looks pretty good to me, I want this
I don’t know how many of you have experienced a Baco event, however if you haven’t and get the chance, do it! I have never had as much fun at a contest than I did at the Baco’s I got to attend, however they aren’t allowed in Wisconsin to have Baco anymore (atleast not at Jellystone Skatepark) and I have no idea where they will do it next. But the one in Florida just went down and here are some videos to it!
TAKE IT FOR BACO!
You have been repping MirraCo a lot lately, what do you got going on with them?
Long story short..went to interbike in 06 seen the red blend pro frame ,talked with the Mirraco reps and Bart de Jong from Fatbmx for a bit about the Mirraco products. Afew months passed and I received a call from Mirraco and they said they liked what I do for bmx and were sending me a frame and bars. I recently am riding a 20.25 blue blend.
What have you been up to lately, I noticed you just at a jam the other day?
SICK! BMX massacre contest at h-town was a fun time. Teams, made up of 4 riders competing made it very entertaining. Nothing but goodtimes. My team won the event took home the trophy.
Are you still working full time, or do you have more time to ride now days?
I been working a full time job, the medical coverage is the only plus on that deal but it still doesn’t cover all expenses. I’m trying to knock down some medical bills ya know. As far as riding ,during the week I ride street for a bit usually with a few locals then off to my night job. I ride the whole weekend and hit up as many spots as possible.
I saw you were rocking a full face lately, how come?
After getting my grill smashed on the trails and took a few slams on the head I kinda figured its time to take a break away from the emergency room. I had a couple of concussions so I am just playing it safe.
What are some of the things you got planned over the winter?
To keep on shreddin of course. Gonna plan a road trip for a vacation week and visit a few spots I’ve never rode.
It seems like there has been a few new videos of you up on the internet lately, are you working on any video parts or anything?
I would like to have a solid riding video but I never seem to have a cameraman present when I’m riding. I really need to hook up with someone with a good camera and shoot some footy. Sometimes I get some footage but its not hi def quality and just edit it to share with riders on internet.
Do you have any bmx invasion projects planned?
I have to start promoting the next bmxinvasion bike battle contest #8 in a few more weeks . The location is undecided at this time. Recenty brought back the BMXinvasion t shirts ,the whip design is becoming a favorite on the streets. Just wanna say that BMXinvasion is about promoting fun. I hope to keep it alive as long as I can. Its been nothing but good times for sure.
Rumor has it Spider Man was seen doing flairs on your bike the other day, are you guys friends or what?
I don’t want to disclose the identity of spiderman but lets just say I know him very well and he likes to borrow my ride once in while…. hahah
What are some of the new stuff your working on, I saw a turndown flair recently didn’t I?
yep the flair turn down got that dilaled in , I try to learn a trick then work on adding a combination. I have been also working on some bar spin stuff.
You post up on Bikeguide.org a fair amount, what do you think about forums like those?
Bike guide as well other bmx forums are full of general knowledge, I like reading reviews of new parts looking a bike checks . I also enjoy the feedback haha theres times when you get the haters putting in their 2 cents in but its all good.
Where are some of the places you have gotten to ride this year?
Baltimore dew tour was the best and theres been a bunch of riding spots around the tri state area I’ve been shreddin lately.
Are there any places you haven’t been that you would like to see?
I’d like to visit europe, places like Musso trails in France. I’d like to make a euro tour if I can swing the funds.
What kind of music are you into?
Anything that makes me go crazy, heavy metal is always on my play list.
What are some things you would like to accomplish in 08′? How about in the next 5 years?
I’d like to travel to a few places the midwest scene is bangin. Like to meet up with some riders like Dustin Griess from interbmx, Art D’Ambrosio from lake own camp and of course you and your crew. Who knows what the future will bring but I am thinking about college maybe get a few credits to have in the bank for a future job. I really would like to keep my energy involved somewhere in the bmx industry.
Who are some people you would like to ride with you haven’t had a chance to yet? I’ve been riding woodward about once a month and been sessioning with the big names in bmx so much fun those guys they push each other break balls its sure is good times when they’re around. I walk in and theres Jamie Bestwick pointing his finger at me says this is for you and he pulls a doulblewhip flair haha so good. But one person that comes to mind to ride with is Mat Hoffman
Any thanks or shout outs?
