Skatepark Suspension

Marc at Swastika Freakshop in Germany did this show at the Agroskate Festival in Spain; Basque Country — my favorite part is the naked guy on the skateboard, haha…

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34 thoughts on “Skatepark Suspension

  1. Oh. I always thought the swastika freakshop was a bunch of nazis. Guess i was wrong.

  2. It’s funny how all of these heavily modded people look so alike. This guy could be two dozen different BME people.

  3. I somehow doubt any nazis would be accepting of heavily modded people. unless they were blonde haired, blue eyed and very symmetrically modded people, of course.

  4. @ 11. Neo-Nazis…may they be from the Aryan Brotherhood or the Peckerwoods or where ever…pretty much all have tattoos which is some kind of modification…

    Although I also agree that they wouldn’t readily stretch their ears, lip, noses etc…

    Since that comes from Africa.

  5. #4 I think I actually remember seeing a tshirt with that on it? Maybe on Benny’s page. Or maybe i’m completely wrong?

  6. I love the skateboarder impromptu architecture. Everything becomes an obstacle. Or in this case, road barriers become suspension rigs.


  7. wicked stuff.. i love that guys tattoos… they look so randomly placed yet come together so well. great pics

  8. the nacked guy is a good friend from me. and he love it to skate nude.
    search on youtube after the agroskatefestival o7. you can see some of the nacked dude

  9. Actually, it is a Nazi sign. I mean, it significantly predates the Nazis, and has a number of different meanings depending on where in time/space you are, but it was used by the Nazis, is still used by neo-Nazis, and that’s the association most people hold in the west.

    I don’t have an issue with the drive to undermine that association, and maybe if my German was better I’d be convinced by their campaign page. But I disagree with their claim that symbols are innocent, and I think basing a movement to reclaim the swastika on simply denying what it’s come to mean in the last century is naive.

  10. pog, i think you know nothing of the way symbols interact within and are defined by cultures, in general. your statment is naive and self-serving.

    btw, the nazi swastika was solid black, had thick straight lines, and is on a specific 45 degree angle. the swastika in that banner is NOT a nazi symbol. buddy.

  11. those pictures are really sweet. Makes me sad that up here in the cold north we have neither awesome skateparks or suspension groups. And my god people like to bitch and act all self righteous when it comes to the swastika. Reminds me of the time my mum called me a nazi when i put swastikas in my art, until i pointed out she was wrong and that for the past two years a chinese swastika had been hanging above our front door on a mask she bought on her honeymoon in china, the swastika was combined with characters for good luck and prosperity in the home and she hadnt even noticed it. People are funny funny creatures

  12. @28
    Yeah, the symbol was originally used by the indians. that’s a little fifth grade history for ya.

  13. this is quite possibly the most attractive person i have ever seen

    … i just felt like sharing >.>

  14. Adam, “buddy”, I’d love you to elaborate. What was self-serving about my statement? What agenda could you possibly divine from such a brief and impersonal comment? And what was so erroneous about my take on the way symbols work? (btw, I don’t really think the subtle differences in the swastika on the banner and the common Nazi representation are so overt as to genuinely sever that connection. Maybe I’m just crazy.)

    And I’m sorry, eatyourbiscuit, if you see me as being in that “self righteous” category. I’m not trying to offer myself up as an example of the moral high ground, I just think people are quick to deny the weight that symbol carries in their efforts to embrace it for Nazi-less reasons. By all means, use it as a good luck symbol, or as part of whatever pre-Nazi tradition you subscribe to (I use swastikas in my art also). I just get frustrated by people acting like those who associate it with Nazism are a clueless minority with no basis for their views.



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