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ISSUE NO.2 VIENNA

ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

SOUND OF MUSIC STEREOTYPES

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Cities like Vienna make people think of really old, cheesy stuff: Sound of music stereotypes and old monarchic nostalgia are probably the first pictures that come to a lot of people’s minds. More generally, Austria does remind people of snow and mountains, both of which are particularly not to be found in the Austrian capital. In that sense, skiing and snowboarding would also be easy to think of, but skateboarding might probably come much later in the list of peoples thoughts about Vienna.

In a day and age where the most remote areas of the world get discovered on a skateboard, spots get conquered by professional skateboarders as well as skating travellers, it’s gotten common sense that in any larger city something skateable can be found. It’s safe to say that you can skate virtually any european capital you will go to, but there are of course differences between the places and Vienna might come as a positive surprise in that way. For sure it´s no barcelona, but for the relatively small amount of coverage it gets in international skateboard media, it has more to offer than one would expect.

The first thing a Skater notices when visiting Vienna is the perfect ground on the sidewalks. Except for small areas in the first district there are no cobblestones, just really smoth concrete all the way. It´s the kind of ground that makes skating from spot to spot not only possible but a fun part of the session. Trying to find skaters in Vienna can be a little tricky if you dont know someone before coming here, because the scene is not really big. But what it lacks in its size, it makes up in its strength. Nearly all the skaters know each other and once you get in contact you will be taken care of well. This also stems from the fact that there are not a lot of skate tourists that come to Vienna, which means the locals are psyched to have skate visitors.

One of the main downsides of todays Skateboarding scene in Vienna is the lack of a mainspot. There used to be the „Donauinsel“ or how the skaters say „Insel“ – historically the most famous spot in front of the „Donauinsel“ Metrostop. It´s still fun to skate until today, but ist not guaranteed you will meet other skaters there like it was in its heyday. Until the early 2000s this Spot was like the EMB of Vienna. You could meet really good skaters there on any given time of the day, but you could get vibed just as easy if you were not in the posse. This centralized view on skateboarding in Vienna probably had impact on the situation today. People eventually recognized that there is a whole city to be skated and one spot – even if it’s as good as the Donauinsel – can get a little boring after some years. The scene today is more focused on the city as whole, which means its more spread all over the place.

Like a lot of other cities Vienna has been hit by the DIY hype and thanks to some amazing guys there are new concrete spots popping up regularly. But DIY spots don´t last forever: after one of these spots gets bulldozed, another one gets created. If you are cool with the locals they will surely give you some info on how to find the latest go-to ghetto-spot.

Streetwise there are also lots of spots – mainly curb spots, but you have the occasional gap and stairset as well. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of banks to be found in Vienna. A good thing about street skating here is that getting kicked at spots happens very rarely.
If you want to skate in Vienna, don´t plan to come during winter, because it just sucks. The bad weather can really make you feel depressed and the only indoor skate facility (skatearea 23) is not bad, but it´s pretty small and gets crowded very easily. Viennas Skateboarders are trying to improve the situation at the moment but have yet to succeed.

A good point to get you started is visiting a Skateshop. The guys at Stil-Laden, Fame Boardshop and Freedom Skateshop are cool and down to help you out.

You won´t regret coming to Vienna if you go there during summer time. Once you have arrived, stereotypes of an ancient, mountain, sound of music-hellhole will disappear quicker than you can drink a cup of melange.

Written by Reini Woditsch

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ISSUE NO.2 — events

VOLT EUROPEAN SKATEBOARD EXPOSITION

PUBLISHED March 28, 2013

If you are in or around Vienna (Austria) end of May, you should check out the VOLT European Skateboard Exposition. Its first edition is going to take place in Vienna at WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus) on 30.05. & 31.05.2013, and it will represent most of the European Skateboard Industry.

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ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

DIGGA MINDZ INTERVIEW

PUBLISHED March 1, 2013

Digga Mindz, an Austrian MC and producer, is the man behind some sweet beats you hear on some of our videos. We recently had a conversation about him and making music to get to the bottom of this master-mind’s head.

