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At a top speed of 100 mph, the Brammo Empluse takes the potential dowdiness out of electric motorcycles.

Brammo Empulse :: Electric Motorcycle (1)

Brammo Empulse :: Electric Motorcycle (2)

Brammo Empulse :: Electric Motorcycle (3)

Brammo Empulse :: Electric Motorcycle (4)

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Scott T. dispels my main misconception about this band of motorcycles enthusiasts/tinkerers from Oregon’s own Portland. (I was under the impression they were a notorious lumberjack/motorcycle gang). Don’t care, I want to be a honorary Tarantula.

Tarantulas :: Interview with Scott T.

“As far as the Tarantulas go, the actual name started as an inside joke about a club of 1 (me) to annoy my girlfriend and it worked pretty well.”
– scott

Can you tell us a little about yourself and the Tarantulas?
I’m 32 years old and still acting like an idiot. Grew up in Idaho farming and now am at the complete opposite end of the spectrum working as a freelance designer in Portland. As far as the Tarantulas go, the actual name started as an inside joke about a club of 1 (me) to annoy my girlfriend and it worked pretty well. Then about 5 years ago I moved into the house I’m at now and it had a garage across the street from a now good friend of mine Asa Miller. We both noticed the motorcycles in each others garages and from there we teamed up and started working on bikes together. Along the way we learned some lessons the hard way and figured out some tricks to help with building a bike. I created the blog / site as a way of connecting to others.

Tarantulas :: Interview with Scott T

Who are the Tarantulas, what are you all about, and is becoming a Tarantula as hard as getting into the Mob?
Just some dudes who truly love motorcycles. Becoming a Tarantula is about as easy as joining up for a ride, beer or some shop time.

I have this theory, that every social group has a loveable Ringo. Who’s the Tarantulas Ringo Starr?
I would have to go with Tiny Nick. Nick isn’t so tiny, but nobody really wants to call him Big Nick. He’s still in the build phase with his ….. and probably will be for quite some time. It’s not all his fault though, he is a new dad and of course that takes priority over motorcycles. We have this habit of finding imagery of huge trikes or one off tractor style motorcycles and then send them to him as inspiration for his ongoing build. I’ve found in life that the kind of people that you want to surround yourself with should be good at taking shit and giving it right back. You need people that are confident enough to poke fun at themselves and others without any hangups. Tiny Nick can take shit with the best of them and that’s why I love the guy.

If the Tarantulas had a patron saint it would have to be…
That’s a good one. Is Steve McQueen considered a saint? I’m not a religious guy, so I’m not sure what’s all out there.

What’s the first motorcycle that burned into your memory?
As a young kid growing up in Idaho I spent a ton of time on dirt bikes. I think the day I saw one of my friends roll up on a 1985 CR80 is burned into my memory. I just remember looking at that CR on the blue seat and being nervous about the possibilities of that 2stroke bike compared to my older XR. I still want to get an 80′s CR now that I can. Sucks to be a kid with no income and parents that wanted you to learn the value of saving for something.

Tarantulas :: Interview with Scott T.

“Just some dudes who truly love motorcycles. Becoming a Tarantula is about as easy as joining up for a ride, beer or some shop time.”

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From Undefeated x Converse 2012 “BORN NOT MADE” Collection. I think I’ll be back.

Undefeated + Converse Pro Leather Hi Black
Undefeated + Converse Pro Leather Hi Black
Undefeated + Converse Pro Leather Hi Black
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Shinya was kind enough to let us share these photos of him at El Mirage. (Thanks Ayu!) Attempting to break 110 mph. He actually got to 108.67 mph on this day.

Shinya Kimura :: The Wall of 110

Shinya Kimura :: The Wall of 110

Shinya Kimura :: The Wall of 110

“It will be very challenging to define what I do because I have no definition. I like to be flexible and I prefer not to be categorized. Whether the person has seen or has never seen my bike, I cannot describe my bikes in words because I just don’t know how.”
– shinya kimura

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London-born Robert Carter on working as a graphic artist in the ’60s (he saw Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin), his love of hand-drawn lettering, and how, as a teenager, he would go whizzing by the legendary Ace Café on his old Ariel motorcycle.

Interview with Artist Robert Carter
Interview with Artist Robert Carter

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CARTER 

Interview with Artist Robert Carter

“I decided I could paint this stuff and maybe find an outlet for it. I knew if I liked it and wanted it…someone else would as well. Luckily, that’s when Bonhams showed up.”
– robert carter

When did you first become interested in being an artist?
I was interested in art at around age 13 or 14…it was one of those schools were other kids went off to work in construction or whatever… I thought I wouldn’t mind trying to be a commercial artist, but I didn’t know much about it. I was lucky I had a school teacher who let me out of class as soon as I got in on Thursdays. He’d let me go to the Tate Gallery, or the National, and I’d wander around there all day, it was free getting in. I realized there was something out there that I was really interested in but didn’t know much about.

What influenced you when you were walking the halls of those galleries?
I wouldn’t say it influenced really, just so impressed with it. Cause you look at stuff, and you go “Wow!” They’re not going to influence your work, they’re just stunning. I still get that when I go to galleries…”How the hell did they do that?”

