Pro skater Pirkka Pollari has been active on the scene since 2005 when his full part featured in Element Europe’s Rise Up video. He represented Element for seven years, also appearing in the Travel Well promo of 2009, Yves Marchon’s full-length Get Busy Living (2010), and the Second Nature: Janne Saario documentary, released in 2012.
He is currently sponsored by Florida’s Plus Skateshop, Dakine, Sheriffi, Spot Digger and Karma Hardware, along with Perus Skateboards, the company he helped to found – Perus (meaning ‘simple’ in Finnish) was an unofficial crew made up of Pirkka and his buddies, but went legit in 2008, and collaborated with Sweet Skateboards on the Tent Shitty Scandinavia Tour of 2012.
Pirkka Tapani Pollari lives in Martinlaakso, a small suburb close to the Finnish capital Helsinki, but spends much of his time in the European skateboarding capital of Barcelona, working at the DC Embassy. Inspired by his cousin and ‘some older dudes’, he began skating in a pair of wellingtons at the age of ten, and hasn’t looked back since.
His approach to skating is best summed up by the Perus approach to skating – ‘keep things fun and not too serious’. For a good summation of his style on the board, check out the 2014 Perus/Pinkhaus production Get The Fucking Beers in Dickhead, in conjunction with Kingpin, which Pirkka himself describes as a ‘pretty basic skate video’, also featuring riders such as Eniz Fazliov and Dallas Rockvam.