Defgrip Original – Rich Hirsch

Rich Hirsch is someone I was always interested in when I was younger. He was one of a handful of pro’s that were blowing up in the Northwest when I was really getting into riding, and he always seemed to have some sort of project going on. Whether it was a clothing company or a video, Rich knew how to keep himself busy.

Now Rich is still riding, but is looking at life much differently than when I first met him. He started two major brands in BMX that are going stronger than ever – Lotek Footwear, and Fremont Clothing. While his main focus is his companies, he still manages to make the cover of major BMX magazines. Rich is a very interesting person and probably lives his life much differently than you would expect. One thing that has never changed with Rich, is that he’s always got a new project up his sleeve and no matter what it is I don’t think Rich will ever stop surprising us.

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37 responses to “Defgrip Original – Rich Hirsch”

  1. Andrew says:

    Awesome, Defgrip keeps killing it with the original content!

  2. Very good interview, I love all of them.

    He seems like a hell of a nice guy.

  3. smoovebert says:

    yeah, another great interview. rich is cool as hell too.

  4. Ankzt says:

    Whats the name of the song in the end?

  5. H Man says:

    This is quality stuff guys, you know its good when you feel like you get to know the person more not just a bunch of answers to top 5’s which doesn’t do anything for me.

    Keep it coming

    H Man

  6. ohio (tom) says:

    Wow. That was easily my favorite exclusive thus far. I’d really like to hang out with that guy, especially because when I met him at Interbike everyone was basically in party mode, so he seems a bit more like a chiller. The Portland condition so to speak. Chill hard, party hard, get shit done.

  7. Muth says:

    good shit!

  8. Anthony says:

    Rad. One of the best so far.

  9. nicky t says:

    seriously the biggest faggot in bmx, his lack of originality makes rollerblading look cool

  10. Boozer Mike says:

    I DON’T KNOW? Is that a OZZY OSBOURNE song or something Jeff Spicoli wound say? Gee Mr. Hand I don’t know?

  11. cameronasa says:

    Gah. So good. All of these are so good, but they just keep getting better. Rich, you’re the bomb, man. Been a fan since Salvation Clothing.

  12. Hoang says:

    rich kills it

  13. jared says:

    yes. and what’s going to be on the $5 trip to the moon?

  14. chris says:

    Another real good original, I’m diggin the simplicity of them, Great interview. I have always wanted to know what happened to Salvation Clothing?

  15. Ryan C. says:

    This ruled! You guys should have a way to embed the interviews…

  16. joecookie says:

    Fuck Rich this shit was WACK!
    Just playin, Miss this guy.
    Rich and I were trapped in the O.C. together for like a year.
    Good / bad times.
    Nice one DG.

  17. jason says:

    wicked interview. awesome job DG.

  18. brown says:

    this dude seems down as fuck. good stuff

  19. Harrison says:

    Stoked you guys are into the video!
    The song was Night Sight by Air.
    We are getting our YouTube and Vimeo pages going, so all our interviews will be on in HD soon!

  20. Chris says:

    The Defgrip Originals keep getting better and better! My new favourite!

  21. Rip Van Off says:

    stop jocking andrew reynolds

  22. Kyle says:

    Rich seems like a rad dude to me. Great interview, keep them coming.

  23. c says:

    good, but has no one else noticed ?

  24. ohio (tom) says:

    Nah man of course I’ve noticed Altamont. Their shit is awesome, right? I mean they sponsor Jon Peacy for christ sake. What’s your point? BMX isn’t allowed to be as cool looking as skateboarding?

  25. mario says:

    it’s just looks like rich has been inspired A LOT (too much) by skateboard industry, fremont is obvious, lotek shoes look like vans, and most of the new lotek style of riding (if that means something) is just skateboard imitation.
    Where is the rich hirsh of little devil video ?

  26. Chris says:

    So good, I love the way all of these are done, so simple, really emphasises what’s being said. Nice work Harrison and Rich.

  27. drop says:

    rich is a cool dude! i love him for running lotek&fremont. good luck in the future!

  28. Joshua says:

    Night Sight – Air, cheers Harrison made me dig out my Pocket Symphonys album for another listen.

    Great view into a big name in BMX in a subtle, simplistic way.
    Wonderful work.

  29. oj says:

    rich forgot about his roots

    if you really wanna know get at matt PUrIna RRO

  30. Damn that was one of the best of these by far, super interesting. These are always really good not matter what. Good work Harrison. Keep kickin ass Rich!!

  31. carlito brigante says:

    good stuff. Cookie i was stuck in OC as long as you and rich put together.

  32. greg says:

    best original yet!

  33. Eric Leong says:

    Excellent stuff! Looks very hillman curtis inspired!

  34. Staci says:

    And this is an funding threat value taking.

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