LYNX "WHATCHA DOIN´!?"-MUSIC VIDEO PROMO & MAKING OF.
Promo & Making of photography for Ms. Lynx (Linda Ilves).
Makers of the project:
Vocals & Production: Ms Lynx
Mixing & Recording: Sami Tammela
Director: Olli Koivula
Cinematography: Jukka Moisio & Olli Koivula
Editor: Osku Tuominen
Middleman/Scout/Photographer: Kai Kuusisto
Dancers: CLEVA Crew: Jenni, Joanna, Kaisa, Marika, Sandra, Sanna www.facebook.com/clevacrew
Styling, clothes and jewellery: Marika Peura & Kaisa Nieminen / Sielu www.badassstyle.blogspot.com
Hair & Make-up: Sumi Moreno & Henna Haapala
THANKS FOR THE WHOLE CREW AND HELSINKI CITY!
MARIKA PEURA REPRESENTING CLEVA
Marika Peura representing Cleva Crew in Helsinki 2012. If you are wondering about photoshopping on these, there was only color and contrast adjustments done in the post. These are each single long exposures. One of these shots is featured on my permanent ledlight photo installation at the library of Kontula in Helsinki Finland.
Art Direction, Photography
Bmx comes from words bicycle motocross & when you ride your bmx with freestyle it can look like in these photos. I have had a lot of good times on both side of the camera when it comes to this activity. Ride on!
Art Direction, Photography, Photojournalism
TRIPPIN PORTUGAL 2011
Few photos from my trip in Portugal 2011. Loving it over there. I have been there several times and hopefully I will continue visit my friends over there every now and then!
TRIPPIN CALIFORNIA 2012
I was traveling or maybe more or less chilling in California during may/june 2011 with my bike and camera bag. It was my first time in USA and I really enjoyed it. Rode around with my bmx, ate veggie burritos, took some photos and met some nice people. I wish to go back some day soon to visit my new friends and explore more of the rad spices of California!
Thanks Riikka-Liisa, Bobby, Chad, Eric, Lasse & Fat for showing me around! And shout-outs to all you guys I met, keep it rad!
PUBLIC ACTION #2, FABIO PIRES INTERVIEW.
Few screenshots of the Passenger aka Fabio "FABU" Pires interview published in Public Action magazine 2/2013.
THE PUBLIC ACTION No 2 "Friendship" Issue came out on Saint Valentine's Day in cooperation with Design Forum Finland.
And it's all about Friendship in its various manifestations: passion, love, gender and art. This great visual journalism package is available on free download from the Apple Newsstand. Our Friendship issue was published exclusively for iPad to reach a wider international audience via an English-language edition
This issue is inspired by Virginia Woolf's autobiographical novel "Orlando" (1928), considered by many the world's longest love letter and declaration of friendship. The main character Orlando lives for over 200 years both as a man and as a woman, forever seeking the answer to that eternal question: "Who am I?"
The “Friendship” Edition orchestrates a variety of people, events, ideas and statements into one prime concept. From this iPad publishing platform the magazine can offer an innovative mix of content, video material and animation.
Yet again we ask: "Who are We?” The journal's goal is to launch a positive discussion in the here and now of the very basis of this universal concern.
PUBLIC ACTION was established in 2012 as a new social contribution, a visually rich non-profit project, combining print content and art imagery, appearing on iPad as well as blog-based website. PUBLIC ACTION calls into question the conventional way of responding to issues by confronting social themes through art, design, and the visual culture. And what is the PUBLIC ACTION credo? "Think. Join. Help.”
PUBLIC ACTION project was started by Editor in Chief and Creative Director Tiina Alvesalo. A decade ago Alveselo memorably established the PÀP "style bible", which was distributed in 24 countries worldwide. Last year Alvesalo directed the Artek Manifest Magazine. Alvesalo has worked in leading domestic and international media, in stock design, fashion, jewelry, watch technology and food industry projects.
The PUBLIC ACTION project is produced by the "Godfather of Youth Culture" Mikko Kaukonen and Hook Up Ltd, which produces the Helsinki Kids Festival, in addition to a variety of skate and snowboarding events. In early 2013 a new member joined the group, Aleksi Seppo, who is an urban media specialist, and who will correspond with the producer and editor-in-chief in the acquisition of new partners.
Photography, Photojournalism, Writing
"Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2002 report found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. 85 percent of skateboarders polled who had used a board in the last year were under the age of 18, and 74 percent were male." Says, -Wikipedia
Photography, Photo Manipulation
ALEKSI RITSILÄ SLOW-MOTION
Slow-motion of Aleksi Ritsilä riding in Helsinki, summer 2012.
