The quiet gem of the European skate scene, Stuttgart has been holding down the underground now for generations. From the swarming of Chad Muska and Jamie Thomas in Transworld’s Videoradio to the recent exploits of Mike Carroll and the Wayward Wheels team blazing through the city streets for Thrasher Magazine, Stuttgart has made it abundantly clear that it is a locale not to be taken lightly. As such, this community only continues to thrive under the watchful eye of Arrow & Beast Skateshop.
After seven years in the prior location, shop owners Oli Merkelbach, Jascha Muller & Matt Irving are taking the next step in growing Arrow & Beast with a larger retail space, featuring one of Europe’s most comprehensive skate media archives. In an effort to point skaters of all ages to the classics that have shaped our culture, the print and video archive has quickly grown from that of a few personal collections to a fully-functioning resource center for the community at-large, expanding daily.
Echoing the sentiment of preserving the past, Arrow & Beast chooses to support the future of skate culture by stocking brands that share their vision and commitment to skateboarding’s best direction. The new 125 square meter (1,350 sqft) storefront is located on the busy Tübinger Strasse in the heart of town, minutes from the Pauline Ledges and a two-stop ride to the new indoor skatepark called Stuttpark.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the archive should contact Arrow & Beast directly. They will work to coordinate shipping with you as proudly exhibit your prized possessions that are helping preserve skate history.
Shop: Arrow & Beast
Location: Tübinger Str .12-16, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Phone: +49 711 518 905 96
Store Design: Matt Irving
Build Team: Werk Kollective
Photo Exhibit: Skin Phillips
Location Photos: Kamil Krzesniak & Daniel Wagner
Writing: Eric Swisher
Team: Angelo Kaiser, Benny Farifax, Erik Müller, Fitschi, Kaio Hillebrand, Lem Villemin, Mark Metzner, Maxi Schaible, Patrick Zentrgraf, Phil Anderson & Sandro Trovato.
Brands Stocked: Adidas, Alltimers, Antihero, Arrow & Beast, Bones, Bronze 56K, Call Me 917, Chrystie, Converse, Dickies, Dime, Fucking Awesome, Grotesque, Hardies, Hélas, Hockey, Independent, Krooked, Levi’s, Local Heroes, Magenta, Nike, Numbers, Otherness, Palace, Patagonia, Polar, Pop Trading, Pizza, REAL, Reebok, Smile, Spitfire, Thames, Thrasher, Thunder, Quartersnacks, Quasi, Vans, Venture & Wayward.
Ongoing Archives: 43, 411VM, Big Brother, Chat, Document, Dogway, Free, Kingpin, Limited, Lowdown, Monster Children, ON Video, Place, Sugar, Sidewalk, Slap, SOLO, The Skateboard Mag, Skateboard, Skateboarder, Thrasher, Transworld, What Youth, and VHS & DVD archive.