Monday, December 22, 2008

some shit I found in a box , in the attic , in the garage


By the summer of 1996 Amy and I had broken up and I did this photo shoot with my friend Davey who posts on here with me




He was friends with the people who owned this company called " Cantina " and they did bike gear and stuff . It was a pretty neat deal if you were into that sort of stuff .

Amy and I had broken up around this time and I tried to get Davey to get me hooked up with one of the girls in the catalog ( leaning on the front fender ) , but I guess she was married at the time .

It was just as well because almost a year later after I plowed my way through my old phone book , speed dating ex-girlfriends and their friends , we managed to find each other again through a mutual friend who came by my house and told me that she was wishing for those good old days . . .

I made a few phone calls and broke up with a few girls and the rest is history !

All of that aside , the A model roadster was owned by this old timer in a car club here in San Diego and he was the real deal . That's Davey in the red hat and that's me on the back fender of the '54 .

My 1954 Ford and Amy , my wife




I forget why we were taking pictures of my car and Amy in a bikini . . . but this was around 1998 or so . Flame throwers and hydraulics .

I fucking love those hydros . . . If I ever get another old car I'm doing hydraulics again for sure . If you set them up right they are as good as air bags any day .

I thought the flame throwers were pretty cool at the time but looking back they were kind of dorky , then again so am I , so I guess it makes perfect sense .

Friday, December 19, 2008

Just a picture I took of some more home made stuff



A good friend of mine knows this guy who does really tight bends on small diameter tubing . I had him make me these bars for me that are an exact copy of a set of Scwhinn Sting Ray bars . I gave the guy a set of mid 60's bicycle handle bars and he used them as the template for the bends and pull back . They're super narrow and have a real small amount of pullback , and feel kind of weird / cool / different .

I had them chromed later and they are just hanging up in the rafters in my garage now waiting for the day I get a wild hair and decide to run them for a while on the '56 . I'll need a new break cable and maybe throttle cable , but it might be worth it for a good time .

This one's for Davey




Sirius announced today that they have in fact renewed their contract with Mr. Love Sponge, although, the terms of the deal are not yet clear at this point. EDIT: At this point we now know that this is a one year deal.

“We launched the radio revolution with Howard Stern, and I am grateful he brought me to Sirius,” said Bubba the Love Sponge. “We will continue to do uncensored, groundbreaking radio on Howard 101.”

“We are happy Bubba has renewed with Sirius,” said Scott Greenstein, Sirius’ President, Entertainment and Sports. “Bubba has steadily created an enthusiastic national fan base since he launched his show. That fan base will continue to expand on Sirius.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I drew this flyer for a little tattoo shop I had in my kitchen



After the shop I started in closed down I didn't have anywhere to go ply my new found trade , so of course I cleared out a little spot in my kitchen and went to work . I actually worked out of my house for the better part of 2 years and had a lot of fun and made lots of great friends . Once I got into the shop I'm with now , tattooing out of my kitchen was no longer part of the programe .

I took these flyers all around town and dropped them off at different punk rock shops and head shops , music stores , stuff like that . I did pretty well for myself but by the summer of 1990 it was time to move on . . .

Sunday, December 14, 2008

this is a bike built by my friend Gary




As you can se it's awesome and that's all you need to know about it . My friend Matt owns it now and he plans to ride the shit out of it .

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

For the love of God don't pull that!!

I have a soft spot in my heart for caution, danger, and warning signs..

I grew up living on the other side of a fence , that had this on the opposite side of it





Around the time I was 9 and was actually riding a skateboard for real I heard kids making a bunch of noise in the ditch behind my house . They were older and smoked weed and cigarettes & stuff so we were afraid to go back there and check out what they were up to . I could crawl down to the fence at the edge of my backyard and peeked through the bushes and saw that they were riding their skateboards in this ditch .

I had seen magazines with people riding pools and stuff , but this big dirty sewer ditch was suddenly a whole new world to explore . We had to wait till they were done down there fucking around because we were " little kids " and they wouldn't have it if we tried to join them , but eventually we made some time back there carving the huge cement banks and acting like we were surfing the giant walls . Technically speaking , and knowing what I know now , it's easy to see that the flatbottom is too big , and the walls are too steep , but we beat it into submission and that's all we knew for a long time .

