Lino Gonzalez is a living legend. There, I said it out loud.
Lino set so many firsts in BMX. Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind was an icepick to hard 180. And definitely the first BMX pro to have a video part set to Mazzy Star. Lino’s influence and history in BMX is set in stone.
Currently, Lino works as a bike messenger in Boston. Ironically enough, he works at the oldest messenger company in Boston, Marathon Messenger. Which was my first messenger job ever, when I was hired as a snotty 19 year old by the original owner Stewart. Rest in peace Stewart Tabakin!!
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Lino over the summer, and we’re stoked to do some more in-depth projects together in the near future, so stay tuned!!
Lino’s gallery is a bit different than the normal No Life disposable galleries, as he wanted to explain his photos, so take a look and enjoy!!!
2 – These two are from an alley cat race where you had to take graphite rubs of monuments around the city. I planned on participating in it but on the ride to the starting point the wind starting gusting up to 40mph and I had to pedal downhill. So instead or racing I took some photos and cracked a couple beers.
3 – The week before the Boston Marathon police conduct a search for radioactive bomb material by flying helicopters in grid patterns over the city. The choppers fly super low and catch you off guard when they speed in between the tall buildings.
5- 200 Clarendon freight elevator. Shout out to the guard (name omitted) who works on the loading dock and has been there forever. He’s cool and is always down to have a conversation which is a change from the guards who could care less about messengers.
7- The architecture of Govt Center commons is best appriciated from above where you can see the zig zagging lines of all the stair sets. This is looking toward the North End of the city. The tall building on the top right is the ventilation building for the Callahan Tunnel which also some some interesting architecture.
8- Earlier this year a messenger by the name of Rick Archer was tragically run over by a careless driver. The entire Boston messenger community along with other bike riders came out to show support at his ghost bike ceremony. RIP Rick.
9- This is supposed to be some kind of “freedom of speech” rally, but it was just a bunch of slobs from out of town trying to “make America great again”. As I rode by here one of them yelled at me …“Get a car, loser”
13- During the summer this dog is always out here standing at the edge of the loading and sniffing everyone that comes by. I have seen him enough that he is happy when I roll up and pet him real quick.
14- This was toward the end of a long rainy and cold day. This car passed me a few lights before but I managed to catch up and snap a pic. I forgot all about the shitty day and just hoped this pic would come out ok.
15- This area is known as “Methadone Mile” for reasons you can probably imagine. As I rolled by, the police truck turned its lights and sirens on which made everyone scatter like roaches into the pouring rain.
17- While visit NYC this past summer I cruised by the WTC and rolled up on a display setup by a couple guys that were handing out brochures questioning 9/11, specifically building 7. Decide for yourself…