Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the 13th Everybody!

Our good friend Michelle Myles over at Daredevil Tattoo is celebrating Friday the Thirteenth in full force today, practically giving away on her famous Number 13 Tattoos all day today. I'm sure you noticed we have an affinity for the number 13, so stop by and get yourself a new tattoo for the special occasion.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RM's Icons of Speed and Style Auction at Petersen Automotive Museum

What I wouldn't give just to drive any one of these beauties around for an afternoon. Imagine flying down the highway windows down, or on some of these, top down even, blasting the speakers. The only question then would be what song? Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolfis a great one, but I wonder if that's too cliché. Maybe Panama by Van Halen? More Steppenwolf with Magic Carpet Ride? Springsteen's Born to Run? This? I dunno...

UPDATE: Come On and Take a Free Ride by Edgar Winter Group. Hells Yes.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kubrick vs Scorsese

I found this around the internet the other day and really wanna to share it with you guys. This guy over at Vimeo, Leandro Copperfield, dissected the works of Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese and worked up a kickass video. Even if you're not a follower of either director, if you're just a fan of good films, its worth a look:

(If you can, check it out in full-screen.)

Kubrick vs Scorsese from Leandro Copperfield on Vimeo.

Its clever how everything plays out almost like a dance. Symmetry, balance, movement and gravitas all flow together in a beautiful blend of style and substance. These guys influence the last 40 years of movies, folks like Tarantino, Woo, the Wachowskis, Zack Snyder and others would be no where without these original movie badasses. Now I'm totally gonna have to crack open every Kubrick and Scorsese DVD in my library and bask in the glory that are these classics of American Cinema.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It's Intermission Time!

Its five o'clock now, you know, "Quittin' Time", but today I'm sure I'm like a few of you out there now where although you're done for the day, you're not actually done for the day. Maybe you kids have sports, maybe you're going out with the guys, or maybe a diner and a movie with a special someone.

So for everyone gearing up for rush hour traffic before the night out on the town, here's a classic treat from the shared American Consciousness for the time in between work and play. Let's call it our intermission.

I love those special effects.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ever wondered what a set of stainless steel balls look like? Watch the video and find out.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tips for Breaking in a Leather Jacket

Figure out what type of leather you are working with

To break in a jacket, the leather must be strong enough to withstand abuse. Lambskin is soft and luxurious but does not have the same tensile strength of Horsehide, Cowhide or Goatskin. Leather is not like fabric in the sense that you can stitch up a hole, marks and scratches are permanent on skins. It is important to choose a strong durable leather to really wear it in and make it conform to you.

Take it slow.

Anything you do to the jacket cannot be undone. Look at old leather jackets that are worn in and see where there is the most wear to the leather. Usually the collar, pockets, under the sleeves and elbows typically get the most wear from friction and rubbing. Leather will naturally break in unevenly over time so be sure not to be too precise.

Get caught in a light rain.

Water will soften up the leather and allow you to stretch and crease at specific points on your body. Many people will tell you to put your leather jacket in the washing machine and dryer, which is a very effective method but will cause serious shrinkage of the leather. In order to avoid shrinking your jacket significantly, wear it through a light drizzle until the leather is damp. Bend your arms, find a punching bag, or do some pushups, anything you can to get some wrinkles in the right places while the jacket is wet until it dries on you. If you can’t wait for the weather, lightly spritzing the jacket with water will work too, but just be sure to do it slowly and not to drench it. As it dries it will form to your body.

Rough it up.

To take off some of the finish in highly worn areas, use fine steel wool to lightly and unevenly scratch the surface. Sandpaper is generally too abrasive and harder to control. Remember to use uneven strokes and go very slowly to check out progress because you can’t go back and erase the scratches. However, the jacket will continue to change and break in over time so if you make a mistake just try rubbing this area more as you wear it to naturally break it in. Crumple the jacket in a ball, tie it up with twine and play catch with it, the more you throw it around and soften it up, the more it takes on your unique shape and fit.

There is no substitute for just wearing it.

Each Schott jacket starts as a blank canvas for years of wear and customization. Each scratch and nick tells a story unique to the person wearing it whether it is on their motorcycle for a cross country road trip or to the ball game and back.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Lifetime of Perfecto

While bouncing around the intertubes this afternoon we've stumbled across flickr user CopsUnited1's pictures of his brother, JD.

It's awesome that he has photos posted of JD wearing one of our One Star Perfectos both
today and 50 years ago.

And on top of all that, he's a super neat guy. He's retired from the military and about five different types of cop, and now he does photography, its worth checking out.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Coordinated Motorcycle Performance Film from the 1950s

A great clip of a bunch of motorcycles riding around synchronized. Via.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

BUELL - The End of an American Maverick

Today is a sad day for America and for motorcyclists... Buell Motorcycles is closings its doors.
I have driven a recent XB and taking into consideration this bike's drivetrain is based upon antiquated Harley Davidson components, I was very impressed with its balance and innovation. The balls Eric Buell must have had to actually take on monsters like Honda, Yamaha an Suzuki... not to mention starting his company 26 years ago out of a barn in the middle of Wisconsin... is the intro to half the American Success legends I have read.