Archive for ‘Clothing’

February 3, 2023

Satchel strapped down

All set to travel

Stirruped leggings, winged spectacles, and a puddin’ bowl helmet. She’s dressed for riding success aboard the bathtubbed Thunderbird.

February 1, 2023

Cool

Picking up bikes for the ISDT

1964 – E Germany bound. Steve McQueen getting the bikes they used for the International Six Day Trials behind the iron curtain. Other fella is John Steen, also an off-road racer who, along with Ed Kretz Jr., Cliff Coleman and Dave & Bud Ekins, were key players in the SoCal desert racing scene. Steens family we’re in the oil & lubricant business as well as the popular ‘Taco’ mini bike. Steve looks as cool as ever with the desert boots, white socks, Fred Perry polo shirt and Persol sunglasses. (acknowledgements to Les Elmer in NZ for finding this image)

January 25, 2023

Donald! Donald! Whar are ye’ gan?

I’m aff tae the braes o’ Bonnie Scotland

Happy Birthday to Oor Rabbie Burns.

For a’ that, an’ a’ that, It’s coming yet for a’ that, That Man to Man, the world o’er, Shall brothers be for a’ that.

January 24, 2023

“Angels Forever, Forever Angels”

“When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets.”

Gangs of the open road. One per centers wear their signature vests, oily blue jeans and mechanics boots. As well as the ubiquitous Harleys they also tore around on chopped Triumphs like the Pre-Unit shown here.

January 21, 2023

Muse

Glamor Gals

Most published illustrations are based on staged photographs. Norman Rockwell’s covers for The Saturday Evening Post we’re such examples. Here is a piece of work by one of his contemporaries Gil Elvgren, who was known for his pin-up girls as well as advertising illustrations for companies such as Brown & Bigelow. Many of his ladies ended up as nose art on WW2 bombers.

January 20, 2023

Ladies in the Mud

Silk Headscarf

Twenty-one year old motorcycle triallist June Adams on her bike, March 1951.

January 16, 2023

Bellezza Italiana

Beautiful but Dangerous

At 95 Gina Lollobrigita had a full and interesting life. As a sex symbol in post-war Europe she acted in several films opposite leading men such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster, and , as seen on the lower right image, Rock Hudson. Later life saw her move to the other side of the camera, where, as a photojournalist, she managed to get an interview with Fidel Castro. (1927-2023)

January 6, 2023

I got you babe!

If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

The Goddess of Rock Cher has been a music and fashion icon for over 50 years. Lookin’ cheery with Sonny’s Triumph.

January 4, 2023

ATGATT

Flat Cap and Boilersuit

Sparsely equipped BSA ready for the fields and dirt roads. Of hood and horn you could say.

January 1, 2023

Comin’ into Los Angeles

Arlo Guthrie on his ‘sickle

The cover of his 1969 album, featuring some great road-trip music, has an open fronted frilly fuchsia colored shirt-wearing Arlo on his Triumph Trophy. Stealin’ is a great number, as is Comin’ into Los Angeles. Other personnel on the record include Byrd men Clarence White and Gene Parsons, as well as slide guitar maestro Ry Cooder.

December 30, 2022

Anarchy in the UK

Punk is Dead

Long live Punk! Dame Vivienne Westwood (1941-2022) passed away yesterday. Heralding the punk scene in 70’s London, along with Malcolm McLaren (r), for a disenfranchised youth who needed a music and fashion scene to reflect the counterculture lifestyle they were exploring . As well as safety pins, ripped t-shirts, tartan and outspoken graphics, the leather biker jacket was also utilized.

“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.”

November 3, 2022

Owld Gal

Ruby Red Sprint

Spied on Chicago Avenue this evening. A solid machine being enjoyed on a balmy November evening. It had a pleasant throaty rumble. Nike basketball boots are period perfect too!

October 4, 2022

Killing Eve

Chic Assassin

Jodie Comer is the multilingual killer Villanelle. A Hit Woman ready to take on any job. A few scenes have seen her on two wheels; here in Tuscany with a Moto Guzzi. Her outfit : a custom Chloé blouse dyed a minty blue, Paige denim shorts, and Doc Martens (so she can scale walls easily)

June 26, 2022

His ‘n’ Hers

Chi-street cred

– I managed to snap a shot of a pair of bikers hauling up Ashland Avenue. Honda Helix superscooter and Suzuki GS1000.

February 12, 2022

Flying Jacket

Speed Demon

– Norton badged machine with a swift footed JAP engine. Thick sheepskin pilot jacket essential garb for B road enjoyment.