Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Friday, December 29, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 13 & 14

Final Racer
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Todd Beck today to continue my sleeve. He completed two tattoos! The racer is our final Offering to the God of Speed as the sleeve itself is missing only one final piece on my shoulder with the remainder being filled in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I need to extend my deepest apologies to Todd as I failed him today when it came to doing the piece on my chest.

Work In Progress Thanks To My Ticklish Nipple Area :-(
Having had completed my left arm and soon my right arm (i.e. elbow = ouch), my two hands and my left ankle I had underestimated what it would be like to tattoo my chest again. I had my upper chest tattooed by Noémie from Nephty's Tattoo last year with some script related to Popeye. It didn't phase me and I found myself actually looking forward to having the BSA tattooed on my chest today by Todd. It is similar in style to the Norton that he tattooed on my right arm earlier this year. The experience, however, left something to be desired for both of us. Whilst the top part of the tattoo was painful, that wasn't the problem. In fact, you can see in the picture above that the details are fine as I bore through the discomfort. However, nothing could have prepared either Todd or myself for what would happen the closer we got to my nipple. Ticklish is putting it lightly. I laughed so hard and uncontrollably that any hope that Todd had to place details on the tattoo soon diminished. Todd has squarely refused to tattoo my chest again... or my ribs... or probably any part of me ever again. Live and learn! 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

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie - Part 4

Left Arm Complete!
After a year my left arm is finally complete! Noémie and Crystal-Marie did a great job on the mandalas on my arm and hand (in said order). Ms. Eternal Sunshine (aka Crystal-Marie) was also patient enough to finish my left sleeve two weeks ago by adding the intricate Norse pattern that you see above and below. The pattern itself will also adorn my right arm and part of my upper chest in the weeks to come. 

Close Up of the Norse Pattern!
The experience of being tattooed by so many great artists has also given me a chance to learn from veterans in the field as my own apprenticeship continues, albeit at a slow pace. It's helped me gauge not only the different styles but the different tools of the trade as well. More on the latter to come. One thing is for certain, it's time to start putting myself out there and tattooing people on a regular basis. In the meantime, feel free to contact Crystal-Marie for a great tattoo today!

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

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Not So Secret World Of Quilting...

Yaas! Pin basted and ready to quilt! I will not start another year with this as an unfinished quilt top. I started it when our daughter was about 6 months old and it’s been finished for a year but just couldn’t get it past that stage. Every bit except the borders handpieced! All this being completed in my Quilting Room!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 11 & 12

The Finish Line Is In Sight!
As we near the end of filling in my right arm Todd Beck decided to continue with something more traditional and cool this week! The little Vespa scooter racer and the larger golden racer are a nice Offering to the God of Speed. We will be putting in another racer in the week or so to come, along with adding something to the right shoulder that will be balance it out with my left one. Then Ms. Crystal-Marie will be filling in the rest with a pattern that will be revealed tomorrow! I have some ideas for my chest and look forward to starting the latter in the new year. In the meantime, 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

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Brief History of Three Wheeled Motorcycles By Dahlia Houle

Minneapolis Motorcycle Company’s Michaelson Tri-Car
Pic  © The Old Motor
Three-wheeled motorcycles were designed for very specific purposes. According to Auguste Van Poelgeest, three-wheeled vehicles were used to deliver packages and as economical commuter vehicles. These vehicles gained popularity after the Second World War since they could “offer space, weight and aerodynamic benefits leading to reduced emissions.” (Poelgeest, 2011, p.3) Antony Ingram supports Patrick E. George’s claim, that three-wheeled vehicles were very popular around the 20th century. They had a very low cost and were lightweight vehicles, which made it easier for people at that time to make their way around.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie - Part 3

After getting my right hand tattooed with TinTin on a Motorcycle by Todd Beck, I decided it was time to finish what I started a year ago, namely my left arm and hand. You may recall that Noémie from Nephty's Tattoo did a great job on the mandalas on my left arm. However, I thought what better way to tie my left and right arms together than to have the tattoo artist who completed my back tattoo do the work, Ms. Eternal Sunshine herself, Crystal-Marie. The hand isn't the easiest place to tattoo but Crystal-Marie did a great job and certainly left her mark with this piece. I especially like how intricate it is. This officially marks the beginning of the end, so to speak as there isn't much real estate left on my arms! I have been very lucky this past year to have had work done by three fantastic tattoo artists right here in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Criminological Perspectives: Quebec 1% Biker Wars By Keisha Tomasik

