5/30/10

André Pinces Photography Part Two

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I got my first bike the summer I was 19. Working as a bartender, I saved all winter and the following spring, for $750 I bought a 1972 Honda CB 750 which had just been rebuilt.


It took about 20 metres for me to fall in love and I never looked back. Three months later I had saved up enough to quit my job and head out on the road. I left Vancouver and returned three months and 15,000 km later, having made my way through Montreal, New York CIty, Washington DC, Memphis, Dallas, and Los Angeles, with almost every stop I could make in between. Originally headed for New Orleans as well, I had to detour around the Gulf of Mexico due to Hurricane Andrew's path of destruction that particular summer. Needless to say this was a life-changing, coming-of-age adventure that I can never forget, and think fondly of every day.

Since that expedition, seven bikes and twenty years later, my love affair with the road has only grown and matured like and other good love story, and I continue to try to live on the road with at least one annual two week trip, if not two or three.


Living in Vancouver, Canada has afforded me the luxury of having some of the continent's greatest rides available to me out my back door, and my crew and I take advantage of this year-round riding weather as much as possible.
These photos are mainly from the past three summers, on trips to Los Angeles via the coastal Highway 101, as well as through the Rocky Mountains and back again, with stops in Portland to visit the family at Langlitz Leathers becoming an annual affair.



As a commercial photographer, I am also blessed with the opportunity to mix work and pleasure as much as I can afford, and try to bring motorcycling to my professional work whenever I can push the client into it. This spring I photographed the campaign for Dace, a Canadian fashion label based in Vancouver, and allowed to tell the story of a girl falling on love with her ultra-cool boyfriend and his completely restored 1972 Norton Commando. As the stunt-rider in this project, I had to tolerate riding around for a day with a gorgeous model hanging on for her life. She had never ridden before and by the end of the day she had fallen in love (with the Norton).


Megadestroyer
, Canada's premiere 'Go Fuck Yourself' designer of T-Shirts and assorted FTW accessories hired me to shoot their WInter 2009 campaign and getting down and dirty with this crew was another hard day at the office, in between beers, BBQ and burn-outs, I snapped off a couple of rolls of B&W with my trusty Leica and luckily a few shots were in focus.

This summer we have plans to go up the west coast of Vancouver Island a few times, and one trip to Portland as usual. I've had the Speed Triple now for four seasons and am this close to hopping on a 1971 Bonneville a buddy scored in Washington State last week. He has too many rides and knows I get bored watching him always wrenching his old Tiger while all I can do is plug into a computer and download the latest tuning software.


See y'all on the road!
Andre Pinces Website

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5/27/10

Last Call

Hi everyone ! This is the last reminder for this week-end celebrations starting today
Let us know if you're joining the Fiesta
Cheers
The Southsiders


5/21/10

Your Favorite Five #009

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Vintage. Yes vintage, of course vintage but what vintage. The Cafe Racer Mania has taken over the power of Nostalgia. At 50, or even 40, a man finds a true pleasure investigating his youth with the machines he once dreamt of.
Much uncommon are the 40 years old fans dealing with very early machines, pioneers from the early XXth Century and flat-tanks from the 20s. Pete Young is one of these passionate ones, reminding us this is not about speed but rather about feel. Pete will participate to the Cannonball Run next September, crossing the USA on pre 16 motorcycles. Like a rolling pioneer.



Here are the 5 bikes that I wanted 10 years ago. I have since changed my mind about almost all of them, but this list was on my mind a lot back then.
Each one has some interesting bits, typically some engineering that differs from the average bikes of their time.


1922 Sunbeam TT Longstroke. 492cc sidevalve, dummy rim front brakes. The last sidevalve bike to win the Isle of Man TT race. Light weight, good breathing and the black Japanning finish that Sunbeam was famous for.


1928 Douglas SW5 OHV flat twin. Swan neck frame, low cg. Damn sexy bike, and performs well too. But I'm too tall to ride it comfortably...


1938 Velocette Mark 7 KTT. The last of the rigid racers. Much more handsome than the mk8, and without the added weight of the swingarm and rear suspension. With the great big fins on the head and barrel, a worthy member of the KTT family that brought innovation to the industry. I was able to borrow a ride on John Ray's bike last summer, what a hoot.


