Artist Interview: Honrio Cham

Toronto seems to operate like an enormous small town. If you're born and raised in the city there's nearly zero degrees of separation between people in their neighbourhood, industry, "scene" or interest group. Not "kissing cousins" close but it never feels like there's a disconnect between the people. 

 The chances are that if you're into pigeon racing or you sell hotdogs you'll know everyone else chasing that same dream. So in early 2008 there was a little ratty ironhead roller at the CNE spring show/swap. It was cool for sure and there were few of us at the time chasing that dream. So when we heard that it quietly sold to some guy that I hadn't heard of I clearly remember saying "Who's Honrio?!"....or "What's a Honrio?!" 

 Over time (after that ironhead ended up in Dice mag) I began to cross paths with Hon and his camera and attempted to get to know him. Through his humble and quiet demeanor I've been able to take away that he loves his family, art, and motorcycles. This guy gets stuff done, period. 

 I've cobbled together some content from our text conversations that could help explain the only man who has been capable of intimidating me with modesty alone.

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 A: If you could sum up the evolution of your motorcycle interest via the Throttle blog (throttlefmc.com)....what would you say?

 H:Never a dull moment. First first discovery to now it's the one variable in my life that I keep close. It's constantly there with me and constantly changing. I looked over the blog as I'm moving it and it's really a diary for me, I can see what I was thinking bike-wise on any given day in the last six years!

 I only have time for one interest outside of family and I've chosen bikes. I don't think you can ever stop learning. 

 A: That's a modest statement, dude. Bikes, blog, art, clothing, collaborations, photography, travel....you've immersed yourself beyond motorcycles. 

 H: I never looked at it that way. I have to admit, I'm more into the aesthetics of the bikes, that's what's drawn me in. 

 I've been wanting to do the 'brand' shirt thing since I was a kid. I finally found something I'm passionate about and fits too. I wanted to do it right, got some great artists to do the designs from our community. 

 A: That's awesome. You're a "doer" man. 

 H: It's really for me, and my soul! The 13-14 year old sitting on a wax curb in front of the parents house drooling over skate graphics. The kid inside is still the driving force for me!"

 A: Ha ha. For sure. Don't grow up. 

 (This was followed by a rapid fire sneak peak at some of the T-shirt art, explaining the process, the artists names, and my oath not to share anything I'd just looked at prior to its debut on the revamped blog.)

 H: I'm trying to continue to share my passion and bring some cool things to the table for everyone, for example the shirts by people like Keith Weesner, GRIMB, Adam Nickel as well as Ken Sugihara from Fustyworks. Guys I love and respect and think our community would also appreciate. 

 A:Ya, man. As an individual artist you also contributed to the other Soul Seekers events, eh?

 H:It's been a pleasure to be involved in all the SS events, always glad to contribute.My photos were on both first and second year flyers, glad to help!

Somehow we got back on to the actual riding of motorcycles.  I said something about enjoying riding my dirtbike slowly down fire roads half asleep.....Honrio's response was great and a testament to his modesty:

H:Yeah, I've been enjoying riding a lot more especially after getting the M license (Canadian version of a full motorcycle license) and riding the CBR125! You know me, I'm an honest guy, I don't have tall tales of riding, lol! I still consider myself very new and need more seat time! lol

A:What's with the #midnightrun hash tags on your instagram posts (@throttlefmc)?

H: Al, I love bikes but I love my family more. My girls come first. I got the pan, was hoping to get out a lot more with people to ride but the only time that has worked out for me is to ride alone at night, when people don't have to wait for me and when I can feel more free.

I'm at a toy and book warehouse sale with the kids. Chat later on!

 Hon's quiet enthusiasm and ability to connect with people has given us all a window into our tiny little hot dog stand of a chopper scene here in Toronto.  As a friend, I know he's appreciated for his priorities and manners. I swear a whole lot less when he's around. 

