Saturday, June 30, 2018

Interview With A Biker - Stefan Moran By Isabelle Moran

Stefan Moran
Passion doesn’t fade, it is an emotion that is barely controllable to some. I’ve interviewed a 47 year old, male biker who spent most of his time riding when he was younger but took a break once he started to build a family with his wife. He is a father of 4 and isn’t part of any organization or group, he just simply loves and enjoys riding every chance he gets. I started off by asking him simple questions such as what first got him interested in driving motorcycles and when he realized that this was something he wanted to do. His response to this was, “When I was around 7 years old, my best friend’s father bought a motorcycle and offered us rides around the block. I was always curious about motorcycles even before then, but after that first ride, I knew I wanted one.” Many can say that they were born or raised in it, that they had family members riding bikes which could have gotten them interested as well, but others can simply say that they were born with the desire to ride, that all it took was to see someone riding and immediately know that it was something they had to do some day. He mentioned his wife who had always said that she wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle some day but waited until she was much older before finally doing it. He informed me that she obtained her license just 1 year ago and how she regrets waiting so long to have done it. She now rides every chance she has whether it is going to work on it or simply doing a few errands. She rides a Ducati 696, 2009. I also asked him how long he had been riding as well as when he started. “24 years is how long I’ve been riding, I got my motorcycle license at the age of 22 but didn’t get my first bike for another year.”

Interview With A Biker - Martin Thibault By Jessie Lambert

Martin Thibault & His Faithful Harley-Davidson
Bikers feel that riding a motorcycle brings fulfillment to their lives. In this project, I would like to understand why it is so important to them. The biker I have chosen would prefer to remain anonymous due to personal reasons. For this paper, we will call him John. The reason I chose him is because he has been riding motorcycles for over 20 years, and has never stopped even after having 2 kids. He is in his late 40s, he has been married for around 15 years and has 2 girls who are in their late teenage years. He is not part of any group or organization, he rides his motorcycle mainly for fun and to get around. John is very passionate about the topic I have chosen to discuss with him because he truly believes that riding a motorcycle bring a lot of happiness to his life. By the end of this project, I would like to understand the role of motorcycles in a biker’s life. I will be interviewing John on the start of his motorcycle experience, the link between his motorcycle and his family life, and of the passion he feels about riding.

Interview With A Biker - John Doe By Zackary Bernais

Living Life 1 Mile At A Time
Motorcycles can be a big part of your life. Choosing to ride motorcycles, they could change your life forever. From meeting new people and having great experiences to having that one accident. Motorcycling is awesome but very dangerous at the same time. I want to answer the following questions; what was your most memorable ride, what conditions do you find optimal to ride in and why do you ride motorcycles even if its dangerous? To answer these questions, John Doe will be telling us more about his experiences. He lives in Sherbrooke and owns a 2002 FLH Harley Davidson. He loves his bike.

Interview With A Biker - Isabelle Beaumier By Tiffany Lévesque

Willie G & Isabelle
Harley-Davidson Museum
The first image most people make themselves of bikers are dangerous badass people but once you get the opportunity to talk with them about their values, their traditions and their code, you see how devoted, respectful and cooperative they are. This interview will give you the opportunity to explore one of the most famous biker’s tradition, the gremlin bell, as much as some of the unwritten rules of the biker’s code. I interviewed Isabelle Beaumier. Besides being my wonderful godmother, she is also passionate about motorcycles. She waits 30 years to realize her dream: having a motorcycle. She bought a 2004 Dyna Glide Low Rider she named Rosie. She really likes to attend rallies with her boyfriend Albert. They went on a motorcycle trip on July 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they had the pleasure to meet Willi G Davidson, on one the remaining Davidson descendants.

A Couple That Rides Together, Stays Together - Nancy Godbout and Stéphane Roberge By Virginie Lévesque

Kawasaki Ninja
When I hear about bikers, my first thought goes to the real ones. The ones who would take a whole weekend just to go somewhere on their motorcycles, the ones who would just ride for a whole day, following the roads without having a destination planned. The people I decided to interview, Nancy and Stéphane, friends of my parents, are living a really busy life. Between Nancy’s projects as an entrepreneur, Stéphane’s challenges as an engineer and their daughter’s dance competitions all around the province, I was surprised they’d still have the time to enjoy such a hobby. I, therefore, decided to question them about how their interest in motorcycling was first discovered and how they can now share it despite their busy lifestyle.

