Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Montreal Motorcycle Show

BMW R Nine T With Retro Fairing
Tres Chic... šŸ˜Ž

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 SarasvatÄ«kaį¹‡į¹­habharaį¹‡a 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!! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie at Forever Ink Part Deux!

Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) of Forever Ink finished up my back tattoo today! She integrated the design on my back into the head of the Wolf, a Native Canadian Trickster, and as you can see, the end result was rather exciting. As I approach my 40th birthday I thought it would only be fitting to begin a new decade with a fresh outlook on life whilst keeping an eye on the past; if only to learn not to make the same mistakes again. I'll be meeting up with Crystal-Marie again in a couple of weeks to go over the the full length of the tattoo and touch up anything in need of some TLC. An overall great experience! Contact Crystal-Marie today for a consultation!

Contact Information
Crystal-Marie- Facebook
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Inked By Todd Beck - Un Beck Pour La Vie!

Missing Bella - My Moto Guzzi V7 Racer!
For those of you wondering if I am still happy with my Bella, rest assured that I will never be selling my beloved Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. I saw a tattoo similar, if not much more simpler than the one Todd Beck sketched for me. At my request he did an awesome little tribute to the V7 range. The end result is a fun and playful little tattoo. Todd is a great tattooist. Originally from New Zealand, he runs his own shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. Whether looking for your first tattoo or wanting to add to your existing set, Todd's work is beyond reproach! Contact him today!

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Tattoo Life By Crystal-Marie

The culture, the lifestyle , the artwork and... the pain, today you pretty much can't go anywhere without seeing tattoos, either amazingly detailed beautiful work, or some old scratchy "old school" stuff,  either way we seem to be consumed with them!

Becoming more and more acceptable, most of my clientele are people who have always been afraid of tattoos and are finally taking the plunge , the age range is mostly people in their early thirties to late 60's believe it or not, and the tattoos range from small lil bangers to huge multiple session pieces. It seems as tho if you're not tattooed you're not living life nowadays, and for me well I couldn't agree more. Being a tattoo artist in the heart of Sherbrooke at an up and coming shop (Forever Ink) I get to help people thru hard times and help them mark moments with ink.

Having so many amazing artists in the industry, you can pretty much find any kind of "style" and find a pro at it. Tattoos aren't what they used to be, and it's pretty amazing the kind of stuff that can be transferred to skin. whether it be hyper realistic photographs or some insane new school cartoon work, tattoos ain't what they used to be, and the world is starting to notice. But of course you already knew that and of course, what goes together better than tattoos and motorcycles.

I Art, Therefore I Am

I've been going back and forth about what to post first on Say What? I haven't really been satisfied so far with the level of contrast in my other drawings and paintings, mostly due to the materials I used in the past. They look good enough when they're in front of you but don't always scan or photograph too well. I wanted eye-scorching colours in this particular painting, and for that I needed acrylics.

- Patrick (aka Patch)
The Mythical Blueprint

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Motorcycle Route: Treeline Ave Fort Myers Florida

The Ride: Treeline Ave. – Three Oaks Parkway – Immokalee Rd. 

The actual route time will vary depending on where you are coming from

I took Treeline Ave. which is a two-lane road and has a moderate amount of traffic in spots. It is also one of the few roads around here that has some decent sweeping curves, which are hard to find in Southwest Florida. This is also a very popular route for motorcyclists because of that, and judging by the number of bikes I seen today, quite a few had the same idea as me.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Rolly Rider - Inked by Todd Beck

Un honneur et plaisir de prendre une photo avec le BEST tatoueur de Sherbrooke Todd Beck! Thanks brother for the very nice picture! Beside the one on my fingers, all the others were made by Todd. he's done a remarkable job!!

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inked by NoƩmie at Nephty's Tattoo Part Deux!

Elbow Mandala - Stage II of My Sleeve

As you may recall, NoĆ©mie specializes in Mandalas at Nephty's Tattoo. She began my sleeve with a shoulder mandala. Due to a last minute cancellation NoĆ©mie contacted me and I was lucky enough to continue my sleeve. It was literally on the same day that I had just finished the upper part of my back tattoo with Crystal-Marie from Forever Ink. Unlike my experiences with both the shoulder piece and the back piece I have to confess I was not prepared for the elbow piece to be so... ticklish (read painful). Alas, perhaps it was the back to back tattoos on the same day totalling eight hours or maybe I am just a sucker for punishment but by the end I was delighted to be home and cooling off in a shower. If you compare and contrast NoĆ©mie's sleeve in progress with Crystal-Marie's back piece you can see how Crystal-Marie went to a great effort to complement NoĆ©mie's sleeve.

