Nigel Sylvester, Pro BMX athlete and Internet Star, goes from screen to page with a new book
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Nigel Sylvester rode his first bike when he was four, and the New York native hasn’t stopped pedaling since.
“The moment I touched the bike and took those first few pedals, I knew at that point the bike was going to be around my whole life,” the Pro BMX athlete told People. “I feel like the way we’re designed as people, we gravitate toward certain things. And the bike was my business.”
In the years since this first cruise, Sylvester has left this mark on BMX culture by blending sports with music, fashion and art; A concept that is immediately apparent in his popular YouTube series from the point of view, he goes.
The videos have received tens of millions of views and show Sylvester riding his bike – or a jet-ski or a Ferrari – at breakneck speed through major cities like Miami, Las Vegas and Tokyo. But the flavor of Sylvester’s videos comes from how she views both city streets and the things that few get to try, like hanging out with the likes of Steve Aoki and DJ Khaled or, in the case of his trip to Dubai, jumping out of a plane by bike.
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Sylvester says the videos, which are typically five to ten minutes in length, can take weeks to plan and shoot. And while that might seem like a complicated task (because it is), says Sylvester, in essence he likes to keep things simple.
“I feel like staying true to yourself as a creator is the most important thing,” he says. “For me, that’s how it worked. Throughout my career, I’ve evolved — any artist, athlete, or creator will evolve because your experiences are different. You get different effects, different things that inspire you.”
It is true that the title of the series, Sylvester he goes Videos are fast-paced and constantly moving. The clips seamlessly transition into one another, and a clip filmed from the hotel stairway into the photo studio, then back on the street moments later. he goes The videos are filled with fluid sequences like this and can be considered the visual equivalent of the rhythmic beat of hip-hop.
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But for a rare moment, Sylvester slows things down he goes From screen to page.
Nigel Sylvester: Go!Rizzoli’s Oct. 11 photography book features more than 200 pages of Sylvester and his travels around the world, captured by photographer and cinematographer Harrison Boyce.
“It was definitely practical,” Sylvester says of choosing what to include in the book. “But we decided, man, what are the most important stories for each city? Also what are the things that people haven’t seen before?”
Like the he goes Videos, the collection features engravings from celebrities such as A$AP Ferg, former NBA player Nick Young, and Super Bowl XLVI champion Victor Cruz. But among the famous faces and places that appear on the book’s pages, Sylvester — who also runs the Nigel Sylvester Foundation with the goal of donating thousands of bikes to underprivileged youth — hopes the photos will inspire more people to ride.
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“I hope people are inspired and moved in a positive way,” Sylvester says of the book. “I also hope that people understand the limit of cycling. We always say that the bike is the most accessible form of transportation in the world. To see the bike help facilitate this journey around the world – and we still have more to go – but this is the first reference to see how powerful bike, and I hope people understand that too.”
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Putting together the book, and looking at hundreds of photos from his life, gave Sylvester an opportunity to reflect on a journey that began as a child growing up in Jamaica, Queens, that allowed him to reach more people with his bike than he could have imagined.
“One of the things we got from filming he goes They are the friendships we have fostered throughout the experience. I’ve met amazing people throughout the series process thus far and will know them for the rest of my life and talk to them frequently,” he says. This is perhaps the most important part – the friendships and community we’ve created, and sharing with people that they can achieve what they want. “
“spirit he goes It is the relentless and graceful pursuit of any dream,” adds Sylvester. We all have dreams, goals and ideas. so you have he goes The brand promotes that, a place where people can motivate others, it’s a powerful thing, and I want to keep building it.”