Brough SS80 1000cc sidevalve. I always wanted one of these to pull a sidecar with the kids. No point in spending the extra money for the OHV SS100 version. Matchless Model X is arguably a better bike and less expensive, but what price can you put on that shiny petrol tank?


1925 Rudge 4valve, 4speed. 500cc I did get this one, after a bit of searching and saving my lunch money. It's been a great bike to ride. Lever control on the Senspray carb and hand shift on the tank, constant-loss oiling. At a time when most bikes were sidevalves with 3 speed gearboxes, Rudge was trying some new things. The coupled rim brakes don't work very well, but the bike can hold a comfortable 60-65mph until stopping is deemed necessary. Most people thought Honda and BMW invented everything in the 70s and 80s.


1913 Premier. 500cc sidevalve, 3 speed Armstrong rear hub. I was able to find this one in the VMCC classifieds and have enjoyed it for a long time. A tidy example of veteran technology, with an extra exhaust valve, foot clutch, B&B two lever carb, hand-pump oiling, V belt drive, etc. It really opened the door to riding in the pre 16 events.
Pete Young circa 1999

Take a look at Pete's blog: www.occhiolungo.wordpress.com


Pete was good player, and sent us his actual selection too, for next time.
Hey fellows send your selection, we'll publish it.

Ah ah! ... You like it ?
rendez-vous next week...


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5/19/10

Did you say France?




Yes, Fellows, this was last week-end on the A62 between Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Steeled, big, smelling oil, real cars from another age. Not as lordly as the Brits nor sexy-chic as the Italians from the same age, these were Pure American Grandeur.
By the way, any other Route 62 there ?



















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5/14/10

Ridon by Ross Lovegrove

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Derived from my man/machine studies, Ridon relates to the convergence of technology with human anatomic imprint. The ghost of human form pressed into the soft clay of the computers wireframe virtual skin floating out in the universe like a black hole opened by invisible gravity, only the heartbeat audible in the silent vacuum of deep space.


Man as the life force and the constant reference point of infinite scale, from micro to macro but always eye to eye in the way we perceive space and matter around us, one on one, walking on a earths terracotta plane, A known machine, wrapped around a man, postured to complete the holistic black form and to let air jetstream over a static object in the still air of an ordinary enclosed room. The dynamics of statics and the concept of speed and convergence as an inevitability in our prothetic accele¬rated future.

The contemplation of massive speed obtained from the static man; a metaphor of contemporary www. Communication, moving in the mind but not in he body, il furismo of a kind... Leonardo went nowhere but everywhere... How are ideas born... staring into space and drawing association between natures wonders of runn¬ing sequences of automated evolution? Humanity, heading towards 'the singularity' and a time when mans knowledge of the building blocks of life will instruct a new chapter in our evolution.... And with it a' new nature' conditioned by the man machine relationship of synthetic synthesis will take its chance at survival.





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5/13/10

André Pinces Photography Part One

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Having a cross-disciplinary background in printmaking and visual communications, my career as a photographer is an exercise in highway-ramblin' auto-didacticism. From soft-focus erotic daydreams and delicate fashionista sojourns to hardcore death metal motor-bike apocalyptica, winding through a diverse range of social and aesthetic terrain, this is the road less traveled, but expertly documented.




After studying printmaking at the University of Alberta, I worked with Warhol photographer and Man Ray disciple Christopher Makos, Interview Magazine cover artist Richard Bernstein and aRude's Iké Udé. I have exhibited in London, New York, Montreal, Vancouver and Los Angeles, and currently I continue to shoot fashion, portrait and commercial work as well as produce fine art editions. Some recent advertising credits include Coca-Cola, Adidas,Stüssy, Native Shoes, Aritzia, Clarins and Lululemon, Athletica, as well as Maple Recordings, EMI and Roadrunner Records.


I'm based in Vancouver, Canada but can also be found at various truck stops between Venice, California and Venice, Italy. With a wide range of cameras I shoot both film and digital, Polaroid, 35mm, medium and large-format, with the occasional disposable for good measure. I love to experiment with technique, concept and style, and storyboard as much as I shoot from the hip.


