Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Old Man Army

I took the day off of work and finally made it over to Bailey Motorsports to drop off my Triumph engine cases, crank, connecting rods, and cams to be run through the washer and get all of the oil and shit off of them. John Bailey, the guy that runs it out of his house/shop and has a full machine shop, said he can do whatever I need for him to do. So I am going to have him get my cams and journals in spec and maybe do some work on the crank/flywheel. Super nice guy and very cheap compared to other places I have checked out. I found out about him from a friend that had some work done by him and raved about what a good job he does.

Anyway, stole this off the JJ. Its inspiration, though I'm not building a show bike, I love the stance and overall look of this one...

The bike is from the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. Wish I could have been there...suck.

Orwellian revolt...

This is first animation I did. Aprox 10 years ago. I met a film student who wanted to do his senior project animated and a friend of a friend introduced us. Its janky, and the animation sucks, but we all gotta start somewhere. I'm still friends with the guy today. He lives in Brooklyn and works at a fancy film place in Manhatten, he's doing very well for himself. He's a great writer.

edit to say: I did the black and white cartoon stuff, not the cut out, stop motion stuff.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A true hero

to the motorcycle world.

Burt Monroe and the fastest Indian in world.

Saturday, January 24, 2009 of his stranger moments...

I know, its old, but come on, its farrah for christ sake...

CB 160

dont let the engine size fool you, tuned right, these little suckers are FAST.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Modern Marvels: Motorcycles

This aired on the History Channel sometime ago. Its pretty good, just a little cheezy I think. This is part 1 of 9, you'll have to go find the rest of them on Youtube if you want to watch them.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sweet tank

Spent some time in my garage/shop last night even with the sub-zero temperatures here in 'Sconi and got alot done. It was a great test for my heater to see how well it would keep me warm. I haven't had much time lately with all the traveling I've had to do so it felt good to do some work. I bought some oil and filter to get the oil changed in the Harley...maybe this weekend since I finally have some days off and its a long one. Tore the old transmission apart and scavanged some needed pieces for the new one, cleaned up the workbench, and day dreamed of what the bike is going to look like when its done. I was really unsure of the tank I planned to use at first, but I really do like it and am 95% sure I'm going to use it. 3 1/2 gallon mustang style, hidden cap, frisco mount, with a ridge. It's grown on me.

Another great link I read from time to time...Skatebook TV. They have this great video and article on Max Schaaf and a couple of my favorite bikes his 4Q knuckle and shovel.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


trying to animate a skate trick is one thing, but trying to animate the camera like a filmer would shoot is different all-together. Big props to filmers, you make it look easy! Sorry if it makes you sea sick, it is only three seconds tho, heh...

edit to say: mimicking a fish eye lens in 3DS maX is damn near impossible. After effects techs I saw were cheesy as hell, if anyone has any hints and feels like sharing :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ahhh yes...warmer days...

Out for a ride at BBC 2008...Craig's 1969 BSA Lightning. Somewhere around 60MPH.

warmer days...................

warmer days....sigh...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

fight at cbgb's

thats right...

red fang, rad video

this is what rock and roll is all about...

wall st.

standing in front of the national treasury, nyc.

Friday, January 2, 2009

jersey slide

So if there is anyone actually watching these dumb little videos I'd like to explain just a few things. It looks like the little guy is gray and nekkid, and thats true, to a point. You see, in animation today, you build a sort of skeletal system, or the "bones system" and thats what you see. Then you model a "mesh" skin and put that over said bones. The animator actually animates the bones then the mesh is added after the fact (sometimes)

my focus as of late has been the actual animation part, as compared to the modeling...

Also, you learn quickly that doing a bunch of short animations (say five to ten seconds) is actually way more beneficial than one long one. Most people loose interest after a few seconds (me includ......)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Knucklehead wetdream

Went to the Harley museum last fall before I took off to Georgia for a couple months for school. Took this short video of the wall of motors and the cool interactive video screens they had.


After a morning at the dog park with Tom and Kris I fired up the garage heater and was feeling inspired to do some work on the Triumph. I stopped at a local tools store and bought a large enough allen type tool to remove the sludge plug. A little wrenching and it all came out. I am cleaning up my old cylinders to sell as we speak. Looking good...

Sludge tubes and plugs, new and old:

Looking down the barrel of the crank:

A picture of the whole mess:

I just need to clean out the crank tube and install the new stuff.