Dean Dickinson’s pool riding short film shot on Super 8mm
My Birthday is tomorrow. I’ll be 44. I know its very cliche but it really does feel like yesterday I was 18 and was learning handrails on a Wilkerson Airlines. I have noticed as I age that luckily my bmx bike has stayed pretty constant. It has been a tool that has helped me stay grounded and always have a way to escape the ‘Real World’ around me. CHECK OUT MORE
Hey Jared. You surprised me at the shop yesterday with your new photo book! Honestly I was blown away on the size,quality, and how you kept a project this massive quiet for so long.
Can you give us a lil background on what inspired you to get this book going?
I didn’t plan on doing a book, it started more as an organization project, just to get a bunch of old film out of boxes and into a filing cabinet. I had been using some of the last winter rainy season here in Portland to scan and put names to images I liked while I was still able to do it. In other words, while I had a working scanner, and while I still had some sense of the who, what, and where of the photos. There was no rhyme or reason to my film archives after moving across the country a few times over the years. No organization at all. A lot of the old stuff was crammed in boxes and I’d go through it occasionally and maybe scan things for instagram, but I wasn’t necessarily doing it in an archival manner. I guess I was trying to start fresh and put together my favorite shots on a hard drive in some sort of cleaned up archive.
I think in early February I started dumping some of my favorite shots into an InDesign file… not necessarily as a book, just seeing where it went. Things were starting to shut down at that point due to the pandemic, and I was just occupying my time, tinkering around on the computer and around my studio. That file I was working on was in no way a BMX book. It was a little of everything — weird photos from around Portland, snowboarding, skateboarding, motocross, music, BMX — really a little of everything with no real direction. Then the world shut down.
I kept scanning and dumping stuff I liked off of hard drives into these InDesign layout files that kept growing. I think I figured I’d maybe make some zines or something. At some point in March or April I had these three or four massive layout files with hundreds of pages each… I had over 2000 pages between them, of just random shit I liked put into spreads. One of the files was very loosely chronological, and was action sports focussed overall, but it wasn’t specifically BMX. I spent weeks just moving shit around in these different documents. I kept coming back to that chronological document, organizing it further, cutting stuff from it, adding stuff to it. The more I went along it wasn’t cohesive at all. It was like five books that someone shuffled into one. I think in June at some point, when we’d been stuck shut down for months, I was losing my mind trying to figure out what to do with all the shit I’d been moving around on my computer. I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere, so I started focusing on one of those layout documents, trying to put together some sort of story. Slowly the more I edited it down, the more focussed it got. It probably wasn’t until early July that I said “fuck it, I’m gonna put all this BMX stuff into something of its own.” At that point I made another InDesign file, moved all my BMX stuff that I’d been playing with into it, and then just locked myself in to making something out of that, even if I never actually printed it. I don’t think I had fully committed to making it until the second week of July, and then I gave myself till the end of the month to have something done, and just focussed completely on that. I’d say most of June and all of July, every waking moment I was moving photos around InDesign documents in my head.
There weren’t a lot of riders at this time making street riding & freecoaster riding look so fluid. Bruce Changed the game with this part!
Raw footage of the first ever San Jose Ramp Club (SJRC) contest in 1995. See the early days of many of NorCals finest including pre-Haro Ryan Nyquist, Chad Kagy, Cameron Birdwell, Matt Mardesich, Craig Hoffman, Jeremy Bettendorf, Damien “Squirrel” Schinilla, Chris “Butthead” Bryant, Jimmy Garcia, Kurt “Crobar” Yeager, Oscar Gonzales, and others. Glad to see this footage come to light. This park birthed some legends in the BMX world.
Box: Cameron Birdwell (orange shirt white full face), Kurt Yaeger (white shirt, white hat, 2 legs), Damein “Squirrel” Skinella (White shirt, blue open full face), Ryan Nyquist (blue shirt, black protec), Chad Kagy (red shirt, white protec), Craig Hoffman (white full face and super long hair), Jeremy Bettendorf (yellow bike), Matt Mardesich (yellow protec), Chris “Butthead” Bryant (blue shirt, white full face), Jimmy Garcia (white shirt, white open face)
Vert: Ron Wilkerson, Mike Krnaich, Oscar Gonzales
While filming for the infamous Schwinn video Dave Osato & Jay Miron decided to drive south of the border and ride Andrew Ryer’s ramps. Andrew had his camera that day and filmed the session.
Featuring Dave Osato, Jay Miron, Andrew Ryser, Ben Marin, Rich Hirsch, Jason Enns, & Nathan Penonzek.
At the end there are a few clips at Jarek’s ramps which were in the same town.
Stew Johnson put together this awesome video on Jay Miron. Jay talks about his time in BMX and his next chapter in life post BMX.
Jason Enns // Podcast
Produced in collaboration with: Dig BMX
Big thanks to John Lee for finding this tape and sending it back to me! John Bristol riding some normal spots we would ride in the early 00’s. The slam at the end left John with a severely bruised pelvis and trouble walking for a few weeks!
The first of many tapes that Cameron Birdwell & I pulled out of 2-hip headquarters. Follow the team as they travel from Canada south. Riding skateparks, street, Burnside skatepark, the 30 trails, backyard ramps and more! Other riders you may spot are Cameron Birdwell, Dave Thom, Shad Johnson, Curtis Easterbrook, DaveOsato, Eric Walter, & lots more!