I got my first bike the summer I was 19. Working as a bartender, I saved all winter and the following spring, for $750 I bought a 1972 Honda CB 750 which had just been rebuilt. It took about 20 metres for me to fall in love and I never looked back. Three months later I had saved up enough to quit my job and head out on the road. I left Vancouver and returned three months and 15,000 km later, having made my way through Montreal, New York CIty, Washington DC, Memphis, Dallas, and Los Angeles, with almost every stop I could make in between. Originally headed for New Orleans as well, I had to detour around the Gulf of Mexico due to Hurricane Andrew's path of destruction that particular summer. Needless to say this was a life-changing, coming-of-age adventure that I can never forget, and think fondly of every day.



Don't miss the second part next week, André and friends on bike trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles and much more...


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5/11/10

Celebration & Partners

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By the end of May 2010, we'll be celebrating during 3 days the second anniversary of Southsiders MC, your favorite blog - with a couple of other ones :-).
Launched two years ago by Vincent Prat and Frank Charriaut (who recently left for new adventures) the blog is now entering the age of maturity with new members on the board, Benoît Guerry and Yves J. Hayat. Other members will soon join.

This is also the celebration of our first supporting partners, who came to us with conviction. These 3 brands have a lot in common. French born, they have reached an international audience from their launching days. They are all "family" businesses : like us, the motorcycling world is a Family. And at last but not least, they're after Protection.

Ruby who makes State of Art helmets was created by Jérôme Coste. His brother Dimitri is in charge of the photography of the brand. Thank you the Coste Brothers, you were the first ones to join the Southsiders MC.


Vitessemoto is re-inventing our feet protection. Created by Caroline & John Mollanger, ex-executives from Nike & Puma, Vitesse products are the ultimate purchase for the least possible amount. These boots could cost 2.5 times more. Check them out. Thank you Mr & Mrs Mollanger for your ultra professionalism.


LifeLab goal is to make us handsome. No biker wants to look ugly or wrinkled !
Lifelab has an exclusive formula to hydrate men skins per decade as you are not the same guy between 30 and 60. You wonder how other brands did not do it. Try it every morning and you see by yourself. Thank you Arielle & Loïc. Our goal remains to be among the top motorcycling blogs but even more among the top style & culture blogs.

As our friend Paul d'Orléans says: "The world of Motorcycles has all the ingredients of a good, enriching drama; heroic deeds, political intrigue, design brilliance, cut-throat business practices, quirky characters, national tensions, cultural biases, eros and thanatos." Here we are, two years and 200 000 miles in our wheels. Join us on the 27th, 28th & 29th of May for a great celebration. Our "MC" goes for Motorcycling Culture. Cheers all.




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5/9/10

Your Favorite Five #008

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Blogs have become an incredible tool of communication, bringing over a decade a level of power to the multimedia publishing that print barely reached in a century.

Nevertheless, the rules remain the same : real & exclusive content, real writing, real photography make the difference that provides readers and not zappers. The Selvedge Yard is among the best true web publications. Based on the fascination for "Americana" and the American style, his maker, Jon Patrick is also a fashion contibutor to the Italian men's fashion ruler GQ. Jon's roots are plugged into the American Movie History.

Some for beauty, some for brawn - all for their importance. How do you pick five? Should I stick to the classics, so its apples to apples? We'll see...


Harley Davidson XR-750

Harley Davidson's dominating, and sexy as all hell, flat track racer. First introduced in 1970, and seriously upgraded in 1972 as the aluminum "Alloy XR", it not only became an icon on the dirt track, it was also Evel Knievel's weapon of choice. With its classic H-D orange/black graphic appeal and clean, uncluttered form - it's a bike for the ages.


Husqvarna 1970 400 Cross

Husky's icon that became synonymous with another icon - Steve McQueen. Featured in his 1971 film, "On Any Sunday", Husqvarnas were the most badass and beautiful motocross bikes of their day, with their 400 Cross becoming a highly coveted classic. The legendary Malcolm Smith tore it up alongside McQueen on an innovative eight-speed Husky 250, which he also used to handily dominate the competitive off-road circuit. Hell yeah, Husky!

