Jay Roe had sent this over for you to see, if your in the area get pumped. I would be stoked on it. Check back in a few minutes and I will have an interview with him posted. Litterally like 10 minutes.
You could meet Sexton and Tocco.. siiiiiiick
Jay Roe had sent this over for you to see, if your in the area get pumped. I would be stoked on it. Check back in a few minutes and I will have an interview with him posted. Litterally like 10 minutes.
You could meet Sexton and Tocco.. siiiiiiick
Freak is a fairly well known guy… Some hate him, some love him, but from how it appears he really could care less and is doing what he likes doing. The interview was bound to happen, so just enjoy it right now!
Tough Love Clothing and Empire Bike&Boards
This summer is my 7th year of riding I believe.
Your pretty involved in the BMX, running FYSbmx.com and then aren’t you TM for Seshin? I take it you stay pretty busy?
Lately Ive been pretty busy with riding, working a full time job, having a girlfriend and updating FYS but it’s not like it’s stuff I dont enjoy so it’s not bad at all. For the Seshin question, I left a little while ago. There’s no hard feeling or anything, I still talk to Ted pretty often but I think it was just best for both of us that I leave.
Now that the new FYS website is up, what were the biggest changes and what is this all about with people being able to sign up and post stuff for the site?
The biggest change is definitly moving out from blogger, it’s not that I didnt like blogger but it’s just not professional and it’s pretty limited too. The other big change is like you said, people being able to create an account and post stuff. I wanted to do that so everyone can show us what’s going on in their scene…cause FYS means “For Your Scene” right? So everytime Ill log on the computer Ill check all the submissions I got and if it isnt porn or dumb shit, there’s no reason why I wont publish it. The other good reason to register is that some article will only be viewable by registered people, i.e. porn or lame stuff.
Even though you left Seshin fairly recently you guys get along good, so what was in the works before you left?
Like I said above, I’m not involved with Seshin Bikes anymore but the new frame and chilko bars should be hot hot hot.
Being up in Canada, and spring is finally here how much time are you getting in on your bike?
I ride at least 2hours a day with my Ipod at my shitty local 3ft high ramp skatepark and if Im not too lazy I go ride downtown all day. Thats the only bad thing about Montreal, we cant ride all year long. April, November and December are shitty/cold but still ridable, everything in between is fun time.
Where or what are some of your favorite spots or set ups?
Theres so many sweet spots in Montreal its hard to pick one. When I go ride I usualy look for weird/unusual stuff to ride,anything you can bump jump or thread the needle is fun. But if I had to pick one Id say the triangle ledges.
If you could ride anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Barcelona, from what Ive seen in bmx/skate magazines that city looks like heaven. Ive been learning a bit of spanish recently so if I ever go there it will be fun time…buenos notches, tu eres bonita mamassita…dame une beso mi amor? does that make any sense?
Your pictures would lead me to believe your into nose picks?
What are some of your favorite tricks to throw? Ive been riding front brakes since the beginning of winter only so I dont have much front brakes tricks yet, I can do basic tricks like nosepick over on spines, canadian pick, sprocket to nosepick, disaster to nosepick and nosepick to fakie, nothing impressive. Ill see what I can do with em this summer on street. Right now my brakes are off till I get my new setup .Also I think this is the right place to say that Jaimy Spreitzer is the most amazing rider in bmx.
What are some tricks you cannot do for the life of you?
Tailwhips…I gave up after destroying my ankles and my knee.
If you could have a session with any 5 riders, who would you pick and why?
-Seth Kimbrough, he’ve been my favorite riders since testimony in 2001-02.
-Jaimy Spreitzer, at the age of like 37 he can shred more than anyone else and he could hopefully teach me a few nosepick tricks.
-Matt Hoffman, I dont think anyone had as much impact on bmx as him.
-Charlie Crumlish cause HE IS the definition of FUn.
-Eric Trepanier, what would be a session without your best friend?