Soon we were dropping in from the top and making it all the way back up the other side , stalling at the top , doing 360's before we came back down . . . super lame kid stuff , but to us it was amazing and never before seen technology . We spend day after day in that nasty dirty ditch , and eventually added cement to where the older kids has built up the transition from the flat bottom to the wall . It was crude at best , but we had a whole functioning skatepark back there complete with graffiti and empty beer cans everywhere .

The grownups didn't really get it and never bothered us down there . For the most part we were pretty quiet and didn't make a huge mess , it was a drainage ditch after all so it flooded every once in a while and washed away the scraps that we left behind .

Anyhow I was down there visiting my dad and thought to take a picture of the ditch that I really leaned how to skate in , blew out my knee in , used as a short cut to escape from stoner bmx'ers that would eventually chase us though the streets . . . it has water in it now every time I'm down there now and I'm sure no one skates it anymore. They have parks for that kind of stuff these days . We had a few parks back then , but they were pretty far away and seemed like a huge mystery to a couple 11 year olds .

Now days it seems like most kids are clean and safe and do their tricks in a safe area that was designed for that purpose , life guard on duty , cel phone in your pocket if you eat shit . . . we were in a fucking sewer channel with toilet water dust in our cuts & bruises , it was dirty and harsh , but the only thing I really remember was now much fun we had .

Monday, November 24, 2008

I have a couple of friends who do full concourse quality BMW restorations






And the editor of a certain motorcycle magazine got ahold of this bike and brought it down to them to do a " sympathetic restoration " , meaning it will be very carefully taken apart and then put back together again not changing the outward look or patina of the machine at all . It will basically look like it was never opened up , to remain a time capsule of sorts .

The reason that this fairly unassuming looking bike is being taken such good care of is because it has a pedigree of sorts , it was built and painted by Kenneth Howard himself , in the mid 50's . The owner of the bike has a smaller peanut tank that came with the bike & had a matching paint job & stripes that was signed " Von Dutch " , but on this larger tank there was no such markings . It was obvious to the new owner that they were both painted by the same guy which makes this bike a little piece of motor history .

This bike is amazing in it's simple awkwardness and lack of any kind of " style " or flow . . . it is just a fun street bike built to ride off curbs and slide around corners . . . take notes , because this is one of a kind and I got to see it up close and personal .

Anyhow , I had to run down there and take some pictures before it came all apart . . . enjoy !

Monday, November 17, 2008

We went camping this weekend at Warner Springs Ranch




There's this cool spot about 15 minutes north of Julian and some pretty nice twisties on the way up there . They have these neat adobe houses that you can stay in so it's only just barley " camping " but there's a lot of great hiking and walking around and a huge pool where the spring water ends up after it cools off in that big basin you see above .

It comes right out of the ground at around 140 degrees and it's about 120 degrees & cooling in the natural holding pool . By the time it gets to the actual swimming pool , it's about 105 / 110 . The only thing about it is that the whole place smells like sulfur .

Kind of stinky , but otherwise beautiful .

Sunday, November 9, 2008

hot off the presses , I have a few of these for sale




I made a bunch of these for my friends after seeing an image that Max Schaaf posted on his blog a while back . Everyone seems to dig this little monster and if you're old enough like me you remember him from your childhood . After I gave them all out I had a few left over . Guess I didn't have as many friends as I thought . . . story of my life !

He's a little different from the original one flipping the bird , this one's kind of PG-13 . I don't know if Max redrew it himself , or it was already redrawn like this but I redrew it one more time and cleaned it up a little and here it is for you to have .

$15 each , shipped .

Just leave a comment with how many & what size & I'll get back to you with my paypal info .

First come first served and I don't have a lot so get one for yourself and one for someone for Christmas & make a new friend !

***update*** each weeks shirts will be shipped on friday

S~0
M~0
L~0
XL~0
XXL~0

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

sometimes I wonder what the fuck people are thinking about



I was cruising eBay looking for various junk & funny things that people try to sell , and low and behold , wtf is this . . .

I actually watch that Sons of Anarchy show , I know I know . . . . but I think it's funny and the chicks are kind of hot & skanky . Neat bikes , silly gun fights & stuff . . . you know whatever , It's a funny TV show .

But then I see this on eBay and cant help but wonder , what happens to the sorry dope who buys this and slaps it on to roll down to his local bike night at Hooters on his Springer Heritage Softail ® and pulls up next to a real club member at a light , or a cop with a hard-on who isn't sure who this new " outlaw " is that he's never seen before . . . better shake him down , toss him up against the fender for a few minutes , etc .

