Catering to Genevan skateboarders since 1995, the Pulp 68 skateboard museum is a local institution.
Originally only a shop, it was located in the alternative mecca of Artamis, in the Jonction neighbourhood. When said mecca had to be razed to the ground because of the pesky presence of asbestos and the fact that nowadays people don’t like getting cancer, Pulp 68 relocated to an old and empty police station in Vernier.
With all that newfound space and a passion for skateboarding culture that could not be silenced, Jim, the owner of the store decided to create a museum that would house not only skateboards from as far back as the 1950’s, but would also serve as a repository for 1980’s culture memorabilia such as sneakers, arcade games and video game cartridges.
I had spent my whole life in Geneva knowing about this extraordinary place, without ever going inside. My sister had a skateboard she bought there. I spent many a party in Artamis, seeing the dark storefront from the corner of my eye. I have passed it again and again by bus, never getting off to take a look. Stickers to the glory of Pulp 68 can still be found all over the city.
Boy am I glad I finally got off the bus and took the time to explore. The owner’s passion and the sparkle in his eyes when he talks about the local skateboarding history, make this museum one of the best in Geneva!