Q&A: NICK SAWYERS

Nick Sawyers is the prime Defgrip candidate. Rider, artist, good time haver and more. We’re stoked to finally have him on the site.

We threw some questions his way, so click below to learn more.

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WALLPAPER: NICK SAWYERS X DEFGRIP

Our boy Nick Sawyers was kind enough to whip up this sick wallpaper for us to go along with his Q&A. This is one big file, so one size fits all/most.

Click on the pic to enlarge and save. Make it work.

Q&A: DANIEL BENSON / THE ALBION

In the span of a few short years, print magazine The Albion gave us a lot of material to chew on. We caught up with editor Daniel Benson to look back on it all.

Click below for the Q&A with Daniel, and be sure to check out some back issues RIGHT HERE.

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If I knew whats right for you, You would not be without it

Q&A: ANTHONY SMITH / THE4COLOR

Anthony Smith shoots MTB and makes it look damn pretty and exciting. He’s also our very first MTB related Q&A, so click below to learn more about him and his work.

Be sure to follow him on IG as well.

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ALYK – SUMMER PROMO

Shoutout to Act Like You Know.

Q&A: REED STARK / KENDAMAS

Pic – Samson

Kendamas. We’ve all seen them, maybe even played with one, but what’s the deal with them? I reached out to Reed Stark (the first person I recall seeing with one in BMX) to learn more about them.

Click below for the Q&A.

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BEHIND THE PHOTO: BOB SCERBO

I’m always looking for ways to keep shooting BMX interesting. After 20 years of pointing various kinds of cameras at essentially the same thing, it can become frustrating in a way. I think that is the main reason I tend to enjoy only taking pictures of things that people can do a few times in a row, so I can experiment a little. The idea of catching a split second in time where someone is really risking their life does not appeal to me, I leave that to the professionals. 

I envisioned this picture to look somewhat like this, but when I looked at the LCD after I was ecstatic. It looked strange and almost made me uncomfortable, it’s really just a fish eye shot of Steven Hamilton’s head.  Somehow you can still see the take off and the landing and tell it’s a wallride. I also am a true believer that the subject is always the most important detail of a photograph and I don’t think there is any denying at this point in time that Steven is an icon in our little corner of the world. He has been on the scene for a long time with ups and downs and somehow managed to come out motivated and still loving the act of riding. I spent 5 days at his house this summer and couldn’t help but be motivated by it. I think all those factors are what make this image so important to me, it captured an energy and that is always the goal when taking a picture.

Bob Scerbo

FLASHBACK: ARTIST Q&A’S

Over the years, I’ve gotten my hands on some great artists and accumulated some interesting Q&A’s. These guys are still doing great stuff and you should recognize some of these names by now if you follow the art world. If not, click below to check out the interviews. They are are all worth revisiting.

Andrew Holder

Mark Weaver

Jon Contino

Frank Chimero

Wilmer Murillo

Grotesk

FIVES: KRIS FOX

Pic – Matt Cordova

Get to know Fast and Loose shredder Kris Fox a little better.

Click below for some FIVES.

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I don’t want to be a rusty suit of armor Or a tumbled out forgotten castle in your mind

PHOTOGALLERY: MARKIT ZERO

MARKIT ZERO came up in our interview with Nick Sawyers, which prompted me to think about that video project. I always think its good to slow down and look back, so I pitched the idea of a throwback photogallery to photographer Joey Cobbs. He was down.

Click below to check out some pics from the making of MARKIT ZERO.

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Q&A: ZACH KREJMAS & DAVE SOWERBY

Pic – Wes Mcgrath

I asked my boy Zach Krejmas which of his videographer peers he would interview if given the chance, and he said Dave Sowerby… so we set that up.

Click below for the Q&A. Zach asks the questions, Dave answers.

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Q&A: CHRIS MOELLER / BEHIND THE SHIELD

In case you haven’t heard, S&M just put out a serious coffee table book entitled Behind The Shield. It covers all the key moments from their 30+ year history and its chock full of classic stories, rad photos, product info, old ads and plenty more. I bought a copy myself and I think its great. You can grab your own copy HERE.

I caught up with Chris Moeller to ask some questions about the project, so click below to read up.

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PHOTOGALLERY: HIKARU FUNYU / NIGHT MOVES

Thanks to Van Homan moving to Japan, I am now aware of photographer Hikaru Funyu. After poking around his Instagram, I felt he’d be a good candidate for a gallery here. Hikaru was down and submitted a bunch of rad pics for me to look through. As I was going through the photos he sent, I noticed he shot a lot at night time, and that seemed like a great theme to me.

Click below to check out the gallery, which I’ve dubbed Night Moves.

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