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2014 Voodoo Jam – Unconventional Photo Gallery

On August 2, 2014 the tenth anniversary of the flatland BMX Voodoo Jam went down in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was a great opportunity for me to head back to my old stomping grounds in the South, see my family and friends, and of course shoot the competition.

After selecting photos for a Red Bull online feature and a BMX Plus! magazine article I had enough images left over for what I’m calling an unconventional photo gallery.

Normally my BMX photos are pretty straight forward and very natural looking, but while shooting at Voodoo Jam I tried out some slower shutter speeds and tighter crops. There was a lot of action going on during qualifying before the doors opened to the public, so I was trying to find ways to take advantage of the situation and create some compelling images without showing the lack of crowd or audience. What do you think of the results?

(*If you chose to share any of these photos, please be respectful and tag/credit @FatTonyBMX.)

My Action Sports Photography Class Recap

Last weekend I taught a Red Bull Illume action sports photography workshop in New Orleans with my good friend Terry Adams. There were 12 people who sat in on the workshop, and it seemed like they all genuinely gained some helpful knowledge from the experience, which was really gratifying for me. I can’t thank Red Bull enough for the opportunity to share my passions with other people who are enthusiastic about BMX and photography. Hopefully there will be some more of these in the future! Also, thanks to Terry Adams for being a true professional and always fun to work with. And of course, thanks to everyone who came to learn!

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Here’s a group shot of Terry and me along with everyone who took the photography class and a few of the Red Bull team members who helped make it all possible.

If you’re wondering what went on during the clinic, here’s a breakdown of how it was structured…

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I’m Teaching A Red Bull Action Sports Photo Workshop in New Orleans

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Red Bull again to teach another photo workshop all about BMX action photography. I’m heading back to my home state for the one-day event that will be held on May 30th in New Orleans in conjunction with the pre-jam for the annual Flatland Vooodoo Jam competition.

My good friend, fellow Louisiana native, and Red Bull BMX rider Terry Adams will be a big part of the event as well! Terry and I will work together and walk students through shooting a flatland photo from start to finish. I’ll explain everything that goes into the work that I’m most known for, and Terry will elaborate on what it’s like being a professional athlete in front of the lens.

The workshop is absolutely free and includes some free swag from Red Bull, but the seats are very limited, so if you want to attend, please email albert.dykes@us.redbull.com and join the event Facebook page as soon as possible so we can reserve your spot.

Looking forward to seeing y’all in the Big Easy!

Red Bull Illume Photo Workshop Details:
May 30, 2013
10am – 2pm
Fleur De Lis Park
6701 Fleur De Lis Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70124
Host: Fat Tony
Athlete: Terry Adams

Join the Facebook page!

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My New Flatland BMX Photography Book is Now Available

I’m really excited to announce that I just finished a flatland BMX photography book that’s now available through Blurb, a Web site that specializes in print to order publishing. What that means is if you want a book, you can order it through blurb.com and they will print one specifically for you. The quality is top-notch and every bit as good as a book you’d buy from a store, and it only takes about ten days to get your order in.

There are two versions of the book available—a soft cover basic version, and a hard cover Deluxe Edition. The content of the books are exactly the same…the only differences are in the type of paper used. In addition to the imaged-wrapped hard cover, the Deluxe Edition has thicker, higher quality paper. The idea was to make the book as affordable as possible with the basic version, but also give people the option to get something little nicer if they wanted.

The print to order system allows an unlimited amount of books to be ordered, but saves me from having to front the money and worry about distributing and selling them. In a nutshell, this project wasn’t money-driven…it was passion-driven. I wanted a book showing off my best flatland photos, so I made one, and I’m allowing other people to enjoy one if they want to.

To view a preview of the book and order your copy, click on my bookstore at blurb.com.

BMX Photography Book by Fat Tony

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Recent Work – Freegun Underwear Welcomes Alex Jumelin & Sebastian Smith

Here are the two most recent BMX videos I filmed and edited for Freegun Underwear. It is an honor and a privilege to be the team manager for a dope brand with such a talented group of riders! I put a lot of time and effort into these videos, and so did Alex and Seb. Welcome to the family guys!

Alex Jumelin – Freegun Welcome Video
Filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sebastian Smith – Freegun Welcome Video
Filmed at Woodward West and Cory Nastazio’s house in Tehachapi, California.

Recent Work: 2013 Flatland BMX Calendar

I am stoked to announce that for the fifth year in a row I teamed up with Flatland Fuel and a bunch of cool brands and dope flatland BMX riders to make a wall calendar filled with flatland photos. They are available now and are free with orders from flatlandfuel.com! Check out the images and press release below!

Free 2013 Flatland BMX Calendar Presented by DK Bicycles Now Available at Flatland Fuel

For the fifth year in a row Flatland Fuel and Fat Tony are proud to present an exclusive Flatland BMX Calendar. The 12-month 2013 wall calendar features 15 original flatland photos of riders from six countries shot all around the world. Each month showcases a different rider in a unique location including Japan, Hungary, Spain, and the U.S. In addition to the twelve months, there is also a bonus poster of DK rider Dane Beardsley so you can keep flatland on your wall even after 2013 has passed. As the only calendar of its kind, the 2013 Flatland BMX Calendar presented by DK Bicycles is a must-have for flatland riders worldwide.

The best part is the 2013 Flatland Calendar is absolutely FREE when you place an order with Flatland Fuel! (While supplies last.)

2013 Flatland BMX Calendar Presented by DK Bicycles

Click here to see a preview of the 2013 Flatland Calendar presented by DK Bicycles!

