After the release of his latest two edits, Throb Dickcrotchyo has begun to raise an eye or two. Armed with a VX1000, a mathematics degree, a large set of rail balls, a love for dogs as well as not giving a fuck about much else, the dude ticks a lot of boxes in my eyes. I have been talking to Rob recently and have organised myself enough to hit him with a few Q’s about life, dogs, work, rails, friends etc (somewhat diverged areas of conversation from his recent TCU interview).
Yes, it is safe to say that I have a mancrush on Throb Dickcrotchyo, so read on doggies!
*The ice and feeble shot are not landed.
So for all the Australian’s out there, you’re a dude that rides bikes from Columbus Ohio, a city of about 800 000 in the middle of America. Can you describe your local riding scene?
My local riding scene is not that localized. On the weekdays I’ll hit up the homies and try to get a small session at rampus (our local little park) goin. Place is super fun, flatbars for days and a really good mini ramp. If we don’t meet up there we’ll cruise through OSU campus or maybe some close by schools that got a couple of things. Our downtown area sucks, but the outskirts of Columbus are riddled with hidden gems. The weekends are different though. It’s very common for us to hop in the car for a few hours and visit some hood antics extended family. Meeting people is one of the best parts of bmx.
Where did you grow up and what kind of influences molded you into the dude you are today?
I grew up a couple hours north of Columbus in a suburb of Cleveland. Cleveland scene was cliquey and full of bullshit, and it serves as a good reminder for me as to what NOT to be like. I had a few big influences growing up. One was baker 3. I guess I should mention at this time that I grew up with skateboarders. I was the only person that rode in our crew of friends for a long time. Back to baker 3 though, I’ve probably seen that movie over 100 times. It is the greatest. Another was my family. My mom is unconditionally supportive of me, and is the most accepting person I’ve ever met. She is the greatest. Thirdly was my dude AJ. Me and him were so psyched on handrails. We would go warm up grinding this bike rack, then pedal around and try to hop on rails and usually just eat shit. A huge changing moment in my life was when I first moved away and had to room with 9 other random dudes in a dorm. You’ll learn really quick that a lot of your previous beliefs aren’t shared by the larger world, and it makes you open up your mind.
You mentioned a few of your friends, AJ and Damian, and from what you described, it sounds like you have a tight little crew of homies, who do you usually ride with and can you describe them to the readers?
AJ hasn’t ridden since we were kids, but I still ride with damian on a daily basis. He is the grind god. He can ride a flatbar for 12 hours straight and not repeat a trick haha. He is also a great filmer and my travel companion. I also ride with Aleks and Nick a lot. Aleks is our secret russian weapon, and nick keeps me humble 5 days out of the week by reminding me I have no place on a mini ramp hahah
Let’s talk about the edit you just released. Firstly, it was fucking sick, how long does something like that take to film?
Thanks man! That edit took around 2 months to film probably. Damian and I went on a week long trip to Texas, a week long trip to Colorado, and a couple weekend trips to Cincinnati to film that. As far as actual hours filming though, around 10,000 haha, It’s not unlikely for something to take me hours or even days on end to pull. I got lucky with pretty much everything in there except the dub up dub flat ice down on the handicap type rail. That took FOREVER. I love filming with Damian though cuz he’s got my back. He is in it for the long haul once the camera comes out and I appreciate him for it very much.
I know you film with a VX and a little flipcam thing, do you ever run into difficulties filming with older technology?
Yes! I’m not psyched on it. It’s not fun relying on ancient relics when a trick is going to take hours to maybe be pulled once, never to be attempted again hahah. I love my VX1 as well though. Most comfortable camera to film with I’ve ever had. When something serious is going down though we put the dadcam on a tripod as a backup. fuck tape glitches man, fuck them so hard.
I know the edit only came out today, but already there has been widespread hype (including Darryl Tocco shouting you out). How does it feel to have created such hype?
Ya I saw that! I’m not hip on the social media game but my friend screen capped it and showed it to me haha. That is seriously too crazy. Tocco is such a bad ass on a bike, and behind a camera so I definitely felt like a little kid when I saw that. It’s pretty awesome that people are psyched but the best feeling is when people tell me it got them amped to go ride. Thats the feeling I search for when I’m watching edits, so it’s cool that a couple people wanted to shred after watching mine. Also nothing beats when the homies are psyched for you. I have the best group of friends in the world. It makes everything a lot easier.
