DWOK Tag

05 Jan The Buster Collective – CHIPS

Maaaan what a treat on this fine Friday, the great people over at The Buster Collective just dropped this piece of biking art. If you’re not familiar with J-Lenny’s work, get acquainted. Mason Gray, Matt Comeau,  Jack Leonard, Ian Fleming, Owen Gray, Mitch Oudshoorn and Andrew Phillips.

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08 Mar Mason Gray Welcome to the Make BMX Crew

Dwok/Pole Jam’s/Dabventure’s Mason Gray finds time to shred in between being an all around bad ass/ BMX enthusiast and has earned himself a spot on the Make. Put together by none other than Jack Leonard, you know this is not your typical cookie cutter edit. Check back soon for a feature we’ve been cooking up with Mason for a couple weeks now.

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17 Feb Jack Leonard DWOK

Oh man. DWOK master mind, Jack Leonard, just dropped this tight as hell video filmed by Mason Gray and edited by himself. Starts off with some awesome, Odyssey commercial inspired animations that Jack created of himself riding, then moves into a minute of fresh cruising in a timeless style. If you have a head on your shoulders you’ll hit that play. Great watch, will watch again, so will you.

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22 Nov Catching up with Jack Leonard

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Jack is everything good in BMX; creative, humble, positive, artistic, talented, and the list goes on. It’s also no secret that we are huge fans of the DWOK squad and everything they do. While in Montreal recently we met up with Jack and got a talking. We could not think of a better person to do a Q&A with during our 5 year anniversary. Take notes kid.

Photos by Mason Gray and Mitch Oudshoorn

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31 Jul The DWOK Promo

The DWOK homies had been trying to get this on DVD (or maybe VHS) since the London premiere but due to complications, it never paned out. That being said, it’s now available for your enjoyment in DVHS directly on the world wide web. If you remember last year’s DWOK mixtape you know this will be the best 17 minutes of your day.

Featuring Jack Leonard, Eli Taylor, Mason Gray, Owen Gray, Dallas Davis, Charlie Crumlish, Joel Fortin, Parker Atkins, Mitch Oudshoorn, Josh Babu. Tom Hrinivich and more

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07 Nov Setups – DWOK/Mason Gray

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What’s the full DWOK camera setup?

I’m using the good old Sony Vx2100, got a mk1 Death Lens and a random light my brother Owen & Dad hooked up, thanks for dat guys. I have a old Minolta x-7a I use to shoot photos with, it hasn’t been touched in a minute though. Gonna try to get out more with that, film photos are tight. 

Why SD over HD?

Just has a classic feel, you can’t beat the warmth & colours that a VX brings. Ask any of the homies, I fucking love vx colours haha. HD can look good but I don’t ever wanna fuck with it, maybe second angles in 4:3 if I gotta but it’s just not my cup of tea. Charliecrum, Tommy Blanco & The 90east dudes make it look good though,  just to name a few off the top of my head. 

Who are the main DWOK filmers or does everyone spend time behind the lens?

We’re pretty lucky that we have 3 dudes who own cameras. Dallas Davis, myself & Jack Leonard all have an SD setup. Jack moved away to Oshawa so Dallas and I have been holding it down lately. Eli can definitely handle himself behind a camera too, which helps out a ton. Dallas also carries around his HD picture device and holds down the photos along with the homies Mitch Oud & Parker. 

What are you guys currently working on and when will it be dropping?

We’ve been steadily filming for a second full-length since the Mixtape dropped last spring, and we’re trying to make it something we’re all satisfied with. There isn’t really a due date for that yet, but we’re gonna have a pretty lengthy promo dropping sometime soon. 

Any new guys who really stepped up for this one?

Dallas Davis. Dude is stupid good, he can do everything he can do regular just as good as he can switch, and it’s usually first try. His footage in the promo is about to drop some fuckin’ jaws. 
Tyler Maass too, he’s been the homie forever. Eli & him lived together at the first DWOK house & he was a crazy good, sponsored Downhill Mountainbike racer at the time. One day we were all hanging out & his bike got stolen in true Houdini fashion, so Eli & some of the other dudes set up him with a BMX and he’s been doing the craziest shit ever since. He has so much drive to jump off crazy shit and go the speed of light at it, I seriously don’t get it. Moshi kills it. 

How many roofs did Eli climb this summer?

I honestly couldn’t give you a number, that boy has a death wish. I usually hate filming with Eli because it’s usually something fucked, with a high chance of him splatting on the pavement. He tried 14 times to do something on a setup you actually couldn’t pay me to straight ride off once. He took out 3 of our front wheels too in the process. His footage is gonna blow minds, Eli is seriously on another level. 

Any tips for up an coming filmers/pole jammers?  

Watch good videos to understand how good filming looks, and just get out with your homies and try it out, shitty filming is sometimes tight.   No advice for polejams though, just eat shit repeatedly until you figure it out hahah. 
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24 Feb What The Hell Is a DWOK? Interview With Jack Leonard

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DWOK squad. Photo by Mitch Oudshoorn.

Last week The Come Up premiered the DWOK Mixtape, and to the uninitiated they might be wondering what the hell a DWOK is, who these guys were, or what’s up with London, ON? We’ve been a fan of what this humble crew have been doing for a little while now and were patiently awaiting their mixtape. They managed to put out a full video, independent of any brands, that turned a lot of heads and showcased some amazing riding and unseen talent. The video focuses on the creatively use of their local spots, instead of the bangers and NBD route. While it’s easy to fall in to the traps of web video cliches, what these guys have been doing appears genuine and sincere, so we thought we’d shed a little more information on this young crew and spoke to the mastermind of their video Jack Leonard. Check it out below.

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17 Feb DWOK: Mixtape Out Now Kid

After long last the DWOK Mixtape is finally out. This whole thing clocks in at just over 30 minutes but it felt like it flew by when I watched it. A number of full parts, split parts, and mix parts from Eli Taylor, Jack Leonard, Mason Gray, and a bunch more of London, ON’s finest. Creative editing, so many instances of great spot usage, great soundtrack, and the VX filming looked crispy. It’s great to see a crew investing so much time to create a unique end result that really stands out and shines against a sea of rushed web edits. Nothing felt fake or forced, DWOK is the real deal. This is a must watch.

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