Pic © Valily Jewelry
In the province of Quebec, the 5th of December 1977 marks the birth of an important club that will later evolve into an organized crime based club, the Hells Angels. Known firstly as the Popeye's, this group counted 17 members and began its expansion once it was able to chase the rivals, The Outlaws, out of the country. Forward a couple of years and the Canadian Criminal Intelligence Service qualified the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as the most important threat to the country. (Blanchet, 2017, p.19) As Sylvain Boulanger, an ex-biker of the Hells Angels mentions, “killing the opposition and making money” (Blanchet, 2017, p.9) are the main goals for the club. This is precisely what led to the reddening of the streets of Montreal and it’s outskirts in the mid 1990’s, due to the raging war in between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machines (Renaud, 2016, p.20). Driven by the desire for both clubs to have the monopoles of the drug trafficking in Quebec, this war caused 165 deaths and 181 injuries from 1994 to 2002 (Blanchet, 2017, p.11).

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 10

Inevitably Todd and I decided to continue with something more playful this week! Having grown up watching Popeye The Sailor Man on T.V. when I was a kid, I couldn't help myself and decided to go for this classic little piece of history. The space on my arm was proving to be difficult to fill in because of the position of the other tattoos, however, this one slid into place just perfectly! You may not realize it but this was also a cover up! Whilst his namesake has been misused over the years by the likes of fast food restaurants and muscle building protein shops (ugh...), I like to think of him as that lovesick fool always protecting his darling Olive from Bluto! Fun fact, did you know his name was even affiliated with a 1% motorcycle club here in Montreal until being patched over in 1977 by the Hell's Angels? Anyways, like Tin Tin, Popeye always had a special place in my heart. Here's a fun little tune for all of ye nostalgic fans:

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.

I'm one tough Gazookus
Which hates all Palookas
Wot ain't on the up and square.
I biffs 'em and buffs 'em
And always out roughs 'em
But none of 'em gets nowhere.

If anyone dares to risk my "Fisk",
It's "Boff" an' it's "Wham" un'erstan'?
So keep "Good Be-hav-or"
That's your one life saver
With Popeye the Sailor Man.

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.

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 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, Hergé. 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 Desfossés
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.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Interview WIth A MotoWoman - Sabrina Talon By Jessika Veilleux

Pic © Sabrina Talon
In this interview we are going to talk about some reasons why Sabrina has chosen Harley Davidson and the different aspects of riding in her opinion. I chose my step mother as it was relevant for me and it was much easier to discuss with someone I know. We both feel that this is relevant because it reflects on her opinion and interests in the biking community. It gives us one person’s view out of many other ones and it might also enhance someone else’s knowledge or inspire others as well! Doing this project with her inspired me! So I asked my biker what made my her choose a 2015 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight sportster?

Interview With A Biker - Gerard Pace By Wesley Smith

Pic © Gerard Pace
What is it that drives a person to ride, what most people assume to be, the transportation method of madmen and bad boys? I mainly wanted to answer three things in exploring this question; who was the first person to introduce my interviewee to motorcycling, what’s their favourite part about riding a motorcycle, and, like the last one, what was their favourite experience riding a motorcycle. To answer these questions, I decided to interview my uncle, Gerard Pace who lives in Toronto. Gerard rides a naked 400 CC 4-cylinder Suzuki Bandit. It’s the first bike he has owned and it has lasted him about eighteen years and will probably last for many years to come.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Interview With A Colombian Biker - Wilrey By Camilo Andres Rangel Varon

“Don't let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”
-Unknown driver
Pic © Wilery
As everyone of us know, Motorcycles come in all shapes and colors, and depending of the country we. In this case, we’ll be transported to a beautiful country called Colombia, where one of my best friends of all life, who’s been driving motorcycles for around 24 years, but got inside the culture of the motorcycle driving for about 6 years, investigating, and getting involved inside this beautiful world of motorcycles. This guy known as Wilery, not only it’s crazy about motorcycle and his culture, but he’s a jeweler and uses his love for motorcycle to transform pieces of metal on beautiful pieces of art.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lennoxville Classic Car Meet!

