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…