Monday, March 28, 2011

FlatWebTV / BSR Japan Charity T-Shirt

4/11, Update: I've sold all the shirts! I have a little over $200 to send to the Red Cross. It's not a huge sum of money but I know every little bit helps. Thanks to everyone who bought one of these.

A few days ago I got the urge to design a shirt that we can sell and then donate the money to relief efforts in Japan. A quick design and quick printing and voila! We have a limited number available, 5 medium and 5 large (and maybe 1 XL). Pricing is $17 shipped (within the 48 contiguous States) and 100% of that will go to the International Red Cross. If you are interested contact me via FlatWebTV's Facebook page.

Design notes: A simple red dot to represent the hino maru (Japanese national flag), turned into a 43-tooth sprocket with the words がんばれ 日本 across the gear (translated as "Do Your Best Japan!" which is a common rally cry in Japan). The FlatWebTV and BSR (Bicycle Soul Rider) logos are positioned below. Red ink on white short-sleeve.

Update: The signed XL is available now too. This was passed around at the Old School BMX Reunion on April 2 and signed by guys like Mat Hoffman, Dennis McCoy, Brian Blyther, Ron Wilkerson, Dave Nourie, Rick Allison, Rich Sigur, Tony Murray, Jose Yanez, Scott Freeman, Dylan Worsley and more. This one is a flat $43 shipped to the lower 48. Other destinations please contact me direct. 100% of the proceeds go to the International Red Cross to help relief efforts in Japan.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Get a Cool T-Shirt, Help Japan

430 is putting out a T-shirt with all proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross to assist victims. It's a great way to donate and get a rad T-shirt. Go here for the ordering. It's a Japanese site but I am sure if you email the shop they will help you through the process.

EDIT: Apparently no overseas ordering through the site. If you want info about overseas shipping, email here: Or, if you have friends in Japan, ask them to pick one up (that's what I did).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Space Ark Story - Kobe, Japan

We finished the edit yesterday. I shot this on February 20th, and now three weeks later Japan is in the midst of a devastating tragedy. Certainly puts a lot of things in perspective and I hope more survivors can be found and the recovery can begin. Having lived in Japan for over 3 years, I know this about the Japanese: they will stoically pick up the pieces and rebuild. The level of calm and order in the wake of such a terrible event should be a lesson to the world. The government (and governments around the world) is responding and neighbors are helping each other.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

FlatWebTV Teaser - Space Ark Japan

In February 2011 I had a chance to visit Space Ark, a flatland specific shop in Kobe Japan. On that same day they were holding their bi-monthly "BMX School," where pro riders come out to help the AMs and Beginners with trick tips and general flatland info. The owner of Space Ark, Naonori Tsunei answered a few questions about his shop and BMX School. 

This is a teaser for the full edit.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Ares York Uno Frame - AY DAW

Looks like York's new frame from Ares will be out in April '11. A little promo video of him riding it (he also made the music!). Frame looks tight. As usual, good luck finding this in the states.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

FlatWebTV Episode #3

Another one under our belts. Justin just keeps getting better with the edits. Momo made another appearance and we didn't get hammered. A win by any measure.