Interview With A Biker - Timothy Bowker By Caroline Fisette

Nina The Ninja - Kawasaki 400
In today’s world, most people use the same method of transportation, cars. Did they ever think about using something smaller and more efficient, like motorcycles? Probably. Then why isn’t there many people on those bikes? The real problem is the image that people have about motorcycling; dangerous. Truth is, bikes may be dangerous depending on the biker but also the method of protection being used. Like cars, some drivers may be dangerous, at that point, there is no difference except 2 wheels and the body of the vehicle. My interview is with Timothy Bowker, a young biker who is studying at Bishop’s University. I hope this interview will help others get a better understanding on the advantages of motorcycle despite its few disadvantages.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fun With Sugar Skull Tattoo Designs!

Sugar Skull By Mario R.J. Corbin
Daisies Design By Amirun Shah, Owner of Inktion
I am loving sugar skulls at the moment! I put this together for fun. The eyes, in particular, are daisies from Inktion by Amirun Shah. The image needs a few tweaks but consider this available if interested! Book a consultation today!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fun With Tattoo Practice Skin!

Fun With Fake Skin
Stereotypical rose completed with Cheyenne Hawk Pen, Eternal Ink (Light Red, Dark Red, Triple Black and Lining Black. Tried some white but yeah, didn't take...) and fake skin. If you are looking for a small tattoo contact me today!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Maiden Cape Breton’s 1st Annual Tattoo Expo

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Confessions Of A Tattoo Apprentice: The Highs & Lows Of Self-Tattooing!

Tin Tin's Faithful Friend, Snowy (Milou in French)
When Todd first suggested that I tattoo myself over a year ago I found myself resistant to the idea. I wasn't trying to be a bad apprentice. Like anyone seeking out a tattoo, I am rather picky about what I put on my body. However, inevitably, I bit the bullet and did just that. Partly because I wanted to learn more about needle depth and shading and partly because I needed human flesh to practice on. Not confident enough to just tattoo any random human being, let alone someone I know or care for, I used myself as a guinea pig. Truthfully, I have learned more by tattooing myself than I could have ever learned from tattooing pig skin or fake skin.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Interview With A Former Biker - Dave Zako By Nicholas Zako

Figure 1. Vale Royal Classic Car Show, by SG2012, 2013.
My interview was with a former biker who has owned motorcycles in the past and still enthuses about them today. My goal in interviewing this biker was to discover why someone would start riding a motorcycle, and why someone who loves motorcycling would ever stop. I also wanted to know how living in Quebec affected the biker’s decision to stop riding. The biker says the reason he started riding motorcycles in the first place is because it simply looked really fun. Motorcycling was a hobby of his friends in which he was jealous of. So, he decided to become a biker, first buying a CB400 SuperSport and later trading in his Honda Civic for a Nighthawk 750. To him, biking leans more towards recreation than it does a method of transportation. He would head out biking with a couple of his friends and have fun. He explains that nothing beats the feeling of driving through wooded areas, taking curves, feeling the wind and the power of your bike. This seemingly perfect hobby raises the question as to why anyone would ever stop motorcycling.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Interview With A Biker - Daan Langeveld By Emilie Rodgers

Daan's Honda ST1100
Daan Langeveld is not your typical family man. Although he works a regular job at the local Toyota dealership and lives up the street from my house. He is part of a smaller group of the population who often get judged for what they ride but are usually nicest people around. He is a biker! Daan decided to get his motorcycle licence with his friend, Chad, five years ago. He has always been passionate about anything with a motor. He has already owned a four-wheeler, a three-wheeler and a skidoo. So the next step was to get a motorcycle licence and see if he liked it. And well, he did.

Interview With A Biker - Frederic Meriaux By Maude-Sophie Meriaux

Frederic Meriaux On A Rented Victory Bobber
A dedicated father and an accomplished businessman, Frederic has owned a motorcycle for almost 15 years now. Younger, he had a collection of hundreds of little cars and dreamed that one day, he would own one of those cars. As he was getting older, he moved from France to the United States and finally settled down in the province of Québec, Canada. Working as a mechanical engineer, he always loved being around impressive machines like cars, bikes and jets. I had the chance to interview him about his experience as a biker, but also as a traveller. There is so much to discover and what could be better than to bring together two passions: travelling and motorcycles? This is exactly what Frederic did. He bought a Harley-Davidson V-Rod, the motorcycle of his dream and travelled all around Québec and even the East coast of the United States.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Meet Leonardo (The Lion King) Corbin - Our Eight Year Old Black & Tan German Shepherd Boy!

