What year was Blunted Athletics first established and when did you first begin your involvement with the company, was BMX an intricate part of the company before you got on board?
My business partner Chi Hom first established BLNTD early in the year of 2005, mainly focusing on skateboarding and artwork. I first began my involvement with BLNTD starting in 2009 as the first BMX rider. Then after an amazing trip to San Francisco California with the BLNTD skate team, Chi and myself really hit it off and decided to take BLNTD further with BMX. So soon after that, I took over 50% of the company in 2011. I started out with BLNTD simply loving fashion and being into supporting brands that I believe in, Chi and I would agree on pretty much everything together, so the BMX stuff just came into play later as we noticed how much love we were getting from the BMX community.
The Blunted Athletics DVD, ‘Forever Rolling’, was just released at this years’ Nora Cup Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada! Since that time I assume you have had a chance to reflect on the video as a whole as well as get feedback from friends and those in the indusrty… Can you explain how you are feeling about the overall impact the DVD has had on yourself, and the BMX communities near you?
Looking back on the video from the beginning to the final product brings nothing but tears to my eyes, the responses we have gotten since we have had 7 different premieres around the world from Las Vegas Nevada, Riverside California, two premieres in Phoenix Arizona and even all the way to Lyon France! It's been nothing but love from our peers and people we have looked up to for years. I am so thankful for BMX and all my close friends who have helped this project turn from a dream to a reality!
What was the first inspiration to begin filming this project?
My inspirations for making this project happen was to just grab my closest friends around me, assemble some trips and just let it rip! We made multiple full team trips on such a low budget and we have memories that will last forever. That was my main goal and I can't thank my BLNTD FAM enough for making it possible.