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08/11/2009

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Bikes, breasts and (surf) boards

08/11/2009

Sounds good hey? All wrapped up in 128 pages of very cool cars, even cooler bikes and other, well, cool stuff. Men’s file is a new modern magazine tracing the roots of style and the very cool issue one is on sale now. Let’s hope it doesn’t fall foul of every other magazine, going all glossy and trashy and keeps true to it’s issue one style. Plenty to inspire and plenty for the memory bank, if you know what I mean.

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Pack your tools, we’ve got a job

05/11/2009

I’m packing my tool bag, sticking on my b-ball cap and jumping in my Econoline – I’ve a job to attend. Seems as if these little fellas are strewn across the American landscape patiently waiting to be picked up and restored, although the ratty look is a good look. They’re cheap but they may not survive the stress of the journey over the pond, so best leave them out in the deserts and swamps in glorious corrosion.

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Proud to be British

02/11/2009

And no, not because of the yellow ski suit!

Good facial hair

02/11/2009

I’m growing me some choppers but I ain’t joining a rock & roll band. Although if I was I’d hope my choppers would be good enough to earn me a place in the Black Keys, but I would only be their Bez. Anyhow, they are cool. Good facial hair, one guitar, one drum kit and some good tunes. Check the video below of them jamming at Grimey’s in Nashville.

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Lucky No.7

31/10/2009

No surprises Barry Sheene was the schoolboy hero for a hell of a lot of English boys in the 70’s, he certainly was mine (although later replaced by Jim Rockford). He was the first person to make GP sexy and ¬†gave the green light for blokes to stare at the screen whilst their wives were happy to admire his other charms. His motor racing career was amazing, winning the British 125cc series when he was just 20 and coming second in the World 125cc the next year. He had ‘that crash‘ in 1975 that threatened to end his career but went on to become World Champion in 1976 and took the title again in 1977, became arch rival with Kenny Roberts and retired in 1984. Clearly a whole lot more went on in between this very, very potted history, so best check this Wiki article or buy the book for the full story on this incredible racer.

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Is it a photo, is it a painting – no it’s Chuck Close

30/10/2009

First saw this self portrait by Chuck Close in the Reina Sofia, Madrid, and it blew my mind. No amount of explanation could convince me it was a painting and not a photo. Then the penny drops, photo realism – that’s the whole point. Chuck Close has to be the Godfather of this style and is the supreme master of blurring the boundary between a photo and a painting. These are no postcards either, they’re big, often over two metres tall. They work from way over yonder and stand up to the closest of scrutiny,¬†seeing every skin pore and blemish. I threw away an entire morning staring at these incredible (I assure you they are) paintings. Had they been behind a window, I’d have been licking it.

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