ALOHA YODA VANS PRINT FTW!!!!!!!!

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I’m not even a Star Wars nerd and I think this Aloha Yoda print is some of the best shit I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Fuckin Yoda mixed in with some flowers. Amazing.

In case you haven’t figured it out, Vans has teamed up with Star Wars for some Star Wars inspired Vans goodies (duh). This project came out pretty awesome overall. Click below to eyeball all the softgoods and to get all the info you need.

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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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INTERVIEW: MIKE “ROOFTOP” ESCAMILLA

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It”s been a minute since we’ve had a nice big feature interview on the site, and I’m happy to change all that with this new piece on Mike Escamilla. Mike ( AKA Rooftop ) has had a powerful and interesting BMX presence for some time with plenty of video parts and photos to prove it. Never one to bite his tongue while simultaneously probably putting his foot in his mouth, it”s always interesting to hear what Mike has to say. His riding and history says the rest.

Click below to read the Rooftop interview.

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Q&A: Chris Rye / Props Road Fools

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Props' legacy within BMX is undeniable. Throughout its run, it gave us a glimpse into all aspects of riding, showcased plenty of riders, put you on to new music, revealed personalities and captured many classic moments. Anytime a Props would drop, we would gather at a friends house and watch the shit out of it. I'm sure it was the same for most of you (unless you had no friends). The Road Fools series of course, took it all to the next level.

Props is about to release a Road Fools Collectors Edition Box Set, which basically means that all the classic-ness can be found in one place. The following Q&A with Props founder Chris Rye  sheds some insight on the Road Fools history as well as the new box set, which you can now.

Click below to check it all out.

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Will Smyth Discusses DIG Magazines Future Plans.

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DIG recently sent advertisers a private email informing them of the magazines future re-launch plans. These plans include a shift in editorial direction, magazine size and making it available free through bike shops (while still being available on newsstands). These changes will take place with the next issue which will be available in September, and each issue will be treated as a “special edition” and follow a central theme.

I’m a super DIG fan and look forward to whatever they’re cooking up.

To avoid any misinformation on all this, I hit up Will Smyth (DIG’s founder) with some questions about it all. Click below to check it out.

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Interview: Chad DeGroot

If you follow BMX and you’re anywhere near 30, you probably know Chad DeGroot as one of the baddest riders ever. Chad has done remarkable and unexpected things – getting corporate sponsorships on the strength of (or in spite of) his R-rated BACO videos, appearing on Jerry Springer, winning major televised competitions without taking any of them seriously, and bringing a lot of attention to flatland riding.

There are some super champion competition BMXers out there with incredible drive and skill, and there are some underground backwoods jokesters out there stirring up hijinx. But how many guys were both, at the same time, and got away with it? Chad was that guy, and he’s still that guy, so just in case anyone started to forget, we did this interview.

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Autophoto: Ryan Worcester

Super excited to bring you our latest Autophoto with Ryan Worcester who sent over a great mix of riding, traveling, hiking, and skiing photos. Lots of them are snapshots and like Ryan said in an email “a lot of these are photos I like, happen to have on my computer right now and aren’t meant to be a portfolio of my “best” or most technically proficient photos, but rather some snapshots with stories along the way. These are in some ways photos I picked more for a personal attachment and the story they have than a technical display of proficiency”

Keep reading to check em out!

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First Look: The Albion #1

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Defgrip is happy to present you the cover to Albion #1.

My opinion? The cover looks great and it leaves me excited to see a physical copy. Simple as that.

In case you missed it, we previously interviewed Daniel Benson regarding The Albion, which will have a launch party on the 31st of March (today) in East London. The interview and release party info can be found HERE.

In addition, the Albion guys filmed a quick behind the scenes view of the printing process of the first mag. The video also contains little previews as people flip through copies. Click below to check that out.

Thanks to the Albion crew for hooking us up with all this.

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Interview: Chris Rye / Props Visual

Props has been a staple in BMX since the early 90’s. Chris Rye and Marco Massei have been documenting all aspects of BMX since way before everything was online the millisecond it happened. Many notable riders have been profiled over the years, as well as local scenes and contests, giving everyone a glimpse into what was going on out there. If you do not have some sort of connection to Props, then perhaps you were just born.

I hit up Chris Rye with all kinds of questions regarding Props, so click below and get into it. It’s a good one.

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Interview: Brian Tunney

Happy New Year everyone! I know it’s the second, but whatever…

We’re happy to bring you our first interview of 2011, with our first victim being Brian Tunney. As you may or may not know, Tunney has been involved in many aspects of the BMX industry. From rider to blogger, Tunney’s been there. So to kick off the year, I asked Brian a little about all these things. Tunney’s awesome.

Click below to read the interview.

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Project Magazine Design Contest

PROJECT is a brand new magazine for the iPad that was released a few weeks ago. I downloaded the first issue and I’m going to have to say it’s the best iPad magazine that I’ve had the chance to check out… and I’ve been downloading a lot of them recently.

To celebrate the release of the first issue and to get ready for the second, the creators of PROJECT want to give emerging designers the chance to showcase their talent. The challenge is to re-design the front cover of the first issue. The top entries will then be featured in issue 2 of the magazine. The winner will also get to design the front cover of PROJECT 2, released early next year!

The designs are due on December 15th and if you are interested you can find a video with specific instructions here, all the assets here and make sure to submit your designs to the PROJECT facebook page. Good luck!

Carryology

Being a bag geek, I was stoked today to come across a blog called Carryology. Need a recommendation for a carry-on, wheeled bag, or something $100 and under? Carryology has great posts for that, but they also explore other issues involving carrying things such as the hopelessness of suitcase locks, why laptops challenge traditional bag design, and the different way to carry keys and even babies. If you’ve ever been frustrated with a clunky bag setup while commuting or traveling, be sure to give this blog a visit!

Interview: Ryan Navazio

Videos are important to any kid whose into BMX, especially when they are first coming into it. They can inspire, open your eyes to new things, have a lasting impression and most importantly, make you want to ride. With that said, the person behind the video is equally as important.

In this case, it’s Ryan Navazio. He is directly responsible (in one way or another) for many of the modern classics you know today. Anything with his name on it, people will check for.

I threw Ryan some questions touching on his early projects, all the way to what he’s got going on now, so click below to check those out. Enjoy!

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