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Including a Charlie Hunnam Men’s Fitness Cover Story + Many Cycling/Adventure Travel/Experiential Reporting/Gear Stories for Bicycling Magazine, Mountain Bike, Gear Patrol, Road Bike Review. And Others.
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Insane Clown Posse
November 13, 2009
Better Than: Starlight Express
It’s tough to top an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a boy’s toy train that comes to life. Continue reading
I’ve wanted to get out to do a gravel grinder for the past seven years. I finally made it happen this year at the Dirty Kanza, where I rode the Half Pint–maybe I’ll do the 200 next year. Read the story I published on Road Bike Review and MTBR about my 8.5-hour ride here:
A week after I met up with Jon Fitch at the new, fully pimped out American Kickboxing Academy to do the interview for this piece, Fitch’s beloved bulldog, Bricks, died. Shortly after this piece hit stands, Fitch lost to Demian Maia at UFC 156 and got cut from the UFC. But I swear I’m not bad luck. . . Continue reading
Posted in Clips, MMA, UFC
I dropped down to the original American Kickboxing Academy location in San Jose in fall 2009 to meet up with Cain Velasquez before he took down Brock Lesnar and captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt for the first time. Continue reading
Posted in Clips, MMA, UFC
Of all the pro athletes I’ve profiled in my career, now four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler–a two-time runner up when I profi8led him–was the most extreme I’ve ever met. Read on and find out why or download the pdf here:
FHM July 2004 Jay Cutler Future Mr. Olympia Article by Andrew Vontz
Posted in FHM
Tagged Andrew, article, Bodybuilding, Cutler, Feature, FHM, Humor, interview, Jay, Journalism, Mr., Olympia, story, Vontz, Weightlifting
This profile appeared in Real Fighter MMA mag pre the Brock Lesnar (brief, yet powerful) death clutch on the UFC Heavyweight belt back when Frank Mir was the man, wore the belt, and appeared unstoppable. For a minute. Because that’s how things go in MMA.
Posted in Cover Story, MMA
Tagged Andrew, article, Arts, Champion, Cover, Feature, Fighter, Frank, Heavyweight, Journalism, Martial, Mir, Mixed, MMA, Profile, Real, story, UFC, Vontz
It took me a minute to get around to posting this, but dug out this interview I did with Jack LaLanne in San Luis Obispo at his home in March 2003 for the June 2003 issue of FHM. Jack was rad. Meeting him was a pleasure and an inspiration. He was still a muscle-bound badass when I met him and as he appears to have been until the end of his life.
Before we started our interview, Jack offered me $10,000 if I could perform a single push-up. No sweat, you’re thinking, right? So was I, so I banged out a push-up. Then he showed me what he meant by a push-up. Fully prone lying on the belly with arms extended straight in front of the body, then push up. I gave it a shot. No fucking way. He had a good laugh, inquired about whom I was dating and settled into a recliner to hold court. Had a great sense of humor, sharp, humble, and fully committed to inspiring other human beings to rise to their full potential. Badass. Legend. Continue reading
Posted in FHM
Tagged Andrew, Andrew John Ignatius Vontz, Andrew Vontz, Feature, FHM, Ignatius, interview, Jack, Jack LaLanne, john, LaLanne, Magazine, Profile, Q & A, Q and A, Vontz
This story first appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine ‘Fixations’ section in November, 2003. I had an awesome, progressive editor at the time, Christina Dalton, who gave me the latitude to dial Angelenos into some of the coolest, most cutting edge shit happening on the fringes of various subcultures in Los Angeles. No idea what Christina is up to now, but high 5, Christina, thanks for that. Much appreciated.
I first heard about the Bicycle Kitchen through friends at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, just down the block from my Franklin Ave. hovel at the time. Continue reading
Posted in Los Angeles Times Magazine
Tagged Andrew, Andrew John Ignatius Vontz, Andrew Vontz, andrewvontz.com, Andy, article, Bicycle, Bicycling, christina, dalton, jimmy, kitchen, LA Times, lizama, Los Angeles, los angeles times, Magazine, Midnight, Midnight Ridazz, revolution, Ridazz, Riders, story, Vontz, www.andrewvontz.com
Sometimes as a journalist you get to meet your heroes. That doesn’t make your job easy, at all. You have to dissociate from any personal feelings you have about the subject, be a sharp reporter, capture the details you need, and quickly establish rapport with your subjects in incredibly intense, high pressure, must deliver situations. And sometimes your heroes turn out to be complete and total assholes. That wasn’t the case with this story, thankfully. Daft Punk were gentlemen and shadowing them as they prep’d for then performed at the Vegoose festival in fall ’07 was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a glimpse into their genuine, real genius. Continue reading
Posted in Clips, Spin
Tagged Andrew, Andy, backstage, Cover, daft, Discovery, electronic, interview, Kanye, More, music, One, punk, Robot, Rock, Spin, story, Time, vegoose, Vontz, West, www.andrewvontz.com