Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Touch of Art Part Deux: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies

Say What?
A Motorcycle Fred Flintstone Could Dig!
This week Champlain College Lennoxville saw its second motorcycle art exhibit. Admittedly, whilst the first event, A Touch of Art: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies had been rather successful, I was uncertain at the time if I would be having future students undertake such an activity again, let alone teach the course a second time around. However, as fate would have it, a year and a half later and here we are for the second exhibit of its kind. The new event featured various artistic pieces that my students had to create as part of a special project for my course titled Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies. The exhibit was held between Monday, November 20, 2017 to Friday, November 24, 2017. Though this was a considerably smaller group than the first time that this exhibit took place back in April 2016, this year's event turned out to be every bit as touching. Students worked hard on creating unique pieces for an otherwise under appreciated sub-culture of academia. The following are several examples with written descriptions by students of their art work.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 7 & 8

The Iconic TinTin Now Adorns My Hand With A Spark Plug Above for Good Measure!
Todd Beck and I decided to go with something more playful this week! Since 1929 Tin Tin has been a staple of children's lives worldwide thanks to his creator, HergĂ©. Some of my fondest childhood memories were of walking down to the city hall library to read the many adventures of Tin Tin and his faithful companion Snowy. What better way to commemorate the ol chap than by having him ride his steel horse into the sunset with me. The Spark Plug was a great filler and is aptly dedicated to the man who left me with nothing but his name. At least he didn't call me Sue! 😜 Now you may be thinking about getting a tattoo on your hand. At 40 years old with a permanent tertiary academic teaching position, I am at the point in my life where I need to do what is right for me. I accept that this may limit certain opportunities as a result but then I also know that those opportunities were not meant for me anyways. I like to think that I am at the age where my experience speaks for me and not my appearance. That and also times have changed. It's also partly why I decided to get Tin Tin because he is a beloved icon amongst francophones especially. Thus, it's a playful and tasteful tattoo that will stand the test of time. So take your time and make your decision wisely. Give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo! 😜

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

iN SeArcH oF WoNdEr WoMeN - fEmInIsM, wOmEn & tHe LaW!

Pic © OutNerdMe.com
This semester I was given the opportunity to teach a new (to me) course at Bishop's University WOM120 Women & The Law. Admittedly, it was the first time that I taught a course with its core in feminism. However, that didn't stop me from giving my students the opportunity to make it their own as well. By exploring and relating to how women have been subjected to patriarchal societal rules and regulations in every aspect of their lives, it begs the question how, or if any, meaningful change can take place. This applies to not only the basic fundamental human rights of women everywhere but equally, how women are perceived in cultures around the world by both men and other women. Whilst it is true that women in North America have made great strides in recent history, it is equally evident that they continue to be subjected to the very norms and values that threatened their freedom and basic civil liberties. The same can be seen in other Western societies, let alone regimes that still subject women to discrimination and prejudice based on cultural gender norms and even gendercide. Wonder Women from all over the world have and continue to make valuable contributions to their family, community and society at large.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Within the Skin: The Art of Tattoos By Chloe Lacombe

Pic © New York Daily News
Body modifications have been around for thousands of years, dating back to 2000 B.C., among the Egyptians. (Lineberry, 2007) Although, within the past 30 years, north American societies have seen a colossal surge in these trends. Body modification includes tattoos, piercings, binding, body building, fasting, etc. (Featherstone, 1999) Any alterations to one’s physical appearance can be categorized as body modification. Thankfully, the methods themselves have changed drastically over the years. The hygiene standards have become much stricter, now requiring a new set of everything used as equipment for every new client. It was not rare, in previous times, that a tattoo artist used the same needle for each client that came into his parlour. (Spalding, 2000) This reform of law has made tattooing and other body modifications which require needles much safer from bloodborne diseases. There are distinct reasons for these adjustments being made to peoples’ bodies, particularly tattoos, which will be examined from a historical standpoint to explore modern day tattooing’s origins, followed by anthropological perspective to analyse the development of the art along with behaviours involved in getting a tattoo and finally, a personal point of view, to investigate why people get tattoos and what drives them to get one.

