I keep a camera on me just about everywhere I go, and ever since I got my hands on a Hasselblad it’s quickly become my everyday carry. So when it came time to fly to Arizona for the Prickly Pear Jam I knew I’d be bringing two things. My FGFS bike and this camera. I’ve traveled to a lot of places and for the most part when it’s hot, it’s humid. But AZ was a dry heat that I don’t think any of us were prepared for. It was by and far one of the most blisteringly hot places I’ve ever been and sent everybody home with either a tan or a sunburn by the end of the jam. 9 hours of riding beneath the desert sun will do that to you. Shout out to Mike T. Schmitt for hosting the event and getting the band back together again.
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I’m not sure how it happens, but everything that’s shot on the Hasselblad 503cx comes out looking like pure gold. Even with film that expired more than 15 years ago. Big thanks to everyone who came out for the event and put up with me constantly herding everyone together for family photos. I know I ask a lot, but having photos to remember these times are worth it in the end. Until next time my dudes.
Here are a handful of 35mm shots I took during the two days we were in Arizona before the Prickly Pear Jam. All the footage we caught during that time made it’s way into the “Chain Gang” video which you can see by either clicking the link or scrolling down to the bottom of this post. It was great to ride with some familiar faces in some unfamiliar territory.
The Prickly Pear Jam is one FGFS event that won’t soon be forgotten. Both by those who attended and those who kept up with it around the globe. It threw a can of gasoline on the fire and stoked out the entire community. Equivalent to what Mid West Mayhem did for the scene more than 6 years ago. If you missed any of the event coverage than here’s a little bit more for you to marinate on. Stay broke, shoot film. Olympus OM-1 (35mm)
Alright everyone, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. This morning Mike Schmitt released this 14 minute video from our recent trip to Arizona for the Prickly Pear Jam. Here’s what he had to say. “Chain Gang was filmed the week of The Prickly Pear Jam event in May 2016 in Arizona. Having so many riders from all over in one location gave us the opportunity to really stack footage. Shout out to all the riders who came out to Arizona and rode with us. We dedicate this video to everyone still riding a FGFS bike.” Press play, check out some screen shots below and enjoy 14 minutes of some of the best fixie footwork in the game.
“Turn your bike sideways and do whatever the hell you want” were the only words I said when shooting these photos. I wish I could have captured a profile photo of everyone who came out the the Prickly Pear Jam in Arizona, but I only walked away with portraits of these 8 during the 3 days we were there. Scroll through and take a look at some all too familiar faces. After that, this concludes my photo coverage of both the jam and my brief stay to the land of the sun, or better put “A sunny place for shady people”. Who knows where the next jam will lead us.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Those words couldn’t be more true as the 2016 Prickly Pear Jam in Arizona comes to a close. Huge shout out to everyone who showed up and an ever louder applause to Mike Schmitt for bringing everyone together. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next jam like this is going to take place. Until then, enjoy scrolling through these 50 of the images I took during the day of the event, and keep your eyes peeled for a video of the Jam coming soon.
That’s it folks, the 2016 Prickly Pear Jam in Arizona is officially a wrap. This has been one of the best FGFS events there has been in years and it’s something that will be remembered for a long time to come. Scroll through and check out a handful of photos from our second day in town and Keep your eyes peeled for shots from the jam coming out tomorrow.
Day One and we’re already sun burnt. Everyone is beginning to trickle in for the Prickly Pear Jam Saturday. It’s been 100+ degrees each day we’ve been here and I’m already in the market for an endless amount of sun screen, a bigger hat, and a sweat towel. We’ve wasted no time in getting broken off and feeling like death at the end of the day. Check out a bunch photos from the first day of our trip here in Arizona and be on the look out for more photos rolling out in the next couple of days.
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I’ve never surfed the ocean, but I have surfed a ton of couches in my day. Our good friend Leaf Chang did us one better and set Mike Schmitt & I up on an actual bed during the time we spent in New York last year. For those who don’t already know, Leaf designs most of the graphics for G.O.A.T, which has gotten a huge breath of life over the last few months during the release of their first track bike. I’m stoked to see how much hype they’ve created in the community with this project and can’t wait to see where they take it from here. Check out more photos below.