This past summer we met Ian when he came to town and rode with us and the Floyd's of Leadville crew. That's him in the above photo on the far left. We knew he was onto something just by his footwear choices - he had cut up an old pair of Red October Yeezy's and glued them onto a pair of Giro VR90's. And his response when questioned "that guy was dead to me when he met with our president. So, I had to do something with them." Now, that's what were talking about.
Fast forward to now and he's in Hawaii working with a cannabis company. Well, we were trolling around on Instagram the other day when all of a sudden we noticed he was more hyped than usual to be getting stoned at 8 o'clock in the morning. A little digging and we realized that maybe all of Hawaii was on the same program as this was the day that the G.O.V "accidentally" sent out their little ballistic missile text to everyone on the island.
Well, Ian handled it all pretty well and then went for a big bike ride. So, we figured that he was dealing with the stress a little better than most and we should check in with him and get his thoughts on this now historic day. Here it is, in his words...
Editors Note: there's some swears in here, so if you're sensitive to that shit, look away. Also, we're supporting Ian's MTB Campaign this year, so there's that. Follow him on Instagram - @BigDirtyWorldTour.
Give us a little back story. How do we find you on Hawaii and what are you doing there? Wait, who are you? Introduce yourself. LOL.
My government name is Ian Mullins but I have been known to be hailed by the moniker BiG DiRtY. I ride and race Jamis Bikes on trails and roads and represent Floyd’s of Leadville, Leyzne, HapyKitchenPDX, Jakroo and this ill sock brand called The Athletic. I just recently moved to Kauai from Seattle to get better training weather than all of you and to be a cannabis processor for a liscd MMJ facility by lifetime best friend is operating.
Ok so I actually found out about the entire thing because of your Instagram live post. "The world is ending, let's go do a dab!"
Yeah shit was buck nutty we all got texts at 8am saying to run for cover a missile was about to murk the islands and that it wasn’t a drill. I reacted pretty mellow to the whole thang tbh because I find myself more calm in dire situations.
"Fuck you Kim Jong-un, I'm not high and I haven't even had coffee yet." Was maybe my first clue that something was actually going on, and sent me down a rabbit hole of news stories about Hawaii.
Yeah if that was real that woulda been mad rude. It was Saturday at like 8am. People are either asleep or enjoying their quiet morning to send an intercontinental ballistic missile to interrupt that shit is just bad manners.
What was your initial reaction? And seriously what the fuck was going through your head at the time?
We had a few military exercises that week on the West side of the island...the sound barrier got broken pretty low to the deck and the base looked like they were getting active AF. I kinda figured it was just a mistake and they hit the wrong message but we started getting calls from other people in the state and they were losing their damn minds so my roommate and I decided we’d die as we lived: high as all fuck. Apologies for the run on sentences I feel punctuation slows my points.
Did you try to call anyone? What would, or did you say? A couple people we were with said that they would try to call their parents for some reason.
Yeah, I FaceTimed my sister bc she’s fucking awesome and I told her she got the first call so don’t say I never did shit for you. I also FaceTimed my friend and GBC rapper MackNed because I thought he’d want to see a nuclear apocalypse (we friends like that) but it was 11am in LA which means he just went to sleep like an hour before so homie didn’t pick up. I didn’t call the parents because that's the type of shit that just stresses them out and I’m not about that life.
Did you do a dab? Did getting stoned help at all? Wait, what’s a dab, for people that don’t know.
Hells to the Yes. We actually IG Lived the whole thing and taking dabs, or high temperature vaporization of cannabis concentrates to the face, part of our death plan.
I read that there have been some tests lately, have you seen or been a part of any of those? Not of Dabs of the Hawaiian alert system.
With the military base and missile defense system, as well as a big NSA site here, there is always some type of stuff going on...but yeah I’ve been testing the shit out of a bunch of different dabs lately.
Then, you went and rode your bike for 80 miles. There are some people citing real trauma about the whole thing, do you think this helped your recovery in any way?
Honestly it wasn’t until I got back from my ride that it started to settle in. I got the texts from people that were wanting to know what it was like. Some saying they were thinking about me etc...and yes the bike has been therapy in more ways than one many times for me and this was no different. I went up and down Waimea Canyon which is a pretty therapeutic journey.
Did you get stoned like "this is my last thing on earth, I might as well get stoned as fuck?" Or did you wait and then get super high to celebrate life?
I mean I have a rosin press at the crib so doing a couple (read: 10) dabs in the AM is commonplace (shout out to my homie Travis Tygart at USADA). After getting the texts and seeing banners in local TV my roomie and I just looked at each other and said “is the dab rig hot? We should prolly....”
Do you think there is going to be a shit ton of babies popping out in 9 months time? That was one of the other sentiments that our crew had that night. Rocket babies.
No doubt. I basically did a few dabs and jumped on a trampoline looking for rockets in the sky but if I coulda busted cheeks I woulda at that moment.
Other stuff - --
What else do we need to know about what's going down on the ground there?
Well, we are about to open our dispensary down here on Kauai. We have the only license to operate a medical marijuana grow and shop here and it’s been a long process to get our vertical integration operation to market and to the patients here. I’m eating a lot of Ahi. Getting in lots of miles in just bibs, a jersey and The Athletic socks. Living that best life type shit you know what it is.
What does your race schedule look like this year? Shout out to your sponsors? Any new gear that we need to check out? Ross' granola bars?
I have some cool events from Florida to Cali culminating with a cool 24hr MTB race on Oahu at the end of the season. 24 solos are my fav. I’ll come hit the 6hour race at Mt Hood in your region too. Still stoked on Floyd’s of Leadville CBD stuff and yeah the HapyKitchenPDX bars are my go to snack now. I’m trying that long travel hard tail life and adding a Jamis Dakota to the Jamis stable this season so stand by for a text saying I got too send on it and my clavicles are clapped out.
Why is Bend, Oregon - The Truth?
I feel like if someone doesn’t know this they are also the type of person who actually likes Vegas, dislikes exercise and hasn’t seen their dick in years. Bend has taken the bike Mecca title from Moab and if you haven’t gone you prolly should.
Do you have any opinions on the models that KITH used for their new Timberland campaign?
I am totally at peace with the fact that Rae and Ghost both look like the old heads at the BBQ who are always arguing their case for putting John Starks on the first all time NBA team as the point guard when we all know that’s Iverson’s spot.
Speaking of which, here's a photo from that trip this summer when Ian dunked all over Floyd out in front of River City Bicycles.