Name: Jason Lunn now Lunstone (changed my name when I married what turned out to be hardcore feminist called Ms N Grimstone who suggested we merged names, but she couldn’t lose the grim from her personality so we parted it’s a long story though)
Age: 33 dob 20 04 71
Hometown: Epsom Surrey England
Occupation: Partner in a Design and Media Company called Chilled Heat www.chilledheat.com
- I remember seeing your ride a demo at the 1986 BMX race championships and next time after that (1994?) I saw you skate the vert ramp at the King Of Concrete wondering if it was the same Jason Lunn. Give us a short timeline of what you did over the years.
A lot has happened as I am 34 this year so it may not be short but here goes I will try and be as open and honest as possible about the stuff that actually made a difference. As a young man I made some important decisions from my pants as far as women were concerned. I guess I was the living definition of a dickhead, as a result I a have to remind myself to use my brain more often when I feel the compass wanting to point north. However because the brain can be brainwashed I make the most important decisions with my heart and that to this day usually involves riding a BMX and Skateboarding with my friends as often as possible.
My Timeline goes a little something like this:.
1980-85 BMX Racing Torker sponsored
1985-88 BMX Freestyle Raleigh with Andy Ruffel, Then Mud Machine Skate and BMX Store, Stussy etc
1986 Stopped Bmx entirely started skateboarding on street and Vert Skating in 1987
1990 Mum died of Cancer. Prayed for guidance found Jesus whilst checking a woman called Lilian Hynds from the Church who became my first love.
1990-1994 Skated Vert more was sponsored by New Deal Skateboards M Zone Dogtown CircleA Gullwing Trucks etc. Partied hard then got involved with the church as a result of some pressure I put on myself I got married and became a Dad
1994 Bought a Haro DV8 to Jump the Hastings Chasm, Was given a GT Fueler BMX by Clive Gosling at Edwardes, which I still have and ride today.
1996 Got divorced over differences of opinions regarding my BMX and Skating activities. The divorce papers coming through were the best day of my marriage believe.
1996-Rode BMX in some GT demos but snapped my acl, pcl, mcl ligaments and cartilage in left knee on an ambitious 360, could not ride or skate for 3 Â½ years.
1996- My Dad hung himself , my brother Nathan went off to Thailand and became a Buddhist Monk and never returned, my sister is still Awol
1997- 2001 Met a woman at University in Bristol she became pregnant. Mariyah Lunn-Lokat was born we lived together for 7 years. The relationship was OK until I had my final knee surgeries and started riding again. Then the same old â€œyou care more about your skateboard and BMX than you do about meâ€? shit started to become a daily conversation piece so I said if your not happy go and she did, with the reprographics guy from her work in 2001
2001-2004 Stress free from nightmare women, started ChilledHeat with Mark Mapstone and have learnt to express myself daily ever since. Loving life but the daily struggle for access rights to the children continues. There is a hole in my heart so big a train could drive through. So I pick up my camera when I am feeling low and find something inspiring to photograph, It usually is a sunset session with the local rippers and the photos end up on www.chilledheat.com
I am Filming a BMX /Skate Video part at the moment, It is about 15 years overdue but the time has come for me to show people what the truly great activities I have dedicated my life to are and how they amount up. Having lots of as I am relearning and redoing all the stuff I never filmed just for the records. It will probably be in the credits of the Chilled Heat video.
- In the early BMX freestyle days in the UK, who did you ride with?
My Friends Tony Mackenzie, Damon Nicholls Craig Campbell and Andy and Neil and Robert Ruffel who were Skyway and Raleigh demo Riders .We used to do Demos together I was on the Raleigh Freestyle Team with Andy Ruffel John Povah and Paul Zak We used to have a 8ft by 6ft wide quarter pipe and a small kickturn/ wedge ramp it used to get towed along to different locations.
- How did you get around to the different riding spots?
We used to ride concrete a lot then and we get the train and tube to Romford Skatepark, sometimes get the train to Southsea Skatepark and we started to ride Chingford Halfpipe (credits to Paul Wright) with the London Vert Skaters, this is when I got interested in Skateboarding
- With parks being common nowadays, how bad was it at the time?
There was not a lot to ride compared to now, I had two quaterpipes in my back garden that I used to ride daily and the places that I just mentioned which are still there now. We also had some jumps in the woods (called trails now) and riding dirt has always felt good to me, softer landings and a day with trees make for a good session.
- Did you do any of the Holeshot or BMX beat contests or were they a way of inspiration for you?
Holeshot was very inspirational as it was the first time I saw Christian Hosoi and Mark Gonzales on a skateboard. Christian Landed a Mctwist on a portable halfpipe and that became a lifetime goal for me, I still haven’t landed one clean yet but I am very close, I have got the spin down. I have taken a few slams too many so I have to go easy now.