Interview by Al McFeeters

You can see more of Hon's photography and such at http://www.throttlefmc.com/ and follow him on instagram at @throttlefmc

Artist Interview: Remi Theriault

Remi and I may not go way back. But that really doesn't matter with people like him. He has an uncanny ability to make friends with strangers, including myself a couple of years ago. We shared a tent on a bike run down to Vermont last spring because he "didn't have time to get one" basically within a week or so of officially meeting. I know what was up...Artist's being "artists"... But we made it through that and have been buds ever since. His ability to make strangers love him is only over shadowed by his skills standing behind the lens. Below is a text message interview between us that is no really very different from the average day of distracting one another from our day jobs. 

Now for some of Remi's fantastic photos.

You can seem more images from Remi at http://remitheriault.com/

or follow him on Instagram at @remitheriault

Artist Interview: Eric Marshall

Contributing artist Jordan Glenn was tasked with getting some answers from his fellow photographers about life, bikes and the art that brings them together.

J:Who are you? Where are you? What do you do? 

E: Eric marshall, I currently live in winnipeg, for now.. I work on conventional oils rigs.

J: What got you interested in motorcycles? Do you remember when you first got hooked?

E: I remember waking up at 6am to my dad starting up his shovel when I was little every morning. Made me think I'll be doing the same down the road, and i am, as for hooked, happy to say my friends get me hooked on choppers, I'm a firm believer on DIY. its nice to see something you've built work.

J: Same goes for the photography, what got you into shooting photos? What kind of photo gadgets do you use?

E: As for photography, i grew up riding bmx, i was lucky enough to have friends with talent, i ended up shooting bmx for companies, had a few adds in magazines, did trips with pros, travelled for it. i did that for a couple years until i got burnt out on digital. i sold all my gear but my film. for the last two years ive been shooting film but not till in the last month i've decided to start getting everything developed. least to say im happy about shooting photos again. thankful enough that winnipeg has a huge chopper scene and i get to shoot my friends all the time. as for gear. F100 SLR, Leica minilux point and shoot, if i can i play with 120

J: When was the last time you had a good ride? 

E: Soon as the snow was gone i had my shovel on the road, probably put near 10k on my bike this summer, lots of trips, i road my bike today with a bunch of my friends today, and i will again tomorrow.

J: What happened last time you dumped your bike? If you haven't dumped your bike...you will.

E: Last time i dumped my bike was when me and chuckman took our choppers dirt biking and i nearly dropped my open chain primary on my leg haha

J: Will you be at the Soul Seekers show? Explain why if not. What are you entering into the show?

E: Trying to make it with a couple of my boys from winnipeg, unfortunately ill have to fly, with work i cant get time off to ride to toronto. if i was riding id be entering my bike 100%, but for now photos of it will have to due. 

Jason Parker - What drives you?

Jason Parker has been building cars and motorcycles for 25 years, more than half his life. I’ve know him for many of these years and get a kick out of seeing him continue to push himself and attack each build he does with the same passion and attention to detail each time. When I asked him what drives and inspires you? Is there something that you take with you for each and every bike you build? This was his response:

“I see old pictures from the late 50’s and early 60’s, kind of Pre Viet Nam era, before everyone was all long haired, bearded and with the “hippy” thing going on. It was a bunch of young clean cut guys riding around on these bikes. The bikes I’m talking about weren’t drastically customized, but it was clear that what they did was their own. This was well before the long front ends and crazy shit that was to come around.

Also the stuff I’ve seen and have been exposed to in East LA really influenced on me, bikes from back in that time, the stuff was so classy and not too crazy, just “clean and nice”. I’m not sure exactly how to put it, but you see in the old pictures, the bikes were still Harleys, they had just skinny fenders, it was like everyone was trying to get a Triumph look. I really liked that late 50’s into the early 60’s style. That time has made a deep impression on me. I love it when I look at old magazines that I collect, when I read up on things, I’ll come across a 1968 magazine or something, and read that they are referring to the type of bikes I build today as “old style” being back in the 60’s, not really “old style” but “old time” bikes. To see that even back in the late sixties, the style I do and love at that time was even considered “old style” really means a lot.