-Steven Hamilton cause he’s so epic (ya I know that 6 riders)
What is your worst riding related injury?
Knee something. Last august I was barely recovered from a separated soulder when I crashed on this stupid gap. I saw 3 differents doctors and they all told me “Your knee is just fine” but I have hard time walking for more than 30min…I need to get a MRI but thanks to Canada’s free health care system I have to wait 5 months.
Who is your typical riding crew? Any guys you think should be getting coverage?
I ride with whoever is down to go ride, most of time I ride with Eric T, Corey Dewey or Albert. I think Dewey should totaly get more coverage…I hooked him up with Seshin and Alienation ,hopefully people will see more of him in the future.
If you could be sponsored by any company, who would you want it to be and why?
haha thats a pretty weird question, I dunno really….I guess Odyssey, Ive been riding the same wheelset for more than 3 years now and its still just fine. Some company makes parts just to have parts on the market, I think Odyssey puts alot of research in every products wich explain why Ive been riding the same wheelset for 3 years haha. ok enough ass-kissing.
You seem to be pretty well known around the canada scene, how did you accomplish this?
I dont really know…back when I had a car I used to travel quite a bit and met tons of people in quebec/ontario and I also lived in Edmonton (alberta) for a little while. I used to go to every jam/contest and I guess that helped.
What is the story behind your nickname “Freak”?
Before bmx I used to be into graffity, breakdance and pretty much everything related to hip-hop.At high school we had tons of activites to keep students from droppin out I guess and I wanted to do a huge graffity on a wall so I met the guy in charge of the activities and after a few days he started calling me “Le Freak” cause I was doing tons of random crazy shit all the time. After that everyone start calling me Freak at school then at the skatepark…
How do you feel about kids talking all tough behind the “anonymous” name?
Thats dumb, if you’re scare of what people will think of your opinions just dont say (type) it. But on the otherside there’s people who takes internet way too seriously but what can we do, 1n73rn37 15 53r10u5 bu51n355.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and why?
Montreal in summer cause its home and girls are amazing and australia in winter so I can ride my bike and kangaroos.
Do you talk shit on America, like American’s talk shit on Canada?
Why would someone talk shit on Canada? But no not really, there’s good and bad things about everywhere/everyone, America just have more Bad than good. New Hampshire is awesome tho…exept for that city were bikes arnt allowed in the street, weirdest thing Ive ever seen. I went to that spot its like a 2 huge rainbow ledges ( Vinnie Sammon did feeble up to hop on to 180 to ass plant in the credit or bail section of a animal video I think) and some cops came telling us that this city doesnt allow bicycle in the street…weird shit.
What are you up to when your not causing havoc on the internet and on your bike?
Playing FF7, making babies, cooking, watching the girls coming out of the subway station across the street from my balcony, shopping, listening to music, working on my bike, eating cheese and sometime gettin drunk in the morning.
What kind of music are you into?
-French hip-hop mostly
-hip-hop prior 96 like wutang, souls of mischief, L.O.T.U.D, dilated people…etc
-hardcore stuff like dance gavin dance, a black rose burial, 3 inches of blood, black dahila murder…etc
Seen any good movies lately?
Actualy Ive been watching tons of movies lately thanks to torrentz.com. Here’s some of my favorites:
40 years old virgin
FF7 Advent Children
King of Kong
What are some websites you suggest people to check out?
catfishcatfish.com for sure!!!!
What kind of a man are you? Tits, Ass, or Dix?
PB&J all day!
How do you feel about the current trends in BMX?
Other than stripped seat nothing bothers me. Some kids are taking the big bars thing way too seriously tho…I saw this kid in edmonton he was prolly 5’9″ and he had 28″wide bars + 2″ extension each side.
If you could change anything about BMX what would it be and why?
