This interview was originally published last year in the fourth issue of Red Steps, but seeing as Strangeways 4 has made it’s way online, it made sense to whack this chat about the video up on the internet too. Interview and photos by Sam.
From the crippling spine-ache caused by over-stuffed Lowepro bags, to the countless solitary evenings sat in front of a computer screen mulling over colour correction, song choice and whether or not you should re-film that 180 with the mildly dodgy roll-out – filming a fully-fledged riding video is no trip to Cleveland.
And yet, time after time — like a moth to a 20 watt, shoe-mounted video light — the man known on the electoral register as Andrew Clarke finds himself making another video.
With his sixth audio-visual masterpiece finally polished off (and his seventh already under way), here’s an interview with him about filming and riding… and filming riding.
Strangeways Volume 4 is online in its entirety, featuring full sections from Loz Taylor, Addy Snowdon, Gaz Hunt, Tim Evans, Fathead, Clarky, Dan Price, Jake Frost, Sandy, Chris Barrett, Leo McKenna, Jambul, Sam Waller, Wozzy, Tommy C and Shanky.
And for those who still want one for the shelf, copies are available here.
Riding is a pretty small-time affair, and whilst some lucky souls seemingly get away with cruising about without a backpack, relying on others to dole out inner tubes and media duties, one of the benefits of the lack of money and industry amongst 20-inch wheels means that people actually need to get stuck in.
Just as Dennis Waterman liked to write the theme-tune, sing the theme-tune, AND star in the television show, a lot of today’s finest riders also take photos, make videos, print t-shirts and generally do whatever else it is that goes into creating a ‘sub-culture’.
Louisville’s Tyler Rembold is a prime example of what I’m rambling on about. Not content with grinding a large percentage of America’s handrails, he’s also made countless full-length videos and regularly puts together zines of his well-composed photographs — all the while working as a fully-qualified pharmacist.
Seeing as we’ve just got our hands on his new zine, now seemed like a relatively appropriate time to collar him for an interview. Read on for valuable insights into Kentucky, handrail design and snacks…
Photos courtesy of Apedog, Chris Zidek, Phil Bossmeyer and Kaleb Romero.
It might be said it’s been a fairly weak few months for riding stuff on the internet, but amongst some absolutely dire videos which have cropped up lately, here’s a few odds and ends that are maybe worth your time. Vintage Dan Price shot snapped by Ed Docherty.
Reach for the joss-sticks and defrost those Linda McCartney sausages… the Street Mystics video from a while back is now online in a mildly remixed form. Not only is there a clip of Amos Burke riding at night in a knitted Wu-Tang jumper, but there’s around three minutes of solid gold Dan Price footage… only 17 years after the above photo was taken, and 20 years after he got the front cover of Ride.
No idea who Kazuei Oimatsu is, but he does some pretty cool stuff in this short video in cahoots with Japan’s RODI Connect. Nice khaki slacks there too.
Again, not much is known about this video, but it seems like some people from Japan decided to go to Taiwan for a while and ride some pretty exquisite-looking spots at night.
Tim does a few icepicks in this London video.
It’s no Absolute Radio 90s, but if you’ve had your fill of The Bluetones for a while, then this podcast with the people behind Act Like You Know isn’t bad for those with ample time to kill. Two hours worth of chat about spots and videos and that kind of thing, along with the usual ‘state-of-the-industry’ type stuff that’s easy enough to skip through.
And finally, it has now been over 20 years since Don’t Quit Your Day Job came out. Watch this and then hunt down your nearest loading dock ledge.
From the bionic stall-tech of Chris Souter to the pallet hoppin’ prowess of Big Jimmy Nesquik, the brick ledge pastures of England’s north eastern zones have reared some fine street riding pedigree over the years. Peterlee’s Tim Evans continues that tradition — icepick grinding his way into countless video productions across the nation over the last few years with an el classico, gimmick-free approach to riding.
Here’s some video parts he’s into…
Most people will have probably seen that Skapegoat main-man Bob Scerbo has been putting his trusty iPod Touch to good use lately, waxing lyrical about his favourite videos over on his Instagram, but for archive purposes… here’s all of his thoughtful posts cobbled together into one article.
