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Posts from Least:
Sammy Hagar Weekendread more
In case you hadn’t been paying attention, you should check out Nuno Oliveira ‘s Photo Blog, called Olive Juice, Lots of great pics…
10 photos with Chad Kagy
X Games Gold medalist, and celebrity stunt man, Chad Kagy has been a part of a group of “entertainers” doing shows for troops in Iraq, called Bikes Over Baghdad.
These 10 photos by Chad share part of that experience, and it is unique for sure.read more
A ten year old video from men of great southern tradition, Justin Holt, the Mangler and Puck.
FBM Groundhog’s Day Jam
To celebrate the early arrival of Spring, after Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck failed to see there Shadows, FBM hosted a jam at East Shore Skatepark in Ithaca NY. One Saturday afternoon of fun proved to be a quick remedy for cabin fever and produced this quick video and these photos… ( Video produced by Kenny Horton)
Best Pizza in Miami
In a desperate effort to escape the brick east coast winter, our crew of Chris Fuzz Ware, Nick Bott, Steve Tassone and Jon Schimpf, rented a car and made our way down 95 to Florida for a week. With no plans except eating as much pizza and riding as much as possible in 80 degree weather, we were able to ride a bunch of amazing spots, get a bunch of footage together and make a pretty solid edit out of what we got done. We spent most of the week in and around Miami and then made a stop in Orlando/Maitland for a day on our way back up north to Philly and the freezing weather we all know way too well. Thanks goes to Derek at Orchid for hooking it up with Least Most.
– Steve Tassoneread more
Photo Feature: Justin Luong
Intro and interview courtesy of Aaron Gates
Justin Luong was one of the first people I met when I moved out to the New England, and I consider myself lucky for that. Justin knows everyone around here, he has a crazy job, and he can throw down on a bike. Justin is also a pretty prolific photographer. He has a large portfolio that spans back at least a few years and features a wide variety of riders from around the Northeast. I asked him to share a bit of his background, along with some of his favorite photos from over the years.
What’s your current setup and what got you interested in shooting in the first place?
Currently I have a Nikon D90, pocket wizards that fire a Nikon SB600, and a Vivitar 285HV, a few tripods to mount the flashes and the camera. For lenses, I have a 50mm f/1.4, 18-70mm f/3.5, and a 10.5mm f/2.8. Recently the Vivitar broke, so I will soon have two more SB600s for some extra fire power.
I got my first taste of photography from one of my roommates back when I went to college. I was never really interested in photography, I always thought some photos looked cool, but never really understood how these photos came to be the way they were. During my first year at college, I met two colleagues, Dave Damant and Mike Tnasuttimonkol (aka Mikey T). Dave was a graphic design major, and Mikey was a photo major, and boy could he shoot photos. He has an amazing eye for capturing the best pictures, even with a simple point and shoot, and he can make magic happen…I am honored to say he was my inspiration and the sole person for getting me interested in photography.
Being a Californian resident, he loves the waves…and because of that, he initially wanted to shoot body boarding/surfing photos. Being that it was action photography that he loved to shoot, he of course asked if he could shoot photos of me riding my bike, since there are no waves anywhere close to Rochester, NY. As I watched him setup for shots, and watched all the work that went on behind a shot, it intrigued me…but what really got me, was the photos he would produce from them. He came through with amazing photos, and it made me appreciate photos at such another level. I would help Mikey setup in future shots, help take down flashes, and tripods (which is so helpful from a photographers point of view, so next time help a friend out if he is going to shoot you!) and I soon learned how things worked…why he placed the flashes where he did, and how wireless triggers worked. I wouldn’t understand the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO until I picked up a camera myself, but Mikey’s photos and his amazing ability as a photographer was the reason I gave it a shot and the reason I am shooting to this day.
There’s a lot of diversity in your shots – different styles of riding, different places, and you don’t really limit yourself to shooting one group of riders. Is that something you do on purpose?
I have a goal I set for myself, where I want to shoot at least one photo of every one of my friends I ride with. I believe each one of my friends has their own style, their own way they see things, and because of that, I believe all these different photos come to be. I don’t do it on purpose, I just happen to ride with them, and think “hey that would make for a good photo.” and I’ll usually just ask them if they’d like to shoot a photo of it. Because of the diverse riders that we have in our scene in CT, I believe that diversity comes out in the photos I shoot as well.
