it’s been a while! What’s been happening?!
yes it' s been a while,not upto much these days working alot and mostly chilling out always got some holidays planned.
What was the first Bmx you ever owned?
The first bmx i owned was one that Grass (richard green) built for me, it was a green hoffman condor.
Who did you first start riding with?
the first people i started riding with was Sandy,Braithwaite and sam hyde, Later i got introduced to Nath and Blyth and the rest is history!
Was there a moment where you saw a section or someone do something which fully influenced you to take up Bmx?
Hell yes i remember Braith getting a copy of Criminal Mischief!, that video changed everything for me,Made me want to go out and try hard to be good!
You were an absolute essential squad member of the full scene, how much do you miss it and are you secretly going out ripping in the dark?
It's nice to think i was important to the hull bmx scene.
i was never the best but i always tried to help out other riders when i could, i still go out for secret sessions on my own when i can infact were my flat is in bulgaria there's a little skatepark i go ride!! No micro scooters there!!!
When we first came into contact I’m pretty sure, you like many others were fully absorbed in that aitken era, specifically series 2 frames, we’re talking slim jeans small tee’s acdc tattoo’s euro bb’s but then all of a sudden you were hands down street as fuck! Was this all animals doing?!
My style changed so much through the years of bmx, i went full on jimmy levan style at one point even dyed my hair blonde which went green hahaha!! yes animal was my true calling in the end, watching the steeze of street riding i kinda felt i could ride the same!
Do you remember how pissed off you were with it being “abikeco” instead of “animal” in the uk for a while?
yes that totally pissed me off!! i felt so bad for you guys at CCC because i always wanted to buy parts from you and you couldn't get them! so i had to get them from america.
i felt cheated by them changing the name just for the u.k.
Have you dived off hunsleys roof since?
i tried that bloody roof 2 times.
1 time dressed like jimmy levan,the other time like a G!! i have huge regrets not pulling that!
kinda wasted too much time on it,some kid 6 months after my attempt went and pulled it hahaha!!
VX or HD?
VX all the way the colours are so much better and it gives you that vintage style of bmx riding! im not against HD it's the future but its just not for me.
Please tell me you’ve still got a solid collection of biggie and 2pac shirts?
YES still got all of them in a suit case up in my parents house loft, in fact all my bmx memories and things are in that suitcase.
You used to throw yourself down some pretty gnarly shit, what was the scariest thing you ever did?
i tried so hard to get shit done, wasnt like the other lads, i rarely pulled anything first go! always said to myself if i have 10% chance im trying it! court rail in hull 100% it has so much pressure because its the rail of hull riders, get that pulled and you aint scared of anything!
The cock house was pretty much the greatest Bmx flop house I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, what’s the wildest thing you can remember from living there?
arrr the cock house, well there was two in my time, cock house one was a wreck nobody cared one bit in that house!, i remember doing a shotty with BF and tripping out big time!! then to top it off nath kept getting in my head really was a bad time!, cock house 2 went more posh but still didn't stop crazy shit happening all the time.Miss that place alot!!
Your tattoos are just as legendary as your riding Do you have a favourite?
My favourite tattoo is the CREAM one on my ankle kinda one of the last things i did before i slowed down on bmx, Still makes me laugh everytime i see it!
How’d the nickname come about?!
Think i have Sandy to thank for that one! but the change of nicknames goes on and on
for example: The Donn, Jules the bastard, donn reene. Nath just took the names to whole new levels hahah
How has riding evolved since you started?, do you think bmx is in a good place right now?
Bmx has changed so much over the years, its getting crazy now what people can do!, Bmx for me is about mates and travelling not how good you are so long as you do that it will stick with you for life.
Do you still keep up with edits and videos?
What was the last thing you watched that made you want to ride?
yes still keep up to date watching edits, but its watching the old videos that make me want to go out n ride!! can i eat always gets me pumped!
What made you put riding on the back foot and not want to be riding as much?
Most of the lads moved over to canada or down to london and the scene kinda fell, also getting a bird didn't help but no regrets!, i always want to ride but the body cant take it like before and i work so much in the summer i just don't have time like before
Top 5 favourite riders of all time?
1. Van Homan
2. Tom White
3. Edwin Delarosa
4. Alex Platt
5. SAFE NATH
Top 5 videos of all time?
1. Little Devil Criminal mischief
2. Animal Can i eat
What was your favourite Bmx trip?
ive been on many amazing trips in my time but the one that stands out was my 2nd barca trip! me nath dan cook carl prettyman and Haz went to barca for one month to film an edit, for some reason i had it in my head i was going to put out a really good section i could be proud of!, that had to be the best trip of my life i will never forget!
SAFE NATH GUEST QUESTIONS
If you went back in time and started riding again would you do anything different?
if i went back in time there is only one thing i would change that i didnt give up so early, i was getting to a point in my riding where i was pulling new tricks and my riding was on lock! and i just gave up!
top two carl wood moments?
when i got so wasted in barca when we was staying at the sun & moon hostel and he puked everywhere, the two dutch god preaching guys couldnt handle him,they lost there shit lucky dad of the group ME sorted carl out,
the other is on a more serious note, i have to thank carl wood for letting me film his CCC edit i was so proud of how it turned out and he killed everything that was in front of him!
one trick that would make you freak out and lose your shit whilst learning?
Hands down manual 180 god it took me months to get that i tried every night at safeway car park when i pulled it i think people in austalia could hear me celebrate!
Cheers for you time donn! And supporting us!
Thanks to evryone i know its been a blast!! STREET OR DIE!!