Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.


MOCA Crap-A-Chino

So last weekend we paid a visit to one of our favorite mind expanding establishments, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Little Tokyo, or the MOCA as it likes to be called. I have seen some incredible pieces over the years at MOCA, but this weekend, well.... Wow, not only was I embarrassed just to be looking at the so called contemporary art, but I was mortified for these "artists" and the ass-hats that deemed them museum worthy. Really??? This is your so called expression of artistic creativity? I am big fan of contemporary, big fan, I find it intriguing and I usually get inspired by the creative geniuses like Tim Hawkinson (check out his feather motorcycle below)

(Tim Hawkinson- Feather Bike)
While making my way through the maze of gARTbage, I was quietly hoping for Ashton Koochface to pop out around the corner and scream we all "got Punked" for our $10 entrance fee. There was literally only 1 piece in the entire collection worth mentioning and not just because it involved a vintage bike, but because it actually took some work and creativity. The other crap, uhh sorry I mean art, looked like a 3-year old ADD kid rummaged through a trash can in Venice and hot-glued 8 random things together, pissed on it , then mounted it the wall of the MOCA. Sorry do I sound bitter? Well I am. OK fine not really, but I did try to drink away most of the memories from that day. The one piece I did enjoy was a sculpture from Chris Burden (from 1979). The piece consists of a huge cast iron flywheel from a coal mine used in the 1800's, which is spun (up to 70-mph apparantly) by a 1968 Benelli 250cc motorcycle. Interestingly, the Benelli was Burden's own motorcycle when he was just starting his career. Check out the video of Stacie London reving up the bike & wheel. After reaching top speed, the wheel spins quietly for most of the day. They even had a tube attached to the exhaust, leading to some weird contraption to capture the fumes and muffle most of the noise (I wish we could attach one to Sarah Palin....).

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