While in LA Phillip Arellano snapped a couple pictures that got me really hyped. I'm especially stoked on this action shot while filming with Corey San Augustin. I caught these photos on Lockedcog, which Phill has recently become a contributor for!
…Above is my perspective from the shot. I've been stacking footage with my HVX so be on the look out for edits dropping soon.
I've spent some time filming with Cole so when I saw he had a new edit drop (and a two parter at that!) I was stoked! Cole has a real quick snappy style mixed with a super technical bag of tricks. Check him out as he jibs his way through part 1 of his 2013 edit. *Can't wait for part 2…*
Tone just posted a ridicules 2 clip flick throwback on Facebook via Instagram that made me lose my shit! Antonyo is the definition of a rider who's riding oozes of personal steez and style which I felt was really evident in those two clips. The percision dive into the tight steep tranny of the slanted parking block from the pegs got me so pumped! The second clip is undeniable no matter what your flavor is. Antonyo keeps it razor sharp and tight, just like his leatherman. Look out for some more clips from Antonyo in a coming RATPACK edit, in the mean time peep Antontyo on Instagram @antonyoxxx. And remember, don't do drugs.
It feels like this is becoming a somewhat regular thing but last week I went out to Long Beach to spend some time hanging out with the homies and catch some clips here and there. After flying into LAX around midnight Phillip Arellano picked me up and took me back to Hollywood where I passed out on his couch while watching This Is The End.
The first day into the trip we started out by heading to Long Beach where we met up with Antonyo Wothe and Steven Jensen. We then piled into Phill's Scion XB and headed to Temecula, CA to meet up with Zane Meyer of Chop Em Down Films.
After a quick warm up parking lot spot Zane took us to this sick down rail to long gap step. After both Antonyo and Jensen greased it Tone sized it up for one last gnarly banger. Right after Antonyo strapped on his helmet for the first time ever the principle of the school we were at came out and insisted that we stop. If you know Antonyo you know he's one of the nicest and most reasonable dudes, he was somehow able to reach a compromise with the principle allowing him to hit the rail if he signed a release saying he would not sue if he was injured on the property. Minutes later he was free to try the rail as much as he wanted, uninterrupted. unfortunately the sun had began to go down and the spot quickly became too dark to film any longer.
Once it got dark we dropped Zane off at his work and then headed to Costco for some cheap eats and prime lurking. After way too much Vine'ing we went by a bank that just so happened to have this over-bar height rail next to their drive-up ATM. Jensen immeditly eyed it and said to pull over. He hit it no problem of course. Phillip Arellano snapped a photo to be used in Jensen's newest Us Versus Them team poster. After some antics ensued such as a backwards circle competition and Antonyo in a Packers snuggie… although the technical term might be huggy, you'll have to check with the NFL merchandising department.
After the impromptu session we dropped Steven off at Zane's, so he could catch a bus leaving from Temecula to Arizona at 8am the next morning, and headed back to Long Beach. Once we got back Long Beach around 12:30 it got figured out that Steven's bus was actually leaving from Long Beach at 8am resulting in Zane driving him all the way back to the Fixie Factory at 2am and then me driving Phill's car to the bus station in the morning to drop him off. At the bus stop we met a women I can only hope Steven didn't have to spend his next 5 hours with back to AZ. Cruising back to the house alone in a semi unfamiliar place felt somehow soothing.
Later in the day Phill, Joe McKeag, Michael Penrose, and myself went to go check out the Tip Plus warehouse sale. At the sale I picked up the Deadline dvd which must have got Joe stoked because after watching it he cranked out a grip of clips, including this wheelie to 180 down the euro gap, at MLK skatepark just as the sun was setting.
Joe also found this dollar bill caked in the white stuff right outside the parking lot of WhackArnold's right before the cops told us we weren't allowed to ride bikes there, without any further explanation.
