Sunday, November 29, 2009

loops and pierces

Last night chris and i took off one of our usual adventures via bikes on the quest for our favorite beverages. First coffee then beer...with food intermixed in there somewhere. Anyway we hooked up with our good friend jason silverek at "the toad in the hole" and he and i realized we had a lot of old friends in common. Consequently this little piercing shop came up in the conversation as jason had worked for our landlord at the time, wendy. This is all old school Santa rosa stuff from the nineties. Wendy owned "The Concrete Jungle" which was one of the first skate shops in santa rosa. Before that "Concrete Jungle" was called "alvin's" and occupied the place where "loops and Pierces" would later reside.

Needless to say for all those who know me i was not the best piercer in the world. Not because i wasn't good at it but beacause i'm too much of a care giver to inflict wounds on people. So i pierced plenty of my friends and left the public to Solomon. I ended up being an excellent judge at determining who was gonna pass out and making sure no harm came to them. Turns out the bigger and burlier they are the harder they fall....

When i got home that night from our little stint around the county. These pictures were waiting for me from my mom in my inbox. What timing...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Crizzle's new bike!!

Curtis Inglis bike builder extroardinaire just finished this craziness for my boy crizzle. 29 in the front 650b in the back. Perfect! Check out the rest of curtis's sick concoctions here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Panda's, Tapioca, and Lego men

Last weekend chris and i embarked on an evening that turned out to be one of the best in a long time. I was actually feeling pretty crappy that night, i was pretty sure i had contracted H1N1...not really i just have really bad sinuses, but it was our friend Jason's first solo show in the city and we needed to stop in japan town to pick up this ginormous stuffed panda my opal had to have for her 12th birthday which was coming up that week. So i grabbed a wad of toilet paper for my nose, grabbed some lates at the flying goat (best coffee in town) and we were off.

First stop Japan town. Only recently have we discovered what a little gem this area of San Francisco is. Not only can you find the latest in hello kitty paraphernalia but you can stock up on all your other obscure asian pop culture needs. From the Bento box to totoro plushies. Window shoppin' is a good time. Then you can wander over to the stationary store for all your paper, cool pens and eraser needs. But chris and i's second favorite part is the book store! So many awesome magasines on every subject all japanese style. Hours are easily wasted there. Our favorite place in Japan town would have to be the Belly Good Cafe. Your one stop shop for the best ice cream, crepes, and tapioca drinks in town. I am a big fan of the Taro milk shake which is made with a sweet read bean paste ( this is where my vietnamese comes out). Yum!

Then on to the show. A great success indeed! Jason's art is amazing. He has such a great sense of humor and esthetics which i'm sure will help him go a long way. He paints, draws, and sews together these beautiful pieces which he intersperses with lego men in various altercations providing running comentary on each piece. Hilarious and lovely to look at=winning combo. The whole evening was topped off by our friend Ephriam Nagler's sick soundtrack in the background. He later joined his brother Judah Nagler (of velveteen) and Ashley Allred for a show in the back room of he gallery. Good times! Pretty sure all of Santa Rosa was representing.

Way to much fun. Came home and passed out dreaming of tapioca milk shakes, giant stuffed pandas (that mission was a success by the way we go the last one!) and lego men feeding each other maritnis and booty dancing. Perfect. Here is also one of my latest bags which just says fall to me. My next blog i'll post about my new winter hats. I just took them down to San Francisco bike expo for a test run and they did really well! Yay! So be looking for those. Happy sunday!

Happy Birthday Opal White!!! I can't believe you are twelve already! Time does fly when you are having fun!!

Best tapioca drinks and crepe cafe in japan town!

Crepe menu at the Belly Good Cafe!

Our friend Jason Vivona's solo art show at Gallery 66 on sixth in San Francisco.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Santa Rosa cyclocross

Yep folks its Santa Rosa cyclocross season again. Thanks to Bike Monkey we get a full series which will be moving around town for the next couple of month. Good clean fun for everyone racing, heckling, or just hanging out. Kids also included. Nothing like watching the tiny tikes try to huck their bikes over the barriers. So start stretching and come get your mud on...

crushing it.
chris wells passes on the outside.

curtis and retrotec/sycip

...a well deserved rub down for team leader.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

curtis's b-day, Artcrank, and Hunter's foot longs...

So much to do so little time! Many new things happening here. Introduced ear flaps to my hats as a winter addition to keep all of our little domes even warmer. The "Hunter foot longs" were actually a special order that Rick Hunter asked me to make for him for his tour he just finished. He wanted foot long bills and ear i obliged. The luce goods version will have just the regular size bill. Apparently they were a great success which makes me very happy! Be on the lookout for those on my flickr page!

