Sunday, August 29, 2010

the past few days in review

had a few days off finally
went to Brooklyn for the Gypsy Run party
ok Kyle hooked me up with a sweet full face lid
Bomo Tim's ez pass flew off and hit my knee
i fell in love at least a dozen times in New York
Vander makes a good host and breakfast
Tim and Vander saw a dead body
met up with some quality guys
Marco went blind and dead legged recently
me and Q rode the shoulder half way back from New York
spent an entire day with my favorite person in the world
went for a ride with D and Swan through the hood
buying a beater truck with a wood dash
i got poison ivy in my eye
took a nap

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ride to Skate 4

Covered in this months Iron Horse by our man Marco from True East.

Whispers were spoken recently about what to do for the next one. It may be so secret that we dont even know or tell ourselves until after it happens. That's some deep shit.

Ady Boy Earle

About a month ago HOTW Joe Fish had a bad night. So many people stepped up and did what they could and we were blown away by the amount of support. For every shirt purchased and every ten bucks donated everyone had a chance to win some stuff from the web store. After pulling all of the names together we narrowed it down to one. Congrats to Earle Ady who sent in a hefty amount with a little note that said "first bar tab therapy session is on me". Get in touch Earle and we will hook it up. Thanks to everyone else who only won a piece of our heart but that cant be sent because we need it to live.

Tim, Matt and the Death Science gang are doing the printing and will have them done in about a week and when we get them they will go out the next day. I really want to thank everyone for waiting and understanding. The good thing is that our DS brothers down south are doing them for cost so Joe gets to keep what a print shop would have made in profit. It was the best way to see that your hard earned dollars got to the man that needs it most. Joe told me he took a few steps without crutches or anyone's help recently and hopes to be limping around at the Brooklyn show. Will be real good to see him back to somewhat normal soon. There are still a few uncalled for shirts that can be purchased in the shop and any further donations or emails can be sent straight to him at

Monday, August 23, 2010

I Pity the Fool

I dont know what you guys think but Clubber Lang is one of the greatest movie characters EVER. Tim and Matt at Death Science are cooking up some shit down south. Thanks for bringing this to the lowside jam for me, sorry I couldn't receive it in person. One of these days Ill figure out how to post links, in the meantime check the sidebar they're over there.

Panis Envy

How sweet is this! Apparently its for sale but that was the only thing in English and I cant convert Yen to Dollars. Taken from Brat Style..

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Inner View Number Two


Zac Doom is the altered mind behind Heavy that can paint a picture on the chopper landscape and leave you with a mental contact high from the trip.

Leave your questions as a comment and he will shed some light. Turn on, tune in, chop out...

a cog in the machine

No one sponsors and gets involved with more worthwhile events than Adrian Lopez and the lords of fun at Loser Machine.

They didn't have to be talked into working with Freak Out The Squares or being one of the biggest supporters for the Ride to Skate or when Joe Fish found himself in harms way. They were ready to send stuff out before we even asked them to help someone out. They are involved with practically every other worthy deal to come down the road and they make top notch stuff that will get you some fancy action with fast easy women. Support them back if you're into it for more than a label or feeding something that only cares about your wallet.

I'm proud to be a part of it by taking on the Middle East Coast territory as a rep for the brand. Chris Dr. Deathhead from Hated of the World is doing the same for New England. If you have or know of a shop and want to get behind the guys that support the scene like a steel beam and have shit that sells like free cake at fat camp, get in touch like a creepy uncle and we will make shit happen like exlax... but in a good way.  


Tim, Matt, Ralph Knuckles and the boys at Death Science must never sleep. They are putting together another epic run already. Thats 2 this year. This one is for a real cool cause. It is to help Lee Bender make a trip to get some much needed medical treatment that he cant afford alone and that our government isn't ready for. Check it out at rideforlightning and Lee's site onesickrace...

They already have tees and caps for sale and are doing some raffle action that will all benifit Lee and his struggle to get right. So if you cant make it you can still help and possibly win something from one of the many handsome sponsors.

