If you'd like to see more, head over to our Instagram page today as Tavin takes over! He'll be posting photos of his day riding, as well as some behind the scenes shots through the new "Story" feature.
Hey Tavin! It’s great to have you on the blog for our first interview. Thanks for taking the time to do this!
Hey Clayton! Of course man, I'm glad to be apart of this thing!
From what I understand there are different ways to compete in BMX, would you be able to explain what exactly you do or don’t do?
Yea definitely. So, there are all kinds of ways to compete really. There is BMX racing and Freestyle BMX which breaks down into subcategories such as park riding, dirt jumping, street riding, and flat land. I currently ride and compete in Freestyle in the park category primarily but I do like to ride street and dirt jumps when I get the chance to. I did race for a long time and I gained a lot of bike control and real comfort on my bike because of it but in the end decided it wasn't really the rout I wanted to go.
Awesome. So, what made you want to start riding BMX? I think most kids dream of it the first time they ride a bike, but for me that urge was shattered the first time I fell.
Haha, that's totally understandable. Crashing hurts.... a lot usually. That is a hard question though. I've been riding since I was 8 years old and I am 22 years old now, so litterally my whole life. I remember my city had a very small BMX shop down the rode from where I lived called DVS bikes. When I was little I was always jumping whatever bike, scooter, roller blades, or really whatever I had at the time and learning how to do different things on them that they just weren't made to do. Luckily my pops caught on and decided to take me down to DVS and introduce me to the owner and we got a bike together. I always thought the guys who rode BMX in my cities were total bad asses and after getting my first BMX bike and Ride BMX video tape (which was on repeat for ages) I wanted to be just like them. So that's basically it man.
How do you maintain inspiration to keep going? If theres one thing I’ve learned from running a company it’s that maintaining inspiration can be hard. It’s easy for your failures to overshadow your growth.
That's true man. It really is. I don't really know what keeps me motivated. I think every BMX rider out there has defintely had a wreck or two where they've thought for a second to themselves "Why do I do this?" but we always seem to keep getting back up and going cause I think there's just nothing like it man. Finally nailing that trick, line, drop, or jump you've been wrecking yourself on is just awesome. There's really nothing like it. It's all just about pushing yourself as much as you can and hoping that you'll nail whatever it is your trying on the other side of it all.
Do you have a favorite moment from BMX?
ABSOLUTELY! A few years back I met a guy named Matt Hoffman. You heard of him? For those who haven't, he's basically the father of freestyle BMX. He was putting on a show at an event in Butte Montana called Evel Knievel Days. There was a grass hill where everyone was sitting to watch that ended with a 7-8 foot tall stone wall. Below that was a 5 foot walk way and then there was a 7 foot tall fence separating the crowed from the show. Well a couple friends and I were out watching the show and we could see Matt sitting there. I decided that well if Matt was just right there then I was ganna meet him... and if I was ganna meet him, I was ganna jump my bike into his show. So my friend grabbed his camera and I grabbed my bike and I started at the top of the grass hill. After a couple run ups I decided it was time to try it out. Well, before I decided I was ganna do it, Aaron Fotheringham rolled by. You might know him better as Wheelz from Nitro Circus. He asked if I was ganna gap into the show and he decided he was ganna film it! So I had to do it now. So I jumped off the stone wall, over the walk way, over the fence, and into his show. Even though I landed a little tail heavy and slid out on my butt, Matt was stoked and so was Aaron. I even got a picture with the dudes and Aaron emailed me the video! That was one killer day. Even though I was acting like a total dweeb to these guys since I was so star struck.
Ha! That's so cool man, I've always admired how much camaraderie there seems to be in BMX. So how’d you find out about us? What made you reach out about a sponsorship?
Well, I decided I was ganna cut the mop I had growing at the time and go with something a little more kept up so I did and I heard about this pomade thing. So I did some research and actually just sort of stumbled across you guys. I think it was either on Etsy or Amazon. I decided I had to give your stuff a try because you make it by hand and I really just admire people that make hand made goods, and I really loved your stuff. The pomade was awesome, the cologne was awesome, and so was everything else. I saw you guys were sponsoring athletes and musicians so I thought that since I used your stuff a lot and I loved the company, I would reach out to you and see what you thought about my riding and maybe letting me ride for your company. Luckily, you didn't think my riding was too terrible so you let me come on board haha.
Terrible!? I can't imagine what it takes to do what you do, we were honored to have you onto our team! How should people keep up with you?
Honestly, the best way to keep up with my riding photos, videos, and just my day to day stuff is to follow my Instagram account (@taveyjones). I am always posting stuff on there so you ca see what im up to and whats going on. Also if you want, you can feel free to check out my art on Etsy. (TavinDavisArts) The link to all that is in my Instagram bio!
Anything else to add? Words of wisdom for other people pursuing their athletic or artistic dreams? A great joke you’d like to test out?
Words of wisdom? Keep givin 'er. Joke? Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?...... FO Drizzle.
Well, that’s all I’ve got! Thanks again for representing O’Douds. It’s been great to get to know you and I’m sure everyone will hear more about you soon enough.
Thanks for having me Clayton! Thanks for letting me represent O'douds and also for keeping me from looking and smelling good. With out you, I'd probably smell like a dumpster....... maybe worse. I hope to blog again with ya soon! Cheers!
So, that's Tavin Davis for you folks! This was the first sponsorship blog that we've done but we hope to do more soon. Make sure to stop back by Whisky and Bad Jokes every now and then to see what's going on. Cheers!