A collaborative piece between artist Bob Mitchell and rider/film maker Jonny Maxfield. A project set in the stunning industrial landscape of north Wales. Huge photographic images up to 50 ft high displayed as installations in former industrial sites shown with time lapse photography. Once vast, the industry remains in just a few areas but the landscape created is testament to hundreds of years of slate mining.
I loved this photo from the second we were all talking about taking it. Bobby (the guy on the bike) was up for carving over the door, at the time this hadn’t been documented much, we’d heard that some locals may have done it and that some who tried it ended up grating their face off as they lost speed at the top and ended up sliding down the metal gate (like a grater and cheese). We also wanted to get everyone in the photo so the lads scaled the brick work and perched themselves over the top like a bunch of scooter kids at the skatepark, legs hanging over the top of the tranny. Anyway’s Bobby had been practicing the run up further down the road where he was trying to work out if he could get the speed and cut in at the right angle to get the whole gate carved without slipping out or going too far and hitting the other gate (out of the picture on the left). Turns out he got all his calculations sorted and blasted it first time, no doubt his heart was in his mouth as he sped towards it in the near on dark surroundings before a massive flash went off in his eyes.
This ended up being the opening photo in our Ride UK write up about the trip. I’m going to upload that at a later date for you all to have a laugh at. Some great photos were taken on that trip and some class stories. Till next time, in a bit..
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Tom Finch, Kev, The Mitz. Cooper. Kev, Ricky Wong and Bobby (on the bike)
This is happening in London tomorrow if you’re about the big smoke. The details can be found on the flyer, you need to drop them an email for an invite RSVP@breaksmag.com so get on it now if you’re wanting to see some lovely photos from Ricky Adam, George Marshall, Edwin DeLarosa, Jeff Zielinski, and Walter Peringer. Music, Drinks and Photos will all be provided.
Friend and flatland rider James Smith of London has just bought himself a GoPro Black edition, totally would like one myself… He hit up one of his local spots with a newly painted wet look/feel floor to do a spot of camera testing. The moves and the music go so well together that i’ve watched it a few times already. James says nothing spectacular goes down but I loved it anyway.
Kilimanjaro – Lobby 3
One day I got a message on my Twitter from a guy named Popa Roland who lives in Budaors, Hungary.
Popa seemed like a pretty cool kid and was eager to show me his most recent edit. Firstly, I’ll say the filming and editing is brilliant! Popa has been hooked up by Mutant Bikes and Kako Bikes. This edit was out like 8 months ago but the kid kills it so I had to share! – Fraser
Hoodie Allen – James Franco
This is part one of a two part edit from rider Sam James of South West BMX. Filmed and edited by Sam Colclough and some additional editing by Jason Webber get ready to watch the next two and a half minutes of some big spins, great street riding and a bit of skatepark footage from the nice looking Prevail Skatepark.
Sparta – Untreatable Disease
The latest installment from the Unit Life guys. As they put it “the Wav’s Angels unite to bring you this UnitLife special” featuring riding from Kriss Kyle, Chaz Mailey, Connor Mailey, Hector Spencer-wood, Cadge Patterson, George Eccleston, John Deans, Harry Walker, Dave Summertime
The Misfits – Horror Business
I was on such a high today after riding with people I hadn’t really seen in a long time, some really old faces and a couple of new ones too. All brought together by the love of our BMX bikes and all the little things that come with it. I’ve made some amazing friends over the years through riding and to discover that yet another friend has been lost in the community is heart wrenching. This one in particular character im talking about it the man behind the P5 Jam series, the guy who injected life back into the UK street jam scene, the man who was one of the craziest riders and interesting people I had ever met and also one of the funniest, genuine guys in BMX. This man was Matt ‘Mute’ Parker.
Matt passed away earlier today following his love of kayaking, the way many of his close friends said that he would have wanted to go. Your going to be sorely missed in all the communities that you were part of and by all your friends and people who were lucky enough to have met you. Rest in peace Mute.
If you’d like to leave a message in the comments i’ll make sure these get passed on to his friends and family.