Michael Halsband is an New York based photographer responsible for a number of iconic like the portrait of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat with boxing gloves. Shooting a mix of musicians and artists, as well as fashion and portraits, Halsband’s camera comes in contact with many different types of people in many different types of situations. Some of my favorite photos of his are the images above that where shot of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones in 1981 on their “Tattoo You” tour.
Josh Allsopp had actually sent this photo over for an @ random before Nuno posted a similar shot that he came across on Flickr. Even though we kind of showed this photo already, it’s too good to not show a second trick and hear what Josh had to say about shooting the photo!
Deus, an amazing custom motorcycle company out of Camperdown Sydney in Australia is having a vintage BMX swapmeet this Saturday, May 1st. Judging by their past swapmeets and the fact that everything thing they do jawdrapping and unbelievably on-point, you know the BMX swapmeet is going to be something you can’t miss. I know we have a lot of readers in Australia, but for the rest of us who can’t make it, well have to wait for an update in their gallery section (which might be the easiest place on the internet to waste an entire day looking at photos). Deus will be teaming up with 2020 magazine for the event and it looks like along with the swap there will be a bunnyhop contest, a quarter pipe demo, BMX films and a lot more. Make sure to check out the flyer after the jump and be careful if you end up on the Deus site because it might suck you in for the rest of the day!
New York’s Cope 2 and Revok from Los Angeles (2 legends) recently got together for some painting in the Bronx. This thing was presented as a “battle”, but neither of these guys have anything to prove. This was all for fun.
Photographer Ruedione was on hand and has a good series of photos on his site from the day. Check those HERE. These photos are better than any video I’ve seen from this day.
In the process of watching this documentary on “the dying craft of large scale hand painted advertising”, I ended up wondering if this was a subtle advertisement for Stella Artois, and it sorta kinda is. *edit* the original flash player I first saw this on had a city as the screen grab and there is no mention of Stella until the end.
Regardless, even though that kinda tainted this film just a little bit, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a nicely put together documentary. This is a topic I’ve never really thought much about, but I now have a better understanding of the whole thing. This makes you appreciate how nuts it is to actual paint these.
From the producers:
Shot high above the streets of New York City, UP THERE reveals the dying craft of large scale hand painted advertising and the untold story of the painters struggling to keep it alive.
The Mat Hoffman documentary – The Birth of Big Air – is premiering tonight in New York City at the Tribeca film festival. I’ve heard from a few people that the film is AMAZING and one person (who’s not even a BMXer) said they’ve watched it four times already! I can’t wait to see the film and I really wish I was able to make it to the premier tonight. If you are in New York, you can’t miss this. I heard there are giong to be some rams and Hoffman might actually ride a bit! The Come Up also just did a post about a “top secrete” after party that the infamous Daryl Nau is hosting tonight. Like I said, if you can make it out, there should be no excuses for missing this. Keep reading for all the info about the film and the party!
The crew at Say Mayday have their first batch of t-shirts out! To celebrate the release, they are actually giving them away. All you have to do is send one of your friends to the Say Mayday Facebook page, then drop them an email to let them know you did! How can you beat a deal like that??
Even though Jay Leno is almost the exact opposite of funny, he’s got great taste in cars and a true appreciation for their finer points. Here he navigates us through one of the many hidden racetracks in the hills of Los Angeles from behind the wheel of a Mercedes SLS AMG (spawned by the original 300SL from the 1950s).
This reminds me of a funny quote from Scotty Cranmer a while back where he said he wasn’t feeling California because there are no good back roads for driving.
Best thing I’ve seen all day. A very humorous breakdown of George Costanza’s clothing related to todays trends from Start to Finish. It’s funny because every time I watch Seinfeld I always marvel at how bad their clothes are… But this post made me realize I’m completely wrong. George Costanza is on point… HAHA.
Last week I was in L.A. working on some projects with Chad Moore and during our down time we got to chill with Nuno and Mike Ardelean. It’s always rad when a bunch of us from Defgrip get to meet up and we made the best of our time together by riding some chill spots and eating at some dialed restaurants.
I didn’t really have any intentions on filming anything or putting an edit together, but I ended up messing around with some shots at the 605 ditch and threw a quick edit together last night. We all met up at Odyssey and headed to the ditch… It was Jim Bauer, Nuno, Ardelean, Luis Pinzon, Maicol Chaves, Ryan Quinones, Chad Moore and me… The edit is super short, with a few clips of Chad, Mike and Jim, but the session was dope. Nothing better than riding with your friends at a quiet spot on a sunny day!
We are excited to show a nice selection of photos from Carson Leh and Sean Sweeney that were taken during the filming of Brian Chace’s new video Refresh. Carson and Sean are both good friends with Brian and everyone in the video. With so many spots in the North West and so many great riders in the video, it wasn’t hard for them to capture some amazing shots and document the tricks that went down during the filming. Refresh will premier this week at a bunch of spots in the North West (click for the details) and will be available on DVD soon!