Getting inveted Down Under, Nixen tosses up a gymnast plant Photo: Hay
Nixen Osborne is an Australian ATV, able to crush a kinked rail and throw a 540 the next minute—which makes sense when you learn he’s related to the legend Lee Ralph and has grown up in the Parliament shop scene. Let these stories of slams and gut-wrenching loss bring new appreciation to his approach.
Nixen’s curtain-closer deserves your attention. Peep the part before you start
G’day, Nixen. What are you up to?
Yo, just finished up in the mountains, my G. My girl and I went to Upper Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland to see some relatives of mine and just take in the scenery, pet some cows and listen to the birds chirp. Then we did a bit of op-shopping and now I’m home.
So you have a fair bit of your family on the Gold Coast, right?
Yeah, I have a bunch of family on the Gold Coast now—some family I don’t even know as well. We pretty much all came over from New Zealand. Gold Coast has only been home for four years, though. I grew up over in Western Australia, in the middle of nowhere, so it’s good living somewhere with good opportunities. I’ve always been a bit of gypsy, travelling around the place.
Maori families are always so big. If you were to say a rough number, how many cousins do you think you have?
Not even joking, I have about 80-plus first and second cousins. We had a family reunion the other day and I met an extra ten. It’s kind of crazy. That’s just the ones I know of, though. There’s definitely more.
Smellin’ the flowers with Uncle Lee Photo: McLaughlin
And with your huge-arse family comes a few skateboarders, too.
Yeah, my dad was a really good vert skater. He used to kill it, but broke his femur at a Vans Warped Tour, so he just kind of faded from skating. Lee Ralph is my uncle, super lucky to have him in my life. He’s done a lot for skateboarding and is just an all ‘round legend. But the one that got me into skating was my cousin Lakyn. He kills it, jumps down massive rails and skates transition really good. He’s filmed some really great parts. He’s the one that really got me into skating.
Jumpin’ down massive rails of his own, quintuple-kinked 50-50 Photo McLaughlin
Lakyn is the man. And he is a great musician. Does that also run in the family?
Yeah, Lakyn is a freak. He can play every instrument at an elite level and his voice is insane. Music is massive in the family. It’s so good when everyone gets together.
Fam jams. I hear you’re also pretty good on a BMX. Any tricks you’re working on?
Yeah, I go alright, aye. Just trying to do bigger airs, maybe a tailwhip every now and then. Backflips used to be the go-to when I was younger but I’m not trying to do that these days.
Your BMX slam in Fitzy Bowl the other day was classic—over the spine to over the hangers. You don’t mind a good slam on the board either, which brings to mind a particularly scary one that happened recently.
I fully forgot about that one. I just love a slam in general. I did have a bad one recently; it made it to Hall of Meat actually. Pretty stoked on that. I was warming up with a back 50-50 on this 13 rail with ply landing and grass straight after. It was a freak accident. My wheels got stuck because the grass was soft from the rain and I got pitched straight into an electrical post—got slept, had a seizure and a concussion. Considering what happened, I came out all good. I feel bad for everyone that had to witness it. I thought it was chill because I couldn’t remember it, but apparently not.
Freak accidents happen more than you’d think, yank to splat/splash
The way you hit the pole I thought you’d broken your neck. Then you went straight into a seizure, so I was trying to hold your neck still and keep you on your side while the crew called the ambos. We didn’t think you were going to be all good. But after all your scans, there was no serious damage at all, somehow.
Yeah, honestly sometimes I feel like there’s some sort of guardian angel hanging over me. It must’ve been T Buns protecting me, to be honest. I know now that I’ll always come off second best flying head-first into an electrical pole. You’ve actually been there for 80 percent of my bad slams. I’m lucky to have you around. I’m glad I didn’t break my neck, though—lucky I didn’t break my jaw, either. All I got was a tiny cut in my ear. Although I found it hard to concentrate for a few days after it happened.
Maybe it’s unlucky to have me around? Funny you say that about T Buns. That was literally the first skate we went for after he went missing. I think that made the situation even more traumatic.
Yeah, it was actually. It was a traumatic chain of events. Our beloved Trent, everyone’s favorite, the man with the aura that you wanted to be around, he sadly went missing out on his boat while fishing a few months ago. I was away on a trip while everything was going on, so it was fucked. I felt so disconnected and heartbroken. Trent was the first close friend I’ve ever lost and it hit me hard. All the boys forget how young I am. I was just a young boy when I met him and I have always looked up to him so much. It hit everyone so hard. It just reminds me to be a better person, to love and respect the people around you. Because that’s how Trent was and being like Trent just reminds you to smile, be happy and just be a more positive person. My love goes out to Freddie, Jackie, Shannon, Zara, Louie, Kyia, all of his close friends and everyone special to him. I know he’s out there somewhere smiling, so that’s what I’m going to do as well! Love you, Buns. Your inspiration transcends through everything.