If you want to send in any donations be it monitary or material, get in touch with Who will probably look like this one day but has a heart as big as a slightly oversized human heart, and a head full of ideas that will be remembered.

We will be there. The 16th is both me and Mide D's birthday. What a better way to celebrate than with friends, booze, music and backwoods riding in the middle of shine country for the weekend. All to help out a good guy in a real bad situation.

california dreamin from lee bender on Vimeo.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer time

The days are getting shorter already. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inner View


Anonymous- What do you dig thinking about the most, Born Free 1, 2 or 3? Any changes in mind? Stay gold.

Grant- That's a tuff one. BF 1 was super special just because we pulled it off in 30 days and had a great concentration of our favorite bikes from around the country, it worked.
BF 2 was a whole 'nuther ball game! We worked hard on it for like 8 months and only one person involved had a heart attack (seriously!). We got real lucky again with 2 because it wouldn't have been anything without all of YOU that made the countless sacrifices to get there, that's why it worked and why BF2 was special, that and there was over 2000 bikes and well over 5000 people! It was not even a full day show for crying out loud!
I think it was the motivation many of you non-Californian’s needed to finally get out to the west coast and see it in person and consequently be part of a now historical show. We never did it for the money and we were VERY lucky to break even on #2 because it cost us WAY more money than we thought, but it was important to keep it free. And the panhead giveaway! Crazy. Still trips me out we did all that.
After talking to people and hearing story after story of your adventures to get to BF2 (most were good) and how many of you jumped on an old bike and rode with friends and many solo across this great land of ours was the thing I liked most about the weekend, it still boggles my mind because most Californians wouldn't so that for really anything cuz we're so spoiled here.
As far as BF3 goes...we'll see. Yesterday we four Born-Free-ers got together to see if this is something we want to do again—needless to say the Z-bar is set pretty high after BF2. You’ll know either way real soon, if it’s a yes you better not miss it! Check bornfreeshow for the latest.

Joe Zito- What’s your take on the 'scene'? After doing the ride to skate in Philly for a few years now, I am still amazed at how rad most of these folks are & the skills and eye for design some of these home builders have. How do you think things will change over the next few years? Do you ever fear that what you hold near & dear to your heart will be blown out & douchified by its popularity? I do a little but I just keep meeting more & more rad people who are true as fuck & ride & build their hearts out. Oh, boxers or briefs?

Grant- I think there is the threat of that with anything. I grew up riding dirt bikes and working on old cars. I took the car thing to another level than just a hobby and built hot rods for a living for many years. Soon I found myself not being able to afford to build myself anything because the prices went so high and traditional cars got to be the “in” thing. I lived, ate, and breathed hot rods, then choked. The over saturation also killed it for me, but things are different here in So Cal, it’s easy for that stuff to happen out here and to jade people because of sheer numbers. I’m not from here, I grew up in Salt Lake which at the time had basically no scenes as far as cars or bikes went. There was a good music scene while I was a teenager and going to hardcore and discord-type band shows, but the Utah driver’s license was easy to fake.
In recent times people have greatly educated themselves. Home builders are turning out nice products from bikes, to parts, to cloths, to magazines, etc. Building a bike isn’t hard, building a well thought out bike takes, well, thought! Of course skills and tools really helps, but friends with those is good too. The speed of the internet and the idea sharing (or borrowing) has catapulted people’s builds and also sped through trends that would normally last longer if all we had was print media. Everything good and bad thing gets chewed up, copied, raked over with a fine tooth comb, perfected, and then cast off as gay. I think that’s just the world as we know it today. The people that have only gotten into this stuff don’t know any other way, they don’t know about pouring over old mags, listening to old timer’s stories, etc. Not saying all that is gospel, but just like anything you need to know history. I’ve always been big on knowing where things came from. As a kid in SLC I had stacks of magazines I would read cover to cover, over and over, literally wearing them out because I wanted to absorb as much as possible, still do.
This is probably a little off topic, but one of the things I like most about working with metal is that you’ll never learn everything about it. There are always new ways to do things, old tricks to learn. I love welding too. One of the best things one can do is to learn to TIG weld. MIGs are for bridges and battleships!
Boxers all the way.