More bmx friendly parks and less kids that learn how to start riding bmx on internet. Like when I start riding I didnt know shit about bmx, I was going in the street and learn stuff naturaly. Now it seems like kid check out what they have to learn then learn it and win the dew tour. I guess its kinda good for the progression of bmx but its just weird as shit to me.
What is some of the best advice you have ever been given?
“She can’t get pregnant in the ass” -someone on bmxboard.
I heard you were addicted to porn? Is this true?
hahah no I think you’re thinking about Dane Wild.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Somewhere with a bigger balcony and hopefull having a bmx-related job and a kid.
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
My mom, Casey @ ToughLove, Josh @ Empire Bike&boards, Liam @ Uab, Jeremy for the pics, Eric T, Cole P, all the guys who help me with FYS (you know who you are guys), everyone that check FYS daily, all the montreal local who are down to ride, you for this interview…oh and fuck Chris Chitaroni.
Anything else you would like to say?
Dont believe the hype.
What can I say about Justin Kosman that isn’t already well known? He’s always ballin’ out, spending money like it don’t matter. Making money like its nothin… Justin Kosman aka “The Koz Man” is all business when it comes to phone calls and photo sessions but a complete party animal with no regrets when it comes to having a good time and remodeling his condo. Read up and take notes. Yeah its a lengthy interview, so if you’re not into reading, you can suck it.
Your Full Name: Justin Michelle Kosman
Born and raised: Geneseo, Illinois
Currently residing in: Carlsbad, CA
Years on a bike: 17
Years behind the camera: 15
How did you get into bmx? What’s your earliest memory of shredding?
Pushing around a Standard prototype when I was 9 at Rampage. I barely remember that, but I had been skating at that time so my frame of reference for BMX was Kurt Schmidt’s raw bike. I didn’t know wtf was going on. The next summer my best friend got a GT so of course I got one and started riding these trails in our town called “The Moose” with some 17- year old high school drop-outs on Skyway Teardrop frames with choppered forks and Bullseye 2-pc cranks. Spike pits, water jumps, and fly-out no-footed x-ups. Everyday was a circus. Mag in the front, spokes in the back. Vaseline on my pitbull brakes.
You have a history of racing under your thoroughly notched belt, what happened to those days?
In hindsight, those were awesome days, and before clip shoes came around so it was kind of hairy in the turns. The biggest jumps were at the track so I raced and dirt jumped a lot in the mid nineties. We’d have open class races and I’d bust out a 360 at full speed and over rotated (of course) and my yellow soft bead Mitsubishi Tioga knock-offs would come off the rim and I’d carcass into the dirt with everyone behind me into a full regrets crash pile. We were racing for free 6-inch Subway sandwiches so it was a big deal. That’s before Jared. Before Subway was the grossest shit on earth. So to make a long story longer, Standard Bykes hooked my up for racing for a couple years and I did the nationals and state series races until I gradated high school. I remember entering a DK Dirt Circuit when I was 17 in Nashville and Crandall was announcing. He said I was from Alaska. I turned pro when I was in college and made some money racing local pro classes in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. I got my ass waxed at the big races. It wasn’t glorious, but it was fun. Fuck it was better than hanging around campus on the weekends.
Shredding in chest protectors, what’s the deal with that anyways?
I don’t’ remember telling you that. How do you know? My friend Billy had a motocross track at his house and he built some really fun BMX trails behind his dad’s machine shop. It was like the game Frogger dodging the hundred illegitimate cats and walnuts nuggets all over ground. We’d burn cardboard boxes in between jumps and get embers stuck in our hair while riding. The place was like Thunderdome, as much as we could replicate it with all the sheet metal and fire. I thought I needed protection so I started wearing Billy’s chest protector and used it for a couple years. I remember watching a video from Rampage contest of me in my racing jersey, with the chest protector and no helmet doing tailtap half barspins. In 1995 I got sick at the Christmas Classic and puked all over the Standard Factory BMX pit area; all over Moliterno’s bike- so I painted “Puker” on the back of my plastic exo-skeleton that year.
