I’m home and rested after a week in Milwaukee for their city-wide party to celebrate the 115th Anniversary of Harley Davidson. I got to ride this big ol’ CVO Street Glide from Toronto to Milwaukee and then all over throughout that week. My photos and some words about the whole thing are up on the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys blog, check it out HERE.
I spent the past month on the road with Cody Kemmet. We rode from Vancouver, BC down to the Mexican Baja on our shitty choppers. We took the slow roads along the coast the whole way, toured the East Coast of the Baja and the California deserts on the way up and attended Born Free 10.
Cody shoots film and develops it himself, here's some of his stuff...
We have announced another killer moto trip that consists of motorcycling around parts of Europe, meeting other ladies motorcyclists and having a dream ride come true. It's called "The Wild Ones" and it will be taking place throughout the entire month of July, 2016.
"The Wild One’s tour celebrates the courage and spirit of women motorcyclists’, inspiring others to explore without boundaries. This July, The Women's Moto Exhibit will ride on motorcycles through the Alps; starting in Austria, moving through Switzerland and ending in Italy. The journey will begin in the small village of Meiming, Austria, travel through the breathtaking Rechen pass, through the hundreds of tight switchbacks of the Oberlap Pass in Switzerland, to the witch shaped mountain of The Matterhorn, and end in the Dolomites of Italy.Not only will the ladies visit historic landmarks and events, they will also meet and connect with communities of women motorcyclists along the way. Their goal is to inspire and share stories; to illustrate that women are capable of anything. Lanakila MacNaughton, photographer of The Women’s Moto Exhibit, will document the journey and share it with the world in real time. Lanakila’s work has been published in many media outlets, including Oprah Magazine, People, Huffington Post, and Elle Online. Her work has been seen as representing this new generation of women riders. The trip is Lanakila’s foray into European territory.
Wanderlust and travel are an endless search for clarity and understanding. This trip will be an adventure and to adventure is to be alive."
For more information on routes, meet-ups or how to get involved, visit http://www.womensmotoexhibit.com/the-wild-ones/
We went out to Myk Roc's house on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC for a shoot with the Born A Bad Seed team. I had never been out there before but I heard it fucking ruled. Myk is a custom painter, pin striper and a collector of everything rad. This is his fortress.
Babetown Myk Roc hanging out in his "things for sale" room.
The 3rd annual West Coast Thumper Meet went down at The Shop Vancouver this weekend. There was dozens of bikes parked up and down Columbia street and it was an awesome day for a meet up and ride.
Bri with her Yamaha which ended up with the People's Choice Best in Show tank.
TJ wearing the new Watch Out For Motorcycles tees. These are made by and on sale at The Shop and a portion of the proceeds will go to bikers who need help paying for medical bills after accidents. Pop by and pick one up, they are the same price as the regular Shop Vancouver tee shirts.
After the meet, the single cylinders thumped away on a ride through Stanley Park then to Spanish Banks. Killer sunshiny day in Vancouver.
"For these interviews we always ask, 'who's your favourite artist?' and honestly if you ask me, I'd tell you Ali Bruce is my favourite. Her work is everywhere. It's eye-catching, always relevant and really unique. Ali is such a rad girl too, always sticking to her guns and always doing something cool."
A/S/L: 24/female/Hastings Sunrise, Vancouver
Why art? It’s always been art. I always killed it in art class at school growing up, it was the best part of any day and did crafts and coloured all the time.
What are your favourite things to draw? my favourite thing so to draw are: eyes, knives, ugly people, flowers, words and thoughts. I also really enjoy drawing severed body parts with little tattoos all over them.
What's your spirit animal? my spirit animal is an old chocolate lab, for sure.
Who's your favourite artist and why? It’s such an impossible question to answer, I don’t really have one favourite. When i was in highschool we we’re assigned to imitate a famous artist’s work and I chose Basquait; so he was a big inspiration in the beginning, to just draw without giving to much of a fuck was something I was into. There’s a ton of artists in Vancouver that i’m a fan of because they draw in a similar style as me, and some people that I’m a fan of just because of their positive work ethic, they’re doing their thing and even if I don’t relate to the style I still admire that they are crushing so much work.
I always see you ripping your bicycle around Vancouver. What are you thinking about while you ride? When I'm ripping my bike around i’m happy to not be thinking about much except about how great it is to be riding a bike, I try to have happy thoughts and listen to cool music and try to not get hit by any cars, it’s also fun to see how fast you can hammer around the city. I’ve never had a car and don’t have a driver’s license so my bikes always been my only vehicle, sometimes I rip and sometimes I just cruise.
Favourite instagram page you follow? I just found this account that is dedicated to Simpson’s tattoos (@thesimpsonstattoo) and had a few good laughs looking at that. For artists recently I like @barbielongfox and I always enjoy looking at @slowerblack, @slow_culture is also really cool and @nomi_chi is a longtime favourite.
What's your art-world pet peeve? Art world pet peeve? I don’t have many, generally I have pretty good interactions in the art world or scene, I guess a pet peeve would be when people lean on your work at an art opening in a small space or when people don’t answer e-mails. I’m trying to think of more but I think that people who get bitchy about the small things aren’t going to make the best artists.
If you could share a beer with anyone on the planet, who would it be? Action Bronson
Worst part about doing art-related jobs for people/businesses? People who try to get you to copy other people’s work
You always got jokes. Tell us one. hey did you hear about the mexican train robber? he had loco motives.
Where are you finding ideas for your work these days? I find ideas from my work by talking about projects with friends, floating ideas by homies or hearing ideas of what people want to make. I also like the Emily Carr library, so many rad books.
Tell us about the shirt you're designing for The Shop Vancouver. So i’ve been wanting to design a shirt for the shop for a while, designing t-shirts can be weird, you want to make something that everyone including yourself would want to wear. I hope to make something that represents the vibe of the shop with a super illustrative style. I also like when t-shirts are under-designed and not overly photoshopped. I was thinking of drawing a reaper drinking a coffee wearing a shop shirt, or something like that, something lighthearted yet gnarly and metal at the same time, maybe i’ll just draw my favoirte things to draw and write “The Shop” in the middle of it.