New issue of Roller Magazine is out and features a pretty rad couple pages featuring Born Free 7. This mag is totally Japanese but we've been getting it at The Shop Vancouver for quite some time and it's fucking cool anyway.
These dudes also have a rad blog on their website with a ton of photos from Born Free posted up, lots of vendor booth photos too which is cool. Pick up a copy if you can find one!
The 3rd Annual Shop Vancouver Spit N' Shine went down on Saturday over at Crab Park in Vancouver. Bikes started showing up an hour before the thing was even suppose to start and we knew it was going to be big. It was about 5 times bigger than it was last year, so good thing we hosted it in a massive parking lot instead of trying to have it on the closed off block in front of The Shop.
TJ called out the name of the first ticket pulled for the 2006 Paul Smart Ducati and the dude was standing right in the front all ready with all of his tickets. It was pretty awesome to see someone actually be there win it.
Pretty hyped on this weekend and all the people that came from out of town to be a part of it. We had the dude who won Best In Show at Born Free 7 hanging around with his winning bike as well as some Portland folk and photographer Mikey Revolt who flew in from Ohio. Always a good weekend to be around and a good warm up before Disaster Daze happens this coming weekend!
Here's the full-length event video made by Blaine Connolly who's been putting them out there lately.
We just got back from 2 weeks on the road so this mega post is ready to happen. Born Free was really awesome and probably one of the best put together events I have been to. It was the first BF for me and I will for sure be going back next year.
Max Shaaf build this knuckle and rode it all the way to Born Free to raffle it off. Was pretty cool watching someone win this baby.
Tons of road warriors on their way to Cooks Corner to drink a hundred beers
Jangus drove down from Vancouver, BC with his and his buddies bike in the back of his Ford Ranger in less than 24 hours. He got to LA right as the Chun party which was releasing the new Dice Mag was going on. Turns out this naked babe was all over his bike in a couple pages of the new issue. This dude and his bike rules.
TJ from The Shop Vancouver who we drove down from Canada with had painted a tank for the art and fuel show they had set up at Born Free. The artists involved were really inspiring and it was rad how much diversity there was. Tj and The Shop will be giving away the tank he painted over the next couple weeks so keep an eye out for that via @theshopvancouver instagram page.
Chicks at the Babes Ride Out meet up the first day. Was so cool to meet a ton of ladies who I talk to online and who I'll be spending time with this summer. Here's Corinne modelling for Jennys new company Strange Vacation.
Never thought I would be so thankful for clouds.
"Are you a woman that rides and not just on the back of someone else's bike? Well if you are and you'll be at Born-Free then you better check out the Babes Ride Out meet up at BF7 in the Born A Bad Seed booth to kick off Babes Ride Out 3 from 1-2pm Saturday June 27th at Born-Free! The Born A Bad Seed booth will be located on the corner of the pond under the trees along with another sponsor, The Shop from Vancouver. "
See you there!
In a couple hours we're heading down to Washington for Dirt Quake put on by See Sees Motorcycles and Sideburn Mag. After the weekend at the flat track, we're continuing down to San Fran for a night, then onward to Venice for a couple days where we're going to chill until Born Free starts on the 26th. I've never been and I'm looking for rad stuff to do! If you're in the area, shoot me a message on the contact tab--it goes straight to my inbox. See you in 2 weeks Vancouver.
Sideburn mag #21 was just released... just in time for Dirt Quake to happen next weekend. I am jumping in with The Shop Vancouver crew with bikes in the back of the Sprinter for the weekend in Castle Rock and then continuing down south to Portland, California and Born Free the following weekend. If you're within this route and want to say hi, shoot me a message through the contact forum! I'll also have some Dream Roll information so hit me up with any questions or recommendations you'd like to talk about! Excited to meet some ladies who are attending.
The Sideburn blog also posting about Road Apples & crew this past week, check it out here.
I first saw Born A Bad Seed at the east-side flea market and it stood out right away. Simple but bad-ass graphics screen printed on repurposed vintage blanks is what instantly caught my eye. Jill curated the Born A Bad Seed logo and shirts at first just for trades and never had any intention of selling them. Born A Bad Seed now has several employees, tons of followers and is a fully functional company that Jill runs day-to-day like a fucking boss.
