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#seaweedandgravel September 18 2013, 0 Comments



staring at the sun August 19 2013, 0 Comments



Under your spell July 23 2013, 0 Comments


And we could be heroes.. July 22 2013, 0 Comments


Because everybody could use a little.. June 20 2013, 0 Comments

On cruise control with Gary.

May the wind redirect our sails this summer and bring us wherever they may....even if that means bringing you face to face with Mr Clark himself {Thanks to Melissa Dilger over on the east coast for candidly finding herself in this #flashbackfriday moment}


CB550 Custom Build by S&G builder Brady Young May 07 2013, 42 Comments

Custom build by Seaweed and Gravel in southern california built by Brady Young (previously of UGLY Motorbikes.) The inspiration for this build was spawned from a previous personal bike of Brady's, made from spare parts and a few weekends. The bike was rough, full of character, and frequently saw the dirt. Nonetheless, it caught the eye of the client that commissioned this build, but with new shoes and a classy attire. 

Our goal for this build was to create a simple, clean, minimalistic bike with an aggressive, low stance; pulling elements from both the cafe racer and brat style palettes, whilst preserving the classic lines that were buried in stock form. Once the form and stance of the bike was set, we moved forward with making it function.

The top end was rebuilt with new internals and tuned by a retired racer and mechanic of the time, making it a true one kick cold started. The client wanted a kick and electric start, so we called upon the guys at Antigravity Batteries. Their compact, powerful battery powers the new from scratch harness with an updated rec/reg combo. With this setup we were able to retain our goal of a clean and minimal design.

Our theory on the finish of our bikes is overall modesty with bold features.  With an all black bike we incorporated matte, satin, and gloss finishes to add some contrast. We here at Seaweed And Gravel feel we've produced a bike that we can be proud of, and have welcomed a new member into our family of weirdos. --Brady


Tastemaking with SHE AND MR DEAN March 05 2013, 0 Comments

 A guy and a girl fusing their vision of lifestyle, art, music and fashion into one.Driven by the details - these two are quite the dynamic duo. Pulling their energy and inspiration from the company they keep, their own experiences, adventures, musings, and music, it was only a matter of time before people started to notice something... that vibe.. that spark.. the fact that they have IT written all over them. With a strong social media presence and, well, some damn good looks.. it just makes sense to be spreading their vibes world-wide, streaming their daily style and mind-candy via the "She and Mr Dean" online blog. Having had the pleasure of being a personal accomplice on many of their adventures, it was only fitting to give you a taste here at S&G. Long live the dreamer, the constant believer {and the innately fashionable} . Peep this link to get your daily fix: http://sheandmrdean.com/

 


{happy hump day} February 27 2013, 0 Comments

never stop seeking..




The Black & Gold Beauty {1974 Honda CB750 rebuild} January 29 2013, 0 Comments

A dear friend of S&G, out of West Chester, PA, advocate Caleb Arrowood, restores a true beauty; The beauty in Black + Gold. A bike well worth the double take. 
Caleb embarked on this project to pay an ode of respect to someone whom he held close to his heart, someone who had passed away, by building this bike into the machine it had the potential to become.Although a work in progress, some major steps have been completed thus far, and having received a first hand account from both Caleb and his craftsman counterpart, Justin Childers, we can confidently agree that this motorcycle is going to be something quite special and cannot wait to see the final product out on the road. 
Says Caleb, "So far, we have upgraded to vintage OEM for boots, aluminum headlight brackets, nitrogen gas rear shocks, tapered steering bearings, 35mm clip on bars with solid billit collars, a 1986 Honda Goldwing GL1200 right master brake cylinder, OEM main wire harness loom, nickel retro billit aluminum grips, slim ballast Xenon HID black projector headlight, voltage regulator rectifier, 1977 Honda CB750 stator cover, as well as rebuilt all of the handlebar electronics. Along with all of the modifications, we have been powder coating and painting the entire bike in Black and Gold". 
With a story as genuine as this, and such a passion for the tools of the trade, this is going to be a sight to behold once it's out and  running. An honorable tribute indeed. Continue to check back with us for updates as we follow this story >> http://seaweedandgravel.com/blogs/news

Rock 'N Roll Revisited // with NYC's Christian Benner January 06 2013, 0 Comments

In the world of fashion, there are droves of self proclaimed "visionaries". Sifting through the authentic versus the imposter can take years. Fortunately, the aforementioned has a way of spitting out the self-boasting and appointing the chosen ones to their rightful thrones. Enter, Christian Benner. (and his lengthy runway strides)

Beginning as a visual merchandiser for Victoria's Secret, then taking the reigns as lead stylist and sales for Men's wear at Internationally known vintage retailer, What Goes Around Comes Around, he has rapidly become one of the most in-demand creators in New York City's cut throat underground fashion scene. Mastering the art of taking existing pieces (predominantly rock tees and leather goods) and redesigning, distressing and reviving 'the old' by giving them a new life, a second story, and definitely some amazing, one of a kind touches, is what stands him out from the rest - Catering to the likes of Brandon Flowers, Mila Kunis, Jakob Dylan, Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift, Donatella Versace and many others and receiving countless editorial features and stylings both domestically and overseas. 

With his growing global following, loyal instagram (@christianbenner) and facebook fans, as well as the authentic appeal of his pure grass roots marketing campaign that's taken on a life all of it's own, it is only a matter of time before you're reading full page interviews about the man behind the vision and not just in the fine print of the spreads. 
The following is a conversation I had with him in The East Village of NYC about fashion, celebrities, and how S&G and a Christian Benner collaboration will come to fruition in the nearer of futures. 

With all of the artists out there and upcycling of pieces, why do you feel as though people are so drawn to your work?