Zac Doom at Heavy- I know QP and Clyde also reside at FMA world headquarters, what are their roles at FMA? Also, what inspired you guys to start FMA? What’s the story?

Grant- Clyde is the new FMA butt licker and guard dog. He likes to sleep on our pillows while were away. The QP is the female design consultant and shipping department head. Oh and she packs all the company sass. Harpoon has been screen printing for like 15 years and even has a degree in it. So he would always make some cool shirts and give them to friends. This went on until a few years ago when I was like "these are good, let’s do it for real". He's a bit too much of an artist to hold down the biz side of it which is where I came in and took over that side as well as brainstorming together. Now we have EZ that draws most all of the designs and we have been trying to get the parts biz going that we took over from T-Bone. We were stoked that deal worked because we had been kicking around a few parts we wanted to make, but it's tough because there are some many companies making parts. Ours are good niche parts and are made in the USA. We have more stuff in the works, but its all money and time. We are just a few dudes doin' it with what little we have to work with, I type this from the FMA head office in our tiny kitchen on a desk made from an old high school door! It's great when people get our shirts or parts and are genuinely stoked, makes it all worth it because it's a lot of work.

Mike D from Born Loser- Well, Mike didn’t have a question but some comments instead… Grant has been on late night TV (I think Letterman or Leno)… putting mass amounts of quarters up his nose. Ask him about his special talent. He and Amy are very well respected in the area for making an unbelievable Corn Dog casserole... Care to comment or explain?

Grant- Yes, I am a stupid human. I put 14 quarters in my nose on national late night TV on the Letterman show. Was back in ’01 I think. In high school I was so bored in math class that I was putting things in my nose to kill time and a quarter went up there real easy. So I gathered enough from those around until I couldn’t fit any more in. Thank you Mr. Thomas, worlds worst math teacher, for teaching me this! I have made at least a couple grand off it to date. I have done as many as 18 quarters, but that gets tricky. I just tried to win a trip to Mexico with the trick for a LA area radio station deal, 95.5 KLOS, but lost to a double jointed elbow kid…
The corndog casserole is nothing I can take credit for except eating it, and encouraging people to eat. It is actually a recipe from Hot Dog royalty. My chick Amy is a hair dresser and one of her clients is from the Hoffy Hot Dog family and gave her the recipe. Amy is from the Mid West were babies are born in casserole dishes so she took to making it like a duck to water.

Harpoon- Ok, ask Grant if he would ever get a happy ending. And what fuels his Megan Fox obsession (well it’s not really an obsession but it will fire up his old lady) And when did he start and then why did he stop wearing girls pants. I have a good picture too somewhere.

Grant- I certainly wouldn’t want an unhappy ending!
Not an obsession, someone said I had to have a list, so I knew she was hot and put her at the top. Apparently Amy was appalled (she has a top 5 list by the way), now it a running joke and a good way to push her buttons. Who doesn’t like Megan Fox, come on!
I was young, single, in good shape, easy job, had to make the most of it. Back then tight pants was more rock and roll than whatever it is now, but I'm fat and old these days so it was good while it lasted. That and the chicks dug it…

Clarke- Does Harpoon wear slacks to all the parties or just the special ones?

Grant- Harpoon usually wears his white boogie shoes to most parties, he'll pair them with his fancy pants for real special dance parties.

Anonymous- My son wants to know, who's your favorite muppet and why?

Grant- As far as muppets go it's hard not to love Animal, but there's some sweet characters like Gonzo or the two sarcastic old guys in the balcony.

Tim for Death Science- Any plans to print more AEE shirts? Why an orange bike? How can I get the Beautiful Buzzards to play my birthday party? Do you guys plan on making more cast parts? What's your favorite slushy flavor?

