In a world of 15-second Instagram clips and constant social media churn, here’s a silver platter of Canadian BMX videos from recent months. This is the Northern Embassy’s Video Round Up.
@Polejams made an impact on the social media BMX world almost instantly. There are some pleasures that come from riding a BMX which are hard to explain how truly great and simple they are, Pole jams are one of those things. The submission this account received is proof many riders share that opinion. We hit up Mason Gray, the man behind the account with a quick Q&A and he chose his personal favorite Canadian submissions in the gallery below.
When did you start the insta account and where did the idea/motivation come from to start it?
Uhhhh instagram say 87 weeks ago hahah, so almost two years now. I’ve always sorta just liked spots and me & my brother Owen thought it would be funny haha. No serious intentions behind it at the time
On average how many submissions of pictures was @polejams receiving daily or weekly?
Not sure if I could give an accurate number for that one, I have almost 4,000 saved to computer cause I got into the habit of saving every single submission that came through. There was a point where it was quite a few
How much time did you spend updating the insta account?
Not too much time, having to download photos & videos was about the most I did.
Without giving anything away, what are some rough ideas or projects you’ll be spending your time on moving forward?
If you follow my personal instagram, its not really any secret that photography & zines are a large interest of mine. I’ve always wanted to make my own zines and it’s been on my mind more & more over the past couple years. It’s not something 100% based around BMX because thats definitely not where all my interests are but I think some people within the community will hopefully still be able to appreciate it. There’s only so many jokes a guy can make about poles man, hahaha it was time to pull the plug and do something else. You can hit @badv3ntures on instagram if you’re interested.
What are your 5 or 10 favorite Canadian submissions from over the years (maybe we could post the full res and some descriptions/ write ups of why for each).
Gonna work on this one for you.
Is the polejam your favourite stunt?
Nah, def the cash-roll cause it has the coolest name. abubaca is funny too, who thought of that one??
How do feel about this web/ virtual content vs physical version
Well there’s always something to be said about making some tangible, definitely has a greater impact I think. Definitely true for print/art/videos. A physical copy of something will forever be more memorable than it’s digital counterpart in my eyes, when’s the last time you looked at a magazine online? or went back 10 weeks to find somebodies instagram photo? It all just get’s forgotten
Any words of wisdom for dudes, crews or anyone trying to make it on insta rather than the real world?
A: hahahah, uhhhhhh buy a dad hat & become a vegan?? I don’t know
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.
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.
Mason Gray does good things. Support good people and good things.
“A 52 page submission zine of film-photography documenting the rougher, more true-to-life side of BMX street-riding & the things one encounter’s while doing so from across the globe.
5.5′ x 8, printed on 80lb text paper.
Featuring the photographic work’s of the 26 talented individuals that follow;
Brad Hill CAN
Harley Haskett CAN
Zack Cooke USA
Agus Glauber ARG
Nick Jones USA
Ethan Wilson CAN
Tyrone Williams USA
Chase Davidson CAN
Michael Bowen USA
Mikey Almodovar USA
Mitchell Oudshoorn CAN
Brendan Mulrooney USA
Joe Williams GBR
Ryan Ogawa USA
Martin Balman GBR
Trent Barker CAN
Dennis Bunn USA
Kyle Dalton USA
Alex Burnside USA
Dan Banks GBR
Dan Didomenico AUS
Leonidas Germanopolous GRC
Jack Leonard CAN
Adrian Kolz DEN
What’s the full DWOK camera setup?
Why SD over HD?
Who are the main DWOK filmers or does everyone spend time behind the lens?
What are you guys currently working on and when will it be dropping?
Any new guys who really stepped up for this one?
How many roofs did Eli climb this summer?
Any tips for up an coming filmers/pole jammers?