For many many weeks now, the dM fam has been meeting up in Cabbagetown on Monday nights for some killer all-city midnight rides. We chose Monday nights because the streets are literally dead across Atlanta, so the rides are much safer. Some nights we pedal until the sun rises… as far as 20 miles throughout the night, spanning various routes around the metropolis. These rides are a BLAST, and further proof that it doesn’t matter what we’re all doing – we bring the riot with us whenever we are together.Alex lugged his newly acquired 5D MKII out to snap some pics of the evening’s events. He even shot some HD footage with the camera’s dreamy DOF and awesome low-light capabilities. You can check out more of his snaps at his Flickr set from the ride.
After nearly five brutal years of service… it looks like my trusty ol’ PPC 20″ iMac G5 has kicked the bucket. I took it into the Apple Store after it failed to boot several times in a row. It would power on, but wouldn’t ‘chime’, and would rest on a dark gray screen to no avail. It turns out that iMacs have a recurring issue with capacitor caps on the logic board bulging and/or bursting – causing the board to fail. I have a strong sentimental attachment to this machine – because I edited Slide America in it’s entirety on it. I worked this machine harder than I’ve worked any other computer – it definitely had a GREAT run.When I took this machine in, I also took two other 17″ iMacs that David Adams kindly gave me during his office’s liquidation of old computers. They wouldn’t boot either. What I find VERY strange – is that both of these machines had the exact same issue. What are the odds that 3/3 iMacs that I have failed because of the same faulty capacitors?I did some research, and may try and buy new caps and replace all the old ones – seeing as a new logic board will end up running me the cost of a new machine after parts and labor. This is the first hardware issue I have had with Apple computers in my career. Hopefully… it will be the last.
Recently, I’ve noticed a large traffic spike to my site related to searches for Pushead. I have been collecting his work for a long time… so I will try to post up more of what I have amassed over the years. I am no expert by any means, but I am a huge fan. In a world where the digital medium has it’s hand in nearly everything… this man’s patience, penmanship, and attention to detail have created an irreplicable style that holds itself stronger and stronger as time marches on.I just picked up the ‘Halloween’ copy of Juxtapoz in which Pushead was guest curator for. The cover sports the classic “Hand of Fear”, and I was disappointed not to see a lot more of his work in the magazine. Although the pieces he selected for the issue were intense, I felt like I bought a Playboy… only to find the cover-girl basically absent from it’s pages.This piece… “The Course Marker” was the only other Pushead work in the issue – which was the first wraparound graphic for Mountain Dew’s ‘Green Label Art’ bottles.
This video is collaboration between myself, and Will Roegge. Will shot all of the footage last November at a secret invite-only event in Nashville. His amazing edit STILL ranks as the most viewed drifting video on Vimeo. I wanted to try and focus on a different aspect of drifting with this video. I wanted to peer into what really makes events like this so special: the people.The DriftMechaniks crew has an amazingly strong bond. It may sound cliché – but we are a family. Truth be told… it doesn’t really matter what we’re doing – we have the best of times when we are all together. That is what I wanted to explore with this video: the family and friendship we share at these events. If you take that camaraderie away… then well… it’s just… drifting.BIG thanks to Mr. Roegge for flexing his creative genius behind the lens, and allowing me the privilege to work with the footage!Hopefully you enjoy this look at what I feel is a more intimate side of this crazy sportIf not… please return to taking drifting way too serious and continue not having any fun. EVER.