Things have been super busy here around the Unscene homestead. Six weeks to go until the exhibit kicks off and the countdown is on!
First up the promotional posters and postcards came back from the printers a few weeks ago and they look real nice! In the coming weeks I’m hoping to do a promo drop around bike shops and other fine establishments. If you would like to put up a poster and leave some postcards around your workplace or your favourite hang out, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work something out.
The frame and clothing fixtures have been bought and the exhibit layout is going to plan. Glynn Hicks at Hicks Sign Co has started printing the first batch of text and photography boards. I really cant wait to see how these turn out! I have done the majority of interviews for the year with the exception of a few last minute ones. I am really happy with the information I have complied for the exhibit so far. The interview process will resume again in 2014 and that will really start to add finer details to the timeline. You wouldn’t believe how everything that happened in Brisbane during that era is all linked to one another! All that extra detail will be included in the first edition of the timeline and ultimately the Unscene book that will begin next year!
The exhibit opening times have been set:
Saturday 26th October – 10:00AM-4:00PM Sunday 27th October – 10:00AM-4:00PM
For those of you who want to ride their bikes to the exhibit, bicycle parking will be located in the back courtyard of Jugglers Art Space. Please bring a lock if you choose to ride – the well being and safety of your bike is in your hands and Unscene or Jugglers will not be held liable if your bike gets stolen. I hear there will be a few group rides happening over the weekend which I think is a great idea!
Finally, don’t forget to like the Unscene Instagram and Facebook accounts. Its a little difficult to post things on the website everyday and there are cool little bits on FB and
Instagram that may not see otherwise!
A few months back Anthony Brown donated some pictures to the Unscene project. As it happens we came across some dated photographs of a Street ride that happened 20 years ago today. There was a mixed bag of 15 riders who came along that day and here are some pictures and insights as to what went down.
The session started at the usual time 11 o’clock and the usual place at George Street McDonalds. The phrase ’11 o’clock George Street McDonalds’ was a term well known to most Brisbane Street riders back in the early ’90’s. 320 George Street was a great location where everyone could meet up and have some fast breakfast without the busyness of the mall crowds. A two dollar shop next door was popular to buy extra batteries for Walkmans and bootleg cassette tapes to listen to while out riding. It was also diagonal to ‘the playroom’ – a marble ledge which was often the first place of call on our daily mission. More often than not you could just roll up to the spot on a Sunday and expect to meet someone to go ride.
After the McDonalds closed, it turned into a posh watering hole for legal eagles and more recently a topless bar for gentlemen. Classy.
Sometimes the riders would venture out of the CBD and explore surrounding areas for new places to ride. This West End bank to fence in Mollison Street was found during one of those rides and became an occasional alternative to city riding. The property was a vacant block of land next to a factory guarded with a mesh fence and with a dirt lip it made for an ideal bank to fence ride. The road was pretty quiet 20 years ago which allowed for an easy run up. Today the same vacant land still resides but is fenced off and unrideable. The popular West End precinct has made places like Mollison Street a busy road now littered with cars and regular traffic.
(Above: Across the road from the vacant land sat these old flats. To keep up with high density living, the flats were knocked down and new apartments were built in the late 1990’s. Left to right. Ross Lavender, David Hines, Red, Dame & Fakie watching Sjon Wakeham about to hit the fence. Photo courtesy of Anthony Brown.)
(Above: Michael Canfield taking pictures of Clint Millar riding the fence. On a side note this was one of the first times Clint sessioned the city on his Prody frame. More information on Prody at the Exhibit. Photo courtesy of Anthony Brown.)
(Above: This is what the bank to fence looks like now.)
Southbank Parklands opened 20th June 1992. It was an exciting extension to the old Expo ’88 site which expanded Brisbane’s cultural, educational and recreational precinct. This in turn provided new places for riders to explore, session and learn how protective security was of its new parklands. Still, it didn’t stop anyone from trying and if you were moved on you simply rode another part of the parklands until they moved you on from there. On this particular day we rode the stairs and water features and the ledges along the promenade before they gave us the boot.
