It's funny to think that something that came out in 2000 is now 8 years old. In the year 2000 videos were not on discs, most flatland bikes had straight tubes, contests were not a battel, most riders had breaks, theflatlander.com was running strong, EXPN pumped a lot of money into flatland, visors were OK to wear, the EP was available, and tight pants were not cool. Fast forward 8 years and everything has changed.
Infinite Pieces is a product of this very different time for flatland. The EXPN contests brought riders from all over the globe to America. This is when American flatlanders got to see how good all the international riders were. With all of these riders coming together and competing the progression was insane. If you don't own Infinite Pieces you are missing a great chapter in the history of flatland. Chad documented this time period real well. I asked Chad Johnston a few questions about his creation...
Year(s) the video was filmed?
When did it come out?
During that time we were using a Sony Hi-8 camera, a custom PC and Adobe Premiere, I forget what version, 4.? or 5.1, something like that.
Your living situation at the time, what was it like?
We had been living in
There are a bunch of different riders in the video. How did they all end up together? Did you have a list or did you just film whoever was around?
Yeah, so many styles. A few of the Euro and Asian riders were coming through
The sections are mainly short in this video, giving it kind of a mixed tape feel to it. Was that your intention?
Yeah, I wanted to make sure each persons personality came through and since everyone is so different I think it makes sense for each rider to have there own section. I try to do that for most projects (except Blend), I think it really was obvious in IP because of the large amount of riders.
This video seemed like it was filmed during the EXPN era of flatland. Explain the effect EXPN had on flatland during this time.
Some guys were making a lot of money and some guys were hungry to get a piece of that pie so we saw a lot of progression in a relatively short period of time. There were a lot of contest in the
This video as I remember was one of the first to feature a lot of European riders. Do you think this time period was when flatland really took off in
Not really, flatland had been strong in
Favorite thing about the video?
That’s a tough question to answer, because I don’t want to have favorites. I guess the best thing is the variety of trick and styles.