Parkour Time: 10 Questions With Tim Burton

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.

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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.

Tim Burton Parkour

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.

Tim Burton Parkour

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.

Tim Burton Parkour

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.

Follow Tim’s daily adventures here, and make sure to check out our previous interviews with Max Henry and Paul Joseph, two of the other WFPF athletes featured in our video.

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Parkour Time: 10 Questions with Paul Joseph

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 Paul Joseph.

Paul Joseph AEO WFPF

AEO: Who are some of your heroes? They do not have to be athletes.
PJ: Some of my heroes are Tony Hawk and Dave Mirra as they got me into extreme sports when I was younger.

AEO: When did you become interested in Parkour?
PJ: I became interested in Parkour after seeing David Belle in the rush hour commercial on TV.

Paul Joseph AEO WFPF

AEO: How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
PJ: I practice parkour maybe 3 days a week and on the other days I do things like calisthenics, tennis and slacklining.

AEO: What was your favorite part about shooting the AEO Flex Video?
PJ: My favourite part was during the stills shoot where we performed somersaults off of the trampette in the corn field, it looked amazing.

Paul Joseph AEO WFPF

AEO: What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
PJ: I did a big running precision jump at IMAX in Waterloo and ended up slipping off a high wall and shattering my elbow, that’s the worst injury i’ve ever had.

AEO: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
PJ: I play piano, produce music and enjoy the occasional bit of knitting!

Paul Joseph AEO WFPF

AEO: Greatest advice you’ve ever received in Parkour? And any advice for aspiring Parkour athletes?
PJ: The best advice I could give is just to keep training at your own pace. Don’t try and show off and do things just to impress others, and just have fun.

AEO: What was your favorite thing about the Flex Denim?
PJ: The flex denim jeans are the best jeans I’ve ever wore, they look and feel amazing. The flexibility in them is better than any other jeans I’ve tried, and I would even wear these jeans for training.

Paul Joseph AEO WFPF

AEO: Where else would you wear AEO Flex Denim to?
PJ: These jeans are so comfortable I would wear them for any occasion. I’ve been looking for a pair of jeans to train in for quite a while, now I’ve found them!

AEO: Top 3 songs you are listening to right now?
PJ: No top 3 songs at the moment but currently listening to hip hop/dubstep mixes which gets me pumped for training.

Follow Paul’s daily adventures here, and make sure to check out our previous interview with Max Henry, another WFPF athlete featured in our video.

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Help Us Give 20,000 Back Packs to Students in High-Need Communities

As we know all too well, students in high-need communities can face many barriers in their pursuit of a high-quality education. Having access to school supplies doesn’t have to be one of them. That’s why American Eagle Outfitters, STATE Bags, and Teach For America are teaming up to give away 20,000 backpacks to students across the country – with your critical support.

For every STATE backpack purchased at American Eagle Outfitters this back-to-school season, we’ll be giving away a backpack to a child in need.  You can click here to purchase the backpacks online or find your local American Eagle Outfitters store here and turn your next shopping trip into one with far-reaching benefits.

Our partnership will equip students across 20 urban and rural communities with the supplies they need to enter the classroom ready to learn. In addition to receiving STATE bags, students at participating schools will also receive essential tools such as pencils, crayons and binders.

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In New York and Los Angeles, we’re excited for students to receive their bags during STATE’s signature bag drop events – motivational rallies led by STATE’s dedicated team of “PackMen” and “PackWomen” that leave participating kids with a renewed spirit and belief in themselves. Packmen and Packwomen are experienced child development specialists who grew up in low-income neighborhoods themselves and serve as role models and mentors.

In addition to purchasing bags to support deserving students, you can donate at the register of American Eagle Outfitters stores to support Teach For America. Funds will be matched by the retailer – up to $100,000 – to help Teach For America recruit, train, and place committed individuals to serve in our nation’s highest-need classrooms and open doors of opportunity to students.

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Our three organizations are committed to providing all students with access to opportunities that will allow them to succeed in school and life. We’re thrilled that with your support we can put essential school supplies into the hands of 20,000 students and can help make the 2015-16 school year one that’s filled with endless promise and potential.

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AEO, STATE & Teach for America “GiveBackPack”

You walk to the register to buy your annual new backpack. The usual scenario plays out. You decide which color suits your vibe, pull it off the rack to check out all the features, throw it on to make sure it’s comfy and then of course casually glance in the mirror. You then decide, “Yup…I’m getting this bag.”