(Above Top: Left to right – Todd Neville & Conrad Gibbs watch Brad ‘B.T.’ MacDonald hop one of the water features. Above Bottom: The backside from one of Anthony Brown’s photographs. Courtesy of Anthony Brown.)
(Above: Gotta love a man in uniform. Not long after this photo we moved over to Kangaroo Point. Courtesy of Anthony Brown.)
The Unscene exhibit promotional posters and postcards came back from the printers late last week and have started doing the rounds.
Lots of things have been going on with Unscene recently so thought I would share some of what’s been going on.
Firstly, all the sponsors are now locked for the Exhibit. Colony BMX is our major sponsor, followed by Hicks Sign Co, Vans, Jugglers Art Space and Robertos Custom Powder. Matt O’Sullivan over at Waxlyric has sent through the finalised artwork for the promotional material and it looks awesome. Matty is a Brisbane Flatlander from the 90s who has become a successful and highly experienced designer and photographer. It’s awesome to have guys like Matt and the Unscene sponsors helping out on this project, it really shows the love these guys have for BMX and our local history!
The photography backdrop and lighting arrived a few weeks back and my wife and I have been playing around photographing all the items which will be on display at the Exhibit. The purpose behind this is to document any locally bought and owned items from the ’85-’95 period and add it to the archives to help retain their historical significance.
The interviewing process has started up again. Recently I caught up with Todd Neville and Jeff Copwick. These guys had a lot to say about riding on the outskirts on Brisbane, how they came to meet other riders, and session new spots around Brisbane. I also interviewed Crossley Cycles owner Richard Crossley. Crossleys is Brisbane’s oldest BMX-only store and has been home to many riders for a long, long time. This week I am meeting with Gavin Hyde from the old G&J Cycles store in Capalaba. For those of you who don’t know, Gavin built quite a few local custom Freestyle frames including the Prody frames, Fakie’s Pygmie and other custom jobs and alterations. You can learn more about these great people at the Exhibit this October.
Unscene now has an instagram hashtag #unscenehistory. There are some great behind-the-scene pics and this will be another place to check in on Unscene updates that you won’t necessarily see on the website or Facebook.
Last but not least, in 2014 I will be starting a new page on the Unscene website listing competition results from many of the Freestyle comps from all over Australia. This page should be a great reference tool about the comps, the riders who attended, and generally the evolution of the sport side of Freestyle. If you have any old trophies, magazine clippings or any other info you think may be suitable please email me at email@example.com.
Tomorrow marks another great day out thanks to Pushies Galore.
Pushies Galore is a group of people that organise interesting bike events. This group consists of co-organisers Richard Butler and Gavin Bannerman, along with a team of helpers and enthusiasts.
At its core, Pushies Galore celebrates things done with integrity, quality, honesty and a sense of fun. This flows through all aspects of the Pushies Galore: the events, the vendors, the show ‘n’ shine bikes, the website.
If you come to Pushies Galore in July, you will see bikes lovingly put together, drink coffee made with care and enjoy a day that is for all cyclists. Likewise, through Pushies Galore’s online presence, we aim to show you glorious bikes, new insights and the latest updates.
The last few years have been super successful and tomorrow plans to be even bigger.
Here’s a bit of a rundown for the day:
There will be a stack of bikes on display across all cycling styles along with a BMX build-off which should be pretty interesting to see.
Unscene sponsor Robertos Custom Powder will be there promoting their services and Prosixtyfive will have a stack of awesome gear for sale. I will have an Unscene stall with Vans gear for sale to raise funds for the Exhibit so be sure to stop by and have a chat.
Hope to see you all there!
I am stoked to announce Brisbane based sign company Hicks Sign Co has joined the list of sponsors for the Unscene Exhibit.