On Sunday I headed to Ktown with Phill to ride with Cole Ruffin and Michael Guntetong. We sessioned some warm up ledges at NBC Studios and then met up with Corey San Agustin and Elliot Milner at Radio Korea. Everyone got some clips that I'm pretty excited about and a bunch of other fixed gear heads ended up rolling through. While at Radio Korea and the surrounding spots I don't think I've ever seen so many people sessioning real street spots. The Radio Korea spot alone had probably 60 heads or more skating and a single ledge down the street attracted at least 20 including skateboarders, BMX, fixed gear bikes, and even a mob of roller bladers. This day I was pumped to not only see some legendary spots but to actually get to hit them (on my skateboard).
On monday Joe suggested a bank to wall ride spot in Anaheim that turned out to look like this. We were rolling deep with a crew consisting of Antonyo, Joe, Phill, Corey, JBall, and myself. With so many dudes on deck and the sun beginning to go down we decided to make the most of it and search around Anaheim for anything shredable.
Even though we got kicked out of half the spots and were battling the darkness the crew was still able to throw down a few wild clips before calling it a night and heading back to the LBC.
Before leaving Long Beach and the Fixie Factory I had to add some color to the house rail. Personally I find this rail to be pretty iconic, crazy that it's such a regular fixture to everyone else in the area. Big ups & thanks to Phill for giving me a place to crash and hooking up the rides, I always appreciate it so much man! And a huge thank you to everyone at the Fixie Factory for always letting me unexpectedly stay on the couch for undetermined periods of time, love you guys!
When last in Socal I went by the same LA skatepark as seen in the RATPACKTICA edit but this time with Phillip Arellano and Cole Ruffing, along with my HVX200 (rather than VX2000). I'm real stoked on this session, both these dudes slay! Here's a couple screen shots from the day. I'm real excited to be shooting in HD and using a tapeless workflow. RATPACK
After the Summer Fix event all the homies went back to the fixie factory to get loose. tons of heads came out including, The FOAD crew (Salt Lake City), the Destroy dudes (San Jose, Redwood, SF), almost the entire Altar Tribe, the homies Zane, Phillip Arellano, Gus Molina, Jonathan Davis, Devon Lawson, Elliot Milner, Congo, Matt "Wolfdrawn" Spencer, and Corey San Augustin, plus the whole Fixie Factory household. That night the turn up was real, it took everyone a day or so and some Denny's to fully recover. Once most of us were able to function again we snagged a few clips in about 36 hours before the weekend was over. Huge thank you to Phillip Arellano, Kris Sundet, FOAD, Antonoyo Wothe & the entire Fixie Factory (Antonyo, Kris, Joe, Nick, Hannah, Ally, JJ, & Knife)! RATPACK
Our good friend and homie Eric Holladay just released two insane BMX edits! Above Holladay gets buck for for Tioga Tires with one of the wildest poles I've ever seen and then roasts the through the trails. Below he gets loose for his section in the Rotten Video, which is straight east coast fire! Eric slays it with a unique style that highlights spots mixed with dialed pegless tech-goodness. Oh Hell Yeah!!
For ACslayer's last weekend of freedom we decided to make the drive up to Baltimore to hangout and ride with Colin Foster and Sam Hanson. We crashed at Colin's insane loft space, talked tire pressure, watched some Uncle Steve videos, and grabbed mimosas, plus grabbed some VX clips and rode somewhere in-between there. Always a treat to kick it with these guys, hope we hangout more before they start their winter robot hibernation.
*every time I've ever rode in Baltimore I've found at least one of these*
A little while back Dillion Leeper climbed up on to my roof to bar this wedge then drop over the stairs to flat. Pretty wild stuff! Also the premiere of our local skateshop, Venue Skateboards, video Old Dominion recently went down at the Byrd Theater, peep Josh Swyer's killer part here. Richmond is rad.
Damn, it's really been a minute since I've updated this. Ha. A lot has happened since the last post, rode with the Balhogs in Baltimore, spent some time with the boys over at the Fixie Factory in Long Beach, peep'd inter bike in Las Vegas, spit up blood in Richmond, and went HD. Probably a hand full of other things I'm forgetting too. Over the next few days/week I'll be trying to get this page back up to date. #freeaidan
I'm sure you can't wait to see another edit from the Summer Fix event, wish granted here's another for ya! I flew out to LA for the event/weekend and had a killer time kicking it with everyone in Venice for the competition. The turn out was sick, with over 70+ kids on legit fgfs rigs and throwing tricks all day! It was crazy to see the bball court from White Men Can't Jump transformed into a shred center right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, way wild! RATPACK
Last weekend Zach Gibson snapped this epic photo of Aidan Curry blasting an ollie over a heap of rubbish out on Belle Isle. This structure, left over from the Civil War, has seen its fair share of bicycle gnarlyness as seen during past Slaughterama events.