Cinematography, Digital Photography
BELLES TOUR TEASER VIDEO
bElles - girls sneaker store (b-elles.fi) organized a jam tour in spring 2012. Tour took place in smaller cities dance schools. The idea is to throw a jam for the students, and give them a change to try battling and jamming for the first time in a cozy atmosphere.
Cinematography, Photography, Photojournalism
PEDRO MELO, 1 HOT HOUR.
I was visiting the Melo family in Algarve Portugal while ago, this time we did not have time to really ride and shoot photos etc. but on my last day I managed to capture this during one hot hour of Pedro´s break from work...Woa that 360 slider! There are some many hidden gems in his pockects, it is pure amazingness!!! You should see more of his riding. Nuf said. Loving it, you got the touch Pedro! We gotto shoot some more. Until next holidays!
CLEVA SUMMER SALUTE!
Cleva crew feeling the Helsinki summer vibes in Pihlajasaari!
Shot in Finland 2012.
JESSE TURUNEN, FEATURED IN RED BULL ILLUME 2009.
Finnish skateboarder Jesse Turunen skating on the flat, Helsinki Finland 2009.
Digital Photography, Photography, Retouching
New images for web & print purposes for Fliitti, charter sailing company.
Advertising, Creative Direction, Photography
TOP BILLIN KEPIKEI / BUST A MOVE / GHETTOMASTER -COVER.
Cover photo for Top Billin Kepikei Bust A Move Ghettomaster release.
About the release from Top Billin:
"Having already represented Slovakia on the CZ/SK compilation in Top
Billin's 'country series', as well as a remixing Grandtheft's 'Hear
This', Kepikei delivers his first solo joint. This release consists of
2 originals, both straight fire. When we first heard 'Ghettomaster' we
were as blown away as when we first time heard Club Cheval's first
productions, raw, uncut, true music for the club with influences from
hiphop and classic electro. Main track, 'Bust A Move' is right on
designed for the girls who want to get pop lock and drop it. Hailing
from Bratislava, Kepikei aka M. Capela creates the more sinister side
of bass music. Get introduced to Kepikei, this is one producer you will hear more in the future, this guy isn't trippin."
KAI KUUSISTO TUMBLR
Welcome to visit and follow my Kai Kuusisto photography Tumblr!
More random photos and updates than at my portfolio.
TONI SECKA & EMILIA HEINONEN LIVE @ IMT LAUNCH PARTY
Toni Secka & Emilia Heinonen performing at the IMT (I Made This / Tiina Palm) street wear launch party.
Portrait of Jorgee.
IMT STREET WEAR LOOKBOOK 2013
IMT LOOKBOOK 2013.
Models: Josephine, Emilia, Yona, Adry, Hanna, Toni...
Make up: Aleksandra Kahakorpi
IMT STREET WEAR JERSEY & COLLEGE COLLECTION
ONE SIZE FITS ALL
WHAT´S UP KERT?
Hey Kert, how is it going, are you at home in Tallin Estonia now?
Morning Kai. Doing pretty good, just woke up at long beach, got here a few days ago. Escapin the encino Estonia freezin winter, too much snow, too much white drives me insane. Surfin at launderland, biten some free internet right now and washing those dirty socks.
How has the year started for you, what is the plan or is there one?
Uhh, started off slow, lagaloid, swamp start, had a mental breakdown for a second been stuck in florida suburbs. Got around it tough, gettin better now hah. Must have been the tainted citrus trees from the neighbors yard that started to rot my mind. plan the plan, trying to finish my rotten video part in a few months, Chris Crawfords project. Been siked on filming for that, pushin the body smashes. Slowly start filmin for the next Bone deth video this summer and just working around new ideas for all the Bone deth goodies, we got all our brains rotting right now to keep the weirdness going. A lot of new sick things happening this year with bone deth. Other than that just figurin things out on the road.
Can you describe your way of riding and living this so called “bmx-life”?
Gremlin monster pedaling around climbing things. Dont know, ill let the others figure it out when they see it. Life - just tryin to do it my way, have it kinda figured out in my head how I want to make it happen. I want a lot out of myself, so I have endless fights inside, that noone really sees, I give myself a hard time. Always takin the stubborn route with everything, cause it just feels right. Im just trying something else, looking for my place. I feel like i have a lot to give still.
