Visually-tasty morsels delivered fresh everyday. On today’s menu: Los Muertos, hand-painted skateboards, a bad-ass Higo knife, and a Norton replica from Peter Williams.
The 2013 JPN Replica recreates the iconic 1973 John Player Norton ‘Monocoque’ raced by Peter Williams and Dave Croxford. Just 25 examples of the replica will be created to commemorate Williams’ victory at the 1973 Isle of Man TT Races. The 2013 JPN replica is a sympathetic evolution of the TT winning bike which brings some of the details up to date whilst retaining the authenticity and character of the seminal race bike.
Only 4 JPN Monocoques were ever built (plus one prototype), largely due to the labour involved in hand building the complex frame- each one taking around 12 man weeks. Using modern CAD techniques and manufacturing processes, Peter Williams Motorcycles have developed a frame faithful to the original but able to be produced in a fraction of the time.
Traditionally known as the Higonokami, the “Higo” knife has been produced by Miyamoto Manufacturing Co. since the late 1920s. This style knife was developed in 1894 by the hardware wholesaler Tasaburo Shigematsu, and the blacksmith Sadaharu Murakami, and soon after it quickly rose to great renown in Japan.
Los Muertos Motorcyles. Put simply, it’s a meeting place for people who are into bikes, real bikes. Not those girly things you see on the road but rather the kind of beauty that you can stare at in a creepy way without it being inappropriate. The joint is steeped in Café Racer culture.
A reputation is on the rise for street artist Oli-B, as his colorful and shapely murals are brightening the grey walls of Brussels. Although he’s an amazing muralist, Oli-B (short for Oliver Binamé), won’t limit his artistry to a wall or a canvas surface, the painter beautifies stickers, clothing, scarves, and now skateboard decks.