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

Inked by NoƩmie at Nephty's Tattoo

Shoulder Mandala - The Beginning of a Sleeve!

Before having my back tattooed by Crystal-Marie at Forever Ink this January, I decided last November that it was time to get some of the tattoo work that I had always wanted to have completed before I was too old to enjoy them. Call it a mid-life artistic crisis, I'm not really sure. But as my missus will tell you, I don't do anything by half measures. Thus, I commissioned a talented Tattoo artists from Nephty's Tattoo. NoĆ©mie specializes in Mandalas. She began my sleeve with the shoulder mandala that you see above. Prior to this she had tattooed an old Popeye saying on my chest and an elegant but simple wedding ring (mandala style of course) so that my missus will never doubt just how much I love and adore her. But I digress. As was the case with Crystal-MarieNoĆ©mie has carte blanche to do whatever she wants. The results thus far have been wonderful as evidenced not only by NoĆ©mie but Crystal-Marie work as well!

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

Inked by Crystal-Marie at Forever Ink

Designed & Tattooed By Crystal-Marie!

Made popular by reality TV shows like [insert] Ink (there are so many of them!) and suddenly everyone has a tattoo! The rise in popularity has also set the bar for aspiring and accomplished tattooists alike. As I near my fortieth birthday I figured it was now or never when it came to finishing (starting again?) my tattoos. So I decided to give carte blanche to a few Tattoo artists whose work looked brilliant. One such artist is Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) and above is a design that she put together for me. Note that there was a two week interval between the top and the bottom of the tattoo pictured above, thus, the lower half was darker at the time of the picture being taken! She will also to put the final piece on the back of my neck in one week's time, after which time I'll meet up with her again in two months for her to do any touch ups necessary. All in all an amazing experience with a very talented Tattoo artist! If you are looking for your next tattoo, don't hesitate to contact Crystal-Marie directly via:

Contact Information
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Gal and Her Motorcycle… A Passion to Race the Wind

In the beginning… my road to riding

I was just an ordinary girl, well maybe a little weird, growing up in an average family that had nothing to do with motorcycles. But none the less for some reason the idea of riding one was ingrained in me at an early age. Quite possibly it had something to do with the movie Easy Rider or maybe it just had something to do with clothes pegs and baseball cards.

When I was young nothing could compare to riding my bicycle with baseball cards clipped to the spokes with wooden clothes pegs. I remember the rhythmic clickety-clack of cardboard on metal that turned my bicycle magically into a motorcycle (or at least that was the idea) and I would race through the neighbourhood with no particular place to go. I didn’t understand it back then, but it was that sense of feeling free and the rush of the air currents passing by that energized my soul and drove my desire to race the wind.

Ride to the Ancient Lothal Dockyard of the Indus Valley Civilisation of the Indian Sub Continent

Lothal and Alang, a study of two dockyards that span across time. Remains of Lothal city
The name Lothal has surprisingly the same meaning as the word Mohenjodaro (the mound of the dead in Sindhi). Loth-Sthal in Guajarati means the mound of the dead (Lothal) and was excavated in the year 1954 by the Archeological Survey of India.

Forever Ink's Crystal-Marie Available Now For Bookings!

Looking for a new Tattoo?
Crystal-Marie has space available next week!
She's got some sweet flash up for grabs too!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Amidst Silent Sculptures of the Past: A Ride Report to Devgarh and Dudhai, Lalitpur District of Uttar Pradesh, India By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

As an inquisitive eight grader (who unlike my other classmates happen to like history lessons) I was quiet distraught at the poor quality of pictures in our history books. One such particular black and white picture that remained enigmatic for a long time to come was the Dasavatar temple of Deogarh (Devgarh miswritten as such). This small temple according to the book is the best example of Gupta Age art and architecture. That’s all very impressive but which state of India was this ‘Deogarh’ in the book did not mention. Being from the suburbs of Kolkata I always thought that the ‘Deogarh’ from my history book was the Deogarh near Ranchi but much later in life did I accidentally correct myself….