While last in SF for Ride+Style I was fortunate enough to met Jason Sellers of Forward-Bound, who traveled all the way from Germany to document the event. A couple days after the competition we took the Cal-train together to San Jose along with Mike Schmitt, Dew Sippawit, and Jaoa Danaikrit. While only being there for a day we were both able to get some shots and some clips. Check out more of Jason's photos from Redbull Ride+Style here.
Aidan Curry has been riding around on his Grime Ghost for awhile now and has it dialed in pretty nicely. Check out what he has to say about the whip along with a few clips thrown into the mix. below is a run down of his setup. RATPACK
Sunday night Aidan Curry and myself headed up to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., to do some cruising with the homie Ezra Tarasovich. Due to catching the tail end of 4th of July traffic and some tight schedules we were only able to stay about 24 hours but we made the best of it. Riding through D.C. is always such a fun time and with it so close no doubt we will be back again soon. RATPACK
ACslayer went awol for a few weeks but is back in the thick of it and working hard to catch some new clips for an edit he's been working on. Check out the elevator levitator below snagged at 1 a.m. in downtown Richmond, VA.
Holy Shit! When I saw this flick by Christopher Brown on Facebuok of Joseph Wilson hucking himself huge off a KC billboard over the grass, small fence, and sidewalk to street I freaked the fuck out! This is one of the craziest moves I've seen out of one of the most low key dudes I know. Can't wait to see what else he has in the works.
With the summer heat in full effect it feels nice to get a session in during the evening, plus it means empty downtown spots. White Walls is iconic Richmond, VA spot that doubles as a parking lot for surrounding businesses during the week. With the lot empty we were able to hit the high beams and light it up. RATPACK
Along with the sad news of Torey Thornton announcing the end of Wrahw he also released this edit with the homie Colin Foster from Baltimore, MD. CoFo has a completely different approach to riding fixed and a style all his own. I know Colin spent a lot of time on this edit and it really shows, watch as he shreds some serious eastcoast street spots from Baltimore to NYC. Oh yeah, and how many pedal checks did you see? The dude is smooth! Way to go Colin!
The other day I posted this screen shot of @Slumworm to Instagram saying there was a new edit about to drop... long story short I ran into some technical difficulties, and now without further adieu is RATPACK VOL. II
Huge THANK YOU to everyone who rode & threw down, and to all the homies and new friends for making it such a sick experience! RATPACK
Redbull Ride+Style weekend was a weird & wild one. I'm really stoked to have been able to make it out this year, it was such a great time! It's always rad seeing all the homies and making new friends with shared passions. I think the picture above pretty much sums it all up but here's a look at what other antics went down. Stay peeled for an edit covering the weekend dropping shortly. RATPACK
This last group shot was taken by Devin Tolman of Still Pour. Had a great time kicking it with all these dudes, can't wait to see everyone again!
This pasted month has been crazy for me with traveling to Redbull Ride+Style, finally graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University (Magna Cum Laude; somehow), and getting shit together to move out of my apartment but before I got distracted with all that I put this quick compilation edit together of both already seen and unreleased clips that I've filmed over the passed 10months. RATPACK
The RATPACK Collegiate Death Dealer pocket shorts have just been released exclusively through our webstore. Be sure to pick up a pair before it's too late, they areextremely limited and may never be offered again! The shorts feature the Death Dealer logo w/ Varsity font on the right leg and the Champion logo embroidered on the left leg. The shorts have a drawstring waistband as well as 2 deep side pockets. The shorts are 100% polyester and 3.7oz, very airy and light weight. Perfect for summer lounging. RATPACK