It’s been so hard on everyone, especially Kyia, the family and close friends. I’ve lost a couple of close friends before, but the circumstances around Trent missing definitely hit different. Just not knowing what happened, your brain does circles. It must have been so hard being away for the search.
Yeah, it was really hard. My mum and my nan were giving as much support as they could, so I was there in spirit. It’s hard with no closure. It’s hard when It’s someone very special. It brought everyone closer together and that’s what made it special; he made this effect. As his dad Freddie said. “Trent did himself a whoopsie daisy.” The Riley’s are the strongest people. You have to stay optimistic and positive even when it’s the hardest thing to do. Rest in peace to the special ones. Tell your friends you love them and remind yourself every day that life is good.
As much as it sucks that we’ll never see him again, he created a crazy movement. Thousands of people showed up, putting their shit on hold and safety on the line to come search for him, a reflection of the love he showed everyone else. As Freddie also said, “Something beautiful is happening.” Many have said he did all he needed to do here; his life was content and he had to go on.
Yeah, straight up, he did. I’m glad he was a part of my life. We had some great times together. The Rileys are the strongest family. They’re so spiritually enlightened; it’s amazing. Love you, guys!
Frontside 5-0 for the ones who can’t Photo: Hay
He even managed to film a full part for this Parliament video in half the time that everyone else had. Tell us about how this project came together.
Honestly, Trent is one of the most motivated people I ever met. His ability to go out, skate, film clips and get constant results, all while having a huge smile on his face was amazing. His style, trick selection and work ethic is why. He does the Mahi and gets the treats! Shout out to Patty G, one of my best mates. He is a huge part of it all, obviously being the filmer for this amazing project. But he’s the one that makes the calls and gets everyone motivated. We’ve spent lots of time together, lots of blood, lots of slams, friendly disagreements and a few cries along the way. Patty has helped me through it all, mentally and physically. Very grateful to have his time and support. I will always have the most appreciation and love for that man. It’s a very special thing for me.
Got worked and came back for more—front feeble
Patty fuckin’ G, the guy is like the Energizer bunny on pingers. Always keen to give anything a crack, always positive and gets the results. All of you killed it. And now this video is even more special because it has Trent’s last part. Tell us about being part of the Parliament skateshop family.
Oh yeah, definitely. You have to love it, though—straight up, passionate as fuck and just always keen. That’s the type of shit I need. It’s super special for me; I get to be a part of something great with my brothers. It’s a pleasure to be able to share something so great, and it’s a legacy having Trent’s last part. Parliament is my second family. When I was younger, I was fucking up a lot and getting into trouble. My escape was going up to Brisbane and being around all the Parliament boys, skating as much as I could. Jesse, the owner, has been a great role model for me and I’m super appreciative of him. He just cares a lot. But everyone took me in like a little brother and that shit’s special. Who knows what I would’ve been up to if I didn’t have those guys.
McTwist where Shane got the cover Photo: McLaughlin
Ken oath, brother, love you! What are you working on next? Any sign-off notes?
Love ya, bruv! Just trying to get back on a roll again with getting clips and staying motivated. Always trying to keep the roll going! I would love to thank Thrasher, NHS and all my sponsors for giving a young Maori boy a chance to live his dream. When I was younger there was no way I was thinking I’d be on Creature, Vans and Indy, or have a part out on Thrasher. I can’t wait to go to the States and spend some time with the Creature crew. A massive shout to Patty for being there, motivating me, giving me his time and for staying passionate. A massive shout to you. You’ve helped me out too much and I’ll always be grateful. Shout to Nan for being my biggest supporter and believing in me. Love you, Mum—you did a great job and it won’t go unnoticed ever. And thank you to the people that took time to read this. Rest in paradise, Trent Riley. Love you forever.
Frontside 50-50 to keep the roll going. Our rails are in trouble when Nixen gets to go Stateside Photo: Hay
Welcome to Our Favorite Products, a monthly feature in which ITG’s editors and our Gloffice co-workers… discuss our favorite products. They’re the best things we’ve tried all month long, reviewed, photographed, and anthropomorphized before we have the opportunity to get sick of them and move on to something new. This month, we’ve had heat waves, hazy skies, and muggy rainstorms. All likely to continue through August! But you’re not tuned in for a weather report, so we’ll cut to the chase. Below, find a bug spray that doesn’t fail, smoothing leave-ins to coddle frizz, a fragrance that bottles summer nostalgia, and lots more. Think of it as your summer survival guide, but sexier—we’ve still got one month left, give or take.
