it took me a fucking year to get my shit together…….
hopper issueONE at Daikanyama Tsutaya T-SITE NOW!!!
Tokyo release NOW!!!!
L.A. release January!!!!
December 1st JAPAN
January 1st USA
Been going to COOL BREAKER show for a some years now.. It is the little show that can. Established and ran by Keiji Kawakita from HOT DOCK fame. A bikers, bike show!! The show that drives the custom scene here in Japan, performance performance is name of the game for some and others its about some crazy paint job…
Here and there you’ll get to peep the usual vintage fare and even a few “sick pans bro”. Over all its a show that can feel a bit of a time warp at times, you know that feeling when you go to a bike show, you know the older dudes with the sweet bikes don’t have instagram and the scene is a bit older. It is kinda like that, very much worth a peek cuz you known theres some serious muscle being flexed … I like it, but thats your call… Please enjoy if ya can, the Promoter/Builder puts all his passion into this show..
This sunday get to Fuji Speedway if cans… get your biker on…
Heres a a few interviews from last years 2012 show….
SO why do biker dudes feel the need to come together anyways? to dress the same, to ride together, to eat together.. must be some sort of tribal thing..
how many dudes can say that stuck it out for over a 100 years!!! PASADENA MC is the oldest club in LA thats fur sure…
Always an adventure to have a sit down with the man at the helm at Hollywood Riff Raff, Pascal. The dude loves a good pirate graphic and has amazing knowledge of Germany between the years of 1933 to 1945. A visit to RIFF RAFF I promise you will be more of a life’s lesson and sojourn than a simple purchase. If you love your boots, wallets and engraving then this is the place for you to go.
Pascal set the standard years ago for all the young bucks coming up, a true craftsman. Absolute life’s comment, this is not a part time job for him. Working with his hands has been a life’s journey for him and he has done set the bar high for those that dip into the craft.
Now Pascal has added Metal Engraving to his bag of tricks, so get in line and get your rocker boxes done up for the holidays… all the cool kids are doing it.
HOPPER Q1: So man hows it going these days?
PASCAL A1: I am pretty busy making boots right now, Motorhead is going back on the road soon so I got to get Lemmy in ship shape, winter in europe sucks.
HOPPER Q2: When did you get the engraving thing going on ?
PASCAL A2: I started engraving in 2011, went to school in Kansas to study with Steve Dunn a world renowned engraver.
HOPPER Q3: Is engraving a natural step in your craft evolution man? how did you decided to take it on ?
PASCAL A3: Engraving is kind of a natural step since it’s doing to metal what I’ve been doing to leather for so long. and I even did it to people when I was tattooing.
HOPPER Q4:How does it differ from working with leather ? i mean the metal is obviously really tough to medium to work with right..
PASCAL A4: It’s essentially applying an image to a surface the method is different but the idea remains the same it’s just about learning to use a different tool.
HOPPER Q5: Seems like you are not afraid to take on any new crafts man
PASCAL A5: I decided to take it on because I wanted to do it for years and was stopped by the price of the equipment, it’s staggering.
But I finally bit the bullet and broke my piggy bank.
HOPPER Q6: Any advice for new young guns coming up any tips ?
PASCAL A6: Don’t listen to anything anyone tells you about how you can’t do this or that. Ask a craftsman for tips on HOW to do something, don’t ask IF you can. They’ll tell you you can’t because they have never done anything in their life, they’ll push you to do what they did which is nothing.
When you meet successful people and ask them, what to do they rarely tell you “don’t do ……” The ones who have amounted to nothing want to tell you what you can and cannot do but they never have anything to show for it.
I’m now making a living doing everything I was told I couldn’t do……. my whole life, The only limits you have are the ones you put on yourself.
peep the video from a while back.. good words and great work at had:..
Its been while since my last trip down to Osaka… but i was thinking about it allot this week, I guess cuz I’m excited to be soon finally getting my bike here in JAPAN (fingers crossed!)). It has been an awful year not having a bike here in tokyo. I went diggin ‘ through the files, found my ACE MOTORCYCLE (no website) folder.
