Recently, Arizona via Michigan transplant was welcomed to the Subrosa team. After joining Subrosa, Bullen filmed the above video in 113 degree temperatures in the Arizona summer, then promptly packed up and moved back to Michigan. In between editing and moving, I sat down with Bullen to discuss his time in Arizona, part-time jobs and what the future holds. Check the video above and get to know Nick below.
ESPN.com: Start with the basics. Where are you from, where do you live?
Bullen: I'm from North Branch, and now live in Detroit, Mich.
Are you staying there for good, or coming back to Arizona?
I came back to Michigan to escape Arizona' brutal summer heat. I didn't believe anyone when I first got there, but it really is unreal how hot it gets. I should be back in the winter, we'll see how things go in Michigan.
While you're living in Arizona, you are staying at a skater house, right?
I was in Ariz. for about eight months at the "Scum House." It used to be a really well known skateboarding house that used to party all the time and get pretty rowdy, so it gained it's name from that. It wasn't too crazy when I lived there but everyone who lived at the house was awesome.
Any good stories from the crib?
We had fun all the time. Beer pong was usually the game of choice for me and Cory Wiergowski. It never got too rowdy because the neighbors were sick of finding broken bottles in their pools and yard, so when we did try to have parties, the cops got called twice in one week and said we were going to get fined for the next time. That kind of put an end to it all.
How long have you known Cory? How'd you guys meet?
I've known Cory for six years now. We both grew up in the middle of nowhere and went to the same local skatepark. They closed down though so Transitions Skatepark in Detroit was our new local park. Then once we could drive we started making trips to Ohio with friends and traveling together all the time.
How about living and paying rent? How do you earn your keep?
I've been doing tattoos for a couple years now. Staying busy doing that brings in a lot of income. I'm also thinking of starting my own siding company because I've always worked for my dad's contracting company building residential homes.
You had a job building bikes for various big retail stores throughout Arizona? How many do you think you've put together this year?
I have no clue. We built so many bikes for Wal-Mart it was unreal. We could usually bust out 100 a day if we were busy enough.
What was it like filming this edit at a cement park in 113 degree weather without using the word "hot"?
It was pretty much like being inside of an oven. The cement radiated so much heat it was insane. As soon as I stopped moving the sweat would just pour out of me. No matter how much water you drink in Ariz., your thirst is never quenched.
Tell me about Subrosa, how'd that come up?
Well, I was at work one day when I received a text from Ryan Sher, about two days after my Arizona edit dropped. We started talking a lot, he said he really liked my riding and then asked me if I would like the opportunity to rep Subrosa. I have never been more excited about anything.
What's your favorite part from Subrosa on your bike?
That's so difficult to narrow down. The whole bike feels incredible. But if I had to choose I would have to say the Villicus bars. They're 9.25 and I have a topload stem so my bike feels super tall. I love how they barspin, so smooth.
That's a good enough answer. Who's your favorite rider and filmer?
My favorite persons to film with would have to be Bobby Kanode, Greg Moliterno, and Cory Wiergowski. They are all really good and I rarely have to worry about filming a clip twice. I don't have a favorite rider, I just look up to whoever I think is better than myself or whoever is doing tricks I really want to do. I have more influences than favorites.
Alright, if you're about to ride and need some inspiration, what video do you put on?
If I want to get hyped to ride I'll more than likely watch the Fiend promo.
Mom, dad, Cory, and Ryan Sher. Thanks to Albe's as well.