James Wade has posted up the December photobook, which you can find HERE.
I posted on a camera I got from Michaela’s family when we were visiting them in Bratislava, Slovakia a few months back, but I also scored a few other amazing things. Fotografia and Fotografie were two photography magazines published in Czechoslovakia. The copies I have span from 1972 – 1974. The quality of the magazines them self is not amazing, but the photos inside them are. I’m not sure how distribution worked back then and if these magazines even traveled outside of Czechoslovakia, but Michaela’s family had quite a few copies of the magazines and I ended up coming home with a few issues. But while I was out there, I went through every issue they had, taking photos of everything that caught my eye. Not only were the magazines filled with great photography, there’s some beautiful graphic design and some great old ads for cameras like Olympus, Praktica, Pentacon, and even some local camera stores.
NFFTY is a youth oriented Film Festival that happens each spring in Seattle, WA. This year, Nike 6.0 got together with NFFTY to add an action sports category. The film festival is perfect for all the kids that make or have made BMX videos and all you have to do is be under the age of 22 to submit your film. You can create something new or send in a piece you have already put together. The deadline for submissions is Feb 15th and you can keep reading to find out all the info.
Somehow I missed this edit and even though it’s just about a month old, I still think it deserves a post. Like the title says, this is an edit documenting a day with S&M’s Ben Green and United’s Dan Boiski, filmed by Robin Fenlon and what I’m assuming is a Canon 5D. The guys start out at Cantalowes in Camden then make their way down to Kings Cross and then onto Ladbroke Grove and then ultimately get shut down by the rain. Robin did a great job of documenting a real day of riding and while some people might not find this to their liking because it’s not 100% tricks, this could by one of my favorite edits of the year.
Fast Company has a year-end feature rounding up the 14 biggest moments in design from the past decade. While I’m not sure I agree with all of the choices, it’s pretty crazy to think back to the first time you saw an iPod, or the fact that Design With In Reach wasn’t around and everyone was driving huge SUV’s. You can also read a more in-depth feature on Good.is.
Dirt Ron has a great little video about his art on BMX Wonderland, shot by Justin Kosman. Along with being a bad ass shredder on a bike, Ron can get down with a pen and paper as well. In the video you will lean that Ron was actually born in Hawaii, how he got into art, and the names of some of the characters he draws, like Dudu Brown and Dudu Wham Shit!
Everyone loves a little bit of Lomo and Holga photography, so I know you’ll enjoy One Day One Shot, a collection of photos from ‘Kay’. Along with the great selection of Lomo shots and few Holga’s there is also a good mix of photos from other cameras like a Mamiya 645, Smena 8m, and a Vivitar IC101.
Seishi Shirakawa is a Japanese photographer who shoots regularly for Monocle Magazine. There’s not much info out there about Shirakawa, but I was able to track down some of his work, mostly photos he’s shot for Monocle. His photos have great poise and really complement the Monocle feel and judging by the quality of his work, I’m sure he has an outstanding portfolio… If only we could see it!
Craig Tull, who’s shot a few great videos we’ve featured on Defgrip in the past has launched his own site called Emulsure. To go along with the launch of the site, Craig put together a great edit featuring the Emulsure team. Along with videos and a team, the site also showcases some of Craigs photography. Hopefully we’ll see an archive of his video work up there as well!
Ryan Moore sent us this dope photo of him in a Quilted T shirt in a meeting room at his work (Victoria’s Secret!) The photo is too dope not to post and we want to see more for you guys. If you picked up a one of our t-shirts send us a photo rocking it! You can either send an email or just hit us on our Facebook page!
Joe Cookie hit me up with a link to a video he did on the ESPN site. It’s called BMX Artifacts and for the first episode, he sat down with Biz at his parents house in Lynn, MA. Biz goes through his BMX career, talking about his current past sponsors, frames he rode, contests went to, and how is one Gravity Games medal compares to Bohans stacks of X-Games medals.
Portland’s pool shralpin’ Dean Dickinson provides us with our latest Autophoto.
Click below to check it out.
Povah sent through a link to an edit from a recent demo that was held at the Etnies park. It’s got some sweet riding from Brett Walker, Corey Martinez and Nathan Williams.
On December 9th, Etnies put together a Christmas festival for under privileged & not so fortunate kids at the Skatepark of Lake Forest. We gave away almost 600 pairs of shoes while treating everyone to demos by Etnies Skate & BMX teams. Santa & Mrs Clause were on hand too. Free food & drinks were enjoyed by all.
Click below to check out a new Josh Bedford edit that Joe Cox whipped up.
Defgrip, Nigel Sylvester and Nike 6.0 are excited to offer you a chance to win a pair of Nigel’s Nike 6.0 MVRK shoes. To win the shoes, all you have to do is design a desktop wallpaper that includes the color purple and some elements of New York city, like building, skylines, or the subway. Get super creative and think of what kind of wallpaper you’d be psyched to have on your computer! The winner will be chosen by Nigel and the Defgrip crew and the top three entries will be available for download on Defgrip.
To submit your wallpaper make a design that is 1920 pixies wide by 1200 pixels tall at screen resolution (72dpi). All files must be submitted as jpg’s and you can send your entires to email@example.com
The contest ends January 6th, so in order to be eligible to win, you must submit your designs by 11:59pm January 6th!
Brandnew, one of the best brand identity websites around has a great roundup of the best and worst identities of 2009. There are some great examples of both good and bad identities like the above beautiful Paul Rand designed Yale logo (on the left) that was dumped for the new version (on the right) and surprisingly enough the re-brand for Aol. pulled in the top spot of best identity of 09!
Peter Schilling – Major Tom
Poison – Ride The Wind
Snapcase – Energy Dome
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
The Sounds – Reggie
Chamillionaire – Ridin Dirty
Billy Idol – Sweet Sixteen
The Cure – End of the World (live)
Young Buck Feat T.I., Ludacris – Stomp remix
Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
Thanks to Walter Pieringer for the pic.