What kind of stuff do you like to shoot outside of bmx?
To be honest, I don’t really shoot much outside of bmx. I mainly got inspired through photos of bmx, and also got into photography to shoot photos of bmx, so that’s what I mainly do. However, that does not mean I haven’t been curious about shooting other things. The majority of the photos unrelated to bmx are scenery, and landscapes. Portraits are really fun too. People do rediculous poses, dress up in funny outfits, and have a blast. It sounds pretty childish, but photoshoots are really fun, mostly since your imagination can run free, both for the photographer and the subject being shot. I like to make some ideas in my head and try to take a photo that best shows exactly what I’m thinking of. To be able to use your imagination and recreate it in a photograph for all to see amazing.
Where are some of the places that you’ve traveled to, and some favorite spots close to home?
I love traveling! As far as traveling for riding goes however, I haven’t been to many places that far from the Northeast, though I am starting to bring my bike everywhere I travel. So far, I’ve been to Las Vegas, Paris, and Vienna with my bike. I’ve also been out to Woodward, a lot of upstate NY, all over New England and NYC. I will say though, that there are plenty more places in the future that my tires will be touching. That DK Golf bag was the best investment I ever made.
Explain your day job. Does that background ever come into play with photo stuff? Riding?
I work as a Engineer at a place that makes Airplanes. Commercial and Military. I myself have been mostly working on the 787, which will be replacing the 747s that most airlines are using…so soon enough, you’ll be flying in planes that a BMXer has been working on. I don’t believe too much transfers over when shoot photos, mostly because photography is more of an artistic form of expression, and engineering is pretty much crunching numbers, and pretty much black and white type. The planes either fly, or they don’t. As far as engineering and riding goes…I’ve always dreamed of designing parts. I love the new designs Fly and Odyssey have done, and love how those companies are pushing innovation in BMX, and not taking what we ride as the standard. I’ve kept a few ideas in the back of my head…maybe one day we’ll see them come to fruition.
What happens if you have a shot all set up, flashes out etc. and security shows up?
I come up with an excuse fast haha. But thankfully…this hasn’t happened a lot, but it has happened before. The few times I was caught by security, they have let me pack my equipment up and leave. At those times, I really wish I got into videography instead hahaha.
On that topic, I’ve seen a few videos you’ve shot on your DSLR, do you plan on doing that more? Is it weird shooting video on a still camera?
Haha, it’s not really anything I plan to do more of, or any less of. I just thought it’d be fun to try and film an edit. As for using my D90 to film, it is quite hard seeing as the camera’s ergonomics were based off of shooting a photo, and not needing much wrist movement and freedom. I will definitely be making small edits periodically but my main focus is still photography.
Do you have a process for setting up a riding shot? Is there any one thing that you always try to capture?
I would first start off with what exactly I’m trying to capture. I would look for the best angle and best way to frame the photo. If at all possible, I would try and keep the approach and landing in the shot so the viewer could understand what’s being done and from where to where. From that point on, it’s all about lighting. That’s when you will see me running back and forth from where I am shooting to where the flashes are…changing settings, and moving the location of the flashes. All that for that one moment…that one amazing moment. =)
What are some things you’re looking forward to this year? I know you’ve got at least one trip planned….
Oh man…there’s a lot of things I am looking forward to this year. Definitely the trips and the good riding sessions that will be had. Camping trips, lake jumps, summer fires, good times with friends, and with family. I’m looking forward to seeing the capital of Connecticut possibly getting a skatepark, and seeing the CT bmx scene grow.read more
A few pics from Jim Callahan’s Art Show.
Words/photos courtesy of Eric Hennessey
Someone had mentioned that there was a town in western Texas that had abandoned hotels that might have pools at them. It’s a boring 7- 8 hour drive from austin to get there, so nobody ever drove to see if the rumors were true. We got word that there was some work for a week in a town called Alpine which was below the infamous “pool town”. We talked to the people and set a loose plan. Drive in the bus the 7 hours to alpine,TX, work for a week, and then let the search for animal chin begin.
