To collect footage you need to get out there and film. The Hoffman team of Bruce Crisman, Chris Souter, Seth Kimbrough, Jon Taylor, Ryan Barrett and Sebastian Keep loaded up some vans and hit the road in Europe. H*B's Mark Owen and Bryan Baxter were on board to do some filming. The countries that were treated with some riding were England (big session at the Seventies warehouse), France (Bercy/Paris) and Germany (Cologne/DÃ¼sseldorf area).
Although the team visited the 2004 World's in Cologne, there is zero contest footage in the Euro Trip. Brakeless riders Seth, Chris and Bruce don't need much to do sick tricks. Give them a ledge, a few stairs and a flat bank and you'll see backwards tricks, 360-s and barspins all mixed up. Stand out on the Euro trip is by far Seth Kimbrough. He delivers on everything. Big rails included, well impressed. The editing/graphics are well done. It follows the theme of the H*B ads in the magazines.
In 1985 I gave graffiti a try. We stayed up late and went to a school to make this masterpiece that we had drawn on a piece of paper. It was a huge pacman with the words "RAP '85" next to it. It was dark so we colored it in over and over again thinking the bricks were sucking up the paint. We couldn't see much. Next morning on the paper route I rode by the wall and there it was! The RAP '85 wild style piece. So stoked, I felt like I was in the movie Breakdance.
When school was out, the police had already shown up. It was straight to the station for an explanation. There was no way out so a few minutes later it was back to the wall at the school with buckets full of thinner, water, brushes and whatever else to get that piece off the wall before they sent a professional cleaning crew and have us pay that bill. It took forever to get it off. We were regretting the multi layers of paint we used to fill in the stupid pacman.
Chris Smith (UK) sent in a VHS tape with xeroxed cover. The ValleySideStyle video had a lot of local footage in it. It seemed like a project where he filmed friends and decided to make a video out of it. Some of his friends do crazy stuff like jumping scooters, flipping cars over and play with fireworks. All good shit.
I really did not have a clue what Chris' intentions were on the business side of things as the norm nowadays seem to be DVD's with slick full color covers. I checked in with Chris:
Maze sent over this movie link. It's about the Bike Kill event put on by the Black Label Bike Club from New York. If you think we're used to some fucked up stuff in the BMX freestyle scene, watch this movie. We've got a long way to go to catch up with these freaks.
As seen by Rachel Meyrick of Red On Red Productions.
[url=http://homepage.mac.com/rachelmeyrick/iMovieTheater8.html]Fucked up bicycle stuff from the Bike Kill 2004 event in New York[/url]
SUFFOCATE FASTER ***
Out of Cincinnati these Hardcore musicians played lots of local shows and formed the band in fall of 2001.
Gorilla Biscuits gave about everyone inspiration, and so did they do to Suffocate Faster. The band started to write aggressive, fist-clenching music combined with ferocious lyrics that emphasized its own political stance:
Straight-edge and pro-American. After playing around Cincinnati they headed West and toured California, Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) saw them and started to work with them. The band's debut album : "only time will tell" was made in no time and is a lesson in hardcore chemistry: one part NYC street-core, the other part Slayer!
"If you like heavy music, you'll definitely like it" according to Aaron the guitarman, and I did.
We're catching up on DVD's we still need to review. One of them is the latest RoadFools. Issue 13 had some people land in the hospital and that was bad luck. Still most of the crew stayed on two wheels most of the time.
This Roadfools was different in a way that a couple of riders chose 3 fellow riders to go on Roadfools. It sure ended up being a trip of BMX characters. If you think Beringer's riding is weird, wait till you see Kevin Nelson and his 23 kilo home made steel bike with wheelcovers. Dennis McCoy made it on the bus thanks to Lou Capparelli's one man team ("I only have one friend, and that's DMC"). If someone can keep you entertained on the road, it's Dennis. I cracked up in the outtakes section where Dennis is bro-ing down with a drunk black man. He sure can be a bastard too.
OFF THE WALL VOL VII by VANS Records
VANS RECORDS? Yes they are not only the best shoemaker in the world but also into music as well, didn't you hear about the "Steve van Doren Band"? We didn't but VANS is doing the famous WARPED TOUR for years now so they have a lot of contacts whitin the music industry and they put their favorite music on a compilation CD for the 7th time. Bands like Bad Religion/Fu Manchu/Pennywise and the Bouncing Souls are well known but the other 25 bands are all upcoming bands and makes this a perfect CD for the upcoming road trips. Check www.vans.com or www.vansshoes.nl how to get hold of this OFF THE WALL VOLUME 7 and put the volume on 10.
The Braun Front Brake Revolution was a special contest that evolved around liptricks with the use of a front brake. A 31 minute DVD was produced out of this contest and it turned out really well. It's a must have for all the tech rider that love the aspect of having a front brake on their bike to do good tricks with it. To explain more about the special contest, the DVD has interviews with Senad Grosic, Christophe Huber, Anthony Pill, Adam Banton, Rob Ridge and Mike o'Connell and shows more riding from a.o. Ben Foakes, Pete Marselle and James Weetch. With everyone mentioning Rick Moliterno and Krt Smitt as some of the originaters of front brake ramp tricks, the organization decided to go to Rampage for Front Brake Revolution part 2. Looks like a big posse of tech riders are warming up for this one:
"The second Front Brake Revolution is set to be huge, with the ever expanding rider list including: Rick Moliterno, Dave Freimuth, Dave Osato, Brian Vowell, Brian Kachinsky, Rob Nolli, Mike O'Connell, James Hitchcox, Tom Haughen, Dan Seig, Ben Foakes, Jim Reinstra, Senad Grosic, Christoph Huber, Dan Emerich, Neil Keddie, Anthony Pill, Anthony Pearson, Mark Murphy and many more....
RIGHTEOUS JAMS ***
Lenneke at KUNG FU Europe is back from ???? and send us some CD's again, I had to say hi to Twisted Guido but didn't see or hear from him for a long time so he might read this so my job is done.
The Righteous James out Boston finished their full length debut: Rage of Discipline. Touring with the VANS Warped Tour in 2004 they showed that they mean business with old school hardcore and if Dynamo festival was still around they would be playing there for sure. These guys are the new breed of Hardcore so check them out at a concert. They are playing in Europe tonight till Wednesday the 23rd. www.kungfurecords.com
Joe Kid on a Stingray narrator Jesse James is big time. He recently signed a 15 million dollar contract with K-mart that allows them to sell anything with a West Coast Choppers logo for a year.
When Jesse James checked his agenda and could not make it to the Joe Kid premiere in Hollywood on March 19th, the whole thing got moved back to April 2nd so he could attend. It sure will be a night to remember with all the old timers at the Cine Space.
FATBMX will be represented by the "Press from Holland asociale" (uhh associates), based out of Huntington Beach.