Unlike a lot of the bmx industry, you received a proper education… Where did you attend school and what degree do you currently have?
Proper is a subjective term. I attended North Central College back near Chicago and graduated with a degree in English and an honors distinction. A couple really inspiring professors and a photo mentor really lit a fire under my ass to try some things I probably wasn’t ready for at the time. Bottom line is that they taught me to go get whatever I wanted. Cut to the front of the line, jump in the deep end. Being first in your class doesn’t mean you’re smart, it means you are in the wrong class- the shit is obviously too easy for you. Not to accept mediocre work, always trying to do the best job with what tools you have. I’ll never forget the simulacra and simulation lecture that Guzman gave on Baudrillard and Barthes; that semester changed the way I looked at the everything around me- made me a little nuts, a little too introspective and over analytical- but I use a lot of those concepts in most every project I am a part of. So glad I did it. I wish I would have taken another religion class and finished my minor, but I had fucked up on classes and took 20 extra eng credits that they wouldn’t count. I hadn’t taken any gym classes or art so my senior year I had all these gnarly grad level eng composition classes and then I’d have to go sit through a 4-hour jewelry making class to get art credits and then go to jogging class three times a week. I made silver skull knuckle rings for my final project. I’m going back to that school in a couple weeks to speak at their 2008 honor convocation- trying to think of a good BMX story to tell in front of two thousand students.
More importantly, how often did you 420 bong rip in your dorms as oppose to studying? An approximate number of beers shotgun’d and girls 69’d during your schooling days?
420 bong rips- hahahha, nah I don’t do the rips man. I pretty much studied and rode my bike a lot. I was more into stuff like climbing up the side of six story buildings and sleeping on air conditioning units for my weekend fun and switching parking tickets onto campus police cars. I spent my 21st birthday scanning photos for the school newspaper. My junior year we had these trio of displaced freshman soccer players move into our upperclassmen dorm and it was obvious that they were really shy so I made it my job to make them feel uncomfortable by throwing beer bottles from the recycling bin out the window real late at night and fastball chucking my old broken cell phone down the hallway accompanied by a loud “You F*king Bitch! I Hate You Colleen!,” like I was having a mental breakdown with an imaginary girlfriend. Good times.
You recently made the move to sunny San Diego, after living in regretful Huntington Beach for quite some time, how are you feeling about your current living situation?
The North County scene is awesome. All of my neighbors (minus Gary Young) are over 40 and all the San Marcos guys shred hard. Less rotting than Orange County. I do like it here. It feels like a vacation home when I come back from a trip. I like that feeling.
I’ve been slowly remodeling your new house little by little, would you say it’s going to be a poon palace upon completion?
Man, since the wood floors have been finished this week, I just walk around with a full boner for no reason. Seriously though, the place was a high-priced dumpster three months ago and now it’s on the verge of being a hi-dollar penthouse condo. Not really, but the roof does still leak. You fixed the leak from the fridge so that was good. We did buy a toilet the other night didn’t we? 3 liter Kholer was it? More liter’s than Gary Young’s BMW, that’s all I know.
I have a fond memory of meeting you at Steve Kennedy’s old Fullerton house a couple years back on Halloween… Your costume consisted of temporary tattoos, all black clothing, a lip ring and a bandana… What particular bmx icon were you that year? How many girls did you flip to fakie that night? And by flip to fakie, I mean 69…
I was Rick Thorne and the next day I had full tattoo status still in effect when I went to go ride the Santa Monica skatepark. Rick Thorne showed up and it was top 5 awkward moments of my life. Damn funny now though. People did think the neck tats were real. I could have kept the spider web and been happy.
You’ve been into shredding bicycles for a while now, but what made you start picking up a camera more often instead of your bike? Do you remember your first camera? How many n00dz would you say were taken on that camera?
