Rob Sonic and Aesop Rock.
Hail Mary Mallon.
"Kiln" from Bestiary (11.11.14).
Joe Gruttola’s winning 14-15 Expert Flatland run at the 1986 AFA Masters Finals contest at the Dominguez Hills Velodrome in Carson, CA, in November ’86. Video filmed by Mr. Dellavalle from the collection of Ray Schlechtweg. Digitized and uploaded by Jeffrey Slavik. Joe Gruttola’s special feature in the forthcoming book Haro Bikes’ The Rise of BMX Freestyle Vol. 2: 1987-1993 by Dominic Phipps is based around this groundbreaking run.
Raybo: “When I saw this on the video, I watched it of course like 7000 times. The next contest was in 1987 and it was in West Palm Beach, Florida. We had gotten in really late on Friday night and there was this dude walkin’ around the hallway of the hotel, and he had a Haro shirt on. So I was like, ‘Oh, this guy’s here for the contest.’ It was Joe Gruttola. I never heard of him. I never met him. And we just started talkin’. We asked each other where we were from and then he said that he rode for Haro. And right then and there, I was like, ‘You don’t ride for Haro.’ And he’s like, ‘What do you mean?’ And I said, ‘Well, I know everybody that rides for Haro. You don’t ride for Haro.’ And then he goes, ‘Well, I used to ride for SE. Now I ride for Haro.’ And I was like, this dude is so full of shit! I told him I had a tape of the Finals from a couple months back and he was like, ‘Yeah, I was there. I rode for SE back then. But now I ride for Haro.’ And I said, ‘Well tell me this: There was a guy on SE that does a backwards bar ride.’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, that was me!’ After watchin’ that tape so many times, I see this one random guy late at night in a hotel and we met through that chance encounter. Within ten minutes we were like best friends. We hung out the whole contest. I think right now—now that Jeff Slavik has put it up online—I think this is the first time that Joe has ever seen the actual run. Which is crazy. He rode to ‘Amanda,’ which is a horrible song, but I know all the lyrics to that song because I watched that run so many times. At the time, that song actually really stunk unless you were like Martin Aparijo, you know? But I think it fit Joe’s run because it was kind of like a slower run but he had good tricks. The backwards bar ride was the first time anyone ever did anything like that, I think, so it was really a big deal. And then from there, Joe just took off.”
"IT’S THE MUTHAFUNKIN’ CLUB HOMEBOY REEEEEEEEEMIX"
J. J. Marley in Florida thought you might get a kick out of this: “supposedly (according to the interwebs) hoffman is putting kevin’s strowler back on the market in december - long story short: i’ll most likely end up painting the frame a different color and decided to make my own custom decal…the “st” should look familiar?”
—Mr. J. J. Marley