Glynn is one of the few riders in Brisbane who has been riding non-stop for over 30 + years. As a Dutton Park local he grew up with his brother Dean riding the famous Red Hill dirt jumps and racing at some of the early BMX tracks, including Windsor and Redlands. In 1985 Glynn was performing Freestyle shows with Johnny Chopper owner/fabricator Gary Winmill at shopping centres and school fetes. He was also seen on the children’s TV program Boris’s Breakfast Club launching off a rickety quarter pipe. For a period Glynn also skated and was featured in local skate rags and regularly sessioned the mini ramp in his back yard.
Glynn continued his Pro BMX career during the 1990’s and worked for his own business Hicks Sign Co. Most afternoons Glynn was seen building and riding the dirt jumps on the Brisbane Corso with the Fairfield and Yeronga crew, so much so the locals named them the Glynn Jumps. Glynn also screen printed the first batch of Prody t-shirts and hand cut vinyl decals for three of the Prody frames.
These days Glynn still races and runs Hicks Sign Co. With his passion and dedication for BMX he also operates Prosixtyfive – a store dedicated to buying, selling and restoring old BMX gear. Just recently Glynn placed 3rd in the 45+ Mens Cruisers at the BMX National Championships.
Be sure to check out the sponsors page for more info on Hicks Sign Co. and Prosixtyfive.
2Hip’s most iconic tee is back thanks to the guys at 2Hip bikes!
2Hip was a popular brand within the Brisbane Freestyle scene around the late 80’s and early 90’s. Riders wore the shirts, slapped the 2Hip logo on their bikes and helmets, subscribed to the ‘zine, and watched the videos. All this fine gear and the Wilkerson Airlines WAL RIOT frame/fork/bashguard kits were available in Brisbane through Trend BMX.
The OG logo is now for sale over at the 2Hip site for $19.99 USD. International shipping is available for Australian customers for approx $15.00 USD Airmail and $25.00 USD Priority Mail. If you are an Australian customer and would like to place an order, email 2Hip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to see some original 2Hip gear, the Unscene exhibit will be displaying a series 2Hip shirts and a WAL RIOT frame and fork. If you would like to know more about the history of 2Hip bikes, you can click here.
That’s right kids! After a very successful Kickstarter program, Hal Brindley and Leigh Ramsdell over at Oldscool BMX have re-released a limited run of classic 2B Home Cooked, Play and Useless clothing.
For those who don’t know, 2B, Play and Useless were some of the most popular BMX clothing brands of the 1990’s. Their quirky and inventive designs kept BMX fun and colourful during some pretty lean times in BMX history. After all this time, it’s great to see these guys screen printing again and bringing back a little love to BMX!
On a side note, Hal is currently in Canada hanging out with Polar Bears and kayaking with Beluga Whales. To follow his wildlife adventures check out www.travel4wildlife.com – his stories and videos are truly remarkable!
For those of you who don’t know a helmet legislation came info effect in Queensland back in 1991, enforcing all cyclists to wear a helmet. Naturally this didn’t go down too well in the Freestyle community and examples similar Clint’s story became a regular occurrence.
Click here to read Clint’s story!
(Above: Clint Millar – Fenceride, West End 1993. Courtesy of Anthony Brown.)
Just Tricks is one of the first and longest running Freestyle teams in Brisbane. In 1979 Allen Newton, one of the original Redlands BMX Club founders, formed the team where the riders performed hundreds of shows at schools, fetes, premieres, motor shows, BMX events and famously at World Expo 88.
According to Allen Newton’s journal, Just Tricks performed at Sandgate State School 27 years ago today.
(Above: Left to right – Steve Smith, Chris Deeks, Tim & Tony Newton performing at Sandgate State School. Photo: Courtesy of Steve Smith)
Tim, Troy & Tony Newton, Steve Smith, Chris Deeks, Andrew & Michael Hatch, Nicki Aleman and Robert Cooper are some of the known riders to perform for Just Tricks.
You will be hearing much more about the team and their riders in coming blog posts but be sure to visit the Unscene exhibit this October, to see artifacts, photos and more info on the Just Tricks team.