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Photo of skateboarder on West Seventh Street bridge goes viral

#TBT: Man rides bike over West Seventh Street bridge arches

On Jan. 11, 2014, BMX rider Mat Olson rode his bike over the arches on the northern side of the newly opened bride on West Seventh Street in Fort Worth. This video, shot by local resident Travis Baker, was shared with the Star-Telegram. We caught
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On Jan. 11, 2014, BMX rider Mat Olson rode his bike over the arches on the northern side of the newly opened bride on West Seventh Street in Fort Worth. This video, shot by local resident Travis Baker, was shared with the Star-Telegram. We caught

It took more than a year for this photo of musician and skateboarder Don Nguyen skateboarding on one of the huge arches on the West Seventh Street bridge near downtown Fort Worth to finally go viral.

He originally posted the picture to his Instagram account on Sept. 26, 2016, and has gotten more than 3,000 likes since, but he decided to repost it on Saturday with a catchy caption that read, "Dropping into Saturday."

He posted the photo again because it's one of his favorite pictures, he said.

"I did a throwback 'cause I really like the photo," said Nguyen.

Nguyen said the idea to skateboard down one of the arches was a spur-of-the-moment thing. He was on a combined tour with his band and his skate-brand called "Volume 4" from California on their way to Austin for the 2016 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival.

"On the way out of Fort Worth we saw this bridge and I just got the itch to try it because we were leaving town," Nguyen said. "It was after a long night because we had a show the night before. We only had a few minutes to pull the trigger since we were leaving."

He said a few of his friends taped a road sign to cover the crack on one of the bridges' pillars and he climbed up to check out the view of the city. It took him just one attempt to capture the photo.

"I went up to the top to scope it out and it just looked really cool and looked doable," said Nguyen. "Once I was up there, there’s really only one way down. So I dropped in. One shot, one kill."

Nguyen's attempt at conquering the arches of the West Seventh Street bridge in the name of getting a cool photo or video to share on social media isn't a first. In 2014, when the bridge reopened after being rebuilt, a professional BMX stunt rider, Mat Olson, rode his bike over each of the bridge’s arches and captured the stunt on camera.

On Jan. 11, 2014, BMX rider Mat Olson rode his bike over the arches on the northern side of the newly opened bride on West Seventh Street in Fort Worth. This video, shot by local resident Travis Baker, was shared with the Star-Telegram. We caught

The bold move stunned onlookers, which led to Olson being questioned by Fort Worth police. He ended up being issued a warning.

But no such drama took place when Nguyen got his picture-perfect moment on the bridge.

Now, he's working on a new video project for Baker Skateboard slated to be ready in December 2018.

"It will be called 'Baker 4 Life' so stay tuned," said Nguyen.

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