After working 5 days at a waste water treatment plant (raw sewage), we drove to “Pool Town, TX” to see if the talk was truth or urban legend. The town had one main street running through it that was littered with rundown abandoned hotels. We centrally parked the bus and started pedaling from hotel to hotel on the hunt for anything transition we could find. Most of the pools had been filled in with dirt and after about 40 minutes of searching my hopes were getting low. And then we found the first pool.
Being filled with water, we decided to see if there was any other pools before we sank our last few hours of daylight into bucketing slimy swamp water. There was another perfect pool 2 hotels down the street. Unfortunately, the hotel was barely still open and the pool needed too much work to make it worth the risk of being kicked out before we even got it all dry. There was only 4 hotels left until the end of the strip. after the last hotel was nothing but fields and a highway. The first 3 hotels were pool-less and the 4th was a Ramada full of paying visitors and maybe the best looking hotel on the entire street, but we checked it out anyway. JACKPOT! The perfect pool. i have never seen anything like this thing. Perfect transition, perfectly dry, and a shape that i never could have imagined.
We jumped in, each took about 2 runs, and got kicked right out by one of the employees. i guess it was time to clean out the other pool. we were bucketing smelly water well into the dark with plans for a morning session.
In the bus that night all we could talk about was the blue double pentagon pool. we decided we would go back first thing in the morning and try and get another couple runs on it. We rode that thing the next morning for like an hour! And when someone finally did come kick us out we asked “how bout a couple more runs man?” he replied “ok no problem” Also, the white kidney that we spent all night cleaning out? perfectly dry and ready to rip with no one to kick us out!
After the pools, we planned a little loop back home with a bunch of stops along the way with skateparks that we found on the “concrete disciples” website. 4 parks total. Park one was a concrete park in Pecos, TX. that was made by the local driveway company with no prior transition experience. With bumpy transitions and concrete all over the coping, this park rode more like a bad-ass ditch than a skatepark (which was awesome).
A quick stop in Odessa to ride a brand new park that was flooded with kids swarming like bees in every direction. and a 20 minute drive to Midland, TX for our 2nd to last stop.
With plans on camping in the Midland Skatepark parking lot , the park had lights so we figured we would check it out and ride it in the morning. as we started skating around the park, an older guy was sitting at the entrance to the park and asked “hey you guys skate pools?” (little did he know we barely skated flat ground and were actually just bike riders rolling around until it was time to sleep) but we replied with “well, we dont normally but would love to try!”.
After the pools we rode in the beginning of the trip we were basically thinking that was going to be the highlight and we were just winding down on our way back to home. But Tim shocked us with what he had in his back yard. Could this really be ANOTHER pool? a perfect backyard pool?
After the unbelievable hospitality from Tim and his family, letting us sleep on their couches and trusting us to be there alone and lock up while they all went to work was amazing. Tim told us about how much he used to dislike bike riders and by the end of our stay with him he was offering for us to ride our bikes on his perfect pool and giving us old freestylin’ magazines from the 80’s.(the pool even got matty itchin to ride a skateboard and by the end of the night he was carving over the light in the pool. not a bad first day of skating.)
Just a typical trip with friends to see what is out there. but coming home with an appreciation for smaller things. I kinda understand what it was like for the z boys to search out backyard pools in the 70’s. it makes me just want to go and see what else is out there. its easy to get caught up in the same routine, but its the out of the ordinary that opens your mind.read more
This guy has a dog named Pizza, and does some killer graphics. More info On the web? Yes.
Hot or not?
We asked a few Least Mosters to give their 10 hot/nots for the new year. Some kept it positive, some kept it sarcastic. Get your decoder rings on…
Hat tip to the de Jong’s who’ve been doing Rad vs Lame forever.
- Hot: back rail fufs 1st try
Not: hang fives that take 104 trys
- Hot: street riding
Not: street riding at the skatepark
- Hot: drunk texting
Not: reading them the next day
- Hot: anthem 2
Not: web edits
- Hot: high fives
Not: horn bumps
- Hot: cases
Not: 12 packs
- Hot: flat black
- Hot: dollar store beanies
Not: monster new eras
- Hot: summer
- Hot: sean burns doing the cemetery gap
Hotter: sean burns doing the cemetery gap four fucking times!
