Trent Reznor, Peter Murphy.
Oh Portland...we've fallen in love with you. Maybe it's the Voodoo Donuts talking, or the ridiculous amount of great food and beer available on every street corner. Maybe it's the charming quirkiness we've seen cleverly mocked on Portlandia we will miss when we head back to our little town in New Hampshire. Or maybe, just maybe, it's because we had the pleasure to attend one of the best motorcycle shows to grace US soil in a long time.
To categorize the One Show as just another motorcycle gathering is to do it a complete disservice. What Thor Drake of See See Motor Coffee Co. has crafted with the One Show is an amalgamation of culture bridging generational and social gaps. While the motorcycles are at the forefront of the event, there is so much more to appreciate. The combining of art, music, design, architecture, carpentry and overall aesthetic appeal creates an environment where motorcycle building can be appreciated for the craft that it truly is while paying homage to the creative outlets that have forever inspired us along the way. Thor took the idea of what drives us at our core to create and manifested it into a physical environmental experience. That is the One Show.
Enjoy some photos from the last day and night of the show, and from our trip to See See Motor Coffee Co. just blocks from the show. We'll see you again soon, Portland.
A little bit more of a sampling of what we experienced in Portland today. This show is unreal. Start planning your trip for next year...this show is only going to get bigger and better.
For us, the One Motorcycle Show in Portland, OR has been like a "who's who" of the current motorcycle culture in which we have been engulfed in since our inception. Being star struck is an understatement when you enter a room in the presence of some of the most talented builders and creative savants within motorcycling culture today.
The likes of builders Kim Boyle, James Crowe and Michael Woolaway, companies like Revival Cycles, Twinline and ICON, artists Doug Werner of Mucho Moto and Gorgeous George, photographers such as Ray Gordon and Scott Toepfer... yeah, and that is only naming a few. We have been completely enamored by the talent and showcase of motorcycles and art alike. Best of all, the vibe and atmosphere created by Thor Drake and See See Motor Coffee Co. was one of the best we have ever experienced. The crowd of both Portland locals and travelers from afar came together with an energy that was both welcoming and awe inspiring.
Enjoy some of what we captured and stay tuned for much, much more.
I woke to an alarm this morning at 2:30 am with a foggy recollection that I just finished a dream where I was conducting a healthy argument with my new friend Nevin over at Deus (I met him once). I can not quite remember what we were debating, but it was all in good humor. Perhaps a prelude to hanging with him in PDX at The One Moto Show this coming weekend.
Seven hours later and we beat an epic snowstorm making its way into Boston and I'm sitting with my boys Adam and Greg on our first stop - a layover in Dallas-Fortworth, enroute to Portland (drawing diagram in my head, ya, that makes sense).
2013 has gotten off to an amazing start. We released the first of our new printed publishing schedule with Issue Seven, had a great showing in NYC at IMS with friends new and old, and are now headed out to see how our pals in the Pacific-Northwest make it happen. I'm really looking forward to connecting with so many internet celebrities (aka people that have only existed in my inbox and instant message list) on this trip.
While in Portland, we'll also have a presence over at The International Motorcycle Show Chicago with our friends from Ton-Up Chicago. Stay tuned for some info on our participation in the Mods vs. Rockers Chicago 2013. If you're in Chicago - head over and check out one of the favorites of the garage-built custom scene, the CX500 by Moto Mucci. Dave Mucci will have the CX and his new SR250 custom fresh off the bench and nearly complete for you to get a first glimpse at. You can also stop by the Iron & Air booth and grab a copy of Issue Seven while you're there (plug). :)
Over the next eight days, follow along instagram, twitter and facebook as we bring you not just a look inside The One Moto Show, but the rest of what will be a jammed pack, epic week of beating darkness on two-wheels, rain, hail and glorious sun (pray) up and down the California coast. While Adam & Greg finish off every last bit of the greasy moto show and show westerners east-coast hipness, I will bail a bit early and commandeer a 2013 Triumph Bonneville (kindly lent to me by our sponsor Triumph), drive 650 miles to San Francisco with new friends Josh Jackson & Steven Mummulo of Blood Brothers (featured in Issue Four). I'll then hang with just about every one of our sponsors, swindle some new ones and then work my way down to LA to check out the Conrad Leach exhibit and hang/ride with friends from Triple Nickel and Deus. Finally, I get off two-wheels and get back into the sky - making my way through the west coast, ending up in Miami, Florida for the OSYB (Old Soul Young Blood) Vintage Festival happening on February 16th.
So here goes. Some posts will ramble. Others will be pithy. Either way - eight days. six states. eight-thousand miles and a ton of fun. Now I must prepare for a healthy battle of wits with Nevin.
One of the great joys in life is connecting with inspiring, creative and intelligent people. Two-wheels get us out of bed, but I think for us, creativity does just as much to get us moving. It's imbedded into this maker movement we're all a part of and I love seeing where culture shifts and trends appear and grow. As always, just sharing things here on the Iron & Air Journal that makes us tick.