13 February 2017

THE HOOD # 324

A few more snaps from my road trip in December last year. The painted grain silos in Northam. Pretty damn impressive, unfortunately we couldn't get very close, fenced off and all. We did manage to get closer to some others in Ravensthorpe, but i'll post those later...

First up the right side, painted by US artist Hense, who used some awesome colours and patterns

Hense Silo Art
Silo

the left side was painted by UK artist Phlegm and done entirely in black and white, depicting some cool flying machines

Phlegm Silo Art
Phlegm Silo



05 February 2017

TEN METER TOWER

A completely mesmerising short film from Sweden by Directors: Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson

A social experiment in which a group of Swedes are paid $30.00 to climb and then walk to the edge of a ten meter tower. Their reactions at the prospect of jumping are just fascinating, my fav are the young couple, they're completely gorgeous. Do you think you could do it? I'm not totally sure that I could, my palms are sweating just watching this.

04 February 2017

OLD PERTH # 31

The photography of Fredrick Flood (1881 - 1965). Flood was a photographer for the West Australian Newspaper with photos also featured in the Western Mail.

Things to note, the old shoreline in the first photo and the absence of the Narrows Bridge in the second photo, showing just the point. The size of the logs in the Manjimup photo, not much chance of seeing trees that thick down there anymore. Finally the verandah around the old mill, I never knew it had one until now.

I think all photos credited to SLWA (most anyway)
Perth from Kings Park, c1940's I think
The war memorial at Kings Park, seen from the Perth foreshore
Coming Alongside, Fremantle c. 1930's
Cows, South Perth Foreshore with Perth Buildings in the background c. 1930's
Manjimup Western Australia/, circa 1920
St Georges Tce, year unknown
Capitol Theatre (left) Embassy Ballroom (right), William Street, Perth c 1940. 
Old Mill, South Perth c. 1930's

More Fred Flood here

29 January 2017

MALL RATS

All we wanted was some hiking boots and maybe some socks, what we found was... America!
Pro Bass
This is a shopping mall, it is called Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and it's in Springfield Missouri and it is huge! I've never seen anything like it, 500,000 square feet of immersive shopping. Hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, you name it, they have the gear for it. 
Herd
I don't really know how to describe this place, other than to say it could easily be one of the "Lands" at Disneyland. It could sit right between Frontierland and Critter Country, "Welcome to Pro Bass Land kiddies, Mickey will be hard to spot here as he's wearing full camo hunting apparel
Deer
Not only was this place filled with all the equipment, clothing and guns an American outdoors person could ever need, it also had more stuffed animals than I could count. Deer, Bear, Polar Bear, Wolf, Buffalo, Elk, you name it. But wait there's more, they even have live animals, tortoises, fish and crocodiles on show and an actual waterfall. Oh and numerous ponds filled with living ducks and fish and anything else they could stuff in there.

Polar BearBear
It was kind of obscene but also fascinating, you seriously couldn't look away, you had to keep going, into the next section, a need to see what was around the corner, it never disappointed. 
Indian
The "Trail of Tears" statue, it felt a bit token in this place
Time for some, do not do it justice, photos...
Grizzly
InvisibleBed time
Hunting HallTactical Turtleneck
Posh guns 2Camo
AntlersCamo style
WolfWaterfalls
Crazy big
And now because of you we have a rule
Rules








27 January 2017

I LOVE EXPLOSIVES... I MEAN PIE

Time to get back to blogging, the insanity that is Christmas retail is over and I seem to have spare time again. That's not good for my business but it's fine for blogging. 

I have so much to post from my trip to the states last September so here we go...

One of the things that my buddy Gaz is awesome at is working out where we should eat when we do these road trips. He hasn't once failed us with his choices and you know that when he says we're eating at a pie restaurant that there is little chance this would be the first ever fail. It was not a fail, it was friggen awesome. My arteries hated me but my taste buds loved the bejeebus out of me.
Pie Pano
Sure that T shirt was a little odd, but hey it's America, that aint the oddest T shirt you're gonna see today

The venue: A Slice of Pie in Rolla, Missouri.

The menu: Pie

So much pie, oh my sweet lordy was there pie. Now we kidded ourselves by having a slice of savoury pie first up, I think it was chicken pie, but who really cares. All we wanted to do was smash through that and get to the real target... one of those sweet sweet pastry pieces of heaven.
Staff
The menu, 20 pies plus others

There were 19 choices of pie available, 20 if you count the "No sugar" monstrosity they appear to have been obliged to provide. I mean who are you kidding? I'm sure the waitress would have just stared at you, mouth open, if you actually ordered that. They also had a bunch of cheesecakes, brownies and other cakes on offer but yeah, get those out of the way and let me at the PIE!!

The Pies
Their pies

Oh man, this pie was good, I have no idea what the other guys ordered but mine was this little slice of heaven, Raspberry and Rhubarb. 

My Pie
God bless America and all the pies that live in her.

08 January 2017

JUST SOME RANDOM AMERICANA # 2

More random scenes from my recent Route 66 road trip through the American mid-west...

Gardenway Motel
Built in 1945 but sadly now closed (2014). Awesome old school motel on Route 66 in Villa Ridge, Missouri
The Gardenway Motel
Soulsby Service Station
Located in Mount Olive, Illinois on Route 66. Henry Soulsby built the station in 1926, it last pumped gas in 1991 and is now a museum
ARTS BBQ
Art's Motel & BBQ Restaurant on Route 66 in Farmersville, Illinois
Cakes
Cake selection at the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois
Logan
Because cake. Logan, our server at The Ariston Cafe and a huge platter of huge cakes

05 January 2017

RANDOM UGLY


Between Christmas and New Year a buddy and I did a 3 day road trip around the south west of Western Australia. We had a couple of targets, like Wave Rock (he'd never been) and some silos in a small town called Ravensthorpe that a prominent Australian street artist had painted last year, plus others, but i'll post those soon enough.

We were passing through a town called Katanning, when I suddenly spotted this on the front wall of a small church. I wont name the church but I sure as hell am gonna share these images. It's so hideous that it's awesome...

Katanning church
Australia
Katanning

I wonder what it cost to create this magnificent dogs breakfast?

15 December 2016

THE HOOD # 323

Fresh new wall in Northbridge, replacing these previous versionsthis time round by Daek William, Ryan Boserio, Lewyblu and Ayres
Bath Bomb


Faces
Ryan Boserio

Lewyblu
Lewyblu

Cat

Ayres
Ayres

Daek
Daek William
Daek William

Turned
Daek flipped