If you are ever in the Eastern Townships on business or pleasure and should you be near Lennoxville on a Tuesday evening, drop by and meet the lads and lasses who come by once a week to talk about cars, trucks and anything else related to yesteryear. From one off Chryslers (based on a prototype that never saw the light of day) to muscle cars, these folks are warm and friendly and will make you feel welcomed. They took a particular liking to our kids, as one gentleman said, "we need to get the young ones interested; otherwise what will happen to our cars?" He isn't wrong either. With western cultures like Canada wanting everything to be new, the classic car crowd isn't what it use to be. These cars are something to be cherished and admired but they are also a piece of history. So we went a couple of times this summer and took the following pictures. Though, there are plenty more to see, so you'll just have to drop by next spring for a peek!

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2017

All Dressed Up & No Place To Go!?

Bella and I apparently came in within the top 20% of fund raisers this year in Quebec for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DGR). Surprised, we took it in stride as we know that we couldn't have done it with the very generous and kind people who supported us in our endeavour. It was our first year participating though I had been keeping an eye on this event ever since my buddies in India posted pictures of their DGR event several years ago. So it was with some excitement that we set off in late September to attend the first ever DGR event organized right here in Sherbrooke, Quebec by Jessika Wilson who operates Boutique l'Office.

Inked By Todd Beck - Part Five!

Todd Beck and I both agree that the Norton motorcycle is a truly wonderful and iconic machine. Unfortunately, we are both equally as incompetent when it comes to putting them back together; not to mention too poor to own one. So I figured this would be a maintenance free and more affordable option at the end of the day. Actually, this motorcycle is linked to one of my all time favorite movies titled One Week (2009)! Now comes the task of also trying to choose something that could fill in my right shoulder and upper arm. With my right arm being filled in rather quickly it's just a matter of time before they are both tied in together with a pattern of some sort. If you have any suggestions, feel free to chime in. As always, 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

Tait-Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture - Policing Black Lives By Robyn Maynard

The Humanities department would like to invite you to this year's Tait/Chattopadhyay Memorial Humanities Lecture will take place on Wednesday the 25th of October at 6:30 pm at Centennial Theatre. The lecture, titled Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present, will be given by Robyn Maynard, Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal.    The lecture is free and we encourage all Faculty, Staff, and Students to attend. The description of this lecture, Robyn's bio, and a link to Robyn's Website can be found below. 
- Shaun Weadick


2600 College St,
Sherbrooke, QC
J1M 1Z7
(819) 822-9600

Dunham House Drug Awareness Campaign 2017


2600 College St,
Sherbrooke, QC
J1M 1Z7
(819) 822-9600
Email: slinden@ubishops.ca

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Interview With A Biker - Cory Ovans By Sahra Ross

Pic © Cory Ovans
No matter who you are or what kind of bike you own, you are a biker. There are many kinds of bikers; scooter bikers, dirt bikers and motorcycle bikers. Each and every one of them are bikers but the reasons they ride are different. I interviewed a biker and his name is Cory Ovans (a.k.a. Christmas (because every biker needs a biker name). He is 23 years of age and has been riding for about 12 years. He owns a dirt bike as well as a dark green and black Kawasaki KLR 650.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Review of Motorcycling for Women by Nancy and Betty Debenham (1928) By BOKUS

The year this book was written was a period of great optimism; 62 nations renounced the use of war to resolve disputes and the sun shone, a fortnight in July that year recorded temperatures of 90 degrees and no rain. Significantly 'Motorcycling for Women' was published in 1928, when women achieved an equal voting age with men at 21. The book reflects a golden period when there were more motorcycles on the road than cars and anyone could ride a motorcycle at 14 without passing a test or wearing a helmet. You will see from the photographs in this book that the authors Nancy and Betty Debenham were attractive, adventurous and happy young ladies who thoroughly enjoyed their motorcycling. The sisters became poster girls for BSA motorcycles in 1927.

Interview With A Biker - Nick Q. Keeler By Emily Young

Living The Dream
Pic © Nick Q. Keeler
Nick Q. Keeler was born and raised in Quebec and spent most of his adolescent life in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec. He went to Stanstead College for high school and went to many post secondary institutions in Quebec. Nick has recently written a book on Estate planning, and has happily been married to Gail for 50 years they had a son and now two grandchildren.

