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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1 THROUGH 10: VAN HOMAN / JAPAN

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.

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RE-UP: THE VAN HOMAN ARCHIVES (2011)

Back in 2011 we featured a bunch of rad goodies from Van Homan’s personal archives (23 in total). Everything from photos, frame sketches, cease and desist letters to hospital wrist bands, along with great info on it all from Van himself.

Click HERE to check it out again or even for the first time!

PHOTOGALLERY: JONNY CLARKE / EASTSIDE TRAILS

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.

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FIVES – EDDIE CUELLAR

photo – chris eiland

Get to know Eddie Cuellar AKA MY GUYY a little better.

Click below for some FIVES.

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PRINT: NICK FERREIRA

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.

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THROWBACK: CODEY LEVESQUE by Dakota Roche

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!

BY THE NUMBERS: JAKE SEELEY

We’ve written down 100 random questions and assorted topics, all of which are unbeknownst to our victims. We will be asking people to pick 20 random numbers from 1-100 and then supplying them with those questions/topics to answer. Who knows what might come up!?!?!

Up next, Jake Seeley.

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PHOTOGALLERY: ERIC BAHLMAN

When not in front of the camera or making sweet Hi8 videos, you can catch Arizona’s Eric Bahlman behind a camera snapping pics. Click below for a mixed bag of rad photos courtesy of Eric Bahlman, along with some words from the man himself.

Enjoy!

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SMACKIN

Bay Area vibes.

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Q&A: STEVE CRANDALL

I’ve known Crandall for a long time, so it’s kind of strange that it took this long to get him on the site in some sort of personal Q&A form. He’s been featured here a bunch, but never like this. Perhaps I always struggled with how to approach it, thinking that Steve has been well documented and just falsely assuming that people know everything about him. With that said, here we are.

This Q&A is broken up into 4 digestible topics, which feels like a good approach. We discuss Art, Announcing Contests, The FBM bus and FBM.

Click below to read up.

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Q&A: Tristan Afre & Zorah Olivia

Photo – Mia Bolton

Knowing that our boy Tristan “Gutstains” Afre was tight with photographer Zorah Olivia, I approached him about interviewing her for Defgrip. Pairing a BMX photographer with a skate photographer sounded interesting to me. Luckily they were both down!

Click below for the interview and some photos.

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Taj Mihelich – Bernie The Bike Builder

Taj Mihelich wrote a children’s book. Yes, that Taj Mihelich.

If Taj is one of your BMX heros and you now have a child, this book is for you. You should cop even if you don’t have a child. Go HERE for more info and hit OUR BMX for a Q&A with Taj.

BY THE NUMBERS: FELIX PRANGENBERG

Photo – Jesse Romano

We’ve written down 100 random questions and assorted topics, all of which are unbeknownst to our victims. We will be asking people to pick 20 random numbers from 1-100 and then supplying them with those questions/topics to answer. Who knows what might come up!?!?!

Up next, Germany’s Felix Prangenberg

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PHOTOGALLERY: FIENDING

2019 marks 5 years since the FIENDING video dropped. When I first posted the video on here, I did so without even watching it first. Ya just knew it was gonna be solid.

It’s always cool to slow things down a bit sometimes and look back, so click below for some FIENDING era photos courtesy of Kevin Conners. Full video embedded as well.

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