My folks who are always supportive. Team Manager Abe Ford who is one rad dude. Mirraco bikes for the frames , Long distance shout out to Rob Harrison in Germany at Fuse protection WTP head quarters for providing me with the best safety gear. All the bmxinvasion fans, supporters and riding buddies. West coast holla to Ricky ratt and Ryan Barspinner and the list can go on an on.
Any last words or things you would like to add?
If you are involved in BMX and you are not doing everything you can to make people happy about BMX and make them want to be involved in BMX, then you are a detriment to this sport. Invade the scene in your own way and have fun.
Brian is one of the guys I have met a few different times, hes always been a super nice guy, and rides like a champ! I have always looked up to Brian’s riding so when I had the chance to get this interview I was more than stoked. This is what he had to say.
hometown: Neenah, WI current location: Chicago, IL
DK bicycles, Etnies, UGP, Cti
You were down in Florida, were you there for just baco, or was there other stuff going on?
Yes, I was here for the latest installment of Baco jams. As per usual this one did not disappoint. I was also here visiting the folks at UGP and shooting for their next catalog. It’s been a fun-filled trip to say the least.
You seem to be everywhere now days, where else have you been lately?
It’s been a crazy summer/fall as far as travel goes. I’ve been to Europe three times in the past 3 months (Rebel Jam, Mega tour and T-mobile contest), Salt Lake, Vegas, all around the Midwest and next week New Jersey.
Your signature frame from DK came out recently, how do you feel about that?
It’s crazy. Not only do I have a bike I’m super psyched on but it’s been out for a little while now and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing tons of positive feedback on it. Hearing fellow rider’s reactions to the frame is as rewarding as riding it. I’m on a trans black one right now but the trans green might be calling my name.
(A striking resembalance between Brian and the Graffiti, the real question is whose beefier?)
Being a beast when it comes to rails, What is so appealing to you about rails, they seem to beat you up?
I think I like the challenge of rails since each one is different. There’s a sense of accomplishment when you conquer a rail you had your doubts about. Sure, some may get the best of you but there is no better feeling than getting over the fear and/or frustration.
Speaking of getting beat up, How do you get up or walk away from most of the falls you take!?
I guess I don’t really know how to answer that other than if I really want to do something I’ll try it until I pull it or can’t try it anymore for some reason. I try to take care of myself as well. I try to keep strong and healthy in whatever way I can without going overboard. I’ve had ACL reconstruction in both knees now and countless other injuries and my body still feels surprisingly good. I don’t have the patience to sit in a gym all day long but I don’t mind doing stuff that might allow me to ride for as long as I can. (yoga, knee and shoulder exercises, eating well, etc). I’d rather just ride but when one part of your body is broken that’s not always an option.
you moved from Wisconsin to Chicago recently, was there any reason in particular?
I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life and I felt like it was time for a change. I grew up in Neenah and went to college in Madison so I was never too far out of my element despite traveling a lot. Traveling is also way easier from Chicago, two major airports and a fairly central location allows me get places easier than before. A lot of friends from college as well as my lady live in Chicago so that makes easier to call it home. My parents are still only 3 hours away so I can still visit them often, which is a plus. I’ve been to a ton of big cities but always wondered what it was like to live in one. It’s just another thing I’ve wanted to experience in life so here I am!
At Kevin Porter’s wedding, you guys met Gene Simmons, how did that all happen?
I walked through the doors of the Hard Rock (after Kevin and Chelsea got married at a resort across the street) and there he was in all his glory. He had a few people around him and I debated whether or not to go say hi. After thinking for a second I just dropped in and went for it. We chatted for a bit and snapped a pic or two. He offered to buy me a drink; I replied with “I wanna rock n roll all night and party every day”. He obliged and the night commenced.
A while back if I remember right, you were going to college, did you ever get to finish or did riding take over?
I did graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison a couple years ago with a bachelors in Consumer Affairs in Business. It doesn’t seem that long ago but the past couple years have been filled with a lot of riding, travels and experiences. I had blast in school and the work hard/play hard philosophy many embrace in Madison made for a great 4 years. I do utilize my degree every day but not really in the traditional way most people use it. I’m glad I finished school because it was a huge challenge balancing that and riding/traveling. Along with that, I will always have the degree now and can use it however/whenever I want.
What is your favorite story you have involving you and catfish?
