Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mr Snippets Barber and Espresso!

Nothing gets me more stoked then people who go after what they want. You know like going after your dreams. I've known my mate Geordie for quite some time and he has always wanted to own his own shop! Shits dope because he finally does!
Geordie and mate Paul run a Barber and Coffee shop over at Clayfield, Brisbane and it's bloody mint.
The shop itself is huge and the pair of dudes are welcoming as grandmas!
I shot over the guys a few questions about how they have been working with this idea and how the store is now its a reality!

So first up guys just a little intro on yourselves, who are you and what do you guys do & how long have you been doing it?

Geordie: Well, my name is Geordie and I've been a barber pushing 10 years now,
I started hairdressing when cutting hair was still considered to be an "uncool"
job. I moved into barber shops about 5 years ago when I got sick of being told to 
get my eyebrows waxed every week. I have both run and managed both hairdressing 
salons and barber shops and believe its about the quality of service you provide 
not the most amount of products and potions to make your head sprout apples. 
Paul:  Hey, im paul, ive been making coffees for 4 going on 5 years, kind of fell 
into the job and didnt ever consider a career out of it, but here i am. I love 
the attention to detail required and i Love to concentrate on my Latte Art. I 
was lucky enough to be trained by someone who had 10+ years of experience and 
taught me what it takes to be one of the best in the game... a little bit off ;)
Talk of opening your shop has been around for a while now but how long has it really been in the works? How long has this idea been floating around?
Geordie: Okay, since I was a young chap working in family members salons i saw what
it takes to run a successful business, since then working in some "less than 
perfect" salons I learnt what NOT TO DO in business. Ive been bugging Paul 
for a couple of years to do this shop together and we tried to model our vibe 
off these rad kiwi dudes in Amsterdamn.  We are both very passionate and skilled
at our crafts and thought a shop would be the best way to show the world what 
we offer.

I heard that you did most of the shop fitting and generally set up the whole thing yourselves! 
That must have been some hard work, was it fairly easy or did you run into some issues along 
the way?

Fitting out the shop was the biggest pain in the ass, obviously Im not built for
labor.. im use to standing in one spot cutting all day. Paul and I are very 
similar in the fact we are both weirdos that have to change our surroundings 
constantly otherwise we get bored, and the only way we could transform this 
shop into a reflection of us was to do the fit out, blood, sweat and plenty 
of beers to get us through... with help from my dad. It's like going to have
a child and calling up a random off facebook to impregnate your missus.

 What was the overall vibe or feel for the shop you wanted and do you think you achieved that?
The shop is always going to be undergoing changes, both in the fit out and staffing
and products, but the vibe will always stay the same; we are chilled, non 
pretentious, non douchebag tolerating guys.  So if your a honest dude that wants
to talk shit with 2 laid back dudes and fit in a coffee... or beer into your day.
You're allowed to enter. With anything a certain level of "customer training" 
will be done when necessary but the response we've had so far is amazing and 
generally the not-so-nice people have been staying outside.
I know you guys like to support local brands and music can you explain how the store helps out
 local dudes? 

We have both been heavily involved in music since a young age and Jam almost every
day, so why not make a place where we can do that all day? whether you're 
experienced or learning a instrument, we'd love to hear it. Music isnt the easiest
path to follow so we have a place where it doesnt matter whether you are Jimmy on
the guitar or Mozart on Keys, we love it all. Being born and raised in Brisbane,
I know how UNSUPPORTIVE this city can be, so why not hang out with people that 
make you feel good and work at the positives.  Whether you make clothes, art, 
music or think you are biggie with a microphone, all is welcome.

What are the short and long term goals for the shop?

