It’s true, you can dance water ballet to “Swan Lake”. But you can also skateboard to “Possessed to Skate”. Some people like their kicks a bit rougher. And after each bail, you morally rebuild yourself with Suicidal Tendencies: “Looks like a magic carpet ride / Six foot aerials, inverts backside / Optical illusion it must be / He redefines insanity.”
The Pure&Crafted tackles this insanity head on. In the courtyard of the Napoleon Komplex, not only a few ramps will be set up, but trick-suitable sculptures will be composed into a skate ground. The artist Roberto Cuellar intervenes in urban space worldwide with his skateable sculptures. Between art and sport, he creates pop art outdoor furniture for skating, among others for Adidas and Converse.
His skateground at the Pure&Crafted leaves no one out. You can wallride on the container or wave around the miniramp – it’s not about performance here, but fun. DJs and live music set the groove to your grind.
On Saturday, SK8 4 KIDS will bring the next generation onto the wheels. The Chilean-German association Skatesencia searches for the essence of life in skating. You can’t start early enough. So Skatesencia offers workshops for kids at Pure&Crafted. And that’s not all: as FlintaMentals, they will host the first three DJ slots in the skateground on Saturday.
What ranks between a skateboard and a motorcycle? The BMX bike. Professional rider Camilo Gutierrez will leave you nothing short as amazed with his flatland shows at the Pure&Crafted – because BMX bikes can dance!
That skateboarding and motorcycling share the same spirit is shown by father and son Grabke. Father Claus was a professional skater, son Fynn is a guitarist with The Picturebooks – and a fanatical chopper rider.
In 2021, The Picturebooks were part of the Pure&Crafted programme. In 2023, the skateground is part of the Pure&Crafted programme. That’s where things that fits together unite. So slip-on your slip-ons, but remember the Suicidal Tendencies’ admonition: “No skateboarding until you’ve done your homework!”