I like the innocence of that era, no bullshit, no mail order, no internet . . . These guys were pioneers, the first, no reference point, just little areas doing their own thing, from paint to fab to motors . . . I don’t know . . . I get all worked up when i see all those low quality photos. They just got that mystique and charm... the classiness. No matter what I build, I reach back to capture the spirit of what these guys were doing. But really, as hard as I try, we’re just not hitting it like those dudes. No where close.”

- Jason Parker, www.jasonparkerracecars.com

 

Come out to the show on the 27th and see Jason’s work, it speaks for itself.  

Photos: downloaded from somewhere on the internet
By: Honrio Cham of Throttle

Artist Interview: Mikey Revolt

Mikey is a man on a mission. To clock serious miles on his bike(s), to link up with good humans, and to document as much if the process as possible. I caught up him between one of his many road trips to talk art, bike and Married with Children. 

B: So Mikey, fill us in on the pertinants...Name, age, where you lay your head?

M: My name is Mikey Arnold aka Mikeyrevolt, 29 as of right now but soon creeping towards 30 eeeeek. I was born, raised, and still reside in Cleveland Ohio.

B: What would an average day in the life of 14 year old Mikey Arnold consist of?

When I was 14 all that mattered was a piece of wood with 4 wheels every single day. Skateboarding was the only way of life back then, pretty sure that obsession just passed over to two wheels now. 

B: When did you start taking an interest in art. Was photography first, or were there other venues that led way to taking pictures?

M: I have always been a part of art in some way or another. I used to do a lot of drawing and painting in school. I'd constantly be filming & editing some type of independent Jackass like movies and skate videos with my friends.  I have played guitar in numerous bands, I even was in a band that was signed to a major independent label. I find beauty in the act of creating something from nothing with ideas and dreams that come from your own soul. 

B: Who are some of your influences?

M: There are way too many to mention. I would be here all day. Everyday, I find someone online that makes me ask myself "what the hell am I doing?" "My shit sucks so much compared to this!" "How the hell did they do that?"  I find it to be a huge motivator. No one is ever perfect or has perfected their craft and being able to see growth in many of the photographers I am friends with and follow in itself is a truly remarkable thing. 

B: When did you get into bikes? 

Do you have  a memory when you were 3 or younger? Most people do not, but I have a distinct memory of sitting on my "supposed real" dad's tank of his Harley. I remember him taking me on a ride around the trailer park he lived at. That moment has been ingrained in my mind forever. That first real taste of the wind in my face. Motorcycles were not a 100% focus in my entire life like some but it was constantly surrounding me. My step dad and a lot of his family were into bikes, clubs etc. From the moment I had a license I always wanted to get a bike but it took me until 3 years ago to snatch my first one up.

B: You have a sportster, if I'm correct, and I'm assuming that was your entry in the the world of Harley Davidson? But I believe I saw that you recently got your hands on a shovelhead? Do you feel as though girls look at you different? Or you have a sudden thickness to your beard you never new possible? I only ask because I to have made said jump and I'm hoping the beard thing is true. I'm Patchy McPatcherson in the facial hair department.

M: ahhaha You assumed correctly I do have a 2006 Sportster, my very first bike that I will never ever part with. As for the shovel helping your beard status I hate to tell you that is completely false. I have had gnarly facial hair since I was 13 so I was just blessed, I guess, to have a beard. My wife says that all shovels should be glitter bikes. That's what grabs her attention to shovels.. ahhahhahha

B: There are alot of great photographers out there shooting bikes and the lifestyle. You seem to focus alot on your own travels and the personalities you meet along the way. Is this by chance or by choice?

M: I love to meet new people and find out their story, their personality, the way bikes have changed their life. It's interesting to me. I think my camera just gravitates to telling stories of my travels.

