Over the years, we’ve gotten our hands on some great artists and accumulated some interesting Q&A’s. I am a fan of all these dudes, which is why I reached out to them in the first place. These guys are still doing great stuff and you should recognize some of these names by now if you follow the art world. If not, click below to check out the interviews. They are are all worth revisiting.
Are you new to Defgrip? Just started checking the site over the last year or 2? Well, time to catch up on some sweet original content our crew have produced. If you’ve been with us since the beginning, there’s no harm in revisiting these again. Either way, we appreciate ya.
Harrison Boyce and Andrew McMullen have sat down with some interesting BMX & NON-BMX characters for video interviews starting back in 2008. These interviews were pretty different for BMX at the time and I think they did a good job at connecting you with these people (I didn’t produce them so I can say that, ha). Subjects include Ruben Alcantara, Cory Nastazio (probably the most talked about Original), Greyboy, The History of Oakley and much much much more…
Click below to check out all the Defgrip Originals. Enjoy!
Travis Collier and his friend Ryan Romero have started their own creative studio called Clou and we got together with them to talk about their studio, design, and their home town of Vancouver . Keep reading to check it out!
The Talks is an impressive website I stumbled across over the holiday weekend focusing on interviews with some very influential figures in culture. From Mike Tyson to Valentino, there is some serious content on this site, not to mention great photos mixed with a simple and clean website… With all of those elements, it’s hard to go wrong.
“The Talks is a weekly updated online interview magazine. Over the past decade its founders Johannes Bonke and Sven Schumann have met with cultural figures of all kinds. New talks take place while traveling throughout the year. This is the essence of it.”
Christian Rigal has been getting hooked up from United for a bit, but they just officially put him on the team and to kick it off, check out an amazing edit as well as a top 3/mini interview with Christian.
I had the great opportunity to visit Malaga, Spain and stay with Ruben in February. While I was there, I had a few requests to do an Original with him. While the trip was work related I wasn’t sure if I was going to have the time or not to make the interview happen, but right at the last minute before Ruben took me to the airport we sat down for a half hour and made it happen! I’m real happy we squeezed it in!
Ruben is a legend in his own regard, having made a heavy impact of the current style of riding as well as the type of bikes we ride and being responsible for some of the most influential video parts of our generation. Ruben is not only an amazing rider, but an amazing person and I have been a fan since I can remember!
Breaksof10.com hit up Andrew McMullen with a few questions about his photography. You can check it out, along with a bunch of rad shots from Andrew here. They also did an interview with Nuno last year. On an unrelated note, if you want a little hint as to who our next Defgrip Original will be with, see above photo!
The Least Most and new BMX site focusing on original content has a great interview up with Van Homan. So far, only part 1 of 3 is online and there are some epic old Van photos to go with it. I’m super excited to see more from The Least Most and if this interview is any indication of the quality of content they are going to put out, we are in for a great ride!
Tom Chung, brother of Andy Chung and industrial design student at the Vancouver art school Emily Carr, has been killing the GIF scene lately. With an eye for short catchy video clips, his tumblr blog originalgifs featuring only work of his own creation has proven to be popular on ffffound as well as other tumblr sites of all things GIF.
Hit the jump for some exclusive defgrip GIF creations by Tom Chung as well as a short interview with the man and a tutorial on how to make them yourself.
What is there left to say about Van Homan that hasn’t already been said?
Van is easily high up on anyone’s list of favorite riders, has a classic video part that most people are familiar with and is now a business owner with two bike shops. Even though he might have his hands full with new obligations, Van hasn’t really shown any signs of slowing down or falling off. Case in point, he most recently placed 3rd at the X-Games. Much respect to Van Homan.
There is a great interview on Honeyee with the one and only Shawn Stussy. It’s the first interview that I’ve actually seen in English on Honeyee and I’m excited because hopefully this is the beginning to more features in English. There was also another amazing Shawn Stussy post on Juxtapose with a nice photographic look inside his studio.
Check out the Honeyee feature here and keep reading to check out a few photos from the Juxtapose feature that you can see in full here!
Hypebeast posted an interview with graphic designer Eric Elms that is definitely worth a read. Eric Elms has done tons of great streetwear work starting out interning for Shepard Fairy at Obey when he was real young to now having a serious client list and doing solo shows at places like Collette. I’m real stoked on all of Eric’s work and I’m loving the office photos they used for his interview.
Jeff Staple has an interview series going on called 1-2-1 for URB magazine. So far there are two interviews on his youtube page, one with famed DJ/whatever you can imagine Bobbito Garcia and the other with Mark Echo. The Bobbito interview is great, but I’ve always been fascinated with Marc Ecko because of how big he has built his brands. His Wikipedia page states that his companies sold approximately $1 billion in 2004 and it’s just crazy to see how much he has branched out… And the dude is only 37. The interviews are pretty quick and definitely only touch on a few subjects, but I’m really digging who photography in the main focus rather than video. It also doesn’t hurt that the photos were taken by Dorothy Hong
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out an interview with our very own Mike Ardelean on Japanese BMX legend, Shoe-G’s blog. Also if you haven’t done it yet, wish Mike a happy birthday (we are almost a week late, but better late the never)!
We are excited to present an interview with designer/photographer/BMXer, Jason Eichhorst, or as some of you may know him as Skier Jay. Jay has been involved with the Utah BMX scene for years, shot some of your favorite photos, as well as designed some of your favorite ads and bike graphics. We hit up Jay and asked him all about all of the above and he hit us back with a dope interview and some great work samples!