ASSORTED FACTS: KINK CHAMPAGNE

Photos – Calvin Kosovich

KINK is back with another full length project, this time entitled CHAMPAGNE. It premieres in ATX on October 30th with a YouTube livestream premiere on 11/2/19.

I hit up filmer/editor Darryl Tocco ahead of its release for some assorted facts behind the project. Click below to check it out.

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Q&A: NICK SAWYERS

Nick Sawyers is the prime Defgrip candidate. Rider, artist, good time haver and more. We’re stoked to finally have him on the site.

We threw some questions his way, so click below to learn more.

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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

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

Click below for more.

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VANS SHIMMER

Didn’t get a chance to share this sooner since I was living in the woods for a week, but here’s the full Vans SHIMMER video featuring Ty Morrow, Sean Ricany, Travis Hughes, Lewis Mills, Dakota Roche, Andrew Castenada, Bruno Hoffman & Calvin Kosovich (who filmed/edited it).

Well done, Calvin. Read more about it HERE.

BACKSTORY: TRAIL LINE NAMES

When it comes to trails, its pretty much a given that the lines and jumps you and your crew build will have to be named in one way or another. Needless to say, this makes for some rather interesting and unique names. Think “Dip Buzz”, “Sloth Hawk” and “Whammo” to name only a few.

With that said… I thought it would be interesting to dig deeper (no pun intended) and find out how some of these names came about.

We spoke to John Skvarla from Keyko Trails, Chris Janis from Catty Woods, Clint Reynolds from Eastside, Cody Diggs from Scituate, Jeremy Muller from La Source, Jay Lonergan from POSH, Anthony Napolitan from Wetlands and Mark Potoczny from Hazelwood to get the backstory on how some lines/jumps at their respective trails got their names. Click below.

*Please note – this is only a small portion of interesting names and respected trails out there.

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Q&A: Calvin Kosovich / VANS SHIMMER

Calvin Kosovich has been working on a new mixtape video for Vans entitled Shimmer. It will go live online July 10th and feature 14 minutes of the Vans street crew.

We reached out to Calvin to learn more about the project, so click below for a Q&A along with some disposable camera snaps from the recent SF filming trip.

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