Atlanta based artist FRKO rides BMX and does art for Action Bronson, including his debut album cover. That’s awesome.
CLick below for a Q&A with FRKO.
First off. Name, age, location.
Rich Montgomery but I’m known as FRKO shortened and branded from Freako, I’m 26 but the mind of a 75 y/o jew, from/resides Atlanta (zone 6).
For those who don’t know you, who is FRKO?
I’m a walking computer, a real street dude, a man who doesn’t shower for days but never stinks…ever. I am also an illustrator who grew up riding bmx and still rides every damn day.
Getting right into it… I fuckin love Action Bronson and I love BMX. I love the fact that you ride and that you did Action Bronson’s album cover. How did that deal come about?
Thank you man, it was just a natural happening honestly. I had been drawing my lil silly cartoons of his lyrics and putting them up on IG and he would repost them. After the fifth one I illustrated I could tell he was really into the work. I shot an email to his manager just introducing myself and my art services. A month later I got hit up about doin covers for him and here we are now.
I noticed you snuck in a griffin head on there. That’s a great little nugget for riders with a sharp eye.
Yea I did. I’ve only ran mostly Animal parts since I was 14 that I pay for in full, except for some bars Jared Washington gave me in an art trade lol, so I threw Animal on this without anybody in the outside world being aware it was a holy bmx symbol.
I love when random dudes get put on and I think your cartoon style compliments Action Bronson perfectly. Would this explain why you’ve continued to do art for him?
Yeah that and Bronson loves it as much as his fans do. We work well together with the same exact sense of humor so it’s a easy thing as well as a pleasure. Respect.
Have you started getting hit up by people since Action started plugging you?
Yeah a lot, but people don’t wanna pay for art lol. It’s unbelievable how these rappers intend on making millions from a album but don’t wanna pay over $200 or so for the art. I honestly wouldn’t do art for any rapper anyway. I think doing Bronson’s work is branding both of us and it’s authentic.
In your opinion, what rappers have good art direction and what rappers have terrible art direction?
Big K.R.I.T got a good branding from his art direction on all his mixtape covers and his latest album cover is on point. He uses the same artist/same palette it looks like. The terrible art direction award has to go to these Atlanta rappers down here just following each others sound and not standing out at all visually and that’s what you gotta have these days in this internet age.
Whats the inspiration behind the things you draw?
I love to create scenes that I’ve seen in real life or in movies with a sick little twist or switch out characters. I like to make people go deep in the side of their brain that’s primal and just nasty lol. I’m a real street guy ya know, I see a lot of wild shit riding my bike everywhere.
How does BMX play into your daily routine?
BMX is my only means of transportation, so I ride everyday going to get coffee, jib around in the city, grab a curry chicken party from the Jamaican spot. Then go back to my apartment and start creating. I’m usually drinking beer or Fourloko by 4pm lol. That’s how we do it in ATL.
Everyone has a story, so how did you get into BMX?
Man I was watching the 1999 (age 11) Summer X-games BMX park and I’ve never seen anything like that before. I was hooked after seeing the greats like Mirra, Miron, DMC, and of course Hoffman compete. That summer I started cutting a lot of yards in my hood with my childhood best friend Chris and we had the same goal… to earn enough dough to buy a GT bmx bike. I ended up not making enough and had to go back to school, bummer. One day after school I came home and there it was. The blue Dyno/GT Zone. My mom knew which bike I wanted and surprised we with a early b-day present.
I never got off that bike and I just grew with the culture/sport. Steve Nowak is a legendary rider/OG here in ATL and he worked at this bike shop near my middle school. He built me my first custom bike in 2001 and taught me basic tricks and gave me the OG Animal Bob bars the grey ones as well as the S&M PBR frame. Bob Scerbo was my favorite rider so I wanted my bike to look like his lol. I run the Animal Big Fours now cuz I’m 6’0 240lbs haha, but I’ve always ran Bob bars.
Who are your top five favorite riders? No particular order.
BLACKMAN aka Desmond Rhodes
Thanks FRKO, anything you wanna add before we wrap this up?
Shout out to Defgrip. I’ve been an avid reader/observer since I was in high school, you guys understood the artistic rider and visually built an aesthetic in BMX blogs. Also shout out to my crew in ATL and all the people who support my art.
Justin and his friend Jim Borio session the Black Diamond park hard. Justin comes through with some really technical lines and throw in a flip fake for good measure…
Sometimes its the un-hyped little projects that come out of nowhere that are the most enjoyable. Such is the case with the video above. Clint Reynolds hooked me up with a hand stenciled copy he had just burned on his computer around New Years and I was pleasantly surprised.
This easy going collection of bad-assery is a must for any trail dudes out there, or fans of good BMX fun. The Credence dudes are awesome. Click below for a teaser they just released and search this out at bike shops.
“This past August, I was invited by an old boss from Chipotle to come work for Goatocado. Goatocado is a pop up cart and catering service, that serves freshly made and healthy food. As this year came to an end, the idea of a cross country trip came up as a reward for a good year. My trip companions consisted of Ian Newell, Keisler Baquiran, Michael Eldried, Nick Kroko, Bernie the dog and myself. With two weeks off and a shuttle bus to roam the country, we hit the road.
Having somewhat of a loose plan, and knowing we wanted to wake up some where different each day, we set out with no real agenda. A few of the places we managed to visit were the Grand Canyon, Monterey, CA, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento, CA. We explored through the Redwood Forrest of California and Oregon. We continued on to Vancouver, WA, cutting backdown the coast and over to Denver,CO along with Boulder, CO. We succeeded in seeing many destination points, finding tons of amazing spots to pull off throughout our adventures.
Knowing thats this trip wasn’t exactly one for riding, I still brought my bike. The first chance I got to ride my bike was when we stopped in Portland. The stay was short lived but I spent my time riding a spot I never thought I’d get to make it to, Burnside Skatepark. Before leaving for the trip, Denver was the only planned stop I had. Thanks to my friend Justin Benthien. I spent 48 hours getting to hangout, see the beautiful city of Denver, along with spending our time filming this edit for Profile Racing. After the last few days of the trip in Colorado, I was stoked on the clips we gathered.
By the time we made it to Denver we had driven 6610 miles. And had another 1690 miles before we made it home. Saying our goodbyes, the bus was loaded, the dudes were a go, we headed east to Virginia.”
– Dillon Leeper
As seen on DIGBMX.com
If you build a bike exactly like this, you may or may not gain some Duganisms, which may or may not include; blasting higher than everyone else and closing doors via flying ninja kicks.
Frame: Fit Tom Dugan
Fork: Odyssey R32
Handlebar: Fit Tom Dugan 8.75
Stem: Odyssey DGN Top Load, prototype
Headset: Odyssey Pro
Grips: Odyssey Tom Dugan
Seat: Odyssey Tom Dugan Feather, prototype
Crank: Odyssey Thunderbolt, 175mm
Sprocket: Odyssey Fang, 30t
Pedals: Odyssey Tom Dugan, prototype
Chain: Odyssey Key Chain, Hollow Pin
Tires: Odyssey Tom Dugan
Front Wheel: Odyssey A+ Front Complete
Rear Wheel: Odyssey A+ Rear Complete
Demolition Style Cat, Matt Cordova, met up with homies Larry Edgar, Nathan Sykes and brother Joey Cordova at their home trails, FOD, to session the place to pieces for the lens of Zach Krejmas. The fine folks at RideBMX are always producing awesome original content and this edit fits right in there, enjoy.