Sunday, October 28, 2007
My friend is certainly happy with his new purchase and is trying to squeeze a few more rides out of it before colder weather hits. It's kind of amazing the number of individuals with Harleys in our congregation. Let's see... Donnie G., Troy and Melanie S., Mike and Jennifer D., Lee G., Bob U., Brad and Carla H., and now Billy R. I'm thinkin' I need to get a bike of my own (see bobber posting) and we could have an outing with members of our church. (How cool would that be?)
Saturday, October 27, 2007
An interesting phenomenon that has recently began to creep into the art scene is something called "lowbrow art". Lowbrow art is nothing new, artists like von Franco, and Ed Roth created lowbrow art in the 50's and 60's. Lowbrow artists do not create art for the sake of art critics, but rather create for the sake of art. Alot of the art includes tikis, kustom kulture, cars, etc. You can find examples of lowbrow art by typing "Lowbrow Art" in your google search engine. Here are some interesting examples that I found.
His art has even been used by several magazines and musical artists including Brian Setzer as CD cover art. Shag's paintings usually depict a VERY colorful late 50's early 60's scene. Typically, they might include tiki bars, ski lodges, and/or cocktail lounges. His art brings to mind the likes of secret agents and beatniks. Shag uses lots of purples, blues, greens, reds and oranges in his work.
You can find examples of his work by googling Josh Agle or Shag. I've included a few here. I recently found a copy of one of his pieces that includes modern advertising...ie McDonald's, Coca-cola, and Subway. (see below) I think his stuff has a certain "coolness" about it. What do you think?
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Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
10 years or so ago. The neighbor told him he thought he could fix the bike, so he took it, and it sat in his garage until a couple of summers ago. When the neighbor moved, my father-in-law went over and found his bike among the neighbor's "stuff".
My friend who I've 'blogged' about several times told my father-in-law he thought he could get it running. What the neighbor couldn't do in 8 or 9 years, my friend was able to do in an afternoon. He then cleaned the bike up a bit, put a low gloss, metalflake grey paint job on it, and added a few tribal decals. The result is not the prettiest thing to look at, but it is fun to ride around on a Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
The other day, I was standing in my favorite book store: Books-A-Millon, drinking an iced coffee and thumbing through some of my favorite mags. I noticed that one of the "latest trends" is the old school/hot rod/rat rod/rot rod magazine. New magazines in this genre seem to pop up everytime I revisit the book store. I would guess they now carry 4 to 6 different titles in this same genre.
Some of them, are printed on flat-gloss low quality paper. Many of the pages contain black and white pictures. This gives the magazine a edgy, grass-roots kind of feel....and isn't that what the whole old school hot rod/rat rod/rot rod thing is about? (I saw an ad in one of these magazines for an upcoming car show. It had a disclaimer at the bottom...something to the effect of no Boyd-queens, billet, etc.) These guys are into cars and are fed up with the high-dollar trailer queens featured in Street Rodder, etc. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy looking a Boyd-queen over when one happens to roll out of it's enclosed trailer at a local cruise-in. But to me, the point of owning a car is to ENJOY it. And when I say ENJOY it....I mean being able to take it out on a weekend or Saturday morning and DRIVE it. Not having a care about bug juice or paint chips from road debris.
Owning a hot rod should be a stress reliever. After a long hard week at work, I guy should be able to relax while working on or driving his rod. Some of these guys get SO uptight worrying about dings, scratches, paint chips, etc....not to mention they spend MUCH of their time (IF they do bring it to a show) polishing, buffing, cleaning, etc. GOOD NIGHT....TAKE A CHILL PILL BROTHER!
At any rate, I've messed around with the format of a few pics I took in the past couple of months. I think it brings a whole new quality to this photographs and gives a whole new appreciation for these cars....ENJOY!