Pat Johns


Pat Johns 


Where did you come from?

Brisbane

 

How old are you?

24

 

Which BMX rider (dead or alive) do you admire the most?

Tough one to answer, I could go on for a while with riders I admire and look up to. But top of the list would be Mike Vockensen or Nathan Williams at the moment. Just because everything they do is awesome, balls-to-the-wall, gnarly shit. Exactly my idea of what good riding should be.

Pat blasting a set of jumps in the north island of NZ. Photo by Tim Storey

Best Country or city or town you have traveled to?

Probably NZ at this stage, it’s just a really beautiful, fun place. Keen to knock it off with somewhere better soon though.

 

The craziest BMX story (riding/party/anything)?

One big thing that comes to mind is the Lux Aeterna premiere. They really made it piss that night! Awesome metal, free piss, and the whole BMX scene from around Brisbane (and afar) letting their hair down and having a good time.

Aside from that, just all the good times with you guys on trips - getting out of our minds in San Pedro, Jimmy losing (or winning?) ciggy Olympics and spewing straight onto the ceiling of the RV and fountaining over himself and Tim's bed, the party bus through NZ with Goldring’s liquor bar in the back seats, loose NZ kids, freezing morning swims instead of showers, seeing awesome scenery, setting the brakes on fire, and just having fun.



If you didn't ride what would you be doing?

I would love to be playing/making music more. I’m trying to get more into this now.

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 Do you have a day job?

Yep, Mechanical Engineer at a diesel engine distributor.

If you had to choose one place to ride for the rest of the time, where would it be?

Also hard to answer, I’m too all over the shop with my riding. I would probably say Pizzey, even though I don’t ride there enough. I would love to spend time there getting better at riding bigger bowls.

 

Best BMX moment you have had on your bike?

Hard to pick a top moment. Anytime I do something that really scares me, and/or that I’ve always wanted to do just ends up being the best feeling ever. The Padua ice-pick and the pegs on the Newstead kinker from my Aeterna section are two rails that I had always wanted to do since seeing them when I was younger, and then impromptu the gap-rail I did at night time in Hobart would all have to be tied for number 1. Unbeatable feeling rolling away, all scared the hell out of me.

 

If you could do one trick only for the rest of time, what would it be?

Probably a tuck-no-hander feels nice to latch onto the bike and be in control.

Cover boy for Aeterna. Pat handled every rail in sight. Photo by Mitch Wood.

If you had to listen to 3 albums for the rest of your life what would the soundtrack be?

  • Metallica - Kill ‘Em All

  • Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You

  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats’ Nest

Impossible to put it all into 3 albums, would love to go on with some doom metal and reggae albums.

 

What’s the most influential BMX DVD you have watched?

Most influential for me was probably the Deadline DVD. Crazy good riding all round, awesome music, awesome intro that gets me toey for BMX whenever it comes on. I’m sure there are better answers but I wasn’t around the BMX scene much when I was young and a lot of the iconic DVDs were coming out.

 

What was your favorite section on that DVD?

Garrett’s section. The music was awesome, and the riding was mind-blowing.



 

Finally, Did you ever think picking up that bike all those years ago would have turned into a lifelong obsession?

I think by the time I realized I wanted a BMX bike (after riding a crappy mountain bike at jumps, then mate’s BMX bikes) and convinced dad to split the $500 with me on my first BMX bike, I was hooked and knew it. That might’ve just been naivety at a young age, but it’s turning out pretty accurate.

 

Thankyous?

Big thank you to Lux and Vocko for putting the resources and time and passion into getting the Brisbane scene together to make an awesome DVD and for throwing an awesome party for it. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Anyone that helps me stay on my bike, Wethepeople, BMX International distribution, and of course everyone at LUX.