Are you looking for some kind of street setups usually or do you ride all that look ridable?
Wierd grimy setups, that some might just pass. Trying to look where some might not, keep my head looking up, i get more kicks out of lookin for some certain setups i got kookin in my head. Setups before spots. Sometimes you just got to take whats there tough.
Who or what kind of people do you enjoy riding with?
Always have the most fun ridin with bone deth deadmans. They make something come out that usually doesnt, turn me into a gremlin, it just a whole different feeling. Back home i got a few certain guys i ride day to day, pretty tight crew. I like feeding of off eachother, get siked to get things done, so i try to ride with the same dudes most of the time. I wanna feel allright with the crew.
How do you spend time when you have to heal some injury?
Freaking out mostly, i keep on ridin even when my body is mangled, stupid move tough in the long run, getting smarter now. Mangled body just limits the wildness. Entertain myself, work on different things, switch it up. Get my artsy side out, just work on some stencils or refine my tailor skills. Usually just end up boogie at the bar way too much.
What kind of bike do you have? Is there some specs/measures you like & why?
Bone deth creepozoid with all the bone deth bits and 48-s. Short frame, hard tires - mean machine. Keep it strong so it doesn't fold under me.
Always had the most fun with short setups, so kept it midget bike kinda. No limburger rides.
What is your first memory of bmx?
Skiding around on my friends bike, hopping some curbs. Felt fun as hell so i pretty much quit playin hockey next week and started riding as much as i could to figure it out.
Last words for now!?
Uhh, just eat it. Eat the bug. stay sick, turn blue!
Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism
OTTO MAJA MURALS, KAUNIAINEN FINLAND.
Video & photo documentation of Otto Maja mural artwork in Kauniainen Finland 2012 summer.
Painters: Otto Maja & Truccare Charta
Photography: Kai Kuusisto
Filming: Kai Kuusisto & Henry Lämsä
Edit: Henry Lämsä
Graffiti, Photography, Street Art
FOCUS, SAIFFA FLO MO DANCE SCHOOL
B-Boy Focus, SAIFFA FLO MO DANCE SCHOOL.
...ongoing Zona project...
Photos about cupping for a magazine article.
"Wet cupping appears to be a living reminiscence of the traditional Finnish healing methods. Fifteen persons practicing or having practiced cupping were interviewed in Savo Province, Eastern Finland. The knowledge and skills of cupping appear to be transferred by personal apprenticeship within a family or from a neighbour. No written material is nowadays available and known to be used in learning. Cupping is considered by healers to be useful in the treatment of aching and pains of teeth, head, neck, shoulders, back and legs. Cuppers report cupping effective also in hypertension and skin diseases. On the other hand, the method is not regarded to be useful in problems of internal organs. Cupping is done after a sauna and bathing of the patient in a warm environment (in sauna). It is often preceded by massage. The small wounds in the cupping sites are made with the aid of a small knife. The healers have the opinion that bad blood must be removed from the superficial areas of the ailing parts of the body, The cupping sites were more or less specific to the ailments of the patient and the number of cups varied from patient to patient depending on the condition and size."
-Hänninen O, Vaskilampi T. (Source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6126077)
Big ups to B-Boy Ätä! Here are few photos I took of him 2009.
Photography, Photo Manipulation
CHAD´S FURNITURE DESIGNS
Article featured in A.R.T magazine (FR) 2012.
Few facts at first: who are you, where are you from, age, years riding?
Chad Johnston. Long Beach, California. Riding BMX since 1980ish.
How & when did you first come up with the idea of reusing bike parts to interior design?
I’ve always been into repurposing things, kinda outta necessity usually. If the part or material is interesting to me, I’ll hold on to it and sometimes it works better as something else rather than the originally intended purpose. I also hate to throw something cool away, even if it’s damaged. The tables started coming together around 2008 after Amy and I bid on and won two Haro/Nike number plates from the A.R.F. Lightning Bolts auction. The plates came with a pair of bars and a stem each as way to display the art. When we got them home we displayed them without the bars and stem and those extra parts just collected dust. One day I realized I had two pairs of
identical forks in storage and when I looked at all these pieces together it was like a mirror image, they looked like a base for a table. We didn’t have a dining table at the time so it made since to make one.
What was your first "piece"?
The old school chrome table that I’m talking about above was the first.
Are you into design and recycling in general?
Yeah, I’m interested in both.
What kind of design do you like and what does recycling mean to you on daily basis?
