Fri, Aug 16 2013 4:00 am |
Larry Alvarado is a legend around Southern California. He was on the opposite rail game (gap to second stage overgrind down the UCI kinker) before most and if you think you found any un-touched gem in SoCal, chances are that Larry found it five years ago. Off the bike, he’s been behind some history-making clips and part of projects that span a decade. So, when I heard he was the boss behind ODI’s new video, Black Book, I knew it would have a distinct feel, great filming, and a ton of spots that would have me pausing and looking for background street signs (see: scummy). I decided to hit up Larry and get a little rundown of ODI’s first DVD…
So first off, how you been?
I have been really good, thank you for asking.
Black Book premiered at the Transworld park a few weeks back. How was the turnout and the entire night for you?
The premiere was awesome! Thanks for putting in the good word for us so we could ride the Ride park—everyone was hyped to get the opportunity. On top of that, we brought out a taco truck to feed everyone and brews to wash it down. A bunch of good friends helped out by lending us ledges, rails, and even assisted on setting it all up, which took a lot of weight off our shoulders. The over all night was too good.
ODI has never put out a DVD before, how’d the idea come about?
Man, it has been a five-year dream for us. We have talked about it every year and we have always been hesitant. Working with all the rider’s schedules makes projects like this tough, but we have an awesome crew at the moment and it just made sense. With the internet/web video being so watered down and unappreciated, we want to do something that would stand up to the test of time. Our riders put their ass on the line every time they filmed for a video for us and we couldn’t let them go out like that. So we man’d up and bit the bullet.
I know you’ve had your hands on several heavy projects in the past, but correct me if I’m wrong, this your first DVD that you’ve made from inception to production, right? Was it daunting at all?
This is the second full DVD I have done, the TMM mixtape was the first, but that was a super loose project and this was on a time schedule. The schedule played a big part on some of the difficulties. We ran into a few other problems, but nothing too serious. We took a pretty casual approach and let the riders do their thang. I filmed 95% of it, so that also made it kind of hard for riders to get footy on their own. We took that route so that the video looked uniform and had our theme. The whole project ran pretty smooth and I can really appreciate that.
From the first clip to the last, how long were you guys filming for Black Book?
We filmed for about a year. I think it was about nine months from the first trip to the last one, but I had a good hunch that we were going to do a video so I saved a few clips from earlier in the year and filmed locally after the last trip.
Black Book doesn’t have traditional rider sections, but it’s more of a mix. Wanna explain how it’s broken up?
We decided to do a mixtape style video because that is what the ODI crew is: a mix of awesomeness put into one crew. The sections are broken down into our adventures, giving you a lil’ insight on who we are and what we experienced on our journey to make this film come to a TV near you.
What’s your favorite section?
All of them; it’s cool to sit back and watch a year’s worth of memories on a television. All the sections bring a smile to my face, because I get to see all the homies doing their thing, making each other laugh while out riding.
Any wild story or mishap while filming or was it all fairly smooth sailing?
Everything ran pretty smooth but we did encounter: a magically disappearing ID act, one speeding ticket, a photographer being a mark and leaving mid trip, a heavy interrogation about drugs in Fresno, D-rock sipping on lean, Cadge$ going over the time limit at gentleman’s club, Kirk wildin’ out at a bar, and a team rider throwing a fit and quitting the team on a trip, one broken frame, and having a time of our life while doing it. Nothing too crazy.
Black Book…I gotta assume the name come from your little black book of spots?
That’s a lil’ bit of it. A blackbook refers to a graffiti artist’s sketch book, which consists of one primary owner that draws art in it and passes it to their homies to do the same. Eventually it gets full and holds hundreds of pieces. That is basically what ODI is doing with this project, we created this DVD and let all of our team riders shred spots and put their styles on it.
DVD’s are available now, right? Where can someone pick a copy up?
Yes, they are available at any shop/mailorder that carries ODI grips.
We would like to thanks the ODI street crew, all of our distributors, all of tour guides, Deems, ^&@m, everyone that helped with our video premieres, Ride for this interview and anyone that has ever purchased ODI grips. Viva La ODI!
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