I thought it would be nice to transition from bikes to videos with this great piece from the folks over at California is a place. If you’re not familiar with CIAP they make videos all about my lovely home state California and all the amazing things that happen here. For this video they travelled to Oakland to document the Original Scraper Bike Team, which is a group of kids who trick out their bikes by painting them or adding colorful tape to the spokes and the riding them around Oakland.

The Team is run by Baby Champ who gets the kids to come together and give them some focus an get them away from the bad stuff that goes down in Oakland. I’m also impressed that Baybe Champ is only 20 years old yet he has a clear vision of wanting to help other people. In the video he talks about having a dream of his own bike shop where kids can come out and customize their bikes, use Apple computers and have a positive place to be, all in East Oakland. I think it would be amazing if the right person watched this and help make his dream come true. His cause seems so worthwhile and all he needs is someone or something to come by and help him achieve so much more.

The video itself is so well done like all CIAP’s videos are. It totally hit all my emotions, showing how much fun these kids are having but kind of how serious and important Scraper Bikes are to these kids. This one is a much watch.


4 Comments Scrapertown

  1. brooke May 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    i am from the east bay and went to high school with this exact demographic — love everythiiing about this. such amazing cinematography. this made my dayyy

  2. tintin May 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    awesome video!

  3. Dea June 1, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    I am so happy to find out about Baby Champ and the amazing job he is doing, he is from the same neighbourhood so the kids feel at home with him.

    I loved everything about this video, the music, cinematography, the sweet kids laughing and playing and Baby Champs dream he talks about at the end, a tech-friendly, global, earth saving, community oriented bike shop. This kid has got it going on, so I was moved by this.
    He puts into action the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson to leave this earth a better place, :) Dea

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