Monday, September 26, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

We are Punk, We are Individuals

I couldn't have said it better myself;
Female A:
Did you get the plaid shirt memo?
Share · May 31

Female B
no, but i got the mustache/beard memo
May 31 at 8:13pm

Motorcycles: Images as a Fix

I really wish I could be working on motorcycles daily along with school, there just isn't enough time in the day. A perfect world would grant me eight hours of everything I love each day. To remedy these withdrawals I am constantly hoping to see photos from new name in the motorcycle photography arena, Michael Schmidt. He is technically accurate without losing an artistic composition that is so often tried to achieve in this genre. Check out his new images of Joey Castillo's (of QOTSA Drummer Fame) bike that Scott Craig built and debuted at Born Free III. I am typically attracted to extremes in photography either very cold sterile images or warm descriptions of life. These images capture a warm, realness that anyone who just knows the feeling of two wheels and the culture that surrounds as important.

If You Can, GO TO THIS:

BORIS, Tera Melos
Venue: SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & Boo Boo Records
Details: 7pm / All Ages

San Luis Obispo, Dangerous for Music Fans

Pour Habit, venue sued after crowd surfing injury
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Fat Wreck Chords artist Pour Habit and San Luis Obispo-based venue Downtown Brewing Co (now SLO Brew) are among those named in a lawsuit after a show attendee was allegedly injured in a crowd surfing incident. According to the report from The Tribune:

Chuck Green, a vocalist in the group Pour Habit, slammed into 18-year-old Robert Freeborn, pushing his face into a speaker monitor, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 9 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Green weighed more than 200 pounds, and Freeborn suffered a concussion and facial fracture and now has the permanent condition of diplopia, or double vision, according to [Freeborn's lawyer]. Freeborn wasn't a willing participant in Green's "crowd-surfing antics"
Check out the full story here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Von Dutch For Sale

Original Von Dutch (Kenneth Howard) piece of art up for sale. Extremely rare to see any of his work still in existence and for such an iconic low brow artist to still be found at a swap meet is incredible. The fairing exhibits his tell tale striping in the seam at the top center, he often accentuated the parts original design. Renee of Dago's Speed Shop has it for sale, for such a revered artist and a great representation of his style the asking price is fairly reasonable.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Tweener

Max Schaaf's Knuckle that "was" for only a short while. It definitly has some Dick Hirshberg qualities about it. Brandon Mullins did the tanks, which still are able to have shifting capabilities. I really liked this bike and would have liked to have seen this one finished. Maroon and black would have been nice.

The Cal Look

The original cover photo for the first edition of Hot VW's magazine Cal Look edition. I always thought they should have called it the OC look as all those guys that originated the look primarily still live there where they came up with the style. Anyone have 009's, IDA's, Fuch's and BRM's they want to spare?
P.S. Anyone else want to commiserate on how rough a cut and adjusted king link front end feels on the highway. I used to think that my car was leaving the ground for seconds at a time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Puget Sound

We want to head back up to the North West, anybody have any suggestions for the greater Seattle area?


Ten years ago I stepped off the bus with a hankering for some fresh bread for breakfast. It was early still and I had just finished a meeting in Copiapo, when I entered the local market and had ordered my bread. The store owner asked me, "what do you think about what is going on in your country?" His hand lifted and his index finger crudely gestured to his television that hung from the rafters. What came next inexplicably changed my day and life. The first tower had been hit and CNN's satellite had been redirected through Television 4 Chile. I ran over to a friends house to watch their television. I watched the second tower fall as reports and speculation clicked across the bottom of the screen. On my way home people came out and yelled at me to go "home," and that I should see what happens when my country meddles with world affairs. Little did they now that I lived down their street and this was my home for now. I was scared for my friends, family and fellow American's. The events of that day have changed everyone's lives in some respect. I am saddened by the loss of all those that day and everyone since. My wish is that we could resolve issues with words and not blood. So as this day comes to a close please remember that this life is so precious and that we only get one chance to do what we can.

The Samba
My old '57 is up for sale again.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Portland, Maine

A Can of Beans from gabriella kessler on Vimeo.

As most of you know the New England holds a special place in my heart. This video demonstrates how work is still performed in Maine. The people honestly work hard for a living because they want to stay in Maine. Mind you, this is not an easy place to live so to work for minimal salaries these people want to be there. It is honestly a reminder to all of us to reexamine our lives and what we truly want.

This Looks Amazing

Current Jam

For some reason it reminds me of David and Craig making videos at FCC. I wonder why?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Saviours Music

CRETE'N from Simon Chan on Vimeo.

Favorite memory of the band was in SLO when I ran into Austin and said 'bitchinn show,' in which he responded, "hell yeah man!" and high fived me bare chested. Real metal.

Fish and Game Enter Gibson Guitars

US Fish and Wildlife Service has raided Gibson Guitars due to concerns that the beloved guitar manufacturer is using rare, endangered and protected wood to make their legendary fretboards. The company counts musicians like Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, Sergie Loobkoff of Samiam, Woody Guthrie, George Harrison and many others among their sponsored musicians and fans. The Wall Street Journal reports:
The question in the first raid seemed to be whether Gibson had been buying illegally harvested hardwoods from protected forests, such as the Madagascar ebony that makes for such lovely fretboards. And if Gibson did knowingly import illegally harvested ebony from Madagascar, that wouldn't be a negligible offense. Peter Lowry, ebony and rosewood expert at the Missouri Botanical Garden, calls the Madagascar wood trade the "equivalent of Africa's blood diamonds." But with the new raid, the government seems to be questioning whether some wood sourced from India met every regulatory jot and tittle.
Gibson has responded as well:

Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence. The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department's interpretation of a law in India.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


teaching sure is. This is how I felt today.