Monday, October 31, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Banks Viollete

Banks Violette: Vinyl Aestheticsfrom Matt Black on

My favorite living contemporary artist. That is a heavy statement but when viewed in the terms of Post-Minimalism's effect on my studies and artistic life it makes sense. I first viewed his work when he was featured in the 2005 Whitney Biennial. No small feat to be a young featured artist with little known work and media coverage. The show featured a basalt recreation of the burning chapel of Burzum's cover Aske. The scale replica filled a room where a looping piece of music was meant to fill the negative space. He has gone on to be featured all over the world but most notably in NYC. His introspective look at modern western society and the line in which we dare not cross is terribly fascinating. A line that would be considered absurd by most is the land in which he plays artistically. The work is not for the faint of heart nor the easily depressed. This rare interview was a nice way of seeing deeper into his working process.

Post Script: Recently through my love of motorcycles I have found out that he rides himself and his assistant built a bike that was seen at the Brooklyn Invitational.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Credential Program

I am sure I will be excited to be done with school in December, though I don't think I will be as excited as this guy. He was so excited to be done, that he played a jig because he finished the credential program. Wow.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wow, Gerhard Richter Painting

Gerhard Richter Painting on

Rare look into Gerhard painting one of his abstract squeegee painting. Gerhard Richter a master of many mediums and one of the most respected artists of his generation. He is one of the few modern artists to be featured in Getty.

Got to work on the bike.

When I say worked on her, I really mean mock up for 40 minutes in between babysitting and going out to dinner for a very belated meal for Victoria's birthday and lesson planning. I think she looks good. I hope I can get her going soon, though the next month is going to be so busy for school so it will probably be in December. Anyone want to help pitch in? I need a wrench helper, drinks provided.

Easton Auto Show

Easton, California October 15th, A great time in deed. The show was at my mom's alma matter, Washington Union. I love when grey beards start questioning your knowledge of vintage vehicles to see if you are really committed, then turn around and start asking you questions for help. Victoria started laughing to herself about the whole situation. I wish there were more local fun events that are about the vehicle and not the scene.

Friday, October 14, 2011

So a Duck Walks in a Bar...

Q: Do you know the difference between a Hoover vacuum and a Harley Davidson?

A: A Hoover vacuum has the dirt bag on the inside!

For Victoria, For Eternity

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Stages of Addiction

The stages of an Addict

1) Search online for bikes, see what's out there, find one I just HAVE to have
(looking for drugs, going to the dealers house)

2) Justify why I need THAT motorcycle, what I could build it into, the fact that no one has done what I want to do so it will be mind-blowing
(justification - "I just need this one hit" - or the "right" hit)

3) Call about it, see it, generally obsess about it and whether it will still be available when I decide to pull the trigger - start to plan the modifications (I usually can't sleep well during this time)...
(drug or "using" obsession)

4) Buy it and get it home
(peak experience, the "high")

5) Make lists of ideas and parts I need, add up costs - all the while starting to lose interest
(wanting to hold onto the high, but coming down)

6) Realize that the mods are out of my budget and skill-level, and also not cost-effective, as in: I would be spending multiple times what the car's worth when done - consider how silly it is to keep buying and selling bikes like this
(depression and introspection following high, the part where many addicts will think they may need to stop using because in coming down you actually dip lower mood-wise for a bit even than where you started before getting high)

7) Start into justifications of why this isn't the "right" bike and another one would be (need a bigger hit or a different combo of drugs - start of relapse, since relapse starts long before actually repeating the addictive behavior)

8) Off the motorcycle, usually for close to what I have into it - I've been lucky there, but I did say usually (this can be where some people try recovery, getting clean and sober)

9) Search online for bikes, see what's out there, find one I just HAVE to have
(back to the beginning, actual full relapse)

(Modified to relate to motorcycles)
by Ryan S (LBCC Member SlammednFlaked

Existentialism and Motorcycles

Dealing with the absurdity of the modern world is tough enough, motorcycles make it tolerable.I wonder if Kierkegaard would have ridden a motorcycle?

