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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tokyo Fixed

via: Baby Crow Illustrator

The Performer

more women in helmets

who knew women would wear all these different types of helmets. maybe it's like shoes. if the helmet fits wear it.

I like chicks with Helmets-clothing optional 4

Seriously, I like chicks with Helmets. If you have any, and don't mind sharing, please send sum to us.

Hot Wheels!

Hot Wheels has their own you tube channel. There are quite bit of footage for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

Happy 81st

Monday, May 30, 2011

Decoration Day or Memorial Day

it used to be called Decoration Day. now it is called Memorial Day. when i was but a child there were fireworks and parades etc. nowadays i guess there are still parades and some folks celebrate the day. it's not the big thing it once was however. nevertheless, here are some pictures of parades featuring the Air Force, the Army, the Marine Corps and the Navy. the first picture is of an early 20th century parade and the next four are pretty self explanatory. i'm a Viet Nam Era Navy Veteran myself so i always think about it on this day. too bad people can't leave each other alone so maybe we wouldn't have any more wars. spend a day at the VA Hosp. sometime and you'll see what i mean.

Happy Memorial Day

Picture above is reenactment of Normandy in 2006 and left is a shot from Memorial day parade from Denver CO in 2008.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chrystabel Leighton-Porter

the English actress and showgirl Chrystabel Leighton-Porter was also the model for the main character in the cartoon series Jane. the series was drawn by Norman Pett and ran in the Daily Mirror from 1932-1959. she was especially popular during the Second World War. sometimes scantily clad and sometimes unclad Jane was a little risque for the USA and didn't catch on here. apparently the Brits and the US soldiers in England had no problem with Jane. top two pictures are of course Chrystabel Leighton-Porter. next three of Jane. you wouldn't expect to find this stuff in a vintage tractor magazine. however, that's where i read a bit about Jane and found it interesting. it was an English tractor magazine.

H-D fuzz bike grave yard

I wonder why? None of the parts are unusable? no recycling? Via: El-Osario

Naval Exploits

if we're gonna say happy birthday to JFK we should mention his naval exploits. while in command of PT-109 his boat was cut in half by the Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer IJNS Amagiri. Kennedy performed some heroic deeds indeed on this occasion. although wounded he didn't rest until all that could be done for his crew had been done. he suffered the rest of his life from these injuries. the first picture is of Kennedy himself on the bridge of PT-109. second we have the captain and crew with JFK on the far right. next is the IJNS Amagiri the ship that hit the PT-109. fourth is a painting of PT-109 in action with other PT boats. and last a picture of the type of engine powering the PT boats. a Packard.

Happy 94th

"Too often in the past we have thought of the artist as an idler and dilettante, and of the lover of arts as somehow sissy or effete. We have done both an injustice. The life of the artist is, in relation to his work, stern and lonely. He has labored hard, often among deprivation, to perfect his skill. He has turned aside from quick success in order to strip his vision of everything secondary or cheapening. His working life is marked by intense application and intense discipline. As for the lover of arts, it is he who, by subjecting himself to the sometimes disturbing experience of art, sustains the artist — and seeks only the reward that his life will, in consequence, be the more fully lived." — JFK, 1962

JFK on Art

Via: Kennedy Quotes

BMX Triple BackFlip

Love the 3 wind noises from the back-flip.

Art of Jeremy Geddes

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Сахалин circa 1935

In front of a hotel.

Japan once owned South half of the island, Sakhalin. There were many Japanese lived there.

Interesting bikes. Left 2 are probably Triumph Model SD (550cc), the headlight was optional( acetylene lamp) The other one in the back is called Ner-a-Car, originally England bike, but ones in Japan were usually produced in the US, made between 1921 to 1927. The one in front of a car, is a Harley. Model B 350cc.

There were no big 4 in Japan at the time.

Beemer 1/4mile

Again, I hate background music on those footage. I just want to hear exhaust notes, which is way better than any music to my ear...

Caturday-car lovers

Do not let any cat stay under the hood. Many of them die or seriously hurt when the motor gets started.

lets go camping{you pedal}

here's an interesting idea for all the bicycle goons.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Explore art's mechanical side

Volkswagen transmissions, vacuum sweepers and even a B-52 air tank will be pieces of art tonight on Commerce Street.

Go Away Garage, a gallery known for its edgy shows, will showcase mechanical creations by Billy and Ariana Powell. The husband and wife team want to show people the automated side of the art world. They also want kids to see that art can be fun.

"We like to keep things mechanical. There are many dimensions to art and lots of ways to appreciate it. We actually encourage you to touch the art at our shows," Billy Powell said.

Ariana Powell pointed out that interface is a key element in their shows.

"People like our work because they can interact with it. This is a great show to take your kids to. They love that a piece has a handle they can turn or a lever they can pull. This is the one show where you won't get in trouble for touching the art," she said.

Billy said that a lot of kids are losing touch with the fundamentals of mechanics. High-tech devices like cellphones and video game consoles tend to fascinate younger minds more than car engines or airplanes.

"A lot of kids have never seen this stuff. I feel like our shows are a way to help connect them," he said. "Usually with art, it's parents dragging their kids into art galleries. This is an art show where the kids tell the parents to go."

Viewers of the "bits" on display will see familiar objects repurposed and transformed. Mechanical objects like sockets, bolts and wrenches that are deemed perfunctory by most become artistically alluring. Bowling balls transform into ornate orbs. Hurst and Muncie shifters become spider legs. A B-52 air tank serves as a plump body for a jolly-looking boy sporting a smile fashioned from the rim of a martini shaker.

Ariana said that Go Away Garage lends itself well to their style of art because of its industrial feel and aesthetics. "The open space, the colors and the metal beams on the ceiling compliment the works well," she said.

The Powells have been collecting parts and assembling creations for many years. It's been more recent that they've taken their hobby up as art. Both have a mechanical background. Billy, 36, has been building since he was a teenager. He's worked on motorcycles, dune buggies and cars. He is also a machinist by trade. Ariana, 30, is an occupational therapist, but she grew up surrounded by auto parts.

"I've been building since I was a kid," Ariana said. "My dad had a body shop and he'd have me play with bolts when I was at work with him. I started making little people, and it escalated into this," she said as she marveled at the dozens of complex pieces that surrounded her in the gallery.

The couple said they spend a considerable amount of time just hunting for materials. "The hunt is a lot of fun. It's a great way for us to spend time together. We actually spent Billy's last birthday scavenging," Ariana said.

Their material comes from garage sales, auctions, salvage yards and discarded parts from auto shops owned by friends. Sometimes the parts just show up at their door. "People know we make this stuff and they leave us boxes on our porch," Billy said.

Though they've shown at smaller venues and as part of groups in the past, this will be the pair's first large-scale show. Thirty pieces varying in size will be on display. When asked what their core motivation was for doing this type of art, Billy's answer was simple. "We really do this for fun."

Via:Wichita Eagle

Closing is tonight!!