B: How many miles (or kms for us Canucks) did you clock last year on that sporty?

M: Last year I put about 8000 miles, I had to google the conversion to KM ahha 12874.8km to be exact. This year I have doubled that, going to coast to coast, plus a ton of other runs. My Sporty didn't really care for me too much after my California trip. She's coming back together and I'll be riding her up to Toronto for Soul Seekers

B: What event has been your most memorable?

M: This year we went up for Oily Souls in Detroit. After the show, the Venturos guys gave us a small tour of the city and everything just felt lawless. There was racing, wheelies, surfing, even roman candle battles while riding. The shit was epic and chaotic. 

B: Alright, all great things must come to an end, and I need to get back to my Married with Children marathon, any last words?

M: I just wanted to thank Lyndsey for Inviting me out to Soul Seekers to help share my vision and you, Brian, for this wonderful interview. Now go watch Al and the No ma'am crew some more! Cheers man.

You can find Mikey through the following venues:  

IG: @Mikeyrevolt

Website: Foreverthechaoslife.com (He has TONS of wonderful prints for sale)

And you can contact him via his email: mikeyrevolt@gmail.com

Artist Interview: Ken Driscoll

B: So Ken, you are known to many through your IG feed as @magic_ken, what is your best trick?

K: Its kind of a funny story. Basically I grew up in a magic shop that my father owned. A bunch of people found out, and my nick-name was born. It’s funny, but a lot of the photo credits I got early on, in magazines and elsewhere, said Magic Ken. I figured I might as well go with it!

B: What is an average day in the life of Ken Driscoll? How do you pay to keep your gas tank full?

K: Oh man, my gas tank is never full. Haha. 

B: You have been shooting photos since before the days of instagram. Do you feel as though that has hurt or helped your profession?

K: Overall I think Instagram is a great tool to put my work into the hands of others. In many ways it has peeked an interest in photography in people who otherwise wouldn’t have had one, and made people in general more “photo-aware”. I think a lot can be said through a photo and IG is, in a small way, helping people learn to read photos. Maybe thats too deep but either way as you scroll through your feed you have to make decisions as to whether that photo connects with you or not. I don’t know, I probably sound like a total kook, but Im all for it.

B: Your photography never seems to feel staged or set up. It seems more like you are documenting  a time and place. Is that something you aspire for when shooting or does it just kinda pan out that way?

K: I try not to force anything. Ive always been drawn to the photo documentarian/photo-journalistic approach to things. I carry a camera almost everyday. Somedays i take 30 photos (which is a lot for me, haha) and most days i take zero. I think good pictures make themselves and you just have to actively and intentionally be there to record them. 

B: You have been fortunate enough to be published in some pretty heavy chopper mags. You probably aren't one to brag, but I'm asking...so fill us in on some of the places we may have seen your photos?

K: I’ve been really fortunate. Photography has brought me to a lot of cool places and introduced me to some really great people. I was a staff photographer at Lowside Magazine for roughly 4 years. I’ve also shot for DicE Magazine, Greasy Kulture, Show Class and CycleHEADZ (Japan), as well as other non-motorcycle related magazines. 

B: What has been your favourite bike that you have shot so far? 

K: That’s a really tough question, but, I’d have to say Jason Sheets’ Panhead that he built for BornFree 6. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with Jason several times and he’s a real craftsman. Everything about that bike was custom made and yet it didn’t look too “custom”, if you know what I mean.

B: I lurked your IG pretty hard doing "research" for this interview, but I noticed that pretty much all the pics are of other peoples bikes. Do you currently have something on the go and what would that be?

K: Haha. I had a bike project for a little bit, but I got burnt out on it. Currently, I’m building a ’53 Ford Customline gasser. I’ve never really claimed to be a “biker”. I’m just a photographer that also enjoys motorcycles. I’ll get a bike again someday when my Ford is finished.

B: Any closing words?

K: Thanks for having me be a part of the show! 

