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[21 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
The BMX-Files: A Brief History in Two DVDs

In the June, 1987 issue of FREESTYLIN’ Magazine, underground BMX rider and zine-maker Carl Marquardt described a ramp trick he called a “flakie”: a backflip fakie air. His friend and fellow rider Paul Mackles had offered him $100 if he pulled it. Three years later, Mat Hoffman did the damn thing at a contest in Paris. In his usual methodical style, Mat worked on it in secret in Oklahoma for months beforehand. As he puts it in The Ride of My Life (Harper-Entertainment, 2002), “To make it, I needed at …

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[16 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ronnie Bonner Circa 1991

Ronnie Bonner just sent me a phone picture of a letter I wrote him from Seattle sometime in the 90s. The letter was written on a photocopy of a photo of Ronnie at the Ocala Skatepark in 1991. It originally ran in issue #43 (no joke) of my zine “Front Wheel Drive.”

Me, Ronnie, BMX: We go back like carseats.

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[13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Most Anticipated Relocation Ever

Empire BMX is moving mad closer to the HEADUBE Headquarters, and we are stoked.

Just sayin’.

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[13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Flying with a Bike without the Airline Fees

Traveling on a plane with a bike is expensive. Bicycles are one of those “special items” that airlines have “special fees” for. A long time ago, Chris Moeller claimed that S&M was going to make bike bags that read “Camping Equipment” on the side to avoid just this problem. I don’t know that they ever did, but Fat Tony does a good job of illuminating the options in this piece for Ride BMX. Here’s an excerpt:
Don’t ask me why, but if an airline knows you have a bicycle in your …

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[6 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Sandy Carson show at L. Nowling Gallery

Our good friend Sandy Carson has another show of his photographs coming up soon.

Here are the details from Sandy:
I want to formally invite you to the opening of my first group exhibition of the year Storytelling at the L. Nowlin Gallery here in Austin. This exhibit, curated by the Austin Photography Group, features 40 Austin photographers and opens next Saturday, January 15th from 6-8pm. I shall be showing a piece from my Black Friday series from 2009.
Here’s a preview of the show. See you all there!

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[6 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
Zine Show in Torrance, CA

The skate zine show There Is Xerox On The Insides Of Your Eyelids is headed to Southern California at the Torrance Art Museum. The show opens July 24th and runs until September 4th.

I need to get in on this…
With thanks to Andy Jenkins and The Skateboard Mag.

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[24 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Return to Oz: McGoo Interviews Bob Osborn

Bob Osborn, owner of Wizard Publications, which published iconic magazines BMX Action (née Bicycle Motocross Action), FREESTYLIN’, and briefly Homeboy, as well as the book The Complete Book of BMX (1984), is a the kind of person the world could do to have a few more of. His free spirit and eye for talent indirectly influenced the course of my life. By hiring younger, kindred spirits on little more than a hunch (e.g., Andy Jenkins, Spike Jonze, and Mark Lewman), he changed the …

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[18 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
This is Old School

Well, the second giant Old School BMX gathering of the year hath gone down. From Nuno Oliveira and Defgrip:
I hit up the Old School BMX show in Bellflower, CA today. As you can image, there was Old School BMX all over the place, and I was on hand to shoot some photos of it. There was a great turnout, and a bunch of rad stuff being displayed.
Click through to check out the pics, and click HERE to check out more on Ride.
-Nuno

Many thanks to Nuno for …

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[17 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Andy Jenkins Interview

BMX Society has a new interview up with Andy Jenkins. Here’s their introduction:
For our first interview since evolving into the BMX Society, it is my distinct pleasure to present the profile of a very important BMX personage and an all around good guy. A man who should require no introduction, but since as kids we often just tore into new issues of our favorite BMX magazines, focusing only on the content and sometimes not even noticing the creators of what we were taking …

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[18 Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Kip Williamson: Dope Bikes Built

When Kip Williamson started posting pictures of sick, sick custom-built bikes on Facebook, I remembered his name from the old UGP videos that got me through hours of bike maintenance at the shop in Seattle when I worked as a bike mechanic. His style as a video editor, flatland rider, and bike-builder are undeniable. The more I saw of his bikes, the more I knew we needed to get a closer look.

Roy Christopher: First up: Where are you from? How long have you been riding? What got you into BMX?
Kip …