My first camera was a Canon that I bought with 40,000 Marlboro Miles, my first real camera was a Pentax K-1000. The transition from spaz rider to spaz photog happened when I was on the racing circuit back home. I was at a pro national in Michigan and I never made the mains at those big races. I was way more psyched to shoot photos of the pro main- of all the guys who wiped my ass earlier that day. It was kind of a weird realization. For me that was a transition from riding hard to learning about magazines and photography. Some of those photos I shot that day were published in the Sanction mag and that made me feel more accomplished than a podium finish. Actually I wouldn’t know b/c I never got top three at a national so I am full of shit. I sucked at racing, as a job- there you go. I never had crazy pressure from my parents or sponnos to race so it wasn’t a big deal to switch it up.
You’re known to make business calls that range up into the thousands of dollars, travel to numerous countries within a single month and party with superstars, is this how you envisioned life in Southern California as a multi-platinum photographer?
It is a little surreal, but sometimes you gotta jump in the deep end and do a 180 burnout 69. I just got back from Italy with Bucky Lasek, that was pretty dope. I have a shoot with Tanner Hall this afternoon, I’m trying to finish this interview before I leave to go do that. So, yeah it’s better than I could have expected.
Can you briefly describe the term “cat butt” and your feelings towards it?
My feelings on that subject are negative. Cat Butt is when a cat licks it’s own butt and then sits there with it’s tongue hanging out because it’s realized what it’s done. I can’t incriminate myself any further. Cat butt = Full regrets.
You excel in bmx photography but you shoot photos for a lot of different companies some of which aren’t even bmx related… Can you name-drop some of the current companies you work for? What said companies do you particularly enjoy shooting for?
A little Vans skate this year was awesome. A lot of motocross for Source Interlink (Dirt Rider/Mini Rider). Red Bull is launching their Cola brand this year so they have had me doing a lot of athlete lifestyle photos. Levis has been good with a trip to Hawaii this year. As far as companies I like shooting for, they all kick ass and have been with me for a couple years now. The last two years I did a lot of work with GT mountain and road which was all art directed by McGoo and those shoots were all so much fun. I with I could take him on every shoot- that man knows how to delegate. Lately I’ve really had fun with the Dirt Rider shoots. Denison will bring out some hot-shot amateur moto racer to blast through a berm for a cover shot and I will just yell at him the whole time, be outrageous, make him sweat it out. Then I tell everyone gross BMX stories at dinner and completely traumatize them.
Who are some of your favorite bmx stunt masters to work with?
Guettler and Mackay for sure. They are really tech photographers too and it kicks ass when it is a group effort to make a cool photo happen with those guys. There are so many good riders that I really like shooting with everyone. They do that hard shit. But Guettler and Mackay for sure.
When you’re not behind the camera, what are some of your favorite obstacles and or terrains to shred?
Pools, any mini ramp and any big ass cement wedge. The new mini ramp at Clairmont in S.D. is unreal.
A lot of people know you for your kickass photography abilities, but what should people really know about “The Koz Man”?
All I can tell you is this quick haiku…
Small fish in big ponds
Swim upstream for tasty waves
Pull breathe kick glide. Glide.
A day in the life of Justin Kosman:
Wake up at 5am
Check the phone for any urgent emails from East Coast or Europe that may have came up over night.
Go make some coffee and pour a bowl of “Oh’s” cereal. Non-fat milk. Do the e-mail game. Insert minimal myspace lurk.
5:30: Ride the road bike on the trainer for a playlist while sending ridiculous text messages to Miles Roigish. Take a shower, high-five Chris Collins as his dreadlocks float out the door. Email, laundry, phone calls to east coast. Special day breakfast at El Caribe.
8am: Bank. Then pick-up Alex Give D! to slave at the condo. Sometimes I’m at an airport by this time or picking up a rental car.
