I was fortunate to be able to go down to Austin for a few days with Brian Kachinsky around New Year's and stay with Aaron Ross. Aaron Ross likes to have fun... so he put on his Cowboys helmet and fired up the grill—with the help of a bit of petrol. Nothing says Texas like Aaron Ross with a Cowboys helmet on and a petrol fueled BBQ. Aside from almost getting burned and going through a minefield of dog shite in Aaron's backyard—I had a blast.
Dave Thompson with a tooth hanger at The Bakery for his Baker's Dozen. A split second after I shot this, Dave caught on something and got sent straight to his chest, fortunately he wasn't badly hurt, but he was unable to finish his Baker's Dozen. That ledge is tall and it was freezing in there that day and you know what it feels like when you fall on cold concrete. Dave is a beast though! I got to spend a few days with him when he was in town and he quickly became one of my favorite guys on and off the bike; he's a really interesting guy. We also ended up tipping over a few tables (full of glasses, food, etc.) at the pub... but it really wasn't our fault.
Trent McDaniel and Timmy Theus cruising on a nice warm Spring day in Chicago... which is good because I think we had a crazy blizzard in March the year before.
Chad Kerley stopped by The Bakery in April to check out the place with some of the Vitamin Water reps and get things rolling for the epic Vitamin Water/Chad Kerley Invitational that happened in May. I shot this photo of him in the garage of The Bakery.
Two Neds at Loch Zoot—I mean, David Grant and Fred Murray doing some type of cryptic handshake and enjoying a nice afternoon outside of Glasgow at Loch... I forgot the name? Another one of the many reasons I love Scotland. I spy some questionable beverage choices in there.
Timmy Theus sporting his "down for life" Cult tattoos.
Brian Kachinsky with an outtake of the tooth hanger in his "China Medicine" article in DIG 91. The cool thing about this photo isn't that about a half hour before I shot this a strap from my camera bag got caught in my front tire and sent me over the bars with both my camera bags and me strewn across a busy street in Chinatown, or the minging lady in the background photo bombing... it was the that I was good distance away on a bridge pylon shooting the photo. I was surprised my transmitter worked from that far away.
Outtake of Kevin Porter, from his Flybikes poster shoot, with a pretty high table out of the deep end of the Wilson skate park.
Big Pimp'n (Fred Murray) sporting the DIG logo at Interbike.
Another outtake from Kachinsky's "China Medicine" article in DIG 91. Kachinsky met up with me early one morning to shoot this. I was on crutches and Kachinsky had a late night the night before, but he surprised me with that majestic silk outfit. When the wind blew it gracefully flapped about, ha ha, I guess you had to be there to really appreciate it. Never trust a man in white?
I had a photo shoot scheduled at a restaurant before I broke my leg and I'm a man of my word, so I had to do it. Hopping around on one leg isn't my idea of the best photo shoot, but it worked out.
My mode of transportation for the last three months ; vintage wood crutches from my late uncle. I can't wait to get off these things and start walking, running and riding again.
As 2012 draws to a close, we’ll be posting these 12XU photo galleries featuring a selection of 12 personal favourites from each month of the year, from each DIG photographer. First up we have Chicago’s David Leep and his choice of photos – enjoy!