Pirkka Pollari – Slept On

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<p>Pirkka Pollari – Slept On<br />
Txt: Valtteri Väkevä<br />
Photos: Antton Miettinen<br />
Portrait: Juho Huttunen</p>
<p>Most of you probably remember Pirkka Pollari as that guy with funny wooden hat who had a part in Element’s Rise Up video. Well, that’s him, but there’s more you should probably know about him.<br />
You can’t talk about Pirkka without mentioning “Perus” the Finnish skate crew in which he is one of the original members. The word “perus” translates to “basic”.<br />
	“Me and Risto Lehtinen invented the name. Everything was so basic back then. There were basic spots, basic curbs and we were all just basic skaters. Nothing too special”, Pirkka explains.<br />
	Nowadays the Perus crew has become much more than basic. Skateboarding in their last couple of videos has been ridiculously good, and those are just low budget DIY-videos, distributed hand-to-hand on home burned DVDs. Pirkka has actually edited six out of the seven Perus videos to date. You could stick them in the “party-meets-sick-skateboarding-genre”.<br />
It is a bit weird that skateboarders like Pirkka and Eero Anttila are ready to put so much effort on such small scale videos that only 100 or so people are going to see. Searching the words “perus pirkka” on YouTube will give you some idea.<br />
Because of the videos Perus has become some a household name within the Finnish skate scene. It is a proof of quality. If Pirkka had any business sense he would start making decks and wheels on that name. But he is not interested in business.</p>
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