Q&A: Sauce

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If you’re familiar with the Common Crew or any of new generation of BMX kids coming up out of Southern California right now, than Sauce is somebody you’re probably familiar with. If not, I think he can simply be summed up as a young motivated kid from HB who loves filming his friends.

I’m always down to give dudes like Sauce some shine if they land on my radar, so keep reading for a quick Q&A.

Shouts to Eddie Cuellar for the pic.


Photogallery: Dakota Roche by Nick Tellez

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Photographer Nick Tellez is someone I learned about through Dakota Roche’s Instagram a little while back. Seems as though he was always shooting with Dak, but wasn’t your usual everyday BMX photographer. Looking at his site and Instagram, I was right. Nick holds it down with rad surf pics, lifestyle, scenic goodness in addition to BMX and skate.

I reached out to Nick about doing something for Defgrip and he was down. I had originally suggested doing a general photogallery with a mix of photos since he shoots a wide range of stuff, but Nick suggested doing something with a Dakota theme. I was totally down for this and thought it was a great idea. We still plan to do another mix gallery later this year too, so keep your eyes peeled.

With that said, click below to check out a rad Dakota Roche gallery by Nick Tellez.


What Could Go Wrong? – Assorted Facts

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By now, a lot of you have seen Shadow’s new full length video ( What Could Go Wrong? ) or will be very soon. It should be on your radar. It’s available now on iTunes or you can hit up a shop.

A lot of interesting info can come out of a lengthy project like this, so I hit up the Shadow crew for some assorted random facts about the video and its making. Click below to check out some assorted facts courtesy of Chadwick (Shadow TM).


Justin Kosman @ Random

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Shot October 2006: I had a bunch of expired film from my old boss in Chicago so I was shooting as much of it as I could. I believe this was the Shakey’s pool in LA and Brian Martin was always down to ride pools with Dean an Kurt. At that time I was in Huntington and riding with those guys as much as we could, weekends and nights. Brian was a private investigator and later moved to Hawaii.

If I had to guess this was Ilford 400 film on a Canon 1N body triggered with Pocket Wizard cables. Since this was 2006 I had probably eaten a tuna sandwich from the nearest 7-11 within minutes of this photo being taken.

Justin Kosman

By The Numbers: Mark Burnett

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We’ve written down 100 random questions and assorted topics, all of which are unbeknownst to our victims. We will be asking people to pick 20 random numbers from 1-100 and then supplying them with those questions/topics to answer. Who knows what might come up!?!?!

Up next, young gun Mark Burnett out of the Sunday Bikes / Shadow Conspiracy camps. Straight outta Albany. NY.

Click below to check out Mark’s By The Numbers Q&A. Thanks to Walter Pieringer for the pic.


Q&A: Eisa Bakos / Endless Mag

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Endless Mag sprung up out of nowhere in the wake of Ride UK’s print demise. It seemed like support was instant for the new venture. While the first issue is still yet to come out, Eisa has been busy on the road keeping the Endless Instagram active, dropping features on the site and presumably gathering content for issue 1.

I hit up Eisa Bakos to throw some questions his way regarding Endless. Click below!


Dean Dickinson & The Nude Bowl

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“Dean Dickinson” and “pools” are basically synonymous with each other. Proof and Proof. When I saw that he recently rode the historic Nude Bowl, I had to hit him up about it.

Click below for a Q&A and some cool photos from Dean himself.


Photogallery: Simple Session ’15

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Another Simple Session is in the books. Hopefully you caught the live feed over the weekend (or even just glanced at Instagram) for all the happenings. As in previous years, our friend Vince Perraud was lurking around the event and captured some great moments once again. Vince does a great job of capturing a little bit of everything around this event. Click below to check that out.

Shoutout to Risto, everyone at Simple and Vince Perraud.


Q&A: Chris Hallman / Tread Magazine

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It’s very possible that many of you reading this have never heard of Tread Magazine, let alone seen one. But during the mid 90’s, this magazine had a very cult-like following and was very sought after (at least to me and people I knew on the East Coast). It was kind of underground, kind of not, tied to the influential Props era and all around just awesome and interesting. I think it would be fair to liken Tread to the Albion for comparison. Tread only lasted 4 issues, but those issues were enough for it to have a lasting effect on riders from that era.

Inspired by a recent Instagram post, I decided to track down Chris Hallman and ask him some questions about the mag. Click below to read it all.

Shoutout to Chris Hallman and a big thanks to Chris Rye for supplying the images.