10am On the way to the photolab or a photoshoot somewhere. If not run up to Orange County and hang out at Bike magazine or go see the guys at Ride mag. Drop film/pick up film in Irvine. Get my cameras cleaned at Canon. Stop by Vans and Red Bull, see Kelly Bolton if I get up into L.A.
11am: If I am home I watch the hot realtor try and sell the next-door unit to Italian mobsters.
11:30am. Look on AutoTrader.com for any vintage Lotus cars that may have gone up for sale over night. Send invoices. Edit photos or video for a couple hours.
2pm: See if anyone is going to ride today. If not, go to Home Depot and buy tile flooring.
4-8: Edit photos while watching a movie from iTunes. Today it was “The Departed.”
8pm Go take Alex Give D! home and go eat a chicken torta.
9pm come home and go to Barnes and Noble and nerd on books and magazines until 11.
11:30 Take a shower. Fold laundry. Look at late model Lotus Exiges. Crunch numbers, and decided insurance is too much. Need a vintage one to get the antique insurance discount. Make a note to check out Lotus Esprits the next day.
1pm go to bed if I am lucky. Minimal sleeping. No regrets.
Anybody you would like to give a hollar out to or thank?
Mom and Dad, Jeff (RIP), Steve Woltmann, Moliterno, Paul &Rhonda Depauw, Ryan Brock, Tim Boone, Ryan Marshall, Brad Burris, Jon Willy, Jennifer Jackson, Richard Guzman. Badders, Dwayne, EricDC, RM59, Kathryn, Ilana, Marcus Gerber, Sandy V, Losey, Give D!, RickM, Moeller, McGoo, Josh Champion, Wildman, Pondella, GarthM, KevinMcAvoy, DebESPN, Swope, JeanaMAxxis, JackieRoy and Bhunt, Fuzy, Randalle.
Mark is all over the place these days, the dude rips it up on a bike. I could watch videos of him riding trails all day long. Myself, Brett Rohlfing, and Chad Degroot came up with a few questions for him.. Enjoy
Mark Adam Mulville
casselberry FL. / pittsburgh PA.
profile racing, ugp, duffs, odi(flow), sun rims(flow) mesh skatepark, steaz energy
about 10 or 12 i guess
You recently left the take and are a “free agent” floating around, is subrosa going to be legit soon or are you still working on another deal?
im not working on anything right now, and as far as subrosa i have no idea whats goin on with that, cool of them to give me some product though, thanks ryan and ron
Is there any other sponsor changes or additions you can tell us about happening anytime soon?
umm i have no idea really, steaz energy is a pretty new one and its all organic and stuff so thats good.
Last I checked you are brakeless still. Do you ever scare yourself especially on trails? and do you plan on putting them back on anytime soon?
yeah i am always scared thats one reason i like being brakeless, and goin fast is so much more fun knowing ya cant stop at times so you just gotta go for it. im sure they will be on and off this summer.
I imagine you grew up racing? How long did you do that for? and do you think it has effected how you ride your bike now?
i only raced about a year or so and it was fun but just got way too competitive for my likes. It has made me more into trails i think which is fine with me and i guess my bike can look slightly race at times too
Do you have any signature parts/clothing coming from any of your sponsors soon?
i have a stem in the works with profile which should be out im thinking this summer, just had a shirt from them come out a few months ago with kinda a florida theme
Are you working on any video parts or just sticking to the web videos?
the next welcome to pittsburgh is in the works and ill have some shit in there, not sure what else.
You have been traveling a lot it seems like, do you have any big road trips to go on or any trips you are looking forward to going to?
i am looking forward to pittsburgh but thats pretty much gonna be home for a while, other then that vegas is sweet for interbike so im excited about that and goin on a profile new england trip late summer too.
