Q&A: ANTHONY SMITH / THE4COLOR

Anthony Smith shoots MTB and makes it look damn pretty and exciting. He’s also our very first MTB related Q&A, so click below to learn more about him and his work.

Be sure to follow him on IG as well.

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ALYK – SUMMER PROMO

Shoutout to Act Like You Know.

Q&A: REED STARK / KENDAMAS

Pic – Samson

Kendamas. We’ve all seen them, maybe even played with one, but what’s the deal with them? I reached out to Reed Stark (the first person I recall seeing with one in BMX) to learn more about them.

Click below for the Q&A.

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BEHIND THE PHOTO: BOB SCERBO

I’m always looking for ways to keep shooting BMX interesting. After 20 years of pointing various kinds of cameras at essentially the same thing, it can become frustrating in a way. I think that is the main reason I tend to enjoy only taking pictures of things that people can do a few times in a row, so I can experiment a little. The idea of catching a split second in time where someone is really risking their life does not appeal to me, I leave that to the professionals. 

I envisioned this picture to look somewhat like this, but when I looked at the LCD after I was ecstatic. It looked strange and almost made me uncomfortable, it’s really just a fish eye shot of Steven Hamilton’s head.  Somehow you can still see the take off and the landing and tell it’s a wallride. I also am a true believer that the subject is always the most important detail of a photograph and I don’t think there is any denying at this point in time that Steven is an icon in our little corner of the world. He has been on the scene for a long time with ups and downs and somehow managed to come out motivated and still loving the act of riding. I spent 5 days at his house this summer and couldn’t help but be motivated by it. I think all those factors are what make this image so important to me, it captured an energy and that is always the goal when taking a picture.

Bob Scerbo

FLASHBACK: ARTIST Q&A’S

Over the years, I’ve gotten my hands on some great artists and accumulated some interesting Q&A’s. These guys are still doing great stuff and you should recognize some of these names by now if you follow the art world. If not, click below to check out the interviews. They are are all worth revisiting.

Andrew Holder

Mark Weaver

Jon Contino

Frank Chimero

Wilmer Murillo

Grotesk

FIVES: KRIS FOX

Pic – Matt Cordova

Get to know Fast and Loose shredder Kris Fox a little better.

Click below for some FIVES.

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I don’t want to be a rusty suit of armor Or a tumbled out forgotten castle in your mind

PHOTOGALLERY: MARKIT ZERO

MARKIT ZERO came up in our interview with Nick Sawyers, which prompted me to think about that video project. I always think its good to slow down and look back, so I pitched the idea of a throwback photogallery to photographer Joey Cobbs. He was down.

Click below to check out some pics from the making of MARKIT ZERO.

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Q&A: ZACH KREJMAS & DAVE SOWERBY

Pic – Wes Mcgrath

I asked my boy Zach Krejmas which of his videographer peers he would interview if given the chance, and he said Dave Sowerby… so we set that up.

Click below for the Q&A. Zach asks the questions, Dave answers.

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Q&A: CHRIS MOELLER / BEHIND THE SHIELD

In case you haven’t heard, S&M just put out a serious coffee table book entitled Behind The Shield. It covers all the key moments from their 30+ year history and its chock full of classic stories, rad photos, product info, old ads and plenty more. I bought a copy myself and I think its great. You can grab your own copy HERE.

I caught up with Chris Moeller to ask some questions about the project, so click below to read up.

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PHOTOGALLERY: HIKARU FUNYU / NIGHT MOVES

Thanks to Van Homan moving to Japan, I am now aware of photographer Hikaru Funyu. After poking around his Instagram, I felt he’d be a good candidate for a gallery here. Hikaru was down and submitted a bunch of rad pics for me to look through. As I was going through the photos he sent, I noticed he shot a lot at night time, and that seemed like a great theme to me.

Click below to check out the gallery, which I’ve dubbed Night Moves.

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WALKWAYS

…It’s like he was never off his bike with a leg injury for a while.

DEAN DICKINSON – PSA: POOL SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Dean Dickinson loves pools! Its true. With that said, he’s readying a new pool based short film that he’s been shooting on Super 8 film, which will be online early 2020. I’ll let the man himself break it down:

PSA: Pool Service Announcement is a pool riding narritive short all shot on Super 8mm Film. For the past year and a half I’ve been riding, traveling, and documenting pool riding/skating in its natural form. Not just the riding but the entire pool riding experience is showcased in this film. Portland, Seattle, LA, Phoenix, and Sydney are a few of the featured cities. 

Riders: Andrew Lazaruk, Benn Pigot, Trent Rowsell, Jessy/Allan Twins, Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla, Rick Thorne, myself, & more! 

Skaters: Jamie Jacobson, Nick Peterson, Frank Richardson, Kevin Kowalski, Peacock, & more! 

Click below for some pics from the Australia mission.

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BARCODE STATE OF MIND

This Barcode State of Mind zine randomly showed up at my work recently and it was truly a great surprise. Adam Spitalny put together a beautiful zine that covers a roadtrip him and his boys took. I wanted to give it some shine, so click below for some sneak peek images that Adam provided. Drop him an email if you’re interested in picking up a copy at adam@iamfrank.co, or drop a DM through Instagram.

Some quick words:

Around 2000 miles with a total of around 15 skateparks in places ranging from high altitude mountains to legit desert to shitty towns in the middle of nowhere to nice towns in the middle of nowhere. 5 out of 6 homies rode barcodes by total coincidence so we started joking with each other by saying, “barcode boys!” Hence the name. Enjoy the imagery from the trip and give a shout if you want some detailed maps of BLM camp spots covered in bees, a BLM camp spot literally in a marsh somewhere near Butt(e)Montana, or a really sick BLM camp spots where a team of middle school runners go to practice and their dirty-old-man coaches tell you how hot the girls (“and boys, if you are into that kind of thing,”) are after the teens go jogging off into the mountains of Montana. Weird folk out there, but damn is the riding good, scenery great, and roads pretty sweet to drive aboard a big ass van filled with your friends. 

-Robert Bottomley

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Semenuk

1:50 of new Semenuk wildness.