This may sound like a stupid question, but we were always said there is no such thing as a stupid question, right?So did you have and intricate roll in the overall design of the bars, frame and stickers?
Very much so... I fully designed all of the frame/bar geometry and got to select most of the available options (wishbone/removable brakes/color/etc.). With the graphics, I collaborated directly with Rich. I threw him ideas on what I envisioned, and he would intertwine mine with his own and just run with it. We both agreed to keep the basic frame graphics simple and clean, but I really wanted the frame to come with something extra to make it stand out. We decided to do hex-shaped stickers that would be themed around honey, and lay out in a honeycomb shape, to include with all the frames. I am beyond happy with the outcome of everything we have done with The COMB project! Huge thanks to both GAZ and Rich for all of your hard work!
Besides all the technicalities, what does it mean to you as a rider to be supported by such a great brand like Mutiny enough to have the honor of signature parts
Honestly as I mentioned earlier, I would have never imagined myself to be a part of such a well-respected brand like Mutiny. Let alone being involved to the point where you get signature product... It still doesn't even seem real to me. Only thing I can say is that it is an unbelievable honor and I am very grateful to be part of the family!
Does this motivate you more to ride, and put in for your sponsor, as opposed to not having an opportunity for signature parts?
Most certainly! I wouldn't say, “as opposed to not having the opportunity for signature parts” though because the way I see it, we would all be doing what we do regardless... But as you get older and the reality of life sets in a little bit more, you realize that time flies by and your opportunity to ride bikes like we do gets less and less. Whether that comes from being hurt, living situation, lifestyle changes, not having access to a vehicle, or working a part time/full time job... Whatever you find yourself doing, it is pretty much preventing you from doing what you're actually passionate about in this world. I really feel life is way too short not to do what you really love, and if you can't do what you love for a living, there needs to be a balance of doing what you love, and doing what you have to do...
This is pretty much where I am at right now. Although, I might not get a chance to go out and film all day every day, but I find joy in just going out and cruising a new area to explore and find new spots. I've been way more in to logging spots and making a list of stuff I want to go to for projects, which is something I had never really done too much before being with Mutiny. So to answer your question, it does make me way more motivated to put more time/thought/energy/passion into riding BMX in general, which is something I feel can positively relate to other aspects of life as well. I'm very appreciative of this opportunity!