Fat Tony at Horseshoe Bend

The movie Rad got me into BMX at an early age, and then in fifth grade I went on a family vacation to New York City where I fell in love with photography while using my mother’s point and shoot camera. That was it. My life was set. I wanted to ride my bike and take pictures.

During my senior year of high school I realized that in order to create the life of my dreams I should set a goal of working for Ride BMX Magazine, the coolest of the three BMX magazines in the U.S. at that time. This job would combine bikes and photography. It was a perfect match. It was an ambitious goal for a 17-year-old that didn’t know anything about photography, the BMX industry, or magazine publication, but it was my goal and nothing was going to stop me from achieving it.

I went to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for graphic design which give me time to do things like work for the campus magazine, organize and host BMX events, film and produce a BMX DVD, build a BMX website for our local scene, and travel around a bit meeting different riders all over the country. While earning my degree I also bought some digital photography equipment and started learning how to shoot photos.

A month before I graduated I got a call from the editor and Ride BMX Magazine asking if I wanted a job running their website. My childhood dream became a reality.

Shortly after graduating in 2006 I moved from Louisiana to Southern California, and for the next five and a half years I worked my dream job while traveling the world shooting photos and producing videos of the best BMX riders on the planet. That’s when I got bit by the travel bug. It’s also when I started to see what life was like without a “real” job. I was hanging out with professional athletes that didn’t have jobs, and I was jealous of their lifestyle.

A natural born dreamer and hustler I eventually had new goals and ambitions that included a more free and mobile lifestyle like the pro BMX riders. I had built up the magazine’s website to be the most popular BMX destination on the web and I felt like my work there was done, so at the end of 2011 I left behind the full-time corporate job to pursue freelance work. For the next two and a half years I still predominately focused on work in the BMX industry while traveling non-stop, picking up new hobbies, and enjoying the newfound freedom.

During that time I discovered CrossFit, and I also transitioned to a vegan diet. I began to take my fitness and health very seriously and got heavily involved into my strength and conditioning training. The desire to ride my bike became less frequent and my interest in be BMX industry started to dwindle. The excitement had started to wear off after all those years.

It’s always been important to me to keep my professional work in line with my passions, so I shifted my gears from BMX to the fitness industry. Navigating my way into a new professional circle was a challenge, but I quickly landed gigs shooting for the National Pro Grid League and at the CrossFit Games. My quick success in the world of functional fitness reaffirmed my notions that if you set goals, make a plan, and take action, your dreams will manifest themselves.

This is my story so far, and I’ll add to it as the years go on…

– Fat