Bmx Beat was a bit TV Cheese from what I can remember but It brought Bmx to the publics attention
- At the late '80-s the UK scene seemed to form a shape of BMX that we still know nowadays. Instead of contests that are run by the parents and the federation, the boys started riding street and held backyard jams (Andy Shohara comes to mind). Did the rebels in you come out?
I am not a rebel I just don’t like taking no for an answer when there is no apparent reason for it so Ill just do what I want. I have always liked jumping and being in the air. The higher and faster the better. I guess if you try and cage a bird it will rebel, I guess that's what freestyle is. It is your style free from constraints. Contests are all about rules and judgment and for me it has always been about personal expression and how do you judge that? Andy Shohara was one of the most talented guys I have ever met still to this day. He is the only person that I have met who could skate and BMX to the same high standard.
- What was the moment for you to park the bike and start doing something else?
My BMX was stolen I didn’t have any sponsors so I kept going to the same ramps and parks but just skated instead. In many ways it was easier as you could not take a BMX on the London Underground. Having a skateboard meant we could go anyway in London which was really fun, some of my best memories really I have met a lot of great people.
- What is Chilled Heat all about?
ChilledHeat is the Chemistry of Creation, when all or nothing became a little bit of something. Time will reveal all but it is a trademark we have registered, one day there will be some products. We have ideas rooted in the things that have truly inspired us so it will be whatever grows from that. Until then maybe visit the website More info @ www.chilledheat.com
- Seeing both ends of the stick, what's your view on the BMX vs. skate hate?
Is it happening in the UK?
I didn’t know that there was, I love them both and from what I gather most skaters that own bicycles have bmxs or cruisers. People can only hate something that they love deep down, so I guess they are both a little envious of each other. Bmx is more Hardcore in many ways, skateboarding definitely attracts more fashion victims and poncey arty/media times that lack an identity so they buy into the skate culture as it is filled with clothing and footwear companies. I don’t blame them though Id rather people put their money into skate labels than football, running or basketball. Time will filter them out though. Skateboarding is a damn hard bandwagon to ride as it is all about balance and that doesn’t come without pain. Most people can not deal with pain so they stop when they experience it.
- Watching you ride at the Download festival on a borrowed bike it seems like you still have it. Is it mental/experience or do you still spend a lot of time on the bike?
BMX is so deep in my bones, I learnt it so young it will never leave me. All the time I skate I know I can jump on a bike and ride like I never stepped off skateboarding has mentally conditioned me. For me skateboarding is more difficult as it is so easy to jump off which makes staying on harder, On a bmx you have handlebars pedals brakes, a seat you can grip with your knees even if you take your hands off, so fundamentally you have more control. There are 6 contact points as opposed to two on a skateboard, the longer wheelbase makes it more stable. However you cant go backwards on a bmx as fast as you can on a skateboard which restricts a few things. Also, you cant pedal on a skateboard when you need more speed. I would like a motocross bike soon to go a bit faster and higher. An engine could make up for my tired legs and suspension for my tired knees.
- Who do you like to watch ride?
Anybody who is focused and on charge, Here are a few,
Motocross; Travis Pastrana
BMX; Carlo Griggs, Mirra, Simon Tabron, Nyquist, TJ , Koji, Corey, Craig Stevens, Ronnie Surridge, All my friends who ride in Bristol.
Skateboarders; Danny Way Christian Hosoi, Mark Mapstone Sandro Dias Steve and Paul Alexander, Danny Wainwright, Buster Halterman, Renton Millar, John Robinson etc so many more especially all the rippers I photograph
- Are you going to make a BMX comeback at some contest in 2005?
I never really went away just turned up on a skateboard instead, I dialed backflips recently so you will probably see me flipping all the boxes and dirt jumps in sight as they are feeling really fun, maybe I might put my balls on the line and learn flairs in the next few weeks/months. I have always wanted to but am just a bit scared, If that happens it would be good to share them with everyone as symbol of hope for the over 30s ageing balding bmxicans still at it out there.
- Last words:
Beware of the G String Mafiosa, Look after your knees go easy on the Grade A Drugs. Don’t marry a woman who argues with you and whilst deciding don’t put your girlfriends name on the deeds to your house or flat.
An eternal thank you to the Good Lord and his Angels for keeping me safe I am forever thankful to Mark Mapstone and all my friends and associates who have believed and Invested in me and my cause, praise be to all the good surgeons and the NHS ( The long waiting lists for surgery have taught me to be patient,)
Finally Don’t let the anyone (all females included) get you down, wear you out or cage you in.
Peace and Love to my 3 Children Reece Lunstone, Kiah Lunstone, and Mariyah Lunn Lokat, who are my conscience and desire to live by my heart.
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