Interview With A Biker - Annie Wood By Joëlle Couture

Here is Annie on the front left with a bunch of other organizers of the Poker run!
Pic © Lac-Mégantic Poker Run
If we were to ask someone about what they think of the biker culture we would not be surprised if many people would say that they find them intimidating with their loud machines and their leather jackets. Well, I don’t know about others, but Lac-Mégantic Poker Run was started by bikers in 2006. The Poker run is an organization which mobilizes to help and amass money for sick kids from the area of the MRC du Granit. To know more about this organization, I interviewed Ms. Annie Wood, a female biker herself who has been volunteering and organizing the Poker run for several years now.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Interview With A Biker - Lyndon St. Laurent By Dillon MacLeod

Pic © Lyndon St. Laurent
My interview was with a man who is a friend of my mothers, Lyndon who also goes by Cowboy or Butch. He is a retired employee of the city of Sherbrooke where he was a small machinery operator, and now has taken up hobbies like Riding, building rat-rod trucks, bodybuilding, and hunting. Lyndon got into riding around the young age of nineteen in 1970 and he purchased his first motorcycle, a Honda 350. His best friend owned a Goldwing, which was what got him into riding and lead to the purchase of his first bike. The present owner of a 2005 Custom Softail 1450cc carbureted Harley, Lyndon said what caught his attention and love for Harleys was “that cool sound.” The sound everyone recognizes. Before he bought his Harley, he has owned 3 other motorcycles. The Honda 350 that was his first, followed by a Yamaha 650 special, than a Honda 750 Super Sport. Getting his Harley-Davidson was by impulse, sitting on it and loving the feel, and accompanied with a great price he was presented with, he couldn’t say no.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - Cuarta Parte!

Honda? Triton? Who Cares, It's Just great!

What to do when your too busy for road trips and frankly, you would rather spend time with your missus and kids anyways? Easy, visit Todd Beck and have him tattoo another motorcycle design onto your sleeve in progress whilst the missus and kids are at school. Todd finished this little number for me today at his shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. This was created by the same artist who originally drew the classic BMW Cafe Racer (name unknown/unreadable). I have always been drawn to bikes with 4into4 exhaust and Todd did not disappoint in recreating this piece on the back of my upper arm. In two weeks the fourth piece will be 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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993) The Motorcycle Queen of Miami

"It's Got To Be Blue, It's Got To Be New, 
I Never Bought Anything Used - Except Husbands!"
- Bessie Stringfield
Every now and then you come across something so special that really, it boggles my mind that these people's lives are not celebrated openly by everyone. Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993), otherwise known as The Motorcycle Queen of Miami, is one such story. My better half, Jennifer, sent me a link to a Rejected Princesses the other day that celebrates women from history who were too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids' movies, at least, according to Jason Porath, author of Rejected Princesses: Illustrated Tales of History Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics. The story of Bessie Stringfield is beautifully illustrated and gives readers a glimpse into an undoubtedly inspiring woman who defied convention and lived a life less ordinary. Porath sympathetically tells Bessie's story in such a way that leaves you wanting to learn more about her life and adventures. His approach, using illustrations, makes the story come alive all that much more. What's more, his entire website is a treasure trove of information about women from all over the world. My only problem with this entire series, let alone the wonderfully illustrated book about Bessie Stringfield is that I didn't think about doing this first. Well done Mr. Porath!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - Part Three!

BMW Cafe Racer
Todd Beck finished this little number for me today at his shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. This is the second tattoo of many that will make up the sleeve on my right arm. With a penchant towards vintage motorcycles, this classic BMW Cafe Racer is the perfect way to commemorate my love for two wheels. Todd finished this piece in just over two hours and I have to say, I'm chuffed. The picture doesn't do the tattoo justice. Stay tuned! In two weeks the third piece will be done! In the meantime, if you're looking for one of several great tattoo artist, give Todd a shout today!

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Anna Bernath - Inked By Val McBain!

Val McBain - Tattoo Artist Extraordinaire

This is the beautiful and talented Val McBain. She is located in Oshawa, Ont and works at Motor City Tattoos. She specializes in Realism but she is soooo talented she can do anything and make it look like a living piece of art!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Interview With A Mad Bastard By Jérémie Godfrey

2017 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally Group Photo
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
Scooters, they are often the underdog of two wheeled vehicles; due mostly to their speed limitations or their esthetic appearance. But for the people of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, they are the coolest rides on the streets; and so I got in touch with KYMCO, the people currently in charge of this event, to find why they love scooters and what the event is all about. I had the pleasure of interviewing the Rally Master who is the main event planner/organizer of the Rally.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Victimization Of Sexual Assault Survivors On Campus

The Hunting Ground (2015)

I became a teacher because I thought I would be able to make a real difference. That I would meet like minded individuals who felt passionate about the same things that I did. I thought that by getting to my students before they set off into the world, that I could help them become more aware of the issues that they would be facing and in doing so help advocate on behalf of those without a voice so that they too could become empowered. I knew that academia was fraught with its own difficulties. Terms like academic mobbing were not even in my vocabulary. It never occurred to me that the administrators would be preoccupied with their brand instead of the safety and well-being of their students. It was and is still inconceivable to me that education itself has become nothing more than a mill churning out graduates without so much as a second thought to character development. I realized early on just how blind I had been as a student myself and even as a teacher when I first began teaching full time in 2006. I was painfully naive and despite my efforts to educate myself I feel as though that I still am.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Joys & Tribulations of Writing For The Sake of Writing!

