Chris is a cool dude, he always posts up really interesting photos on Bikeguide, and I have always been curious what the story is behind him. So I know you probably don’t know the guy but he did deserve this.. Enjoy
Chris Luton (aka. Mutiny5050 )
Palmdale, Ca. ( 45min north of Los Angeles )
13 years and counting
So your kind of e-famous with the stuff you post up on bikeguide, how do you feel about forums like bikeguide?
I think forums like bikeguide are great. The people there make me laugh, the topics are off the wall but not too crazy. Its a break from the normality of life. It also gives me a change to post up all my photos and videos that I take and most of the time I get good and constructive feedback which is helping me grow as a photographer and a Filmer.
Your riding is real solid, what kinds of things do you like to ride most?
Whatever is fun. Every time I go out and ride either by myself or with my friends I just go to ride my bike and have fun. I love manuals and grinds but I will ride anything. We don’t have any skate parks in our area that are bike friendly so we mainly ride street. We are on a constant search for new spots. There are some days where all we do Is just drive around and waste gas looking for new spots. its great and half the fun of riding.
Do you ride all street or is there parks and some trails involved from time to time?
Since we dont have any local parks I suck at them but if we go out of town My buddies shred at parks so I go and take pics and have fun pumping around. I grew up on trails, but out here in the High desert it only rains 5 times a year so it is hard to build, and all of our jumps are plowed. But I enjoy a fun set of trails from time to time. They are hard to come by up here though thats why we mainly ride street.
First trick learned?
Last trick you have learned?
just got familiar with the barspin again.
If you could only do one trick for the rest of your time on a bike, what would it be and why?
toboggan, Love that trick.
What is one trick you really wish you could do?
Table. They look so good but I just cant do them.
You have a good crew of friends you ride with, who are these get low guys and whats the story behind you guys?
Were just a bunch of guys from the desert. We are all older, we have known each other for ever and have been riding for years. Except the new guy Paul. but he is a cool dude.
The name Get Low came from the first Dvd that our friend Tracy Cornell came out with. The title was called get Low. He is an amazing editor, filmer and rider and shreds any rail in site.
How often do you get to ride seeing as your a full grown man?
LOL , yeah well I am 27 years old. I have 2 kids and a full time job as a supervisor. So I try and get a whole day riding in on the weekends but for some reason lately ive been riding a few days during the week. Sometimes its tough.
What do you do for work?
I am a supervisor at a arts and crafts Distribution center. I manage the fork lift operations . Pay is good and I get weekend and nights off.
Your photos are amazing! What is your camera gear you use?
Thanks, I shoot with a Canon Eos5D body
Canon EF lens 17-40mm
Canon EF lens 22-105mm
Canon 580ex and 430ex flashes
Have you ever done photography as a career or could you?
No I have not but I would love too. Every time I shoot I learn more and more. The field is pretty tough though and it is not steady work so I just see it being a freelance thing for the time being.
How long have you been shooting photos for?
I picked up my Camera about a year and a half ago. I took a class in Highschool but not digital. So everything you see now has been within a year and a half.
Have you ever had anything printed?
I acually have 1 or 2 photos coming out in the next issue of RideBMX. Well thats what they said I will believe it when I see it. They said it will be in the readers photos. One is of my buddy charlie doing a a fence ride the other is a Ice pick in a local pool here by my buddy Jason. We will see. I send what ever I think is good into them.
Did you go to school at all for photography?
Just in Highschool . Everything else I have learned from my friends and by looking at other photos and sites.
Do you ever find it hard to ride when your taking pictures or do you still get your friends to snap a few of you?
Yeah Its hard. I try and do both but when the Camera comes out these guys go off and dont stop. I get a few photos here and there. Plus we do allot of street riding so I always have to be guarding my bag. Dont want 6,000$ getting swiped.
What is your dream camera set up?
I like My current camera but I would not Mind the Canon Eos1d Mark III.
You also do some video stuff, what kind of a camera are you using?
When I shoot Video I love the look of HD so I borrow My work buddies Sony Hdv-hr9 ( I believe ) Its a Hd handy cam but it shoots in 1080i and during the day the quality looks amazing. Not so great at nights. I took 3 years of video editing and filming at college so I love that too. Weird how I mainly shoot Photography huh? Hd is the only way to go. If you have a 4:3 3ccd do your self a favor and sell it in before its too late. HD FTW! You don’t see pics in a magazine shot with a disposable camera do you? Its all about the quality. same goes with filming.
Outside of riding, work, photography, what are some things your into?
I love beer, and bbq’s and hanging with the kids. Nothing beats a hot summer day , cold beer and the kids playing in the yard. That and I enjoy watching the Dodgers play.
You have a son! How cool is that?
Its awesome. He watches my friends and I ride and is all ready riding street at the age of 4. I have a 6mo old as well. I am sure he will be like his brother.
Last I saw he was doing bunnyhop no footers, does this mean hes following your footsteps?
Yeah his mom is all ready worried. lol
Going to the 20″ soon guys
What do you think changed most about you when you had a kid?
Responsibility …. I am still a kid at heard my self . Its hard some days when I have to watch the kids and everyone goes riding. But its called being responsible and taking care of your family.
If you could be paid to do any job in the world, what would you do?
A bmx photographer. If it paid the bills and I could travel the world with my bike that we be it right there.
What are some things you would like to accomplish in the next few years?
I would like to get another full length DVD for everyone to enjoy and get some more of my work published. That and get my friends a sponsor , these guys shred.
If you could no longer live where you were living now, where would you move to?
Kansas City. Its green , People are nice. the street is amazing. I love the Mid west. The riders out there are way underrated. I would not mind snapping a few bangers and getting them some coverage.
What is the coolest thing you have experienced in your life?
Seeing a new life come into the world.
What would you do with the cash if you won the lottery?
two chicks at the same time man.
lolol no I would build Casa de Luton on the side of the valley here and build a skate park, trails and some street stuf. Live like a king for a wile.
If you could spend the day with anybody, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My dad, we don’t spend that much time together . He lives in Kansas city. Road trip fellas.
What are some of your favorite movies?
Ahh man too many
Just to name a few
What are some bands you are into?
I like everything,
Underoath ( the old stuf )
The come up
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
The ability to make any super power you want… Duh
No. Either to fly or teleport
What kind of advice do you have for kids just getting into BMX?
Have fun, Ride your bike and look or new stuf to ride. If you spend all your time at one spot you will get burnt out. I think that is why we all still ride here is the everlasting search for the perfect spot.
What kind of advice do you have for kids who want to get into photography?
Get a cheap camera and see if you like it. Just shoot everything. Dont wait for the perfect banger. You will never pull out your camera then. When I pull out my camera all my buddies then step it up. Its rare that We go to a spot for a shoot, We just go to ride and I take pics of everything and anything. Then we progress from there.
Any other fatherly advice?
Ride for fun, Look for new spots. Live life .
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
Thanks to all my friends , Charlie ( MILF ) David, Jason, Paul, Mitchell, Steve and to everyone else in the get low crew. Thanks to my family and to everyone at Bikeguide for commenting my pics it just makes me want to take more.
Anything else you would like to add I may have forgot?
YEah If you have any secret spots, Please let me know. lol. THanks guys
Also I post a lot in Bikeguide but if you ever want to see the pics I have over 500 onmy Flickr. Check it out