As for goals with the shop, we are just surfin the wave at the moment hey, 
wherever the tide takes us we are ready, our clothes just dropped and we will 
be bringing out some new designs, but what I am going to say is, we have some 
big things in the works and the best way to keep up to date with us through 
facebook and instagram:
Any shout outs or thank yous guys? 
A Special thanks to King Brown Pomades for supporting us from the beginning,
Teesh from Dudley Street Espresso, Annerley for All the support,James
Hornsby from Chronic Bone for the videos, Help with the clothes and For
being an overall mad dude, and all our friends for helping us sweat it 
out during the fit out!
 The shop is truly awesome and a great place to hang out! Here is a lil video I through together for the guys 
earlier in the month to help get the word out!
 To celebrate the opening of my friends shop we decided to work together on a collaboration shirt Mr Snippets
X Chronic Bone! The shirts along with others are available in store at Mr Snippets and on our online store!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hot Teen Nudes!

Just playin, really like to see how many more hits this post will get from Google searches!

Everything has been going really well lately in CB land!
Got a lil sneaky squizz for you right here of a colab shirt we have coming with our mates at Mr Snippets! Check it!
These bad boys are already available through their store in Brisbane and will be available through our online store tomorrow!

Will have a cool lil interview and feature on the store up tomorrow as well but till then more info can be found on instagram @mr_snippets

Back to the usual BMX clips I like to share:
This new edit from Tom Stretts doin it for colony really got me hyped! It's pack full of moves you wont see anywhere else! The dude is really nailing his insane style of riding and I'm diggin it hard!
song is also mint!

This little Documentary on Kink bikes over the last 20 years is super interesting and full of awesome old footage. Check it out, had me pumped to see how hard dudes work towards their brands!

You can also check out some more info on the history of Kink on their sight HERE!

Enough BMX froth!
New Fidlar feat a Beastie Boys outro so I'm stoked !


Monday, November 24, 2014

I'll Dink Ya!

Ventured down the coast over the weekend for some ride, swims and awesome hangs!
 Nu-Nude 1
Jye really sent himself on this rail ride! dude tried a handful of times and really ate it!
Shout outs to ever made this sauce bong!
Rope swing art!
 Nu Nude 2

Rex Cubic dropped a hella cool new edit for DL & Local BMX! Full of wild grind combos and sick rails !
Rex Cubic - DL/Localbmx from Rex Cubic on Vimeo.

Last is this small lil doco video on one of my favorite photographers Roger Ballen! The dude has been making super interesting Art photography for years and this lil look behind the scenes blew my mind slightly ! Weird shit!
Roger Ballen's Asylum of the Birds from Los Muertos Motorcycles on Vimeo.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Get ya kit off!

Got some visuals!
I like to play around with random photos I shoot some times. These are pretty recent!

these are gettin super trippy!

This is a lil old but damn its golden!

Liam Zingbergs with an edit made up of unused footage! Shit is wild!
Liam Zingbergs Edit from LittleBlackBike on Vimeo.

We are currently cleaning out the store! Got some new stuff coming in soon so we need some more room! Almost everything is on sale! check it out!

PEACE twothousandandfourteen

Jase Euro Vacation & some vids!

Hey all!
Team rider/bonethug/rad dude Jason recently ventured over to Europe for a short time with good mate Beau to ride n have a hell of a good time!

He swung me a few pics and words to post up here! LIVE THE DREAM!


 Rode this amazing bowl almost everyday we were there. Beau destroyed it!
 Stayed here in Beverwijk which is just outside on Amsterdam. It used to be a cinema which has now been squared out for 10 or so years and is now the home for a few riders.
This is inside!! The guys rebuilding this are super fucking dialed at it. Shame we couldn't ride the whole thing.

Bmx tandem at Rock n Roll bmx distro.

Stoked we got to ride this. It was in a place called Darwin in Bordeaux.
They brewed there own beer there.

 Darwin had 4 different skateparks. Bmx bandits been the best.

Bordeaux street seen was fucking awesome!!


 Looks like they had a great time!
This video explains it a lil better!