Grant- Tim, We have AEE shirts ready to go! I think we’re out of the baseball tees, but we have regulars.
I guess the Orange came from me thinking about what color to paint my ’72 Chevy truck and thought long and hard about root beer brown or hugger orange. These thoughts tricked into the shovelhead area of my brain as that bike began to change. Soon I just wanted a simple bike and the history of Oakland Orange bikes, but I couldn’t commit to the frame being orange as well. Its single stage even, probably the easiest paint job Harpoon has done in a long time.
Just let me know when and where the party is! We are writing more songs right now and getting things together. It’s harder as you get older! Jason is a Harley mechanic and is married with a kid and I have 40 million things going, so we only practice once a week. Hopefully we can get things going soon. I love playing shows.
We have lots of ideas for parts, it’s just a matter of money, which we don’t have much of. But we really haven’t pushed our brand yet except the internet and the ads in Street Chopper we buy. Its good stuff and I think there is a more broad need for it, but we have to fight with those that have the bread to smother us. We have faith.
I’m always game for things of a berry nature.

Anonymous- Do you think a mermaid’s pussy smells like fish? Or maybe like some girls smell like seafood for some reason a mermaids might smell like a hamburger hot off the grill or something nice like that.

Grant- Wow, never really thought about that. Maybe it tastes like chicken? Where is it on a mermaid?

Anonymous- Why did Clarke think that you had a kid? What made you decide to get involved with Freak Out The Squares?

Grant- I have no idea! I’ve been pretty careful over the years and didn’t have any when I was married, so it was kind of a scare when he said that!
We decided to join FOTS because we know how hard it is to start something like this and the work that goes into it and everyone involved could all use the help. That and the choice of brands which are all peers, seems like a good idea and I hope it works for all of us. I was even happier about the partnership when we met Mike D and Clarke at the Born-Free show, good people.

Mike D from FOTS- Are there any plans to make street chopper a monthly publication?

Grant- As far as Street Chopper goes it's not really up to us because the company is so big, it's actually up to all of you! The more they sell the more they'll print. We already have taken it from near death at once a year just two years ago to 90,000 copies quarterly, so it's getting there. I was just happy that Jeff got control of it so the two of us could fly with it. There are rumors of it going bi-monthly next year…
Clarke- Now that you're an international magazine cover model, if you're not too busy, can we see what happens if we hang out at the book store in the smut novel section reading your issue so I can pick up some run off of all the lonely worked up older ladies looking to slum it with some dirty biker dudes? Then we could write a smut novel about that whole trip and read that one in the self help section and maybe upgrade to some insecure damaged hipster babes? If not, what plans do you have to cash in on your new status and recklessly abuse your powers?

Grant- I guess we better see how the issue sells first! Might be the demise of Street Chopper! If it works, the slorchy broads are all yours!

Clarke- What question would you ask yourself? Any last words?

Grant- Yeah, who doesn’t like Megan Fox? Na, I’ve done the soul searching thing and all that when I got divorced and am pretty happy about me. My life is more about making all these things I’m involved in work. Not sure why I can’t just go to work and come home and do nothing every day. I guess sports fill people’s lives like all this fills mine, I just think it’s more fun to do something fulfilling and hopefully make something of myself. I want to have time to travel more in the coming years. I used to do lots of that growing up, I’m an eagle scout you know.

Clarke- Thanks man.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

tune up

you can thank or blame dj zito

Friday, August 13, 2010

from the fish's mouth

Well…my prescription is running low and the good stuff is wearing off. This isn’t a habit I can afford so now that my head is out of the clouds and my feet are on the ground (sort of), I’m trying to find out where the cards have landed and see what new hand I’ve been dealt. I’m not sure about a lot of things anymore and I’ve never been good at poker, but I am certain that the support I received from all of you played a HUGE role in helping me keep a positive outlook on the situation. I’m slowly gathering my thoughts about my next moves and I cant wait to get back in the shop and on the road... and maybe dance drunkenly at some shitty 80s night.

