Stoked about this series. Cool Story Bro is a project from Mutiny showing their team riders on and off their bikes.. They kick off the fist one with Robbo. Check it!
Always a fan of a good documentary. This one does a pretty good job of delving into Keith Treanor’s trials and tribulations. You know it’s serious when Mat Hoffman is included too!
I remember Keith Treanor came to Nassau Coliseum during a Sprocket Jockeys tour in the 90′s which included Mat Hoffman, Day Smith, Jay Miron and Dennis McCoy. Talk about best carnival bike show ever!
Jake Seeley has quite the eclectic taste in music, which is exactly the kind of surprising shit I like to find out. To be honest, I assumed that Jake was mainly a hip hop kid for the longest time, but nope.
Click below for a breakdown of Jake’s favorite albums along with some words about each one from Jake himself. Killa!
Phil Demattia hit up the streets of Alicante, Spain for his Albion interview in issue 12 and Will Evans put together this edit while they were out there.
Europeans and Australians get lots of cool things that we don’t get in the US, and here are two more things to add to that list: A Bluetec Diesel version of the G-Wagen, and cool car brands aligning themselves with BMX.
Go to NotCot to view this very highly produced video featuring Danny Campbell riding “Wave Rock” in the Australian outback.
With a name like Tombow, one should be able to lay it down. Which he does. Shouts to Nick Benson.
Filmed and edited by Ryan Costa
Someone like James is bound to have videos/video parts that they cherish from their years in BMX, so I got in touch with him to find out what they are and to hear what he had to say about each.
Navaz has gone and uploaded Left/Right to the internets. This is one of Navaz’s many excellent videos and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re probably into curling, work at Midieval Times, have bought a Kim Kardashian perfume, reenact Star Wars scenes, have a favorite cast member of the Real Housewives of Orange County, watched the Royal wedding, were just born or are a CREED fan. Navaz can do no wrong.
In addition, Navaz went above and beyond and wrote up a bunch of great info about the video. Read below.
Left/Right was released in March 2007. It was an interesting time to be releasing a DVD because web videos were just starting to become more common and thecomeup was gaining more momentum. People were just starting to use HD cameras to film BMX, and even at that time I can remember being told that DVD’s were dying and it wasn’t likely that I would sell very many copies. I wasn’t necessarily as interested in selling tons of copies as I was in using the video to promote both the riders and my work. For me the goal was to make back what I spent and essentially make a name for myself so that I could hopefully continue to make BMX videos full time. It was promoted almost entirely by word of mouth, and with a few good reviews in magazines. It actually ended up doing pretty well with help from S&M distributing it on the west coast and Animal on the east coast.
A few people have asked the significance of the name Left/Right. Prior to Left/Right, Standpoint was a video magazine and each issue was numbered up to issue 6. Left/Right initially started out as Standpoint 7 but I wanted to move away from the video magazine side of things because releasing “issues” by number seemed to devalue the videos. Finding a proper name for the video would help ensure that it had a longer shelf life. I wanted a name that was descriptive of the content in the video and spent several months deliberating what the final title would be (I had a list of about 5 or 10 different titles that I wish I could find because I don’t remember what they were anymore). Half of the video was filmed on the west coast representing the “left” and the other half on the east coast representing the “right”. A vague but simple title that worked perfectly.
A good portion of the project was financed through the sale of clips I had filmed over the years to a company in California that made segments for an on demand cable network. At one point, before going on Red Bull’s Mean Streets, I was basically out of money . I didn’t have enough to even cover rent the following month before leaving for that trip. I ended up on a team with Gary Young and Morgan Wade, and as luck would have it, our team won that contest. Those guys split the winnings with me and that helped finance the rest of the project and kept me afloat. I seriously can’t thank Gary and Morgan enough for splitting that cash with me. I shot the intro to the video video on a Bolex using 16mm film purchased with my old student ID at Kodak in Hollywood. By the time I was ready to get the film processed and transferred (the final step before editing) I paid for it by selling an old VX1000 to Larry Alvarado. The same VX1000 was used to film Criminal Mischief, which was given to me in trade for working on the Little Devil DVD. The MK1 fisheye (used throughout the video) was also used in the making of Criminal Mischief.
All of the DVD artwork and animation in the video was created by Sean Curran aka Whiteboy. Whiteboy designed the famous Animal griffin head logo and was Animal’s lead parts designer at the time. He designed all of the packaging and graphics for the previous Standpoint videos and Left/Right was his first venture into animation using After Effects. The cover photo was shot and donated by Ride US photographer Jeff Zielinski. Dean Dickinson was one of the only other videographers to contribute footage. On the east coast, the video premiered at Van Homan’s now defunct two by four store in Pennsville, NJ and out west at 9 star in Mission Viejo, Ca (Kurt Rasmussen’s hometown).
Over the years I’ve had some of the most talented riders (and some of my favorite riders) in the world tell me this is one of their all time favorite videos. Hearing that has motivated me to try and get people to see it, either for the first time or to revisit. Most of this video has remained absent from the internet until now. There was a google video version with out of sync audio up for a few years but google video is no more. I’ve also mastered the compression settings to a point where I’m happy with the quality. So this is the first official release of Left/Right online. Enjoy!