Then you went to art school?
So my teachers told me I’d have to go to an art college, and go through the whole process to do that – it didn’t seem a good way for me, I just wanted to go out and get into it, so I started an apprenticeship at a studio. I was pretty much making tea, and delivering parcels. But I learned a lot along the way. All the guys in the studio, if you were interested, would show you stuff, tricks of the trade, that was great to come up in 1967.

Interview with Artist Robert Carter

London in the Sixties, that must have been a kick…
I enjoyed the hell out of it. I was into music and watching bands. You’d go to a pub and watch Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix. It was great musically. I went to see a blues band every week, Clapton, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Me and my mates really liked the blues stuff and the American bands…seems like the American weren’t really into it. I’d watch Freddie King…Albert King and Buddy Guy. These guys would just come over and play gigs all over Europe. And the British bands were just ripping them off something horrible. Freddie King was my hero.

So, you’re learning a craft at this studio…what was that like?
The studio I went to work in was package designers initially, which covered everything from concept to coming up with the packages and the label, the shape of the box or the bottle…covered the whole field. But you’d get to learn a little about everything, lettering, airbrush work, illustrations, roughs, colors, design, whatever direction you’d want to go in. So I’d just try to pick up small amounts of each, and I’m still using it really, That’s why a lot of my stuff looks like packaging.

I turned freelance when I was 19, and I used it to travel. I’d work for a couple of months, and then take off for three months and go get lost in the Greek Islands, and then come back completely broke and start work the next day. I used it to travel for 10 years and got away with that.

Interview with Artist Robert Carter

When I first saw your work on Bonhams, I thought you were a long-gone artist that had lived and worked in the ’30s and ’40s. That you must have ran around with Geo Ham when not traveling the world and creating racing posters.
It was complete coincidence, I had never heard of Geo Ham until I took some stuff I’d done to Bonhams…and their head of memorabilia took a look and said, “This looks like Geo Ham’s stuff.” And I said, “Who’s that?” I had no idea who Geo Ham was. He pointed out that he’s the guy who did all those classic motor posters. And I took a look and said, “Oh I guess they are.” I don’t know if he was a sign painter or not, but we came about it in a different way I imagine.

And now that you know who Geo Ham is…
Oh I still love that stuff…I just really love Art Deco stuff. I’m a lettering fanatic. I actually create the typefaces, or most of them to actually go with the age, and age the piece. I’ve always been into lettering – that’s half of it for me.

“Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and you don’t realize how dangerous the streets are — wet cobblestones in the ’60s…I mean it was just deadly. How I never came off I’ll never know. I used to go whizzing by the Ace Café when it was still running, and there was rockers out and stuff.”

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One question about this ping pong furniture masterpiece…how do I convince my wife that we can’t go on living with out this table?

Pingtuated Equilibripong :: Akke Functional Art (1)
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Sports like it should be. Full of mud, blood, sweat, tears and handlebar mustaches.

Rugby Engraving England V. Scotland :: By W.H Overend 1889
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raulowsky’s art & design makes me want to be a better something, and to howl like like a mad man.

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Drive It Day commemorates the Thousand Mile Trial which was first held on April 23 1900. Held to win over the general public, who at the time were wary of motor-cars. Laurent agreed to answer a few questions I had about him and this shoot.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m 38 years old, French, living in Paris. I’m an art director for the automotive French brand Citroën in the design department for 12 years. I began photography in 2006 by myself…for hobby.

Can you give us a little background on this particular shoot?
I was contacted by Gaby Von Oppenheim who imagined, organized and managed the first edition of this event to shoot it because she liked my pictures. This was very intense, because there was a lot of cars with a lot of people, so not always easy to make good shots of the cars. It’s why I’ve got a lot of close-ups and details of cars.

Drive It Day :: Laurent Nivalle (1)
Drive It Day :: Laurent Nivalle (2)

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Drive It Day :: Laurent Nivalle (3)
Drive It Day :: Laurent Nivalle (4)
Drive It Day :: Laurent Nivalle (5)
Drive It Day :: Laurent Nivalle (6)

“Most of the public had not seen a motor-car, and those who had were extremely shocked and frightened, being deeply suspicious of the explosions, noise and smell emitted by the engines, let alone the dust kicked up as these monstrosities moved at great speed amongst the horse-drawn vehicles and pedestrians.”
– thousand mile trial of 1900

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Another bike from Budnitz Bicycles. This model is made of stainless steel. Also available in black steel. Compact and nimble, this bike was built specifically for the challenges of a big city.

Budnitz Bicycles No.4 Stainless Steel (1)

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Budnitz Bicycles No.4 Stainless Steel (2)
Budnitz Bicycles No.4 Stainless Steel (3)

“I focus on owning very few things that are top quality. I discovered a while back that it actually cost me less to invest in quality products that last a very long time, and I get to enjoy more because they function well or are beautiful.”
– paul budnitz

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Maxime Pinol is a designer automobile from Chatenay Malabry, France.

Emotion-Art :: Maxime Pinol (1)
Emotion-Art :: Maxime Pinol (2)
Emotion-Art :: Maxime Pinol (3)
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What are your doing looking at a silly screen? It’s the weekend by dammit, get out in the sun and frolic with ferocity!

Milonga - A short film by Cafe Twin (1)
Milonga - A short film by Cafe Twin (2)
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