THE MOTOR-SURFER

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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.

Tuesday

Pieces Of The Pie - It's AAALLiiiVVEEE!!!!!

THE BEAST HAS AWOKEN!!!


Brought back to life from the dead! After an entire year of cleaning, tinkering, wrenching, eBaying, painting, crying, bleeding, sweating, tuning and fantasizing - She is finally ready to take her first ride... for the second time. This Frankenstein has been revived.

Though I probably spent less than 3 weeks in total time rebuilding this thing, I (relatively) enjoyed spreading it out over the year, a few minutes here and there every few weeks or so. I probably did close to 5 BPH (beers per hour) during my "garage time", so work always started out strong and ended 2-steps forward, 1-step back. But alas, we have arrived at the end / or beginning? of the road. Time to don the leather jacket and gold-flake-bubble-shield melon saver. I'll let you know how our first date goes... Let's just hope I round all the bases and make it (back) home.

Proof:

video

Wednesday

Epic.... Liberty Vintage Motorcycles

This rad video, showcasing Liberty Vintage Motorcycles, manages to make a statement about our society through the framework of a motorcycle shop. Liberty Vintage is owned by mechanical technician Adam Cramer of Philadelphia, and this well shot, short film shows clips of him in which he talks about his love of bikes and his observations about our youth and culture.

While I don’t think that Cramer’s message is 100% accurate, in that our generation never ceases to amaze me, he nonetheless talks about an undeniably important topic. It is one that can be applied to most walks of life, and is pretty damn motivating. The real problem at hand that Cramer discusses is that of apathy and a lack of hands-on hard work. Check any news outlet and sink into the abyss of endless problems that plague our world. The reality is that hard work, effort, and passion serve as the necessary tools to fix a lot of the problems we encounter.

Our generation certainly has the capacity to change the aspects of the world we see as being undesirable, and this video serves as a motivator in that direction. So don’t forget the value of working hard for what you want, and check out this video.

Handmade Portraits: Liberty Vintage Motorcycles from Etsy on Vimeo.



info/words from nvrmndclothing

Tuesday

When Worlds Collide - PART II

“With both motorcycling and surfing communities sharing a strong passion for the freedom, performance and challenge that their favorite leisure activities provide them, the new partnership has produced an innovative and exciting line of apparel that is sure to be a hit for both lifestyles.”

I guess I'm just not that into over-licensing of brands, but this is literally what my blog is about... One of the first boards I learned to surf on was an old Bear longboard, so I feel like I owe some respect... But I'm just not that amped on the style. It just seems too department store-esque and sporty for my taste. Good thing their co-branded apparel is only being sold in Italy this spring... (which is where I happen to be right now, but I still haven't seen any moto-inspired surf paraphernalia)

Ducati and Bear have created the "capsule collection", surf and beachwear items inspired from the world of motorcycling.

Saturday

Creative Destruction - Tube Interlude

From a few weeks ago, but still an A/V treat for you ocular fiends and audiophiles out there...

Creative Destruction. Chapter 6.2 from CREATIVE DESTRUCTION on Vimeo.



"the whole thought process was to play music to the surfing instead of edit the surfing to the music"

Wednesday

When in Rome...

By this time tomorrow I'll be eating pizza, riding Vespas and getting creepy with the Pope. Taking a nice little break from reality to watch one of soccer's biggest rivalries play in the Holy City. I might even get a chance to surf the Mediterranean while I'm there. (pictures to follow)
Roma vs. Lazzio.

Check out the video from a few of the last games... (it gets good at the 15-second mark)

Tuesday

When Worlds Collide - Surfing & Motorcycles

Surf & Protect
(About a minute in...)

Sunday

Downside Up - Art Show and Performance @ LMU

I am advocate for self-expression through whatever creative outlet brings you fulfillment... surfing, building motorcycles, painting, sculpting, juggling swords, interpretive dance, whatever floats your boat... just go do it. Anyways, a friend of mine is on the press committee for the student art gallery at my alma mater - Loyola Marymount University. I have seen some pretty talented artists over the years at the student gallery and it will definitely be worth a look.


DOWNSIDE UP at Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery

A world of visual pleasure by Loretta Toso

Live Dance Performances: March 9, March 16, and March 23

Performance Time For All Dates: 8-9PM

Artists Reception: Friday, March 18, 6-9PM

March 9 - March 23


LOS ANGELES, CA | Downside Up is the story of visual experience as seen by senior dance major, Loretta Toso. Works will be shown in the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University from March 9 to March 23. The artist reception will be held on Friday, March 18 from 6-9pm.

A native of Simi Valley, California, Loretta Toso discovers her deep interests through her personal admiration of dance and photography. This blending of creative forms unveils a unique voice with an intriguing commentary on perspective. With an abrupt sense of humor and willingness to cross boundaries, Toso is driven to create works that present a vision of art through her own means.


Works to be displayed include photography and different, weekly live dance performances that explore movement and the relationship between the interpretations of environment. As a visual play on perception, Downside Up is a unique peek into a world of living upside down.

The Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery is run and maintained by a student cooperative and exhibits art by students, faculty, and staff of Loyola Marymount University.

Saturday

iLikeDisBike - The Moulin Rouge W650 by Deus Customs

The Aussies at Deus Ex Machina have a seemingly endless supply of aesthetically pleasurable engineering talent. Enjoy.

The Moulin Rouge from Deus Customs on Vimeo.

Tuesday

Wish I Was a Goofy... and in or around Namibia

My buddy just sent over this video. Kinda makes me jealous, considering the lack of quality surf in the area lately. Looks cold...

Grant "Twiggy" Baker and Sean Payne Surfing Namibia from Silver Bullet Productions on Vimeo.


Grant "Twiggy" Baker and Sean Payne ripping on of the best lefts in the world, a secret location in Namibia (you better believe I'm google-earthing the shit out of Namibia right now). You will see some of the longest barrels ever in this clip. Keep watching it gets better and better...