Archive for November, 2008

review- bmx is cute

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2008 by Aaron

Good name for a video, although I don’t know if my wife would agree. Tony Piff sent me this video a while ago in exchange for Four Corners, and I thoroughly enjoyed it… I’ve waited way too long to do this review. There are no rider sections in this video, and it’s really not a traditional video at all, but it is a lot of fun. There were two things about this video that I really overly liked, and both contribute heavily to the excellent vibe of it. Tony and Ben (and whoever else worked on this) did an excellent job of capturing some of the non-riding parts of riding. Little kids riding department store bikes, waxing stuff and drinking gatorade (I’m pretty sure bmxboard knows?) may seem like trivial things, but they help this video portray what a day of riding bikes is like. The second thing that separates this video from others is the music. In your typical rider section/clip after clip video the intensity of the music kind of drives the part; here the music is so subtle that the video is more content driven than caught up in the emotion of the latest MGMT/Go Team!/MIA song. That may be an abstract concept, but if you see the video you might agree with me. On top of the “differences” BMX is Cute offers, there is some pretty solid riding. Lots of big rails, some cool Portland spots most people would recognize and interesting tech stuff, especially from TJ Henderson and Andrew Longstreet.

BMX is Cute is available direct at tonypiff.blogspot.com. It costs ten bucks, and I’ll warn you now, the video is relatively short (15 minutes running time plus some bonus stuff) and it’s not an onslaught of bangers (I don’t think it was ever meant to be that). Overall though, BMX is Cute is a pretty cool and I’m glad to own it. Nice to see someone out there doing something different.

nike video

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2008 by Aaron

The nike video is all over the internet (literally, they put parts in four different spots). Check out Garret Reynolds on ride, Mike Spinner on dig, Nigel Sylvestor on fat and Dennis Enarson on vital.

Garret Reynolds’ part will win the NORA cup. I say this confidently even though everyone has a year to top it. Unless someone else decides to fly him anywhere in the world for a year again and he puts out another part, there’s like a 1% chance anybody can pack that much WTF into five minutes or less.

Enarson’s part is pretty good. He does some cool stuff and his banger is something that could literally have ended him, not just his part. The fact that he did it with no pads or helmet really puts it on the border between cool and stupid. I wouldn’t normally think things like that, but see if you can watch that clip without thinking about the consequences.

Nigel’s part was ok, but being a street part it will ultimately live in the shadow of Garret’s part. His last trick is a pretty rad variation.

Mike Spinner’s part sucked. It was really bad. There’s contest footage in it (we all know he can do a quad whip…) and the street footage is just a bunch of average manual nibbling. For some reason the footage appears to have been sped up, which doesn’t look good at all.

I was actually really surprised at the aesthetics on this thing. Glenn Milligan has put out a lot of average videos in his day (the two exceptions being Drop the Hammer and Demolition, which were really good), this was on point to the best of my knowledge. The art direction was cool, the filming looked good, and the editing flowed nicely (with the exception of speeding up Spinner’s part).

I guess that turned into a video review. Anyways, check it out, it’s good and it’s free.

fairbanks comp

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 by Aaron

Looks like there’s going to be a contest/jam in Fairbanks on the 13th of December. Below is the fairbanks section from Four Corners, there’s some footage of the park in there… it’s the indoor one.

10,000!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 by Aaron

I came to post some news and found this. People have looked at this blog ten thousand times since I started it. That’s pretty amazing, considering the sporatic updates that are often just ramblings without videos or photos. So to everyone who has checked out the blog in the past, thanks for being interested. I just picked up some ink to make a new batch of shirts soon. I haven’t made shirts in a really long time and am looking forward to it.

ten-thousand

andrew muir

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 by Aaron

Andrew Muir sent this video in from Ontario

Video Mode

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 by zheinen

woke up on this morning in full on video mode.  things are coming along nicely so far, even though it’s only the early stages.  we will have a teaser up soon.

desson interview

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 by Aaron

Desson has a rad interview over on Repset.

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