1953 Triumph Blackbird

In the 1950s, there were more Triumphs sold in the U.S. than any other country. Their top-end Thunderbird 650cc vertical twin, with a little tinkering, could top out at 130 mph. A great bike, but fairly limited in offering. They were available in one color only - blue. So when public demand cried-out a black Triumph, they finally released the Blackbird in 1953 - and it still slays me every time I lay eyes on her. Another important note - Brando, a motorcyclist himself, rode his own '50 Thunderbird in the iconic film, "The Wild One".

1940 Indian Scout

This beauty once belonged to none other than, you guessed it - Steve McQueen. Here you see the motorcycle company's iconic Indian Head logo on the fuel tank. I personally prefer the pared-down Scout over the heavy-looking Chief, but they are beauties too. By the 1940s, Indians began to sport stunning paint jobs with up to 24 color available, and several two-tone options - making them some of the most beautiful bikes ever produced.


H-D Captain America Chopper

Growing up in the '70s, there were 2 bikes that were emblazoned in my mind - Evel Knievel's H-D XR-750, and Easy Rider's Captain America Chopper. The vision of Peter Fonda, it was built by (I love this part...) a Black brother - Ben Hardy from Los Angeles, starting with an old '52 Panhead Hydra-Glide bought at a Police Auction. It became an instant icon that brought choppers to the forefront of motorcycling, and really raised the bar for custom builds. Two were built for Easy Rider - one survived. Hell yeah, Captain America!

It's hard to stop at five, I feel a "Part II" coming on...

JP


Ah Ah! you like it?
Rendez vous next week...

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5/7/10

What's your style # 1

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"I always thought that style was more important than fashion. Few are those who imposed their style while fashion makers are so numerous."
Yves Saint Laurent

Behind YSL's words we can see that style and fashion are two different things. We can be a fashion addict without style an against-fashion with style.
I would like to find out what's your Style, whatever it is : Rocker, Mod, Hip hop, Classic, British or Italian etc ... and to take the risk first, i would like to start with my favorite one : The Cholo Style. Who's gonna be next ...
Frank



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Look like a Cholo. To do this you'll need to buy yourself some Cholo clothes. Buy Dickies. Get them two sizes larger than you would usually wear. For example:if your 32x30,get your pants 34x30. Get Dickies double knee and a little bigger. Pants colors should be: khaki, black, blue, navy, grey, or brown. Also, wear knee-high white socks with a pair of khaki shorts. The shorts should be baggy enough to reach the ankles or you will end up looking like a soccer player.



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Buy some plain tee's, striped polo's, and some short sleeved button shirts. Shirts don't need to be too big, but you can wear bigger shirts if you want to, if you do make sure there two sizes bigger than you wear. Colors for shirts: black, blue, dark green, white, grey, brown, and beige. Also, invest in lowrider brand clothing and in the winter wear plaid flannel jackets. When wearing the flannel shirt make sure it matches the dickies and shoes. Button the very top two buttons only. Also buy Solo Semore brand clothing and a black beanie pulled over your eyes.



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Make sure that your shoes do not slip off easily, you should be able to run without worrying about them slipping off. Get some tight shoes like Lugz, Cortezes or Vans. Make sure you get a wide variety of colors to go with your clothes. Usually a white pair of Cortezes and a black pair of Vans works well.

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Get in shape. A Cholo has to be able to run, jump and look good for the ladies, so do at least 50 push-ups and 50-100 sit-ups a day.




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Talk like a Cholo. This means talk Spanglish (mixing Spanish and English words in sentences). Say a few words in English then a few words in Spanish or vise versa. Also add "vato" or "foo" AND "WAY" or "ese" to the end of your sentences. When speaking English use a Spanish accent. Also don't say some words completely. When you're shouting out to your homies, say "hoye carnal", "horale vato", "simon ese", "whats up homes", "this is firme homie", and "simon que si". If you have a girl call her your hiyna or your sancha. Call other girls mihiga. These don't really mean anything specific, but be sure to use a Spanish accent.



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