Cheers for the pics Jase

Speaking of Europe! Brady has put together a bunch of his footage of him skating as they have been venturing over there!  Fuckin dope!
Bradies Euro adventures from Raphael Jeroma-Williams on Vimeo.

You may or may not be a fan of the music but who isn't a fan of monk's n kung fu?


Friday, November 14, 2014

Mike Vockenson Absolut Dadness

Hey guys! You have probably already ( I hope) seen Mr Vockenson's new edit for Shadow!
The dude never disappoints to put out a great edit full of unreal shit. I remember watching his welcome to Tempered edit  back when I was still in high school and thought the guy was insane but he has always been out doing himself. I have been lucky enough to been there for a good part of the filming of this new video and have some cool shots to go down with it!
I'm pretty interested in what does or maybe doesn't go on in the dudes head when he sends this kind of stuff so I sent him a few questions as well as just some chit chat! The amount of effort the dude puts into his riding and crispy and having a gnarly injury and all I thought it needed some coverage!

Hey Mike, I’ve been meaning to send you some questions over recently about your injury and the new crispy but having your new shadow video drop just in time is a plus.
The new edit absolute madness is exactly that. Completely packed full of yeti sized shit up until your accident and it leaves you thinking wtf is going on in your head.
I have been lucky enough to be there to shoot some stills for you while filming for this video. Before almost every insane gap or rail you pull you go through a small ritual. Usually a shit tone of run ups followed by you staring at whatever it may be you’re about to huck yourself onto and finally you hopping up and down like you have ants in your pants. What is going on inside your mind man? Is it just positive psychology, you visualizing yourself making the jump or is more deep and grainy like a scene from a David lynch film?

Thanks for the props man. Honestly, I do think ALOT about what I'm doing before I actually do it, which alot of the time is hard because I get so excited and want to send it straight away. The key for me is being able to visualise whatever it is I want to do. If I can visualise it happening then chances are that I'm going to do it, pending weather, cars in the way etc. I'm almost always shitting myself but having that visualisation in the back of my mind gives me the confidence to try it. I also usually try and weigh up the worst case scenario to net out all the negatives beforehand as well. This way, if the worst case scenario isn't all that bad, then fuck it. 

Haha yeah, a few people have started to point out the nervous 'jumping' I seem to love. Thinking about it now, I guess that comes from my racing days where before a final I would jump around and loosen up. Having a little ritual helps I find. 

A lot of the time when you ask me to come shoot some of your outrageous riding I myself get nervous as to what is install for the day. Then seeing what you want to pull and then shooting you make it, it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions but it must be at least tenfold on yourself. You plan your clips for weeks, months even, does the feeling of nerves build up over that time? Can you explain how it feels when you do roll off from a ridiculous gap? 

It's the best feeling in the world man and why I keep wanting to do it. Being able to push yourself to a level of nervousness that you would usually never experience is so exhilarating, particularly if you pull whatever you are trying. I don't know how to explain what happens scientifically, but rolling away from something that scared the shit out of you feels amazing. The only comparison I can think of is the excitement you get prior to going on a roadtrip with your mates where you have all got time off and big plans to meet up with people you never see and ride new spots. If you know what I mean? But yeah, sometimes shit gets put on hold for ages and it's the worst. I remember a hop I wanted to do for the 2020 DVD. Everytime we went to go there, something would put it off and it would be the worst, I would go to sleep sweating it. But as I said before, I would rather be patient and think about it first instead of jumping in hell for leather and then getting fucked up.

After your crash you were out of action for quite some time to recover and going through surgery to straighten that collar bone out. I know you’re a super active dude and ride every week. How did you deal with the down time?

Man it wasn't even that bad. Hearing the doctors say 8 weeks was like FUUUUUUU, I don't know what to do with myself. But having work being so busy and interesting as well as just hanging out with the dudes anyway, the time flew by. I usually immerse myself in whats happening anyway, whether that be filming or doing non BMX shit with the same dudes or just tagging along, it's usually pretty fun anyway. I think in a way, I'm a little more relaxed now, like not as eager to spend every moment I get to ride searching or hitting something scary. Taking it as it comes I guess. 

