He may have his hands full being a father, starting up his own business, and breaking most of his bones, but Etnies’ moto-rider Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg will still find time to kick up dust. Stenberg started riding when he was young to keep himself out of trouble. “I grew up in a really shitty neighborhood in San Diego, so my dad would take me riding every day just to keep me away from all the drugs and gangs, and it just ended up being my job. I was in the right place at the right time,” he says of his freestyle motocross career.
The punk turned pro is considered to be one of the most naturally talented riders in freestyle, accumulating more than 20 awards throughout his career. But it wasn’t an easy ride. Diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at the age of 8, Stenberg found riding therapeutic. Fellow riders nicknamed him Twitch, a name he learned to embrace. “It’s funny because I’ll call people now and be like, ‘Oh, hey, this is Jeremy Stenberg,’ and they’re like ‘Who?’ And I’m like, ‘Twitch,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, hey man! What’s going on?’”
Stenberg is constantly pushing the limits of his tricks and abilities on the dirt. After breaking his tibia and shattering his heel during X Games 17, he was forced to take a break from riding, but he’s been anything but stagnant. He just wrapped up his first R.A.D. Awards show. “I look at it like, we work our asses off so hard throughout the year, why can’t someone step up and give us an award show? Give us one night,” he says. “So I was like, Fuck it, I’m gonna do it.” He’s also been busy filming for VH-1’s The X Life and designing his fourth, fifth, and sixth pair of signature shoes for Etnies. Plus, he started his own company, called DBK (Dirt Bike Kids), which is coming out with riding gear and apparel this year. He even has the company’s tag line, Money Can’t Buy Style, tattooed between his fingers. “That’s what you do on your downtime, you get shit done and you get tattooed,” he laughs. “I enjoy getting tattooed. I like it every time I sit down in the chair. I’m like, Hell yeah, I can’t wait! And then I’m like, Ah, shit why did I want it here this big? And then the next time you go back you get something bigger and in a place that hurts even more.”
But not everyone is as supportive of his love for tattoos as his riding. After his first tattoo, he says his parents grounded him for a week. “I was sitting in my room thinking and I was like, Fuck, a week? That’s it? A week ain’t that bad … what can I get tattooed next week?” His first piece was a lower back tattoo that’s currently being removed, and his more recent tattoos are of his daughters’ names. “Having kids makes you think about shit before you do it, that’s for sure. I used to just go out and do stuff but now I have two little girls and I want to be able to hold them,” he says.
While his daughters may have slowed him down a bit, Stenberg doesn’t plan on putting the breaks on his career anytime soon. “I’m not going to stop, no way,” he says. “That’s my job, man. That’s what I do. I get paid to break bones and win medals.”