Justin Barcia & Joey Savatgy have both been awarded rookie of the year in some of the most stacked classes in supercross history. We couldn’t be more excited to have these guys represent the Stheart lifestyle!
Barcia ended his season with two wins, five podiums, & several top fives. Even though he was unable to finish two main events (Anaheim 2 & Oakland), he walked away with a well earned 4th overall in his first 450SX season. Savatgy overcame several obstacles entering the 250SX West series. Early in the season he learned his team wouldn’t be continuing on after the supercross series, but this didn’t keep Joey from making himself known week after week. His consistently impressive rides paid off with an FMF Racing / KTM backed team for the outdoor season.
Congrats guys, looking forward to the 2013 outdoor season!
Photography courtesy of VurbMoto
COMPLETE THE LOOK W/ BRENT FORREST
Brent Forrest __ making this summer “Alchemy” tank work for that brisk morning & afternoon sunshine. Layers add contrast to your outfit while giving you the ability to dress your tank up/down. Functionality + Fashion. The stheart products included in this “complete the look” can be found HERE
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Photography / Jesse Speelman
Detroit wants the X-Games. Watch this beautifully crafted video & see for yourself why this city is ready to host the iconic event. #XG2D
Stheart spotting at 1:05 courtesy of Joe Gall
It may not be the most traditional approach to cleaning a park, but that might be why it’s making such an impact in the community. You can almost feel the change that is Brush Park BMX. The energy is contagious. Even if you don’t ride, know that this is where it all begins. The park has brought dozens of people together that all share a similar interest, a love for their city.
The collective project has come a long way over the past month, but don’t let that stop you from lending a hand. All of the work is on volunteer basis, so grab a shovel, dress appropriately, and expect to be tired from a good days work. “Dig to ride.”
Located on Brush/Adelaide, in Detroit.
Paul P. Karas / Designer / Detroit, MI / September 8th, 1992
Barely entering grade school, Paul recalls a time in his adolescence when he “borrowed” a mallet from his fathers workshop to non-strategically bash open an old stopwatch. No plan, no restraint, just that intense curiosity that one can’t help but fulfill. Parents, this can be a good thing. In this case, it was the early signs of an ambitious product design student preparing to take on the world.
Paul pursued his fascination with the inner workings of objects throughout his childhood. He realized that tearing apart watches, remote control cars, and other various toys would only provide him with a satisfactory feeling of accomplishment. He quickly learned that putting the pieces back together, and in his own way, would become his true obsession. Paul says, “My father taught me problem solving from a different perspective… nothing was impossible, only a few steps away”.
During high school, Paul spent some time playing bass guitar. Unable to afford some of the higher end models he wished to own, he decided to build one. “I craved the curvy, lively, and organic looking bass guitars that I could not afford, so sophomore year of high school, I decided to solve this problem, and I built my own. The first bass I built was insane, I mean in looks, it was the result of pent up creativity, that finally was cultivated in a physical form.” Paul pursued this area for some time, but ultimately knew that it wasn’t his sole purpose in life. “I didn’t love it enough to make a career out of it”.
“I was uncomfortable when I left high school, I thought I would have to sacrifice my joys to settle for a career in something I didn’t truly love.”
Following high school, he found himself attending an exhibition at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. In that single moment, Paul says, “I felt like I belonged”. He had found the missing ingredient needed to unlock his potential and immediately began working to build his portfolio. During this time Paul says his interest shifted again, and his work became completely expressive. He also met John Yarema, a big name in Marquetry flooring. John noticed Paul’s skill, and eventually had him leading the installation of hardwood flooring in mansions from Miami to Manhattan. Eventually, Paul was able to apply and receive a scholarship to CCS where he began attending classes.
However, even the physical demands of his job and elite school for design couldn’t keep him still. A shop was needed to pursue his entrepreneurial efforts. Paul found his place at a shop in downtown Detroit (corktown), called Ponyride, where he currently takes on commissioned work. This collaborative environment allows Paul to push his own limits, “I would call it competition, but there is a certain bitter aftertaste with that word. It’s in my nature, but I’m mostly competitive with myself”.
Life is chaotic for Paul while he juggles projects and school, “Nothing about my life is consistent except my passion, development, ambition and of course caffeine. I don’t have a morning, I don’t have a night, I don’t have a diet. I always work out at least 3 days a week, but never on the same day or time. I don’t have business hours, I don’t have a consistent place to sleep, my life looks like a mess to most people, and I’m ok with this”. His ambition and drive to do what he loves is what keeps him going.
“I can’t turn off my curiosity, it is part of who I am, and I am comfortable with that.”
So, who is Paul P. Karas? To describe him in a few simple words wouldn’t do him justice. He is a designer with no limits. He is a sculptor of wood, leather, and metal. He is an entrepreneur that will take on just about any project. His skills naturally originate with woodwork, ranging from furniture to guitars, but as more materials have become accessible and opportunities develop, Paul isn’t setting any boundaries for his work. “I guess the only thing I am confident about is the fact that in the future I will continue to be changing my mind often and critically. I find happiness in problem solving. I don’t know where that will lead, but I’m confident in myself and my skills, so I welcome the future.” That being said, at the young age of 20, Paul has already started the rest of his life.
I believe we’re witnessing the beginning blueprints of one of the great designers of our generation. There is no specific occupation for the stheart lifestyle, but the passion that Paul carries throughout his work embodies what we’re about.
This post features the photographic work of Jesse Speelman
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