An Interview with James Hudson

From back-garden ramp set-ups to the big-top and beyond, James Hudson spent the 80s and early 90s fully engrossed in the world of riding and skating, not just as a rider, but also as a photographer and magazine-man—contributing snaps to R.A.D., editing SK8-Action and publishing BMX Now.

Here’s an interview with him about riding in the Midlands, life in the circus and the differences between fact and fiction…

Interview by Sam. Header photo by Armen Djerrahian.  

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Lost Collective Prem

If this flier is to be believed, Sandy’s video actually exists. Is this a mere mirage? Has Sandy actually managed to sit down for a while and piece together a video? Or has a certain tattoo-coated bar-spinner been summoned back to the editing desk for one last job? Find out for yourself via the details above.

Reign Supreme – Act Like You Know

Here’s 14 minutes of 4:3 movements and motion courtesy of Act Like You Know and co, with sections from Chase Dehart, Frank Lang and Yazan Odeh. Simply embedding a video and writing a brief sentence about it on a blog used to seem pretty lazy, but at a time when the most praise anything gets is one of those strong-arm-flex emojis on an Instagram story, then maybe sharing something on a real website isn’t so bad after all? Anyway, this video is pretty good and that Yazan guy does some cool stuff.

Lacuna – a New One from Bob Scerbo

Here’s the new video from the original gutta mutha-fucka himself… Bobby Scerbo. This one’s pretty short and sharp, and features some particularly bodacious moves from Hoogerhyde, Wiz and a chap named Johnny Monaco. We should have copies of this turning up fairly soon along with an accompanying zine, but until then, here you go. And for anyone wondering, according to Google, the word ‘Lacuna’ means a gap or an unfilled space. Make of that what you will.

An Interview with Matt Miller

It’s been said before, but you can tell a lot about a person by the way they ride their bike. Chaotic loose cannons rarely file their tax returns before the deadline, whilst calculated, reserved riders aren’t usually the last to leave the pub.

Matt Miller is no exception to this rule. I met him briefly on a voyage to Philadelphia a while back and can say that not only was he a smooth rider, but he was also a real smooth, courteous character, a long way from the grubby-mitted street gremlins usually associated with 20 inch wheeled bicycles.

Anyway, cutting to the chase, here’s an interview with him about Chocolate Truck 2, Philly street spots and staying suave. Crew photos by Matt, shots of Matt by Naval and Ooti Billeaud. Interview by Sam.

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An Interview with Joe Cox

Whilst visual documents of bicycle motions are by no means important in the grand scheme of the galaxy, it’s funny how much of an effect even the smallest decisions that someone made whilst piecing together footage of their friend’s riding can have on people half the world away.

Joe Cox’s videos, Voices and Tomorrow We Work, are prime examples of this phenomenon. At a time when even the supposedly simple task of capturing footage onto your mum’s Hewlett Packard desktop computer required the patience of a saint, he made well-crafted, thought-out videos that tricked a generation of riders into thinking there were spots in Sheffield. He must have helped shift a few Modest Mouse CDs too.

And beyond all this, Joe wasn’t just some ‘filmer guy’, lagging behind the crew with a load of tripods on his back—he was a highly-honed master of the bicycle, riding with a level of finesse that’s hard to muster on the rain-soaked, glass-smashed streets of the north.

Interview by Sam, photos by Newrick, Wozzy and Benson. Interview originally published in Red Steps Issue 5.

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Occasional Web Trawl #13

Back by unpopular demand, here’s some odds and ends from around the digital world that you may or may not enjoy.

Addy Snowdon’s rust-coated masterpiece Cast Iron Shore, is now up on the net. There’s obvious bias here but this sharply-edited slab of north west street riding is by far one of the best videos to grace the DVD format in the past few years and if for some strange reason you didn’t decide to fork out for a copy last year… then you’re in luck.

You can also read an interview with Addy (seen above over-icing some metallic Malmo art) here if you want.

Strangeways Volume 5 is getting the red carpet treatment at 7PM Friday the 10th of June at the Thirsty Scholar just down from Manchester Oxford Rd station. Check the trailer here.

Meanwhile across the Atlantic, El Punto de Sabor is the new one from AM:PM, featuring a mix of golden age playground spots, massive handlebars, Ratkid Japan clips, high school choir cover-versions, Mike Hoder’s seat-post, complicated rail configurations at at least one pair of gloves.

There’s also some good stuff to read on the new AM:PM site, including this article about New York pools, and this one about that little concrete wedge that Bob Scerbo hops into in his Cuts part. Good to see people devoting a few words to riding for once—especially away from the Instagram cess-pit.

This article about the link between the Spike Jonze/Andy Jenkins/Mark Lewman Wizard Publications master cluster and skateboarding written by ‘the other Antony Pappalardo’ is worth a read for all the historians out there. Nice for riding to get a slight bit of acknowledgement from the glory-sapping skating world for once. From Nick Phillip to Wig Worland it’s sometime’s forgotten that a healthy portion of the people who shaped the look of skating were actually riders.

No bike mentions in this (legendary day-glo rave clobber dungeon Cyberdog gets a nod though…), but this interview with art-man Oliver Payne on the Slam City site has some good bits in it—especially his take on ‘shop culture’.

More words—this time an interview over on the Least Most site with 70s photographer Mel Stoutenberger on the early days of what became known as BMX. Sometimes hard to relate to sun-soaked Californian imagery, but Mel’s snaps of back-yard style-cats getting loose on old Schwinns are pretty universal.

And finally, here’s a few minutes of Barcelona street riding from the Ce.Mess crew.

Standard Definition – the Making of Standard Domination

Over 20 years after it was made, Standard’s 1998 video Domination still stands up majestically to the often damning test of time. The riding is fast, the clothing is dope and the spots look like the sort of everyday features you’d actually find in your town. 

In this fairly long winded article, a decent chunk of the cast and crew discuss the making of this most bodacious video…

Thanks to Tedd Nelson for his amazing photos—and for all his help with sorting these interviews.

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