The Lion King
We have loved having our Rosie Diamond Heart so much that we decided to adopt this beautiful eight year old German Shepherd boy two days ago. Officially named The Lion King, his previous owners called him Leo. Due to tragic family circumstances Leo found himself back at the very kennel where he began life on November 3, 2009 here in Lennoxville, Quebec. Kidjuuk specializes in breeding black and tan show line German Shepherds. We had originally put a deposit on a puppy with Kidjuuk a year ago but inevitably we were too far down the waiting list. However, I like to think of it as fate as we couldn't possibly imagine life without our beautiful Rosie who we purchased from Élevage De Juco in St. Casamir, Quebec. Leo is equally every bit a dream come true as his previous family did such a wonderful job raising him. Both Rosie and Leo have already bonded well and the two seem to have helped each other in more ways than one.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Welcome To Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium Studio - Now Open!

Get Inked In Style
Nota Bene: We Have Moved! See Address Below!

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium is now officially open for business and taking appointments! Whilst I am waiting for my 1972 Volkswagen Panel Bus Mobile Tattoo Studio to be restored, I decided to put together my own tattoo studio. Nestled in the small borough of Lennoxville here in Sherbrooke, Quebec, there are presently two studios operating out of our modest little home. I wanted the studio to be an environment that is not only reflective of my inspirations for becoming a tattoo artist but equally, one that would give clients an opportunity to be inspired themselves in thinking outside the proverbial box. The tattoo studio has been meticulously put together and goes above and beyond the long standing tradition in tattooing. My background in cultural anthropology and sociology along with my travels around the world have helped me create something eclectic and hopefully, exciting for clients. After all, you are not only paying for a tattoo but equally as important an experience. One that I hope will appeal to people thinking of getting their first tattoo or those wishing to add to their existing repertoire.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium Tattoo Aftercare Instructions & Package Now Available!

Complimentary Aftercare Package Provided With Every New Tattoo!
Upon completion of your new tattoo, you will receive a mini care package courtesy of Ye Olde Cock Tattoo Emporium. This includes a measured to fit piece of UltraDerm Film Bandage (similar to Saniderm), one complimentary sachet of Hustle Butter (.25oz) and one bar of Art En Bulle soap (either Pur soap or 100% Olive soap) for sensitive skin. We also offer tubes of Bepanthen and or Hustle Butter (1oz or 5oz) at competitive prices. In addition to the latter, clients are expected to follow these steps in order to ensure that your tattoo heals properly and looks great for years to come:

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Interview With A Biker - Frédérick Blouin By Philipe Goulet

Frédérick Blouin In His Natural Habitat
The world of motocross racing has always seemed out of reach and unaccessible to me. As a young child, I distinctly remember watching Travis Pastrana land his double backflip at the X games and thinking: I wish I could do that. But I knew very well that it was an expensive sport, that there weren’t many places to ride a motocross around me. However, I could experience motocross through video games, and I never really gave a second thought about missing out on the sport. However, some people were lucky enough to be involved in the sport at a young age and end up competing at a very high level as they grew up. I am really curious about the process and obstacles they went through and what it took for them to be a competitive motocross rider.

Eikon Machine Gun Magazines Issues 1 to 8

Premiere Issue - Summer 2001
(Click To View/Download)
Whilst I am no longer using coil machines, I thought I would share with you Eikon's Machine Gun Magazines, issues 1 to 8. This is a great addition to Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing By Huck Spaulding. These are great and have helped me learn the ins and outs of cil machines over the course of the past year. I enjoyed using the coil machines and would likely still be using them today if not for the Cheyenne Hawk Pen. More on the latter soon. In the meantime, Happy reading!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Two Wheeled Girl Power By Meaghan Rivett

The Backroad Ball
Motorcycles have been around since 1885 and are used worldwide by every type of person, but when we think of bikers we usually think ‘Men’. With the growing female population of bikers, recognition can be hard to achieve for these women, and many people still doubt a female's ability as a biker. However, women bikers like Elena Myers (the first woman to win a Daytona race) help to prove these critics wrong. Through my interviews I hoped to dispel these misconceptions of women bikers, and show the world just how badass they are. For my interviews, I interviewed two women, one a tattoo artist (Marie), and the second (Bambi) is a co-founder of an all women biker event called The Backroad Ball. I interviewed Bambi the 26th of February, she is 29 years old and first started biking as a passenger when she was 14 years old, now she rides her own 2009 Sportster 883L. I interviewed Crystal Marie (32 years old) just recently (March 1st), she has been riding since the age of 5, starting on her Honda mini bike, then eventually graduated to motocross, riding a 1997 cr125r, however she has since taken a break to focus on her tattooing.

