Some of you may have noticed: the 2015 Ed collection is not complete! So for those who want to see what looks like the 3rd bike (if it looks like something...), go to Cafe Racer Festival this weekend!
This weekend I returned to the promised land at the occasion the first edition of the "Wheels and Rain"! The weather was not on our side, but seeing Kimura's work for real worth it to get wet a little! Incidentally I even took the opportunity to hand him my helmet and my posca and make him understand in my very approximate Japanese that I would like him to sign.
Between 2 ballads the ephemeral town gets filled: builts for all tastes and very well worked styles. And, in the middle of the crowd made of beards and leather, a guy wanders into micro shorts, electric blue marcel and running shoes... Either this guy is lost, either he doesn’t give a f*ck to what people might think of him! When he turns I understand that the the second hypothesis was right. This is Jeff Decker! Face to face with The Artist I find nothing better to do than to hand him my helmet and my posca!
I must admit I was a little bit more feverish when it was the turn of El Solitario to play my little ritual... The character is a friend but giving him an object is taking the risk to get it back upholstered of a dead animal skin or other hammering delusions. So I gave him the pencil but I kept the helmet in my hands!
Between two rinse cycles we drank a few beers with my friends of GSSS and exchanged some recipes. Just like in a bridge club in short, except that in our recipes there's always at least 1 liter of hydrochloric acid.
And... Moment of grace when Fred Krugger came close to my bikes. The sorcerer stared one second at one of them... and, like Caesar presiding the arena, looked at me and raised his thumb: the Mad'dax is validated by the boss guys !!! Thank you to the Southsiders for their hospitality and for allowing us to live these kind of moments!
As usual in travels, what makes the charm more than places are encounters ... And our little trip to the Cosmic Nozems Motorshow in Belgium was no exception!
Among these encounters, a huge big up to our host, Steven the visionary who moved heaven and earth to offer the imposing Transfo site, a former power station of Zwevegem and a jewel box for the custom builders we had the chance to (re)discover: Motokouture MC's of course, but also Kruz, ER Motorcycles, Tin Can Customs, Sette Nero, Pure and many more ...
It would be hard to list all the great artists present at this meeting but what is certain is that the level was high and we were tempted to go back home with some of the creations presented!
We've been totally dazzled, that's true, especially as the site also hosted some excellent illustrators (King Rat, Jesse Jesser...) but our ears were not outdone, besides the purr of engines, the custom show was integrated to the Synergie festival: 2 rock scenes completely crazy with freaking amazing bands which played till late in the night ...
We finally returned exhausted but proud to have participated in this event. We're now looking forward to next year edition!
I've swapped my squatter status from Wheels & Waves 2014 (thank you once again to the Southsiders who gave me my first chance) to be a guest at the 3rd edition of Synergy/Cosmic Nozems Motorshow festival which will take place in Zwevegem (Belgium) on the 23rd of August.
The event, co-organized by MotoKouture and Rock'n'Roll Rebel, will be hosted at a new site (a former power station) with not only a hundred exceptional motorcycles, but also a rock scene that promises to be heavy.
This gives me another chance to take the bikes out of workshop for a quick stroll and even better, to meet some of the biggest names in custom. I've heard some of those attending will include Wrenchmonkees, Pure, El Solitario, Blitz, Lucky Cat, Kruz Co... And many others. Save the date!
I must begin this post with a sincere thank you for the welcome which was made for me... Starting with the Southsiders, in particular the man with the crutches who labeled my bikes as "cute" before opening the doors of this magnificent site to me.
Thank you also to Kikishop and his team for encouragement and wise advice. Big up to Pure Motorcycles, very cool too, the guys from Blitz and all those who have expressed their enthusiasm for my work.
In short, we met a lot of great people, and saw a lot of great bikes that cater for all tastes, even the craziest. The work of El Solitario is a very eloquent example. The GSSS workshop also made the show with two of the coolest side-cars you’ve ever seen.
We'll have to wait another year before this visionary band of people come together again to present their latest wild ideas. What is certain is that Ed Turner will be there!!!
The third edition of Wheels and Waves has once again been announced as a major event. Then, something which happens very rarely will occur, we're going to switch off all the grinders and abandon the workshop for a little weekend away with buddies on the Landes coast.
In attempt to make our own modest contribution to the event, the workshop will make the journey with two of its cafe racer motorcycles and a chop specially created for the occasion.
Find all the practical information on the event website.