Ryan Guettler is currently in town and seeing as he hasn’t seen some of his old crew for a good 20 years we figured a rider’s reunion was in order. This past weekend a whole bunch of us old Brisbane crew got together for a BBQ, catch up and a ride down at Beenleigh bike park. Thanks to Ryan for making a video of the day…
I am fortunate to say Clint and I have been close friends for best part of 23 years. During that time Clint has grown from a one of Australia’s solid Flatlanders of the 1990s, to one of the worlds most talented Mini Ramp kings, and owner of Australia’s most successful bike company – Colony BMX.
Since his early riding days back in 1988, Clint’s life has always been about BMX. He has done pretty much everything that can be done within the BMX community and needless to say, every facet of Freestyle in Australia wouldn’t be what it is today without the guy.
To this day, his riding is still inspring – so smooth, technical and he can still bust his old Flatland combos without too much fuss.
If you would like to learn more about Clint’s competition history, check out the comp timeline here.
Don’t forget to bring your bike and come down to the Jam today! See you there!
Its hard to imagine that for almost 30 years Doug Larsen Park has been home to ramp riders, bowl moles and even a few flatlanders.
This Saturday, there will be a relaxed session down at Beenleigh to get a few of the old boys back on the bikes for an afternoon of hanging out and riding.
All ages and bikes are welcome so come along from midday, the 26th of July, for a great day in the QLD sunshine.
Happy New Year peeps. After a much needed break I am super pumped to get back on the Unscene wagon and deliver some really cool projects for 2014. Firstly I want to thank everyone for backing Unscene last year. All the riders, contributors and people who came out to the exhibit and supported the website really made this project worth while.
As most of you know, Unscene is dedicated to documenting and archiving the history of Brisbane Freestyle. What some of you may not know is during this process all the information and contributions come from the riders and industry people who were apart of the scene during this time. All the research that is compiled is verified through multiple reference points whether it be from riders, bike shop owners, competition organisers, newspaper clippings, journals, photographs, video, etc; to ensure maximum historical accuracy. In the past year I have come across a number of inconsistencies regarding Australian Freestyle history which were based on assumption or little supporting evidence. Not everything you read on social media and forums is necessarily true. Unscene aims to provide a resource hub based of factual evidence to support the history of our Freestyle scene.
Unscene is proud to announce the Unscene Archives have grown quite considerably in the past two years with over 60 hours of rider interviews, 2500 photographs, an extensive collection of competition flyers, show dates, magazines & newspaper clippings, footage, clothing, and locally made frames and bike parts. With all this information coming through we have some great projects coming out in 2014.
Firstly, the Brisbane Freestyle Timeline will be up and running in the next couple of months. This is the foundation of the Unscene project and will promise to provide factual insight into the original Freestyle scene of Brisbane. Outside of key dates, the timeline will feature photographs, newspaper clippings, links to videos and other media. Lix Bacskay of Lix BMX has been busy working on the back end of the site setting up the timeline program and upgrading the sites aesthetic. Lixy’s traditional art and design work has been gaining huge interest from international bike companies and industry people. Be sure to keep an eye out for her and coming BMX projects in the near future – you wont be disappointed!
Next (and the big Unscene project for 2014) is the Unscene book. The books sole purpose is to describe and explain how the Freestyle scene in Brisbane started and the journey the riders and community took just prior to Extreme games era. The book sources information from rider interviews, footage, journal entries, photographs and newspaper and magazine clippings. Basic layouts and planning for the book started a week ago with pre-orders available mid year for a late 2014 release.
There are a few other smaller projects currently in the works including a map of the Brisbane Freestyle Teams (from 1979 – 1995) and a directory of all known Australian Freestyle competitions from the first competition to todays events. Also, Unscene shirts and stickers will be available later in the year. More information will available on these in the coming months with a few extra suprises thrown in! Stay tuned…
For those of you who have not had the opportunity to meet Lix, she is a very talanted Brisbane based traditional and graphic artist, web designer and custom BMX builder/rider. Lix possesses the creative ability, and understanding of BMX to assist in the refinement and aesthetic that the Unscene website requires. Lix also hosts Radventure – an all ages BMX ride with the intent to get people outdoors and meet people who love BMX.
Keep an eye out for Lix and Lix BMX – I got a feeling you will be seeing more of her in the BMX scene.
