I was first introduced to the Dangerous Posse (DP) through Big Salad, since then I have become a frequent viewer of their blog, edits and ran into them a few times whilst out searching for spots. For anyone who doesn’t know, DP are a crew of skaters from Brissy who share the same passion as we do; hitting spots, talking shit, partying and having fun. I thought it would be interesting to shoot DP ringleader Luke Rigby some questions about DP, skating and life.
Dangerous Posse. What is it all about and how did it start?
The dangerous posse is a crew of tight homies that skate , party and just have goodtimes together. The whole crew always hung out before the Posse was started, it was really just putting a name to the crew.
The name came from the 36 Mafia song and just stuck. At the start there was about 5 of us, now we are about 20 deep and also have a little blog going on over at dangerousposse.com and just recently had a feature article about our crew.
What is an average weekend like for you guys?
Average weekend would be quite similar to most of the street riders I know. Hope for good weather, figure out some spots to skate, try film some clips and then on occasion hit the PP depending on whats going on in the city or valley .
I’ve noticed that you guys all get along really well with the BMX dudes. For me, that is kind of weird because for as long as I can remember, skaters have despised us BMXers. What is your opinion on BMX and do you think the Skating Vs BMX relationship is changing?
Yeah man that’s still the stereotype and always will. Once you grow out of that stage you realize most of us are out to do the same thing. Growing up with the likes of Paul Robbo Robertson who with out a kid on the way would be the best guy in BMX right now, Corey Bohan, Dave Dillawarrd and the MOST FAMOUS Yonny Wakfeild, I met heaps of people through BMX, from filmers, photographers to company owners. I think the link between the 2 is getting closer, when you see Shared edits with the likes of Cole and chase dehart and Theotis with Riders. I think its cool to see .
PS myself and yonny introduced BIG SALAD to the PP.
Your a pretty rad filmer. How did you get into filming and what are your desires for the future?
Cheers man. Pretty much just got into it with the idea just to film and capture everyone ripping, once everyone got better than me I kept on the filming idea more and chilled on the skating. Its hard to get decent money in Aus for Filming, so the future is just to keep filming have fun and see where it goes.
I recently watched the Transworld Skate cinematographers project and bare witness to the different, yet equally talented filming mediums. What is your opinion on the SD Vs HD debate?
I think the debate is the problem, so many people get attached to Vx and cant let go. Sure it looks amazing with a MK1 but it is 20 yr old technology. I filmed with that for years and now I film HD. And I couldn’t be happier. Jason hernandaz (nike filmer) said it best you don’t roll around in your car with a record player because it sounds better, you have a Cd or and ipod. Times change.
Always can sit down and watch a SD video and like it just as much as a new Hd video. I try to look at the skating and filming techniques more then just the format .
Skating seems to always be one-step ahead of BMX in terms of fashion, culture, money, filming and spots. Why do you think that is?
Just because we are better hahah nah, Im no expert on those topics, but I think filming and spots has just been skaters way of doing things from day 1, video parts in skating have always been the highest regarded part in skateboarding. I think BMX bringing out more and more videos and good videos will only progress the sport, but also that culture and fashion that all the kids look up to in the skate world.
There are some amazing filmers in BMX and am always on the look out to see what they come up with for a video. Money I guess ties into a number of factors. A lot of skate companys products appeal outside of skateboarding, which in turn brings a lot more cash to the brand and skateboarding.
Do you guys have any special methods for discovering new spots?
No special ones, Instagram is good these days when people post stuff up, also just watching local videos weather its skate or bmx, you can usually find a couple of gems if you ask the right people .
Plus any skater is always on the look out for any spot, especially if im in a new place I cant help but look around for stuff skatable .
Back in the day (5 or so years ago) if I rolled down to any local park, it would be packed with skaters. Nowadays its kind of reversed towards BMX and ‘scooters’. How do you see the future of Brisbane’s skating scene playing out?
Scooters are the worst thing in the world, im happy if there is never a scene of that in Brisbane in the future. Brisbane skate scene is getting back to its best, there is a bunch of crews around now and plenty of young kids popping up in skateparks. I think the penny / longboards sensation is taking off now, and hopefully they naturally progress to a normal skateboard.
You mentioned you grew up with Robbo, what was that like? Can you try to explain to the kids what Robbo is like?
Growing up with Robbo was life changing in more ways then one. It was and still is goodtimes on the reg. To try and explain Robbo to the kids is pretty damn hard its almost like you just have to be there. But me and corey had it figured out a while back when Robbo was at his peak of his career, his mind was always 10 – 20 minutes a head of what he was actually doing. So if he was riding he would be thinking about what he was eating after. He always has a good outlook on everything and can always make a bad situation good in seconds. I guess if your lucky enough to know him you know what im talking about.
Still in regards to filming and the future, you got any plans for a DP DVD? How will that look?
Oh yeah DP video is in the works man. It will be HD. Pretty phscyed on it too, everyone in the crew has been putting in work, its coming along nicely and should be out mid year.
I feel you on the SD/HD debate. I guess that eventually, SD will become extinct through natural progression. What is your current filming set-up?
Yeah im sure it will be around for small clips and different stuff, but it wont be the norm thats for sure. Current set up im rolling with is Panasonic HVX200, which i actually bought of Stewart Munro (best filmer in the world ) just ask him. Nah he hooked it up good. Have a Opteka Fish Eye at the moment and hopefully after the DP video i willl purchase a Xtreme Fisheye or just steal Biggys. I run a Opteka Light with it too.
Who are some of your favourite filmers, BMX and skate wise?
In skate there is so many good ones these days, a few of my Favs would be Jason Hernandaz, Mike Manzoori and probably French Fred.
In Bmx from what ive seen, which wouldn’t be everything, I would say Will Stroud I think he kills it. I have seen a bunch of other Dvds I’ve liked but wouldn’t know all the filmers in them.
Thanks firstly to CRI$PY for doing this interview, hopefully there will be more crossover stuff in the future .
Thanks to DP fam .. , Corey, Robbo, Dillsy, Yonny, Biggy B, Stewart, Stray Deadly Crew .. everyone else that ive met through BMX ..
Cheers to Mikey @ AFRAY for Package Hook ups. And anyone that reads this!
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