Thursday, April 27, 2017

GET SCHOOLED! Kim Reid's Class Visit at Bishop's University!

Mr. Kim Reid
Pic © Harry Zgnilek
On Tuesday March 28, 2017 Mr. Kim Reid – Founder/Operator of On Rock Community Services drove all the way to Bishop's University from Montreal to speak to my students. Enrolled in SOC308 Social Policy, the course is an introduction to the sociological study of social policy in the Canadian context and among many things, examines civil society in relation to a rapidly changing policy context. Students acquired a broad understanding of Canadian social policy in the context of a “globalized” world. Various case studies were used to highlight the different policies that affects us both directly and indirectly. The latter included tackling child poverty and homelessness in Quebec. Thus, given Kim's extensive experience in these areas of working with children and adults in need, it made him the perfect guest speaker.

From Turning Over A New Leaf To Striking A Sustainable Balance!

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On March 22nd, 2017 Jennifer's students executed a kiosk event at Bishop's University encouraging both the campus community and surrounding areas to turn over a new leaf. The public information kiosks was held at the Gait where various teams presented innovations and social enterprises that  have the potential to make our societies stronger and protect our environment. Each student team had interactive activities aimed at showing how ideas of trust, reciprocity, and care for the environment can make a difference. Reporting on the event was none other than Victoria Vanier of the Stanstead Journal.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Welcome Home Bambi - My 2013 SYM Wolf Classic!

One Very Happy Customer, A Wonderful Friend and a Fantastic Motorcycle!
What more can a guy ask for!? Did I mention How Brilliant Scootart is? 😎
Pic © Scootart
A special thanks to Mr. Hart (aka Junkyard Villain) is in order for helping facilitate collecting my beautiful SYM Wolf Classic on this fine cold and rainy Irish - oops, I mean, Canadian day! He was kind enough to come out to Sherbrooke, Quebec to collect me for the sole purpose of bringing me to Scootart to pick up Bambi. Scootart, a brilliant little scooter shop is located in St. Leonard in Montreal, Quebec. I had the honour of being their first customer in 2017 at their new shop. Admittedly, I didn't really know what to expect but seeing the little SYM in person made me realize that pictures don't do this little bike justice. In person, the little SYM shines and looks the part - ready for whatever adventure you may have planned.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Harley-Davidson XR750 By Gabriel Wapachee

Pic © Silodrom: Gasoline Culture
In 1969, Harley-Davidson had no competitive racing machine because of a rule change in the sport (, N.D.). It is in the following year that the company released its first Harley-Davidson XR750. The motorcycle had many flaws in its first years but still had great potential. The XR750 won its first AMA Grand National Championship in its release year. The company saw its potential and took back the bike to improve it. Two years after its initial release, the company re released the motorcycle and from that point on it has dominated the racetracks accumulating more titles than any other motorcycle to this day (Gingerelli, Michels, & Everitt, 2010).  Evel Knievel, a great daredevil, used the XR750 in many of his stunts and also accumulating a lot of world records with this motorcycle. These records are still being beaten today by new stuntmen using the same motorcycle. These many records and titles gained by the many years of racing and jumping with this motorcycle has created a very important social history for the bike.

Suzuki Hayabusa: A Motorcycle of Great Social Impact By Mikael Wheeler

2017 Suzuki Hayabusa (GSX1300R)
Pic © CarAndBike
The Suzuki Hayabusa also known as the GSX1300R or ‘Busa has been on the market for over sixteen years. Obviously, with the rapid growth of technology Suzuki have made adjustments to keep it up to date. Such as rebuilding the engine back in 2008 and refreshing its appearance to stay fashionable. Suzuki, a Japanese automotive company first introduced the Busa at the 1998 Paris show (Motor Cyclist, 2009). This motorcycle socially impacted the motorcycle community in numerous ways. It has become an icon to many for delivering such power and speed. The bike itself could reach speeds of up to 187.5 mph (Colker, 1999). It was built for speed from tip to tail and managed to reach such high speeds through its aerodynamic assets. “This machine was obviously shaped, not by stylists, but by aerodynamicists.” (Motor Cyclist, 2009). The Hayabusa was different because of its aerodynamic properties, some people loved it and some didn’t. Actually, at first its unfamiliar looks didn’t convince everybody (Motor Cyclist, 2009). Was it just a Japanese gimmick? The question was quickly answered. They had just launched what has now become a historical motorcycle. Many people didn’t know the meaning of “Hayabusa”. It turns out that “Hayabusa” is Japanese for “Peregrine falcon” (Colker, 1999), the fastest falcon in the world.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Parte Cinco!

