The first issue of Factory Magazine landed in my hands the other night and I was blown away! Factory is a self published magazine from Vancouver featuring a handful of Vancouver artists and photographers, including some familiar names like Travis Collier and Kyle Scully. Not only was I very impressed by the work featured in the first issue, the magazine design and layout is equally impressive as well as the size and paper stock it’s printed on. I’m not sure how you can get a hold of an actual issue, but make sure to check out the Factory website that showcases a bunch of work from the artists featured in issue 1.
Growing very quickly, German born Wolfgang Tillmans went from being a local photographer to the top of the international art and fashion scene within just a few years. Credited along with Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson, and Mario Sorrenti for bringing the realist “snapshot” aesthetic into popularity. Tillmans has also been a heavy influence in the way photography is presented with his varying sizes, framing and mounting techniques.
The final product of the ‘Because I Grind’ series that we got to preview in Vegas is online in its entirety! Because I Grind was a tour that Gatorade and Nigel Sylvester put together where Nigel traveled around with a few of his friends stopping in Atlanta, Miami, Oceanside and Las Vegas to ride and hang with local riders. There are four videos documenting the trip and the soundtrack was actually created for Nigel by famed producer The Alchemist!
Not only did The Alchemist produce the soundtrack, there is also a mixtape you can download that was put together by Mick Boogie for Because I Grind. Make sure to continue reading so you can check out all four episodes from the tour!
Going along with the post above, the newest episode of Marstro Knows featuring Nigel Sylvester just dropped. Maestro meets up with Nigel in New York where they cruise around the city, hit a few local spots, ride some BMX and Maestro lets you know why Nigel is such a rad dude! The episode ends in Las Vegas at Nobu for the preview for Nigel’s Because I Grind project.
Everyone’s favorite image blog Yimmys Yayo is helping put together a photography show for the Sydney Bicycle Film Festival. They are looking for submissions, so if you have any photos you’d like to see in the show and they somehow relate to bikes, send em in! Keep reading for all the details. p.s. the photo above has nothing to do with the post other than that I took it out of the serious Yimmy archive.
We posted on Project Le Tour, an amazing photo series of the Tour De France by photographer Brent Humphreys, back in July and Brent just hit us up to spread the word about his new online shop. You can now pick up prints, posters, t-shirts, stickers, and a book with a collection of photos from the tour. Amazing photography and great design… you can’t go wrong!
Andrew Taylor just sent over an email linking to an amazing article on Designboom about Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic artist who is current (at this moment) attempting to draw the entire Manhattan skyline from memory! You can check out the article on Designboom and you can also watch a live stream of Stephen Wiltshire drawing on the 18 foot canvas on his website. Check that out here!
For some reason I’m obsessed with living spaces. Living on the Walk Streets in Venice makes it easy for my girl and I to pour a glass of wine and walk around the neighborhood checking out the cool things my stylish neighbors have done with their homes…. aspirational stalking, I call it. So naturally my favorite Dwell slideshows are the walk-throughs of kickass living spaces.
We just posted on Andrew McMullen’s trip, but while he was in Petaluma Andrew met up with Wolfman and put together this rad edit of Wolfman riding the Petaluma park for MacNeil Bikes. Check it out after the jump!
Andrew McMullen has started his solo road trip across the US. He started in Bellingham, Wa, where he was living for the past few years and is making his way out to New York. He’s only in California still, but has been posting a bunch of great photos to his blog. Hopefully he’ll be blogging the whole way, so make sure to follow his site for more update.
While listening to Madlib Shades of Blue album last night, an album where he remixes the Blue Note catalog, Francis Woff’s photos popped into my head. Francis Wolff’s child hood friend Alfred Lion was one of the co-founders of Blue Note Reords and shortly after moving to the United States from Germany in 1939, Francis Wolff joined Blue Note and help run the company and stayed there for over 30 years. Before moving to the US, Wolf worked as a commercial photographer and continued shooting photos and documenting the recording sessions during his entire career at Blue Note.
I came across two great Flickr sets of Wolff’s photos that you can check out here. Keep reading to see a small selection of images, but make sure to visit the Flickr page and browse the images in full screen!
Nathan Williams has a new signature frame out with United! His frame is called the Mothership and rather than focusing on making the frame the lightest frame on the market, they focused on a good relationship between strength and weight. With the way Nathan rides, as you can see from the dope poster after the jump, he needs a setup that will stand up to massive 12 stair out-rail drops.
The crew over at Streetphire hit us up regarding an experiment they are conducting to find out what’s what when it comes to the BMX magazines you purchase. They are trying to get an accurate count (which may or may not be possible) as to which magazines readers are purchasing, to answer the question “Do magazines still count?”. Read and vote HERE.
For me personally, I’m all for the magazines (and anything printed) and do not want them to go away. I’m definitely not a “print is dead” flag waver. However, I would be a fool if I did not acknowledge their need to adapt all around with the internet being such a force, especially in the years to come. Luckily, magazines do have websites as well for speedy up-to-the-minute info, in addition to providing us with original content in their pages. To keep kids buying in the digital age is the hard part though. Finding a new balance between print and online might be key.
The topic continues….
update – Robin has written a post about this over on Ride UK.
The full edit for the Red Bull Reservoir Dogs – one of my favorite edits I’ve seen in a long time – showed up online last Friday and has already been watched over 100,00o times! The video basically documents Sebastien Keep, Dan Lacey and Ben Hennon as they travel to Newcastle and ride this extremely deep, but yet perfect reservoir. The transitions that they are riding are so big that they actually lower in a motorcycle and toe each other to get enough speed. The session resulted in an unbelievable cover photo of Sebastine Keep for the current issue of Ride UK as well as this great edit by Edd Allen that (if you are not one of the 100,000 people that have seen it) you can check out after the jump.