Name: Travis Hess Hometown: Martinsburg WV Started riding BMX in: 1986 Number of bikes in the collection: 21 (11 BMX bikes, 10 Schwinns)
Being into cars, hot rods, drag racing, what made you decide to look into BMX bikes too? Travis Hess: I think for me it was the early racing innovation that made me attracted to the early BMX era..like I love how Redline, Champion, Gary Turner etc were building flat track bikes, drag cars and stuff and then their kids wanted to race BMX.
Did you run into BMX bikes while looking for car stuff? Travis Hess: No, I went down this deep rabbit hole from Schwinns. I got my first Stingray in like 1995/6 and my Dad and me were way into them In mid 2000s. Then you know how it goes, you drift into other
Setting new goals for the new year is something most of us do. How can you better yourself? Is my training on point or is there someone out there who can teach me more? Is my equipment on point? Do I need to focus on Pumptracks? How do I do on the 8 meter hill? Where is the room for improvement? Martin v/d Velden trains Aiko Gommers, she is the current UCI pump track World Champion and has plenty of BMX racing planned for 2022.
Etnies has once again joined forced with the cult-classic BMX film, RAD, to bring you a brilliant new collection - expanding on the footwear and apparel released in 2021, with this much-anticipated “Prom Scene-themed” line. Owing to RAD’s devoted and international fan following - the first etnies x RAD Collection sold out in a matter of days. Available now on etnies.com and at better retailers, the etnies x RAD collection is stacked with a variety of apparel and footwear options, the product’s movie-inspired designs aim to capture the excitement of longtime and new fans alike, as the love for the film is passed down from generation to generation.
RAD, originally Executive Produced by the late Jack Schwartzman in 1986, was restored and re-released
Starting from issue two we had a little theme going. We had regular sections such as the Believe it, or not!? page where we could make up news and leave it up to the reader if they believed it, or not. We also had the RAD/LAME list which was liked and feared at the same time. The free sticker of issue two came from Lageja skateshop in Eindhoven. A shop that supported us through thick and thin.
The rap concert report this time was from the Just-Ice & DMX concert in Den Bosch. Good times, good times.
More and more English text so by now you should be able to read most of the FAT-'zines (if you don't know how to read Dutch). There's a report from the skate contest in Belgium which was also a good time. Scooters were still hot (in our eyes). Remember, we were living in the year 1988.
There's a German scene report by Robert Moeller and a report from the UK by Dave Beveridge (RIP).
Paul writes about his last contest in Hampton, Virginia and of course there is some grafitti art by Speed this time.
Mini interviews were published with skateboarders Marcel Jansen and Floris Mansvelt-Beck. Flip through the pages and go back in time, 20 years to be exact.