Match Made in HEL


[embed][/embed] For Finnish skateboarder Arto Saari, receiving an invitation from Finnair to turn Helsinki Airport into a skate park for the “Match Made in HEL” project was the definition of surreal. Saari – presumably in similar fashion to skateboarders from around the world – has always had an urge to skate in places he is not supposed to. Finnair and Helsinki Airport provided the opportunity to the 32-year-old skateboarding icon, who invited a team of seven other skaters including Curren Caples, Matt Berger, Louie Lopez and more to join him for the weekend. In many senses, one cannot help but be reminded of the early-2000s game franchise Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, in which Saari was featured, as the “Match Made in HEL” project evokes a comparable dreamlike experience. The entire weekend in Helsinki seemed inherently like a video game; how many skateboarders would ever have the opportunity to trick on a runway tarmac?




Check out the rest of the images, and an interview with Saari over at Highsnobiety.