Van Homan Interview

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Van, how are things these days?

Great! Things are a little stressful, but plenty to be excited about. We just opened a Two By Four in Philadelphia, so things are nuts with that right now. Also, I’m working on a full section in Stay Fit. I’m really happy with the footage I have so far, but I’m only about 1/3 of the way finished. I really need to focus on filming right now, but a hurt foot has slowed me down a little.

Congrats on your second store in Philly, you must be pretty excited.

Thanks. Yeah we will see how it goes. Hopefully we get the support we need to make it work. I think it’s going to be good. Philly has needed a core BMX shop for a long time. It’s really scary right now because I have been dumping so much money in to it. Hopefully it all comes back. It’s a lot of fun though, and the store is looking sick. We are trying to have it stocked proper right off the bat.

At what point did you decide to pull the trigger on a second location, and did you have any reservations about having to manage/oversee two stores?

It was just an idea for a while, and then my wife and I just started looking at some locations and it kind of moved forward pretty fast from there. There are plenty of reservations, but that’s just not the way I live my life. The worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work. I’d rather try and fail, than not try at all.

How do you think the Philly store will differ from your Jersey store? Will you have to do some things differently?

Well first of all, we aren’t doing any skate stuff at all in Philadelphia. It’s going to be 100% BMX. There are already plenty of good skate shops in Philly. I’m sure certain items will move better or worse in the city vs. the suburbs, but we will just have to wait and see exactly how all that pans out and stock the store accordingly.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with going into business?

All the legal stuff. Just sending in the proper forms/payments to keep Uncle Sam happy. I wouldn’t consider myself a businessman so I’m just learning as I go, and it’s not always easy for me.

I admire the fact that you have transitioned from “pro-rider”, to “business-owner-while-still-being-a-pro-rider”. With being around BMX 24/7, do you ever get burnt out on bikes?

No not really. I love BMX, It’s my life. I think good employees and help from friends and family is the key to being able to have the stores, and stay on top of my riding at the same time.

A lot of people start their own business because they can enjoy a certain amount of freedom. Does having a shop actually allow you to ride more?

No, it makes it harder to ride for sure. Riding has been my only job for almost 10 years, so I’ve been really spoiled. With the stores, I have to ride when I have time to ride. Before the stores, I could just ride when I felt good. I just have to be more planned now. It’s a more “grown up” lifestyle for sure, haha.

We are pretty familiar with your riding career from seeing you in the mags and videos, but what kind of things would someone be surprised to learn about you that isn’t bike related

I’m living the family life now, so I try to spend a lot of time with my wife Samantha and my dog Hazel. As far as hobbies go, I’ve been in and out of a lot of things over the years. I was pretty addicted to poker for a while, but I only play once a week now. When I would get hurt I’d always pick up a new hobby. Guitar and Photos are two things I have gotten into during my two knee surgeries. I haven’t really messed with them in a while though. I would like to get back in to playing guitar, but the digi cam is good enough for me as far as the photos go these days. I’m into snowboarding too. I like to skate micro minis. I’ve really gotten into watching the Eagles games on Sundays over the past couple years as well.

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    van rules

  • Joey

    Van Homan Will Save Us

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  • http://www.snapflux.com Kevin Briggs

    This site needs more needs more interviews of Chris Duncan. I kid.

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    great interview; the new template looks boss as well.

  • Dewar

    Yesterday I was randomly thinking of who my top all time favorite riders were, and although I don’t consider myself a street rider, Van Homan was honestly the first name that came to my mind.

    Ever since I bought Seek and Destroy on VHS I was hooked (as an aside I’m at work 5 minutes from 2 of the street spots in his section including the cover rail pic) Van is clearly a positive role model (with the exception of never wearing safety equipment!) and is still one of the top riders in the game, no small feat.

    I hope the business aspects work out for you as well as your riding career has. As far as external hobbies go, I recommend trying golf!

    Cheers

  • bt

    van is probably the best dude i’ve ever met, he does it right!

  • http://wwwattheendoftheroad-schnell.blogspot.com/ schnell

    Best dude.

  • zach wylde

    van is definately cool as shit but he’ll definately hit on you

  • Eugene Wylde

    Well lets just say John Vandever Homan III, is quite the queer bait in the pennsville 2×4. He has the tendancies to do these weird stretches where he has his neck on his ass and it kinda scares me when he does it………beware of VAN !!! NO JOKE !!!

  • joel

    van is deffenitaly chill. . watch out for his rap game though it comes out of nowhere.. o and get me for christmas this year cuz

  • joel

    van is deffenitaly chill.
    watch out for his rap game though it comes out of nowhere. o and get me for christmas this year cuz

  • http://davidlangphoto.com DavidLang

    woot! great interview, and the new template looks nice

  • http://www.myspace.com/givemuthafuckind Alex

    A true legend. All praise him!

  • renan

    van homan atitude sempre vc é muito style

  • renan

    van homan atitude sempre vc é muito style vem para o brazil ZL !!!

  • matt

    the bomb diggidy
    love reading his interviews.

  • http://hifever.blogspot.com b00b

    um, u video interview adam22 but not Van?

  • http://20grandcrew.blogspot.com 20G

    Where is the Video

  • kyle

    ya, video would be nice. Adam22 is a joke and van is god. To me.

  • scamper

    whether you like it or not, adam22 has a huge influence on bmx and how people view it, but either way, i’m bummed that there isn’t a video as well.

  • http://myspace.com/shreadington Shreadington

    Yeah… I just heard of this site from a buddy from school who does not even ride and told me to check this out.. Whats the first thing I see? A well done and tasteful interview with the boss? New book mark for sure. The interview was awesome, the photo work here is also on point. great work, it’s about time someone did something like this.

  • http://www.mexicanjohn.blogspot.com Mexican John

    Van Homan rules. The King of BMX!

  • Romero

    Homan’s facial hair in the pics is wicked awesome. Go old guys! Remember Scum 1201 & lights out, S&M’s 44something…

  • http://www.apebmx.com kevin

    VAN HOMAN WILL SAVE US

  • jesse

    van u rule

  • jesse

    his 2010 bike is sweet
    keep on riding van

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    stay fit section was awsome!

  • GI

    godfather of bmx