I think a shark somewhere has officially been jumped .


****update *****

the patch set alone sold for $300 , that's without the vest mind you , and there are more listed as " buy it now " for the same amount . . . go figure .

Friday, October 24, 2008

I call this one ," a good time about to happen "



By request . . . the recipe

you fill a shaker 1/2 full with ice cubes . Crushed ice is better but sometimes I don't have crushed ice so regular cubes will do . Then cover the ice with some good rum . Mine at the time was this bottle of Brugal . Awesome dominican rum . I would use Meyer's regularly but someone gave me this as a gift so I went crazy with it .

So cover the ice with rum , then a good chug of the Malibu , and quick splash of the Grand Mariner and fill the rest up with the lemonade , a few good shakes and pour over the rocks into your favorite mug . . . then say goodbye to your troubles because you're stoked as of right now .

Antique mall treasures . . .

some pictures don't need a bunch of words

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Here's a nice honda my friend Kutty build a long time ago




I got to ride this little green monster with my wife on the back , in the rain to a birthday party Kutty was having for someone at this bar in Hemet . He wanted to drive his truck but also wanted the bike to be there too , as they were having a sort of car show as well as a party . . . long story .

Anyhow it was my wife's first time on any kind of a chopper and we were following our other friend Billy . It was starting to rain and the road was at that point where it was just starting to get slippery . SO as we get to the main road we hit a stop sign and Billy thinks he sees an opening . . . only the traffic is suddenly very heavy and at the last minute he stops cold .

I'm coming up on him pretty hot because it looked like he was going for it and I only had a drum break in the back so I'm not stopping , I gotta go for it . Right when I lean into it , that's when I see his dim ass break lights go on and realize he's stopped . . . not stopping , but dead in his tracks , not going anywhere stopped .

I grab the clutch , put out my left foot and stand on the break and go into a speedway style slide to the left , into a right hand turn , again with amy on the back . Oh and here's a secret I didn't mention . . . there's no seat or even pegs for a passenger . She's full on fender slidin' , her feet on the frame , outlaw jammin . 18 violaitons if a cop sees us for sure , maybe get slapped around just on principle .

We slide up to about 3 feet from his rear bumper and the bike straightens up and just when I think were going to hit him , he takes off , and I nail it , throw the bike over to the right , and get in right behind him like I knew what I was doing the whole time . Of course Kutty is behind us and thinking the whole time that his new bike is about to be wrecked right before his eyes , before we even make it to the show and how he's going to have to spend the night in the hospital holding my hand .

I'm not sure Amy knew how dead we were till after we got to the party and had a few drinks and Kutty started tripping out on how good I saved that scene but it looked for sure like we were gonners , but I was such a good rider , can't believe you kept that thing upright . . . etc etc etc .

She didn't like that very much .

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So I've been looking for a sport bike to scratch that other itch . . .

The one that a chopper can't really scratch . I love choppers and always will , and I'm certainly not getting rid of the '56 but I also like to ride fast and stop hard and lean around corners . . . that kind of shit .

Well a friend who is really into sport riding has this bike , a 2008 Buell Ulysses . It's kind of a sport / touring bike . Little longer wheelbase than the lightning , slightly more horsepower and larger fuel capacity , bigger cc's . . . etc . Sort of a bigger bike all around , which will fit me well . Not to mention that my friend is 6'6" so I know I'll fit on it like a charm .

He has this bike as well as a brand new Kawasaki Z1000 or some such monster and decided he wanted only one bike , and chose the Kaw . I have been bugging him about letting me have the Buell when he was tired of it and I finally got the call .

I won't bother with what I'm getting it for , suffice to say it's obnoxiously low . He's a good friend and he really made me an offer I couldn't refuse . Keep an eye out for my taillight , moving rapidly away from you , very soon .


Saturday, September 27, 2008

R.I.P Cool Hand Luke......

This was back in the mid 80's



We were all sitting around drunk at my house one friday night and decided we should all go camping . In a drunken fit we decided that we should go TOMORROW and start packing now . Well for some reason we decided that instead of a relatively easy ride up into the mountains of San Diego , we should go to Big Bear . Smart thinking .

We made a bunch of phone calls to various girlfriends and people who would want to meet up with us and struck out into the night .

