Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Most who know me well know that I have had reoccurring sleep disorders. Growing up I suffered from night terrors. The one that terrified me the most and the most frequently was where I was in a large blank white space. In the space a black line shot across near me, it then began to scribble all over the place, it ended covering the room in black negative space. Jorge Pineda recreated that nightmare in a new installation. It still scares me just seeing this image. Now, if I could only get over the insomnia.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So my buddy and I were speaking about denim the other day and both got excited about the prospect of making our own denim. I started researching selvedge denim and machines. I believe my resolution was a little shaken upon watching this short film.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Pappy is a great man.
One of my favorite flathead chops. Minus the Seat.
Erick, you need this two hundred year old beer tap, it has brass nipple pulls.
Dave, Clay and I rolled down to Ventura today to check out the Dave Mann Chopperfest. It was a great time, we stopped at Cold Spring Tavern for tri-tip. Then went to the show, I got to meet some new people and talk to some old faces. I got my monkey arms some protection based on the encouragement of my friends. Spoke with Pappy and headed back. The bikes were great but the conversation was even better. Thanks for the time guys.
Monday, December 6, 2010
So as of the last post I was looking at photos of Bukowski when I found a copy of a Lithograph that I made close to six years ago. They changed the quote but the font is in the same location and added a border, I think this goes beyond, "Great minds think alike." I personally preferred, "beautiful thoughts and beautiful women never last."
Well, most know that LA (or Southern California for that matter) is not my favorite place but seriously, everything I love always seems to be happening there. So this weekend is the David Mann chopperfest in Venture. The Hammer is celebrating its anniversary, so it is giving free admission this whole month. To top it all off my favorite author of all time (no introdution needed), is having a retrospective at the Huntington( http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=8020 ). I have seen spy photos of the exhitbitions and they are amazing. They even have his last desk set up from his home with Linda. It took ten hours to clean the cat hair from the typewriter. Why Southern California shall you make your siren song in my direction?
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
In an antique store in Solvang they have two teens and twenties vio lin pi ano mach ines that were used to make money at speakeasies during prohibition. It won awards for best patent in engineering. It is the most intricate machine I have ever seen operating. There are litterally thousands of moving parts. I will try to get the video uploaded.
On Saturday to my utter disbelief I was returning books to the Atascadero library and found that Joe Schwartz, a Photo League photographer was doing a showing. His work is absolutely marvelous. He calls his work Folk Photography. I studied the Photo league and the FSA for my final two years of school. It was an honor to meet this man in his 97th year of life. As I spoke to him he then did the unbelievable, he gave me his number to come over and speak about his work. I can't let an opportunity like that pass up. If you'd like to see his work I now have a signed copy of his booked published by Cal Poly.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I am finally getting the bike to were I really am liking it. I narrowed the bars today, cleaned the throttle, installed some OG risers, took off the two up seat and remonted the headlight a little tighter. I know it doesn't look much different but when you see everyday it makes a difference. I have to say the risers and cleaning the throttle made a big diffference in the ride tonight. It had a lot of snap in the accelaration and much less vibration in the bars.
We have accidents in town, though they often involve trucks. When two bad drivers in trucks run into each other and a fire hydrant is involved a fountain is created. This was pretty funny, standing in Hewitts watching it all occur, a shower of water spraying all the way across Main. The photo is of the aftermath.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Fresno Brewery was opened at the turn of the last century till WWII. They served Central to Northern California. Read the article, it was a treat to see some history preserved in my hometown.