Justin Kosman @ Random

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We got a hot tip on a big square pool out east, about half way to Vegas. Dak, myself, Gary Young and Calvin Cosovich packed up the car with brooms, buckets and bikes and headed out into the barren wasteland on the I-15 and followed our directions to this perfectly bone dry square pool with a little bit of over vert in the deep end and pretty amazing pocket airs. There were a bunch of old dirt bike tires everywhere and they ended up being featured very prominently in one of the action photos we shot with Dak in the pocket for one of his next Vans ads. You’ll see soon enough.

Later that day we ended up at some antique store that had a bunch of Nazi war memorabilia and I ended up with a stack of old surfer magazines from 1983 for two bucks each that are still keeping me entertained with the most kooked out ads and blonde mustaches you could ever imagine. Calvin was the filmer that day and he had a blonde mustache as well. That’s what made me think of all this. I can’t grow a mustache so I hang out with guys that can.

- Justin Kosman

Animal Spring ’14 Softgoods

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Click below to check out the new Animal Spring softgoods. Available now.

Photos by Rob Dolecki.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Ryan Nyquist

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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, is the one and only Ryan Nyquist.

Click below to check it out. Thanks to Walter Pieringer for the pic.

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Nick Jones @ Random

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Anthony DeRosa wowing a crowd of kids doing wheelies on department store mountain bikes last summer in Philly; shot on my dads old Minolta X-570 loaded with some Kodak Portra 400, probably at f/8 or so and a shutter of 1/1000th.

- Nick Jones

Documentary: Carson Leh

Carson Leh has been making custom leather bicycle seats and cycling accessories for 4 years. He started in 2010 recovering torn BMX saddles and in 2013 he founded Leh Seats. He not only manufactures leather bike saddles and handlebar tape, but has recently branched out with new leather goods such as Macbook cases. He produces small production run leather goods for contract in the USA.

Filmer Brian Chace visited his Austin based workshop this winter to speak with him about his work and inspiration. This short film shows the process of one of his custom made BMX seats. Each BMX seat is guaranteed for life against tears.

You can find Carson at www.lehseats.com or on Instagram at @lehseats.

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Shoutout to Brian and Carson for letting us premier this.

CRACK DAD PROMO

“Crack Dad is what makes time travel possible” – Marty Mcfly
“I should’ve gotten Crack Dads from Hell tattooed on my head instead” – Phil Anselmo
“I believe in Crack Dad and crack dad accessories” – Hank Hill
“Crack Dad taught me how to stunner” – Stone Cold Steve Austin
Crack Dad is the reason Metallica sucks now

Here at Crack Dad we only care if you buy a t-shirt from us so we can buy more crack, all of our extremely creative/game changing/fre$h designs are fueled by the crack that we eat on top of our pizza everyday. Our mission here at Crack Dad is to simply dismember/destroy/decapitate anything and everything involving 12 year old humans listening to gucci mane riding a flat ledge. We were simply sent here from another planet to destroy everything you’ve ever loved.

Crack Dad ruined my life

- Trey Jones

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Featuring Trey Jones, Colt Fake, Kenny Horton, Eric Holladay, Chris Childs and more. Be sure to eyeball the goods at Crack Dad. Shout out to Trey Jones.

Ashley Charles @ Random

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This photo was shot during a camping trip my wife and I took to Morro Bay. I took this photo on our second morning there, the camp site was situated right by the coast and we were lucky enough to have some cooler weather after an already hot summer. The fog was rolling in throughout the early hours of the morning. We were up early as I had looked up a really good cement park that was near by that I wanted to ride. As usual it was locked up like fort knox and didn’t allow bikes so my only chance of riding it was to get up early and jump the fence before any of your typical small town folk spoiled my fun. In the end I didn’t get to ride the park because of a lingering patrol officer. On the positive side my early start allowed the opportunity to catch this image of the morning sun piercing through the fog.

Yashica T3
Arista EDU ultra B&W 200

- Ashley Charles

Behind The Cover: Dirt Ron / Ride #199

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As soon as I saw this Ride BMX cover and the unusual warped film action, I knew it had a story worth telling. Keith Mulligan came through with a very detailed “Behind The Cover” for us.

Click below to read up on it.

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Jeremy Pavia @ Random

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Miles Rogoish – Gap-to-wall.

This is one of those photos that plays tricks on your mind when you picture where Miles actually came from to get to the wall and how he pulled back into the wedge. I originally shot this as a composite so that I could have one photo of Miles on the quarter pipe on the left and one on the wall as you see here but it just didn’t have the right feel when I put it together. I ended up liking the shadow more than anything and decided to go with this single image instead. I also typically never light my photos with a single strobe but that’s exactly what I did here and it ended up working out. That just serves as a reminder to never get stuck using the same set-up over and over and to always keep your options open. Shout-out to the Stranger crew and Aaron Brenner for letting me shoot at the warehouse.

1/200 sec
f/5.0
ISO 100

Canon 1D Mark II N
Canon 50mm 1.8
Einstein E640 Strobe
Vagabond Mini Battery Pack
Pocket Wizard Receivers (2)
Sync Cord
Light Stand
Edited on a Macbook Pro in Lightroom 4/Photoshop CS5

- Jeremy Pavia