You can find more of Ken's photography through his Instagram feed: @magic_ken . Trust me, it's worth the lurk time.

Artist Interview: Jordan Epp

I recently caught up with photographer, videographer, chopperer, father, husband and an all around solid dude Jordan Epp on art, bikes and 21 Jump Street. In our day and age, given that we think we know everyone around us through social media, I was pleasantly surprised at how down to earth this talented human is. See for yourself. 

B: Lets get to brass tax...You seem way too educated to be a chopper guy...What gives? are you a cop or something? Is this a 21 Jump St scenario? 

J: Yup You got me bro. Total chopper narc! hahah. No, to be honest cops don't seem nearly as smart as most fabricators or millwrights I know. I'm just an old punk who listens to country now. My background is in film and video production, but now I work with faculty at the University to design University courses for distance education. I've got a masters degree in Educational Communications and Technology, but basically I tell them why I'd hate taking their classes and then introduce better approaches to presenting it for dummies like me. I was terrible at school as a kid, but I take very little responsibility for that. The education system is fucked. I just try and not make it worse. Desk job. Anyway, it pays the bills and puts a roof over my family's head with lots of benefits and the hours are regular and predictable. Basically I sit at work all day thinking about ways to make my choppers cooler.


B: Tell us a little bit about your background. What came first, photography or film?

 J: I did an undergraduate degree in film and video production way back in the '90's. All the professors were underground experimental weirdoes so I started out shooting 16mm film and spending most of my time in the darkroom doing experimental processing and printing techniques with a portable record player and a stack of vinyl. Fringe experimental film stuff, then later got into making social documentaries. There's a whole underground scene to it that I really enjoyed for a long time. No money in it really though so I started doing commercial work for a few years and supplemented it with photo retail gigs. Started really shooting photography then I guess.


B: Which do you prefer?

 J: I love real film. Still or motion, don't matter, it's what I'd shoot all day if I was rich and had lots of time. I'd say I'm a better cinematographer than photographer though. I really love the movie picture shows.


B: What's it like being the guy behind the lens all the time?

 J: It's a pain in the ass. Especially at events. I always forget to shoot anything. It does, however, give me a skill I can barter for good fabrication and machining skills. I shoot photos, you fix my bent ass frame.


B: What got you into bikes? 

J: I got a ride on my buddy Gord’s Dad’s shovelhead when I was 5. No helmet, no shoes, pretty sure Gord’s Dad was half cut. Everything about it made me want more. The smell, the noise, the power, the fear, the danger, the way the girls looked at me afterwards. But years later  it was the wrenching that got me hooked. I bought a piece of shit that died on me and I had no mechanical skills what-so-ever. I pulled it apart out of sheer desperation and actually got it running again. I was so stoked I bought another non-runner a week later and tore it apart. Hooked ever since. There is no better feeling than riding a janky basket case that you built from the ground up. 


B: You have a beautiful shovelhead, and a new project on the go. Fill us in on what one might find in your garage.

 J: The garage is actually starting to take shape. I've got less parts bikes than usual right now and I'm glad to have the space as a result. So yeah like you said, I've got the 80" 1980 Shovel and my 1950, '51, '55, '63 dogs breakfast of a Panhead right now. Pretty stoked to have that pan running considering the garbage I stacked together to build it. Next project is an early 1950's South Bend Lathe that I picked up. Needs a little work, but I can't wait to learn how to make it turn. Other than that it's mostly oil stains, Smiths cassette tapes, moldy whiskey glasses and a mess of tools, heaven.


B: Alright, I can't wait any longer for this one...What the hell is going on on Saskatchewan? You guys have some of the most bitchin bikes in the country. Please explain how a place that seems to get so little recognition by the average human, seems to be a chopper mecca of Canada?