Ace Motorcycle is in such a cool location, basically under some train tracks in wonder wonderful Kobe. Basically an industrial kind of spot, with some retail around. ACE is a short walk away from the big boy in town OKADA / NICE MOTORCYCLE. Kobe is like no other city I have visited here in Japan. It has a total locals vibe and Im at a loss of whats going on. But nothing new with that, i think I am always at a loss, i think only kids know whats going on maybe.. But all i do know now is there is one cool kat doing his own thang…
The dude that runs the show is Kimitoshi Tokuyama is a is a mellow dude. He’s not the type of dude that is gonna run around talking loud, hes chill and really into his craft. Kimitoshi Tokuyama prefers to let his shop and his bikes do the talking. As proof he got no website and i don’t think he had an iphone oh him self, so forget the twitter and instagram circus, he dont play that.
These days with everyone pushing some sort of angle of T-shirts or some sort of event or mag (my self included), This dude is on his own path fur sure!!
His garage has an artist vibe to it, but not so perfectly merchandised that its a fake theme shop backing up a clothing brand (insert name of about a dozen brands!!). There is no doubt purpose to whats in his lift area’s…The show room was pretty barren to man, keeps it about bikes and some t’shirts. Space of coarse is limited in this island of Japan. Kimitoshi Tokuyama shop is got that off the raidar thing going for it.
No doubts Kimitoshi Tokuyama is cool dude, will be rad to peep the spot again when I ride my ass down there my self (fingers crossed!!!) Although I am not sure he wants my cameras pokein’ around, but very cool chance to check ACE MOTORCYCLE out!!!
a big big ups to SHIN IKEDA from HOT BIKE JAPAN for setting it up!!!
can you spot the punk rocker.. YOUTH IS KING..
yeah it only took me about 3 months to update it… haha..
There is one thing that anyone can tell ya bout me, I have worked hard to blow up dudes in the scene. I have spent hours and hours shooting and editing footage all for the glory of it!!!
Today I picked up Warp mags new book release LIFE SUCKS; INTERVIEWS with 23 LEGENDS.
The book has a great ironical tittle LIFE SUCKS, and there is no doubt the dudes inside the cover shape culture world wide. Rob Machado (pro surfer), Shinsuke Takizawa(Neighborhood) etc etc….
It brings such such complete joy to see the tops in culture shapers, seeing Jeff Decker (hippodrome studio) on a list with Jason Dill, John Cardiel and Bob Haro!!! amazing just fucking amazing and WELL DISSEVERED.. Congratulations to being in the book!!!
I have said it and i will always say it, Mr. Jeffery Decker is the historian of this scene… and Kana@ Warp thank you so so much for helping further this game, all these baby steps add up!!!
Duane Peters and friends honoring the death of his son Chess.
What i learned riding Simo’s chopper to Born Free…..
I ran into a kid at the chopper parade a few weeks ago, I asked him how old he was… “25 years old” he said….. fuck.. that means he was born in 1988. So using the laws of math i figured that most median age kids attending born free this year where between 8 to 15 years old when the chopper game got set off again in the 90′s !!!!
This is not hero post about my love of Mr. James, because a hero he is not. What he was , really, was loud, in your face and over the top and a bit punk, actually he maybe more of a jock come to think of it. Jesse’s first bikes were not choppers, they were warmed over FXR’s and pro street bikes like a lot of other bike features I saw in old EasyRiders i looked at last night.
a big thanks to Trent at The Proper Barbershop
droped in to check out “Terminally Chill Vacation Fridays” …. sweet hawaiian styles and hair cuts..
when you need to get your hair did…
Walk_ins are welcome:
Now this looks fun…
Saturday July 6th…
had a good day with some friends, hope you did toooo…
Cary Brobeck from Wrench Magazine brought down a bunch of killer art from the Easyriders archives.. Look out for it at the next show, its worth a peak no doubts!!
the very first chopper website i ever saw was from my hero mr. David Freston aka Chopper Dave!!!
Happy Happy b-day man!!!