*HIPSTER ALERT* Ray Gordon and crew are back at it again! You call this working, Ray? Fucksake. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes film Ray shot with friends from Stetson, Hurst Racing Tires, and a couple of my favorite people in the world– Thor Drake, and Tori George at See See Motor Coffee.
“We went out and had one of the best days of our lives on Parsons Farm on Sauvies Island in Oregon. Yeah, it was a planned shoot but the fun was as authentic as it gets. It wasn’t a job. No money changed hands. Every summer I like to do a big self-promotion shoot. This was me being selfish and cramming all of my likes in one fun day. Incredible day with great friends! Thor & Tori from See See Motorcycles, Cody Adams from Hurst Tires, Kenny Wright from Motogalore, Jimmy 2Bottles, Casey, Meredith, Charity and the Parson brothers, John and Paul who own the farm.”
It was great being a part of 1st Annual NYC Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn last week. Lots of great films and filmmakers were exposed to fresh eyes hungry for inspiring motorcycle art, culture, and history on the screen. An interesting after-film Q & A brought up a seminal motorcycle film of the 1960s, “The Leather Boys”, not just necessarily for the striking “Ton-Up Boys” and bikes– actually more for it’s place in history for being the first British film to be rated ‘X’ for having homosexual themes than actual nudity of a graphic nature, per se.
I was first exposed to “The Leather Boys” as a teenage fan of The Smiths (it was a very influential and transforming film for Morrissey, and many young gay men in England). Clips and images of the film and it’s stars were used in The Smiths’ video “Girlfriend in a Coma” and their single, “William, It Was Really Nothing.” In a 1988 NME interview at the Cadogan Hotel (where Oscar Wilde was arrested), Morrissey even said, “I’m almost quite speechless now, it’s a very historic place and obviously it means a great deal to me… to be sitting here staring at Oscar’s television and the very video that Oscar watched “The Leather Boys on.” (The ‘Oscar’s television’ comment, obviously an impossibility, is Moz being snarky and insulting the intelligence of the NME reporter…) Hearing “The Leather Boys” being referenced all these years later by filmmaker Eric Tretbar (Girl Meets Bike), and Paul d’Orleans of The Vintagent made me want to take a closer look at the historical influence of “The Leather Boys”, of which there is several layers.
Rita Tushingham and Colin Campbell in the iconic British film, “The Leather Boys”, 1964.
I stumbled across this write-up on Dave Stewart in The Guardian’s Observer quite by accident this weekend, and my jaw hit the floor with a thud! Right away I thought back to an odd time about 2 or so years ago when a very nice young man contacted me “on behalf of Mr. Dave Stewart”, wanting to know if I’d like to contribute a Blues piece for a magazine that he was producing. I said, “Fuck. Absolutely.” But as these things often do, it didn’t end up happening, and part of me thought…Dave Stewart? Nah. There must have been a mix-up. Surely not me he was looking for me. This made my day. Dave, please reach out anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org It’s a one-man show over here, but I’ll surely take your call!
A behind the scenes film produced by Lanakila MacNaughton exposing the creative inspiration, intent and process behind the shooting of her Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition.
“I mean, I know so many beautiful women that can ride, you know? And so, I just wanted to like show who these women are, not just models. And it’s not even like I’m trying to bash men, or trying to create a ruckus, or like piss people off. I’m just expressing what I see, in a different way. And, just trying to share that with people. If they enjoy it, great. If they don’t, great. You know?” –Lanakila MacNaighton
Lanakila MacNaughton’s photography is getting a lot of acclaim and attention for it’s ‘Fuck Yeah’ energy and authenticity. In Lana’s words, “I am inspired by the real women that ride, not models, but genuine riders. I want to reveal the brave, courageous and beautiful women that live to ride. I hope to travel all over the country to document women in different cities for my Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition (a traveling photography show). The redhead in these shots is Tammy @bamatama and the brunette is Britney @tiny_b. These ladies live in Baltimore and fucking rule.” –Lanakila MacNaughton
James Hunt on the winner’s podium (L to R): Patrick Depailler (FRA) Tyrrell, second; race winner James Hunt (GBR) McLaren; John Watson (GBR) Penske, third. French Grand Prix, 1976. — Image © Phipps / Sutton Images / Corbis
I’m stoked to see Rush this weekend– the much anticipated film by Ron Howard on one of Formula One’s most talented and notorious drivers ever, James “The Shunt” Hunt. The seemingly insatiable ladies’ man was estimated to have had 5,000 trysts in his lifetime. History tells of a wicked weekend where buddy and fellow (motorcycle) racing legend Barry Sheene tallied 33 BA stewardesses lined-up at the door of their Tokyo Hilton suite. It’ll be interesting to see if Chris Hemsworth is able to capture his wit and charm, and if he can keep his muscles from overshadowing the memory of Hunt’s lean, lanky frame hard-earned by a physical exercise regiment consisting largely of driving, and shagging. The perfect primer for Rush is the documentary When Playboy’s ruled the World which accurately and colorfully takes you back to the glory days of Hunt & Sheene when driving was dangerous, and sex was safe. More epic photos of James Hunt in action after the video…
The Motorcycle Film Festival is happening THIS WEEK! Come check it out, kicking off the festivities on Wednesday! There are loads of more details on the film screening schedule and tickets HERE. Lots of event festivities and giveaways too! Follow @motofilmfest on IG.