(Image courtesy of Lix BMX)
Image courtesy of ASV Photographics
The opening night included 130 guests with Brisbane’s most iconic and professional Freestylers pre-1995. We had riders from every Freestyle scene in Brisbane from that decade – the Sloths, the Wholemeal Posse, the Brick on a String Posse, Prody, the Drain Kids, CTD, and Team Obscene just to name a few. At least one rider from every Brisbane Freestyle team from 1979 to 1995 was present on the opening night.
An autograph wall was set up at the entrance of the exhibit for many of the past Brisbane riders to sign. Over the weekend many of the old crew were also signing their pictures on the wall as well some of the bike frames on display. Randal Huntingon signed one of the few Maxxim Freestyle frames to exist and Denis Caddy and Scott Edintingon autographed one of Scott’s original General Fred Blood Pro frames.
A special screening of the Prody videos was on playing in the back courtyard wall. This was the first time the videos have been screened to the public in a number of years and Clint Millar has announced that the Prody boxset will be available in 2014. Speaking of Clint and Colony BMX we also showcased a prototype 20th anniversary Colony Prody frame. There is a massive interest in this frame being a re-release of a Brisbane made frame from 1993. Colony will be taking pre-orders of this bike in the coming months.
As the weekend rolled on there was a huge influx of old local riders coming out of the woodworks. More photographs, stories, bikes and video footage has emerged and will be added to future Unscene projects for archiving and documentation. With that, this is what Unscene is really about – preserving our local heritage and giving validation to a bunch of guys who made Freestyle in Brisbane, and Australia what it is today.
Lastly I would like thank everyone who contributed to the exhibit, and the sponsors – Clint Millar of Colony BMX, Glynn Hicks of Hicks Six Co/ Pro Sixty Five, Roberto from Robertos Custom Powder, Jerry Badders of Vans USA and Richard and Mik over at Crossley Cycles.
Photographs are available to view on the Exhibit page.
The Unscene Vimeo page is now up and running. The aim of the page is to become a resource of old Brisbane Freestyle footage from pre-1995. If you have any VHS or Beta footage you would like to contribute please drop me a line and I can have it digitally converted and added to the Vimeo page.
The first batch of video is courtesy of Carmelo Gilbert. The videos listed are the RADSports Freestyle Spectacular, August 1989 and a Beenleigh Competition from 87/88 I am yet to confirm. If you have any information on this comp please leave a comment. Oh, and if you see yourself in any of the video leave a comment with your name and time you are featured in the video. Hopefully we can get text added to the footage at a later date.
Less than two weeks to go and things are looking great for the exhibit.
I will be picking up the remainder of the exhibit items this week and have them cleaned and ready for display.
As I have mentioned in the past the exhibit will be displaying bikes, parts, clothing and other items associated with the Brisbane scene. I have been very fortunate enough to have many of the old riders loan their personal items and even donate some to the Unscene History Archives. I have a number of frames to show including the 1993 S&M Platform Dirtbike, a Revcore Freestyler, the only existing Maxxim Freestyle Prototype, Steve Smiths Haro frame and custom SLA forks (which he rode in Expo ’88); and three of the four Prody frames made by Gavin Hyde of G&J Cycles. There’s a bunch more frames but you will just have to come along and have a look for yourself.
There will also be Just Tricks, Pro Motion and Wheels Entertainment uniforms to show and over 20 original Freestyle shirts all worn by the local riders. These are great too look at, most are very worn, tatty with a few blood stains on them – it doesn’t get much more real than the riders blood itself!
There will be some video on display of early competition footage and locally made Freestyle videos including Brisbane’s first Freestyle video Sex, Drugs and Rock n Rolls, the Prody series (Clint Millar made videos pre-Colony days…) and some of the Drain Kids videos by Lucas Comino.
The text and photographs will be supported with a few QR Codes so if you don’t have a scanner on your phone be sure to download one! I am trying to keep all the text simple so whether you are a rider or someone off the street you will learn a lot about some of Brisbane’s unknown BMX history.
There will be quite a bit of info on the local competitions and trophies to display also. The comps became a great way to meet other riders and form this little unique family us riders had back then.
I still have quite a bit to do until the opening day. The project has become much more extensive than I originally anticipated but all I can say is if you love BMX and want to learn more about the roots of Brissy Freestyle this show is a must for you.
Finally, please share this post with everyone you know. The exhibit is free and is only open to the public for 2 days.
I will be available all weekend at the exhibit so feel free to introduce yourself and say hi.
Jugglers Art Space
103 Brunswick Street,
Brisbane, QLD, 4006
Opening Hours: Saturday 26th October – 10:00AM-4:00PM Sunday 27th October – 10:00AM-4:00PM