I also have an interview to Karl, so expect that up when he gets a chance to do that here in the few days..
Also an Al Dimino and Ryan Fudger one coming soon!
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.
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.
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.
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..
I don’t exactly remember when I met Bink for the first time, I think it was when he showed up at a small indoor park we used to have here in Rochester Minnesota, I always remembered seeing and hearing stuff about him on the old twin cities bmx website. Since then I have had many more chances to ride with him, and he always has some crazy trick like backwards hang nothings to do or a crazy story about him hooking up with a grandma. I remember once I called him and he was in like ohio.. then a few days later I called and he was in canada or something.. Now that he lives in Arizona I am more than stoked to ride with him when theres an oppertunity.. heres his interview along with some questions that his friends asked since mine were pretty weak.
David Quinn Seavey, but mostly known as Bink.
Your going to school down in Arizona, what are you going for?
To learn things. More specifically, about film and media.
You are usually traveling all over, but who are more of the regular people you ride with?
Uh, it depends. Everyone has their own schedules, so not too many big sessions go down, but I ride with Looofah, Ryan Chadwick, Frank, Nate, EVT, Derek Riggs, Greg Litecky, DJ Migs, or whoever is down to ride bikes.
Do you prefer to call them barspins, or slingaz?
I call them Lynchbergs.
Out of all of the places you have been, where is your all time favorite place to ride?
I don’t really have an all time favorite, but some of the places I’ve liked the most have been Vancouver (in general), Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Boulder, CO, Ohio State Campus and Toronto (in general). My favorite thing to ride changes daily.
Top 5 places you would suggest for people to road trip to?
Kyle Stark’s Interview for Bink
Name the ages of the youngest and oldest women you ever made out with and did they call you daver?
12 and 50. I was 12 when I made out with the 12 year old, and the 50 year old was last year at a Halloween party in her gigantic house. She has a daughter that’s older than I, and she’s old enough to be my grandma, but who doesn’t look up to the MILF hunter? I attached a pic to show that I’ve got standards.
John Proppe’s Question
If you could fuck one dude, who would it be, and where?
and i mean both location and which oriface.
I don’t care who he is, as long he doesn’t have teeth. I think that satisfies both questions…oh and it would be under a waterfall in South America.
Who fell off harder, Steven Hamilton or Christopher Reeves?
Well, Reeves went from Superman to paralyzed and Hamilton went from famous BMX pro to infamous drugged-out moron.
My vote is for Reeves.
Would you let a pro’s girlfriend suck your jagon?
May have already occurred, no further comment.
Who is more influential to modern street, Ian or Butcher?
Why hasn’t Ice Money came up?
Because he kept it real.
Who is more likely to hate Jews, Markus Wilke or Tobias Wicke?
Probably Mel Gibson
I dont know why I didnt think to do this sooner.
But I put up the link to the Stephen Murray Family Fund on the right.
Check that out, if you havent donated yet, do it hes in need..
Check out those videos of his interview if you haven’t yet either!
When got the job at RideBMX, how hard was it to move across the country and leave everything behind?
I was ready, man. I waited for that moment for so long, and I couldn’t have been more stoked. The only thing that was difficult was the situation with my girlfriend at the time. The long distance relationship was a rough deal for about eight months; then we broke up. Now I’m single and things are the way they should be. I’m learning and growing as a person every day and couldn’t be happier.
Leaving behind family and friends was a big deal, but by the time the move actually happened, I was mentally prepared. Once I got out here, Jeff Zielinski helped me out a lot. He played a huge part in keeping me sane while not knowing many people in the area. I can’t thank him enough for being the great friend he has been.
Since you’re in California, how does your website,www.LouisianaBMX.com stay updated?
I launched the original design of that site nearly five years ago on my birthday. And since I’m a sucker for tradition and schedules, I redesigned it every year and launched the new versions on my birthday. Last December, after living in California for a few months, I redesigned the site once and for all, turning it into a simple blog. I gave access to the blog to several riders around Louisiana to keep it alive. I post on there every once in a while with random stuff, but I don’t plan on doing anything more with it at this point besides maybe give more people access to update it. The site was “my baby” for a long time, and I’m really stoked on how it worked out for so many years.
How does a typical day go for you?