J: Saskatchewan has an amazing bunch of people building old iron and custom death machines in, sheds, shops and shanties. Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, Estevan; they all have some great riders behind the throttles of some stunning hand built vintage motorcycles; bombing the streets and grids roads that connect the province. We are incredibly blessed out here with old timers that are willing to pass along stories and trade secrets and a “no jerk” community of enthusiastic bike junkies. Saskatchewan folks are hardworking, community minded, "mind your business", help-a-buddy kinda people. Always have been. Add choppers on top of it and you've got what we've got, but it definitely starts with the right people. If it wasn’t for the cost of shipping we’d be in heaven. Even the long, bitter cold winters don’t get us down too much as it give’s us a few months of uninterrupted building season to rework what we’ve got or start something new. By spring, with a lot of helping hands, everyone usually has a whole new bike. Love my town. Love my scene. Love Saskatchewan.


B: This may be presumptuous, but it seems like you, Brian Jessop and your band of merry men a fostering a pretty tight community out there. Tell us about the events you guys are involved in. Chopmeet, etc?

J: The roots of the chopper community around here go way deeper than the current scene or Chop Meet. There's some crazy ol' grey bearded wizards out this way who have stories that make our parties sound like we're selling tupperware. Most of the dudes from that original scene think it's great to see another generation into the old iron (mostly they laugh at us cuz we're stupid, and drunk and leg wrestling in the streets), but that foundation is important to the scene here. That said, I think Chop Meet has really started to fill a big gap of grassroots get togethers here on the prairies and I appreciate the opportunity to put my name on such an great party. It's grown exponentially every year and the caliber of custom bikes is as solid as the quality of dirtbags who build and ride them across the country to the show. I seriously can't wait to see the new builds and meet some new pals next year. 

 

B: Any last words?

J: I dunno I think that's it man. Thanks so much for including my work in the show and for taking the time to do all this leg work. I know what it takes to throw a shindig so bravo for getting it done again this year. Definitely cool to use my pics for promotion or whatever else you guys see as fit. cheers.

You can see more of Jordans work at jordanepp.com

 

 

Thank you!

Big update coming soon, including photos/art from the show available for purchase.  

We're recovering from an amazing night. Check back in a couple of days. 

Q&A: Ely Phillips

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
 
-Ely Phillips, and I am from Long Beach, CA. I am a photographer and photo assistant. 

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
Rick Moranis 

Q: Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
 
It was my dad's BMW r75/5, I remember him riding me around the neighborhood when i was maybe six or seven. That feeling of being on a bike and jamming around just seemed so cool to me , it still dose. That first ride was probably what made me always want to have one.   

You’re going to a desert island. You can only bring one: Skateboards or Motorcycles?
 
Motorcycle 

Do you own/ride a motorcycle?
 
I had a BMW r75/6, but its still in the family as my dad's summer commuter out east.

Which of the two do you find more challenging to shoot? Why?
 
They both have there challenges, but skateboarding has so many more elements that are out your control that can either make or break a photo. 

What do you think attracts skateboarders to motorcycles, motorcycle culture?
 
I think the cultures are one in the same. Traveling, getting into trouble, and hanging out with buds. All these things are so similar in both. A good friend of mine who is an amazing motorcycle mechanic and skateboarder once jokingly told me "motorcycles are skateboards for lazy people". It's all the same shit.

Give a little background to your photo(s) for the Soul Seekers show…
 
Both photos were taken while riding up the Ortega Highway. My good friend Spencer Walling was in town from Chicago, and wanted to get some photos of his latest shovelhead build. Spencer is always building awesome bikes so I was stoked to get out shoot with him.  I wanted to show the landscape and give the viewer a feeling of the Ortega Highway. 

 

Source: http://www.elyphillips.com

Q&A: Dan Springer

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
Dan Springer aka: SKULLUXE... Toronto... Artistic  drifter

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
Stompin' Tom

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
 
When I was a little kid some kid next to us was in high school had an RD Daytona, it was loud and he would wheelie it down the street... I was riding my BMX bike around doing wheelies... It was a cool older guy that shared doing crazy stuff on two wheels. Lo and behold I have 2 RD 400's now.

