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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
…It’s like he was never off his bike with a leg injury for a while.
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.READ MORE
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 email@example.com, 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.
Click below for more.READ MORE
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.
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
I recently approached Van about doing a Q&A about his move to Japan. After all, that is a pretty big life change and interesting thing to discuss. He was down, but also mentioned that he was doing something similar for DIG BMX (which you can read HERE) already. All good.
I still think this topic is interesting and wanted to do something with Van, so I came up with this “1 Through 10” questionnaire thing to tackle this in a different format. Click below to check it out.READ MORE
Jonny Clarke (aka- resident Eastside Trails photographer) provides a glimpse into the radness and sadness of these gnarly trails in Austin, TX. Lots of hard work, dedicated locals, great sessions, but also epic flooding (hence the sadness part).
Click below for the gallery and shoutout to Jonny for putting this together. Be sure to check out his site for more of his work.READ MORE
Nick Ferreira. The dude behind Holeshot zine (R.I.P.) and currently Challenger BMX magazine. He’s been putting out printed BMX goodness for a long time. Knowing this, I started wondering what printed goods get him stoked or inspire him, so I hit him up to find out.
Click below to check out a few zines/magazines that Nick is into, along with some words about each one from the man himself.READ MORE
Ran into the homie Codey the other day for the first time in a long time, so here’s a throwback of his rad split skate/BMX video that Dakota Roche put together. Good vibes. Originally dropped in 2012.
We’re proud to finally present you with this Codey Levesque edit, which Dakota Roche graciously put together. Codey and Dak are boys and have been casually working on this for a minute while out having sessions. This is the first edit of its kind that we’ve had for Defgrip, so enjoy!