Ben Raemers takes a lap around his favourite skatepark to celebrate our enjoi X Slam City collaboration deck penned by Rob Mathieson.
enjoi X Slam City Skates featuring Ben Raemers. Video by Mark Jackson, music by ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Grab Bag. Artwork by Rob Mathieson. Supported by Converse Cons and enjoi.
After recently joining the Slam City shop team, talk of a collaboration board for Ben Raemers quickly followed. Rob Mathieson penned the graphic, combining enjoi’s trademark panda with our unofficial mascot, the rat. Piled onto each others shoulders, Ben is perched at the top, shotgunning a beer. This accompanying clip sees Ben hop on his bike and heading to his favourite bowl at Victoria Park for a few laps. Pick Ben’s enjoi X Slam City pro model here.
The Slam City collaborations archive – 2022: Skate Shop Day 2021: Slam City Skates X Oliver Payne, Thrasher X Slam City Skates, Blast Skates X Slam City 2019: Slam City X RaD Archive, Slam City X RaD Launch Gallery, Slam City X RaD Archive – Curtis McCann by Winstan Whitter 2018: Gonz and Toby by Thomas Campbell and Mark Gonzales, Anti-Hero X Slam City with Raney Beres 2017: Dickies X Slam City – Fall 2017 with Tom Knox, Darius Trabalza and Neil Smith, Krooked X Slam City, DC X Slam City, DC X Slam City Southbank Gallery, DC X Slam City: Josh Kalis & Mike Blabac Interview, DC X Slam City: Josh Kalis ‘Memory Screen’ Remix 2016: Vans x Slam City ‘Lampin Pro’ & ‘Native American Pro’, Vans x Slam City Launch Gallery, HUF x Slam City Skates, HUF x Slam City Skates Launch Gallery, Slam City “Artists” Decks with Tod Swank, Fos, Don Pendleton and Nick Jensen, Slam City Skates X Spitfire Wheels, Dickies x Slam City Skates (Summer 2016) 2013: Vans Syndicate x Slam City, House of Billiam X Slam City, DC Kalis x Slam City 2012: Slam City x Converse CTS, Silas X Slam City Skates, Real x Slam City Skates, Slam City Skates x Spitfire Classics 2010: Emerica x Slam City “Laced”, Toy Machine x Emerica x Slam City 2008: Penfield x Slam City Skates 2007: WeSC x Slam City Skates 2006: Etnies x Slam City Skates 2005: Nike SB x Slam City Dunk
Ben Raemers and The Ben Raemers Foundation
Ben asked to ride for Slam City as he wanted to get involved in the shop where he spent so much time hanging out.
In April 2018, he put together a welcome clip with ease at one of his favourite spots, Tottenham DIY. We’re all grateful for the time we spent with Ben and were devastated by the news that he had taken his life in May 2019, aged just 28.
Many of us here at Slam spent a lot of time with Ben and had no idea of his inner turmoil. We all wish, as many do, that we could have done more, or seen the signs. The Ben Raemers Foundation was set-up in his name to create awareness of mental illness and the wellbeing of the skateboard community, to stop this ever happening again.
‘Skating and Talking’, a film profiling Ben’s life and the work of The Ben Raemers Foundation was released on marking November 4th 2021, marking what would have been Ben’s 31st birthday. Please take some time to watch the film, remember Ben and reach out to loved ones if they or yourself need support.
He was a shining light, an inspiration to so many and will never be forgotten.
Ben, we all miss you everyday.
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