Friday, January 28, 2011

One and Done

I've been getting a lot of emails about my lack of posting as well as my lack of participation at social events. There are many reason's for my ghostly existence but the major is a lifeless camera. I've always used Canon Digital Cameras for the majority of my work and have always been pleased to the highest level with every one that I have owned. Those who have spent a decent amount of time with me know that I don't exactly pamper my belongings. Being a photographer means that you have to put yourself in situations that are out of the ordinary. They can range from putrid to beautiful. The path to find these situations may be warm and sunfilled but can also be dirty, wet and or cold. I am not about to put away my camera because it could be in danger of damage. I want the shots that photographers don't take for fear that their camera might get wet or because they are afraid to risk being hurt. I suppose it's a rush for me and maybe I should protect the thing that is my life..... but I just can't bring myself to that if I can capture something unique.

I bought this camera in May, right before the first good ride of the year which was a ride to the Church Of Choppers/DiCE party in Des Moines. In November it stopped working on my very last ride of the year when I got caught up in a wet tornado. In the six months that it was working, it saw a lot of abuse and probably shouldn't have lasted as long as it did. It was wounded in two motorcycle crashes and ripped apart by the rubber of a rapidly rotating tire. It rode hundreds of miles in sunshine but hundreds more in rain. It was sandblasted by dessert winds and never ending gravel roads. It got intoxicated on many nights of moonshine, whiskey and suffered a regular contact buzz. It bathed in blood, sweat and stripper tears. Inhaled the moist air atop the Alps and visited Brooklyn's finest. It only lasted one riding season.

When I sent it to canon I didn't think it would be an issue to get it fixed. They were able to get all of the sand and dust out from between the lenses of my lens but I was pretty devastated to learn that my camera is now better used as paper weight. I suppose you should always look at the brighter side of things in these situations. It has forced me to get more organized with the work the I have already shot in order to generate cash to purchase the next camera. It has also made me try new equipment. My lens quality degraded so much after Sturgis that I went out and bought a hundred dollar 50mm standard canon lens that I actually really like but would have never bought. In time the weather will warm up and things will get back on track. I have a lot of great friends that let me borrow the equipment I need to stay afloat which is crazy to me because I wouldn't let me borrow my equipment.

Thanks to all of the people that have helped and thanks for staying in tune through the highs and the lows.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fly Like an Eagle

Makes me fly like an eagle
Higher and higher every day
Cause in my mind and in my dreams
I can't get 'er away

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Joe Mamma

After a good night of celebrating Bobby's Birthday..... Brad, Jerimiah and myself stopped in at Joe Mamma's. Joe helped Jerimiah with his heads while Brad searched for tranny parts. Slippery Pete and Sean were already there, elbow deep in some Panhead cases with Joe Mamma.

Jerry searching for inspiration.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tickfaw, LA


Where like minds go to wander.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Bobby Good Times

Familiar faces converged on Bravetown to celebrate Big Bad Bob's Birthday this weekend. 40 years old but can still party with the best of them.

Amanda's outstanding CupCakes

I walked in on a work out session.

Brad's new Stance

Rob ripp'n in

Eugene's making some new pipes.

Brad's Cases

Joe Mamma and Brad discussing rings

New Years

I'm finally getting around to some of the pictures from New Years Eve. I hadn't been in the City for quite some time so I figured I ought to stop in and see what was going on at Bravetown. The night started off at Taylor Street Tattoo where Jerimiah was getting his Wizard Staff Tattoo by Turbo. Eventually we found our way back to the shop where plenty of alcohol was consumed which started in peace and ended in war.

Eugene threw some ink in Jerry's arm before calling it done.

Rotten Eagles

After seeing the bikes tore down at the shop it lit a fire under my ass to start work on my bike

Brad added some rake to his Frame

Turbo and his art

Friday, January 14, 2011


Zac...... Kicking on PCH

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


.......Kicking a fresh Panhead

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bones.... HippyKiller

I've been trying to get a bit more organized with my hard drives the past few months. While cleaning house I ran into this image of Bones sitting on a bike that his son Kutty built for him.

which was weird because I was just flipping through the 1973 July issue of Street Chopper with Bones on the cover.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Seat Pan Complete

I was feeling a bit lazy at first..... I haven't been in the shop in quite some time. It would have been so easy to just make a pan out of one piece of 16 gauge steel. I had to force myself to continue on and make something strong and something that is comfortable. I wanted to make sure this pan acts as structural device as well as a place to set my ass. It seems I always have a hundred pounds of shit strapped to the sissy bar which puts a lot of stress on the fender. A passenger would also put on some added stress. I guess I could put another fixture point connecting the sissy bar to the frame at another location but I don't think it would look all that great on this bike. The seat pan is made out of two pieces of sheet metal then boxed and fit to my ass. The more comfortable it is in steel the more comfortable it will be with added padding. This seat is already more comfortable than any seat I have owned so it should feel real nice with some padding and a thousand miles.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Seat Pan

I got a late start on refining the Panshovel this season. I figured I would ease my way in with a seat pan.....

In progress

Clausing Six Head

My dad has this monster he's looking to get off his back.

If you are looking for a surface grinder or 5..... he has that and plenty more.

Let me know if it would look good in your shop.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


The hammer of the gods
will drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde
sing and cry,
Valhalla, I am coming

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011


Shit heads and

Rotten Eagles Forever

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Somebody said. "Fair Warning!"
Lord, strike that poor boy down.