I don’t think that I can ever say THANK YOU enough to every one who played a role in my support. All of you that bought shirts, made donations, expressed concerned or sent get well emails...we’re working on getting something out to you asap. You guys have helped me out more than you know. Lots of you ordered shirts from either us or Freak Out The Squares… more than expected. We thought that we would sell a few shirts to friends, but the response was so much larger than we anticipated. I really appreciate every purchase and want you to know that we are printing shirts to meet the order. Thank y’all so much for your patience as we get this massive order together and try to get these shirts to you as soon as possible.

I’m doing well besides a bit of cabin fever. And I’ve got a sweet cane I can’t wait to put into use. Here is something I put up on HOTW a few days ago to reiterate.

weapon of brutality

the new axe

dig it

loser machine

the classy gentlemen over at Loser Machine just sent this over to help support Joe Fish. its a hand painted one of a kind from Kris Markovich and will either end up on the Hated site or at the Brooklyn show. You should check out both. Thanks Kosha & Fung- you guys rule, and Markovich- you rule too

If youre out at ASR they have a show going down with more bad ass art for your head

Thursday, August 5, 2010

the wait

I got a couple of emails from people asking about their Support Joe shirts. I posted something before but I want to make sure everyone knows what is going on. This is going to take a little time.

There were only a couple of the shirts in stock before Joey had the accident. The response was overwhelming and is so greatly appreciated.

The guys at Hated are having more made and they will ship out as soon as possible. Every single order including ones with other items are already sitting waiting to go out. Once the tees get here they will all be shipped the next business day if it takes us all night to get it done. There are some extras being printed that are available in the shop to order and will also go out once they get here. Anyone that has ordered anything before knows that the stuff goes out the door fast.

I want to thank everyone again for their support and understanding.

this saturday

be there or be square

will be good to catch up with some friends

Monday, August 2, 2010

by the numbers

6 nights ago
2 friends
2 wheels each
1 bad turn
2 late to stop
2 many staples to count
6 months of physical rehab
136 people reach out through this site, so far
88 support shirts on peoples backs, so far
$3,000 or so bucks you helped raise, so far
4 a good guy that has a long hard road ahead
1 person typing with a little more faith in shit
1 million thanks to everyone

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ham Hock

Dave's amazing survivor Knuckle.

Knuckle Dan's Pan

DC Tom's fucking killer Blue Pan (yes, its black)

Boogie Rag Joe

Smilin' Frank on his lovely black pan

Frank's Pan

Tom on Blue Pan - 6 bends of complete comfort

Some goon on a Triumph

Tom, Joe, Tom, Dan, Joe, Joe.... we need more nicknames...

King Gypsy - Walter of Kickstart Cycles

Little Blue Waste of Time

DC Randy riding out of my beard

Randall part 2

Mike 47 of 47 Industries - yes, its a Honda 500 thumper

My brother, Fritz Zito, his chick kept bitching so he cut her up & put her in that box. Dont fuck with Fritz.

Knuckle Dan, on the Pan. I'm surprised he went slow long enough for me to shoot this pic. Dude will race anyone, anytime!

On my way home after a killer day riding & hanging with my favorite dudes.

Dig that fence flying by at around 60. Jersey has fast fences.

Night Moves.

So I went to a little private party that rhymes with Ham Hock yesterday. Dave is a nice enough dude to give me a day off to spend the day riding rather than wrenching when I need to. This is the 3rd year I've ridden my Triumph to an obviously american bike only party & I always feel welcome. I get to see most of my favorite dudes, ride, hang out & bullshit, pig out, ride some more. Just an all around amazing day. We got lucky this year & had the best riding weather ever. I was so stoked to see my friends who live far away & I only get to see once in a while on a run here & there throughout the year. Hell, stoked see my friends that even live nearby that I only get to see on a run here & there.

The ride back from the party to my house is a pretty long, hour plus ride that follows a real nice route nearly the whole way. I love riding at sunset/dusk, especially during the summer where twilight seems to last forever & the sky explodes with color. I managed to snap some semi-decent pics on my solo ride home & I hope you can look at those pics & hear that british twin humming along & feel that warm summer air on your face. Theres nothing in the world like that feeling.