A perfect little film on an insanely talented artist that I’ve long been a huge fan of — Death Spray Custom. Curiously strong, iconic, inventive, original, and executed with surgical precision and a sense of humor.
Paul Newman with his 1963 VW convertible Beetle, shooting an ad for Volkswagen in the late ’60s. Soon afterwards race car builder Jerry Eisert was enlisted to stealthily turn this little bug into a covert Corvette killer. Paul Newman’s “Indy VW” would become one of the most radical VW Bugs of its time, and a sleeper legend was born.
If you’re not in-the-know, and pumped for The Motorcycle Film Festival yet, you should watch this video by DKS! I am honored to be a small part of something as meaningful and big as the fest has become. Without all the amazing artists submitting their heartfelt work, and the vision, dedication, and countless hours put in by co-founders Jack Drury and Corinna Mantlo, there would be a gaping cultural hole in modern motorcycle cinema. Let’s get ready to roll!
SEPT 23-27th | 2015 | EVENT VENUE: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn 11217.
*ALL EVENTS LISTED WILL BE HELD AT LITTLEFIELD, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SUNDAY 9/27 WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE SHOP BROOKLYN
Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and his beloved ‘Strider’, named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s character ‘Aragorn’ from ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp was penned by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page back in 1970, and named after the tiny cottage in Gwynedd, Wales where the band holed-up after coming off their North American tour. The rustic, old home (with no power or running water) was a welcome escape to refresh the road-worn band and inspired several epic songs for Led Zeppelin III, including Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. “There ain’t no companion like a blue-eyed Merle,” was Robert Plant’s tender, lyrical nod to his sweet lil’ pooch, Strider in this song. Tolkien references can also be heard in a few other Led Zeppelin songs– Ramble On, The Battle of Evermore, and Misty Mountain Hop.
Photographer Bastian Glaessner shot these incredibly cool pics of vintage hot rod racing at the legendary Pendine Sands. His eye and unique style has created a strong signature that feels rich and nostalgic. The images are so stunning, I could stare at these all day…
“I was super chuffed when Neil Fretwell of the VHRA recently invited me up to the rugged Welsh headland that holds the infamous ‘Pendine Sands’ for a weekend of vintage racing. Since the early 1920s cars have pelted down this 7-mile stretch of fine golden grains to chase automotive speed records. On this early July weekend a mad crowd of hot rod racers from all over Europe had assembled their beasts at this historic spot. By the time I got there Friday after dark, the field around the Museum of Speed was brimming with glorious pre-1949 rods, glistening in the moonlight, begging to be let loose on the endless stretch of tidal sands below.” ~Bastian Glaessner
“Come Saturday morning and first the Welsh weather gods got their own. Heavy winds and some blistering downpours overnight meant racers had to be patient a little while longer whilst the team of helping hands were busy getting the course up and running. Once the fences were up, the 110 yard timing section established and the mile long track cleared of stranded giant jellyfish, the show got underway. As if on cue the sun popped out from behind the clouds, crowds gathered on the beach and with a mighty “ROOOAR…” our cars rolled out onto the sands to line up in the pits. What an exciting display of vintage sheet metal that was!” ~Bastian Glaessner
The TSY store is now open, and is proud to carry: Iron & Resin, BillyKirk, Silver Piston, Norman Porter, Biltwell Inc., The Shop Rag Shirt by GodSpeedco, The Cafe Rocker, “The American” cutting board by Gowanus Furniture, photography by Scott G. Toepfer, art by Conrad Leach, curated vintage by America Designs of Lambertville, NJ, and of course our own TSY goods. It’s been a long time coming, and we are happy to finally show some photos from opening day. Come and visit us at 110 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938.
Iconic 1957 Chevy hood – handpainted with “The Selvedge Yard logo by Jaime Cartagena.
We now have the 1952 BSA A10 Dragster originally built and raced by Mikey D’Antonio of Philly– it dominated the illegal drag scene, regularly beating bigger Vincents and Harleys. John Lawless was so generous to bring it down to live in the shop for a couple months, and Charlie Kowchak, who originally bought it from Mikey D. and owned it for over 50 yrs, came into the shop to share the rich history of the bike with me. He also owns the ’61 Harley XLCH that eventually beat Mikey D’s BSA, and we talked about having that in the TSY shop next! We definitely plan to have a heavy rotation of badass bikes in the TSY shop that you don’t see every day… And check out our new online shop featuring all our brands here.
The Selvedge Yard is proud to offer Silver Piston jewelry in our online shop here.
“As a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, I was always intrigued by old buffalo nickels. I used to get them from my grandfather and would eventually spend them on candy. As a jewelry maker, they’re a cornerstone to a lot of my jewelry. It all started a couple of years ago when I bought a bag of them off eBay to see what could be done with them. One day I was in the studio working on a half inch wedding band for a friend. Since I had more silver I made one for myself and then it happened…
We are at it again. TSY reached up to Mike & Dave Stampler over at Norman Porter for the ultimate black jean, and they nailed it. If you remember our last collaboration with Norman Porter, the quality of make, materials, and attention to detail are second to none. This time there are only 10 pairs, and when they’re gone they’re gone for good. They will go live tomorrow 7/7, 11am EST on our Shop page here.
Karlheinz Weinberger’s photography is often described as, “What happens to white Switzerland when black music is played by a white man, and then radioed across the Atlantic to Europe.” While there are clearly strong homoerotic overtones present and some may judge and decide to look no further… I’m drawn to the strong fashion stance and attitude of rebellion in these kids that is driven by the American music and movie scene of the time (Elvis, James Dean, Gene Vincent, etc.) that they masterfully embraced and evolved into there own subculture, Halbstark or “Half-Strong.” Almost 50 years later, it still inspires.
Photographer Bastian Glaessner shot these incredibly cool pics of the UK Atomic Festival described by the organizers as– “…an international line-up of bands & DJs playing in spectacular indoor venues, traditional flag-start drag racing, air displays, jiving, bopping & strolling, an enormous big-top with a 6,000 sq ft dance floor, a pre-1963 car show and drive-in movie, poodles, roller skating… and the best festival atmosphere ever!”
“On slight short notice I headed up north last weekend to meet up with a bunch of UK retro heads that got together on an old 30s airstrip outside Northampton to celebrate the annual Atomic bash of serious vintage fair. This mid-century-inspired festival had everything the gentleman drag-strip connoisseur’s heart might desire– a field full of polished pre-’63s metal to draw you in, plenty mean Rock ’n’ Roll fuzz booming from the speakers of the multiple stages, the gravity defying riders of the Demon-Drome of death spinning their 1920s Indians up the 30 foot wall and last but not least a glorious stretch of glaring concrete that just begged the rod riders to be raced!” ~Bastian Glaessner
“Despite the somewhat grey skies the eclectic mob turned out in style! Bombers, raw jeans, pomaded hair and neat pressed curls as far as the eye could see. From gear-heads to knuckle freaks, young-guns to old-timers, everybody made an effort and rocked up spotting their most stylish attire. It all made for a photographers dream really.” ~Bastian Glaessner