- Hot: 4 loko
Not: Alcoholics Anonymous
- Hot: Twitter
Not: Talking to people in real life
- Hot: Spot finders and Google earth
Not: the thrill of the hunt!
- Hot: Monster Energy Drink New Eras
- Hot: Stacking Clips
Not: Stacking lips
- Hot: Poaching
Not: Building your own fun
- Hot: Web Vids, Blogs, iPads, tumblr, etc…
Not: This Is united, Surfin for the ugly Broads, Anthem, Holeshot, Case, JNKFD, etc…
- Hot: Following the herd
Not: out of step
- Hot: taking yourself too serious
Not: wearing clown costumes
- Hot: the price of gas
Not: the economy
- Hot: dig
- Hot: build
- Hot: brakes
Not: sneakers in tire
- Hot: kindle
- Hot: valentine1
- Hot: deck manual
Not: deck monkey
- Hot: roth max
Not: credit max
- Hot: howard stern
Not: music in the am
- Hot: @empirebmx rants
Not: normal sleep pattern
- Hot: less
- Hot: The Mustache
Not: The Goatee
- Hot: Rainbow colored bikes
Not: Pad sets and numberplates
- Hot: Laptop DJ’s
Not: Playing an instrument
- Hot: Copy & Paste
Not: Do it yourself
- Hot: My Crew
Not: The Posse
- Hot: Spicy Habanero Sauce
- Hot: Mega Ramps
Not: Mini Ramps
- Hot: Big business
Not: Grass roots
- Hot: Rails
- Hot: Reality TV
- Hot: Elk Zines & Books
Not: The current state of BMX mags
- Hot: Burritos & Pizza
Not: expensive food
- Hot: Shitty skateparks
Not: perfectly sculpted training facilities
- Hot: Scrappin bikes
Not: dialed bikes
- Hot: Teenage party spots in the woods
Not: Goin to the bar
- Hot: JNCO’s and Sulats
Not: Levis 511 and fades
- Hot: Riding with people you have been riding with since you were thirteen
Not: jocking the “good” riders
- Hot: One night camping trips
Not: Spending forever on the road. I got Law and Order/ The Wire/ things to do!
- Hot: FBM Gypsy frame
Not: FBM Deployer
- Hot: The United States Postal Service
- Hot: Urban Camping (I opt for the sleeping in the camper shell of a truck, but you can get as grimy as you want)
- Hot: Fancy beers in a can (Fat tire, Dales etc. Nothing wrong with bad beer in a can too, but now you can get fancy in the woods and packing your trash is a cinch. Awesome date beer.)
- Hot: x-ups (always on my hot list, but I was kinda planning on doing a bunch this year. Every variation thereof is also fun. Well, with the exception of x-up rides, I think I have weak elbows)
- Hot: Head lamps (My friend Mike calls them tweaker lights. You have a flashlight and both of your hands free. Perfect. Goes well with numbers one and two.)
- Hot: Paper airplanes (Make sure you use recycled paper (bills, junk mail, etc.) Google some bad ass designs. Draw flames on that shit to make it go fast. Go to the top of something tall. Or have a friend throw one down a hill and try to race it on a bike. Totally worth it.)
- Hot: The Least Most (it’s having a birthday. Birthdays are hot.)
- Hot: Grooveshark (Not sure how this is still free. Like pandora but it doesn’t suck. You pick your music. You listen for free. It just lives on the internet.)
- Hot: TRAILS
- Hot: Hiking (sometimes its good to move slow)
- Hot: Kiwis (the fruit. High in Vitamin C, Tasty)
So long 2010
The Least Most turns one year old on January 12th and we’d like to thank everyone who has supported, contributed, and followed us in our first year of existence. It’s been a blast so far and there is much more to come in 2011.
As 2010 comes to a close, we wanted to look back on some of the cool features we’ve run in the past year. We’ve done a short wrap-up before, so these recent features that have been shared around quite a bit:
Jailhouse Cuisine with Paul Horan