What do you think attracts artists to motorcycles, and motorcycle culture?
 
Both are kind of on the fringe

With bikes, are superior aesthetics as important as superior functionality?
 
Both... A bike that looks great but runs like shit or fast bike that drives like a brick are useless.

Who shouldn’t own a motorcycle?
 
Anyone who has ever owned an ebike...

Give a little background to your work for the Soul Seekers show…
 
I just paint stuff I think looks cool, and motorcycles are cool

Why is it important for people to check out the show?
 
See some great art and cool bikes... and meet some cool people

 

Source: http://www.SKULLUXE.com

Poker Run Ins & Outs

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The Joker is a wild card.  
Cards with a sunglasses sticker = free Sailor Jerry shades.
Cards with a Soul Seekers sticker = a poker chip that can be traded in for a free drink at the show. 

Town Moto is giving away prizes to the first 20 people that partcipate. 
Downtown Camera has free camera gear up for grabs.
Sam James Coffee Bar has a free espresso shot for you and North Standard has hand warmers. 

Tons of prizes, including 5 $50 Sailor Jerry bar tabs for the after party and a $100 gift certificate to Rock Lobster. Plus stuff from Loser Machine and Crows Nest. 

Don't forget, envelopes must be opened in front of Poker Dealer.   

 

 

 

Q&A: Sean Moriarty

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
 
Sean Moriarty, Toronto, Sales Rep.

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
Jeff Goldblum

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
 
First noticed them on Gi-Joe, I liked that they had machine guns on them.

You’re going to a desert island. You can only bring one: Skateboards or Motorcycles?
 
Board.  Gas seems like an issue on an island.

Do you own/ride a motorcycle?
 
I do.

Which of the two do you find more challenging to shoot? Why?
 
Bikes, its not that easy to capture the vibe of a really good road. Skating just wows when you see a photo of it.

What do you think attracts skateboarders to motorcycles, motorcycle culture?
 
Getting loose, ripping is ripping.

Give a little background to your photo(s) for the Soul Seekers show…
 
Tried to show the parallel between skating and bikes.  At the end of the day it’s the shredding that keeps us going.

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Q&A: Jordan Glenn

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 Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
Jordan Glen, Barrie Ontario, Jack of some trades...

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
My dad

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? 
 
Yes, my dad had bikes my entire life, I have seen a baby picture of myself on an 80's sportster. 

What was so attractive about them?
 
Probably the idea that you could just jump on and take it anywhere.

Where do you think you’d be right now/what would you be doing if it weren’t for motorcycles?
 
Probably skateboarding a hell of a lot more...since I got a bike all nice days are for riding.

Why are motorcycles always “in the shop”?
 
When you're gonna jump em' and dump em' stuff breaks off.

Do you think that bikes will always be a part of your life? Does riding a motorcycle have a shelf life?
Bikes will always be a part of my life. There is absolutely no shelf life , ride forever.

Who shouldn’t own a motorcycle?
My mom...once when I was really young, I saw my dad trying to teach her how to ride on the driveway and she popped the clutch on his dual sport and went right through the garage door.

Give a little background to your photo(s) for the Soul Seekers show…
I usually carry some kind of 35mm camera around when I'm out for a ride, so all of the pictures are unedited and are shown just the way I took them. 

Q&A: Chris Wellard

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
 
Chris Wellard, Toronto, Tattoo'r

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
My grandfather, Jim.

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
 
Not really, but I do remember when I was in Grade 2 there was a book called 'SuperBikes' that was in my school library. It was always out. When I finally got my hands on it to look at the pictures of the bikes It felt pretty awesome. I remember drawing a couple of them.

What do you think attracts artists to motorcycles, and motorcycle culture?
 
It's romantic.

With bikes, are superior aesthetics as important as superior functionality?
 
6 of one thing, 1/2 dozen of another.

Who shouldn’t own a motorcycle?
 
the visually impaired.

