Tell us a bit about yourself and how did you first start BMX´ing? What were your influences and was it a straight transition to flatland or was it experimental?
Well, I used to ride as a kid and pop a few wheelies, skids , hit the race track and do some jumps just down the road from where i live . My uncle used to ride a bit so i guess that´s where it began. I used to have all his old parts and fix them up.
I was about 13 when I stopped bmxing, I got a MTB and used to wheelie for ages. As I got a bit older I got in to other things, not crack or anything like that just cars, girls, hanging out with mates and all the other stuff you do as a teenager.
I got another bike at the age of 19 as a birthday gift. I asked for one after watching the X Games late at night for a few months so got the bug again. I didn´t see that much flatland because it was always on too late so I watched ramps and park, Dave the lord Voelker was my hero at the time.
I used to ride around the local parks doing a few jibs and got the feeling back, the shop I got the bike from told me there was a sk8 park near by called Canterlows. I got the courage to go in after a while and the rest is history. I still remember the first time i dropped in on a ramp, it felt sweet.
When I got my bmx they gave me a few flatland videos to go with it namely khe Fitness video and khe Doggy Style. My old life was OVER.
What was the main idea behind 1wm? and how did it all begin
A few of the riders I hung around with at the park were into designing clothes, printing shirts, tailors etc. I always wanted to do it myself, have my own label and bike shop, sk8park, indoor flatland area. I´ve always messed around with drawings but never got around to doing anything with them until now.
I guess riding for Carhartt did not help the matter i just wore their clothes for years and never had to spend any money on clothes but I´m off the team now so its time to rep myself and put back into flat.
What does the future hold for 1WM? any big plans?
The plan is to have a dedicated indoor flatland training spot in london, bmx comps, shops the hole 9, you got to think big but at the same time I´m happy doing what I´m doing, just having fun gets overlooked sometimes.
What are your thought on the uk flatland scene, past, present and future.
The scene is alive and kicking the people are there but the jams and comps are not, people need to pull there finger out and get back on track, times are hard, money is tight, moto is low but i think its all about to change. fingers crossed....
How does flatland and 1wm fit in with family life?
Its all done in my spare time, evenings after work, days off, while my daughter has a nap, If i have 5 mins to myself its all about flatland even if I´m daydreaming, there´s not enough hours in the day.
What is your inspiration, flatland and 1wm...
Life is my inspiration, i´ve always said flatland is my distraction from destruction, times have been hard in the past and flatland keep´s me on an even keel and 1WM is one of the end results.
I would just like to thank all the tgm locals, johann chan, mark ward, sam mingle, my lady´s penny and mia, st martin.
"uk flatlanders lets make it happen"