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.