I Don't Know Why,

but this image makes me think of Corbin P. I hope you are well my friend.

For Erick, Robert, David and Anyone Else That Loves This Man

25 Jeremy Clarkson Quotes
1. “I’d like to consider Ferrari as a scaled down version of God.”
2. [On the Porsche Boxster] “It couldn’t pull a greased stick out of a pig’s bottom.”
3. [When driving the Mercedes SLR McLaren through a tunnel] “When they debate as to what the sound of the SLR engine was akin to, the British engineers from McLaren said it sounded like a Spitfire. But the German engineers from Mercedes said ‘Nein! Nein! Sounds like a Messerschmitt!’ They were both wrong. It sounds like the God of Thunder, gargling with nails.”
4. “I’m sorry, but having an Aston Martin DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch. If you’ve got even half a scrotum it’s not going to happen.”
5. “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you.”
6. “Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what… being stabbed?”
7. [On Detroit] “God may have created the world in six days, but while he was resting on the seventh, Beelzebub popped up and did this place.”
8. “Owning a TVR in the past was like owning a bear. I mean it was great, until it pulled your head off, which it would.”
9. [On the Renault Clio V6] “I think the problem is that it’s French. It’s a surrendermonkey.”
10. [On the Enzo Ferrari] “I rang up Jay Kay, who’s got one, and said: “Can we borrow yours?” and he said, “Yeah, if I can borrow your daughter, because it amounts to the same thing.”
11. [On the Porsche Cayenne] “I’ve seen gangrenous wounds better looking than this!”
12. “The air conditioning in Lamborghinis used to be an asthmatic sitting in the dashboard blowing at you through a straw.”
13. “Whenever I’m suffering from insomnia, I just look at a picture of a Toyota Camry and I’m straight off.”
14. “If you were to buy a [BMW] 6-series, I recommend you select reverse when leaving friends’ houses so they don’t see its backside.”
15. “That [Pagani] Zonda, really! It’s like a lion in orange dungarees. Kind of fierce, but ridiculous all at the same time.”
16. [On a Chevrolet Corvette] “The Americans lecture the world on democracy and then won’t let me turn the traction control off!”
17. [On the Alfa Romeo Brera] “Think of it as Angelina Jolie. You’ve heard she’s mad and eats nothing but wallpaper paste. But you would, wouldn’tyou?”
18. “A turbo: exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster.”
19. “This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying ‘Oh good, I’ve got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!’”
20. “In the olden days I always got the impression that TVR built a car, put it on sale, and then found out how it handled – usually when one of their customers wrote to the factory complaining about how dead he was.”
21. [On the Mercedes CLS55 AMG] “It sounds like Barry White eating wasps.”
22. “I’d rather go to work on my hands and knees than drive there in a Ford Galaxy. Whoever designed the Ford Galaxy upholstery had a cauliflower fixation. I would rather have a vasectomy than buy a Ford Galaxy.”
23. “Usually, a Range Rover would be beaten away from the lights by a diesel powered wheelbarrow.”
24. “Racing cars which have been converted for road use never really work. It’s like making a hardcore adult film, and then editing it so that it can be shown in British hotels. You’d just end up with a sort of half hour close up of some bloke’s sweaty face.”
25. “I don’t understand bus lanes. Why do poor people have to get to places quicker than I do?”


Thursday, October 6, 2011


BANE, Defeater, Miles Away, Wisdom In Chains, Dead End Path
Venue: Neighborhood Cafe (Fresno, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & SBI
Details: 7:30pm all ages

Venue: Fulton 55 (Fresno, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & SBI
Details: 8pm 21+

SWINGIN UTTERS, Far From Finished
Venue: SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & Boo Boo Records
Details: 8pm, All ages, $12 adv / $13 door onsale 9/2

Does anyone have more information on this one?

Is that the Atwater Playboy Johnny Cocaine?

If I Had to Live in the City, I Would Live Here

Well, I hope that garage is three cars long and as wide as the house.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Back!

Yes we bought the last case and a half that BevMo had. It is so good. I must reiterate that it is so good. Try and find it, as once November comes around it is done.