TSY‘s latest artist collab “Why Me Lord,” another dance with Doug Werner the talented eye and artist behind @muchomoto on instagram. How inspiration struck– growing up listening to my heroes Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash and discovering their love of the old spirituals, and soaking in the imagery of them in their youth. The iconic image of young Elvis in this stance, strumming away on his acoustic guitar is forever seared on my brain– was the inspiration for our artwork of the Grim Reaper lamenting why he has to spend eternity collecting souls when their time has run out on earth…
“The self-taught photographer Gusmano Cesaretti grew up in Lucca, Italy– but as a child he fell in love with America through movies, jazz and the work of Beat writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He arrived in the United States at age 19 on the day Kennedy was assassinated, and eventually made his way to California, where he found work in the photo department of the Huntington Library in Pasadena. It was during this time, in the early 1970s, that Cesaretti began to explore the Latino neighborhood of East L.A., photographing the people he met, and the graffiti that decorated the buildings. These photographs are ‘not just documentation’ but ‘remarkable works of art’ writes Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in the introduction to his latest book, ‘Fragments of Los Angeles, 1969-1989,’ that surveys two decades of Cesaretti’s images. ‘In addition to their formal strength, they were infused with tremendous human sympathy.'”
Also, without Gusmano Cesaretti’s involvement and vision, the “TAKE NONE, GIVE NONE” film on The Chosen Few MC would not have been made.
“I had the pleasure of building the entire machine myself. Doug Kinney sanded it and helped paint it, but the entire concept here was to build a machine for parades and stuff. At the first parade I threw candy from the rear trailer to the kids in the crowd, and it spooked the horses in the parade (kids chasin’ candy) I never did that again! Newton was responsible for the sketches of the ‘Candy Wagon’ after the machine was built. I drove this machine to many bike runs in and around California and it was an exceptional Harley trike motorcycle and very dependable!” ~Ed Roth
“Usually, a guy went for the fastest time on the track, or he tried to win the competition for the highest speed clocked that day,” said Roger Meiners, a motor sports journalist and photographer. “E. J. wasn’t looking to win anything. He just showed up and tried to make people go– Oh, my God!”
“For Corvette enthusiasts, the real star of ‘Clambake’ is the 1959 Stingray Racer concept— the car that is said to be the opening design salvo in what became the 1963 Corvette Stingray. While Corvette innovation was experience an exciting acceleration, the days of big money movie deals for Elvis were downshifting. Riffing on the similarity of every Elvis movie to every other Elvis movie, a studio executive once quipped: ‘Why do we bother to give his movies titles – couldn’t they just be numbered?'”
“The ’59 Stingray Racer has its own unique history. Designed by Peter Brock and Larry Shinoda, the chassis was provided from one of Duntov’s 1956 Corvette SS tubular frame racers. GM’s styling chief Bill Mitchell purchased the chassis and then directed and funded the design of the car in Chevrolet’s secretive Studio X. Once completed, Mitchell took the car racing as a privateer. The Stingray Racer was raced in 1960 SCCA competition by The Flying Dentist, Dr. Dick Thompson, who would bring home the C-Modified class championship in the car.
TSY‘s latest artist collab “Jesus Take The Wheel,” with Doug Werner the talented eye and artist behind @muchomoto on instagram. How inspiration struck– As a youngster, my family abruptly transplanted to West Phoenix and I found my sorry, red-headed, 10 yr old ass in Cholo central. It was an experience in survival for sure, and left me with an affinity for Lowriders, Cholo Art, and Rick James (Give It To Me Baby)…