Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press

I like to link up with other young people in Vancouver who are hustling and doing interesting shit. Brendan lives just down the road from me and is 1000% one of the most dedicated young entrepreneurs in the city. He started and runs Explorer's Press: a print, apparel, and accessories brand that creates some of the most eye-catching flare out there. I'm sure you've seen some of his products around like the infamous "People to Kill" blank notebook, or the "Menace to Sobriety patch" sewn on the shoulder of a good chunk of people I know. I originally went to his house only because I wanted his new "Honk if you're a fucking idiot" bumper sticker but turns out his house, yard, cat and car are all pretty cool & he kinda is too!! 

Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press
Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press
Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press
Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press
Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press
Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press
Brendan Megannety: Explorers Press

Click here and to check out his site.

Women's Moto Exhibit

My girl Lana who runs The Women's Moto Exhibit asked me to shoot for her in California last week. I didn't think anything of it since I'm always just running around taking photos of cool looking people, but it turned out to be a really awesome experience. Having an excuse to walk up to a rad looking lady, ask her about her bike and story and then get to take their photo is actually really satisfying and created some really awesome memories and new friends. 

Women's Moto Exhibit

This is Carla. I walked up to her in the desert and asked her about where she was from.

"I just rode from Torrance, California up to Canada then over to Sturgis. The ride was 3900 miles. I took this bike with my husband who has the same one, but his is black & blue."

For more babes and more stories check out Lana's site: www.womensmotoexhibit.com and her Instagram: @womensmotoexhibit

Artist Profile: Matt Redway

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. 

Instagram: @redway

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.

Matt Redway

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!)

Matt Redway
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. 
Matt Redway

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

'Mikey Revolt' Photo Show

Mikey Revolt from Forever The Chaos Life flew into Vancouver to put on a photo show during the Spit N' Shine weekend hosted by The Shop Vancouver. It was a killer kick off night and the beers were flowing (I feel like I say that a lot... we're always on the beers). Mikey is a rad dude and also does social media and other cool things for Lowbrow Customs so he's got a lot going on. Really great to meet everyone who came up over the past week and super excited for this to happen next summer!

Dude knows how to take a killer photo that's for sure. There was a couple bike builders who came up from Seattle on their bikes as well. There's Dalans bike pictured below.

Ashley had a baby that morning but that didn't stop him from crushing the 'Dad Bike' down to the show. 

Cory Jarman from San Fran also had a section at the show featuring his paintings. Check out his site here.

We got out for a ride with Mikey and his wife one night and it was pretty crazy. He takes photos like a mad man. He was on a bike he's never rode before on a road he's never rode before standing up on his pegs with no hands, looking through his camera, facing the wrong way in the wrong lane to get this shot (below). Love seeing behind the scenes shit like that. Hope to cross paths with you soon buddy!

The Shop Spin N' Shine Weekend

If you're in Vancouver this weekend and ride a bike/have a bike/like bikes/saw a bike once, you probably already know about all the shit that's going on around here. If you don't well I will tell you. Tomorrow (Friday) all the friends are coming to town and Mikey Revolt is putting on a photo show at The Shop Vancouver. It will be a party and I will be there drinking beers. 

The next morning is The Spit N' Shine where is normally located on the closed off street in front of The Shop but last year was too busy so this year, we're holding it down at one of the big lots in Crab Park which is walking distance from The Shop. Tons more room for a swap meet, food, music and lots more bikes, plus it's right down on the ocean. There will be an after party Saturday at SBC Skateboard which is in the area as well. If you're not in Vancouver, get the fuck up here and hangout with us!


Helmets 4 Daze Recap

The Helmets 4 Daze party happened last night at The Shop Vancouver. The place was packed and the artists' helmets looks rad. Some helmet highlights were Jesse Albert's lamp helmet and Ali Bruce's white-matte Daytona. After crushing a couple beers, Myk Roc's "Cheat Death" helmet went for the highest bid of the night.

The party was a mixture between artist-painted and vintage dome pieces. It was just the artist helmets which were actioned off but the vintage helmets were definitely something.

There were boys there

Tj Schneider engraved a Bell Bullitt and had it on display. Anyone who bought a raffle ticket for the Paul Smart Ducati they're giving away at The Shop Vancouver's Spit N' Shine in July last night got their name entered to win this bad boy. Lowbrow Customs also donated some cool shit for the cause!

Tory going through the winners of the helmet auction. All proceeds went to The Arts Umbrella.

Got to watch some killer bikes peel out at the end of the night. Summer in Vancouver rules.

Helmets 4 Daze

Helmets 4 Daze is a custom/vintage helmet show hosted by The Shop Vancouver May 15th happening from 7pm-11pm. "For this show, we have invited 15 artists with many different styles ranging from pin stripers, tattoos and even the modern artist." Says Andrew Grace, manager at The Shop. 

The helmets are planned to be up for silent auction with starting bids at $50.00. The Shop Vancouver has also teamed up with The Arts Umbrella and will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the helmets to one of the youth art programs that they offer.

The Artist List includes:

-Andrew Pommier 

    -Myk Roc

    -David Brunning

    -Mitch Kirilo

    -Ryan Halter

    -Jessie Albert

    -Randi Oh (interview above)

    -Matt Savage

    -Jon Janzen

    -Dan Lee

    -Stacey Hagel

    -Duffy Leg

    -Mark Cohene

    -Derrick "Wheelie Man"    

Click the image to be directed to the 'Helmets 4 Daze' Facebook Event Page.

Click the image to be directed to the 'Helmets 4 Daze' Facebook Event Page.

Artist Profile: Ali Bruce

"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."

Instagram: @alitbruce

 

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. 

Source: www.alibruce.com