s a feeling of freedom and better for me to figure out new tricks.

What comes to your mind when you think about „Women“ and „Skating“?

First of all sexist graphics on decks and prejudice towards women who skate. It starts with the common thinking, that women are anatomically not build for skating. So it’s impossible to reach the level of men. But I don’t think so.
Of course men have been skating over 50 years. Women started like 20 years ago. Men have a big advance in that case. So they know, what they can do. Women still have to figure out what they are able to do. There are just a lot of years missing, to get the required appreciation.

How do you handle sexist graphics?

I ignore them. I personally don’t mind it, since it is not addressed to me. You can see sexism everywhere. Commercials, Musicvideos whatever.. Nothing new about it, as long as I don’t have anything to do with it.

Do you recognize sexism or homophobia within the skate-scene?

I haven’t recognized homophobia within the scene. Outlawing of gay or lesbian skaters hasn’t stroked out to me, yet. But yeah, I see sexism towards women the graphics of the decks. I mean there are idiots and machos everywhere. But I’ve never been hit on by skaters in the park. Maybe idiots don’t skate?

How do male skaters treat you in the park?

You have to gain respect. Of course there are a lot of girls buying a deck, fooling around in the park and just don’t take it serious. This changes, when you go there every single day. You get your respect within the scene, if they recognize your ambition. That’s cool.

Isn’t it the same case when boys start to skate?

Well, girls always have to be two times better or more ambitious to get in that scene.
A boy with a skateboard always has a different perception than girls. As a girl you always have to proof yourself. But as I said, as long as you take it serious you will get your probs.

Do you recognize a certain gender problem? Is gender a topic within the scene?

Actually no. You don’t speak explicit about it. But sure, if you compare the success of men and women, you can totally see it. There are big differences. In a common skatepark, gender doesn’t really matter. There are more and more girls who skate, also older women. You can really witness this at the Hirschgarten-Bowl.



Is there a female skate-scene in Munich?

99% of course are male skaters. In general there are 5-6 girls, that I know. That’s not a lot. It’s definitely a difference skating with girls than with boys. But that’s probably, because there are always boys around and your used to it. With girls you have different conversations and you push yourself a bit different. I would like to have more girls around, even though I don’t make a big difference to other the opposite sex. At skate-contests it would be really cool to have some more girls around. It gets kind of boring competing with boys all the time.

Do you animate girls to start skating?

There are new girls coming to my local skatepark all the time. I also try to talk to them. Most of the time they are too afraid to go in the park. So I try to make it comfortable for them. I also did some workshops with girls. I try to push and animate them whenever I can. They really don’t have to be afraid, you know?

Do you set yourself limits?

As a women you might think about certain tricks a bit different, if you still want to have kids. But I hardly think about not doing a certain trick, because thinking about injuries.  Injuries are a part of skating. You gotta handle it!

Thanks Sofija!

4. May 2015

Simon says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 1

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,Skateboarding,UncategorizedComments Off on Simon says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 1

For our first clip we interviewed Simon “Esel” Schöllhorn, co-founder of SHRN Skateshop, based in the heart of Munich. The team started out in 2004 as a blog for skaters & lifestyle in Munich. Figuring out, that there is no skateshop around, which fulfills their needs of hanging on a cosy couch, chatting with other skaters, while watching skate-movies and having a nice cup of coffe from around the corner, they started the shop in 2013.

Now counting as one of the most credible skateshops in Munich. Simon told us about the importance of selling goods which aren’t made for mass production, but supporting articles of smaller companies made from skaters to skaters.
The awereness of sustainabilty is a certain fact within in the scene, but is not to be disposed yet. Especially the matter of expense is still a main reason why the usage of sustainable material is not positioned in every skaters mind yet. But as he tells us, cool ideas are on their way to change that missing link in the scene.

Simon says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 1 from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.


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