Simple Session ’15

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I’m really digging this years Simple Session event poster & art direction. Well done. Simple is coming up soon, stay posted on the site for info. Click below for the TV spot that’s running over there as well.

On a related note, check out the recent By The Numbers Q&A we did with Risto, who is behind the Simple art.

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DAK

Fuckin’ loved this part. You watch now.

Swoop up Above/Below.

Joe Bailey

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I (somehow) just now came across Joe Bailey through the explore page on Instagram, which led me to a post where he was waxing philosophical about Ride UK’s recent changes, which lead me to his photo site which led me to realize that he’s a rad photographer and I recognized some of his stuff! I love the internetzzzzz.

Click below for some quick photos that caught my eye, then head to his site where he’s got a great mix of visual goodness.

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R.I.P. – Ride UK Print Mags

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Man… down goes another one. Ride UK Magazine (and all other Factory Media titles) will cease to exist in print and will turn their attention towards their online presence (according to word from Ride UK’s editor). No word beyond that, so stay tuned to Ride UK site. Shocking? Not really. Unfortunate? Yes.

Have a flip through their mag cover archive.

Flashback: SpaceTrippin SF

Let’s take it back a year or so ago to this video that Hoang Tran made. Good vibes.

This little trip I took with my friends Tom and Dylan was nothing more than an excuse to get out of town for a couple of days. We barely did any planning for this trip beside figuring out some key destinations. We decided to take a roadtrip up to San Francisco and do some camping along the way. There are two main interstates you can take to get to San Fransisco from San Diego. The fastest route, that’s up the 5 which takes about 7 hours with no stops, or you can take the 1 (Coast Hwy) which takes 10+ hours but filled with incredible views. For us, it was going to be about making good time, but for us now this is measured with the emphasis on “Good” rather than “time” and when you make the shift in emphasis the whole approach changes. So we went up the 1…

The rest of the trip was based around this motto and many good times were had. This video showcases some of the experiences on the way up and our short stay in San Francisco. Thanks to Tom for doing all the animation and helping with the filming; Erin Barker for her photography and letting us crash at her freshman college dormitory that housed a group named the sexy six…,Dylan for partying the sexy six to levels of panty incineration.

-Hoang

By The Numbers: Risto Kalmre

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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, is one of the unsung heros of our scene. Simple Session organizer Risto Kalmre. If you’ve ever attended or enjoyed the live stream of a Simple Session, you can thank Risto in large part.

Click below to check out Risto’s By The Numbers Q&A, and stay tuned to Simple Session as the event gets closer. Photo courtesy of Vince Perraud.

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Justin Kosman @ Random

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Click below for the whole thing…

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Aaron Ross | Sept. 2009 | Las Vegas

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“Haha.. I remember this clearly and needed a beard to complete this photo…”

Is what Aaron Ross said when I randomly sent him this old pic that I had shot of him in Vegas.

Mat Hoffman and the Lars Ligament

When Taj mentioned that he was working on a secret BMX project, I was VERY intrigued. Definitely not let down either. This is rad, a Taj Mihelich illustrated Mat Hoffman story. Such a great story.

In 1999 Mat Hoffman endured an experimental synthetic ACL replacement surgery with no anesthesia. He stayed awake while doctors drilled through six inches of bone. Story told by Mat Hoffman and illustrated by Taj Mihelich.

On This Date Last Year…

we posted this mighty fine Nike In Argentina video. Get reacquainted.

EYELAND

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Just got around to eyeballing this EYELAND video. Eyeballs are not disappointed.

Click below to watch.

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Joey Piazza – AM:PM 3

One of my favorite sections of all time.

When Stevie Churchill was “Lil Stevie”

Back in 2010, Jeff DuPaul contributed a web video to Defgrip of a young Stevie Churchill who was virtually unknown at the time (compared to now). It’s interesting watching this video again after getting accustomed to Stevie’s recent stuff, as it doesn’t seem to far removed from how he’s progressed.

From Jeff DuPaul:
Stevie Churchill got the name “lil Stevie” because he was our friend Jimmy’s little brother that would follow us everywhere riding. He would be trying tricks on a bike too big for him and actually be doing them. Seeing a 9 year old kid do fly out 360′s was awesome. I never really thought about it too much, I mean it was cool, but he wasn’t changing the world. I don’t really remember seeing him much until years later, and this little kid was doing 720′s down stairs. I remember asking Jeff Martin who that was, and he goes , “That’s Jimmy’s little brother Stevie, I told you he was gonna be good.”

Since we first meet he has pretty much stayed the same. He still has these wide eyes for riding and is always psyched to ride anything, A lot of kids will ask, why is he called lil stevie? Maybe it’s because he is still only 16, maybe its just a nickname that will be stuck to him forever; I call him that purely because he has a pure kids perspective of riding, and I am reminded of it every time I talk or ride with him. Reminds you really why you started riding in the first place, it’s all about fun.

Opinions: Deciphering Web “edits”, “videos”, “parts” etc…

When our friends at Ride BMX released word about the new NORA CUP for “web video part”, it sparked a discussion within the OTX office regarding the difference between web “videos”, web “edits”, web “video parts”, promos, what should be considered what and if there’s even a difference at all. I’ve seen lots of opinions regarding BMX on the web over the years, so I figured this would be a fun topic to delve into.

With that said, I hit up a handful of riders, videographers and industry folk to ask them the following:

In your opinion…

Is there a difference between a “web video” and a “web edit”? If so, describe how the terminology differs?

Should something labeled “web video part” be part of a full video, or can it be a standalone thing?

If a rider releases a new solo 2 minute (or so) collection of kick ass footage online, you would classify this as a…?

If someone releases a “one night at House park with the homies” thing, you would classify this as a…?

If a full length video that’s been in the works for 2 years, has proper art direction and production value is released FREE online, is it considered a “web video” or just a “video”?
What would you describe Fiend’s “FIENDING” as?

Does a projects method of distribution (physical DVD or online) affect your opinion?

Can product promos that feature great riding mixed with product info and images also be considered web edit/video/parts? Or are they just “promos”?

Click below to see what Ryan Fudger, Will Stroud, Mark Burnett, Darryl Tocco, Dakota Roche, Charlie Crumlish, Ty Morrow, Jake Seeley, Francis Castro, Mike Mastroni and Ryan Navazio had to say. Throughout the peice, new designations pop up, opinions differ and uncertainty lingers among some. Pretty interesting.

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Precisions: Alex “Fathead” Barton-Holme

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We’re happy to present the first video of the “Precisions” series, which is an ongoing short film series that Jon Edwards is heading up.

First up, we have Alex Barton-Holme. Otherwise known as “FATHEAD”. Click below to check out the video. Thanks to Jason Turner for the pics and be sure to follow Jon’s Vimeo.

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