Ambipegstreetest – Damian Racut

It is weird writing my own name for a post title but this is my section.

Travis Mortz @ Random

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This Photo was taken during the Mongoose jam at Woodward. Broc and I had already shot a few photos earlier in the week so when the contest started I focused on photographing him and a few other riders in the event instead of chasing around everybody the whole time for a shot. After watching Broc do some practice runs I learned his line and was able to anticipate this shot ahead of time. His first run he tossed an effortless truck driver off the top of the ledge, I shot it a bit early, then in his second run he charged at the ledge again and I knew it wouldn’t be another bar variation so I sat back and waited. As soon as he threw the whip my finger reacted and I captured this photo.

This photograph was shot at 1/500th @F8 using my Hasselblad 503CW on Ilford Delta 100, promptly after shooting the contest I went into the digital media lab and started developing this film while Darryl Nau was still outside announcing the winners. Once the film was processed I scanned it with an Epson V700.

– Travis Mortz

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Ambipegstreetest – Jake Coulson

The other day a 17-year-old kid told me that Jake is his favorite rider. I had to break it down in my head. Jake is a perfect mixture of modern day street riding and classic street riding. He has the talent but unlike a lot of these kids, he has the eyes as well. Hopefully more young kids are influenced by Jake and his tasteful skills.

Also, if you have not checked out his ‘Hard Times’ section then click here.

Some Nike dudes went to Spain…

Here’s proof.

Flashback: Mike Mastroni Defgrip Edit

During Mike Mastroni’s worthwhile TCU podcast, they referenced the video above quite a bit. We posted this video that Mike (mostly) self filmed back in 2009, so I figured a flashback was in order.


In Residence : César Cervantes

Nowness has this great series on architect’s and artist’s homes and spaces called “In Residence” that always seems to draw me in when I scope out the site. Some of the pieces grab my attention more than others and this one features an eerie little piece on a utopian home designed by Mexican architect Luis Barragán. I get some Kubrick(ian) vibes from this one and I love the touches of shadows of figures hinted at in some of the shots….oh and it’s a pretty rad space too.

Ambipegstreetest – Zack Gerber and Eric Umbarger

Zack has put out his own DVD recently, had a section in Hard Times and has a split section in Ambipegstreetest all within the last year. He is a productive rider. Eric is low-key but kills it when he wants to.

Homage to Tiseo

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Joe Tiseo passed right around the time that I got into riding. He seemed like he was capable to do whatever he wanted to on a bike. I will never forget the day that Tiseo died because it lands on my birthday. Your legacy lives on.

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.