I appreciate all forms of design. I’m really into bike design and messing around in graphic arts. I try to recycle as much as possible. Our new place has a recycle chute right next to the garbage chute so that makes it convenient. Also the grocery store across the street has automated
recycling machines; I can drop off an empty six-pack and get some change to put towards the next one at the same place.
Along all these years of riding you probably know some of the guys designing bike parts?
For sure. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the best riders and designers in the industry.
What do you think of the plastic bmx parts these days? Do you know if the bmx industry is working anyhow with green/recycling ideas?
Seats, bar ends, pedals and valve caps are about the only plastic I want on my bike. I’ve seen plastic pegs break off and shoot across the indoor street course at Woodward West. It was like a gunshot. I know Moeller is working on upgrading The Building to make it green friendly; he recently had solar panels installed that power the entire operation.
Do you search for inspiration some how, some blogs or designers perhaps etc..?
Inspiration usually finds me, but when I have to search for it, I Iook around my surroundings, like the neighborhood, city or state. Music is key also. Music is a huge inspiration in my life, a good beat or riff will instantly put me in a place where I can imagine being on a higher level, almost like
a dream. Music can change my mood and enhance positive vibes. It transports me. I don't always listen to music but a good song is usually in my head. I like all kinds of genre's, especially live performances. Good music makes me want to create something that others might enjoy. My
favorites usually vary, I've been real stoked on B.I.G. and early Metallica lately.
The internet is another great source, seems like endless images there. I’ve stumbled across some great blogs that I’ve added to my book marks.
So, you might find something useful from the streets...what has been the coolest thing you have found?
I’ve found all kinds of cool stuff, recently a set of old Araya 24” rims that will work perfect for a tabletop edge. I was walking home from the post office and someone set them next to a dumpster in the alley.
When you make lets say a table, what are the stages of the whole project from idea to dinner ready table?
It starts with collecting the parts, once I have a group of parts that look interesting and functional I piece them together trying to not modify them if possible. For example, I’d rather use existing holes than drill new ones. It’s always an experiment and if you try something permanent like drilling holes than when you try another configuration the holes still remain there. There are no rules though; I actually have plans to drill holes for an upcoming project. I want each one to be unique, so I won’t stick to just one technique. I’d like to experiment and learn something new with each piece.
Where do you get the building materials and do you have memories or some meaningful history to the parts you are using?
The materials come from all over the place. I really like bmx parts and always seem to have spare or damaged stuff. If I need something specific that I don’t have, I’ll search online. Ebay and the BMX Museum are good sources. Some of the pieces have memories attached to them, but most are just found or acquired.
Do you weld and work with pro painting equipment etc. also?
No, not yet. I like the survivor look, but who knows? Maybe in the future I’ll try that also. It depends on the materials; if the original finish is too far shot then I’d possibly repaint.
Maybe you know some other guys repurposing bike parts also, are there any friends doing it out there?
Leif Valin does a lot of creative stuff; he sent me pictures of a lamp he made out of forks off of a road bike. There’s other people doing this type of thing; I’ve seen bikes repurposed before but not tables like this.
You have many nice bikes hanging all over the crib. What is the deal? is there some personal history with each bike? Do you consider your self as a collector?
Thank you. We wanted large artwork to fill the wall space in our loft and bikes seemed like the natural solution. We built 5 bikes to complete the idea we had, each with a color theme. It actually grew beyond our original concept to flow around the whole upper area of the space. I would consider myself a collector, Amy also.
You own a bmx shop Neighborhood Bmx with Aaron Boström. Who designed the layout of the shop and your logos and such?
The design and lay out was an organic process, Aaron and I both contributed ideas and made decisions together; I drew a quick sketch and we went from there. Mark Maligmant designed the logo; he met with us a few times at the shop so we could vibe, a short while later he came through with a few rough drafts and we chose our favorite. He dialed it in and sent the file to Ron Plumlee at 22 who printed the stickers.
I heard you moved to new house lately, how is it looking over there? Do you have some nice new ideas for interior design?
Yeah, we’re stoked to have a live space with room to create more pieces.
Currently I’ve finished two tables and half way through a third one. I’ve got more ideas for other repurposed type things. I want to do some lamps or some kind of lighting next. Maybe chairs, end tables, desks…
Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism
Photographs from our beloved countryside hideout.
FIT BMX ADVERTS 2011
Print adverts for FIT bmx company.
GULF OF FINLAND, BALTIC SEA.
Photos from the gulf of Finland between Helsinki and Tallin.
