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~ VVMC 2012 ~

Written by on 21st September 2012 in Beach, Events, Lifestyle, Motorcycles, Ride, Vintage with 0 Comments


Western Civ stopped by the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club’s  5th annual rally after enjoying a ride with them up the PCH and back. More classic iron and steel than you can shake a stick at showed up and it was truly amazing to see everyone’s machines on the road and on display.


Club Parking only



This 1971 Triumph has had one owner for 40 years. 


A beast of a Honda


The only pre-unit Bonneville at the event was in gorgeous shape.



Ran into Western Civ friends Gregroy Westbrooke and…

Nick Fouquet of Westbrooke Maker hat company

Handmade in Venice and worth your dimes.



Looks vintage, but really electric


Looks vintage, is really old.



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~Born Free 4~

Written by on 8th August 2012 in Customs, Events, Lifestyle, Motorcycles with 0 Comments


I went to my first Born Free this year. As a rookie, it was pretty overwhelming. There were so many amazing bikes I nearly didn’t make it out of the parking lot. So many cool ideas and so much detailed craftsmanship. I saw a few friends, met some new ones and was in a blur of spectacle the whole day. Here are my impressions, shot from my obviously snowblind perspective. Next year I will have a better game plan but for now…..enjoy.


Kosuke of Sunrise Cycles. I saw Kosuke when I first walked in and my head was in full spin mode. I did a crap job of capturing his bikes that he brought, but they were brilliant. See some of them in the upcoming profile on Kosuke soon to drop on these pages.

Droopy, Trav and fellow legends

Dugan and a couple of his bikes

Yaniv Evan of Powerplant and Andy Carter from Pangea Speed SLC

Ryan (@3gknuck)’s mind-bending Davilina Shovel 

Actual conversation, “Oh yeah I’m all about going to stranger’s houses”

No words.

Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy and Dan Druff of Franz and Grubb with Satyricorn, a rigid front end Triumph custom

Epic biblical engraving on knuckle
This pretty pan was one of the Cycle Zombies’ many offerings
It was a long weekend
Team Sunrise loading ‘em up.
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~Redbull Minidrome 4/26/2012 by Ukiah Pearson~

Written by on 3rd May 2012 in Bicycle, Events, Ride with 0 Comments

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Written by on 18th April 2012 in Art, Events, Lifestyle, Product with 0 Comments

Axiom Contemporary and Michael Torquato deNicola present
TORQUATO LOVES YOU BABY’s first solo exhibition
2801 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Torquato Loves You Baby, an exhibition of work by contemporary artist Torquato, presented by AXIOM
CONTEMPORARY celebrated its successful 3 week run with a reception to benefit Stoked Mentoring. The
exhibition, unveiled on March 23, 2012, has featured new works based on deNicola’s now unattainable
series from the 2012 Los Angeles Art Show.

This evolving collection, based on deNicola’s iconic ‘Torquato’ character, has created a cult following in
both the art and surfing world, and continues to inspire countless fans as deNicola develops ‘Torquato’s’

Described as an ‘action-hero’ by the artist, the Torquato emblem is a symbol of strength and love.
Inspired by the great graffiti artists of our time, as well as flavors of superstar contemporary artists Sam Francis and Jasper Johns, each individual work emotes a vibration of its own. Colors collide with
spontaneous moments of fluidity, juxtaposed with jagged carvings, like a fin through a foaming street
wave. Spraypaint, oil and ink breathe in and out. In the middle stands our hero, ever ready to conquer,
reassure, and embrace. Torquato loves you, baby…

Michael Torquato deNicola grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in
Orange County, California, he has never lived far from the ocean. After starting surfing at the age of 12,he was on the US national team by age 19. A professional surfer, photographer, and award winning
documentary filmmaker, Michael rides the waves, and connects the dots in all forms. This is his first solo exhibition.

Limited edition shirts and commemorative posters will be available for purchase during Thursday evening’s closing reception. Proceeds of sales from both the show and apparel will go to Stoked Mentoring, an organization that promotes personal development, academic achievement, and healthy living to underserved youth through action sports culture.








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~Pre-Coachella Roof Top Pool Party ~

Written by on 6th April 2012 in Events, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Pre-Coachella Roof Top Pool Party
When: APRIL 7, 2012
Where: The Standard DWNTWN LA
Morgan Pharoh (the man about town), Douglas Neill (photographer and renaissance man) and Jimmy Tran (the man with the eye for all things stylish) are producing and hosting a series of Rock & Roll Life Style Pool Parties throughout the spring and summer of 2012 at The Standard, Downtown LA. Their first installment is coming up this Saturday, April 7th, as they bring together like-minded, rad people throughout Southern California to celebrate the only Pre-Coachella roof top pool party in town.

