Augie Simoncini is having a good year. He just dropped a killer part in the new Trip Apparel – Trip Tape and got a well deserved add to the Fiend pro squad. We recently caught up with Augie to see whats up with the Trip vid, Fiend and what’s next on the agenda for him. Enjoy some photos from the Triptape courtesy of Chris Mortenson.
You’ve got a banging section in the new Trip vid. How was it filming for the video?
Filming for TripTape had similar vibes to that of the Deadline video. Filming with Ty Morrow was dope. He understands me and the way I like to approach set ups. Not to mention when he wasn’t filming he was dropping hammers of his own. He killed it on and off the bike. It makes you want to push yourself to do your best shit possible. That’s how it was on any mission with anyone from the crew. It’s an honor to have a section along side some of the best riders in the world.
Congratulations on getting on Fiend. How did that come about?
Thank you! A dream come true would be a lie. It’s something I did not see coming. The boys over at Fiend have always been family and always helped whenever I’ve needed something. At the end of the first Triptape premiere they completely surprised me at the end of the video with a dope cake and hit me with the news. I was completely caught off guard. The cake even had my graphic which they had been working on for months. Much love to the homie @Freakorico for killing it. I couldn’t believe it. Honestly it didn’t set in until the next day how crazy everything in my life had just become. A whole new door just open up in my life.
I’m trying to take advantage of the time and opportunities I have on my bike. Can’t take this shit for granted. It’s a privilege to still be doing this at 30 years old. Triptape was life as far as bmx goes for me for a while. Once the timeline had started to come together I was able to be more picky about what tricks I wanted to finish up my section. That gave me an opportunity to start stacking HD footage for a future Animal Bikes edit. Definately trying to keep the good times and good vibes rolling into this project. Having a new project to work on is both motivating and refreshing. I just want to put out the best footage I can. Looking forward to getting it done.
We are please to announce that Demarcus Paul will be joining the Animal Bikes Pro Team for 2017.
Demarcus is from Albany, Georgia and currently calls San Diego, California home.
Demarcus began riding 16 years ago. “I grew up riding, trails, street, skateparks and flatland. His style exudes those elements. It’s fluid, aggressive and smooth AF. Demarcus sees himself as “just a BMX rider”. We’ll say he is also as humble as they come.
“Riding for Animal is still surreal to me” and “it’s been a company that I have looked up to as a kid.” Now it’s for real and we are super stoked to have Demarcus be apart of the squad.
Be on the look out for more from Demarcus in 2017.
Welcome to the team!
Instagram – @demarcuspaul
Photos by – Christian Rigal
Instagram – @christianrigal
We are pleased to announce that LA OG street legend Eric “Barney” Cuiper has joined our sales team as our West Coast sales rep. Eric has been down with the Animal family for a long time and we are psyched to have him working for us. Check out Eric’s clips (starting at 1:37) from our classic 2010 video, “Cuts”. Shops can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Bikes: “CUTS” People’s from Animal Bikes on Vimeo.
Animal History 101 – A decade ago the Butcher Peg took street riding to another level by allowing you to ride the unrideable. Butcher himself gives us the story behind how the Butcher Peg came to be.
I hear a lot of talk about, if it ain’t steel it ain’t real. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions and I say, ride what you like, have fun and be yourself.
Back in my early years of riding, I had a set of Bully Bikes pegs that were plastic and had metal inside. The peg threaded onto your axle. Old school shit, haha. When I had those pegs, I could grind wood benches and some rough stuff with them. I ended up breaking them off pretty quickly though. I would always think, damn if I could just have a better design that would last. You could grind everything.
Years later I talked to Ralph about this old idea I had to design a new peg with a plastic sleeve you could replace. I wanted to design pegs to open up new doors. Ralph was hyped and said, “Hells yeah lets make them and they can be the Butcher pegs.” I got right on it. I got to drawing up the design and started working with the product designer to start getting some samples made to test out.
We pretty much had the design on point right away and started testing. I tried a bunch of different sleeves with different thicknesses, densities and colors. Once we were happy with a final design, we went ahead and made one of the best pegs ever. I love these pegs because they have opened up so many tricks and set up possibilities. I’ve seen it in my riding and I’ve seen it in other people’s riding, too.
I hope to see it continue on with future generations. Don’t be held back. Ride what you want and have fun with it. Butcher pegs for all grinding needs.
Words by Butcher, Photos by Chris Marshall
We just dropped a fresh ad featuring Matt Miller ripping down a rail with his Animal X T1 tires while on a trip to Arizona this past spring. Matt is loving the special dual compound in the streets, which makes these tires as fast as they are grippy. From the parks and pools to the streets, this tire has you covered! Available in 2.20 and 2.40, pick up a pair here.