Tommy Mao has been going to school and living in San Francisco for quite some time now. Occasionally he comes out to shred and explore what street spots SF has to offer. I took this picture of him posted up in front of a Mexican market in The Mission a while ago. If anybody has seen Tommy lately, they know this is an older photo of him solely based on the fact that he’s missing the manly beard he’s developed over the last couple of months. There’s nothing like a couple chin hairs to make you look 10 older. Be on the lookout for more photos of Tommy mobbing around w/ us.
From the ashes of The Grime, a new bike company has risen. TURF is a Fixed Gear Freestyle company established late 2013. We’ve spent the majority of this year filming all over the country with some of the best in the business to bring you a video that you won’t soon forget. This 2 minute teaser is just a taste of what’s to come. Keep your eyes peeled for the full length video dropping early 2014. WORD-IS-BOND
Its a well known fact that Anthony Combs has some of the biggest hops in the game, and is a regular kangaroo jack of the Fixed Freestyle scene. But little know that he’s one of the funniest dudes you’ll probably ever meet. He’s also an impressionist, a designer, and a cold blooded killer on the dance floor. Stay tuned for more little known facts about the team. Photo Credit : Jason Sellers
San Francisco is so densely packed with street spots that often times we wander aimlessly in search of new shit to shred. Seitaro Iki took this photo of Devon Lawson hitting an ice pick on this wall rail we found in our neighborhood. I’m usually not that into vertical compositions, but lately I feel like I enjoy them more and more. It could be that I spend so much time working with video that I’m not used to so many vertical pixels. Now I know what you’re thinking, and you’re correct. The “Big D” is Devon’s pro model hat from Premier Fits. Check out some more of Seitaro’s photography around the city HERE.
This is hands down Jeff Dempler’s best work yet. He’s released a few Solo edits over the course of this year, none of which hit harder than this one. He’s been around since the creation of Wheel Talk and was the one who pushed me to ride in the early years. All of the follow shots in this looked butter smooth and gave the video a fast pace feel. It’s been a strong year for us over here at Wheel Talk and we’re already brewing plans of attack for next year. Until then press play and enjoy. Read more
Christian Hamrick went down and slammed into this electrical box while trying to catch a line in Oakland today. He’s alright, but is pretty banged up. We’ve been mobbing around with a ton of people lately. Which has been a refreshing change of pace after doing so much riding alone in The City. Dave Beard is on it with the photos, and already posted a bunch of shots from today. Head over to his website to check out more. Photo Credit – Dave Beard
On the way to the spot we stopped by a hardware store to pick up some supplies so we could do some community service and open up a new spot. The bolts used to cap these rails were no match for our massive monkey wrench. We all stuck some tricks, packed up our bags and headed into downtown Oakland in search of street spots. We concentrate so much time in catching the clip that we often forget to get a photo. It’s been rad having Dave Beard around to shoot photos while we’re filming. Be on the look out for the Turf Bikes “Word is Bond” Video. Photo Credit – Dave Beard
Zane Meyer recently released Devon Lawson’s Section in Can’t Fool The Youth 2 for the public to enjoy online. His section in the video was easily the heaviest part of the DVD which is most likely why it was saved for last. I filmed quite a bit of the clips in it, and was the most stoked on how the intro turned out. I don’t know which I enjoyed more, filming or editing everyone’s reactions. Dealing and bargaining with security is the worst part of the job, but there’s nothing more gratifying than coming back to conquer the beast before getting the boot for a second time in one day. If you haven’t already seen this, stop reading and press play already.
Wheel Talk Team Member Valentin Racho has some of the most technical barspin tricks in the game. Seitaro Iki shot this photo of him throwing a barspin into the bank at some skatepark in Southern California. With the Team living all across the country we don’t get to ride together as much as we’d like. But it gives us the opportunity to act as ambassadors and help push the scene in each of our respective communities. Valentin is the youngest dude on the team, and is going to play a huge role the future of Fixed Freestyle
I’ve been playing catch up, and posting up some photos that we shot a while back. Here’s one that Seitaro Iki took of me doing a tuck no hander while we were on tour in Fukuoka, Japan. Devon Lawson & I took a look at this heavily guarded pyramid spot a couple of times while we were there, but weren’t able to catch clips on it until our last day in Fukuoka. I don’t know what the deal is w/ spots in Japan, but they would never build anything like this here in the States.