Disposed: Team Shralp

On Friday August 24th we held TEAM SHRALP’s YOU WON’T book release party at the Jack London Bar in Portland. Then Saturday August 25th we held the TEAM SHRALP Chunk-a-billy Bowl Bash at the Hood River Skatepark. Later that night we celebrated Austin McCabe’s 25th birthday. And then Sunday August 26th the McCabe brothers and I had a little session at the Donald Bowl.

-Dean Dickinson

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Albion Issue 8

Mass Observation – Theo Simpson
Bouncing Round – Brad Simms
Get Lost – United In Argentina
All City – Andrew Clarke
Dives Bombs and Heavy Petting – Dean Dickinson
Pick Your Battles- Matt Beringer
The Experiment – Salt Lake City

Artwork by East London based sign painter Nicolai Sclater of Ornamental Conifer.

Issue 8 is out in the UK on June 1st.

Trailer: You Won’t (100 Pools Book)

A trailer for a book? You bet, it’s 2011!!!!! Here’s one for Dean’s 100 Pools book. This has been a long time in the making, can’t wait to see it.

Dean Dickinson has broken his body, his bike, his bank account, and various laws in a quest to reach his personal goal of riding 100 pools. The title of his book—YOU WON’T—is a challenge laid down by some of Dean’s doubters. The reality is—Dean did it, and this project documents it all.

10 years of poached and permission pools are captured with hundreds of amazing images from iconic BMX photographers—Jared Souney, Justin Kosman, Jeff Zielinski, Ryan Fudger, Shad Johnson, and more. The stories pack 20 chapters and 200 pages. Eyewitness accounts with riders include such as Dakota Roche, Mike Tokumoto, Sean “Fish” Hoskins, Spencer and Austin McCabe, Chester Blacksmith, Brian Martyn, Kurt Rasmussen and countless others. Dean’s journey culminates with an epic session with all his friends at the iconic Pink Motel pool. The editorial team on the project includes Dickinson, Jared Souney, Mike Daily, and Mark Lewman. Presented by TEAM SHRALP. Dedicated to James Schiefelbein. Book coming soon!

-Dean Dickinson

Yeah Brother! Mike Tag Benefit

TEAM SHRALP is holding yet another epic BMX event to kick off the summer. This time it’s for a rider in need, Mike Tag. In support of Mike’s battle, TEAM SHRALP presents “Yeah Brother!” a street riding benefit jam for Mike Tag. Saturday July 23rd in downtown Portland, Oregon. Pizza party at Pizza Oasis (2241 W Burnside) starts at 12pm; hill bomb race is at 2pm followed by the street ride session. The after party will be held at the East End Bar (203 SE Grand Ave) featuring bands, babes, beers, and a whole lot more. $5 suggested donation to ride in the jam. All proceeds from the event go towards the Mike Tag benefit.

Detailed information:
The hill bomb race begins at the top of SW Vista Ave and Broadway in the West Hills of Portland. The road twists and turns all the way down to the base of the city and finishes at the SW Jefferson St overpass. One of the raddest and fastest hill bombs in the Northwest!

The street ride jam includes three spots: Lincoln High School, Bum Park, and Lovejoy Park. These locations feature amazing rails, ledges, stair sets, and gaps. You might recognize these spots from the classic video “Road Fools 2.” Mike Tag destroyed Lovejoy Park during the Portland segment!

After the prizes are given away and the raffle is complete an after party will be held at the East End Bar and Venue (203 SE Grand Ave). Bands, babes, beers, and some good times! This will also be a Mike Tag Benefit.

Please spread the word and come party with TEAM SHRALP on July 23rd! Thanks to everyone who has supported Mike during this difficult time.

-Dean Dickinson

Scrapbook 2010: Nuno Oliveira

Since this year is coming to a close, I figured I would post a little gallery of photos that I’ve set aside throughout the year. You may recognize a few of these from previous galleries here, but the majority of these pics are new. As with my personal site, there’s a random mix of stuff in this “scrapbook”. Enjoy!

A big shout out to everyone I know and to every new person I’ve met this year.

Click below to check out the photos.



Dig just sent through a preview of the current issue. Shouts to Dean for getting the cover.

Click below for that and to check out the Dig/Verde in Hawaii teaser.


Q&A: Andrew Jackson / The BANK

Recently, a new website out of the Los Angeles area called THE BANK dropped. In addition to clothing, the site is focusing on original material with a bunch of people helping out. You can think of it as sort like a window into the Los Angeles scene (but not limited to). The site may not be updated everyday, but quality stuff goes up when it is. They just posted this edit of Kade Gates too.

I’ve only ever spoken to Andrew Jackson about THE BANK, so I threw him some quick questions recently about the site/project.

Click below to check that out.




Dean Dickinson likes pools, and Lotek just dropped a shirt in honor of Dean’s 100 Schralped pools.

Check it out HERE.


Dean Dickinson and crew went on a trip to Arizona, and you can check the video of it below courtesy of ESPN.

In related news, congrats to Dean on riding his 100th pool.




I’m sure Dean Dickinson will be psyched on this article, haha.

Check out THIS ARTICLE from the New York Times about how the home foreclosure crisis is opening up a bunch of pools to skate/ride. The article is based around skating, but its equally relevant for riders.

It’s funny how things like this creep into the “mainstream” media.


EXPN posted a Jimmy Levan video that Dean Dickinson put together, where he talks about various topics.

Click below to check it out.

Pic from Metal Bikes.


Justin Kosman: 2012

Justin Kosman. Always moving, always shooting. Here is a collection of photos he shot in 2012.

Click below.



Top 10 Posts of 2010

2010 was a great year for Defgrip. We got to work with a lot of amazing people to bring you lots of amazing content and we couldn’t be more thankful for all the support! I was actually pretty surprised by this years top 10. The posts that are in this list have been picked by how many times they have been viewed from Jan 1 2010 – Dec 31 2010. It’s a bit skewed because posts that went up towards the end of the year, don’t have as much time to gain views, but in general I think this list definitely sums up the year pretty well. I’m just really surprised what post was number 1… I’m pretty sure we have FFFFound and 1,000 of tumblers to thank for that. Keep reading to find out and also make sure to check the bonus top 20 posts at the end of the list…

Thanks for an amazing year and on to the next one!