The gulf is usually frozen from late November to late April. The freezing starts in the east and gradually proceeds to the west. Complete freezing is usually reached by late January, and it might not occur in mild winters. There are frequent strong western winds causing waves, surges of water and floods.
Mad deranged lunatic created & photographed in Portugal 2011.
Photography, Art Direction
Redwood in Big Sur, California Usa.
Redwood is a rapidly growing tree, and some individual trees have been measured at more than 360 feet in height, making it the tallest measured tree species on the earth. In favorable situations, trees 20 years old may average 50 feet in height and 8 inches in diameter. Average mature trees are from 200 to 240 feet high with diameters of 10 to 15 feet at 4 feet 8 inches above the ground.
Exceptional individuals sometimes reach a height of 350 feet, a diameter of over 20 feet, and an age of approximately 2000 years.
Redwood leaves are green, flat, and sharp-pointed. The brown cones are egg-shaped and only one-half inch in diameter. The soft, reddish-brown bark, six to twelve inches thick, is one of the Coast redwood's most distinguishing characteristic and, together with the wood, names the species.
Photojournalism, Photography, Digital Photography
This is a set dreamy black & white photographs.
TRASH MAGAZINE 2012
WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL HELSINKI 2012, KALASATAMA SK8PARK.
I documented the skatepark building one day at Kalasatama and the photos ended up to these World design capital posters around Helsinki in may 2012.
RAD RIDES, BOOK ABOUT BMX BIKES.
Rad Rides, book about the best bmx bikes of all time! Book published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd London 2012. Design by Intercity. Writers Nathan Gale, Gavin Lucas and Stuart Robinson.
"JEAH"-EXHIBITION AT KIRJASTO 10
"Haluan aina jotain, mitä en nyt ole tai saa, maailmani kaipaa lisää parempia mausteita. Parasta on voittaa pelkoja sekä jakaa iloja.”
“Kun kaverini onnistuu tempussaan huudan reflexinomaisesti "yeah" ja samaan aikaan mietin, mitä muuta voisinkaan huutaa. Totean, että ei sillä ole niin väliä, että amerikkalainen huudahdus on iskostunut sisimpääni videoista, vaan sillä on merkitystä, että innostun kaverin onnistumisesta ja kuinka makeaa elämä on sillä hetkellä. “
“Kaikki mitä koen, on energiaa joka värähtelee ja tarttuu, myös huutoni ja toivottavasti vielä jopa kuvani. JEAH!
Exhibition Design, Photography
KONTULA LIBRARY 2011
Kontula is suburb of Helsinki where the indoor skatepark of Helsinki is located. This library is just next to the local youth house and that skatepark. I figured my bmx & skateboard photos might work well there and decided to organize this exhibition. It was open from 1. february to 19. march 2011.
"WHEN EVERYTHING WAS FORGOTTEN", BMX PHOTOS.
My Bmx photo exhibition “Kun Kaikki Unohtui” / “When everything was forgotten” was held at mbar (Helsinki, Finland) 29.7 – 20.8.2010.
When I ride my bmx and try some tricks I have to concentrate a lot or I just fall in to happy mode by having good time with my good friends. That is when "everything gets forgotten". With everything I mean the daily stress of work, money, relationships and so on list goes on. That might not happen always but usually it does and it is really relaxing. Maybe one could compare it to meditation.
Sometimes I have been thinking if people get the same out of running or gym, I doubt they do because I run etc. also with all the daily things pumping in my head. What Im saying is that my photos on this exhibition were about the highlight moments where the rider does not think any thing else than the trick and is in meditative mode and specially really happy after nailing that bad ass move. The meditative aspect is really big part of these sports, at least I think so!
It was part of URB10 urban art festival organised by Kiasma contemporary art museum. There were total 16 photos on the walls and huge photo slideshow projected to the outside wall of cinema called Bio Rex. Prints were done at Luova with Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl photo paper and 2mm dibond boards. This exhibition is ready to travel around now! If you know or have some cool place (gallerie, bar, shop…etc. ) to set it up , please feel free to contact me and throw ideas. All of the prints are also for sale, ask prices etc. via email.
BIGBIG THANKS goes to: amazing riders performing in the photos (Érico, Pedro, Marv, Adrè, Raigo, Martti, Aleksi, Toon, Tiago, Veiko, Daniel and Kert) , my supportive family, Kiasma URB crew, Signature bmx shop , Luova, Egle, mbar and all my friends for the support and kind words!
Photography, Exhibition Design