The Evolution of an Artist: Thom Jones

Both Kevin and I have been waiting on this one to drop in its entirety, The Evolution of an Artist: Thom Jones. Seattle based furniture designer builder, metalworker and motorcycle builder Thom is a bit of a jack of trades. I first became aware of him through the Harley/chopper world and soon after saw his amazing furniture he builds under the name Semigood. This is a great little behind the scenes look at the evolution of an artist; from writing graffiti to building furniture to building choppers it is all a natural progression for an artist like Thom Jones.

Old Fashioned Standards – The Custom Jacket Process

Old Fashioned Standards is a company that specializes in high quality products and custom craftsmanship. All of our goods are made from cotton cloth impregnated with a very specific mixture of wax and oil that is historically referred to as oil cloth. The process of applying the unique mixture transforms the basic cotton cloth into a wind and water repelling, high abrasion resistant antique looking cloth. We are dedicated to providing you with high quality goods that will last you a life time! We are dedicated to producing all of our products vegan’

Killer process video by Mike Babz showcasing a jacket design and construction. Really feeling what OFS is doing, especially in the hat game. Much respect to craftspeople and their trade!

Cool Companies Episode 1: Captain Fin

‘The first episode of Cool Companies explores the inner-workings of Captain Fin. Captain Fin started in a garage is Oceanside, California, by Mitch Abshire, focused on “designing unique surfboard fins that feature performance based templates and art designed by the most talented of surfers and artists.” Now out of the garage and in to an 8,000 square foot warehouse (but still in Oceanside), Captain Fin has expanded in to making wetsuits, clothing, as well as a few awesome collaboration projects including a Captain Fin X Vans Shoe line.’

Brother of the weird – Iron & Resin

Desillusion Magazine presents this look at California’s Iron & Resin, a mainstay here on the site:

‘Based in the heart of Ventura, a town literally fuelled by waves and gasoline. Iron & Resin is the product of several friends, immersed in a culture of motorcycles and point breaks. A culture where man builds with his own hands and the only thing that counts is living in the moment. ’Brother of the Weird’ presents an insight into the brand with co-founder Thom Hill.

This short film is based on the article “Behind The Desk – Iron & Resin” published in Desillusion Magazine 45, Tome 1.’

Tom Kay – Finisterre

We’re pretty hardened Mac users round these parts, but a great video regarding entrepreneurism from Microsoft UK featuring one of my favourite brands, Finisterre.

Tom Kay gave up a corporate property job in London and moved to Cornwall, where he started Finisterre in his bedroom while working part-time as a lifeguard and surf instructor. Designed to fill a gap in the market for cold water surfing gear, Finisterre is now a multi-award winning and highly respected brand that still maintains the renegade spirit of its founder.’ 

How The Race Was Won – Paris-Roubaix 2014

With the Queen of the Classics now behind us, for many the best parts of the road racing season are over – although if this was a preview of the talent pool in 2014, the Grand Tours should be quite entertaining this year as well.

Paris-Roubaix 2014 was one of the best single day races in recent memory, with numerous breaks and an insanely fast average speed (+45 kmph!) – in the final 10 km the lead group included the likes of Cancellara, Sagan, Boonen, Hushovd, and Wiggins, so you know the win was hard fought. Enjoy the always-infomative coverage of Cosmo Catalano, and next up, Amstel and Liège–Bastogne–Liège