Lakewood Car Kulture Show 2015



Naners and I hit up the Lakewood Car Kulture Show last weekend. Lots of good cars, sexy bikes and crusty people. It was a decent show but we got there around 3pm and the cars were already starting to roll out. There was not a cloud in the sky so I have no clue why these guys felt the need to get out of there so quickly. Also, it apparently shuts down at 5pm. Not cool. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a car show that ended that early. Oh well. It was still packed with lots of good visual treats to take in. Hit the jump and check out a bunch of photos from the day.

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Friday Favorites: Epic Parking Sign



This image is Naners’ favorite image (I think) from our 2010 trip to Mobile, AL. I know she liked it enough to want it printed out and hung up in our house. To me, that must mean she digs on it pretty hard. Anyway, the image above is actually a reimagining of a previous edit. My original edit of this photo always left a lot to be desired in my eyes. It had huge blown out bits, wasn’t overly colorful and just had a different feel. Each one has it’s charm though. The other edit, which can be seen on the Empty Seats blog has a bit more of a “summer fun” kind of vibe. Washed out, sun-kissed and like stepping out into the sun from a dark room.

I don’t remember much about taking this photo other than we were walking around the city and I saw it and snapped an image. A hunch tells me this probably appeared shortly into our venture into the city after sleeping in my car the previous night. We woke up, drove into town, parked and then walked the morning away. Good stuff. We saw lots of cool things that day with this amazing sign being one of the first.

I had to re-edit this photo because I just didn’t have the original data that contained the adjustments I made the first time through. I could have gotten those adjustments but I felt like giving it another go and this is what I came up with. Click the image above to see it much larger. Click the link below to see the original image over at Empty Seats. Take a minute and let me know which version you prefer in the comments.

Epic Parking Sign on Empty Seats

Cranium Case



Jason over at Kustom Persuasion worked up a helmet for me about a year or two ago and I’ve finally gotten around to taking some photos of it. I handed him faded-white 30 year old helmet with a weird checker pattern stripe and he presented me with this colorful monstrosity. Look at the patterns and colors on this thing. Ridiculous, right?

It’s a wonderful example of old-school kustom painting work. I told him he could do whatever he wanted and he went with it. Sunburst, lace, gradients and more. Real cool stuff. I honestly didn’t know what to think of it when he first showed me but it grew on me the more I used it. It’s unique and I like that about it. There are certainly no other people around my area of Cleveland that are rocking anything like it.

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Vinyl Wednesday: As I Lay Dying – Awakened



Vinyl Wednesday comes back at you without much commentary this week. The choice for this week: As I Lay Dying’s 2012 album “Awakened”. Artwork was handled by metastazis and Tiffanie Uldry. It’s got a real killer Art Nouveau look to it all. I very much dig this. Naners and I are both huge fans of Alphonse Mucha and the whole artistic movement so this is definitely an album I wanted in my collection.

As I said before, this week won’t have much commentary so hit the jump and dig deep into the images. Check out all the killer illustrations and amazing typography within this beast.

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