Before the BMX thing started working out, did you have any other jobs?
i have had so many jobs, server, landscapper, worked at central skatepark for a few years and others too, i still do some landscapping at times too
If you could hook up with any actress, model, girl, who would it be and why?
thats a hard one, maybe amy adams from enchanted, she is a real cutie.. rachel mcadams from her role in the notebook or elisha cuthbert will do
why do you like sauce so much and what would you replace it if there was no sauce left in the world?
its just amazing and gives ya whatever taste your in the mood for, i dont really know why i like it so much though i just do. cant think of anything to replace it with
You are super into surfing these days right? If you could go pro in surfing and travel the world on your board, but had to give up riding during that time, would you?
i couldnt do that, but im sure it would be an amazing life. ill just stick to riding and surfing.
A few years back you were responsible for a large amount of womens pants being sold to men thanks to you being one of the first tight pants trend setters, but when Levis got into bmx they did not return the favor and hook you up. What a shame. How tight are your pants nowadays?
haha i dont know if i had any help in making them big i would like to think i didnt but my pants are no so tight now just a average ol’ dude i guess
What are some bands you are into? Any you suggest people check out?
old crow medicine show, jonathan richmen, the doors, anything rasta does me good too
What is your best story of a run in with the cops/security?
watch props megatour 4 when i was on with manmade and we were in miami and shit hit the fan with some security and alot more shit went down too
Any shout outs or thanks?
everyone at profile racing but mostly matt, my mom and dad a ton and my older brother for being a big part of getting me into riding, all my friends here like joey j, aaron s, paul for letting us have the trails, all the other orlando dudes too, my ol lady, all my pittsburgh buddys too like jeff and greg smee, bobby valentine, boner and punjab, chad degroot a bunch for everything he has done, ugp, steaz, duffs, odi, sun rims, and everyone who ever let me ride ther trails or stay at ther house and so many other things but its hard being put on the spot to thank everyone who needs it. so thanks to everyone i missed
Anything else you want to say?
everything is fun
Should have a few interviews back here soon so check back!
How do you write an introduction for a guy whose been around BMX and is one of the main reasons for it still kicking ass. Chris Moeller is the kind of dude who everyone who has ever wanted to start a company wants to be. He is a kickass dude and has a lot of history behind him. Enjoy
S&M Bikes “board” meeting in the front office bowl.
Christopher Lawrence Moeller
Santa Ana California
All the sponsors over the years:
Team Mom and Dad, Robinson Racing, Peddlepower Bike Shop, Lucky’s Crew, BMX Action Magazine, ODI Grips, Airwalk Shoes, Life’s a Beach Clothing…S&M Bikes.
Since 1976 so that’s 32 years.
S&M has been around for a long time, how many years has it been now?
S&M will be 21 this year…its party time!
You had some big things come out lately, like the L.T.F frame, what can we expect to see for 08′ or in the works?
We’re bringing out a new Dirtbike frame, and we have a few top secret projects in the works now like a V-bar, a Uni Seat, some drilled out rims, and a plastic pedal. You know…really innovative, new stuff that’s never been done before.
Does S&M have any plans for a team road trip or video? Anything of that sort at all?
There is a new team video being filmed now…Matt, Josh and Cameron just got back from Australia and they are heading to Austin, then the UK and Canada.
With so many different brands under the same roof, all of which seem to do really well, does it ever get too wild?
It get’s a little hectic sometimes but we all do yoga together and mellow out. S&M is a very spiritual company…a lot of people think we drink a bunch or smoke weed to relax but actually we’re more into transcendental meditation and getting in touch with our feelings.
With being a busy guy, how much time do you actually get to spend on your bike these days?
I’ve been riding some local trails lately but I haven’t been riding as much as I’d like to. I’ve been heavy into hacky sacking and Frisbee golf lately.
After all this time, what hurts the most?
It hurts my feelings to see riders argue with each other on the message boards. Please guys let’s just work together to enjoy this beautiful planet and the wonderful gift of biking.
What are some of your worst injuries?
Seriously, my right hip and knee are fucked. I’ve had some other injuries and various surgeries but this thing with my leg is killing me. Getting old ain’t cool man.