Nearly Done!
As my sleeve nears completion I am already thinking about other projects. Part addiction or just a clever way to learn how to tattoo via observation? I'll let you decide! 😏 Watching Noémie complete two of the last mandalas destined for my arm yesterday gave me a chance to clearly see how she does her line work. All that is left at this point is to fill in the sleeve with various geometric shapes and perhaps one final mandala on the top of my hand and a small(ish) one on the right side of the lowest mandala. I'll also be meeting with Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) in two weeks to do the remaining touch ups on my back tattoo! The entire experience has been cathartic and whilst I would like to think that its nearing an end, there is still much to do. I plan on having my chest and right arm done at a later date; not to mention Todd Beck has plans to have me tattoo myself as part of my apprenticeship... though, I am not entirely convinced about the latter to be honest. 😒 

Like what you see? 
Contact Nephty's Tattoo today and set up an appointment with Noémie. 😎

Contact Information
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

7th International Journal Of Motorcycle Studies Conference

22-24 JUNE, 2017

"The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) is dedicated to the study and discussion of motorcycling culture in all its forms—from the experience of riding and racing to the history of the machine, the riders and design to the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature. We welcome submissions on all areas related to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling. We invite contributions from all members of the motorcycling community." 

Picture & Words © IJMS

Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing By Huck Spaulding

"For years the Tattoo industry was shrouded in secrecy. Artists didn't want others in their area, which they assumed they owned because they were established. What they forgot is how they got there and that they were not born tattooists. So the big question was, where do I obtain the knowledge needed to become a tattoo artist? This insightful and straightforward book gives you the facts about tattooing. Tattooing A to Z was written to share with you what Huck learned through many years of first hand experience. Don't expect this book to make a master tattooist out of you in a few days, but what you will gain from it may have taken you years to find out. From setup and maintenance of machines to setting up your own shop, Tattooing A to Z, A Guide to Successful Tattooing is a valuable tool for anyone starting out in the business. We hope that it gives you the information you have long been searching for."

From Academia to Tattooing - Becoming A Tattoo Artist!

Wait Until They Get A Load of Me... 😎

Until recently, I never really considered becoming a tattoo artist. Whilst I enjoy having them, the career path to becoming one has often left something to be desired. Unlike many trades, the industry remains relatively unregulated in North America. That being said, there are those that stand out and separate themselves from the riff raff.  As Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) aptly points out in The Tattoo Life, tattooing has come a long way. Popularized by reality television shows like Miami Ink, L.A. Ink, and Bondi Ink to name but a few, for better or worse perceptions of tattoos have evolved.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ARCH "The Story" HD With Keanu Reeves

Who we are, what we do, and why. 

Whilst Polaris has saw fit to focus on its acquired Indian Motorcycles Brand, it's nice to see that there are still companies like ARCH Motorcycles pushing the boundaries. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Review of Deborah Lupton's Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body (2012)

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I had the privilege to teach SOC 307 Sociology of Health last semester at Bishop's University. This course seeks to examine the place of health and illness in society, the relationship between bio-medical problems and the social, political and economic realities that help shape them. Topics included poverty and health, mental illness, aging, death and dying, professionalism, health service organization, inequalities in health service access and use, recent policies and difficulties with health care reform. Whilst choosing a textbook for a class is never a straightforward task, I personally enjoyed Deborah Lupton's book and found her insights particularly interesting as she draws from various disciplines including social and cultural anthropology, world geography and sociology to analyse the aforementioned topics. However, allow my students to share with you their impressions of the textbook instead. 😊

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Part Four!

My Newest Mandala - By Noémie!

Today Noémie created yet another striking Mandala on the back of my arm! She also shaded in the original shoulder tattoo. 😊 With 50% of the sleeve now complete, I am excited to begin the next stage. Remember, Noémie creates each mandala from scratch! Thus, every mandala will be unique and as you can see, her newest creation was rather detailed and intricate. Like what you see? Contact Nephty's Tattoo today and set up an appointment with Noémie. 😎

Contact Information
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

L’équipée Rides the Pyrénées - 4 days / 120 riders / 1000 kms from the Atlantique Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea

Picture © Ludovic Ismael
In celebration of International Women's Day I wanted to highlight a group of women who impressed the world back in 2015 with their Himalaya trip on a set of Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc motorcycles! Whilst many men and women in the motorcycling community spend more time taking selfies than they do actually riding, these five women set the bar for all adventure seekers with their wanderlust. They represent the very best of the motorcycling world and should be an inspiration for any man or woman looking to get into adventure riding. This time L’équipée take on the Pyrénées for 4 days with 120 riders over 1000 kms from the Atlantique ocean to the Mediterranean sea!