Hmmm, that’s like going to Baskin Robbins and having to only choose one flavor, so hard to pick just one and none of them are anywhere close to vanilla.
Do you have any new video parts or anything coming up?
Yeah, I’m working on a Props interview with Stew Johnson at the moment. So far luck hasn’t been going my way but I’m sure things will turn around. We don’t have a deadline but I’m really exited to work with Stew again. We had many great (and a couple not so great) times filming for Grounded. I respect Stew and am honored he asked me to do another project with him. I have also been working on an interview for Ride BMX that has been in the works for a little bit now as well. I have a few other smaller projects on the side but those are the big ones right now.
In the latest issue of Ride BMX, there was a pretty long article about a rail mission you and a few others went on, how did that go and do you plan on doing any other trips like that anytime soon?
That trip was pretty spur of the moment and amazing. We had a great time. Road trips like that are my favorite. Take a couple of friends you like riding with hop in a car and explore new territory. I’ve done a couple trips like that since. Iowa was the most recent. That was a damn good time as well thanks to the Dubuque, Davenport and Iowa City locals. Thanks guys!
If you were going on a road trip and had to pick who would be coming, who would you pick and why?
I’d like to go on a trip with every well-known duo there ever was and see which one is really unstoppable: bonnie and clyde, beavis and butthead, snoop and dre, romeo and Juliet, bill and hillary, ren and stimpy, etc. That would be pretty interesting. Heck, throw seth and corey in them mix, they might actually come out on top!
What are some of your biggest influences in your life?
My parents, my mom is there to help whenever/wherever she can and my dad is as hard working and courageous as they come. My dad has been a huge inspiration, especially this past year. Thanks Dad.
What kind of music are you into?
That changes daily but I’d say a mix of alternative/emo, rap, classic rock/metal, I’m always looking for new stuff to listen to but I love the classics as well.
Outside of riding what are you into?
I love traveling and learning about new cultures, this covers everything from food, social norms, housing, family structure, healthcare, religion, and everything in between. I’d like to learn more languages to go along with all of that. Other than that I like to hang out and catch up with friends inside/outside of BMX and meet new ones. I always want to be trying something new or learning about something new whenever possible.
Since you have moved to Chicago, has your coffee intake increased due to Kevin?
Haha, my coffee intake has been quite high for a while now but Kevin did fuel it by giving me free coffee when he was working. He moved to Austin recently so I’m going to miss his coffee making skills and of course riding with him.
Any big trips or things planned that your excited for?
Yes, Red bull Down N’ Dirty contest next weekend in NJ will be fun I’m sure. I am also going to Tulsa in November and the X-Games in Dubai in December. I’m sure other trips will come up in between those but those are the ones set in stone. There will be a trip or two with Stew Johnson mixed in there as well. I’m super exited about those.
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
Yes, always! Thanks DK, UGP, Etnies and Cti for being awesome. My family, everyone I ride with and travel with. Everyone who does or has rode a BMX bike and of course BMX union for doing this interview!
Brian sent me this clip also to go with the interview. Manly would be an understatement
frame: Seshin Bikes ShitHawk, 20.75 (wheel as far back as possible)
bars: north-west, uncut of course (soon signature seshin bars)
stem: s&m race xlt (fliped)
post: thomsom elite
ends: fly ruben, plastic
sprocket: fit down low, 25 tooth
crank: profile race titanium spindle and bolts(painted black)
pedals: shimano pdmx 30, ground to death (painted black)
bb: sandm, no tube spacer
wheels: profile mini’s, ti axle and nuts rear, 3/8th front. ryno lt front, hl rear
spokes and nips: DT double butted with prolock nips
tires: 1.95 revenge rear, 2.2 dirt monster front
tubes: 20 inch
chain: painted 510 hx
Mods: drilled rear rim, painted shit, trimmed seat post, fork tube, rounded rear axle, painted chain and rear rim, bunch more but I forget.
And heres the video Heres the VIDEO
So I am working on getting a few more interviews going so expect some stuff to come up here soon enough..
FBM posted up 2 videos also that are real good! I like how FBM is the only company putting out trails videos still… Everyone else is street, which isnt bad.. but still
Video 2 (I don’t know if it is just my computer, or what but I have had to turn the volume up on the video player the times I had to watch it)
and also since you at least stopped by I figured, even though its already posted on every other website I would post up the Mike Aitken Part from the Old Odyssey video..