One of the missions that I’ve discussed in a previous blog ended up being carried out. Like I said in that post, the location is kinda sensitive. I do not really wanna get in trouble again so I’m not going to name any names. But anyway I went to the spot after a very long day. Started off riding New Jersey and ended up back in Manhattan. I left the big group I was with due to the nature of the mission and went off with only one of my best friends who I trust filming me in high stress situations. It was about 9:30 at night on St.Patricks day. We started making our way to the midtown location when we realized it was too early to try the trick at the spot. So to kill time we got food, ended up drinking too much and then we were on our way. I landed the trick after about 3 tries. The security guard was pretty
hopefully this doesn’t give it away
much oblivious to us at that part of the plaza. Despite having a light mounted to the camera that is 25 watts and has a color temp of 5600K. The light was so bright that other people in this place were looking at us but the security guard was still oblivious. Because of this I got a little greedy and tried to do a couple of different tricks but they caught on and the place became a little too hot. At this point we left celebrating only one clip, that wasn’t really what I wanted but it was still good. Now I know if I ever want to go back and try that trick again for the next video part I have to film that it has to be at 11:00 at night. I will be back.
I’ve been planning some stuff for quite some time now. They are all BMX related. I haven’t scared myself in a long time and I feel like thats what I need to get things back to the way they should be. Its been hard to follow through with some shit lately because of the season, and I’m an “adult” now.
So a while back, probably like November, I was riding in Brooklyn. Hood Brooklyn. Heading back towards the city I came across this stair set at an Applebees in Bed Stuy. This set was the biggest I had actually seen. My friend who I was with said to me something like “Yo this is gonna be the one for the end.”, talking about the final clip for my video part I am filming for, but he said it as a joke because its actually huge. So I sized it up, roe up to it a couple of times, and finally said something like “yeah this is the one.” He was shocked that I actually agreed to do this.
So, I’ve been trying to find a good time to go back to that spot and send the trick I’m planning down this huge stair set into Fulton street, which is a major road in Bed Stuy. That will happen soon.
The next thing on my to-do list is something that is not going to be easy. Also not gonna get specific on locations because this shit is soooo illegal. This spot has around the clock security, is what I’ve heard, and the security guards are always out for blood. (this location is right by school, so make your assumptions) I have been going to this spot for years, always scoping it out knowing one day I would absolutely HAVE to try and get a clip there. Its not going to be easy, and I might even get arrested, but that’ll always make for good content.
This might happen Tuesday if the weather holds up. if it doesn’t I’m gonna have to try for after I get back from spring break.
Too much planning goes into some of the shit I do on my bike, which people think is ridiculous. It can get pretty dangerous sometimes. I have to be in the right mindset to do these things, and lately I haven’t been. I’m going to force myself to be productive.
Riding BMX can be fun, and it can also be some scary shit sometimes. It all depends on the situations you get yourself into and where. For the last 6 years or so of my life I’ve been riding BMX, which if you’re not familiar its when an adult still rides a kids bike and does “tricks” on it. Personally I hate that description, but thats how most people get it. In my situation, I primarily ride street. That means I go out with my bike, and FBI, if you’re reading this, don’t hit me up, but I “destroy” property. What I do on my bike is a bit controversial, but we won’t get too deep into that right now.
When I go out to ride street, especially in the city, I am looking for specific types of things to ride. Most of these things just so happen to be private property and some of them are public.
Riding in the city can get very crazy. Majority of the time spent riding is going from spot to spot. Due to how crowded the city is, and how many cops there are, along with the vast number of private security guards that are stationed at most of the commercial and private buildings all of the city, it is very hard to actually ride spots here. This is when we as BMX riders “mob” through traffic. This is when, if there is enough of us, we make it onto the news. It has happened before. Many times. And it is sooooo fun.
I think what makes it so fun is the risk factor. Growing up you were always told by your parents to not play in traffic, so there was always a little hint of rebellion towards everything your parents told you not to do. So yeah, now I play in traffic. All the time. And it is amazing. The rush of cars flying past you as you pedal down the middle of a block in Manhattan is amazing. I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything in the world.
We’re approaching spring, which means I will be in the streets way more than I have been recently and I can’t wait. This means I will actually use my Instagram, so get on that and check out the stuff I do in the streets.
We are currently in the digital age. We HAVE been in the digital age for some time now. Technology is rapidly improving. You can now get a camera with 8k resolution, cell phones have 4k resolution cameras, and pretty soon cars will probably fly. With That being established, whats the point of using tape as a capture format.
I’ve been using my camera, the Sony VX1000, to film BMX for going on three years I’m pretty sure. In that time I’ve mastered the functions of it, along with filming with it. It is not easy. At ALL. It is a complete hassle. It is very easy to lose footage, and it is very easy to screw up footage if the tape is not handled properly. I’ve done it all. I’ve lost clips, I’ve corrupted clips, and I’ve deleted clips on accident. Knowing how fragile the format is, I am very cautious as to who I let handle the equipment.
The quality of the camera is nothing more than poor, but it has got quite a homely feel to the footage. It sorta reminds you of your childhood if you were born in the 90’s.
I just tried to upload some footage to this post, but video is not supported on here if you don’t have a premium account, which I do not and I don’t plan on upgrading to one. So if you’d like to some shitty footage from the VX and my other cameras that use tape, hit my Instagram.
It is fun sometimes to film like that, but most of the time it is quite the pain in the ass. Especially when after you get clips and somebody asks to see how it came out, and to do that it is very difficult. It is an extensive process all on its own and the repercussions if done incorrectly can be catastrophic, which I am all to familiar with.