Carle Brenneman and I rode our motorcycles from Vancouver to Tofino, up island to Comox, across to Powell River and back to the city along the Sunshine Coast. It was perfect weather, perfect riding and a perfect trip. Here's some photos I took on my Cannon AE-1 film camera.
Spent last weekend in Milwaukee for the Mama Tried Show. It was my first time ever to the Midwest and it did not disappoint. I got sent to the show through Revolution Motorcycle Magazine, Canadas largest custom motorcycle mag. I covered the show and my trip for them and just wrapped up the story, so check it out in the next issue. Here's some sneak peek photos from the show:
I also got to go to the Harley Davidson Museum while I was in Milwaukee. If you ever get the chance to go to Milwaukee during the Mama Tried weekend, you won't be let down. There is so much to do there in a 3 day trip, especially if you're a motorcycle fanatic. Here's a shot of the Captain America bike from Easy Rider... No it's not the original, but a perfect replica. They have no clue where the original is (apparently..) I'll put up more shots after the story is released!
The One Motorcycle Show is always a wicked time. This is the 3rd year in a row that I went down with Yamaha master Tory Potoroka from Dirt First Dirt Last. Last year he brought down his SR cafe/tracker and this year he brought down his XT500 chopper build.
It's rad being able to tag along with a builder from the show because I get to watch all the builders roll their bikes in and see who built what. This year my favourite bikes were the Canadian chopper crew obviously, Tyler Lepore's Panhead which won Best Chopper & Kenneth from Moto Galore's Flathead OH MY GODDDDDDDDD. I spent a lot of the weekend doing some content creation for Vancouver based brand Hitcase, so here's a couple pictures I took with their new product:
Stoked to be a new member of the inSTANCE team here in Canada and welcome STANCE as a sponsor for the first years' LOSERPALOOZA event I am hosting in September. Super excited to have a fresh pair of socks everyday for this moto season cus' it's a big one. I'm taking off to Vienna, Austria on Wednesday afternoon and will be away until the beginning of August. Check out www.womensmotoexhibit.com/the-wild-ones for a complete schedule of the trip. If you're in the area and want to come meet up with us or go on a ride, do it! I'm crazy excited to meet up with motorcyclists from all over the world.
RVCA put together this wicked little video from babes rides out. I thought it was a wicked summation of the weekend, check it out!
Blaine bought this Ironhead a couple summers ago and since then, has had it in pieces, back together, in pieces and back together. After a top end rebuild, and basically full bike rebuild, this bastard-year Iron is now Blaines' daily commuter.
Blaine is a part of the "Hawks Nest" garage that's located in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, BC where a group of dudes work on each others bikes and vibe out. The tank was painted by Aj McAllister who is also part of the shop.
There's a couple dudes in town that are always down to help out guys like Blaine with bike stuff. Owen, Tory Potoroka and Ashley Mitchell are always there to lend a hand, you guys rule and we wouldn't be getting too far without you!
You see graffiti on the streets and read through cool fonts online and in magazine, but you never really think about how this stuff comes to be on paper first. The first time I got the chance to flip through Matt Redway's drawing book, I couldn't believe that he did this stuff all by hand with a felt marker. There's something so intriguing about an art form that you feel like you could never do yourself and lettering is totally one of those things. I got to sit down with Matt when he helped me out with the graphic for Road Apples and I couldn't help but want to do an Artist Profile with him.
ASL: 30 / M / Vancouver, BC
Where are you from and what did you go to school for? I'm From just outside London originally, went to Sussex university to study Psychology. Then I moved to Perth, Australia, and studied just enough graphic design to get a job for a small local studio.
How did you start doing lettering? I basically have always loved drawing letters, I used to draw big graffiti pieces all over my books at school. I just didn't know you could make a living out of it until much later on. When I started studying graphic design I rediscovered my passion for drawing letters and have done it ever since, for fun as well as for work.
Do you consider yourself more an artist or more a graphic designer? Well I'm definitely a graphic designer at my day job, because we get given briefs which we then interpret into creative work, which then has to get past various levels of management before getting approval. I guess I'm more of an artist in my spare time since I sort of just draw and paint whatever I feel like (that's where the paintings of colourful dancing characters came from) with no client or boss telling me that it's not quite the right feel, or asking if we can just add some more "pixie dust" (yes, a client actually said that once!)
Where are you working now and what does it entail? I work at Lululemon's Head Office in Kits, designing branding for some of their initiatives, such as the SeaWheeze festival and Holiday campaign. I've even managed to sneak some hand-lettering into the latter, which is sweet! I've also been allowed to paint a massive mural on one of our interior walls which is letting me live the graf artist life I've always wanted.
What would be an ultimate goal/dream come true for you and your work? To make a solid living from just lettering, calligraphy and painting murals.
What inspires you to really love a piece that you are working on? No idea. Sometimes a piece looks rad in my head and then looks crap when I draw it out, but sometimes it unexpectedly comes together and I love it. If it's pure lettering or calligraphy, then spacing is a big thing - if I can get the spacing right between letterforms, then I usually buzz off it.
Who influences you the most, art wise or not? Art-wise: Keith Haring, Ed Templeton, the french guy, Don Pendledon, Fos, Steven Harrington, Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, anyone with a skate or graf background or that paints bright bold, colourful characters or shapes. Lettering and type-wise: Ken Barber, Sergei Shapiro, Gemma O'Brien, Erik Marinovich, Kris Sowersby, David Milan... There's tons more than I can't think of right now - the internet is full of talented people!
More of Matts work on his site www.mattredway.com