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.”
“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 »