Hoffman raises funds for fallen friend

The four thematically-painted helmets available in the eBay auction were custom painted by Mat Hoffman and worn by Hoffman and friends during the Arcade Fire performance at the 53rd Grammys on Feb. 13. Courtesy of Mat Hoffman

Following Mat Hoffman's performance with Arcade Fire at the 53rd Grammy Awards, Hoffman is auctioning off all gear used during the performance to raise funds for Hoffman Sports Association co-worker and friend Mike Vincent, who was hit by a car in January 2008 and suffered severe head trauma. Following the accident, Vincent lost his eyesight, and currently owes the state of California over $3.4 million in hospital costs.

"Mike's recovery is coming along but the medical bills are mounting and he needs our help," said Hoffman regarding the auction.

The auction consists of four custom-painted helmets and four complete Hoffman bikes, which were ridden by Hoffman, Mike 'Rooftop' Escamilla, Simon Tabron and Dave Voelker during a live performance by the Montreal band Arcade Fire during the 53rd Grammy Awards.

The helmets were thematically designed by Hoffman to coincide with the event.

"I painted these helmets on the balcony of my hotel. The Grammy inspiration turned into 'Industry and Money chasing the Talent and Rebellion,'" says Hoffman. "I thought if we are on stage chasing each other in circles not doing any tricks, at least we could represent and express this, subtly."

"The green and blue helmets are Industry and Money (hence the 1 cent and $O) and the red and yellow helmets are Talent and Rebellion (hence the #13 and 43)," Hoffman continued.

Vincent was a former Hoffman Sports Association member that judged the X Games for close to ten years, wrote for BMX magazines and contributed at many behind the scenes levels to the sport of BMX. In January of 2008, Vincent was struck by a car while riding his bike in Los Angeles. Although Vincent continues to show signs of improvement, his medical expenses continue to mount, and he has not regained his eyesight.

The helmets and bikes are currently available for auction on eBay, with all proceeds of sales going to Mike Vincent's medical expenses.

Following the BMX performance, Arcade Fire went on to win Album of the Year for "Suburbs" at the 53rd Grammys on Feb. 13.