From when you crashed till the next time I saw you it only seemed like a few weeks. To no surprise you were already back on your bike sending shit. Where you afraid that the crash would course you to get freaked out over doing big shit? Maybe you would quite down a bit on your riding style?

Yep, definitely. That was my main concern and I had to wait 8 weeks to test it out. Thankfully I was able to overcome the perceived mental barriers I had, so I was fucking stoked with that. If I start to become a pussy and look for excuses then it's all over in terms of doing big shit. Which is all I have because I suck ass at tech stuff. Now I'm just as keen as before, but still taking the precautionary route in terms of really putting in serious thought to what I do prior to letting loose. Let's just hope that I don't get punished again anytime soon. I have alot of respect for the big name pros who ride full time, how they ride at that level every day and not get hurt is WAY beyond me. 

I’ve already been out with you a few times filming some new stuff. What is the next thing you’re working on? Can we be excited for more hammers?

Not too sure man, just going to collect clips for an upcoming edit, I have a few things in the works that it might go towards. In either case though, I'm going to be doing the same thing, what it goes towards usually doesn't matter too much. I really want to get a bit of variety going in the next part though. I have been super stoked on a heap of older BMX DVDs lately like System Cycle, Nowhere Fast and Chill Bro. Some of my favourite parts, and definitely the most enjoyable ones, consisted of a bit of everything you know, dirt, street, park, bowls, gaps, rails, tech, everything. I wanna start pushing myself to not just huck big rails but hit big bowl gaps and dirt jumps. That would be sick.

Also not to leave out the fact that crispy steam is looking mint and the postings has been pretty much daily since the update! Do you plan on keeping the stream flowing so fast? How long has this makeover been happening behind the curtains?

Thanks, yeah I have been putting a heap of work into that. People might not realise, but I would spend a few hours a day after work getting posts ready and finding shit to talk about. Doesn't leave much time around work during the week. Thankfully my new roommate is into Crispy, has an understanding of BMX and builds websites from home. So he helped me out a tonne to build the new site, basically from scratch. I guess we worked on and off for about a few months. It wasn't until he pointed it out that I realised how deadly the original site looked with those hideous Monster logos haha. About time we fucked that off. Super stoked on posting better shit now, hopefully people take an interest, the super megas all seem to love it. 

I know crispy is mainly set up for a good laugh but its defiantly looking a lil more professional these days. Are you heading in any direction with the blog or just gunna keep it rollin?

Just whatever man, it's really whatever I'm feeling at that point in time. Obviously, the hardest part is finding that balance between it looking good and also keeping it raw and ratty, the original Crispy way. I don't wanna get all corporate, but I also want it to be function, accessible and have people read it. Otherwise, what's the point of spending so much time on it you know? Having Dre on has given me some extra motivation, it's nice to hear people stoked on what you do and provide feedback. For a while there I was just pumping shit out and not really knowing how it was being received, well not much further than my immediate group of friends. But when I think about it, that is the main driving force for keeping it going, being able to talk shit about it with your mates on the weekend. I don't give a fuck about who is looking at it overseas and around Australia, but it's nice to hear positive feedback when you do go interstate. Thanks to all the losers who look at it, you keep my psyched.

Any thanks or any peeps you would like to say or mentions?

Sure bud. Thanks alot to everyone who helps me out, particularly Chris at 666, Evan/Mitch at LUX, Matty at TMPRD and the dudes at Shadow in the US, seriously am so lucky to have all these people willing to help me. Thanks to Jimbo for shooting photos and being an all around weird ass dude as well as all my friends for being so shit. Fuck yeah BMX.

Vocko is such a passive dude he is barely fussed on anything. Even straight after his crash he didnt show much pain or didn't feel the need to go to the ED. Crazy fucker check it out and enjoy!