A great gathering was organised last Sunday to bring together custom bikes and scooters in a massive ride ending up at Kustom Lane Gallery in Hawthorn. A few of the bikes there were featured in the Oil Stained Brain exhibition from the previous week but there were also plenty of other gorgeous two wheeled machines to enjoy. The people there were generally very inviting and willing to chat about their customised rides while others enjoyed the entertainment and sunshine.
I decided to edit these photos in black and white as it was like stepping into a different time in history as you entered the closed off lane; literally full of classic Nortons, Ducatis, BSAs and much much more. Check out the images below.
The story of Scooter Man by Damien Bradberg…
Australian photographer Damien Bredberg set up this photo, entitled “Scooter Man,” for submission to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography contest. He had rented a scooter for two hours and was looking for a way to create something “special, quirky, and striking,” according to Rangefinder.
“I called upon my dad – a funny geeky character he is. But other than his odd expressions, I needed another element that was going to impress the judges or, in fact, do the opposite.
“Now, with a scooter in my possession and an oldish dude of skin and bones, the pressure was on to create. It was obvious to me that Dad had to be shirtless; (but) it was (still) missing a vital ingredient – complete nudity.
“So I requested, much to my own disgust, ‘Dad, you need to get nude!’ From there it all happened, and the image was born.”
This remarkable photo brought to Damien the title of Australian Editorial Photographer of the Year and the cover spot on a national magazine. To his dad? Maybe modeling jobs aplenty, but surely the knowledge that he had very nearly given his all for this project.
And here’s one with mum (I think)…
I don’t normally post much stuff about scooters but these images really caught my eye as they had a freshness and a real sense of adventure. These photographs are from a cool little blog about an epic trip from Saigon to Hanoi by a group of Vietnamese vespa riders. Images by photographer Qskulls.
via The Scooterist
Little did you know you could look so tough on a pink scooter, did you? If you have the money and inclination, in Japan you can make some significant and rather extravagant modifications to your 250cc scooter. The Akira bike looked a bit tougher in the cartoon, but now every time I see it, all I see is a pink scooter.
If you want to see more, check out cnngo.com for the full story.
Not usually a scooter fan but I could not pass up showing these awesome designs. From Deviant Art.