You were thrown out of racing, what are some things you are banned from doing?
I got banned from my local bar. No big deal…I just moved to a new town.
It doesn’t seem like S&M does controversial ads like it used to be, what ever happened to that?
No one can take a joke nowadays, and besides riding BMX bikes is so important I don’t want to make light of it. It’s not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle bro.
What is the best story you have involving you and the police?
BMX or not related at all. Ah the Police…my favorite. My favorite Police stories are the ones that involve ex BMX’ers that turn into cops. We had a party busted up at the POW house once and the cop was Gary Turner’s (GT Bicycles founder) son…that was funny because he busted in and knew who half the riders were.
What exactly causes you to be such a trouble maker anyways?
I guess I have a problem with authority although I’ve mellowed out with age…like a fine wine or expensive cheese or some shit.
Define a perfect day?
Doing something outside that’s fast paced i.e. shredding the knar and then celebrating with some libation, preferably in a large tub of hot water to ease the pain.
What do you think of the current state of BMX? Would you change anything if you could?
It seems cool to me. I can’t complain. People are doing what they want and that’s all that matters.
If you could do one trick for the rest of your life what would it be?
Tricks are for kids…I just want to ride fast once in awhile without excruciating pain.
What is one trick you have never been able to no matter how hard you tried?
I never tried that hard. If it didn’t work for me I just forgot about it.
Who are some of the people you looked up to most over the years?
I always liked Duane Peters the skateboarder and I was into Bob Hannah the old school MX rider. I liked all the action sports more before the big money came into the picture.
Who are some of your favorite people to ride with?
I like riding with the guys from work and/or old friends I’ve ridden with on and off for years.
What do you think you would be doing if you never got involved with BMX?
Probably something with skateboarding, MX or surfing. I was also into computers as a kid so I might have gone that route.
Outside of work and riding, what are some of your interests?
Snowboarding, skating, surfing, and old motorcycles right now. I also spend a lot of time traveling with my girl.
What are some things you would like to accomplish in the next few years?
I’d like to get my hip replaced and continue to dial the business in. Continue to do active shit.
Being in magazines all the time, what are the current ones you receive?
I don’t subscribe to any magazines but I get all the Transworld ones as promos and I read all the BMX mags I can.
Who or what are the biggest influences in your life?
Mainly gangsta rap…just livin that thug life and being a G. Know what I’m sayin?
What kind of music are you into?
Right now I’m kind of into country rock type shit. Like Drag the River, Mike Ness, Lucero, etc.
If you could spend the day with anybody alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Hervé Villechaize. He was Nik Nak in James Bond’s Man with the Golden Gun and Tattoo in Fantasy Island…the dude was little but lived large. I’d like to roll with a bad-ass midget like that for a minute.
What would you do with the money if you won the lottery?
Same thing I’m doing now but with a little less stress and a few more luxuries.
What kind of advice do you have for kids just getting into BMX?
Have fun…it’s just BMX.
What kind of advice do you have for people who want to start a company or business?
Enjoy what you do, put the work in and innovate something.
Do you have any shoot-outs or thanks?
I’d like to thank everyone that has bought a bike from us, we appreciate it!
Anything else you would like to add?
Chris and the P.O.W.’s from Steve Emig’s the Ultimate Weekend video 1990.
If you saw the Photo special I did with a bunch of Tristan Thiel’s photos you know his stuff is real good. He has been working on getting his new website together for a while now and it is live as of now. So head over there and check out his stuff it is real solid at TristanThiel.com
So today is the 6th, that means the BMXunion/Renegade contest is just 12 days away!
May 18th! I know I started talking about it like 2 months ago but time has really flown by and now it is time.
Big thanks to those companies for the support.
If you have any questions about the contest shoot me an email: Bmxrochester@hotmail.com
GO! IT WILL BE A GOOD TIME DAMNIT.