What are you doing on July 16th? If you’re near New York City, you should make your way to 5050 Skatepark in Staten Island for the GT Bicycles jam that Brian Kachinsky, Jason Phelan, Dan Conway, Albert Mercado and Jeff Ludgwig will be throwing. They will also have all the brand new 2017 completes to check out and prizes and giveaways. After that, everyone is heading over to the Tender Trap for a little after party as well! We will be there for this one, so get stoked. It’s going to be a good time. We hope to see you there!
Here’s one we’ve been anticipating for quite some time now! Vans have just released the trailer for their full-length video “Illustrated” that will be premiering at the X-Games here in June and being released worldwide shortly after. The video will feature Scotty Cranmer, Jason Watts, Kevin Peraza, Calvin Kosovich, Sean Sexton, Brian Kachinsky, Dakota Roche, Bruno Hoffmann, Ty Morrow, Dan Lacey, Gary Young, Pat Casey, Cory Nastazio, Tyler Fernengel, Dennis McCoy and Tim “Fuzzy” Hall. Based off what we know about each of these riders, it’s going to be an absolutely PHENOMENAL video. Get ready.
“Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, and the first name in BMX, announces the industry’s most anticipated video of 2016, ILLUSTRATED. ILLUSTRATED marks another astounding milestone for Vans, marking the brand’s first-ever, feature length global BMX video since the company’s inception in 1966. Directed by respected BMX photographer Justin Kosman, and featuring groundbreaking full parts from some of the biggest names in BMX, ILLUSTRATED gets up-close and personal with the multifaceted Vans pro BMX team as they circle the globe in search of never-before-ridden terrain.
ILLUSTRATED is about paving your own path; a unique ride through life, both on and off the bike. With style, precision and drama at every turn, each rider demonstrates their own chosen direction as they journey across the globe establishing their craft as creators of one truly original art form. In the end, we are graced with a showcase of cinematic adventures, written in scratches and skid marks on walls and rails around the world. This is their piece, their extension and their illustrated reality – this is ILLUSTRATED.
On June 2, Vans will present the world premiere of ILLUSTRATED at the iconic Austin venue, The Mohawk, during the 2016 X-Games. Chronicling another first in Vans’ history, the Austin red carpet premiere will be webcast live on RideBMX.com. Hosted by BMX personality Steve Crandall, the global webcast will feature live interviews with the Vans BMX team, exclusive unreleased bonus content, and the first official screening of the video in full form. The Austin event will cap off with live performances by heavy metal band Sword, alongside a DJ set by Vans skate legend John Cardiel. Following the premiere, ILLUSTRATED will make its international debut across the globe with stops in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Mexico.
To learn more about the video, tour dates, locations and ticket information visit Vans.com/ILLUSTRATED.
BMX riders adopted Vans in the late ‘60s because of their reliable construction and rugged waffle outsole. The “Off The Wall” philosophy of BMX led to Vans signing on the first officially sponsored BMX athletes in history, Bob Haro and Greg Hill. Decades later, Vans’ checkerboard flag continues to be a global mainstay in BMX and the first in the sport and as the leader in BMX footwear and apparel.”
Executive Producer: Steve Van Doren
Co-Executive Produce: Bobby Gascon and Fara Howard
Music Supervision: Lory Vincent & Gerry CUller
Creative Director: Shawn Knight and Joe Edelman
Colorist: Jacek Kropinski
If you haven’t noticed that GT Bicycles have been working on a TON of new products since Ben Ward took over the BMX program last year, then you’re blowing it. They have been keeping things pretty quiet, but we’ve seen a few things pop up here and there. For example, we just spotted this sneak preview of the Brian Kachinsky signature Pivotal seat that’s in the works. Do you know what that design is? That’s the map of the train lines that run through Chicago embossed into the seat. Pretty rad idea. Expect to see more sooner than later.
Here’s a slightly different video than your traditional BMX video we see on a daily basis. Follow Brian Kachinsky as he takes the road to Woodward Camp and sends it on this bike that he “discovers”, stacking clips along the way. Take a look and see just what it’s all about. Good riding regardless of the story line.
A little while back, the GT Bicycles crew consisting of Rob Wise, Brian Kachinsky, Jeremiah Smith, and Jason Phelan made a trip to Kansas City, Missouri of all places to see just what the city had to offer for spots. Based off this banger of a BMX video, it’s clear these guys had no problems finding shit to ride! Take a look!
“GT’s Rob Wise, Brian Kachinsky, Jeremiah Smith, and Jason Phelan wage a war on the streets of Kansas City, MO. People have been sleeping on KC all this time but I have a feeling that’s about to change. From the craziest damn spot you’ve ever seen, to a plethora of rail set-ups beyond your wildest dreams, KC is stacked. The squad of Rob Wise, Brian Kachinsky, Jason Phelan, and Jeremiah Smith spent ten days dodging rain and putting themselves through hell… The result? A collection of clips that will surely be talked about and even stand the test of time. This is “Bleeding Kansas” GT in KC. Get your hands on a copy RideBMX Magazine issue 210 for the inside story and all of the pictorial goodness.” – Ride BMX
Yesterday we got to hear Dakota Roche Mic’d Up at The Street Series: San Francisco, now today we get to hear what Dan Lacey had to say up in Chicago! Hit that play button to see a ton of the riding that went down along with plenty of commentary from Dan all throughout!
Want to see more? Check out our video and photogallery from The Street Series: Chicago!
“Lacey is one straight-forward, funny mother fucker. So, when I strapped to a mic to him at the beginning of the Chicago stop of The Street Series, I knew this would end up being a long edit. From dealing with security, whispering sweet nothings in my ear, and talking a bit of shit, Lacey pretty much had commentary for everything. Besides a couple of missed clips at the last spot (I had to go get something to drink), I think this video does a pretty proper job of showing all the good times that were had in Chicago. Thanks to Monster for organizing this, Kachinsky for doing the ground work, Lacey for being a part of this, and all the locals for coming out and making #bmxday a huge success.
Rest in peace, Glenn Salyers…
Film/edit: Ryan Fudger” – Ride BMX
This past weekend, The Street Series invaded cities in Japan, Latvia, Scotland and the United States with crews of riders getting together and swarming the streets for massive sessions to celebrate BMX Day! Chicago was one of the 5 locations that was selected for the day, and some of the Midwest’s finest got together with Brian Kachinsky and Dan Lacey as they lead the crew from Grant Park Plaza to a handful of the city’s finest street spots. We had photographer Dennis Peralta out cruising with his camera and he came through with a dialed photogallery featuring the likes of Dylan McCauley, Dan Kruk, Trent McDaniel and many, many more! Hit the link below to check out all of the photos!