So this is kind of off topic but Ryan Denehey (who you might know as the guy who started BNQT and then sold it for a ton of money and just raised almost 4 million dollars for his new company) invited me to join him next Thursday in Hollywood to speak about business development for startups. His words:
“WOAH. Next Thursday 12/12 in LA is my next biz dev for startups event. So stoked to have Adam Grandmaison join me on stage. Adam is a total badass and self-made entrepreneur (websites, clothing lines and retail stores.) Prepare for insane storytelling and killer advice on how to kick ass and get what you want. We’ll probably crack some beers and play rap music. Be there and be more successful.”
Petey Pabs hit me up with his latest video. Here’s his description:
“Blasfome is a lifestyle brand, homegrown hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa. I spent about 6 months filming spread out along the east coast and a few days in Austin for Texas Toast. Filming mainly done by Chris Tardiff and Dan Webster. Edit was constructed by Shajn Raines. Song used is Unnatural Axe – Creeper”
Ty Morrow, Eric Lichtenberger, Steve Croteau, Aaron Brenner, Colin Varanyak, Miles Rogoish, Kevin Kiraly and Caleb Quanbeck stopped by the ONSOMESHIT store in Downtown LA to drop off some Deadline and The Trip shirts. Here’s a quick video that John Hicks put together while they were here.
The OSS retail store and the TCU offices are located at 127 east 5th st in Downtown LA.
I’ve been showing this to people for the past week and everyone pretty much unanimously loves it right away. Eric Licthenberger and Shawn Mcintosh do a bunch of awesome shit at Cherry but Alex Kennedy’s last clip is one of the coolest things I’ve seen on a flat ledge in years. Props to Miles Rogoish for doing an amazing job filming this.
We’re holding a Black Friday sale this weekend both online, in the TCU online store and in the ONSOMESHIT retail store in Downtown LA. We’re heavily discounting all our old TCU and OSS designs and there will be some nice sales on our newer stuff too. Thanks!
Famous Chicago rapper, King Louie (who I feel comfortable calling “famous” without an asterisk since he is on the new Kanye CD, after all) showed up at The Bakery contest for a few minutes but tonight he and his crew rolled through again for a longer session that left one of his homies with a huge rip in the crotch of his True Religions. After the jump, check out a couple of videos that were broadcast earlier tonight to his 60,000 Instagram followers and peep the video for his song “Michael Jordan” above. Continue reading →
On Friday we held a big party for the opening of our first ever retail venture, the ONSOMESHIT store in Downtown LA. For years now I’ve wanted to establish a physical store to sell stuff we’re stoked on from the brands we’re into and I’m pretty excited that it finally happened. Every day various members of the TCU staff and the OSS team are hanging out, so come check it out at 127 E 5th st.
Also the new OSS line is now up in our online store, go check it out and use the code “FREESHIP” to get free shipping on orders over $150 (includes overseas orders).
Instagram Slam 18 went down with Nate Richter on the #HAZYINAZ trip they are on right now. Our loyal followers suggested tricks for all the guys and they got ‘em done. Follow us so you don’t miss out on the next one!
Featuring Jackson Ratima, Jourdan Barbra, Raul Ruiz, Glen Girbovan and Robbie Owen
The Dans Comp DVD premiere is going down November 23rd in Chicago and to keep the hype rolling, Dans just put out this edit of Stevie Churchill’s leftover footage. I’ve seen his full part and it’s insane, but there’s a lot of good stuff in here too. Stevie is probably wearing a diaper at this very moment. See you at the premiere!
Here at TCU we have all been huge Phil Demattia fans ever since he started popping up online. His riding is just as technical and advanced as any modern day pro, but instead of the usual tricks of the day he does kickflips, fufanus and back foot pedal grinds. His newest edit for Eclat (which we’re lucky enough to premiere today) was filmed at The Boneyard skatepark and it features a lot of tricks that you’ve got to see to believe. Enjoy and follow Phil and Eclat on Instagram.
On Friday we are opening the ONSOMESHIT store in downtown LA. I have always wanted to open a store where I could sell the things that I love from both BMX and non-BMX brands. I have also always been really annoyed that there are so many dope skate shops in LA and that BMX is so underrepresented, so I’m excited to use this space to house video premieres, launch parties and pop up shops. This space will also be home to the TCU offices and we’re going to be producing a ton of content out of the store, so this is definitely a huge step into the future of TCU.
We’re throwing a party on Friday. Come out, have some free beer courtesy of our sponsor PBR and then head over to King Eddys next door for a few more brews. See you there!
For Episode 2 of Strange Days the Stranger BMX crew got together at the TIP Plus ramps for a fun session. Miles Rogoish, Augie Simoncini, Caleb Quanbeck, Aaron Brenner, Gabe Brooks, Eric Lichtenberger plus a bunch of related TIP family like Steve Croteau, Shawn Mcintosh, Boy and more. Some serious hammers go down by the end of this including an insane hang 5 tooth by Brenner and a huge launch to grind by Miles.
Also make sure to check out the TIP Plus Garage Sale on Saturday:
A guy named Leon Berthold hit me up about posting this German mixtape on our channel and I was totally impressed. These dudes are raw as hell. Shout out to Timothy Jones, Niklas Wille, Adrian Kölz, Leon Berthold, Lukas Gallinger, Hagen Schubert, Dennis Erhardt and all the other riders who appear in this one.
Last week Vital held their annual Game Of BIKE and produced a series of web edits that we haven’t watched yet. Steve Croteau was on hand with his camera and decided to capture some non-event BMX riding with all the street riders that showed up. Enjoy!
Riders: Sean Ricany, Sean Morr, Steve Croteau, Devon Smillie, JJ Palmere, Morgan Long, Caleb Quanbeck, Colin Varanyak and Matt Closson
Geoff just released an amazing section in the new MARKIT video and has been killing it for years. Here’s his Eclat Natives video which shows him visiting the trails he grew up riding, driving around the town he calls home and talking about how crazy kids these days are.
For Instagram Slam 17 we had some of the finalists from The Hunt 2013 meet up and do some tricks for The Come Up’s Instagram followers. Dan Norvell, Chijioke Okafo, Sam Bussell, Mike Gray and a bunch of other riders (I don’t know their names because Nate Richter pretty much as a rule doesn’t tell me the names of any of the people in any of his videos, ever) do some tricks at Cherry Park in Long Beach. In case you missed it here are the results from the premiere last night:
If you still haven’t downloaded the MARKIT video on iTunes, you’re a cheap shit and probably a bad person, but that’s okay because now you have a chance to win one of 5 download codes. If you want to win, just do the following:
1) Follow TCU and MARKIT on Instagram
2) Click the Facebook Like button on this post
3) Leave a comment on this post telling us who your favorite rider on the MARKIT team is and why. Points will be given for creativity.
I will choose 5 winners in approximately 24 hours. Have fun!
The email that came with this edit called Gor here (who is from Moscow) the “Russian Sean Burns”. That’s actually a pretty horrible comparison, since his bike isn’t set up like Burns, he doesn’t look like Burns and he doesn’t really ride anything like Burns at all, but he is pretty good in his own right and the 360 he does at the end is quite impressive.