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Written by on 4th April 2012 in Events, fashion, Icon, Lifestyle, Product, Ride, Skate, Skateboarding with 0 Comments

If you haven’t been to the Vans Santa Monica store recently, you won’t recognize it. One of Vans’ earliest stores, the 4th and Broadway location dates back to the early 70s when a young Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta and Wes Humpston stopped by to get their first waffle soles. Join them this Sunday at 1 pm to meet three skateboard legends for autographs and Vans swag.
Vans Santa Monica
400 W. Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The new Vans store carries a large selection of Vans favorites: Classics, the upscale California Collection, our surf footwear and a plenty of clothing for both the guys and girls all in a fresh, renovated space with a boutique feel that reflects Santa Monica’s skate/surf heritage.

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Written by on 4th April 2012 in Events, Motion Picture, Skate, Skateboarding with 0 Comments

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~Pedro Matos ” Heritage ” by Ivory & Black~

Written by on 4th April 2012 in Art, Events, People, Skateboarding with 0 Comments

Ivory & Black Soho proudly presents “Heritage”, a new exhibition by Pedro Matos, which embodies the artist’s much anticipated first solo exhibition in London. “Heritage” features a new series of oil paintings on canvas and one site-specific installation. Pedro Matos’ paintings feature a rich and complex layering consisting of different languages of painting, which combine texture, patterns, realistic figurative painting and text. Through this visual language, his work draws the viewer into a dialog surrounding the impermanence of social and cultural values. In the artist’s own words ” Through this exhibition I am trying to question my personal and cultural heritage, and how these values and conditions evolve and change over time in our society..”. Inspired by the french philosopher Michel Foucault’s work, subject to his paintings and explorations are the themes/concepts of Knowledge, Power, History, Sexuality, Discourse, Episteme and Impermanence. The exhibition will also comprise the release of a limited edition artist’s book of Pedro Matos’ work and life.
Pedro Matos is an Artist and Curator born in Santarém, Portugal in 1989. Influenced by the sub-cultures of Graffiti and Skateboarding he was immersed in, Pedro started painting at the age of 16 in Lisbon where he attended studies at both the Faculty of Fine Art – University of Lisbon, Ar.Co Art Centre , and later decided not to complete his academic education. After completing a painting course at Central Saint Martins, Pedro went on to pursue his career in London, where he currently lives and works. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums across the world, such as the University of Arizona’s Museum of Modern Art, Philips de Pury in London, White Walls gallery in San Francisco and Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Pedro Matos also works as a curator and was responsible for shows in Lisbon, London, Atlanta and Miami, having also recently co-founded Ivory&Black Soho in London.
Video directed by João Retorta
Ivory & Black Soho is a new gallery dedicated to New Contemporary Art, located on 94 Berwick Street in the heart of London’s Soho. Founded in 2011 by Pedro Matos and Rui Da Paz Louro – Ivory & Black shows the most exciting artists working today, such as Andrew Schoultz, Cleon Peterson, Cheryl Dunn, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, James Jean, Pedro Matos, Richard Colman, Ryan Travis Christian, Skullphone and Wes Lang.
April 27 – June 9, 2012
Opening Reception with the artist: Friday, April 27, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 – 8 pm
Ivory & Black Soho
94 Berwick Street, W1F0QB London, UK
+44 (0) 7554002182

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~BRAMA PARTY – HC Edition /// 3-4 March 2012 @ Madesimo(SO) by Boarderline Crew~

Written by on 4th April 2012 in Events, Lifestyle, Motion Picture, Product, Ride, Skate, Skateboarding, Snowboard with 0 Comments

BOARDERLINE CREW presents “Brama Party HC EDITION” @ Madesimo (SO)
NO SNOW, GO SKATE…two days, one big house, over 60 people, one party!!!
FILMING & EDITING: Matteo Molteni / +
PHOTOS: Giovanni Spreafico /
MUSIC: Frank Zappa, JOE’S GARAGE 1979

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~Matt Hoffman “Highest Air World Record”~

Written by on 13th March 2012 in Bicycle, Events, Icon, Motion Picture, Ride with 0 Comments

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