L'équipée rides the Pyrénées / Transpy AMV Legend - Film from l'équipée on Vimeo.

Happy International Women's Day! 💗

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 9th: Day of Events - Bishop's University on Abenaki Territory: Are Partnerships a Path to Decolonization

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Part Three!

My Newest Mandala - By Noémie!

Work on my left arm continues as Noémie created yet another striking Mandala! My sleeve is progressing very nicely and I am looking forward to seeing the final product! With just three or four sessions left, it won't be long now! The gaps will be filled in eventually with some geometric designs that Noémie has already picked out. In case you are wondering, she will be shading in the shoulder piece eventually. Although, her line work is so nice that I asked that she leave the delicate sections alone. Each mandala takes in and around 3+ to 4+ hours to complete depending on the complexity of the mandala itself. Nephty's Tattoo is a top notch place because of artists like Noémie. She is meticulous and hard working. Who needs a therapist when you can visit a tattoo artist! 😏

Contact Information
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

Friday, March 3, 2017

Planning The Riding Season

Packed and Ready to Roll
At long last, the winter season is fast coming to an end and the Quebec Winter Tire law will cease to be an issue for all riders. Most likely your bike is just about ready to roll, and you're already planning on taking her out the first ride of the season in anticipation. I sure am!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2017 Montreal Motorcycle Show Part Deux By Timothy Bowker

A former student of mine, Mr. Timothy Bowker, was kind enough to send me a few more pictures of the 2017 Motorcycle Show. Not surprisingly, his taste in motorcycles lean towards the fast and the furious with a few exceptions of course. He also seemed to be attracted to the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer and V9 Roamer. Whilst not necessarily quick they do seem to confirm Moto Guzzi's marketing demographic. The Scrambler Ducati also makes an appearance.

Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Montreal Motorcycle Show

BMW R Nine T With Retro Fairing
Tres Chic... 😎

The last time I was at the Montreal Motorcycle Show was back in 2015 with my buddy Mr. Percy Hart, aka Junkyard Villain. It was an exciting year for the industry and motorcyclists alike as there were new models including but not limited to the Indian Scout, the Scrambler Ducati and most notably the Triumph Thruxton; specifically, the Ace Cafe SE. Other noteworthy mentions were Yamaha's Bolt and of course their venerable FZ 07 and FZ 09, all three models are still going strong with various iterations having been introduced since. There were also some interesting electric bikes on offer, notably Quebec's Lito Green Motion (LGM) The Sora; albeit at a ridiculous price tag that has since increased from $43, 000 then to $77, 000 today! Electric bikes in general were few and far between and the excitement and energy that was present in the past seemed to have been missing this year. Perhaps it was because it was day one of the show or perhaps it was because 2015 represented the rebirth of so many iconic models and brands whereas 2017 represented the loss of notable marques like Victory.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ride to the Ancient City of Padmavati

Sunga style sculptures found near the 4th century brick structure
Ancient Padmavati (210 CE) now known as Pawaya was a flourishing city mentioned in several classic Sanskrit texts like Malatimadhavam of Bhavabhuti and Harshacharita of Bana and Sarasvatīkaṇṭhabharaṇa of Raja Bhoja.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CBC Searchlight: Mr. Percy Hart (aka: Junkyard Villain)

Percy Hart (aka: Junkyard Villain) 

I am just a guy, who's been influenced by everyone. The songs that mean the most to me speak of true and tell a story. I am still learning how to play guitar and figuring out how to write songs. There is nothing more therapeutic for me, then spending time creating a song. From finding the melody to crafting the lyrics it relaxes me and when someone connects with one of my tunes, then I believe it's complete. 

CBC Music Searchlight 2017 is asking you to vote for your favorite musician! Our very own Mr. Hart has been given the opportunity to be one of those contestants. 

Help Support Junkyard Villain 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Backroad Ball 2017

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It's time to unite the female motorcyclists of Eastern Canada and beyond! Don't miss this weekend of rad music, winding roads, tales from the road & badassery. Save the date! Early Birds are SOLD OUT but Regular-priced Registration opens February 14th, 2017!! Can't wait to have a ball with you, babes!!