Jochen Paesen is a car designer for BMW where he plays an active role in shaping the interiors of its future cars. Jochen is also a skilled photographer and artist who knows how to capture a moment in time.
“I currently live in Munich and work for BMW Design. I was born in Belgium where I spent the first 9 years of my life. Before moving to Germany I also lived in South Africa, France, England and The Netherlands. Despite moving around so often I feel at home wherever I live. It has broadened my way of thinking and has allowed me to discover new cultures and learn new languages, which has been a valuable way of stimulating my creative thinking.”
– jochen paesen
Based out of New Bedford, Mass., Choppahead is at the forefront of new (2001 and on) Triumph chopper scene. In fact, Choppahead offered the first production hardtail frame for new Triumphs. In this interview, owners Jay and Truth expound on the Choppahead’s mission, how they bring the punk ethic to their business, and explain what a badass cafe racer is doing in their lineup.
“We are Choppahead…It’s a metaphor for who we are – we’re societal outcasts – shitty, gritty, grimy old punk rock kids but at the same time stand up dudes with class.”
Proudly hailing from Indiana, Corey and Casey Wilkinson run Wilkinson Bros. – a design and illustration studio. (I would almost instigate a small crime spree to have their amazing space). In this interview, Corey talks about their studio, motorcycles (their blog, Good Spark Garage covers moto-culture) and how working close to the Racing Capital of the World is good for business.
Tell us a little about you and Casey and where you live and work?
We’re graphic designers and illustrators who run a small shop in the Indianapolis area. We live and work in the northern burbs where our office is located in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Though many of our clients are in the Indy area, we serve clients all over America.
You guys are twins. (Identical?) How are you the same? How are you different?
Yep. Identical. Lotta folks who know us don’t have trouble telling us apart, but nearly every day when we’re out n’ about we’ll hear, “you guys twins?” Our personalities are pretty different, but our work ethic is similar. We each have our own families and live in different communities, so we’re not inseparable, but when it comes to work or motorcycles we’re on the same page.
“Our personalities are pretty different, but our work ethic is similar. We each have our own families and live in different communities, so we’re not inseparable, but when it comes to work or motorcycles we’re on the same page.”
– corey wilkinson
Craig Lynn is a seasoned photographer with a love of motor racing and motorcycles. Speaking of motorcycles, he’s had the pleasure of riding with another bike fanatic – a somewhat obscure singer from New Jersey who simply goes by Bruce (or “The Boss”) in some corners of the world.
From Craig: I’m in my early 50′s. I live in London. I was an actor when i was very young, lived in NYC in the early 80′s, lived for a spell in Tokyo, then moved to Los Angeles in 1985 for 10 years. I did some acting but also Art Directed some commercials and Music Videos. I also represented a good friend of mine who is an artist, sculptor, furniture designer, Mark Brazier-Jones. Towards the end of my time there I started to get some photography jobs.
“My father was a director so there were always viewfinders around the house growing up and round his neck! I was interested in my late teens and really took an interest when I was going out with a fantastic girl who I really wanted to photograph and make her look great.”
– craig lynn
Read the entire interview with Photographer Craig Lynn after the jump below…
A motorcycle so dark and sinister-looking, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Darth Vader reserved one of these bad-boys. Bandit9′s Daryl Villanueva tells the story behind the “hand-and-eye” building of this bike, what it means to have an emotional connection with a machine, and his total belief that China is on the rise when it comes to creating quality products.
What you were trying to achieve with the Limited Edition Nero Mark II?
With the Nero Mark II, we wanted to create a bike that’s hard to categorize. Is it a café racer? A bobber? A chopper? I have no idea. We just set out to create something fun to ride that will really turn heads. We wanted to create a blend of vintage machinery with contemporary design, and the Nero Mark II does just that.
The only thing that hasn’t been redesigned on the Nero Mark II is its original 750cc Chang Jiang engine, although it has been rebuilt. There’s a lot of character and history behind the Chinese engine. Everything else, we pretty much threw out the door. The Nero Mark II is everything I wanted the original Nero to be.
The frame was completely reshaped so that we could create a bike with an elongated body and a low, athletic stance. The original hexagon tank and fender were carried over from the original design but we’ve made some modifications, including tapering the overall shape, making it slimmer than the original. We refashioned the gas cap to make the bike’s silhouette truly flat. There’s a gentle curve on the rear fender and this time, it’s directly welded to the frame. The brake light is also embedded inside the fender giving it that futuristic look. And, the seat was engineered to make the rider look like he’s sitting on air.
All the hand and foot controls are made from stainless steel and were re-engineered to make the ergonomics far superior to the original. We also revisited the inverted levers to give that vintage touch to the machine.
As for the front end, we’ve given the Nero Mark II Harley Davidson headlights, which are brighter, clearer and more durable than the original. We’ve left the front suspensions exposed, which gives the bike a lot of character since it gives you a glimpse of the mechanics. As for the steering, we’ve welded the handlebars directly to the fork. It’s something that we did on the original Nero as well. It feels far more responsive and gives the bike a cleaner look, which is better than the alternative – a mess of nuts and bolts just to hold a bar in place.
And of course, we’ve kept the Nero’s signature stealthy matte black.
“The difficult thing about launching a motorcycle company in China is that you don’t have access to a lot of parts and accessories, as well as the tools and machines that you’d normally use to do the most basic of tasks. So everything about the Nero Mark II had to be done by hand-and-eye.”
– daryl villanueva
Read the entire interview with Bandit9′s Daryl Villanueva after the jump below…