Help Support Josh “Pro” Hartman

June 27th, 2013

Empire loves the Red Hook Crit. Crhis has raced in nearly every single one of them, Dan won so many that he sat the last one in Red Hook out, and I even raced one once.

It’s a great race that has grown to a proving ground for up-and-comers like Neil Bezdek, who turned pro after he soloed to victory in 2009.

Unfortunately, like any crit, it can be dangerous. This year in the first installment of the Navy Yard course, Josh Hartman had a very serious crash.

To help support his recovery, we will be donating half the proceeds of the next 50 DVDs we sell. To make it easier for you to help, we are lowering the price to $20 shipped anywhere in the world. That works out to $15 retail in shop.

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Josh “Pro” Hartman

You can also donate directly here.

So pick up a copy, and if you already have one, there’s always Christmas in July.

JT wins Monstertrack

March 12th, 2012

After years of trying, and some controversy over his last win, JT wins Monstertrack without any controversy.

 

Congrats on a hard-earned win. Carry that momentum to the Red Hook Crit in two weeks!

 

Re-enacting Empire

February 29th, 2012

Chris and I helped out on some Metro PCS spots last year. He skated and shot, I drove and got some Empire riders involved.

Take a look, especially the 3rd spot.

NYC DVD Release

December 15th, 2011

 

 

We’re doing a screening and release party tomorrow night in Williamsburg at Kinfolk. Come by and have some free Asahi. Stick around for the screening. There will be DVDs and posters for sale as well.

Take a look at the first teaser and get stoked.

 

 

Empire from Empire on Vimeo.

Tom update

December 12th, 2011

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Empire was just the beginning, and Tom has become a real international movie star. He did a ton of stunt work on Premium Rush. Then he got picked up by Specialized and put out a sick video with Tom Briggs that raised the bar for fixed gear freestyle almost impossibly high. Tom also got a video camera and has been shooting himself and others a lot. Look for lots more from him in 2012.

All that said, Tom’s part in Empire is pretty sick, and definitely different than his other videos. We put him into traffic, and even with those huge bars of his, he cut some pretty great lines. Pick up a copy and check it out.

 

Tom La Marche from Skitch on Vimeo.

Ed update

December 9th, 2011

 

 

Ed hasn’t rested since he was almost killed by a van while riding in 2008. We hooked up with him around then, and in the years it took to finish the DVD, Ed moved to Philadelphia, back to New York, started a bike company, and most recently moved to California. Ed has consistently pushed fixed gear freestyle forward both as a rider and as an entrepreneur. His Empire section doesn’t do him justice as a rider, but it does showcase his drive and personality.

 

Here’s Ed more in his own words.

Ed Wonka’s The Dog from GRIME BIKES on Vimeo.

Cover boy

December 8th, 2011

Dwain is literally the Empire cover boy, and he let it go to his head a little. The day of the shoot for the cover, we auditioned to be doormen for the SoHo Hollister.

Dan Chabanov

December 7th, 2011

Dan is easily the best spandork racer in Empire. This year he raced for Mengoni on the road and Richard Sachs for cross. Next year he will continue with Sachs, and move to Foundation on the road.

But much more importantly, he has expanded his internet presence, and has an athlete Facebook page. Head on over and like it. And follow him on Tumblr.

Oh yeah, Empire has a Facebook page too.

Production snaps

December 6th, 2011

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The pic above is from when we were on the corner of Houston and Bowery. A waitress at the restaurant there was on her break and curious about what we were doing. This sort of thing would happen very often, even when we were in traffic.

I uploaded a lot more snaps from Empire shooting. They’re old, but new to you. Check them out here. Also, I updated the Empire Flickr group with those and a few others. If you’re on Flickr, go ahead and add some images to the group.

Empire screenings and more shops

December 5th, 2011


The DVDs are shipping, and the screenings are starting. Just last night Allan held a private screening in Brooklyn. Check out a pic here of the screenings and here of the parking lot.

The DVD is now available at a number of shops in NYC: Affinity, King Cog, Chari and Co., and Continuum.

The DVD is also beginning to be carried elsewhere online at Turntable Lab. You can also swing by their East Village shop at 120 East 7th Street between 1st and A and pick up a copy there.