Snot Rocket’s Big Block

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The time finally came when the Snot Rocket lost it’s propulsion system. I suppose it’s going to happen with any drag car; a thrown piston, a wreck or SOMETHING will cause a catastrophic failure and a new engine will be needed to get the vehicle down the road again. This time it was some bent push rods and an offset valve or two (I think). Regardless of the problems, the 350 V8 is toast and a big block Chevy engine is the new hotness.

I rode the motorcycle to Clyde two weeks ago with every intention of taking photos of Bernie and Jason while they worked at this new engine. Of course something comes up and I spent hours toiling away at my motorcycle and didn’t make it out to the shop. Well, last week I was at Kustom Persuasion working on my hunk-of-junk El Camino and I managed to snag some photos of the two mad scientists still hard at work on that big block. Bernie takes care of the big block Chevy engine that will be replacing the 350 and Jason was working on the interior of Snot Rocket while also tending to my needs when I needed the help. This El Camino is turning into it’s own saga but I don’t really want to get into that. Instead, just peep some photos of Bernie and J-Money. I can honestly say I miss taking photos at the shop. Every angle is a challenge and the lighting is always absolute shit. That means more time in post-production but it’s always worth it as their beautiful mugs are sure to light up your day. Check em out below! Continue reading

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Rose & Jay’s Big Day Out

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I said a little while back that I was working on a set of engagement photos for my cousin and her dude. Well, I recently finished editing/retouching them and I’ve decided to share a bit of my favorites with y’all here. I had never done a photo session like this before but it was a fun time and I think we came out with a bunch of good shots for them to use. My personal favorite is the one with them sitting on the steps. Totally bitchin’ stuff. Check ’em out, yo!

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Vinyl Wednesday: Poison Idea/Pantera – The Badge

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The featured vinyl this week is another choice cut from my 7-Inch Series project: the Poison Idea and Pantera split from Record Store Day 2014. “The Badge” was originally written and recorded by Poison Idea for their 1990 album Feel The Darkness and Pantera covered the song on the 1994 soundtrack to the movie The Crow.

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Wandering: 2015.01.06 (Part II)

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As promised, here is the second part of the post I began yesterday. These are the photos I felt were the best of the bunch and worthy of their own post. Upon further review of the images there is most definitely a theme of “upward” in this set. Weird and unplanned but whatever. That’s just how I roll. Check ’em out below and let me know which your favorites are from both posts in the comments.

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Wandering: 2015.01.06 (Part I)

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After a recent snowfall I had come to realize that I’ve never went out on a winter photo walk while living in Chicago. This seems a bit odd considering it seems like winter is 7 months out of the year but when the cold weather hits and the snow starts falling I really have no desire to go out into the howling winds and low temps once I am warm and cozy. I suppose all photographers feel like that at some point. Anyway, something must have crawled up my butt the other day because I finally ventured out and braved the weather to get some photos.

This is day one of a two-day post of photos from my outing. It’s a lot of the same places I went on my last photo walk during the fall. I wanted to stay close to home and revisit those familiar scenes to see them in a new light. Today’s post features the photos that I liked but didn’t quite “make the cut.” I figured I’d save the best for last and post my set of favorites tomorrow.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Machine Head – The Blackening

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Machine Head’s “The Blackening” took me by surprise in a big way a little over six years ago. Even though it was released in 2007 I don’t think I really gave it a chance until sometime in 2008 and since then I’ve given it an abundance of plays and more praise than I can even remember. Machine Head was always a band that I was conscious of but never really “got.” Their music just didn’t fit into my life until this album. For me, this album combined it all: lyrics, music, artwork and timing. Those elements combined to make one of the best Thrash Metal albums of all time and one of the best metal albums of the new millennium.

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Wandering: 2014.10.28

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The inspiration for this set of photos is from a bike ride that I went on yesterday into some areas around the apartment that I hadn’t visited before. Lots of nice plants, animals, water and rusty industry. Yesterday I had my phone with me so I snapped a bunch of Instagram photos but this morning I went back out with my DSLR to capture some more wonderful scenes around the city.

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