Overall, thee are no “typical” days. If the days become “typical” for more than a week, I start to get real antsy and freak out mentally. Luckily I have the freedom to change up my days so I don’t fall into a strict routine and lose interest in what I’m doing. With that said…
Office day: Wake up at 8, leave the house at 9, be in the office at 9:30. Check emails, post news/press releases on the site, then look at my “to do” list. Some days I may edit videos all day, other days I look at all the photos in my folders and figure out who I want to do interviews or features with. Then I write up all the questions or whatever and send out a bunch of emails. And of course, build stuff for the site. Office days are typically boring, but at least it is still BMX. I try to leave the office at 4:30 or 5 and hope to beat traffic.
Work from home day: Wake up at 8, start working at the computer by 8:30. Most of the time when I work at home it is because I know I’ll be editing videos all day or building articles—the tedious stuff I have to concentrate on to get done without distractions. When I say, “build articles,” I’m talking about taking the photos and interviews or stories and putting them into our site system. I try to build plenty of stuff in advance so my iCal is full of stuff for the upcoming week. This ensures we have something new on the site every day. When I’m at home, I usually work until 6 or 7, sometimes later. Today I worked at home all day without shoes or a shirt on. Pretty sweet.
Out of the office day: This may be covering a contest, on a road trip, or shooting/filming with people within driving distance. These are the days I’m most stoked on, even though they usually involve the most hours and work. These days are generally non-stop with shooting photos and video, and/or rushing to the computer to post something as soon as it happens, like at the Dew Tour or on Road Fools.
Is working for the “industry” all it is cracked up to be?
I’m not sure what others have “cracked it up to be,” but for me, it is great. I feel like I’m a part of something that I have always loved, and I really enjoy hearing what other “industry guys” have to say about things. When I’m around people like Keith Mulligan, Robbie Morales, Ian Morris, Ron Bonner, etc, I listen to everything they say, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. I’m definitely still new to the industry, but so far, so good. I’ve definitely become jaded, where certain things aren’t as cool or special as they used to be, but that is to be expected. Overall, I think any time you work where your passion is, it is a great thing.
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
The most fun I’ve had in the past few years on my bike was Ray’s MTB Park on Road Fools a few months ago. I hardly picked up my camera that day because I was too busy cruising around the wooden rhythm section with a huge smile on my face!
Also, I will always consider the Louisville cement park to be a place that changed the way I look at riding. The first time I went there was my first “big” road trip; it was such an eye-opening experience. Other than that, I really love pulling up to a city I’ve never been to, taking the bike off the rack, and just cruising. That since of excitement of the new and unknown is always amazing.
Are there any new and exciting things going on around the Ride office or in general you can tell us about?
Oh man…wait ’till you see the next issue! I can’t say anything specific about it, but I’m really pumped on it. It’s a whole new layout and design, and I think people are really going to like it. It’s going to have a lot more lifestyle and culture in it, too.
With the site, we are waiting for a redesign, but I’m not sure when that will be launched. Hopefully sooner than later…We all know it is long overdue. Before the full redesign comes, there will be a new section added where people can upload their own photos and videos.
Other than that, I’m excited about something I’m working on for the magazine with Johnny Devlin. That guy is absolutely amazing and one of my new favorite riders. Hopefully the idea we are working on will surface within the next few issues.
What is your favorite part about living in California compared to Louisiana, or the other way around?
The best part of Louisiana was the friends, family, and food. I definitely miss a good fried seafood platter! The best part of California is the weather and endless possibilities and opportunities. There is so much going on here compared to back home, especially in our world of BMX.
I’m over them… After updating the Ride site all the time, I don’t really surf the web anymore. However, I still spend some time on MySpace and looking at other BMX sites. Of course I do the normal online stuff too like credit cards, bank accounts, airlines, etc. And when I’m not reading books about it, I sometimes research stuff about money, investing, or whatever else I’m trying to learn about at the time.
If there was one thing in this world you haven’t or can’t do, what would it be and why?
If theres something I want to do, I eventually do it. I truly believe you can do anything. Whenever I think of something new I want to do, I immediately start figuring out a way to make it happen. I have a huge, ongoing “to do” list including short-term and long-term things. Some of those are: go to Hawaii, scuba dive, paraglide (which will be checked off next month), go to France, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica, and Amsterdam (those should be checked off in ’08), become a millionaire by the time I’m 30, and be financially free by the age of 40 so I never have to work again unless I want to.