Sept. 7th, 1976 — Joe Esposito (Elvis Presley’s Memphis Mafia buddy) wearing a Led Zeppelin 1975 Tour T-shirt at the Holiday Inn hotel with Elvis in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
I Was There. And more… as told by Elvis Presley’s step-brother
“I was 14 years old when Led Zeppelin came to Memphis in 1969. As the youngest step-brother to Elvis Presley, I was living at the Graceland Mansion. My divorced mother Dee Stanley married Elvis’s widowed father Vernon Presley on July 3, 1960. Anyway, I went to the concert with a friend and was blown away. John Bonham playing his solo on Moby Dick, Jimmy Page stroking his Les Paul with a fiddle bow, John Paul Jones laying down heavy bass, and of course the driving voice of Robert Plant. While growing up as Presley’s step-brother I was no stranger to great music. But it was Led Zeppelin that became MY MUSIC while growing up the King.
I started touring with Presley in 1972 when I was 16. I always had Zeppelin’s music with me. In 1974 while at the LA Forum Led Zeppelin came to see Elvis. Later that night after the show Robert, Jimmy and John Paul came to Elvis’s suite at the hotel across the street from the Forum. I met them as they came off the elevator and walked with them to Elvis’s room. I introduced myself, shook their hands and got their autograph. Of all the people I met during my life with Elvis, it was only Led Zeppelin’s autograph that I asked for.
Photograph by © Yve Assad
“It all started with my first bicycle at age 5. After I ditched the training wheels, it was over. I was hooked on 2 wheels. I used to follow the older boys in my neighborhood around like a puppy down the steepest hills, probably reaching speeds of 30mph on my tricked out pink Schwinn complete with handlebar tassels and a flowery banana seat…no helmet on…obviously.
Growing up, I was never around motorcycles, but we were always on our bicycles. It was our vehicle to adventure, we went everywhere and explored everything. Years later in photojournalism school when I was introduced to Danny Lyon’s work, The Bikeriders,
I developed an unabated fascination with motorcycle culture. Something about Lyon’s pictures clicked with the kid in me. The independence, the grit, the thrill really came through his images and I wanted a taste. (His photo “Crossing the Ohio River” is still my favorite photo of all time.) I started lurking around seedy biker bars taking pictures of all the old, salty characters that rolled in, trying not to piss anybody off…”
Photograph by © Yve Assad
It’s a good goddamn sign when people take it upon themselves to create an event (that holy shit, doesn’t even exist?!) like the Motorcycle Film Festival. And it’s a helluva feeling when it’s Jack and Corinna tapping you to participate and even be a judge. Get ready for the 1st annual Motorcycle Film Festival coming your way! Hot Damn!
Francoise Hardy on the ‘Grand Prix’ film set seen wearing co-star James Garner’s helmet, 1966.
Francoise Hardy was a wistful breath of fresh air during the sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s. Mysterious, sweetly naive, and utterly desirable. She was adored by Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and more. The incredible enduring images of Hardy, particularly those by famed photographer Jean-Marie Perier (who shot her donned in Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Andre Courréges, and Paco Rabanne), made her an instant and timeless style icon. With her faraway gaze and lazy smile, Francoise Hardy is like a melancholy dream that you simply don’t want to wake up from. Her unease with fame and adoration is at times clearly evident in her photos– serving only to make her even more alluring.
Francoise Hardy perched atop a Honda motorcycle is an all-time internet #babesonbikes favorite.
Many thanks to Cool Material for featuring TSY style picks from my favorite makers & peeps!
- Iron & Resin Rambler Jacket, Black – $240
- Billy Kirk Double Prong Belt – $99
- See See Motor Coffee Tee – $25
- Norman Porter NP-01 Japanese Selvedge Denim – $248
- RRL Japanese Indigo Chambray Workshirt – $195
- Wolveriine Stockton 1000 Mile Engineer’s Boot – $495
- Poler Riding Pack – $90
- Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses – $200
- Tanner Goods Travel Wallet – $95
Some kind of life.