Village of North Hatley Classic Car Meet Spring 2018

Classic Cars Seen Out & About In The Woods Today!
The following is a collection of photographs of various classic cars that we came across today in the Village of North Hatley, located in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Lets see how many of you can guess the type of cars simply by the pictures taken by my oldest son. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Interview With A Biker - The Red Baron of Coaticook By Johnathan Houle

Suzuki T20
This interview was conducted with the one and only Red Baron of Coaticook. Nicknamed by his friends for his hair and his temper which were as red as the joyful cheeks that they belonged too. This interview conducted with the Red Baron covers his views and ethics when it comes to motorcycles. At the age of 5, the Red Baron was just a little boy with no dreams of ever owning a motorcycle.  In fact, he loved cars and all of the fascination involved.  He got into cars at the age of 13 when his father’s friend owned the hottest car on the block. A 1967 Pontiac Parisienne which attracted all of the people’s attention in town. The Red Baron was ecstatic one day when the same friend came to Red’s house and announced he had a new purchase for Red to check out, which at age 16 and legal to drive, he was anxious to get out of the door.  He came to a sudden halt as he exited his house and saw a Suzuki T20 standing in his driveway.  He was never a fan of motorcycles, his mother always said that they were dangerous and that they could kill him, but he became somewhat in awe at the sight of it as it stood there. His father’s friend offered him and he took it. A decision that would change his life forever.

Interview With A Biker - Chantal Gendron By Pascale Fréchette

Ma mère est pure et dure
(click on the translate button to your right --->)
Mère de trois enfants, il était difficile d'avoir l'occasion de poser plus de trois questions à la fois. Je pouvais sentir qu'elle était distraite, s'assurant que le plus jeune n'arrangeait pas la maison. Elle a constamment fait tournoyer une mèche de cheveux autour de son doigt ou changé la position de ses jambes. La fierté et enthousiasme d'avoir à répondre à certaines questions la rendait incapable de rester assise. Mais elle était fière que je l'ai choisie et son expérience pour mon papier collégial.

Setting Up A Tattoo Shop - Part II

Bertie Is Looking Towards The Future!
Since setting up my tattoo studio I have received the majority of my supplies. Naturally, I have also had to purchase several other items along the way. Todd Beck has given my modest little studio his seal of approval and as the final items trickle in, I must confess I am excited to begin in earnest. In many ways the process of setting up my studio has been cathartic. If nothing else, its given me the opportunity to do something that I haven't done in a long time - namely invest in myself. I have also worked on setting up a Service and FAQ (click to view) page for interested clients. See below for an update on Bertie along with some other items that I purchased, including a very special piece of equipment that I know you are going to like!

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Migrant and a Farang on a Scooter By Loïc A. Mercier

From June to December 2017, I was living in the town of Mae Sot, on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Along with three other students from Bishop’s and Champlain, I was living in a traditional Thai house while teaching English to Burmese migrants. The person who influenced my experience the most there was an ex student from one of the learning centers where I was teaching. From our first encounter, we realized we had very similar interests. At the time we met, he was battling severe depression and was recovering from a suicide attempt. Through the sharing of our stories and life experiences, we quickly became brothers. I was amazed to realize that even though we had grown up in completely different social contexts, we had an extremely similar personality and sense of humour. When I think about the feeling of riding a motorbike, I imagine myself with AK in the back, wind in my face, wearing nothing but flip-flops, a t-shirt and still-wet board-shorts going 105 km/h at full throttle on the highway. During our first weeks together, we did several scooter trips. During my interview, when I asked him which trip was the most memorable, his answer didn’t surprise me. About one month after our first encounter, we decided to rent a 125cc Honda Click scooter and ride 350km through the mountains to the great fortified city of Chiang Mai.

A Touch of Art III: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies

This semester marked the third and final motorcycle exhibit at Champlain College Lennoxville. All good things must come to an end, as they say. Many of my students worked hard to create something unique for an otherwise under appreciated sub-culture of academia. In doing so they brought to light a variety of topics ranging from motorcycle road safety to identity and feminism in motorcycling culture to name but a few examples. This course has been an interesting experience for me for a variety of reasons, not least of all because of the enthusiasm that many of my students showed throughout the three times that I taught the course. Looking back, several guest speakers graced us ranging from Bikers Against Child Abuse to university professors with a passion for two wheels. Through student led interviews, my student and I have come to know so many bikers from all walks of life. In many ways, I have personally come to realize that there is more to be learned from the people we meet through our exploration of motorcycle culture than we could ever do behind the walls of academia. For those of you interested in learning more about motorcycle studies visit the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS). I hope that you enjoy the following examples of student art projects that were completed in their entirety.