Give a little background to your work for the Soul Seekers show…
 
It's a picture that loosely involves motorcycles.

Why is it important for people to check out the show?
 
Why not...?

 

Source: http://www.chriswellardtattoo.com

Q&A: Jeff Comber

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
 
Jeff Comber. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photographer.

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
John Candy.

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
 
My Dad had a Honda when I was a child. I remember riding on it with him around our property because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t exactly “Street Legal”.

You’re going to a desert island. You can only bring one: Skateboards or Motorcycles?
 
Skateboard for sure…but either way starvation is inevitable.

Do you own/ride a motorcycle?
 
Nope.

Which of the two do you find more challenging to shoot? Why?
 
Motorcycles are definitely more of a challenge for me to shoot because I’m a total outsider to that whole scene.

What do you think attracts skateboarders to motorcycles, motorcycle culture?
 
Definitely the danger/badass factor attracts skateboarders to bikes. They have that in common.

Give a little background to your photo(s) for the Soul Seekers show…
 
After the previous Soul Seekers show myself and Oskar Szydlowski talked about how cool it would be to shoot a photo of myself skitching behind Osks bike. After the right location was found we hooked it up and made it happen. No slams!

 

Source: http://jeffcomber.tumblr.com

Q&A: Honrio Cham

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
 - 
Honrio Cham – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Self Employed

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
Need to give this one some thought.

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
I’ve always been attracted to the aesthetics of things that are mechanical since I can remember. As for motorcycles, I’m a late starter, got hooked about 6-7 years ago, dove in head first and have never looked back. Something about the charm of vintage Harleys has taken over my life, it’s my therapy. 

What bikes do you own? 
1974 Harley Ironhead XLCH
1953 Harley Panhead FL
1948 Harley Flathead WL - work in progress at Jason Parker's

Where do you think you’d be right now/what would you be doing if it weren’t for motorcycles?
 
I’d have a lot more time to think about all other things in life. Right now I have only time for one hobby and passion and it’s bikes. 

Why are motorcycles always “in the shop”?
 
Can’t live without them. 

Do you think that bikes will always be a part of your life? Does riding a motorcycle have a shelf life?
 
Yes, they will be and no there is no shelf life. 

Who shouldn’t own a motorcycle?
 
It would be great if everyone could experience the feeling of riding a motorcycle, but it should come with responsibility and respect. So if you don’t have that, you shouldn’t be on a bike. 

Give a little background to your photo(s) for the Soul Seekers show…
Just 2 shots of my buddy Jason Parker’s latest Knucklehead in mid makeover, shot quickly during a casual visit to his shop. Such an awesome bike, in my head lately. 

 

Source: http://www.throttlefmc.com

Q&A: Pat Moore

Q: State your name, geographical location and occupation?
 
Patrick Moore. Toronto. Visual Effects artist. 

Who’s your favorite Canadian?
 
John Candy

Do you remember the first time you saw a bike? What was so attractive about them?
 
A friend of my parents got a harley and brought it by the house the first day he took it out. I remember it being really loud. At that time I actually had no interest in bikes. Shortly after seeing this first Harley I saw my first motorcycle accident too. I pretty much only remember the sparks from the bike sliding across the road. 

Do you own/ride a motorcycle?
 
Not yet, working on it. 

Dream bike shoot?
 
A group of knuckles or pan heads on a road trip down route 66. 

Who shouldn’t own a motorcycle?
 
DMX

Give a little background to your photo(s) for the Soul Seekers show…
 
The photo was taken in california, June of last year. I was shooting my friends in a motorcycle club (set free soldiers) while on a ride into the desert with members from 3 different chapters. There was close to 50 guys in total, it was crazy to see that many club members riding together on the highway. 

Why is it important for people to check out the show?
 
People should check out the show because if you're actually into bikes you can see some great ones without having to go to born free. I can't think of any other bike event in Canada really thats like this show. Plus you'll be around a great group of bike enthusiasts. 

 

Source: http://patmoore.ca