Our studio neighbour is Frank Motschko. Frank is a machinist by trade. He also has a habit of buying way more shit than he can deal with but it’s all the coolest shit you’ll ever see…piled so high you can in fact barely see any of it until he digs away and brings it out, held high and grinning from ear to ear. Along with the object there is a detailed story and this story is often better than the object itself. Where it was made, how it was made and what it was made for along with the why, how and where he found it. Frank is a walking encyclopaedia of everything crammed into his shop and seemingly everything else that exists in the world. Set aside at least one hour of your time to go see Frank because everytime you try to leave he says, “Hey Grant, check this out…you’ll like it…”, and he’s right…I always do.
Sarah MacLeod runs. A lot. She specialises in high altitude endurance marathons and covers ground like a gazelle. I had the opportunity to work with Sarah a couple weeks ago on the running images below. Fun times trying to keep up with her on my bike…she’s fast!
What the hell is it!? We get asked this a lot…MAKI…?? WAKI…??? No, it’s IKAM and it’s come to slap you in the face and remind you that we as humans beings are capable of an attention span longer than a gnat’s pube…no you can’t download a copy nor can you view it on the web…it’s a magazine…you know, those things that pile up in your shitter, leave ink on your fingers and inspire you and get you excited about life? Yeah it’s one of those. Seb Kemp and Jonathan Matlock were my partners in crime and we had the best time ever making it. Stressful? No, not really…well, maybe a little when it came down to spending thousands of dollars to print the magazine, stickers and t-shirts all to give away for free but mostly a completely enjoyable and strangely therapeutic exercise. Massive thank you has to go out to the contributors and the advertisers who all took our idea and made it their own with genuinely unique content and ads that aren’t ads but additional content and are soooooo good. Our distribution model was, in the beginning, quite simple…find us and ask us for a copy and we would hand you one from our backpack. Well it’s been much better received than we thought so we are also going to mail it to people. All you pay is the postage depending on far away you live from IKAM HQ. You have to have a Paypal account…go to www.ikammag.com and check it out, your brain will thank you.
Oh my sweet lord! What a weekend! We made the trip from Kelowna, B.C. down to Portland, Oregon and met up with our buddy Kris Krome and the rest of the Canadian contingent for the opening night party at Thor Drake’s SeeSeeMotorcycle shop and then onto Castle Rock, Washington for two days of racing. My travel partners were Roger Goldammer, Roy Cameron and Bert The Animal. Bert is 71 and partied harder than everyone else combined. Motorcycles, high-kicks, missing teeth and a laugh a minute were the ingredients for the weekend. Rating things is not my usual approach but this is in the top ten weekends I’ve had…ever. Gary Inman and Ben Part at Sideburn magazine are doing good things and their DirtQuake series is a winner. Long live Sideburn!
I can already hear you car nerds screaming, “This car is a fake, an impostor and a mutant!!”…indeed it is…but a really great one. John the owner decided that Ford made a big mistake in not producing a Daytona 500 version of the Fairlane after Mario Andretti won the 1967 Daytona 500 in a Fairlane ‘special’ and has taken on himself to bring it into the world. Good thing too.