Category Archives: Empire BMX
Vans has historically been tied to BMX and skateboarding, so it only makes sense that they would support one of the biggest companies in the industy. There’s no comp when it comes to Empire BMX. This is Texas after all. To commemorate general badassery, the guys designed the Empire BMX Ruark shoes to smoke bowls, dirt, street and parks alike.
Featuring a canvas upper, Vans BLC cupsole, Vanslite midsole for fewer bruised heels, the WaffleGrip outsole, and a vegan-friendly construction, the Ruarks are a large improvement from the standard, off-the-shelf Vans. I went up to see these in person yesterday and photographed them at the newly constructed Empire BMX bowl.
Pick these up at Empire BMX for $59.95
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Minutes after I posted my Recent Roll photos, Tom from Empire sends this over. Austin fucking rules…
“We celebrated completion of our new bowl with a little party, featuring riders from Mutiny Bikes, Terrible One, Etnies, and Empire BMX. filmed by Ryan Navazio and Joe Simon. Edited by Joe Simon. Thanks Corrigan and crew!”
The old Empire BMX bowl was legendary. So many videos and photos took place behind their old spot off 5th street and since they moved up on north Lamar in Austin, their bowl was in shambles. Various radii of ramp laid out in the rain, mixed in with remnants from Texas Toast and other jams, until Ryan Corrigan submitted drawings for a bigger, better ramp. Months later and this sprawling bowl is complete but it took a lot of work. A few weeks ago, I headed out to shoot some photos with my 15mm fisheye on my AE-1. Trust me, these photos don’t do this ramp justice.
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Cult just posted this up on their blog:
“Everyone is invited to join us for a free show on march 17th at EMPIRE in Austin, Texas for the official release of the JAPANTHER/CULT tshirt…Ninjasonik and Japanther will preform starting at 1 pm in the back, outside…tshirts are limited, photos coming soon…”
Be there Austin and get outta the SxSW downtown shitshow.