“I’m truly terrible at getting regular trims in any given ‘normal’ year, let alone during a global pandemic—great for my wallet but terrible for my ends. And sometimes my ends get so bad that I’m embarrassed to slither into a hairdresser’s chair at all! Imagine the judgment! So it’s kind of amazing that I found a mask that truly masks my neglect. K18 is kind of like Olaplex in that it literally reverses damage, except it’s lighter, you use a heck of a lot less, and it’s also a leave-in. It’s not like other heavy duty masks or leave-ins that are loaded with lots of moisturizers—not that there’s anything wrong with those, it’s just that moisturizers only do just that and skimp on the actual repair job. But because K18 is formulated with peptides, it gets into hair at a cellular level and gets to work by quite literally mending broken keratin chains. ‘Miracle product’ gets tossed around too easily these days, but when I tell you how my horse hair ends improved after two solid weeks of use…please take my word for it.” —Ashley Weatherford, Senior Editor
“I have fine hair and a middle part and I have always struggled with sun burns on my sensitive scalp. A cursory search for scalp sunscreens a while back was unsuccessful—most of them were sprays or mists, and my fine hair gets greasy too easily for any liquid-y product. Those weren’t for me. After that I assumed I would be destined to wear a straw hat every day, forever. Until I found Supergoop’s Poof powder. I love the texture of this stuff, because it’s almost like a dry shampoo (and smells like one too). Any time I’m out in the sun I do a few sprays on my part—and also spray it onto my two kids’ scalps as well—and I am good to go! It is a bit of a splurge because I don’t tend to spend a lot on SPF, but this product is so unique that, for me at least, it’s definitely worth it. I also love that it’s small enough to easily fit in a purse or a beach bag.” —Kate Weizman, VP, Sales
“I’ve been using Cocokind’s Ceramide Barrier serum morning and night for almost two weeks—it’s full of ceramides and lipids to support the skin barrier. The serum comes in a cute glass bottle, equipped with a dropper that makes using the right amount all too easy. I also like that Cocokind lists their sustainability facts on the package. It makes me feel better about how often I’ll repurchase, which is probably… a lot. This stuff makes my dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin soft and hydrated, and I think it’s been helping with redness too. My best friend’s grandma complimented me on my makeup-free skin over the weekend, and even after a late night and sleeping in my makeup, a couple drops and my skin still somehow looked good? No breakouts or weird irritation—it felt like magic. And at only $20 a bottle, it’s such a steal. I’ve pretty much given up all my other serums now.” —Renee Probetts, Business Intelligence Engineer
“Liha was founded in my hometown of Hackney, London, but was inspired by co-founders Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan’s African roots. In classic Yoruba tradition, each product is handmade in small batches from vegan and ethically sourced ingredients. This candle is named after queen Idia, who (myth tells) had two incisions on her forehead that gave her metaphysical healing power. I cannot describe how good this candle smells, but I’ll try: hibiscus and lavender are balanced by heady geranium and frankincense, and the eco-friendly coconut wax fills your space as it melts. To get the full experience, I like to light it in my bedroom an hour before bedtime/reading time—once the top layer of wax has melted I gently blow her out and enjoy the fragrance. This candle has lasted me for ages and has the added bonus of coming in a beautiful glass jar I’ll eventually use to propagate my succulents. If you buy one candle this summer, make it this one.” —Annabelle Scown-Geary, Senior gTEAM Editor
“I’m always the first person in a group to get bitten by mosquitoes, and at this point in my life, I feel like I’ve tried most techniques to keep bugs away: rubbing lemongrass leaves on my skin (ouch), essential oils (why?), wearing insect repellent anklets (that didn’t work). Until someone invents a natural insect repellent that actually works, I’ll be using this picaridin lotion from Sawyer. I first bought it after one Amazon reviewer identified the target user as someone who’s a Michelin star restaurant for mosquitoes. The brand recommends applying it directly to skin, and it does not smell, goes on clear, and absorbs rapidly without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. I even put some on my face. I tested it on a three-day camping trip upstate and a hike near Lake George and didn’t get a single bite. No reapplication necessary! (It’s supposed to provide 14 hours of protection.) At $10 for the 4 oz lotion, it’s a steal.” —Roxane Cosnard des Closets, Manager, Financial Systems
