I like to think of myself as a creative person… I’ve made a good living in a creative industry for my entire adult life. But every now and then, I meet somebody that just humbles me in that respect. Richie Trimble is one of those people. I met Richie, oddly enough, when he answered a Craigslist add I posted for some piece of camera gear I was selling. He didn’t buy it, but he followed up with an email asking that if I needed some assistance on a shoot, he’d love to have the opportunity. I clicked the link to his site and specifically remember being impressed by the photos. It was good timing… a few weeks later I needed an assistant on a commercial shoot. Richie fit in great with my crew on that first shoot, and he became my go to guy for so many things. He started out as a media manager 2nd / AC and quickly gained my confidence, as well as that of my clients and started shooting some jobs himself. That’s all beside the point, though, because Richie sees things differently, he wasn’t going to follow the film business path most take when they get off the bus in Hollywood. His deal is to crash through the brush and cut his own trail. Nothing defines his personality more than his success and creativity of his #stoopidtall and #stoopidtaller pursuit.
Richie is a talented guy with a welding torch in his hand. A bit over a year ago, he built himself a tall bike… really tall. I’m not sure exactly, but I think around 15 feet. He didn’t do it to get anywhere, nor to sell a sponsorship to Red Bull or Go Pro. He just did it to ride in the LA bike event called #CycLAvia. Of course, he strapped on a go pro and cut a youtube video… and got like a million hits in a very short time. He also got a lot of attention, ended up in a California tourism commercial and all of a sudden, an idea mixed with some motivation turned into something. Most of us, even if we’re creative and have wild ideas, don’t pursue them without some chance of a success, either monetary or to gain notoriety. The notion of doing something just to do it as a creative exercise is that special quality few of us have. There are so many wonderful works of art and architecture we wouldn’t have in our world, so many amazing documentaries that wouldn’t have been made, and at least one freakishly tall bike that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for people like Richie who march to a different beat and live life just enough outside convention to be free but relevant.
So… after Richie rode his 15’er and got all that attention, he realized that he was just shy of the world record. See the rest of the story in the youtube clip below… and share it. Help inspire others, and help Richie put some change in his pocket because he’s leaving us here in LA and moving to Detroit. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It sure as hell is, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.