Remember That Dude: Jeff Harrington

Not that I need reminding in terms of choosing the different people to discuss as part of this new ‘segment’, but I just watched Props Megatour 4 Florida (the security fiasco) which featured Jeff Harrington, the dude that this weeks post will focus on. Initially, I don’t remember growing up idolising Jeff, but I do remember seeing him in various Props and magazines and thinking how sweet all the weird shit he did was. Building on last weeks post on Tom Haugen, I think I have chosen Jeff Harrington because yes, he is sick on a bike, but mostly because of his killer attitude. Before I go any further, familiarise yourself;

Whilst his outlook towards BMX and life didn’t capture my attention as much back then as it does now, it is nonetheless an admirable quality. Taking the introverted route, I would say he managed to gain the respect of the wider BMX community through doing things his own way, without the help of a large company. I think he says it quite plainly in the above interview when asked about how he feels towards people who are sponsored who may not particularly deserve it;

“People, you know, put themselves out there, you know and try to, you know everyone knows everybody in this industry. I pretty much just keep to myself and ride. So, if I get sponsored, it should be on my riding, not anything else.”

and again;

“If we’re riding, we should be sponsored for our riding, not what we look like.

And he closes out the interview perfectly;

“If I lose the smile, I ain’t riding no more, I mean that’s the only reason I’m riding you know, it’s just fun.”

Judging from this update, from FBM in 2013, it would appear as though the dude is still riding, making bikes, filming edits and is still sticking to his values as an originally driven, passionate and driven individual.

I would also like to note that I am by no means an expert on this dudes life or impact into BMX. The above is no doubt only scratching the surface, but it makes me stoked to know that BMX was benefitted, and to an extent, helped produce, people like this. I wish there were more weird ass people like Jeff Harrington in BMX, it keeps things fresh and unpredictable. I also wish that people would take not of his wise, wise words.

The above video interview was from 1995. Fast forward to now and this is where we find ourselves;

STOP BEING FASHION AND GET WEIRD FOR DEREK NELSONS SAKE

Posted by VockoOn 27/08Comment »

Blackened Spirit

My room mate showed me this the other night and to be honest, I was pretty blown away. Snowboarding is not something I really follow and I probably still won’t, but man, this is some quality shit. For the most part, the filming is a la’ skating/BMX (other than the billion dollar helicopter shots) and a bunch of the dudes just hit FUCKING HUGE rails. Got me stoked, so maybe it will resonate with a bunch of you muppets too. If you are strict for time, just watch the first section, that will give you a pretty good idea of what’s going on. Super jealous of some of those rails;

Posted by VockoOn 26/08Comment »

Weed Lord Jeremy Vandergrind

The dude;

So many fucking amazing clips and spots in this. Too many to point out, I loved the long rail manual, the long feeble, Raph’s MASS cunt luc-e, pretty much everything at the in and out dish thing and of course, all the above;

Posted by VockoOn 25/081 comment »

Jesus Weapon Group

The weather bureau once again predicted rain all weekend the fucking dogs. As usual they blew it and Sunday remained fine which was such a relief, it’s been 3 weeks away from the bike and it SUCKS. Had the best day riding, even though 3/4 of the crew were scattered elsewhere.

Thanks to Brock/Mason for nailing filming duties here;

Brock did dumb shit like it was nothing, not even film worthy;

I think we need to re-visit this line sometime, although I had bad vibes being in this school. I have never been fined for riding street in schools but one day it will come;

So excited for this;

The 1 and only, Joshua Irvine;

Sunshine again, because I love it;

Sunshine-y, jangly vibes;

Posted by VockoOn 25/08Comment »

Liberal Enterprise Doggy

LISTEN TO THIS IN YOUR HEAD IT WILL REIGN:

Posted by VockoOn 24/08Comment »