In other news....wandered down to the city this weekend for Curtis's 41st b-day and the "Artcrank" show at the chrome store which our good friend jeffe had a piece in. Turns out Curtis is still hella™ hip and can crush like nobodies business at cx! We found him this awesome magasine in Japan town which had all things San Francisco cycling style. Except for Sasha...he's from Portland..but Chuey was there, and Freight, just to name a few. Excellent turn out at the "Artcrank" show. It was so refreshing to see so many bikes parked outside. Unfortunately i had my girls with me and it was quite loud and bit much for them so we didn't get to linger...but it was still nice to show them a slice of culture which they don't get very often in our small town that is Santa Rosa. Saddly our same friend jeffe got hit by a car on his bike just a couple days after his triumphant night! No worries he is fine! Baddly bruised and out a sick Retrotec road bike but he made it out with no broken bones! Phew! Beware everyone of motorist not paying attention. In the battle of bike against car the car always wins. lame.

And finally Luce Goods has found a home on another jersey. This one belongs to Black Cog Industries a new racing team headed by our good friend Rich Robinson. Nice work getting it together Rich!

Right thats pretty much it for now. Went on an amazing bike ride this weekend out in west county and pretty much decided that as a bike rider i am the luckiest ever to live in such a perfect place for the sport. Especially in the fall....Ride safe and watch out for cars pulling out!

"hunter's foot longs"

moi and the "hunter's foot long"

curtis...41 and still hella™ hip...

luce goods on black cog industries versatile.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

biktoberfest and sycip designs

As per usual i am trying to upload pictures and for some reasons blogspot wont let me. Soooo frustrating! So imagine if you will the new sycip hats i just finished or just click here to check them out. I have a feeling i may be changing blogspots soon....

Alright...another week another festival. This one was quite fun. The biketoberfest in Fairfax. A mixture of bycicles and beer if you will. Always a winning combination. Sort of like to much coffee and Dr. Dre. That tends of equal a lot of hats..Which is pretty much how i ended up finishing this last batch of hats for sycip designs.

Unfortunately with the last festival came back pain as i threw out my back probably knocking my beer back sometime during the day. Or maybe it was holding the mirror so people could look at themselves in their soon to be new hat...oh wait a minute i forgot the mirrow that day. I actually ended up taking pictures of people and showing them to them on the screen at the back of the camera. It served its purpose and i ended up with some cool shots of people hamming it up in my hats! Anyway no bike riding for me for a while which means plenty of sewing!

Here are a few of the hats i have for sale right now. You will find all of them here. If you find one you like email me at and let me know. I have paypal for quick and easy shipping!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

sswc09 meets the oregon manifest meets the gran fondo...

wow...what a busy couple of month! Between our epic sswc09 road trip to durango, making custom bags for jeremy's oregon manifest bike and getting enough stock together for the gran fondo there just hasn't been that much time for blogging! Rest assured that all three were a great success and great fun! Check out the link to my flickr for some photo's. to replenish my stock for the biketoberfest this weekend and keep my sanity...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Its bag time! Just coming out with some new bags for the fall. Forest scenes and flowers in autumn hues are really inspiring me right now. It helps that i found some of the most amazing fabrics at the legacy that fit the bill perfectly once again! So i'm trying to increase my stock as much as possible for some events coming up namely the Gran Fondo which is a race levi leipheimer (should check my spelling here) is putting on in our neck of the woods. I will also be manning the Sycip and Retrotec booths as those fine gents will be busy sweating it out in portland at the Oregon Manifest.

Lastly i leave you with a bag/hat custom combo in the likeness of the famous Cippolini aqua sapone zebra kit. Lucky for me my friend kurt just happend to have the full kit lying around. Lemon drops and photo shoots were the only options after that...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trailers'n Hats!

So our super awesome friend jason silverek buys and restores vintage trailers. For my birthday he gave me one night or two with one of his trailers. Last weekend as sort of an end of the summer celebration we had him take it up to sugarloaf for us for one fun filled night of trailer fun. Sold. I want one. Below are a few pictures of that delightful trip complete with proscuitto wrapped melon, prawn pesto pasta, buffalo pommodore, smores and too many lemon drops...

Oh yeah, and here are some new hats!

Friday, August 14, 2009

paul hats fini!

All done!! be on the lookout for these soon at Now list of things to do in the next few weeks...:

1. get website up!
2. make a load of hats for sswc09
3. find cool fabric and start sycip hats
4. fall corduroy musettes( heather's, jennifer's and susie's included)
5. perfect luce fanny
6. ride my bike! (this should actually be higher on the list)
7. regatta booth?
8. get a job?

I think i'll leave this list open ended i have a feeling i'm going to keep coming up with more...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

luce bento!

Happy birthday Violet! Today my little girl turned 9...almost two hands full. Since i'm pretty sure i will never get up early enough to make her bento lunches and i've always had a facination with bento charaben lunches i decided to make her one that would last for ever. The little mushrooms and grass are made out of cloth and the bunnies are crochet with pleather eyes to look like nori. The whole thing was ridiculously fun to make complete with the trip to japan town in San Francisco to pick up the totoro bento box. It even came with some of those nifty japanese erasers shaped like food so she can feed them! I will be making more for sure...Bento Buddies!