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.