Skip to main content
 
Created by T. Gentsch | News

Titus | "Ups and Downs"


The new Titus full-length video

Photos: D. Scholz
Translation: M. Kuncaitis

Five years after our last full-length video "Tightass", Titus presents "Ups & Downs". The "Ups & Downs" project officially began with a trip to Lisbon in 2016. Ever since, Team Titus skaters Jost Arens, Patrick Rogalski, Jeremy Reinhard, Vladik Scholz, Yannick Schall and Markus Blessing have pushed their skating to the next level. Dennis Ludwig, Max Pack and Anton Beliaev captured every banger they could get while behind the camera and Severin Strauss edited it all together. Check out 25 minutes of the finest Team Titus skateboarding.

Markus Blessing Interview:

The Titus video Ups and Downs has been in the works for years. Was it more ups or more downs to you?

Damn, I got my first trick back in 2016! For sure there were way more ups than downs.

What was the biggest down for you in that timespan?

Definitely when I missed almost the whole Madeira trip because of a heel bruise.

Was the last trick in your part the most difficult? If not, which trick did you have to work for the hardest?

Yeah the last trick probably was the hardest. There were a couple of tricks I had to do several times until they looked acceptable, but fortunately I never really needed to go back to a spot to get a trick I didn't land.

What was the biggest up for you?

When Rocco won 264 beers for a switch flip in Madeira! The team celebrated so hard that I‘m not even sure if it was a switch flip anymore!

Who's the biggest clown on the team?

Probably Jerry. He‘s so funny, an absolute legend.

Who do you think is the most calm and collected guy on the team?

Vladi keeps the smiles, always!

Did anyone ever get lost in the nightlife? Any missed flights or anything like that?

Everyone got lost somehow at some point, but I would say the filming dudes were the most danger prone.

You traveled quite a lot for this video. What was the most amazing place you visited?

Madeira was so nice; that was an amazing trip. Concerning getting tricks for the video, though, Lisbon treated us really well.

Did you go to any countries or places that you didn’t like?

Nah, just good times.

Who do you think worked the hardest for their part?

I wish I could name myself, but I think Vladik and Yannick went the hardest.

Jeremy Reinhard Interview:

The Titus video Ups and Downs has been in the works for years. Was it more ups or more downs to you?

It was pretty tough because I filmed for the video for two years, while the other guys had maybe three or four years. I started filming when I heard the video had to come out soon. Regardless, for me it was more ups. I enjoyed every trip with the guys. Always fun times!

What was the biggest down for you in that timespan?

Man, it's always a down when you get hurt and realize you can only skate for a few days on a trip. Like arriving at the perfect spot and you can't skate, but it's all a part of it!

Was the last trick in your part the most difficult? If not, which trick did you have to work for the hardest?

Maybe the last one, actually, although it was one of the first tricks I filmed for the part.

What was the biggest up for you?

I can't say there was a biggest up specifically. I really just tried to get some fast lines!

Who's the biggest clown on the team?

Patrick might be the freak of the crew—or maybe I am the clown?

Who do you think is the most calm and collected guy on the team?

I think everyone tries to keep calm, but Markus always tries to keep the harmony. He keeps everyone cool in all situations!

Did anyone ever get lost in the nightlife? Any missed flights or anything like that?

There were too many crazy party stories! The craziest one was in Regensburg: we all woke up in this youth hostel and Patrick was covered in blood! I think he was boxing with a window the night before. While he was getting his arm stitched up, Vladi tried to nollie heel this big three block in front of the hospital for two hours. After that, Vladi was pissing blood because of slamming on the impact. I'll never forget that Bavarian tour!

You traveled quite a lot for this video. What was the most amazing place you visited?

I think Lisbon and Madeira were the best for me. I really liked Portugal.

Did you go to any countries or places that you didn’t like?

Every place we went to was nice!

Who do you think worked the hardest for their part?

I think everyone worked hard for it. Patrick had the most footage and he's one of the most productive ones, for sure. Jost is just super talented. He has amazing control for his age, even when skating big stuff.

Jost Arens Interview:

The Titus video Ups and Downs has been in the works for years. Was it more ups or more downs to you?

Man, too many good times to count, but tough times as well!

What was the biggest down for you in that timespan?

I can think of one trick in particular: a fakie flip down a double set in Barcelona! I battled it for, like, two full hours before finally taking a break. I came back and did it after three tries.

Was the last trick in your part the most difficult? If not, which trick did you have to work for the hardest?

That fakie flip in Barcy was probably the hardest. I'm just not very good at fakie flips—but, damn, I had to land that.

What was the biggest up for you?

I was just super hyped to see some of the photography that Dennis Scholz took during the project. It was dope that my homie Justin Sommer was part of the project a bit as well.

Who's the biggest clown on the team?

Jerry! He's the oldest dude but he knows how to party

Who do you think is the most calm and collected guy on the team?

Rocco!