It probably seems like complete twisted logic (or a strange sign of the times) to publish social media posts after the fact onto a website, but considering Central Library is pretty much built on twisted logic (and a love of old videos), it seemed a shame to let Bob’s wise words quickly get lost in the muck and mire of zany memes and smug breakfasts.
So without further rambling, here’s his list. Photo courtesy of Wozzy.
Here’s the intro and Loz’s part from Strangeways Volume 4. Get a copy of the full thing here.
Not sure why these supposed ‘monthly’ articles always seem to go up halfway through the month, but here’s some more odds and ends harvested from the net. Cookie x-pegs shot courtesy of The Roops.
Cookie has plated up the final instalment of the Team 2 Street saga to serve it on the big ol’ buffet table known as the internet. Synth Di Strada is another feast of donated footage cultivated over the last fifteen years, all edited to the finest in synth-heavy Italo disco. Distilling a twenty minute video down to a few choice clips to write about always seems a bit cheap – but it’s probably worth knowing that around halfway through this masterpiece, Cookie grinds a handrail off the back of a flat-bed van with a fully Bic’d head and an Operation Desert Storm camo jacket.
The Melon/Slack video from a few years ago is also now up on the net, with sections from Mainy, Nev, Beats, Wozzy, Tommy C and Shanky. Tommy C does pretty much every rail configuration going, and Shanky proves he fully deserved that place on the Federal Bad Boy Street Team.
Deep Gulf II is the new one from Harrogate’s finest window-cleaner. Fathead and Jambul, the chalk and cheese of Yorkshire bike riding, share a section – there’s some high speed Wozzy clips in there too.
These quick snippets from 90East are pretty good. Not all footage on Instagram has to be filmed from fifty feet away.
Mopey music aside, there’s some pretty decent stuff in this new Act Like You Know edit.
Here’s a bit of writing from Bob Scerbo about an amazing photograph of… the back of Steven Hamilton’s head.
And here’s an interview with Dan Benson about the demise of The Albion. “Tim would come to the meetings wearing some really out there garms. Once he turned up looking like he’d just been hunting in full tweed. The next time, a full Adidas Tracksuit, shell toe Adidas trainers, a red flex fit and this huge, grey beard. Run DMC meets ZZ Top.”
Red Steps Issue 4 out soon. Hopefully.
Bit of a quiet month for web-based curiosities – but here’s a couple of bits you may or may not have missed. Header photo – Mao Yuasa by Nick Ferreira.
Philadelphia has storm doors, Los Angeles has schoolyard picnic benches, and Japan has large, grey flat-banks next to high-speed railway lines. Here’s a video from Nick over at Challenger from a recent trip to the land of the rising sun, featuring people like Coleman Lopes, Tyler Rembold, Shanky and Sandy. There’s some photos from the trip here too.
On the subject of Japan – here’s a trailer for that Moto-Bunka video. Plenty of worldwide freeride in this – including a very brief snippet of Ralph Sinisi smacking his pegs on a windowsill.
Can’t imagine there were too many independently produced videos being made back in 1994. Tense Nervous Headache is an old one from Cheeky Monkey first released 25 years ago. Plenty of footage of ropey dirt jumps and dingy, asbestos-riddled indoor parks in here. Scroll over to the thirteen minute mark for a true masterclass in mini-ramp wizardry courtesy of NOTE main-man Splodge.
Here’s three minutes and fifty seven seconds of Steven Hamilton larking about.
And finally, the new Strangeways video is getting the full red carpet treatment this Friday at 19:30 at the Thirsty Scholar. Does the Feebler have any clips? Was Jambul reunited with his old friend Ali Bar Bar? And who spent their winter evenings welding brake mounts to an old pair of forks? Head on over to find out.
Behind every great man is a great woman — but behind every great rider is a highly-skilled photographer crouched at the bottom of a set of stairs, suffering from back-ache after lugging a massive rucksack around all day.
In the case of the Standard army and the Base Brooklyn team back in the late 90s, that highly-skilled photographer was none other than Tedd Nelson.
Combining high-action fisheye shots, candid documentary photography and graphic design chops seldom seen in the world of 20-inch wheels, Tedd’s photos and adverts managed to achieve the near-impossible, and make riding look as good as it actually is.
Perhaps more importantly, he’s also a stand-up guy.
So without further rambling, here’s a few gems from his archives…