In New York, everything is street riding... Drunk at 3am, going to the bodega to get a chopped cheese? That's street riding. On the train dippin' to work in the AM? That's street riding. Meeting the squad to bullshit on the block? That's street riding... if it's part of the master plan... then it's... wait I’m gonna stop right here cause I need to ask a question. Did New York Fall off?
It's been a minute since the spotlight was shined on any riders from the five boroughs. Have we released an extended project? I bet you heard the Brooklyn Banks were on the brink of destruction, and I'm sure you watched plenty of web videos and instagram stories with outta town pros hitting our spots. Over the years so much has changed in the city; the landscape, the level of security, the cost of living... these one bedrooms cost major bread, and Alkaline water isn’t cheap either. There's one thing that has remained the same though; the soul of the New York rider. The concept of street riding has turned into a balancing act of sorts. We're cut from different Gore Tex. While most people try to find the time to ride, in New York, time finds you. We have the luxury of being an East Coast city, and as a reward, we get dark rugged winters, and sweltering hot summers. We pick our battles wisely. In life you gotta adapt and evolve... some people enter and exit BMX cause life gets serious. If you want to get technical we really just ride kid’s bikes, and sometimes you gotta fall back, but there's so much more to it than that... I spent seven years working on "Keep the Change" cause of the way life works; it is what it is.
AM:PM has been around since 2005. What started as light documentation of riding around Union Square, turned into something worldwide - like trips to Asia, the Caribbean, South America and Europe just to eat, drink, ride and chill. As you grow up, riding bikes becomes the excuse to go on trips, yet sometimes you barely ride and just enjoy the environment. AM:PM 4 is unique cause we ventured into new territory; old age... The median age in the new video is probably 34, which is crazy to me… some guys are almost 50. We were the young generation once, and now we're older and still grinding. Besides being old, we're basically the United Nations of BMX... mad cultures have been represented in front of the lens over the years. I coined the new video "Keep the Change," cause everyone can do just that. We paid the bill in "Check, Please." As BMX continues to change, we're gonna continue to do what we do, regardless of what everyone else does.