By 4 in the morning we were all packed up and on the road into the night .

We eventually made it at around 8 or 9 the next morning , and by later in the afternoon all the girls in the trucks showed up with food and drinks and tents and stuff . It was beautiful , and a really nice summer weekend and there was a lake that we splashed around in and lots of nakedness and tomfoolery .

Anyhow someone took this picture of me on the road , about an hour before we hit the mountains .

That was pretty awesome .

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

score of the week




So I talked to an old aquaintence of mine from way back . . . he was selling at this deal called " Skater trader " where lots of people get together and sell vintage / old / interesting / junk skate gear and memorabilia . He had this skate for sale , but mentioned that he wanted to get tattooed but was broke . . . right place right time .

We struck a deal and now she's mine . 1985 29" Santa Cruz D/P with older Indy 215 6 hole trucks and Sims " the wheel II " wheels . This thing is ready for some serious carving . . . maybe tile , MAYBE one wheel out .

Sunday, September 7, 2008

All text blog action

So I read this on another blog I like to check out and it struck me , if you find it objectionable , don't fucking read it . . . how's that sound ?

Why complain to the server about stuff you don't like to read , shut the fuck up about it and go look at something else . . . . boy people are fucking sissies sometimes .


Anyhow this is what I saw on the internet today . . . .

"Content Warning

Some readers of this blog have contacted Google because they believe this blog's content is objectionable. In general, Google does not review nor do we endorse the content of this or any blog. For more information about our content policies, please visit the Blogger Terms of Service"

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Some thigh for my buddy C/D

this is some solid thigh action spotted cruising the Tiki Oasis last month . . . all the way up to the buttock . 

Wizardry and magical schenannigins

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This bike was built my my friend Chris AKA , Lil C

A fast little digger style sporty . He's had this thing on the road for years in various different configurations and it keeps getting cooler and more finished . It might be sold now and belong to someone else , but it was still awesome in it's time . 

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Urban camping at it's finest


So we went to the Tiki Oasis 8 this past weekend and decided instead of getting a room we would sleep in the parking lot . We have this 1960 Shasta Travel Trailer and decided to bring it down and give it a go . It was awesome , slept good and was a lot of fun . Cost $14 for the night instead of $200 for a room . . . Look for us in a campground near you soon . 

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

There's nothing cooler than home made stuff



And these are cool . My friend Dave made these and had them laying around his garage for a while I guess . I was at his house one day and commented on them and he said " You like "em , you can have 'em " . . . Pretty sweet , and now here they are to stay . 

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bummer Dude.......

One of my ol' ladys cats(Heman)  went missin'. I was hoping someone had taken him , no such luck, this dude and two of his bros. were sittin' in a tree behind the house. I buried him by his favorite bush out back. RIP Heman..... 

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A tattoo I got a little while ago

And don't be a pussy and try to tell me RUSH sucks or some weak shit . . .  you know that RUSH rules , and you can't tell me otherwise . 

I'll roll a D-20 and lightning bolt strike your ass on the spot if you even try it . 

Tattoo credit goes to Dave Warshaw of Avalon Tattoo II  . . . long day , nothing going on , hey do this on me real quick style . 

This is what I see every morning when I wake up

Sometimes it's not this well lit , and a lot more blurry and painful , but it generally looks the same . I like to live like I'm always on vacation , and what says " vacation " better than a thatched roof . 

Finkniks

Artist collective , drinking club , group foolishness , all the good stuff . New support shirt coming soon . You should support , even if you don't know why , coz it's fun and a nice thing to do . . . 

The James Gang

I don't know for sure if they really were bike riders , but those are some silly / neat / goofy looking bikes 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I love box wine.....


I went over to an ol' biker dudes house to snap some photos of a Indian that he selling, we have some wine, start talkin' choppers next thing you know he loading this thing in the back of my truck. Like I said, I love box wine...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

start 'em early .


Vaughn's first ride on a skateboard , he was tic-tac ing and walking the dog  in no time . 

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fisheye fun...

This is my dog Rollo. Eastside Salinas getto dog .

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Further proof that training wheels suck





This is my friend Dave's son Wolfgang and he is just recently 2 years old . He can ride on 2 wheels like he was born to it . By the time he's 3 he will be a master of his domain while most other kids are wobbling around on training wheels dragging their feet .