Chris Andrijiw | Monday, May 26, 2014 2:03 PM | Philadelphia, PA
X Games Austin has come and gone, and I must say that I rather enjoyed the new location and setup. It was convenient, easy going and a nice change of pace for X. I got to see some old friends, met some new ones, drank lots of water and acquired a farmers tan.
Click below to check out a gallery of photos I shot from 4 days on the ground and lurking around the place.
aNYthing recently worked with BMX crew Act Like You Know. – on a lookbook showing some of aNYthing’s Spring gear, as well as ALYK’s new collection. The lookbook was done to coincide with the release of Act Like You Know’s third DVD – filmed over the last 3 years – and the release of aNYthing’s Spring line. Both are available on respective websites.
aNYthing has always stood for people doing their own thing – and we are pleased to say that the Act Like You Know. crew are part of our family and we fully support their creative endeavors. Since day one, Act Like You Know. has been about creating a way of their own for their friends, building a genuine aesthetic, and doing it all themselves. Using a completely DIY mentality – their 3rd, completely independent, full length BMX video – NO DAYS OFF! – just released on Monday. DVD’s are accompanied with a full-color newsprint zine, made in Queens, NY. The Act Like You Know. clothing was designed with the help of Omens (MSK/Villians), Soviet (NSF), Curve (NSF/ TGE) and Lil Kool. In their 9 year history, Act Like You Know. has accomplished and produced more that most companies with a legit budget, and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
So… off we went, early morning ’til night. I shadow’d Chase and Joe as the whole thing went down and casually snapped away. Watching both of these guys put in work was awesome and I think the video came out damn good, which is what I expected. Joe had the whole thing story-boarded and Chase repeated tricks on demand like a G.
With that said, click below to eyeball some behind the scenes photos of Chase’s Oakley video courtesy of yours truly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shoutout to Brian and Carson for letting us premier this.
“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
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.
Arista EDU ultra B&W 200
– Ashley Charles
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.
Canon 1D Mark II N
Canon 50mm 1.8
Einstein E640 Strobe
Vagabond Mini Battery Pack
Pocket Wizard Receivers (2)
Edited on a Macbook Pro in Lightroom 4/Photoshop CS5