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ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

MARIO WIRNSBERGER WALLPAPER

PUBLISHED February 14, 2013

Download this wallpaper of Mario Wirnsberger poppin’ an ollie over a Vespa, shot in Vienna in September 2012.

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ISSUE NO.2 — motion pictures

GANZ WIEN

PUBLISHED January 29, 2013

Check out the trailer to “Ganz Wien”, an independant skateboarding movie by Johannes Wahl, coming out this summer.

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ISSUE NO.2 — full video parts

AUSTRIAN LEGEND MARIO WIRNSBERGER

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Mario Wirnsberger is an Austrian legend. Originally from Kärnten, he has lived in Vienna for the last three years. He’s lived in Barcelona and a couple of other places in Austria but he feels the most home in Vienna.

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ISSUE NO.2 — featured artist

CHRISITEE

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Christian Tanzer aka “ChrisiTee” has been deep in the skate scene in Vienna since the early 90′s. One part of Stil Laden, ChrisiTee has a unique style inspired by some of the great skate artist legends as well as famous Austrian painters like Klimt and Schiele.

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ISSUE NO.2 — featured photographer

PRO SKATER & PHOTOGRAPHER PHILIPP SCHUSTER

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Philipp Schuster is a pro skater and a pro photograhper at the same time. He started playing with his mother’s old film camera and his love grew from there. He has been shooting for seven years now. After some years of shooting skate photos he started his own magazine called Trottoir Skateboarding.

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ISSUE NO.2 — city montage

VIENNA SKATE MONTAGE

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Vienna is a big city in a small country with a lot of spots and a hefty crew that knows them all. There are dozens of guys over the age of 25 or 30 that still shred on a regular basis. These dudes hold it down and get out there just as hard as the young ones.

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ISSUE NO.2 — fashion

BLV/NTHNG

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Lukas Lerperger has been dreaming up skate companies and logos since he was in grade school. He started BLV/NTHNG as a hobby project to promote his friend’s art work and make limited edition pieces that were made in sustainable ways.

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ISSUE NO.2 — city spotlight

A PORTRAIT OF SKATEBOARDING IN VIENNA

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Michael Paul, Christian Tanzer, Philipp Schuster, Lukas Lerperger, and Martin Schiedl tell you about Vienna’s first class skate scene! Take a closer look at the scene in a 1.7 million city that sometimes seems to be a village. Thinking back to the 90′s and the beginning of skateboarding in Vienna, the guys tell the stories of people, spots, shops and an attitude.

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ISSUE NO.2 — skaters cookbook

SEBI COOKS GOULASH

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Sebastian Binder, getting flow from Cliché and Nike and representing Stil Laden, teaches us how to make potato goulash.

This simple, cheap and tasty meal, optionally vegetarian or vegan, is just another example on how to eat well and healthy while saving money. It’s also a very good recipe to feed a whole crew on a tight budget and with basic equipment.

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ISSUE NO.2 — editorial

SOUND OF MUSIC STEREOTYPES

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Cities like Vienna make people think of really old, cheesy stuff: Sound of music stereotypes and old monarchic nostalgia are probably the first pictures that come to a lot of people’s minds. More generally, Austria does remind people of snow and mountains, both of which are particularly not to be found in the Austrian capital.

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ISSUE NO.2 — caught on film

VIENNA ON 35MM FILM

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was the capital of a culturally and politically leading empire in Europe until World War One. Now it is the capital of Austria, one of the smallest countries in Europe. Its abundance of ressources makes Austrians enjoy one of the highest quality of life in the world.

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ISSUE NO.2 — trailer

TRAILER FOR ISSUE No. 2 VIENNA

PUBLISHED January 5, 2013

Vienna is a true diamond, diverse and unique, full of history and with one of the highest quality of life in the world. It offers a great variety of things and with its super smooth sidewalks and a pretty compact structure it is a pleasure to skate around, wheither it is from spot to spot or just to suck up its unique athmosphere.

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