Interview With A Biker - Bobby The Biker By Yann Leblanc

Bobby and a motorcycle he sold to the humorist Michel Barrette
Pic © Bobby The Biker
The interview was actually about my grandma’s neighbor and his point of view towards motorcycle. Bobby is now at the age of 66 years old and he had a lot to say about his motorcycle or motorcycles in general. It’s been approximately 3 years that Bobby stopped working. The last 20 years before his retirement, this motorcycle lover was working for Mortel, where he made industrial electric vehicles that are only used in industries and never on roads. He also was a welder for many years before working for Mortel. Since a young age, Bobby has always been fascinated into modifications of antique motorcycles. Every time he saw the evolution of his motorcycle, he had the feeling of bringing it back to life. The goal of this interview with Bobby was to learn about his feelings towards motorcycles throughout his life.

Interview With A Biker - Nicolas Jacques By Adam McAuley

1981 Suzuki GS650 GL
Pic © Nicolas Jacques
What many people see in the media and what they immediately think of when they see a biker is the hard-core biker gang biker, but not all bikers fall into this category. The world of motorcycles is a broad and diverse one that can accommodate nearly every type of person such as speed enthusiasts, thrill seekers and even entire families on one bike. For this interview, I interviewed my boss, Nicolas Jacques. He is the owner and head chef of Chez Moi Chez Toi, a very popular Indian restaurant in Lac Brome. He owns a 1981 Suzuki GS650 GL, a classic styled motorcycle that, for him, has both nostalgic and functional benefits.

Interview With A Biker - Robert Rogers By Paige Matheson

1998 Honda Shadow 1100
 Pic © Robert Rogers
The following interview was conducted with the goal being to determine what might influence someone to join the “biker” community. Specifically, what lead Robert to join such a community, and what keeps him from leaving. I met Robert in the winter of 2015, when his son brought me home to meet his parents. Robert can be described in many ways. He is a devoted dad, boyfriend and John Deere employee. He's incredibly driven, always working on something, whether it be at work or at home. After a long day, you can find him asleep in his La-Z-Boy, his face illuminated by a Nascar Race playing on the television. Forget about recording a movie for another day, the PVR at Robert's is full of hours and hours of cars chasing each other around an asphalt track.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Interview WIth A Biker - Stefan Desfossés By Dahlia Houle

Pic © Stefan DesfossĂ©s
Motorcycles can vary in sizes, shapes, looks and models. Many will find mindfulness and inner peace as they ride and may also feel a sense of belongingness to a group and feel more confident in their overall life. Now the real question is, which type of bike would you or do you ride? An interview with a rider named Stefan Desfossés will reveal personal thoughts, experiences, and preferences according to different types of bikes.

Inked By Todd Beck - Parte Sei!

I Always Wanted a Class Vespa
Another great tattoo by Todd Beck! With a penchant for all things related to two wheels, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to add a bit of scooter love to my sleeve this week. What better than a flashy red classic Vespa with white wall tires! Harking back to Mods Vs Bikers, such as the likes of the beach battles that rocked Britain in 1964, I thought this would be a great way of commemorating  the very machine that helped etch a piece out of motorcycling history. Space is becoming limited so it won't be too long now before the sleeve is done. Give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo!

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Interview With A Biker - Edgar Garcia By Laurie Simard

1983 Honda CBX650
Pic © Edgar Garcia
“Have you ever experienced the feeling of absolute freedom?  Do you know what it is like to fall in love?” This is what Edgar, a twenty-four years old Peruvian student at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville replied to me when I asked him, what is the feeling he has when he rides his bike? He is an immigrant in Canada with his family since the age of eleven. Spending his time in front of computers, his books, studying in the Computer Science program, he has another passion and another thing that fascinates him besides technology; motorcycles. He discovered this little pleasure when he was fourteen years old. He traveled back to Peru to see his family on the holidays and one of his cousins had a motocross bike. He tried it and it was the love at first sight. By the end of his trip, he was able to drive it around town. “Of course, my mother didn’t know about this, if she would, I’d be dead!” he said. He wanted to start with a cheap bike since he did not have a lot of money, as a student, you have other priorities for sure, but he still wanted to buy one. He started with a Honda CBX650 1983, which he rode it for 3 years. Even if it was an old bike, he described it as “the perfect first bike to ride.”