Im treating each of my pieces as a one of kind piece, something almost catered for that individual who is purchasing.  When I have clients inquiring about pieces, I actually like to take a few minutes and actually get to know that person, their lifestyle, and their overall vibe, so I can create a piece specifically for them.  I want someone to stop them on the street, and ask them, "hey where did you get that, I must have it for myself" 

The fashion world is a daily changing arena. How do you stay relevant?

When I create my pieces, I look at the before and after product, and imagine them 10 years from now, and how they will subside in that time period.  Im taking such a unique, one of a kind piece, and making it relevant for almost any time period. I envision taking a classic beat up rock and roll t-shirt, and turning it into high fashion.  My goal is to create a customer who has a few of my pieces in their closet as their staple pieces that they can pair with almost anything.

From my knowledge of what you're creating, it seems like this path chose you rather than you choosing "it". Comments?

Its pretty wild how it all started.  I would always go out shopping for myself, and could never find anything.  I was always against the main stream, and purchasing items that someone else could poetentially own. So finally, I took it upon myself, to start buying pieces, and transforming them myself. I started wearing them around, and immediatly people would ask me where I got them.  At this point, people were giving me their own shirts, boots, and jackets for me to alter, and turn them into their own individual piece.  Literally in my first week of doing this, Kristin Wigg came in, and fell in love with one of my custom t shirts, that was one of my personal shirts.

What is the ultimate goal you have for your upcoming line?

I want to turn the name Christian Benner into a brand.  I want people to be curious with what I am going to do next...I get really inspired by certain types of music, art, or indiviuals, and go through phases, which works incredible for when I am creating.  I use this pallet, and create around it, allowing me to come up with, and produce different material each time.

Many 'creators' are very connected to their work. How deep do your emotions to a garment run? What attracts you to a piece?

I am inside my head 23 hours out of the day.  When Im creating, I am usually by myself, which allows me to do my thinking.  I can look at the final product, and remember what exactly was going through my head at that certain moment when I made that particular piece.  And the fact that someone is going to own this certain piece, is basically having them own a certain part of me, is extremely satisfying.

When people you don't know contact you and praise your work, how does that feel?

Beyond rewarding.  It means they were intrigued somehow by what I was doing, and felt they needed to see more.  

What are your plans with S&G? 

Working with an established brand is a great oppurtunity for me. They already have their vision, so I feel I can come in and work off of what they are already doing.  Take their work, and give it my touch, in a sense.  I work extremely well with other creative types, so I am extremely excited about what the future holds for us, and what we can come up with. 
{Stay tuned to @christianbenner on instagram and COMING SOON is christianbennercustom.com -  Big things!}

to us! January 01 2013, 0 Comments

Here's a toast to you, to us! To 2012 and its hardships, hang-ups, hangouts and every last spectacular moment in between. To the unplanned adventures, to the road, the stars and the friends along the way. To the ever constant notion that something bigger and greater lay just ahead ..and the unfamiliar obstacles, trials and errors that keep us coming back for more, begging us to push through. To the anticipation for tomorrow and the reason we strive to always be on the move. Here is a wordy welcome to the energy of 2013! May it bring with it that spark you have been looking for. To the tomorrows that are now today! For every stolen moment, the good, the bad, the gray.. embrace it.. run with it. Ride it out. Live. Go. 

{Now, to wet your whistle for things to come.. a peek at a post coming soon straight out of New York City! Bombshell ink angel, Jesse Lee, miss NYC herself, posing for an all new campaign from vintage clothing guru Christian Benner. Keep your peepers peeled for this one.. you won't wanna miss it! ..um, Trust us}




On The Road December 17 2012, 0 Comments

Having read On The Road {both the edited and scroll versions} numerous times since childhood, it was only fitting to pull inspiration from this journey when I felt as though my own life needed some clarity. Two painful losses, in close proximity, lead myself and my better half to head for the great long road and not look back - Much like that of Mr. Kerouac after the loss of his father. It was about opening our minds to what the world had in store. Finding the unexpected experiences and awakening that 'spark'. Finding answers to questions we hadn't even asked ourselves yet. 

What started as a three week adventure into the unknown turned into a much more in depth soul-purging journey - Much of which I still have trouble putting into words. It was the type of journey that, even though we are now "home", we still have yet to come back from.

The fitting part is the night of our return, Todd DiCiurcio (a true brother to me) reached out and said, "may be able to take you to a little movie screening tonight, but lets at least grab some dinner". So, we did. We ate, we talked, then we went to the screening. Which turned out to be the cast screening/premier for the upcoming film, "On The Road". Given the unexplainable coincidences and how connected we had already felt with this timeless tale, we then went on to spend the night in the company of those who turned the characters from the legendary documention of self discovery into relatable personalities. 

 The symbolism of how we are ending our year is enough to make my eyes water and head spin. What you put out to the universe can truly be manifested. It's all about life's little reminders.. and New York, I love you for knowing exactly how to pick up right where we left off.
And so it goes..  
..if you care to read nothing more than the last line of this dialogue, GO. Just Go. Whether by motorcycle, a train, a plane, a boat.. with nowhere but everywhere to see, soak it up!

As for the Film, Two thumbs up. Walter Salles created the perfect visual to compliment the great American novel. - S&G East.

FREE !NK December 04 2012, 0 Comments

learner's permit.

Free Ink, amateur style... photos: Melissa Dilger and Chris Kiker


Off The Face || After Hours Edition at S&G December 04 2012, 0 Comments

                                         FREE ESPRESSO at S&G! {at any hour}sarcasm for the camera..chief.east. chief.

Photos: Chris Kiker


Meet & Grub - August 12, 2012 November 08 2012, 0 Comments

 





All Photos by Kevin Roche