Maybe it’s not a big deal to spend $59. Perhaps you’ve been working all summer to pay for the bag you’ve been coveting since seeing it in the American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) stores. Or maybe it’s a future gift from your parents. Whatever the case may be, we want to say thank you. Because you’re not just buying a backpack for yourself, through your purchase AEO will donate another STATE backpack to a local child in need.

Back in 2009, we created Camp POWER – a nonprofit summer camp for hundreds of kids growing up in Brooklyn’s most underfunded, turbulent neighborhoods. The goal of the program was to get kids out of the loud, hot city. But more than that, we wanted to provide positive role models, and give kids a space to try different things and meet new friends. A place that allows them to simply act their age. So many kids in these neighborhoods grow up far too fast. What our program does is slow down the speed of life, and remind them of their incredible value and remarkable potential.

Each summer, we witnessed countless kids carrying all their belongings in trash bags. It became more and more clear that in addition to a week away from Brooklyn, the kids also needed new bags, new jackets, shoes, and a whole bunch of “stuff.” But we also noticed that “stuff” could only go so far. It was encouragement from aspirational figures and love that would propel them to beat the odds stacked against them. All of this inspired us to create STATE Bags.

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We built STATE on two cornerstones: 1) for every bag sold, one will be donated to an American child in need – bringing the buy one give one model to our own backyard, and 2) providing inspirational role models in the STATE PackMen/Women – young men and women who have successfully risen from the very neighborhoods we help serve. This is what our GiveBackPack Program is all about.

So as you make your way to the register this season with your (very) cool new bag, take pride in the fact that you’re not just wearing a backpack, but a GiveBackPack. A statement that you made a choice to help improve the world around you.

Thank you to American Eagle Outfitters, its millions of dedicated customers, and Teach For America for making our dream come true in donating thousands of brand new bags – packed with supplies donated by AEO associates – to kids across the US this back to school season.

We promise that every purchase makes a difference. STATE and AEO have your back!

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Parkour Time: 10 Questions with Max Henry

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 first interview with Max Henry.

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot intense Parkour


AEO: Who are some of your heroes, and they do not have to be athletes?
MH: I have a lot of heroes! Most of them are fictional (lol) but as far as actual human beings go…I’m a big reader, so I have a lot of respect for my favorite authors and poets (J.R.R. Tolkien, T.S. Eliot, Jim Butcher, E.E. Cummings, and C.S. Lewis to name a few). I’m also quite into music, particularly bluegrass and hip-hop, so I’d call people like Shad (Shadrach Kabango) and Noam Pikelny heroes as well. And of course my mom and dad on the day-to-day level for always being there for me and encouraging my strange jumping habits!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot NYC

 

AEO: When did you become interested in Parkour?
MH: I found out about parkour through my best friend when I was 14 and started training later that day. I haven’t stopped since then so I suppose I’ve been interested since 2007. When I was really young I did gymnastics and constantly jumped around on everything I could see so I guess you could also say I’ve been into it even longer than that. I just didn’t know it had a name!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot action beachAEO: How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
MH: It depends on lots of variables but in the summer I try and train 5-6 days a week for a few hours a day. When you’re traveling and teaching it can be hard to stay consistent with it but ultimately it’s what I’m most passionate about so I always find it pretty easy to make time for training! But in the winter I usually go into hibernation mode and focus more on strength development through olympic lifting and other forms of cross-training. So it’s very seasonal!

AEO: What was your favorite part about shooting the AEO Flex Video?
MH: I had a really great time shooting the video so it’s hard to say! But the best thing to me was probably the general sense of camaraderie between everyone on set. It’s always great to work with people who are passionate about a project but also flexible and open to collaboration. It really seemed like everyone on set was willing to listen to other opinions to try and create the best video possible. That kind of atmosphere has been really rare in my experience, and was amazing to be a part of! The scenery was also really amazing.