“I’m getting married in August, which I’ve decided is a pretty good excuse to stop doing the least with my skincare. I still wanted to keep it pretty simple: I’d add one product, with the goal of targeting texture and clarity. Herbivore’s Blue Tansy mask had served me well in the past, when I was dealing with persistent acne. I remembered it was really effective at soothing my redness and clearing up my skin, so I took advantage of Herbivore’s summer sale and restocked. I love its herby and slightly medicinal scent, and the cooling gel texture has been so nice during the summer heat. (Note: it is quite laborious to take off, so I get help from a muslin cleansing cloth.) After the first week I also saw my redness begin to clear up and the texture I tend to feel on my forehead get smoother. And now I’m fully committed—I even added ‘MASK!!!’ to my planner every three days leading up to the big day so that I stay on track.” —Zoe Green, Senior gTEAM Editor
“A flatiron hasn’t touched my strands in almost two years, and in that time my hair doubled in size and length. (Never realized how damaged it was—yikes.) It takes every serum there is plus over an hour with my arms above my head to blow dry my fine, curly hair, and as soon as I’d step outside, it would spring right back up. I had a beach wedding to go to in the middle of June, and after falling down a late-night Reddit rabbit hole looking for a solution, I found Color Wow Dream Coat. I went to the wedding with oil and bobby pins in my bag, expecting to throw my hair up in a bun like I always do. But smack-dab in the middle of summer heat and salty air, I was perfectly coiffed. Plus there’s no scent or weird technique necessary. Here’s what I did: after washing and towel-drying my hair, I sprayed it thoroughly with Dream Coat and brushed it through. After that I blew it dry in small sections with a thick, round bristle brush, and sealed it with a silky oil. That’s it!” —Liana Franklin, Senior Manager, Product Marketing
“Extra-hold setting sprays may keep makeup perfect forever, but so many feel sticky and stiff. I prefer when setting sprays are weightless and refreshing, and Milk’s is both while still doing a pretty dang good job of keeping my makeup in place on the sweatiest of NYC summer days. (And I’m a pretty sweaty person.) It’s not quite as grippy as Mac Fix+, but I like that it’s hydrating—plus, once it dries down, you can’t feel it at all. I use one to two sprays on each side of my face after finishing my makeup in the mornings, never spraying straight on. And when I went roller skating outside in Brooklyn the other day, my eye makeup basically didn’t budge! It’s not the cheapest product at $36, and felt like a bit of a splurge, but it seems to last forever. ” —Rachel Schachtman, Lead Product Manager, Growth
“I have the biggest summer crush on this fragrance collab between ERL and Comme des Garçons called Sunscreen. Fragrantica is my number one bookmarked website, and the consensus over there is that Sunscreen is a unisex spring/summer, daytime eau de toilette. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes to smell really clean and beachy, not in a ‘I’m on vacation’ way, but more in a ‘I casually surf’ way. It opens with slightly powdery ‘solar notes’ (sounds bizarre but it actually smells like sunshine), a zing of peach, and bergamot. As it sets in, there’s a twist: coconut, musk, and cedar. I spray it on my wrists, elbows, neck, and body right after a shower, and for the first few hours it’s acidic and bright, then it mellows out—by the end of the day it smells way more like palatable cotton candy. The combination definitely gives me Byredo Pulp meets Pink Sugar 2008 mall girl vibes, which is really exciting to see in a unisex fragrance. My boyfriend steals it every morning.” —Sam Sonntag, Senior Designer, Creative
“Brown eyeliner. Not groundbreaking! But only certain brown eyeliners can turn green eyes celery and blue eyes aquamarine, and all the ones that do are warm. I’ve come across many that try admirably but fail on account of being either not warm enough or way too red or orange, and the only one I consistently return to is Nars Mambo. But it’s much darker and sultrier than this Canmake one I spotted at Teso Life, and I was skeptical that a lighter shade could work the same magic. After waffling at the checkout, I’m glad I splurged the 10 bucks. The name, Bitter Caramel is actually perfect, because I’ve fucked up stovetop caramel enough times to recognize the vibrant russet it turns when it’s burnt. It’s neither red nor orange but so much more dimensional than a regular brown, and applies smooth and creamy. I trace my eyes haphazardly, then smudge it out and watch as they become a million times brighter and more interesting than they actually are. I know that people with light eyes are already sunshine selfie menaces. Sorry that this will probably make it worse.” —Ali Oshinsky, Associate Editor
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