“It was December, riding in the back seat of my own car… a 1969 Chevy Brookwood Wagon, when I think to myself, ‘How did I get here? How did I get a good looking couple to hang out in a seedy Hollywood motel while I took photos, and then get them to drive around the city in my beat up station wagon while I tried to capture the essence of this short moment in time?’
In my early/mid/whatever 20s I was sitting at a lab bench wearing a white lab coat analyzing saliva for flu virus. Not joking, I was analyzing spit for work. At some point almost two years in I realized I wasn’t dead yet, and decided to make art.
Throttle Merchants Magazine is the photobook project of Matt Porter & Aileen Aquino. Their passion is shooting SoCal’s amazingly rich Hot Rod culture, focusing primarily on pre-’40s Fords, and vintage motorcycles. Looking at the images of these incredibly crafted machines and their unique creators, one is impressed that this no hobby. This is what they live for. To that point, Matt and Aileen are big on keeping the pages of Throttle Merchants all about the stories being told through the photography, and have strayed away from ads & sponsor revenue. Check out their website here to see how you can help support their vision. The much anticipated Issue 4 will be available on 8/24, kicking-off that night with a release party at Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank. Check it out.
Bobby Green — Photography by Matt Porter and Aileen Aquino © Throttle Merchants Magazine
“A friend of ours recently called Throttle Merchants Magazine a “passion project”—and with that we would totally agree. We started photographing the hot rod culture back in 2008 and have self-published four magazines since then as a side-project. The term magazine can be somewhat confusing to people— none of our work contains articles, advertisements, or editorials. There are no staff writers, nor do we have a creative director. We simply take collections of our own images and let them tell a story. All photographs in each magazine are shot by us (Matt Porter and Aileen Aquino), and are then laid out by us before being sent to press. We’ve been nursing our latest work for a couple of years until now. To finally have the finished project—a tangible compilation to share with everyone—has set our minds at ease. Volume 4 includes Lucky Burton, Bobby Green, Billy Branch, Robert Lomas, Chris Casny, Jack Carroll, Jose Gonzalez, and more.” –Aileen Aquino
Billy Branch – Photography by Matt Porter and Aileen Aquino © Throttle Merchants Magazine
“Can’t Stay” Jose – Photography by Matt Porter and Aileen Aquino © Throttle Merchants Magazine
Ray Gordon is one of those guys that you can’t help but love. He’s a big, gentle giant with a deep voice that’s always saying the craziest shit that makes you laugh your ass off. He’s also one helluva photographer, and has a passion for the people and brands that he shoots for that isn’t all about the money– sometimes it’s about having a great time with cool folks and doing some rad shit just because it feels good. That’s exactly what he did for Stetson and TSY is honored to have the exclusive pics here. And of course I’m going to lead-in with my favorite pics of two of my favorite people– Tori & Thor from See See Coffee & Motorcycles!
“Stetson USA sent us a big box of badass hats and we went and showed those hats how we do it! We went out and had one of the best days of our lives on Parsons Farm on Sauvies Island in Oregon. Yeah, it was a planned shoot but the fun was as authentic as it gets. It wasn’t a job. No money changed hands.
Every summer I like to do a big self-promotion shoot. This was me being selfish and cramming all of my likes in one fun day. Incredible day with great friends! Thor & Tori from See See Motorcycles, Cody Adams from Hurst Tires, Kenny Wright from Motogalore, Jimmy 2Bottles, Casey, Meredith, Charity and the Parson brothers, John and Paul who own the farm.” –Ray Gordon
From the moment I saw Cindy DuLong AKA Fashion Serial Killer in that rad burnout shot below by Lanakila MacNaughton I was hooked on her work. Lana was kind enough to share some of her favorite photos, along with a little personal commentary. The name ‘Lanakila’ was new to me, but I took a stab and guessed that it was Hawaiian…and was right! It means ‘Goddess of Victory’ and her grandfather who is half Hawaiian bestowed the righteous namesake upon her. Clearly he knew she was bound for greatness right from the get-go.
“Cindy DuLong (AKA Fashion Serial Killer) is a complete badass. She showed up to the shoot in a fur-collared leather jacket that she stitched herself. She brought her man on the shoot and he taught her how to do a burnout that night.” — photograph © by Lanakila MacNaughton
“I am a 24 year old motorcyclist and photographer from Portland, Oregon. I was inspired to create the Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition (a traveling photography show) by the real women that ride, not models but genuine riders. I want to reveal the brave, courageous and beautiful women that live to ride. I’ve been shooting women along the west coast and hope to travel all over the country to document women in different cities.” –Lanakila MacNaughton
“This photo is of @chevvvy. We shot out in the desert an hour outside of LA. Chevvvy is a 5′ 3″ bombshell who is a total sweetheart. Chevvvy was one of my favorite women to shoot thus far, she works the camera and is confident on and off the bike.” – photograph © by Lanakila MacNaughton