So I wrote a whole post and the the blogger shit was down and it didn't get saved. FML. Anyways this is Benson. Daniel Benson to be presumed, and he's a photographer from The U.K.
Benson was in town a few months ago on an ominous assignment with overtones of extreme personal danger when he was sent to shoot and interview Eddie. The write up would be done in the first issue of a new magaZINE called The Albion. Since then it has been released and is filled with dope photo's, great writing, and is the price of FREE! Sort of a Vice meets Holeshot BMX zine. If you don't know what Holeshot is than go fuck yourself. Just kidding.
In the 11 page interview is a double page spread of Eddie surfing on Erics Triumph, stories of a borrowed Camaro, BMX bullshit, and even some chopper talk. If you can find a copy (which you probably can't as it's sold out) check it out b/c other than Eddie's shit there's an amazing interview of Mat Hoffman, an eerily scary in depth interview with Stephen Hamilton that reads of something out of 70's issue of Rolling Stone, and a bunch of other stuff that I'm too tired to list again.
But back to Benson. Benson is the shit. He parties hard and gets it in the next day (barring his subject gets his shit together). I remember one hungover morning waking up to Benson yelling at Ed who may have been passed out in the kitchen... "Two more PHOT-O'S!" The British accent really put it over the top. Which by the way is great to watch him lay down as thick as possible when there's a kitten at the bar who "loves it when a guy has a nice accent." It was a good couple of weeks and I think the whole crue would be stoked to see him back on the West coast sooner than later.
And now for the apology... So a few days ago was Tuesday. Titty Tuesday. This is supposed to be taken care of by three individuals who will not remain nameless - Ed, Jesse, and Dr. P. I have a few gems I've been saving but the amount of personal shots from these guys' hard drives would rival a farm of Facebook servers. So by pointing this out I can only hope that this upcoming Titty Tuesday is a memorable one to make up for the mistake.
I'm no motorcycle builder, and I'm not a "designer". I mean, I attempt those things, and I'm always asking my friends for their opinions but I ain't no pro at this shit. Moving to Southern California and being around all these different bad asses will humble you. Seeing what they do makes you slap your forehead and go "Of course!" Or you just stare at their bikes or cars and just think, how the fuck do they come up with this?
I've seen Caleb Owen's ridiculous pan for this years Born Free and marvel at all the details. Yet I'm more syked on how it isn't over the top somehow. A little bracket like that must of taken so long to do.
I'll walk around Jason Webber's garage and find subtle-artisitc-almost homo erotic pieces and laugh at how unique his stuff is. He said he was bored at 1am when he modified this kicker. That is so sick!
And while I've never been to Max Schaaf's shop or even seen one of his bikes in person, I can't get over the bikes he's built. They're perfect. As lame as that sounds and as much of a cop out it is, they just are. Wow wow... I take that back. I've seen one of his Panheads.
I was walking on Sunset one day and saw this bike from across the street. Ran over and snapped a shot. No one was by it so I ended up scoping it hard (no homo) and thinking who the hell did this? Month's later working on an edit I saw it again. A friend of mine looked over and goes "Oh yeah Max built that". Dang, small world.
I got a buddy back in the mitten named Scott who brings it all back to the fun though. He'll build off the wall stuff. Some might say cause he doesn't give a fuck. I think it's cause he's not around anyone that would otherwise spout their opinions of his shit in his shop. He just builds whatever he thinks would be fun for him. And that's it.
These days I struggle finishing my bike. So close, yet so far away. I just want to make it to Born Free. But I've got less time than that. In 27 days, 3 hours and like 29 minutes it'll be June 1st. And Ed said (ha, "Ed said") that if our bikes aren't able to go to SF on a whim we have to sell them and buy stock cb750's. Whew, talk about a deadline.
p.s. I am wearing flip flops in the shop (all homo).
This lovely Titty Tuesday is interrupted by Oll, aka BAll, aka Jon... It is his 26th Birthday. Happy Birthday brotha. Git-it-in on that Dodger game tomorrow, and then get back on yer Harley project son!
Perris, CA Got loose with friends in the desert. Highlights included: shotgunz, bikes, trails, late night bbq'ing, fire, and good fun. Big thanks to Chris Moeller and the S&M crue for hooking up a cool event. The trails were sick, but I think all of us were a little to out of it for those. Next time. ? Eddie Cleveland photography Timmy Balls 'n peoples bmx pro's people n' stuff "My first bmx event." Pinzon Eddie Shawn "Shitty" Mcintosh Ed bailing, Pinzon's glorious mop. Mikey Aitken dazey Def Paul Bella Too cute Dr. P self prescribed comatose'd Eddie Cleveland Photography