Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DAILY INSPIRATION: Throttle Twisting Sunday - Jakarta

This rad photo set was sent over by the good dudes at Thrive MC. Back in March a bunch of local garages in Jakarta, Indonesia got together for a collective, and very eclectic, Sunday cruise. The purpose behind the ride was to battle the negative stereotype of M/C riders in Indonesia by throwing an all inclusive well mannered rally. 9 different groups participated with over 300 individual riders all donning their best behavior. 
"The tagline at this event "Sopan dijalan jangan arogan" means “Be Polite On The Road, Don’t Be A Jerk”. So all the riders must be agreed to do their best to respect the other road users, obey the road signs and traffic lights, no road blocking, no sirens, and so on."
 - Putra, Thrive MC

The amount of  creatively diverse machines participating in the rally is staggering. These photos are a great snapshot of the custom scene and styles of Jakarta. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

GEAR: Iron & Resin X Vanson Leathers - Mojave Jacket

Mojave Jacket


• 14 oz. Waxed Cotton Canvas
• Deerskin interior collar stand
• Articulated elbows
• Four exterior snap closure pockets
• Iron & Resin herringbone flannel liner
• Rear "game" pocket for all your larger items (gloves, goggles, etc.)
• Snap closure wrist cuffs
• Iron & Resin Anchor Piston Flag patch on sleeve
• Buckle collar closure
• Heavy duty 2-way brass center front zipper

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DAILY INSPIRATION: Honda CX500 Cafe Racer by Nozem Amsterdam

Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Nozem Amsterdam is a multidisciplinary creative studio run by Lorenzo Pinto and Delano Limoen.
"The bike is for myself (Lorenzo) and is going to be my summer daily driver. I am very pleased with the result. I had worked as a motorcycle mechanic next to my graphic design study because I always had a strong passion for motorcycles, but this project was an overall learning experience. I had never sprayed with a pro gun. Bought one, tried it, liked it! We did everything ourself except for the seat upholstery and powder coating."
 Take note of the side profile of this bike because it's very rare to see a cafe style tail flow so well with the tank. The proportions are spot on. Some other great details of note are the turn signals / brake lights out back, which the team custom made. The cleanliness of the controls and the gauge integration is very well executed as well. And holy shit, are you seeing this photography?
The team has a couple other builds on the chopping block currently. I'm stoked to see what else is going to roll out of the Amsterdam HQ. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ART&DESIGN: Bryon Fitzpatrick - Ducati 900SS Canson Rendering

Ducati 900SS
Pencil on Canson rendering for The Machine Files

Prints - $45.00-180.00
Original - $1900.00

What you're viewing is known as a "Canson rendering" in the Industrial and Transportation Design world. Canson is simply the name of the company who makes the thick card stock paper that comes in a wide range of colors. Rendering on this paper was a flashy technique used by designers back before the days of digital illustration. Concepts were drawn by hand throughout the design development process. This meant any minor changes, tweaks, or screw ups required you to start all over again from scratch. There was no Ctrl+Z or layer toggling and some renderings, specifically of intricate products like motorcycles, could be a full day's work. 
The main difference between a Canson rendering and a rendering on white paper has to do with the way you're communicating lighting. When sketching on white paper the white of the paper is representing your brightest light source within the composition. This means that you're essentially adding shadow to the composition until your level of desired realism is achieved. Rendering on Canson paper allows you to begin at a mid-tone and work outwards in either tonal direction to add high and low lighting.
I had the pleasure of taking Visual Communication classes under Bryon Fitzpatrick at the College for Creative Studies a couple years before he retired. You can read more about is vast breadth of work and experience, as well as purchase this rendering, over at The Machine Files.

Friday, April 4, 2014

GEAR: Dainese Blackjack Leather Gloves

Blackjack Gloves

Black / Nero

Tan / Conguro

Brown / Testa Di Moro

SHORTFILM: Street Typography

Freehand street typography. No stencils. No spray paint.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

YAMAHA SR250: Shot by Patrick Daly

Moto-Mucci 1981 Yamaha SR250
Shot by Patrick Daly

It's about time we released some of the amazing photos of Kara and the Yamaha SR250 we built for her. To see some behind the scenes of the photo shoot with Pat Daly check out the 14 Hour Sunday post.
Read up more on the build at BikeEXIF.