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Polar NYC Art Show Exclusive Video

We featured a smash-up edit of the Polar team in NYC late last fall and now we’ve got the behind the scenes with the Polar Art show at KCDC skate shop in Brooklyn and the building of the sketchy spot under the BQE expressway. Pontus Alv, Jerome Campbell, Hjalte Halberg and the rest of the Polar crew snuck into NYC for a few weeks of shredding, filming and to put on this dope art show with the help of Joel Meinholz. As you’ll discover, putting together a show that had to be installed in 2 hrs and building a skatespot in a monsoon was not an easy task. But miraculously, it all worked out. Shredding, art, parties and Fred Gall. What more do you want? Thanks to Jeremy Elkin for putting the edit together. Check it. Check it. Check it!

When Pontus Alv showed up in New York city with his gang of Polar Skate Co shredders, we were a little shocked when he started pulling out boxes and boxes of drawings, photos and supplies. We knew we were going to stage a little art show with him and his two other amazing artists Jacob Ovgren and Stefan Naranck. But we realized immediately that this wasn’t going to be a little bullshit art event with a few photos on the wall. We had our work cut out for us. Thanks to human dynamo Joel Meinholz, the whole thing came together without a hitch and Stefan, Pontus and Jacob even created an amazing stack of new artwork once they got to NYC.
Just to make things crazier they had agreed to build a spot under the BQE expressway in Brooklyn. And, of course, once the building was 75% done the worst storm to hit NY in years (pre Sandy) smashed into the city and turned our little skate spot into Gilligan’s Island. But thanks to some serious ass-busting by the Polar team, Joel and even Fred Gall, the miracle was somehow pulled. This was an unbelievable achievement in itself, but to conquer this task while also pulling off the art show was nothing short of incredible.
Thanks to everybody involved in making this happen. Especially Joel Meinholz, Fred Gall, Pontus Alv, Michal Juras, Hjalte Halberg, Jeremy Elkin, Nils Svensson, Amy Gunther, Andy Kormos and Peter Stege.

from March 11

21 comments

Once again, thanks to Jeremy Elkin for doing a bang up job editing this piece.

1. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 11 at 07:42 PM

I’ve seen kids online say, “I wish Pontus and Polar would come build a spot in my town.”  Hopefully this behind the scenes video hammers part of Pontus’ intentions a bit more.  Use what he does as inspiration to make your own spot/town more dope.

2. by Luke Physioc on March 11 at 07:59 PM

Stoked on how it came out bro. Great work!!!

3. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 12 at 04:56 PM

This was one of the funnest projects that I have been a part of. It’s rad when everyone comes together to make it happen. There were a few other people that helped build that were not mentioned & with out their help this would not have happened. Big Thanks to PAUL KOOTS, RONNIE CAMPONE, JEFF HAMMOND, KEVIN GRAVER AND A BUNCHA OF CANADIANS that I don’t know their name, sorry. 

Best

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4. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 12 at 11:33 PM

Shit Joel, you’re right. I forgot about all of those guys. There were so many people helping. YAN TREMBLAY of YT Distribution up in Montreal drove down with his crew and they played a HUGE part in building the spot. Can’t believe I forgot to mention them. Sorry guys and thanks Joel for reminding me.

5. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 13 at 12:23 AM

This is skateboarding returning to its origins… Fuck monster,red bull,xgames,and jock boarding. These polar dudes are like the return of Jesus… A much needed breath of fresh air and authenticity for a sterile time in skateboarding. I call anyone and everyone to support Pontus and this movement in skateboarding. Much much mad respect. Visionary.

6. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 13 at 09:06 AM

Chill b.

7. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 13 at 11:20 AM

No worry brother!!

We doing it for the LOVE of skateboarding, not for the fame or anything else!

We were stoked to work with you guys !!

Hope that will motivate others dudes to make shit happen!

Everything is possible!! Accomplish your dreams!

See you soon brothers!!

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