Monday, August 13, 2012

Wow....

I gotta say, I am a bit overwhelmed by the response to the latest cover of the mag..... I've had a bunch of people ask me where the concept came from....... normally I have nothing to do with the covers - like a good tattoo I just let the artist do whatever they are feeling..... but this time was different.... I gave Phil (aka Cool Hand Phil) some ideas and he killed it........

I'm a chronicler of chopper shit..... I'm not a builder..... I'm just a guy obsessed with bikes and adventures just as prone to trend-humping as the next guy..... sometimes it's impossible to avoid.............. so, I normally just try to capture that in the mag..... without my spin on it too much..... but this time was different.....

I have always loved David Mann's art..... I know it's lame and everyone says it but..... Mann's paintings are like little daydreams..... everything is perfect.......

Born Free was crazy.... we got back from California and I knew that I had to change my plans for Issue 8 a bit as we gathered some crazy content and I thought it only fitting to put it out as close to the show as I could.....

I've been trying to crowbar a Mann-style cover in since the start.... this was my chance because to me CA was an adventure and Mann's art is always an adventure.......

I sent Phil this picture of a Mann centerfold hanging on the Mann wall in the Lab.......




But I knew it needed a twist to it...... I couldn't shake the art that Dave and Jeff had made by EZ for the Wretched Hive......





I love Star Wars and I love it when someone takes a well-known idea and tweaks it.... I also loved the art because Dave and Jeff are veterans of the game and have been building real legit bikes for a long time (but you knew that being as they were both BF builders)...... their shit always seems to have some next-level details that somehow just fit with the Star Wars-themed art they used..... I was hooked.... and since it was fresh in my mind from CA (where I chased Dave for a shirt with the art on it) I ran with it....... I wanted in on the fun..... with our own twist on it so as to be respectful to Mann's original art and not totally bite off of Dave and Jeff.....

By the way, check Jeff and Dave out.... they deserve your attention... 2 of the nice guys in the game that make absolutely amazing bikes for nothing other than the love of Choppering...... no ego and no competition.... just choppers and amazing fabrication..... ok, ok, ok, enough of my stroking Dave and Jeff.............






I gave Phil the Mann art and said, now hide some Star Wars shit in there... I wanted people to see a Mann painting and then trip on the Star Wars content....... as usual Phil killed it!





I guess I underestimated the love for Star Wars.... I kinda thought it was like my love for the Smiths.... some shit I don't like to talk about.....haha.... I just thought loving Star Wars was only for nerds...... I guess there are a ton of nerds and I'm stoked.......

Thanks for the support and support those who support us like the Wretched Hive....


6 comments:

WhitelinePsycho said...

Fucking great post Tim, cannot wait for the mail dude to arrive, the Mann Wars cover is so bloody cool. Really cool to read of another 'chronicler' and ideas man who ain't that much of a builder, not all of us do the full on wrenching thing and I'm more than ok with that, we just love the whole caper and by osmosis absorb the whole history thing . . . somebody's gotta do it and you're doing a cracking job. Keep it up man, class all the way !!!

mikeF•A•Fmoto said...

These pictures are AWESOME.

David "Howling Moose" said...

The cover art is an instant classic. by the way thanks for the day on the calendar. Keep up the great work

Patrick Nolan said...

Looks like I picked a good set to get my first show class. Subscription will commence w/ Issue 9!

Jase said...

Any idea when it should hit our mailboxes?

DSTim said...

Jase... It shipped weeks ago.... Maybe drop me an email so I can look into things for you and send a replacement if yours got lost.....? Or we can keep rapping over blogger.... If you want me to sort it out hit me up tim@showclassmag.com