Last Saturday COMUNE had a nice little get together at their office compound in Costa Mesa to celebrate Adam Wright’s photo exhibition entitled “Karlson Tea Party”. People from all over came out, bringing in over a hundred different custom motorcycles for everyone to check out. I wish I could have definitely attended this one! looks like it would have been a rad time! Classic motorcycles, Pabst, Mexican food, even some QT’s! thats a wrap, maybe next year!
COMUNE, a contemporary streetwear label, has created a culture surrounding the brand that allows them to represent the lifestyle of its founder and staff. A large part of this lifestyle surrounds vintage motorcycle culture, whose elements come out in the design of their clothing line.
Well I Just got home and I’m still recouping from interbike! I got word or “twitword”, that a bunch of people got sick shortly after leaving, makes sense! With the dramatic and constant change in climate, there being 100′s of people constantly surrounding you, + the never ending booze factor, I guess something had to happen eventually, right? well with that being said, I think these were taken while everyone was still well! of course this isn’t everyone that was there, just the people we saw maybe a hundred or so times as opposed to fifty or so times throughout the few days we were there!
Most of the Defgrip crew has been down in Vegas for Interbike. We’ve all been having a blast and will do a big photo dump when we get home from the show. For now, enjoy the photo of Mike Hoder going off at NORA Cup!
Wethepeople just sent over a new edit they put together for Interbike. There are some serious clips in this and it also looks like they’ll have a new website up soon! Check out the edit after the jump.
We just setup an official Defgrip twitter account yesterday! Nuno, Andrew, and I have all had our own Twitter accounts, but we thought it would be cool to get a Defgrip one going that we would all update with news, links, and whatever random stuff we are up to. Mike Ardelean is even going update it! Mike hasn’t been on Twitter yet, so it should be rad to see what kind of stuff he posts on there! We re-organized the sidebar a little and added the twitter feed in there, so you can keep up with our updates on the site!
If you are on Twitter make sure to follow us, we are @defgripcrew!
Inercity, the London based design studio and authors of Art & Sole, are working on a BMX book that will showcase all types of BMX bikes.
“Rad Rides: The Best of BMX (working title) looks to explore the world of BMX through photographs of bikes and Q&As with their owners. Some of the bikes are knackered, well worn by owners that have been riding for years. Others are beautiful, sculptural works of art, built but never ridden as a keepsake. Why are these bikes so sacred to their owners? What do these BMX riders do for a living? Where do they ride their bikes? What is it about the BMX that appeals to them? Is their bike a classic production bike or is it a custom build?”
They have an open call for entries going on until October 2009, so if you have a bike you’d like to submit, click here to download the call for entries PDF. To get an idea of what the book will be like, check out a few images from Art & Sole after the jump.
Robin Fenlon put together an amazing edit of Lima riding his local trails for Ride UK. I’m really digging the follow shots through all the lines. Lima kills it and this edit really makes me want to ride some trails! Check it out after the jump or watch it big on the Ride UK site.
There is a great video documenting the process of creating the cover art for Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 album. I think the art it self is pretty cool and I love all the work that Dan Tobin Smith, the artist that created the Blueprint 3 cover does, but I really feel like this cover doesn’t make sense for Jay-Z. For example watch the Rhapsody commercial. The concept of the commercial is to take you through all of Jay’s album covers in one steady shot, where Jay changes clothes, scenes, and poses. The commercial is to promote the new album, but it ends with a bunch of white instruments rather than an iconic image of Jay-Z, like every album he has put out in the past. I feel like the commercial would have been so much stronger if the last shot was Jay on the cover of Blueprint 3… None the less, the new art is pretty impressive and the time laps video documenting the process is fun to watch. Check out the time laps as well as the Rhapsody commercial after the jump. (via inqmnd)
When it comes to video reviews, I usually stay away from them like the plague. In fact, don’t even consider this a review. With that said, this post is basically stating that I have been enjoying my copy of Let’s Get Mystical since it came in the mail last week. I like to give these things about 5 solid views before I open my mouth.
In my opinion, the Mutiny dudes have 3 things going for them that usually make their stuff enjoyable for me – riders I like watching, good music and consistent filming/editing. LGM pretty much hits all those points and if I must say so myself, has trumped SOBP.
LGM is quite different from SOBP in the sense that there are mainly no individual riders parts, but rather a mix broken down into sections (Texas, Pennsylvania etc…), which is a breath of fresh air and keeps the momentum going. The fact that the video “seems” to have popped up out of nowhere, also helps. It’s inevitable that people will nit-pick on certain things, but regardless, this is a good production. One thing that Mutiny has to put in their rider contracts though, is that no one is allowed to cut their hair during filming at any time, haha…