Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Wrenched Nation Tour | First Stop: Seattle

    The first stop on the Wrenched Nation Tour was Seattle, Portland's friendly neighbor to the north. For this part of the trip I was joined by my dear friend, Billy "Souphorse" Sinkford ...... king among men and singer of "The Neverending Story"

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    Look at him. Just look at him!  Can you see why I wanted him to come with on Chrome One's maiden voyage? I always party better with him around, so it was a MUST that he come. I thought he was going to sit up front with me, but Palmer insisted that she was in charge of navigation, being a Basset Hound she said her keen sense of smell will lead the way.
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  • Chrome One Modifications

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    #ChromeOne was intended to be a party machine. Sure, it can sleep 6-12, depending on how comfortable you want to be, but no one ever "remembered when" about a good night of sleep. Up until this point we just painted it to make it look Chrome Industries, but for it to REALLY be ours we needed to make it party ready. To do that, we called Van Specialties for some help. I knew these were the guys for us when I saw their logo.... it's a van doing a burnout and the smoke spelling "Van Specialties" in a sweet 70's font. These guys have been in the fab business for forty years and for a good reason... because they rule. Let me show you.... Continue reading

  • Chris Milliman Q&A — Limited Edition Messenger Bag

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    The Chrome Artist Series celebrates photographers, graphic designers, screen printers, and painters who inspire us. These collaborations are built in limited quantities and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

    Each season Chrome drops a limited edition of our most popular bags. This year we’ve partnered with Chris Milliman – renowned cycling photographer. Chris is best known for photographing the cycling industry including world-wide Cyclocross events and Road Bike races.

    This season’s Limited Edition Artist Series features four of Chris' iconic photographs: A local cyclocross race around an old castle in Belgium, the iconic industrial bridge structures overlooking the bike lanes of Chicago, a locals only watering hole of the same windy city, and the organized chaos of a bike shop. The inside of each bag includes an exclusive woven patch that references from old school photo processing.

    ALL PRODUCTS MADE IN THE USA

    What were you inspirations for the photos that were chosen for the Chrome projects?

    The photos are really different from each other, but they were all shot with the same thing in mind. I wanted to show the scenes with a graphic element. I was looking for a quiet, restrained mood, where the story wasn't obvious. In Chicago that was pretty easy, the city has so many converging lines and classic American structures. In Belgium it was a bit tougher, I had to integrate people into the photo more, which is never easy since they move more than buildings and bridges.

    • What has been your inspiration in your work in general?

    My overriding inspiration is to create images that are relentlessly honest. And for me that means trying not to repeat myself, mostly as it relates to what I shoot and to some degree how I shoot it. But at the same time, I think there's a balance for me between making honest images and maintaining a technical aspect to the shots. It's delicate, trying to maintain authenticity while also composing the images in a way that's pleasing to me. I guess you could say it doubles as an inspiration and a challenge.

    • How did you get stated in photography?

    My education was in writing, so I worked as an editor and writer before picking up a camera. I stumbled into shooting while on a writing assignment and it slowly developed from there. After a few years of learning what I thought I needed to know about photography, and not being totally satisfied with my progression, I knew I needed to pick either writing or photography. At the time shooting seemed much more interesting to me so I stopped writing and it was all in for shooting from that point on. I have no formal photo training, but had some important mentors and am always thirsty to learn more and get better.

    • What do you enjoy the most about your line of work?

    The best part about what I do is being able to have a creative outlet and working with other people who are doing things different than how I live. I've chosen to live in a small town in Northern New England. I love it, but it's pretty quiet and somewhat isolated, so going out working with a variety of clients in diverse locations around world keeps me going. I consider it a privilege to do what I do, I try not to take it for granted because I know it's really unique.

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