Defgrip Original – Jim Bauer

Jim Bauer is the creative director for Odyssey and probably has had some of the most colorful and creative bikes in the past 10 years. When you work in a smaller industry like BMX you end up taking on many tasks outside of your job title. This is exactly the case for Jim. His “creative director” title involves him in everything at Odyssey from being the team manager to creating wild trade-show booths to testing product. He is one of the big reasons Odyssey has been so successful over the past years. Along with all the BMX stuff Jim always has some sort of project going on, whether it’s baking some crazy volcano cake that actually erupts to going to the race track with with Porches. Jim is an extremely creative and inspiring person and we are psyched to bring you Jim’s interview!

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  • Andrew

    Really good, he kept my attention the whole time and left me wantng more. Wish it was longer and more in depth but its all good!

  • I like the 1965 mick jagger hair and neo genius facial expression, it’s like he is saying hey guys I’m here,I’m smart, but I know how to party like a rock star too. He has level head that I wish I was born with.
    God this internet stuff is awesome.
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  • you already know

    1200 easy way, the hard way, or the indirect way… either way.. i’ll get it.

  • Andy

    looks like a guys that loves what he does, awesome

  • juse

    This video is really good, but it doesn’t even capture 1% of Jim’s spectrum of awesomeness.

  • good stuff

  • Deece Jay’s hat, hahahaha.

    ps, Chris Duncan sucks dick.

  • francis

    One of the things I was really excited about when I first started working at Odyssey was getting to meet and work with Jim. I had high expectations and he easily surpassed all of them. The dude is awesome and his style is definitely unmistakeable. You’ll know it’s his just by first glance.

  • Awesome! I was hoping a Jim Bauer interview was coming! Good work!

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  • Ben

    Vimeo or non quicktime version please.

  • kc

    Im with francis. Jim is truly an inspiration in every sense of the word. whether its his art, his design, his taste, or his fearlessness on the bike, jim is one of those people who is the best at whatever he does, and lucky for us, he does alot of everything!

    I feel privileged to have been able to work under him at odyssey, and even more privileged to call him a friend.

    good interview!

  • I too find Jim as one of the most inspiring dudes I know, he has so much going on and gets it all done all while looking stylish, staying cool and calm with everything. He has a carefree fuck it attitude but still cares about the important stuff like the ODSY product, design work and the car collecting. One of the best dudes I know and I’m very stoked and also very privileged we are able to be involved with ODSY and Bauer’s ability to kick ass. Thanks Jim, Keep kickin ass!!!

  • good. but why did you put art direction at the end of the video- it was like a 2-3 min “interview”- does something that basic need an art director (lol)?

  • Harrison

    even thought it is a short video, there is a lot of planning and stuff that goes into them. all the videos we have done so far have followed the same direction and that is not just a coincidence. we outlined the whole project figuring out what we wanted to do… and that is where the art direction comes in.

  • the art director formerly known as prince

    “for fun” would’ve been a much better answer, but the penis enlarger excuse works too.

  • I personally find the whale tails very fitting and natural-looking to 930s, I assume that’s what you’re talking about. And i even believe that the big GT2 wings and the 935 wings look good. No offense, but I personally think the duck tails look the most out of place in the Porsche wing history. I wouldn’t turn down an rsr or anything but. You should try to make your way up to an infineon track masters or nasa track day. we have a real good porsche scene.

  • In my very humble opinion, the beauty of the Porsche 911 lies in its simplicity and that amazing slope from the windshield to the rear bumper. Convertible tops, Targas, and yes, whale tails are a few of the abominations that interrupt that slope and ruin, again in my humble opinion, the very best thing about the car.

    The beauty of the duck tail lies in its purpose: at a fraction of the weight of a whale tail, it provides the bare minimum of downforce needed, without dominating the car’s appearance.

    Like every car brand, Porsche has a unique and usually nerdy fan base. You’ve got the purists who won’t change a thing, Jim who feels the way I do, and then the guys who love all the extra black plastic.

    The funniest thing about being obsessed with cars is meeting other crazy characters who are also obsessed. For example, when Jim removed that heavy ass whale tale from his car and put it up for sale, the buyer was a sweatpants-wearing, ponytail-sporting gentleman who was looking to ADD to his car, rather than subtract from it, all of the extras (chrome wheels, impact bumpers, whale tail) that most can’t wait to get rid of.

    Personally I wouldn’t be caught dead with any of that stuff on my car, but I’m fascinated by the cars and the people who like them, and I’d have a beer with any of the above described enthusiasts any time. It takes all kinds.

  • ha, my car was Ardelean’s worst nightmare. 79′ TARGA sc, whale tail, basically on the bumpstops on the bilstien coilovers on all 4 corners, bare metal interior, full roll cage, big hole where the front right blinker should have been for the oil cooler, and the most tasteful addition had to have been the 7 inch flares! I don’t have a ponytail.

  • Jim

    Mike said it well, but as the video was edited I believe the question was directed at what are the worst car offenses in general. I said wings and body kits directed at most other cars. Porsches come with wings that work, so usually OEM or similar is fine with me. I love the big wing on the GT3 and the 935 is basically ALL tail and body kit, which is awesome.

    The whale tail is classic and iconic, but its pretty big for a non wide body(mine has SC flares) Like Alec said, perfect on 930. But a 930 with nothing is pretty sick too. Form follows function, and at high speeds Porsches need something to hold them down.

    Chrome wheels are never ok though. ha.

    I hope to make it Infineon some day, thanks for the invite!

  • Alec: slammed on the bumpstops, bare interior, 7 inch flares–all sound awesome!

    Targa and whale tail, well you know… I like the Targa idea, and I like it on the newer models as the slope is not interrupted, but the way it changed the whole shape of the car on the older models is just way to much for my OCD. But I’m this neurotic about the details of a car that I don’t even own, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt.

    …And you didn’t say anything about sweatpants!

  • any porsche owner or enthusiast is a gentleman in my book (356 or slant nose, I don’t care). I’m glad there are differing opinions within the porsche culture because this conversation has been the funnest part of my day so far. I will admit that I also despise chrome wheels on anything german.

  • Too $hort

    Give me a sweatpant-wearin’ German bitch with chrome titties and I be burnin’ rubber! Beeeitch. Reppin’ Oak Town.

  • kc

    IMO the 911 ( in any form 912, 996 etc) will never look bad, every body style change has been based upon performance, like jim said. form follows function. the 911 has a classic bodystyle and even though im not 100% into how physically large and heavy they are becoming, porsche has remained true on the classic look of the body.

    its funny that the negative points of the 911 were afterthoughts to make it US safe. ( ie larger bumpers etc) maybe It was a conspiracy in the late 70s early 80s to hurt porsche sales. haha

    IMO it all comes down to function. nothing will beat being able to floor it through a 90 degree corner, feel the rear end sit, and never loose traction. the 911 is the epitome of this feeling. ( although the 914 really might be the funnest to drive around a corner)

  • Kyle

    That interview should have been about a half hour longer.

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  • MC

    I’ve know JB my whole life and he has impressed me the whole time. Juse, Mike, KC and Francis are on point. Jimmy’s on it in his own f-ed up crazy way with everything. He’s the kind of guy you want to impress for all the right reasons.


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