Riders Include: Dane Beardsley, Adam Kun, Alex Jumelin, Chad Johnston, Eric Wright, Jean-Francois Boulianne, Kotaro Tanaka, Matthias Dandois, Moto Sasaki, Terry Adams, Trevor Meyer, Viki Gomez, Yohei Uchino, Prasheel Gopal, Mark Kuhlmann, and Alex Poirier.

The 2013 Flatland BMX Calendar presented by DK Bicycles is proudly co-sponsored by Flatland Fuel, Vans, St. Martin, Monster Energy, Flatware, Motel Works, Primo, Innertwine Clothing, 430 Clothing, Suelo, ID Clothing, and Freegun Underwear. A huge thanks goes out to each company who helped make the calendar possible. It is support from companies like them that keeps flatland growing!

Recent Work: Terry Adams Oak Tree Session Video

It’s always a treat to shoot with my close friend Terry Adams, so when he asked if I was down to film some new combos at one of his local spots, of course I jumped at the opportunity. Here’s what we captured in an afternoon at the SLU campus in Terry’s hometown of Hammond, Louisiana.

Recent Work: 2012 Flatland Voodoo Jam Coverage

This past weekend I had the privilege of heading to my home state to hang out with friends from all over the world during the Flatland Voodoo Jam weekend. It was an incredible contest with an amazing vibe, and I couldn’t have been more stoked to be a small part of it. Big congrats to my homies Scott O’Brien and Terry Adams on all their success with the comp!

I wrote up a press release for the event and shot some photos that were sent out to a bunch of BMX media outlets, and I also filmed and edited two videos—one for ESPN, and one for Freegun Underwear. On top of all that, I shot some photos for a German BMX magazine, but you’ll have to wait to see those until the magazine is printed.

Recent Work: JoMoPro Flatland Contest Coverage

A few weeks ago I helped organize and run the annual JoMoPro flatland contest in Joplin, Missouri. In addition to writing the sponsorship proposal, building the Web site, laying out the flyer, editing promo videos, and announcing the contest, I did an article for ESPN about the contest and edited an official highlights video from the pro finals. After all was said and done, Flatmatters Online did an interview with me about it all. Check it!

Official JoMoPro Web Site

ESPN JoMoPro Coverage

Flatmatters JoMoPro Interview

Official Highlights Video

Recent Work: Drew Bezanson, Steven Moxley, Matt Wilhelm & Rob Armour BMX Videos

Here are the three most recent videos I produced for Alli Sports that dropped this past week.

Make sure to subscribe to the Alli Sports BMX YouTube channel to see more of my work throughout the year.

Recent Work – Freegun Underwear Terry Adams Video & Photos

A few months ago I went to North Carolina with one of my best friends, Terry Adams, to announce some Red Bull demos for him. Terry had just picked up his newest sponsor, Freegun Underwear, so we wanted to squeeze in a video and photo shoot while we were together. However, by the time we spent the entire day traveling across the country and got to our hotel it was late at night, we were in the middle of nowhere with no car, and it was raining and very cold.

Luckily for us there was a Lowe’s next to the hotel that had a large overhang we could shoot under, and even though it wasn’t the best looking backdrop, the plain grey brick wall would prove to work out in the end. The elements and conditions were definitely working against us, but Terry is a true professional in every sense of the word and came through he always does.

Check out the video below along with the photo that was used in a press release, then hit up Freegun’s Web site to check out what they are all about.

Freegun Underwear press release image.

Original, untreated photo.

Recent Work – 2012 Flatland BMX Calendar

For four years in a row now I’ve teamed up with Flatland Fuel and a bunch of other BMX brands to bring a really cool project to life—the Flatland Calendar. The new 2012 calendar just got in at Flatland Fuel yesterday, so they are now shipping out  with all orders, and yes, they are still free.

Click here to see a full preview of the 2012 Flatland Calendar.

Check out the official info from the press release on page two of this post…

2012 Flatland Calendar Sneak Peek #2

A few weeks ago I posted a couple of photos giving a sneak peek into the 2012 Flatland Calendar I’m working on, and today I have a few more teasers for you…

Thanks to all the companies that have already stepped up to be a sponsor. This is shaping up to be another good one!

13 Photos Of Chase Gouin – A Tribute To A Great BMX Rider In Need

Chase Gouin is one of the few BMX riders that has made a mark in BMX so enormous that his style and tricks are so commonplace in this generation’s riding that they have been all but overlooked. His influence is an absolute staple in modern day flatland riding. However, since I didn’t grow up following the flatland scene, I wasn’t hugely familiar with Chase and his riding until he had been out of the spotlight for quite some time and I started my career in the industry.

On a trip to Costa Rica in February of 2008 I got the chance to meet, spend time with, and get to know Chase on a personal level. Then later that year I spent a week with him exploring a remote region of Panama where I got to know him even deeper. Chase is truly a one of a kind individual, and a perfect example of how a connection through BMX can bring together two very different people that would otherwise probably never meet.

After getting to know Chase, creating some amazing lifelong experiences alongside him, building up an understanding and appreciation for his unique ways, and growing to have a huge amount of respect for him, I was extremely disheartened when I read a letter he recently sent me describing his current health complications. In a nutshell, Chase has some very rare conditions and is desperately searching for life-saving answers and cures.

On the second page of this article I have posted the letter that flatland rider Brandon Fenton sent me about Chases’ health problems along with a note from Chase verifying the authenticity and severity of the situation. At the end of the letter they have given instructions of how you can donate through Paypal to help Chase find the doctors and cures he is looking for.

As a tribute to Chase’s living legacy in BMX and a way to bring awareness to his situation, I have dug and posted up 13 photos of Chase that I shot on our various adventures together over the course of two weeks in Costa Rica and Panama.