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AEO: What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
MH: Well, I definitely try to keep the danger level down in my own training since being injured takes away from the time I can practice doing what I love. I’ve done some jumps at height with serious consequences most people would see as being dangerous but since I know my own abilities I wouldn’t say they are particularly dangerous for me! The whole concept of danger is something that’s really subjective, so something that seems life-threatening to someone who’s never done parkour before might seem simple to me because of my training. But yeah, I never go out with the intent of doing jumps I perceive as being dangerous because my own health and safety is ultimately my top priority!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot 5AEO: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
MH: Hmmm…well, I have a B.A. in Mathematics from Hofstra University. I also play banjo and sing baritone part-time with several professional choirs near my home on Long Island. Aaaaand I’m a huge comic and sci-fi/fantasy geek! But if you’ve ever seen me when I’m not training you probably already know that…

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AEO: Greatest advice you’ve ever received in Parkour? And any advice for aspiring Parkour athletes?
MH: Fear is something that is always present in parkour when you get to a certain level and can be hard to overcome for a lot of people. But I’ve really learned from some very good friends and fellow athletes to trust my judgement and accept that you never have complete control in any situation. Being able to have faith in yourself and your will and preparation is important in parkour and life in general. Just ask Batman!

AEO: What was your favorite thing about the Flex Denim?
MH: I love how well they stretched and still maintained their fit, which seems super obvious, but is 100% true. I’ve had some other stretch jeans in the past that I’ve tried to train with and after a session or two of heavy training they always turned saggy or ripped. Not so with these bad boys!

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AEO: Where else would you wear AEO Flex Denim to?
MH: Well, besides my pair of Flex jeans and some dress pants, my wardrobe consists mostly of sweatpants and basketball shorts so I wear them pretty much everywhere! Church, the mall, restaurants, bus/boat/plane rides…you name it!

AEO: Top 3 songs you are listening to right now?
MH: #1. Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive because I’m in love with Rachael Price.
#2. Tell Me True by Sarah Jarosz because she’s amazing.
#3. Seasons by Chris Cornell because it makes me strong when I squat!

Follow Max’s daily adventures here.

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AEO Top Picks for July 4th Weekend

Cue the fireworks, BBQ and #AEOSTYLE! July 4th is almost here. Whether you’re gearing up to go on a picnic, cheer on a parade or go boating in your favorite style, AEO has got you covered. Check out our packing guide for what to wear for your July 4th plans.

You RSVP’d to a: Boat Party
Gals: You’re on a boat! Channel your inner Lady Liberty with a red one-piece suit, white twill shorties and a lightweight kimono. Add your something blue with our tie-dye beach towel.

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Shop the look:
Aerie Crochet One-Piece
Fringe Poncho
Twill Shortie
Tie Dye Beach Towel
Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Guys: Keep it causal with our 6″ Printed Swim Trunk, White Polo and red, white and blue filp-flops. Add a pair of mirrored sunglasses for a party ready look.

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Shop The Look:
6″ Printed Swim Trunk
Solid Polo
Leather Flip Flop
Mirrored Icon Sunglasses

You RSVP’d to: A BBQ with Friends 

Gals: Pack your Hi-Rise Festival Shorties, Soft & Sexy Tank and Birkenstock Arizona Sandals for all day fun in the sun. Add a Plaid Button Down, bandanna and sunnies for delicious #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Soft & Sexy V-Neck Tank
Plaid Boyfriend Shirt
Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
Floral Patterned Bandanna- Similar
Half Frame Icon Sunglasses
Feather and Fringe Necklace

Guys:
BBQ’s are all about hanging out and having a good time. Celebrate America’s b-day with our ‘Murica Graphic Tank, 10.5″ Jogger Shorts, leather sandals and aviator sunglasses. Don’t forget to pack your Printed Beverage Sling for all day refreshments.
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Shop the look:
‘Murica Graphic Tank
10.5″ Jogger Short
Leather Flip Flop
Black Aviator Sunglasses
Beverage Sling

You RSVP’d to: The 4th Town Parade
Gals: Celebrate your independence in #AEOSTYLE! We suggest wearing our Hi-Rise Shorties, Tie Dye Ruffle Tube and Ankle Tie Gladiator Sandals. Add a pop of flare with our Crochet Lace Fedora.

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Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Tie Dye Ruffle Tube
Ankle Tie Gladiator Sandal
Crochet Lace Fedora
Embellished Black and White Bracelet Trio

Guys: Cheer on your fellow citizens in red, white and blue. We suggest our 11″ Cargo Jogger Short paired back to a Striped Pocket T-shirt, Canvas Sneakers and ‘Murican Baseball Hat. Want to show even more red white and blue pride? Add a bandanna for fun!
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Shop the look:
11″ Cargo Jogger Short
Striped Pocket T-Shirt
Canvas Sneaker
‘Murican Baseball Hat

How are you celebrating the 4th of July? Tell us in the comments below! Plus, check out our Men’s and Women’s July 4th Shops on AE.com for more red, white and blue inspiration.

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