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Hess Surfboards

By Tom Ran

Published: April 3, 2012 under Bike Skate & Surf

Hess Surfboards

Photo: Hess Surfboards

For over a decade Danny Hess has been shaping surfboards. His skills are comparable to any craftsman working with wood, leather or textile. The only difference is that his trade isn’t as old, nonetheless one can still appreciate the labor that goes into his surfboards. Hess’s background as a licensed contractor working with sustainable remodels lead him to shaping environmentally sound boards. His business as a shaper grew organically and outnumbered the extra hours he had outside of his contracting business. So in 2005, Hess devoted his life to Hess Surfboards and in 2010 he joined forces with three other friends to open Woodshop, a studio in the Sunset district of San Francisco. Woodshop is made up of a furniture maker specializing in salvaged and sustainable woods, a sign painter, and an artisan that reinterprets old chairs into new designs. Danny Hess recently worked with the surfwear brand Olasul, to make a limited edition of handplanes made from sustainably harvested wood.

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Wax

By Tom Ran

Published: March 22, 2012 under Bike Skate & Surf

Wax Magazine

Photo: Wax Magazine

After realizing there was a lack of representation for NYC surfers in the publishing world, designers David Yun and Zak Klauck decided to launch Wax. It was understandable to see why there was a dearth of interest, especially when most of the popular magazines out there focus on the swells and athleticism that comes with riding the best waves. So with both having backgrounds in the creative industry, they decide to approach the magazine from a different perspective, giving more attention to the people behind the sport and their creative outlet rather than the sport itself. Artists, designers, authors and film makers with a shared passion for surfing will share their stories and work. The debut issue is themed around dialogues and will include works from Danny Gordon, Ann Pibal, Luke Stettner, John Houck, Garth Weiser, Rob Kulisek and Michael Scott Moore. Today’s the last day for their Kickstarter campaign and even though they met their goal, they can still use the help to make Wax even better. And for more information on David Yun and Zak Klauck, read this insightful interview on Walker Art’s blog.

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Caffeinated Motorcycles

By Tom Ran

Published: March 8, 2012 under Bike Skate & Surf

See See Motorcycles in Portland, OR

Photo: See See Motorcycles

Biker bars have been a fixture of gritty, roadside stops for many years. But a couple of new locations have cropped up in the west coast that defy the tradition. Well designed spaces fueled, not by alcohol, but with caffein. The first being Sydney, Australia’s Deus ex Machina in Venice, CA – an ideal city for the expansion considering how well it applies to Deus’s inventory of motorcycles, surfboards and bikes. They converted a former flower shop into a masculine, concrete and wood covered space for retail and lounging, accompanied with a bar serving coffee from Handsome Coffee Roasters. The second shop opened this week in Portland, OR. See See Motorcycles Coffee Co, is a biker themed coffee shop owned by Thor Drake, a daredevil, builder, and vintage bike proponent. He’s been part of the custom bike scene in Portland for years hosting art exhibits and The One Motorcycle Show. It’ll be interesting to see the development of these two shops and how it will inevitably spawn other motorcycle / coffee spots.

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Lost Atlas

By Tom Ran

Published: August 24, 2011 under Bike Skate & Surf

<i>Lost Atlas</i>

Photo: Lost Atlas

We’ve seen our fair share of surf films in the past. Many of which featured the beauty and restraint of the sport. But in 2009 Kai Neville unleashed what some considered to be a ground breaking surf film that challenged the conventional way of surfing. Modern Collective featured six surfers on their journeys. Neville returns this month with Lost Atlas a follow up to Modern Collective showcasing the original six along with several other new surfers. Lost Atlas is currently on tour right now and will make its way to New York on September 14 at Nike Stadium. You can wait till then or download it now on iTunes.

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Eighties at Echo Beach

By Tom Ran

Published: May 31, 2011 under Bike Skate & Surf

"Eighties at Echo Beach"

Photo: Partners & Spade

While New York was witnessing the birth of Hip Hop in the 80’s, Newport Beach was experiencing a counter culture of its own. A small stretch of the coast in Newport was given the name “Echo Beach.” It was there that a new movement in surf was emerging that contrasted what the 70’s was recognized for. The laid back attitude had given way to a more audacious stance in appearance and the sport itself. It was the origin of neon colors that are so recognizable and synonymous with the sport today. Photographer Mike Moir was there to capture it all. Quicksilver will be releasing “Eighties at Echo Beach,” a book documenting that era with photographs from Moir, written by Jamie Brisick in the fall. Join Partners & Spade as they celebrate the new book with photographs and paraphernalia from “Echo Beach.”

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Deus Ex Machina

By Tom Ran

Published: November 9, 2010 under Bike Skate & Surf

The workshop - 7:47AM May 2007

Photo: Carby Tuckwell

Appreciating a Deus motorcycle first hand isn’t easy. If the location of their workshops aren’t a factor then the cost may be. Deus Ex Machina has been hand building custom motorcycles in Australia since 2006 and modifying existing models from Hondas to Triumphs. Their admiration for the classically designed bikes is apparent, opting to rebuild older models rather newer ones. Deus’s workshop goes beyond a simple garage, it functions as a creative hub to cultivate and celebrate the creative culture, housing everything from a showroom to a cafe. Though motorcycles are the heart of the company, they’ve expanded to include bicycles, surfboards, and their own clothing line. For those of us that don’t live in Australia or Bali, we can get a taste of what Deus is all about from their recently released publication Deus Ex Machina, The House of Simple Pleasures. The 238 page book does an amazing job at documenting the beauty that is Deus. Pick one up at Saturdays or on their site. Some sample pages after the jump.

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FEATURES

M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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