Videodrome: Rahlin Rigsby

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The ‘youth’ often get a bad rap when it comes to riding, but contrary to what various bitter old men would have you believe, you don’t have to have been raised on a diet of VHS tapes and OX Platinum tubing to earn the right to ride a bike… and there are plenty of riders born well after Domination was sent to the duplicators who are doing decent stuff.

Minnesota’s Rahlin Rigsby is one such rider. Whilst he’s still a year off being able to stroll into a bar and legally purchase a cool and refreshing bottle of Miller High Life, he already has a fine understanding of the time-honoured holy trinity of going to different cities, riding interesting spots and occasionally documenting the motions for something more than an eight second Instagram video (as can be witnessed here and here).

Here’s a few video parts he’s into. Wallride snap by Brandon Galosi.

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Monthly Web Scour #2

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With April nearly over, here’s a few alright bits from across the wild frontier of the world-wide web. Tom O’Boyle fence-carve photo by Wozzy (as seen in this quick phone video that’s worth a watch).

First off, here’s a quick promo for the new Skapegoat video with appearances from Lino, Clarky, Edwin and Bob himself. On a side-note, are trailer run-times decreasing to comply with Instagram’s 60-second limit?

Plenty of picturesque wooden houses and back-alley rust in this new one from 90 East Connecticut-connection Sam Jones.

On the subject of 90 East, here’s an interview that Lino did with two hardened DVD hoarders.

Sitting down to watch a twenty minute Federal video might sound comparable to Chinese water torture – but this Epicly Later’d-esque King Hamilton vid is alright. This shorter video is decent too.

Seeing as we’ve just got a few copies of AMPM3 and Joey Piazza’s pre-AMPM video, Prototype, here’s one that a few people might not have seen. Various unused footage from 2008 until 2012 featuring clips from the usual suspects. Those Chris Johnsson clips are really something.

Not really sure what’s going on here, but if you can handle it then there’s a few decent Fathead clips hidden in this touring car video.

And finally, Snakebite have been uploading the parts from an old Dirt Bros video from 1994. Can’t really relate to anyone riding dusty drainage ditches in blazing sunshine, but there’s some pretty dope late-night flatland sessions, bold peg-pioneering and Primus-style attire in this Manuel De La Cruz part. Good song for all the Egyptians in the audience too… was Josh Stewart a secret Dirt Bros fan?

An Interview with James Newrick

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Jim Newrick is one of life’s great thinkers.

Not only has he cracked the enigma-like codes of numerous bike-based manoeuvres once thought impossible, but he’s applied much mind-matter to the often slap-dash past-time of video-making, elevating the humble riding vid into the something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen watching.

He’s also dead tall and owns quite a few jackets.

Here’s an interview with him about his early days riding dirt jumps in Sunderland, loud kettles and the pitfalls of robotics…

Photos by Wozz, interview by Sam.

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Monthly Web-Scour

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In a format shamelessly stolen from the exemplary Quartersnacks website – here’s a few odds and ends from the last few weeks that may or may not be worth looking at…

This one was uploaded a while back but it looks like it slipped under the net a bit. A few of the 90East lads made the voyage over to London late last summer, and here’s some video proof. Lots of lesser-soon (or never-seen) spots in this – and a few cameos from Dan Niles and Sandy. As a side-note, will 2019 be the year that Sandy’s much anticipated video is finally exported?

Here’s over eight minutes of stateside flatbank action courtesy of Minneapolis main-man Rahlin Rigsby and Canada’s Derek Morgan. A lot of prime rust in here.

Have to admit that my mind is usually too slow to process those fast-paced Japanese street clips – this video is decent though.

Mr Lurpak himself, Chase Dehart talks about riding and spots and stuff over on the Street Mystics site.

For those with ears, here’s about an hours’ worth of Chicago house courtesy of Challenger Radio.

An oldie, but not necessarily a goldie – ever wondered what Gaz Hunt watches in his free time?

An Interview with Jeff Zielinksi

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Here’s an interview with New Jersey photo master, grind tactician and video man Jeff Z.

I would write a really drawn out intro here about the importance of documentation and that sort of thing, but this interview is long enough as it is, so it doesn’t need any more waffle.

All that really needs to be said is that along with his exemplary photography work, Jeff has played a part in some mighty fine videos over the years — not only was he the man responsible for Stairs and Grizzle, but, along with Bob Scerbo, he created the New Jersey classic Don’t Quit Your Day Job. He also filmed a large portion of the first Animal video and recently sat back in the metaphorical director’s chair to make the Doorstep video along with Zach Krejmas.

Quite the filmography.

With Stairs and Grizzle finally scorched onto DVD, the stage was set for an in-depth interview about making videos, New Jersey and pretty much everything else.

Photos from Jeff’s archives, interview by Sam.

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An Interview with Gaz Hunt

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This may be a controversial statement, but it might be said that not many people truly enjoy going out and riding. They might enjoy riding spots, or maybe filming a clip – but for many, the actual act of going out for a long day of aimlessly mooching around with only a slim chance of finding something worth riding seems like a painful experience punctuated with various pathetic cries…

“How much further is it?”

“Is this what we’re riding?”

“Should we just go to Nando’s?”

Luckily, Gaz Hunt is not one of these whingers, and seems to thoroughly enjoy scuzzing around the various towns and cities of the North, un-phased by damp pavements and the endless trudge.

Maybe he’s just easily pleased?

With the ink now dry on his magnum opus — a hefty tome of high-action riding shots and David Carson-esque design trimmings by the name of Nowster Issue 5 — here’s an interview with him about photography, classic UK skating and rope-bridge hijinks.

Interview by Sam and Clarky. Photos by Sam.

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From the Archives: Wozzy

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From the prehistoric concrete crust of New Zealand to the hallowed streets of New York – Wozzy’s camera has seen much action over the years.

But where did it all begin for Chesterfield’s favourite son? How did the man known to some as Adam Wasylenko become one of England’s most prominent documentarians of bicycle motion?

I’m not too sure if this article answers those questions, but here’s some old gems he found in a dusty old Etnies shoebox from the early days of his photographic odyssey

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