GDC, Kinkbikeco, hooked up by Mosh parts.
Whats it like riding for and being apart of Give D?
being a part of give D is pretty nice. it is pretty much just the people I’ve been riding with for years in S.D its nice. they are all rad dudes. might come off like assholes if you don’t know ’em but once you get to know everyone they are the nicest/down to earth dudes you will know.
Rumor has it those crazy fires in California are because of Give D’s hotness, do you care to comment?
I don’t care to comment but ill give it a try. D is pretty hot so that might be the cause haha…nah but sadly the fire has gotten worse in the last few days. im not in SD right now to help out my family and friends. over 270,000 acres have burned. lots of people have lost there homes and a lot have minor injuries. it’s a pretty serious issue but ill keep this interview nice and happy. SD may be on fire and people have lost there homes so lets just be happy no one has died. everyone just smile everything will be ok. if you see my mom or anyone that looks sad in San Diego right now give them D! a hug or just a good solid high five.
What are some things you have going on with riding right now?
started riding for kink a little bit ago. got some stuff coming up. thats real nice. other than that just chillin and riding my bike.
What are some things you are really pumped on for riding right now?
right now im just real pumped people enjoying themselves riding bikes.
What is the first trick you learned ever, and your most recent one you have pulled?
first trick I learned ever that I remember would probably be tuck no handers. when I first started riding me and my buddies had this pretty sweet flyout behind a library. it was way nice. I saw some race kid in the area do a no hander on it. it looked neat so I thought I’d give it a go. also kickflips and just tons of flyout tricks. I used to be somewhat of a boxjump hound when I first started riding. the reason for that was this flyout that was way fun. its still there. except now it has a chain after the lip. now its just a sweet chain hop.
Who are some of the biggest influences in your life?
right now that would have to be my mom and my friends. my mom because she is the toughest/nicest person ever. when life hits her hard all she can do is smile and make things work. where a normal person would fall down and give up. she will get right up and fight on through anything with a smile on her face…also my friends. for the soul reason they are what keep me happy. without them I would be face down in a ditch somewhere singing show tunes.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I think I would love to meet the person who invented ramen noodles. they have kept me alive and I love noodles so much you have no idea. takes minutes to make and they are tasty.
Your primarily a street rider, is that all you ride or do you try and ride everything?
I like to ride more street cause the city I live in is pretty far from everything that is transition. there are tons of nice street spot in my area. they are way fun. on a good day ill hop on the trolley and go the Clairmont park. that usually takes about an hour to do so I don’t ride there to much these days. I do ride everything though. I love riding park and on a when I feel like falling I ride dirt. its nice not to limit yourself.
What are your 5 favorite websites?
defgrip.net, moshparts.com, myspace.com, fecalface.com, bmxunion.com for repping hard.
What kind of music do you like to ride to?
im into anything good that feels good against my ear drums.
You got a smoking hot girl to go on a date with you, what is your plan for the night? (maybe I should have asked Alfredo this one?)
im not much of a planner but with my girlfriend we like to go cruise around grab a bite to eat and check out the sites. bridges/city lights/oceans/lakes/rocks/building. anything thats fun to chill around.
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
number one place I love to ride is andres backyard ramps. I think that will always be my favorite. it is down the street from my old place. it is way nice for being backyard ramps. these days they are a little worked but with a little work they can be fun again. the Clairmont park is way nice when it is not flooded with little scooter kids. also there are some concrete hips (gordys) by my place which are great cause they are smooth and right next to the water.
Where are some of the places you have yet to be that you would like to ride?
everywhere haha I have not been many places. I’ve been to AZ and Nevada mostly. I would love to hit the east coast sometime. also Canada and parts of the northwest. Midwest also. just everything and anything fun I would love to ride.
What kind of things are you into outside of riding?
drawing and design. I also screenprint whenever I can. im real bad at it but it is way fun when you do something that actually works out. also I like to watch cartoons. I don’t know if that really counts for anything but I love all things cartoon.
What is your most embarrassing story of any of the Give D guys?
haha no comment.
Did I miss anything, would you like to add anything?
“fun is good”