19 December 2008


Posted by todd under: Uncategorized .



Juan “Down” Martinez is on his way to becoming an influential figure in Latin hip hop. The 26-year-old rapper from Oxnard, California, started rapping at age 13 after listening to Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. – and he spits with a style eerily similar to that of Eazy-E. The self-proclaimed “Brown Super Hero” proudly wears his Mexican heritage on his sleeve, flowing over corridos, mariachi music, soul and Chicano funk.

In addition, Mr. “Down” apparently commutes to the studio on his … well, what is that, exactly? And how does he keep the Mexican heritage on his sleeve from getting caught in the spokes?

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Ben Says:

15 October 2010 at 2:12 pm.

Those things are all around where I live (Gresham, OR). I just have to laugh when they cruise down the street with their spare 100-spoke wheel on the back!

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Yes, that's me, Todd Van Campen. No, I'm not wearing a helmet. Yes, I usually wear one, so please don't scold! Seriously, I endorse wearing a helmet! Pinky swear! In fact, I almost ALWAYS wear one (while riding a bike anyway). (On the other hand, if YOU don't want to wear a helmet, I have no problem with it.) I don't remember what happened on this particular day. Fortunately for all of us it makes for a less-nerdly picture. My exceptionally talented professional photographer friend Charles Bertram took this photo.



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I asked my 6-year-old son, Caleb, an avid bicyclist and artist, to draw a bike for me. I think he did a great job!




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