All work and no play makes BugSpatteredJacket a dull boy!

This blog post is dedicated to books (or chapters within books) that I have written. I have also written three dozen or so articles over the last ten years, but what little has survived the test of time has since been brought over to this site. Though I have written many more books than what you see below, very few of them have ever seen the light of day. It's been akin to a personal journey into hell. Each page is a struggle as I am my own worst critic. I have several unfinished books collecting cyber dust as I write this. Itself a means of procrastination as I should really be focusing my energies on actually finishing one of the them. But what's a biker to do? Over the last few years I have also been highlighting several books that I have come across. Simply click on the Education Bytes! tab to see them. They include books not only from notable authors but I have also dabbled into publishing student work over the years! After all, students are marginalized when it comes to publishing but who better than to teach other students then students themselves!? In the meantime, if you have written something yourself and would like to have your work posted on this site, contact me!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Custom Made Luggage Rack Fabricated By Peace Spišsky

Finding The Right Rack Is Not As Easy As It May Sound!

When it comes to meeting the nicest people on a motorcycle, Honda has nothing over Guzzi riders! 😉 I met Peace on GuzziTech.com back in January after admiring his one off custom luggage rack for his own Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. Peace decided to fabricate his own rack so that he could keep using the Racer's rear cowl without it getting damaged from having things on top of it. Hailing from the Czech Republic this DIY fella has a knack for welding and fabrication so I mentioned that I may be interested in actually buying one off of him. It wouldn't be until this summer that we touched base again. So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from him not long afterwards telling me that not only was my luggage rack finished but that he had already sent it to me without ever having received even the postage cost from me! 😲

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Popping My Cherry - Tattooing Todd Beck's Leg!

The First Time Is Never As Good As You Thought It Would Be!
I stared at Todd's leg for what felt like hours but could have only been minutes. The tattoo machine in my hand felt heavier than normal. I could feel it weighing my hand down as I fought it, holding back just enough to ensure that the tip of the needle was close to Todd's leg but far enough so that the needle itself was not penetrating his skin. Todd, being the sporting gentleman that he is, assured me that everything would be fine. I must have repositioned his leg in ways that surprised even him. In the end, I held my breath and just started. One of many first mistakes. Remember to breathe when tattooing. It will help prevent asphyxiation. The needle was barely touching his leg and as a result I could see my line was barely visible. I tried again. This time it was too deep and he flinched slightly. I'm sorry! I said nervously. Todd smiled and continued to guide me through my very first tattoo on a living, breathing person - he was literally allowing me to use his leg like some sacrificial lamb. Suffice it to say, nothing can prepare you to tattoo on a human being, let alone on someone that you actually really like and respect.

Junkyard Villain - Musician, Biker, and All Heart!

Percy Hart (aka: Junkyard Villain)
Riding and Playing Music to Fight Hunger

Here is a little interview that aired in August 2015 and although I put the album recording on the back burner while I completed other projects, I came to realize that recording my album would require more focus than I had the time to commit to in 2015 due to other fundraising projects, that I held off. I'm just a guy who uses music to share his story. So this is my life with help from everyone and everything around me. - Percy Hart (aka Junkyard Villain)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

‘Revolution’ Motorcycle and Art Exhibition 2017

"The Revolution Show will be held in the Baker Mamonova Gallery, 43-49, Norman Road, St. Leonards-On-Sea (Hastings), East Sussex. TN38 0EQ. The exhibition will be held over 2 days on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September, opening hours 10am – 6pm. The Revolution exhibition brings together a unique collection of works from artists, designers and craftspeople who are inspired and influenced by the motorcycling countercultural scene. The exhibition is curated to challenge the current perception of motorcycling through a unique collection of conceptual design and contemporary art; celebrating the skills and craftsmanship of artists and engineers – all inspired by the motorcycle." 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ride to the Surreal Maladevi Jain Temple, Gyraspur, Vidisha, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Maladevi, Gyraspur, Vidisha
Bing an ardent fan of Dali I think I had already seen the landscape around the Maladevi Temple in one of his paintings (of course dali did not paint the Maladevi Temple) and other times I often dreamt of such landscapes. But never have I seen a more beauteous ruin placed atop a cliff that overlooks a horseshoe shaped valley.  The Maladevi is a large structure that seems to be crumbling in parts but giving it a closer scrutiny one is relieved to see that this wonder will last for another thousand year or more. Here the MP govt. has taken great care to maintain the environment around the structure.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cultural Analysis of Quilting - "A Place For All" Class Quilt!

