VANS SHIMMER

Didn’t get a chance to share this sooner since I was living in the woods for a week, but here’s the full Vans SHIMMER video featuring Ty Morrow, Sean Ricany, Travis Hughes, Lewis Mills, Dakota Roche, Andrew Castenada, Bruno Hoffman & Calvin Kosovich (who filmed/edited it).

Well done, Calvin. Read more about it HERE.

BACKSTORY: TRAIL LINE NAMES

When it comes to trails, its pretty much a given that the lines and jumps you and your crew build will have to be named in one way or another. Needless to say, this makes for some rather interesting and unique names. Think “Dip Buzz”, “Sloth Hawk” and “Whammo” to name only a few.

With that said… I thought it would be interesting to dig deeper (no pun intended) and find out how some of these names came about.

We spoke to John Skvarla from Keyko Trails, Chris Janis from Catty Woods, Clint Reynolds from Eastside, Cody Diggs from Scituate, Jeremy Muller from La Source, Jay Lonergan from POSH, Anthony Napolitan from Wetlands and Mark Potoczny from Hazelwood to get the backstory on how some lines/jumps at their respective trails got their names. Click below.

*Please note – this is only a small portion of interesting names and respected trails out there.

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Q&A: Calvin Kosovich / VANS SHIMMER

Calvin Kosovich has been working on a new mixtape video for Vans entitled Shimmer. It will go live online July 10th and feature 14 minutes of the Vans street crew.

We reached out to Calvin to learn more about the project, so click below for a Q&A along with some disposable camera snaps from the recent SF filming trip.

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1 THROUGH 10: VAN HOMAN / JAPAN

I recently approached Van about doing a Q&A about his move to Japan. After all, that is a pretty big life change and interesting thing to discuss. He was down, but also mentioned that he was doing something similar for DIG BMX (which you can read HERE) already. All good.

I still think this topic is interesting and wanted to do something with Van, so I came up with this “1 Through 10” questionnaire thing to tackle this in a different format. Click below to check it out.

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RE-UP: THE VAN HOMAN ARCHIVES (2011)

Back in 2011 we featured a bunch of rad goodies from Van Homan’s personal archives (23 in total). Everything from photos, frame sketches, cease and desist letters to hospital wrist bands, along with great info on it all from Van himself.

Click HERE to check it out again or even for the first time!

90EAST: IN THE FIELD

East Coast vibes. 90east.

PHOTOGALLERY: JONNY CLARKE / EASTSIDE TRAILS

Jonny Clarke (aka- resident Eastside Trails photographer) provides a glimpse into the radness and sadness of these gnarly trails in Austin, TX. Lots of hard work, dedicated locals, great sessions, but also epic flooding (hence the sadness part).

Click below for the gallery and shoutout to Jonny for putting this together. Be sure to check out his site for more of his work.

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FIVES – EDDIE CUELLAR

photo – chris eiland

Get to know Eddie Cuellar AKA MY GUYY a little better.

Click below for some FIVES.

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BEHIND THE PHOTO: DEAN DICKINSON

Dean Dickinson was the subject in the last Behind The Photo feature here, so it only makes sense that he’s the shooter behind this one. Click below for the deets on this Corey Walsh pic.

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THE DUAL

Directed by Harrison Boyce
Directed by Daniel Navetta

Check out this rad personal project from our dude Harrison Boyce and his friend Daniel Navetta.

“Daniel’s dad Pete grew up just a few blocks away from where I live now in Brooklyn and has been drag racing for 50 years… starting with illegal street racing in his younger years to spending every weekend he can in the summers out at the track. Daniel and I spent a day with Pete out at Island Drag Way in Jersey, filming and talking with Pete. We each put together our own edits, sharing the footage that @tyhaft and I shot…. which turned into the first segment of what will be an on-going series called “The Dual” – Harrison Boyce

PRINT: NICK FERREIRA

Nick Ferreira. The dude behind Holeshot zine (R.I.P.) and currently Challenger BMX magazine. He’s been putting out printed BMX goodness for a long time. Knowing this, I started wondering what printed goods get him stoked or inspire him, so I hit him up to find out.

Click below to check out a few zines/magazines that Nick is into, along with some words about each one from the man himself.

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THROWBACK: CODEY LEVESQUE by Dakota Roche

Ran into the homie Codey the other day for the first time in a long time, so here’s a throwback of his rad split skate/BMX video that Dakota Roche put together. Good vibes. Originally dropped in 2012.

We’re proud to finally present you with this Codey Levesque edit, which Dakota Roche graciously put together. Codey and Dak are boys and have been casually working on this for a minute while out having sessions. This is the first edit of its kind that we’ve had for Defgrip, so enjoy!

BY THE NUMBERS: JAKE SEELEY

We’ve written down 100 random questions and assorted topics, all of which are unbeknownst to our victims. We will be asking people to pick 20 random numbers from 1-100 and then supplying them with those questions/topics to answer. Who knows what might come up!?!?!

Up next, Jake Seeley.

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PHOTOGALLERY: ERIC BAHLMAN

When not in front of the camera or making sweet Hi8 videos, you can catch Arizona’s Eric Bahlman behind a camera snapping pics. Click below for a mixed bag of rad photos courtesy of Eric Bahlman, along with some words from the man himself.

Enjoy!

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SMACKIN

Bay Area vibes.

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