Hoffman Bikes Auction

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Don’t forget folks, we’re auctioning the helmets worn and the bikes ridden during Arcade Fire’s performance at the Grammy Awards this year to benefit fellow BMX rider Mike Vincent who was seriously injured after being hit by a car while riding his bike.  His recovery is coming along but the medical bills are mounting and he needs our help!  What’s better than to give to a good cause AND get some cool gear?

Please pass the information along to your friends!

Pink Motel Pool

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Back in mid-August last year, I got the opportunity to ride the Infamous Pink Motel Pool.  Jeff Tremaine was shooting Weezer’s “Memories” video, so he rented it out all day.   The call time was around 3p, but I had a flight that was leaving at 4p, so I got there in the morning and had a solo session.  It was so surreal.  I was introduced to this pool when I was 15 years old, through the animal chin video in 1987.  Now, 24 years later, I get a private session.  I’m the luckiest man in the world!

I got a good hour in, but I found there are thorns all over the outside of the pool and got a flat, so I spent a couple hours of valuable riding time searching for a tube.  Once I got back people started showing up.  I got to ride for about 30 min while people started flooding in and Weezer set up.  Unfortunately, I had to bail before the shoot got on its way, but here are some photos of me trying to air the legend.

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Most photos by Sean Cliver.

Here’s the video.  I found a fun gap line into the pool.

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Our Grammy Helmets Are UP For Sale!!

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It’s time to auction off our Grammy-ified Helmets (along with the bikes)!   I painted these helmets on the balcony of my hotel. The Grammy inspiration turned into “Industry and Money chasing the Talent and Rebellion.”  I thought if we are on stage chasing each other in circles not doing any tricks at least we could represent and express this, subtly.

The green and blue helmets are Industry and Money  (hence the 1 cent and $O) and the red and yellow helmets are Talent and Rebellion (hence the #13 and 43).  Also, I had the helmet cam, so when I rode by the band (Arcade Fire) I knew I would have the back of my helmet facing the audience (hence the happy dead face on the back of my helmet).  This is also a tattoo I’ve given many of the BMX greats in our community.  This stands for LIVE LIFE TO DIE HAPPY.

All proceeds go to Mike Vincent, so please give all you can.

thanks,

-Mat Hoffman

Back in the Day – Balloons and 540’s

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Speaking of Balloons and Spike Jonze this past week reminded me of this old clip from a contest called the “War of the Stars” in Rochester, NY in 1990.  Spike was on the deck shooting photos and I saw a bunch of balloons tied to the railing and thought I never rode with hot air balloons before… maybe I can go higher. heh heh… so one thing led to another and the next thing I know I’m doing a 540 with balloons wrapping around me.  For a second I thought I’m a real clown and was going to have to pay in blood for this self entertaining moment… but I survived to experience 1,000 of other bad self entertaining moments.

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This contest I started off with a 900 to 540 my first trick of my first run.  It was either going to be good or someone would be waking my up on the flat bottom asking what my problem is….  I still haven’t figured that out.