Around the 1:16 mark on this Dan Lacey edit, you can see photographer George Marshall running around just after some sort of disturbance in Tel Aviv. Scary shit indeed. George, Dan, Bruno Hoffmann and Rich Forne were all in town working on Dan’s edit and Albion interview. On George’s recent visit to Austin, I was able to point out that I noticed him running around during this intro, and we proceeded to talk about how wild it was during this project.
Anyway, George has posted a nice overspill gallery from this trip on the Albion site. Check it HERE.
Albion always comes through with interesting covers. Fact. I tend to look forward to the actual covers as much as the content itself. This time we have a street spot pop up model by Bertie Buck. Click below for a video about the cover.
Issue #12 Contents
Underdog – Stu-art
Colts – Mike Curley
Colts – Dan Bob
Shayn Steels – Shanky
Nothing First – Wintering in Africa
Don’t Mess With Morgan Wade
Derek Adams and Little Devil
Back of the Bus – Luc Legrand
Successful Mess – Phil Demattia
Life Lesson 001 – Gay Dave’s New Citroen Saxo
The Greatest Bicycle Stunt Rider In The World – Mercury Morgan
Squash It coming soon. In the meantime, watch the dudes eat it.
Veesh is back with some new So. Cal treats.
We interviewed the one and only Edwin De La Rosa.
The title of this is technically “Roll With It”, but I like mine better.
Geoff spends so much time in the air, whether on a plane or on his bike. He’s been busy traveling and stacking footy from all over, but not too busy for an etnies edit… guess he just Rolls With It. Here’s Slattery slaying it. Props to anyone who can name all these spots!
Walter Peringer is a photographer based in Austin, TX. He has completed commercial and editorial assignments on six continents and in more than two dozen countries across the globe. His BMX photographs can be seen
in Ride Uk.
George Marshall is a London based freelance photographer and associate editor of The Albion BMX magazine. In 2006 he graduated with a masters in photography from the University of Nottingham and as an undergraduate exchange student he studied photography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. George is definitely one of those photographers with The Eye: he gets in there, figures out the shot, takes care of it, and it always comes out a treat.
Ricky Adam likes to shoot photos. His current employment at Dig BMX requires him to shoot photos of BMX, but he takes his photography much further beyond the realm of technically accurate BMX riding to capture the reality of life.
Finding the best new spot to ride for the most epic tricks to be photographed, lies Jeff Z. Part human navigational system and part photographic visionary, he is the go to guy if you want to shoot some polished BMX photos. You can call him obsessive, crazy, over-prepared, or just call him the Associate Editor/Photo Editor at Ride BMX.
Edwin DeLarosa is a professional BMX rider turned photographer who has uninhibited eye for the streets. His images capture the life around him and the energy of NYC
RSVP@breaksmag.com (RSVP Essential)
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Yep. This is happening.
If you follow any well known riders on Instagram, chances are you have noticed them juicing (no, not Lance Armstrong style). Photos of fruits & veggies on countertops have been abundant recently.This is all good in my book. Well… One night, something came over me and I tweeted at some dudes saying “Let’s get some juicing recipes on Defgrip. I’m serious!”, and Ben Hucke came through like greased lightning without much persuasion from me. It was apparent through the information he provided that he was all about this and knew his shit. Read below for Ben’s favorite recipe and its benefits. I’ve dubbed it “The Ben Hucke”.
The Ben Hucke:
Carrots – Known to improve vision, help lower the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer, prevent heart disease, reduce stroke, nourish skin, anti aging effects and dental health.
Beets – Brain and energy boost, super antioxidant, anti inflammatory, cell detox, improve mental health making you feel more positive, reduces risk of skin and lung cancer. Also known as Natures Viagra! haha.
Celery – Immune system, blood pressure, inflammation and arthritis.
Parsley – Immune system, healthy heart, anti inflammatory, arthritis, antioxidants, lowers stress, anti cancer, inhibits the formation of tumors especially in the lungs, colon and prostate.
Cilantro – Metal cleansing (loosens any metals from tissue), lowers effects of anxiety, improves sleep, antibacterial/anti-fungle activity and strong antioxidant.
Cucumber – B vitamins for a quick pick me up, hydration, joint health, fresh breath, hangover cure, and fights cancers, digestion and weight loss.
Apples – Bone protection, asthma help, antihistamine, alzheimers prevention, lower cholesterol, cancer prevention of several different types.
You can add as little or as much of any of these ingredients and it’s still good. Adding juicing to my normal diet has helped me out a lot as far as feeling better, clearing my mind, no longer have allergies, acid reflux disease is completely gone and I just have more energy in general. Juicing allows the nutrients to go straight into your blood stream replenishing your cells within five minutes, you can actually feel it happening in that time and feel yourself lift up and ready to go for the day.
In today’s society it’s hard and it’s expensive to live healthy, but slowly adding fresh juices to your diet over time will subconsciously allow you to become more aware of eating healthy and naturally craving healthy foods.
Click below to check out my favorite Hucke edit.