My trusty assistant

This course was designed and implemented by yours truly for a cegep that I work for in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada. It draws from an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, geography, and philosophy to show how material objects (in this case, textiles) can embody world views. Taking as a starting point the warmth, both physical and emotional, and the narrative symbolism represented by the quilt, the class explored the world views of the many different cultures that have or had some form of quilting as an element of their material culture. Students discovered the roots of the medium as well as its functions both social and cultural. The impact of modern technologies on these sociological forms were examined. As quilts were traditionally primarily made by women, this is an ideal forum to unpick some of the interpretations of the quilting bee as a site for feminist freedom and expression. Case studies were conducted to examine two themes - commodification of culture (regarding the Gee’s Bend quilters, and quilts made by the Amish community) and quilting for activism (the AIDS quilt and the Monument quilt). Students were also given the chance to gain a practical experience of the social and cultural power of quilting by interacting with the Quilt of Belonging project which is based in Canada.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Ups and Downs of Life! By Crystal-Marie

You know that meme that we always see , of the crying strung out person breaking down? With the words"me trying to find a balance life etc." then there is  the photo after? That my friends is artist life ( and life in general I suppose ). Well anyways it's mine, BUT, its worth it.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

DesTination: Musée de l'Auto Ancienne de Richmond Part Deux

Don't let the lacklustre exterior fool you - it's a treasure trove inside!
My last visit to the Musée de l'Auto Ancienne de Richmond was back in July 2014 with father in law who was visiting from the Republic of Ireland. I always knew I would return someday once our two boys shifted their interest towards cars. I credit the Dukes of Hazzard more than my own mechanical abilities and or passion for cars; although, to be fair, I grew up lusting over many a classic car as well when they were still reasonably affordable and deals could be had. Thus, I seized the opportunity to nurture their interests by taking them this past July for a visit and also because I was curious to see if the museum had changed its displays since my last visit. There is something magical about these old cars and often I can't help but wonder what will become of these relics when humanity manages to kick its addiction to fossil fuels.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Perspectives: An Open Invitation To Cultural Anthropology

"We are delighted to bring to you this novel textbook, a collection of chapters on the essential topics in cultural anthropology. Different from other introductory textbooks, this book is an edited volume with each chapter written by a different author. Each author has written from their experiences working as an anthropologist and that personal touch makes for an accessible introduction to cultural anthropology. The first peer-reviewed open access textbook for cultural anthropology courses. Produced by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges and available free of charge for use in any setting." 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Join Me This September 2017 On The Ride For Men's Health In The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride!

Whilst I may be anything but a gentleman, let alone distinguished, that should not stop you from supporting me in helping raise money for this year's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DGR) in Montréal! A notable cause, this event unites classic and vintage style motorcycle enthusiasts (and then some...) to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health. This year DGR will also be directly supporting the Movember Foundation.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

DesTination Village Québécois d'Antan

My Little Angel at North Hatley Farmers Market
A quick stop for picnic supplies before we visited Le Village Québécois d'Antan!
Le Village Québécois d'Antan boasts that their little village will take you back in time in Québec from 1810-1930! On paper, this village seems to be similar to Upper Canada Village located in Morrisburg, Ontario. At just under an hour from Sherbrooke or just over an hour from Montreal, this is a fun and generally inexpensive trip away from home for families and motorcyclists alike. The village is actually quite sweet but also boasts several modern conveniences that will suit folks who don't mind losing some of the authenticity found in other parks like Upper Canada Village. For families and bikers alike, there is even a sprinkler park to help cool you off. If you arrive early you'll also have the sprinkler park to yourself. There are also various concession stands selling cotton candy, ice cream and soft drinks and other modern amenities. If camping is your thing, there is also a camp site that shares a borderline with the park so that you can visit through the camp site as well for an additional, albeit rebated price. This blog is picture heavy so enjoy the journey!