I remember when collecting old BMX bikes seemed a little bit kooky. I always thought it was cool, but I could never quite relate… until people started collecting bikes that I had personally lusted after, saved for, or learned tricks on in my childhood. The very first bike that made me decide that BMX was the best thing ever was the 1988 Haro Sport. I started raking leaves and shoveling snow, and before I knew it it was 1990, the Sport was temporarily gone, and I was buying the world’s first bashguard bike instead — $309 for the complete Haro Master from Frankford BMX mailorder.
John Buultjens is a true Haro loyalist in that his collection spans from the first freestyle bike to the last one Bob Haro designed before selling his company in 1993. And considering how Bob’s bikes are going for multi thousands on eBay these days, I should have raked a few more leaves and bought a few more bikes.
It’s rad to watch how the designs and graphics progress through the years. Take a trip.
Matty Lambert. When I think of Matty, I for some reason think about iPhone apps and technology based awesomeness. I previously described him as “the tallest, most iPhone app savvy English person I know”. Could have been the time he shared his wealth with Harrison and I during a dinner at the Nike POOL thing last year.
I asked Matty about his 5 favorite iPhone apps. Click below to see what he chose.
Pretty awesome film from Casey Neistat for Nike’s Make It Count campaign. Apparently, he took all the money Nike gave him to make a film and spent it traveling the world until he ran out of money… It only took him 10 days, but he covered some serious ground and put together a great video about it. (via TWBE)
I’m sure this post will interest nearly 100% of our viewers… I know a lot of people that read the site like to surf and I’m pretty sure just about everyone likes girls in bikini’s. This video is pretty long and I don’t know much about surfing my self, but I couldn’t stop watching it… I was really into the bigger wave stuff that starts around 4:15. (via doobybrain)
“This 1979 documentary film focuses on gangs such as the savage skulls & nomads who occupied areas of the South Bronx. Perhaps even more compelling is considering that the backdrop and social conditions in this film are a ‘far cry’ from the lifestyle being promoted through disco music and film. Perhaps this answers questions to why many people took preference over the funk records which arguably pathed the way for Hip Hop culture.”
The sun has been shining and even though we barley had a winter in New York this year, I can’t wait for the Summer. Just glad I don’t live in Russia. Keep reading to see some crazy snow photos I got in my email the other day.
I recently learned about Dean Hearne participating in this years London Marathon. This piqued my interest, not because I am an avid runner (far from it), but I’m always interested in finding out what kind of stuff people are into outside of what they are known for. In Dean’s case, it’s mainly BMX (obviously).
Click below to check out a quick Q&A with Dean regarding the marathon, preparation and his fundraising.
With half a million views on Vimeo, there’s a chance you have already seen this, but if not, it’s definitely worth checking out. Solipsist is a dance film directed by Andrew Huang… it might be a bit slow and long for some of you, but if you don’t have enough time to check out the whole piece, at least jump ahead to around 7:00… So epic!
The first comment in Vimeo sums the film up pretty well: “I still can’t believe that this exists.” Check out the film above and keep reading to see an interesting behind the scenes video from the shoot.
East Coaster, long time BMXer, and friend of Defgrip JoeCookie has an awesome new reel showcasing his work from the last couple of years. BMX, basketball, wakeboarding, music, freestyle walking and fast driving.
A great trailer from Audi for their new R18 e-tron Quattro. My first car was a Audi 4000 Quatro CS and even though it’s been years since I had it, I still think about it on a regular basis. Such a rad car!
The New York Times has started up a Tumblr page to easily share some of the millions of photos they have at their disposal. Each photo comes with a little background info, as well as an image of the photo’s reverse side for more historical-ness (when you click on the pic).
VH1 has been running a documentary series on the evolution of Heavy Metal called (funnily enough) “Metal Evolution”. The series tackles all of the sub-genres having to do with influencing metal and has been really good (even the prog rock stuff).
I decided to check if Metal Evolution episodes were available online, and sure enough, they are! If you’re a fan of metal, documentaries in general or need an excuse to take a long dump, check this series out.
Click below to check out the first episode, then go HERE to see the rest.
Even if you have no idea what SOPA & PIPA are about, you’ve surely heard about it (or seen the acronyms) over the last couple of weeks. US Wikipedia blacked out in protest as did numerous other sites in one way or another…. even BMX!!!