Focused, yet easily distracted / Bikes / Yoga / Raspberries / Unspecial things / Tremendo.us / fromOHIO but inSTL
Before and after seats for a vintage diner booth restoration. It's from the Idle Hour Restaurant in North Lima, Ohio (RIP). #fixed
I know making a Mr. Show themed bench is kind of random and abstract, but it's what popped into my head. Sorry I missed the opening; hope it was fun.
Here are some process shots.
1. Cardboard test shapes on live edge, rough cut walnut (?)
2. Laser cut shirt shapes for butterflies, route and chisel insets
3. Dry fit butterflies
4. Chisel chisel chisel
5. More chiseling (I'm an amateur hack with woodworking and need the practice)
6. Glue and clamp
7. Plane and paint
8. Distress the paint a little, seal with poly-whey
9 Sit on it
10. What have I done...? #famousfictional2017#woodworking#mrshow#indomitablespirit
I made a thing. It's woody and colory and shirty. Head on over to @madartgallery tonight for #famousfictional2017 and you can sit on it if you want! This year's theme is fictional bands.
Indomitable Spirit, formerly Flat Top Tony & the Purple Canoes, is a fictional band from Mr. Show with Bob and David (season 3, episode 4). They wore colorful shirts and sang a message of hope: "just because someone’s a little different from you and me, that doesn’t make them freaks… it just means you have to try a little harder not to let them make you uncomfortable." #indomitablespirit#mrshow
Last one. Like I said, the pros and the shows and the contests and the riders and the 'zines and the mags were all great. But everyone had their own riding buddies who, if they were lucky, were also their best friends.
For me, living and riding in Columbiana, Ohio in the 80s and early 90s, it was Adam, Bob, and Andy.
Bikes and skateboards and music and road trips and bad haircuts and good times. #bmx
At the other end of the spectrum of meeting people through riding was 'zines. I corresponded with *so many* people—sometimes we'd meet in person at a contest, but usually not. In fact, I didn't meet @lukestrahota of Jargon of Delinquents until 20+ years later. We did, however, get to interview lots of our favorite riders, like @moeller_chris — and bands too! And as you can see back in '89 a 'zine could get you on the ramp deck at a Haro summer tour stop so @aliberpdx could shoot that incredible pic of @rickmoliterno.
Ours was called ACC (Atomic Circle of Chaos). I still have 2 big boxes of homemade 'zines from around the world, and 1 of the slick magazines: Freestylin', Ride, Invert, Go, BMX Plus!, American Freestyler, and more. Freestylin' by @superlewman, @thisisandyjenkins, Spike Jonze, and @windyjosborn especially helped shape my aesthetic and worldview.
But the photocopied 'zines by people like Luke, @sines, @pendejo71, @ewire, @leighramsdell, Duncan Scott Davidson, @djgforce, @guav, and so so so so many more were like an analog BMX internet, connecting good people who just loved to ride.
Seeing the pros at comps and shows was always fun, but it was really about throwing the bike in the back of the truck and heading off to ride with friends and strangers and future friends. Some pix by @aliberpdx, who's in the first one.
See if you can spot @catfishvsthug@footprints_in_the_spam@dannysirkin@bjchenga ...these guys still ride. 80s/90s BMX led me to design (via 'zines) and a lifelong love of bikes... But these guys still *ride*. Also here: George Clark, Dave Shaefer, Kuwahara Mark, Todd Thibo, Dan ?—not to mention the many others whose pix I haven't yet scanned in: Frank, Rich, Joe, John, Kevin, Sean, Todd, Donovan, Brian, Chuck, Mike, Auggie, etc.
1/5—BMX flashbacks... Bob Kohl does a lookback over Ron Wilkerson's 540 / dual Miami drop-ins. Wilkerson Airlines show in Cleveland, Ohio, summer 1990.
I traded Ron a piece of pizza for his pre-release cassette of "Ritual de lo Habitual." Good trade! Crap photo.