Sticker Box – Julian Allen

Something new for 2013! I’m sure we’ve all got a collection of stickers from over the years? A box, bag or sticker drawer.. There is something about collection’s that are important to us for nostalgia’s sake. Some of us are heading into 3 decades of BMX so we are going to be regularly showcasing some “Sticker Box” collections and seeing what gems are out there and what riders / fans are and were into…

To kick off this new feature we caught up with Mr Essex and Old Skool himself Jools Allen to see what treats he had in his drawer and why they are important to his collection:

1. The first moment I clapped eyes on The Jive Hard Wear shirts and Number Panel Plates I just had to have one. The guys who rode for Jive had the look and the bike skills to pay the bills. No need for flashy ads or gimmicks, the riders made the logo say “COOL”. Here’s the original Jive logo and the Jiveman stickers I’ve had for years on an old Zeronine Moto Panel plate.

2. Vans shoes are the only riding shoes I’ve ever had. I started with a pair of #95s bought from Rad City in about 1985 and have had god knows how many pairs since then. Every time I see a Vans log I can almost feel the soft rubber sole gripping my Hutch Bear Traps and everything is right with the world.

3. Bikes and Beers. I got this from Joey Gough a few years ago. She had a small run of them done to give out to a few close buddies. The sticker sums up the approach that Joey and her crew have to riding. Good times, with buddies on bicycles and a few beers to end the day.

4. I love an event sticker or pass. I’ve got nearly every gig ticket, car pass and the like I’ve ever been too. Here’s a small collection of the ones I had in the sticker bag in the house (I have more than one ). Although not technically a sticker, my favourite has to be the Empire of Dirt spade car pass from the first one back in 2008.

5. There’s nothing better than BMX words and pictures lovingly printed onto glossy paper and the stickers that come with those magazines let others know that you read it too. They came make you one of a tribe, or conversely an outcast if it’s the wrong magazine. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to contribute to most of these zines in one way or another and are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most recently.

6. The Stay Strong brand has become iconic in only a few short years since Stephens accident and has grown to proportions I’m sure no one had ever envisaged. The brand has lead to other causes getting some merchandise and stickers out there to remind us of their need. I’m a big fan of Stay Strong and also have these KB88 charity stickers that became available shortly after Kyle’s passing. Never forget.

7. I didn’t get to go to the Worlds in Florida in 1987, but those who did came back adorned with T shirts and shorts from the big name surf shop in Orlando. This sticker was brought back for me by my cousin who made the trip out there. Never did get a T shirt though…….

8. The old school brands have such fond memories for me. These were the names that I grew up with and coveted the stickers as a kid (well I still do now LOL). Here’s a selection of my faves with the piece de resistance being the Hutch Hollywood Mike sticker from when pink was a proper mans colour!!

9. Hollywood Mike Miranda was a huge breath of fresh air to me as a kid. Most of the UK pros were a bit serious and the UK scene lacked some of the colour and pizzazz that the Americans brought to the sport. This pink Hutch sticker sums up Mike and his approach to BMX; loud, colorful and fun. You can’t argue with that.

10. Haro is a legendary brand and I was fortunate enough to meet with Bob Haro this year at the Olympics. A truly nice guy and interested in continuously pushing BMX design whilst having an inimitable style. I absolutely loved the rub ons and this is the last one I have along with the classic type 2 plate sticker and the freestyle sticker.

Thanks to Jools for getting the ball rolling with this feature… Plenty more to come over the next few months.. If you have a collection to shout about then holla at me and we can get it up on the site!



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