"Im kinda just doin' it and I'm just gonna keep doin' until I have an idea of what I want to do with it."
Born A Bad Seed has emerged into the ladies motorcycle scene, especially after pumping out the Babes Ride Out tees that were everywhere last Summer. When you think of Born A Bad Seed, you picture babes on bikes, drinking beers and doing whatever the fuck they want. When I asked Jill what her target market was she just said "like-minded young creative individuals." So far, that's exactly what I see in chicks wearing her gear.
Born A Bad Seed is travelling down to the outskirts of LA to Born Free this Summer to set up a booth. Her plans at the event are to execute everything that Born A Bad Seed is online- in person and to take the whole collective, the whole bad-ass women collective, and turn it into an experience in person at the booth and at the event, and bring everyone all together, just like it has on social media.
Jills company has been growing like crazy over the past couple months and things seem like they're only getting bigger and better. This month, Born A Bad Seed is moving into a new studio on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC and big things are ahead so look out for them!
" What comes next is whatever comes next. Everyday I hope that's a dump truck full of shitty old blank t-shirts."
It's fucking cool because you'll never meet a guy that so many people are stoked on, be so stoked on other people. This past weekend Tj got to go stoke-out down south in Inglewood California for the Born Free 7 Pre-Party at the Garage Company. When you see The Shop Vancouver van roll through Born Free this summer, make sure you come say hi! Here's Tj's words on his trip:
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a bike event down in California.
When we sponsored Born Free this year, I didn’t want to be like most companies that just show up and try to make their money back.
For us at The Shop, this event is about supporting an event and people that really made a difference in my life.
I wonder if I hadn’t gone down to Born Free, maybe I wouldn’t have met Brett ( co-founder of The Shop Vancouver ) Maybe I wouldn’t have had a reason to talk to Grant and Harpoon at Agenda years ago about their brand FMA… Who knows , maybe I wouldn't have been so mind blown and fallen so head over heels in love with the vintage bikes I swoon over every day.
When I went to Born Free originally, I had already finished my first chopper.
I loved that bike, but what I saw that day changed my idea of what was possible with them.
Bikes like The High Little pony inspired me to build a Triumph, Paint from Gen Love Ear Art, inspired me to do my own paint work…
The show inspired The Spit n Shine… The level of inspiration is literally too much for me to explain.. and has led to us now not only being sponsors of the show, but being invited to be a part of elements I never thought possible with the Art and Fuel exhibition by Throttle Addiction and Chop Cult.
I went down to this weekends event to show and let people really know how grateful we are to be a part of this event.
I went down to see old friends, meet people we do business with and meet so many of the people we interact with on the daily via our online lives.
I mean shit, thats what this is all about right… it’s social media, Its about being social, not being the coolest fucker on the block.
I had great intentions of shooting tons of flicks, but got caught up in checking out peoples bikes, their paint, shaking hands, giving hugs and being stoked.
Here are a few of my moments from Saturdays event at Garage Company.
I spent a good amount of time with Wil Thomas of TriCo.. Wills 47FL is a true Beauty. We stopped in to see Wil the day before at his store, it feels like a home away from home of us.
Because I was recently invited to take part in the Throttle Addiction Art and Fuel 2 exhibition, I spent a good amount of time tripping out over the paint.
I love the old paint bikes and have so many ideas of what I would like to do for my tanks… I also spent a good amount of time saying “ fuck look how great this is” only to realize that those tanks were painted by Gen, Spagetty or Harpoon, 3 of the very talented artists of the 9 others in the show… I’m nervous.
Theres something about Old Paint… to me it doesn’t matter if its the rarest old Knuckle with original paint that's perfect or some weird old rusted out shit box. There is nothing better.
Yoshi, has an eye. I love the set up of this space.
Chris Mumma has a BEAUTIFUL Pan that was put together by Jason of ATR. This one caught my eye from across the street earlier in the day, I was stoked I was able to grab a second flick as Chris waited for his Home Boi before jamming out.
I love this shit!