The deal with Tempered. How did that eventuate and what are your plans?
Mat just hit me up recently and wanted to help me out. That was pretty awesome of him. My plans are to try and make qualifying for megaramp next year and represent tempered the best that I can ahah.
What with Tempered being an Australian company, what are your views on the Australian BMX scene, the riders, companies it has produced etc?
The Australian scene, at least in my eyes, has blown up. So many good riders, and videos coming out of australia. Cooper seems to have done a lot for the scene and presents it very well. Too many monsters to name off but people like marnold, brock olive and daniel johnson get me psyched to ride.
We here at Crispy Stream are extremely pro dog and highly value your commitment to the species. With that being said, I think I’ve read somewhere that your really into your dog, Yogi, what’s the deal with that?
Yogi is the greatest. he is 14.5 years old and is still killin the game. I love that little guy. He started out as a family pet, but was always mostly attached to me. When I moved away for school his health went to shit. We thought he only had a little time left so I brought him down to Columbus to live out his final days by my side. The move was so great for both me and him, his health immediately returned to him. That was about 3 years ago, and he has been doing great since!
You mentioned in the TCU interview that you recently graduated as a mathematician of sorts. What got you into that field and have you noticed any difference in your riding between the period you were studying and post graduation?
I started out as a computer science engineer and I hated it. I hated the classes and all the kids in the classes. Math just makes sense to me and I love how logical it is, so I said F it and changed my major a couple years in. I’ve definitely noticed a change in my riding since graduation but not in the way you’d probably think. I hate school so much that it helped make me realize how great riding bikes is. Ever since I got out of school I have been riding a so much more, and have felt a lot more comfortable on my bike. I also got injured a lot more while I was in school. I wouldn’t ride for a week or more because of school, and then go and trying something crazy if I got a free day, and usually just die trying it.
Aside from gaming, how do you spend your downtime? Do you have any wack hobbies or traits that most people don’t know about?
I like going to baseball games or bowling with my friends. I’m really into cliff diving too. Jumping off stuff into water is my shit, It’s the second best thing next to bmx. I’m also pretty into cooking, I make some world class enchiladas hahah.
Girls, what are your thoughts on them?
Maura is the best, She knows what derek dusters are. What more could any man ask for in a women? Also I had plastic pegs on for a week once and she told me I was gay hahaha.
For loyal TCU fans, the Hood Antics videos may be somewhat familiar, but for the general Australian BMXer who may not know, can you describe what Hood Antics is, what it’s about and who is involved?
Hood antics is just a name for me to dump footage under, and was created by accident. It’s sort of like a journal of people I meet and places I go. It’s really not about anything, and anyone or anything interesting i’ve seen or will see is involved. We have over 10 thousand full pro factory distro riders.
In terms of the major influence within BMX, the internet has to be number one. With such forces as TCU and social media where do you see the future of BMX heading?
Shit, I don’t know. A lot of people seem to worry about this. Bmx can head whichever way it wants, I don’t really consider myself part of it. I just ride bikes and as long as I got friends to do that with I’ll be psyched forever.
For your last two edits, you have chosen Eminem and Dr Dre, arguably two obvious choices, yet surprisingly suited to the overall vibe of the riding. Where does your taste in music come from and how do you go about choosing music to ride to?
Hmmm music. My taste in music is directly influenced by my friends for sure, and picking music to edit to is the absolute worst. I can never decide. I don’t even know what makes me settle on a final song. Sometimes it’s just damian, or Bo (fuckfuck CEO; hood antics affiliate) showing me a sick song. It’s got to be a song that gets me psyched though that’s for sure.
Crispy Stream is obviously one of the biggest sites in BMX at the moment, on an average day, how often do you and your dudes check it?
Thecrispystreamup.net is the sickest site out there. I first found out about it through a related link on porn hub and have been hooked since. Those dudes stay crispy for yolo.
Thanks a bunch to Rob for doing this interview as well as sending the photos over!
Posted by VockoOn 8/081 comment »