We’re introducing AEO Flex/Denim, an innovative new denim technology that moves with you in three different levels of flexibility — Core, Active, and Extreme — and we wanted to really put it to the test. So, we partnered with the amazing athletes of WFPF to showcase the revolutionary versatility of these jeans and what you can do in them. We featured three parkour athletes in our latest Flex/Denim video and were so impressed by their talent that we wanted to get to know them a little more. Read on for our second interview with Tim Burton.
AEO: Who are some of your heroes? They do not have to be athletes.
TB: Parkour hero: Florian H. (MonkeeeyMan on YouTube) or Callum Powell. Flo for his crazy speed and precision, and I feel like Callum’s early videos represent so much of what I love in parkour. Solid training, adventure with friends, and strange goofy shenanigans. Music hero: Mike Portnoy or Claudio Sanchez. Both way too talented and I love their music. Life hero: C.S. Lewis or Ravi Zacharias. Both incredibly wise, pillars of truth in my life.
AEO: When did you become interested in Parkour?
TB: I was ready for parkour before I had ever seen it or knew it had a name. As a kid, I always made obstacles courses for myself, tried to run on walls or jump over gaps, climbed all the things, etc. When I saw it for the first time on the internet at the age of 14, there wasn’t even an option not to start.
AEO: How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
TB: Currently, I only practice around 6-10 hours a week. That’s not near as often as I used to or as I’d like, but work keeps me pretty dang busy.
AEO: What was your favorite part about shooting the AEO Flex Video?
TB: I think if I had to pick a favorite part about shooting the AEO Flex video, it would be the production quality – specifically the cameras. I’ve seen countless parkour videos, but few shot with the quality of RED cameras and drones they were using. Those shots looked incredible, and it was pretty wild to see myself included in them!
AEO: What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
TB: There’s a decent amount of high consequence jumps I’ve done where if you don’t stick the landing, you’ve got a hefty drop to negotiate. I did a kong precision not long ago on a parking garage roof – just a medium power pass, but around 5 story drop if you didn’t stick the landing.
AEO: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
TB: Something interesting most people don’t know? I have a very strong passion for music. Whenever I’m doing less parkour and have more time, I will most definitely be getting a band together.
AEO: Greatest advice you’ve ever received in Parkour? And any advice for aspiring Parkour athletes?
TB: Best advice I’ve probably ever received is treat parkour with immense respect as one would a martial art. Spend years honing your basics and foundation, be patient with your progress but always push yourself to be challenged in all manner of ways, and absolutely leave your ego at the door. Don’t take yourself too seriously, have fun, its not about being better than everyone else.
AEO: What was your favorite thing about the Flex denim?
TB: Hands down favorite thing about the Flex denim is the range of motion they allowed. Not restrictive at all, super comfortable, and looked pretty dang sharp to go with it.
AEO: Where else would you wear AEO Flex to?
TB: I’d wear those jeans anywhere. Comfortable enough to wear any casual day out with friends and looked plenty slick to wear with a suit coat to a nice dinner or event.
AEO: Top 3 songs you are listening to right now?
TB: Top 3 songs right now?! Can I just pick albums? How about, Holding On To You by Twenty One Pilots, Pay No Mind by Madeon, and Alpha by Periphery.