Did anyone ever get lost in the nightlife? Any missed flights or anything like that?

I feel like everyone got caught up at some point!

You traveled quite a lot for this video. What was the most amazing place you visited?

Lisbon, period.

Did you go to any countries or places that you didn’t like?

No, it was all good!

Who do you think worked the hardest for their part?

Vladik.

Yannick Schall Interview:

The Titus video Ups and Downs has been in the works for years. Was it more ups or more downs to you?

Definitely more ups than downs. It's always a pleasure to travel and skate with all these guys!

What was the biggest down for you in that timespan?

Probably the end of filming and putting the video together. I can’t tell you where my head has been the last few weeks before the release.

Was the last trick in your part the most difficult? If not, which trick did you have to work for the hardest?

No, the last trick actually wasn’t the hardest. I remember putting in a lot of work for a few of the lines—and for the nollie nosegrind! It started raining the first day I was trying that and it was tough.

What was the biggest up for you?

Definitely the release. But while filming, it was definitely our trip to Madeira, Portugal. We had so much fun on that island. Good vibes the whole time, though!

Who's the biggest clown on the team?

Hands down, Jeremy Reinhard! He’s the oldest but most entertaining guy on the team. He never shuts his mouth and he’s a must-have in the van on every trip!

Who do you think is the most calm and collected guy on the team?

That would most likely be Markus. He's always super focused and tries his tricks calmly until he gets them. He's also one of the best guys to share your room with.

Did anyone ever get lost in the nightlife? Any missed flights or anything like that?

Not too many missed flights, but definitely some heavy partying. This one night in Madeira, one of our filmers came home around ten in the morning and fell asleep in the garden. Nobody could wake him up! He missed the whole day and didn’t know where he was.

You traveled quite a lot for this video. What was the most amazing place you visited?

As I said, Madeira was super sick, but I also really enjoyed the Copenhagen trip, even if I was hurt most of the time. Copenhagen is just amazing!

Did you go to any countries or places that you didn’t like?

There wasn’t a place I truly didn’t like, otherwise, why would I travel there?

Who do you think worked the hardest for their part?

I would say Vladik. He really spent a lot of time traveling and searching for the perfect spots and tricks, and I think it shows in his part. His part gives me goosebumps!

Vladik Scholz Interview:

The Titus video Ups and Downs has been in the works for years. Was it more ups or more downs to you?

Of course there’s always going to be ups and downs when you’re filming a video project. As long as you're having fun, I find the ups and downs are still pretty enjoyable.

What was the biggest down for you in that timespan?

It was actually just a two-year project for me, as I was the last of us who was finishing up an earlier Titus project. I had some downs, but they aren't worth mentioning. Mainly ups.

Was the last trick in your part the most difficult? If not, which trick did you have to work for the hardest?

I'd say I put the same effort into all of them.

What was the biggest up for you?

To me, every up is the biggest up in that special moment. I enjoyed every one of them while making the video.

Who's the biggest clown on the team?

In my opinion, Jeremy is definitely the funniest guy on the team!

Who do you think is the most calm and collected guy on the team?

Markus is definitely that person. He's the type of guy to go buy the whole crew some cold ones just to cool down.

Did anyone ever get lost in the nightlife? Any missed flights or anything like that?

Someone always seems to get lost or be super late, but as far as I can remember, nobody missed a flight.

You traveled quite a lot for this video. What was the most amazing place you visited?

Madeira was the most amazing place for me, for sure! It's a super beautiful island. I would have stayed there longer if I could.

Did you go to any countries or places that you didn’t like?

No.

Who do you think worked the hardest for their part?

Yannick!

Patrick Rogalski Interview:

The Titus video Ups and Downs has been in the works for years. Was it more ups or more downs to you?

It seemed a little more like, “ upside down and round and round” hahaha.

What was the biggest down for you in that timespan?

Ahh, life is beautiful. I try not to worry too much about the downs.

Was the last trick in your part the most difficult? If not, which trick did you have to work for the hardest?

Work? Nah, every trick I filmed was fun for me in some way. My ender took three days of “work”, but I thought it was worth it to give something the viewers could enjoy.

What was the biggest up for you?

The whole thing was super fun! It was always good.

Who's the biggest clown on the team?

Jerry – he always keeps the whole crew entertained.

Who do you think is the most calm and collected guy on the team?

I don’t think there’s anyone who can stay calm 100% of the time, but if I had to choose, I would say Vladik!

Did anyone ever get lost in the nightlife? Any missed flights or anything like that?

No, we don’t actually party and none of us drink alcohol…

You traveled quite a lot for this video. What was the most amazing place you visited?

Madeira, without a question! The landscape is beautiful and it was awesome to film clips with the mountains in the background.

Did you go to any countries or places that you didn’t like?

No, everywhere was beautiful in some way.

Who do you think worked the hardest for their part?

Difficult to say, but Yannick definitely took some gnarly slams on a few big spots for his part.