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October 13, 2018

Motor Sport & Sponsorship

There’s an old saying in motor racing… ‘the more money you have; the faster you go!’ This may be true (if you take away the element of also needing talent!) but times have changed. So, you need sponsorship to go racing right? It might be you running your racing out of a van or it […]

October 10, 2018

Sales vs. Marketing

Q: Are you a sales-led or marketing-led company? Often a conversation killer question in a meeting but one that needs to be asked as the answer will have far reaching effect, affect and impact of the future direction of the business’ future. The answers have been many and varied but have included …’we’re a product […]

October 7, 2018

Studio Speakers: Gustavo Santaolalla – The Last of Us

I was sat in Empire Tattoo’s studio last week, having my heart put on my sleeve (literally) and we were listening to an array of classical music – However, we’re not talking Beethoven or Bach… The sounds we had on were heavily soundtrack focused, I had scores from the likes of Daft Punk (Tron) through […]

October 4, 2018

The Essentials

The Motorcyclists Survival Kit. 1. Life and Engines T-Shirt x 2 2. Moscot Lemtosh 3. WW2 Aviation Goggles 4. Red Wing Boots 5. Lumberjack Gloves 6. Romeo y Julieta 7. Zippo 8. Biltwell Helmet 9. Handy-tool Gadget 10. Petrol Can

October 1, 2018

Project Complete.

“The Bastard Child” – Triumph Triple 900 Cafe Racer. Project Complete. Think different, be stronger, act smarter, move faster. Be original, persevere, outwit and outpace.

September 28, 2018

Life & Engines

Everyone seeks their own path during their short time on this spinning rock we call Earth. Some are fortunate and find their inner navigation in time to fully savour their chosen passion; for some it’s sport, for others it might be collecting stamps that fires their rockets or tickles their fancy but for us it […]

September 25, 2018

Studio Speakers: Fink – Pretty Little Thing

If you do nothing else today – watch & listen to this: Fink – Pretty Little Thing (Live Acoustic). WHAT!!! How I haven’t seen or heard this before I don’t know, but make sure you check out the musical genius of Fink.

September 22, 2018

Cars – Engineered, Sculpted, Designed, Art form or just something to get you from A to Z

It is highly subjective but cars are automotive sculpture. Cars as an art form; they are (well some are!) pieces of design at the highest level – we’re not talking about the technology here… We’re talking about how they look – the aesthetic, the style and the achingly beautiful lines… Don’t know about anyone else […]

September 19, 2018

British Brands: Hiut Denim

“When the music is loud and the coffee is strong, we can make 100 pairs of Hiut’s a week. One day we will make 120 pairs. So we can scale this thing. Love does scale.” If you ask us… Hiut Denim have the right philosophy. Stick to what you know and do it best. Following […]

September 16, 2018

Style: Denim & White T-shirt

No words needed.. Style: Denim & White T-shirt

September 13, 2018

Your Logo Isn’t Your Brand.

“Can you ‘do’ me a new brand?” asked the prospect client. Answer: “Do you know the difference between a logo and a brand?” Prospect client: “They’re the same thing!” No they’re not. The craft of Corporate Identity or logo design seems to be becoming a thing of the past and your brand is so much […]

September 10, 2018

Studio Speakers: The Black Keys – The Moan

The Black Keys are on the Studio Speakers today… on repeat. Which album? All of them. If you want more from The Black Keys, head to their website – You won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t ever heard The Black Keys, then start yourself off with the “El Camino” album – that’ll get you moving – […]

September 7, 2018

Style Icon: Ruby Helmets

There are three main qualities that make Ruby Helmets stand out from the rest: Style, Design and Quality. Of course these are not the only reasons you should think of Ruby Helmets before the rest of them and, sure, there are plenty of tried and tested helmets out there in the market – we’re not slating them […]

September 4, 2018

The Style of Patina…

What is it about old stuff? Maybe it’s just us but we love old watches, cars, aircraft, furniture, typography, photography, buildings, design and motorcycles… is it the way they look or does it go deeper than that? This isn’t a fleeting hark back to the past that masquerades as ‘retro’ but a very real appreciation […]

September 1, 2018

Summer Colours

Using the changing seasons and different colours they bring as design inspiration. Summer colours: Blues, Yellows, Oranges, Reds, Greens & Pinks. Lets take the colour Blue as an example… The spectrum below is our Summer Sky. And now the colour of the ocean as an example… Two very similar spectrums but, can be used to invoke different feelings […]

August 29, 2018

Studio Speakers: Hozier – To Be Alone (Live)

Bluesy, moody, soulful. Hozier is one to watch for 2014. Hozier performs To Be Alone live from Kilkenny and absolutely kills it, his range is unmatchable and distinctive. This is the kind of music that invokes undescribable emotion and feeling. Be sure to check out the Hozier website and keep up-to-date – “Girl, it feels good.”

August 26, 2018

Red Wing… Boots With a Story

If you own a pair of Red Wing you’ll know what we mean when we say that they are better when they’re beaten to hell. Why? … Every scuff, scar or oil stain tells a story or triggers a memory. The same can be said of your bike jacket or jeans but, for some reason, […]

August 23, 2018

Summer Rain

Photography: Summer Rain | Click here for the Photographer

Summer Rain
August 20, 2018

Style Icon: Heuer Monaco

The one, the only, the Heuer Monaco. Made timelessly (excuse the pun) stylish by the late Steve McQueen, this watch is the epitome of cool. This watch immediately entered the hall of fame after showing up on McQueens wrist in the 1970′s car-racing classic – LeMans and is nothing short of an icon. Oozing style and cool […]

Style Icon: Heuer Monaco
August 17, 2018

Throttle Roll…

Love motorcycles? Love Rockabilly? Then you’ll love this. Throttle Roll 2014. Watch the video – I dont need to say more than I have… Enjoy. Want to know more? Click here for the Throttle Roll website. Love the music? Head here for Papa Pilko And The Binrats.

August 14, 2018

Colour & Design.

In the world of design, one has to be careful not to get into the drab and dreary creative rut of only using black, grey and white (difficult, I know. We love black & white.) – Sometimes colour can be a daunting prospect to a designer, what with difficult-to-please clients and sometimes the more obvious […]

Colour & Design.
August 8, 2018

Studio Speakers: Sexual Healing – Hot 8 Brass Band – Music

The Hot 8 Brass Band cover the Marvin Gaye classic “Sexual Healing”. The results are sensational. We challenge you to not be dancing along to this music…

August 5, 2018

“The YUT”

We built a baby cafe racer from a Honda CG125! Now christened “The YUT”. We collaborated with Brownies Cafe Racers Ltd. to produce this gorgeous little machine, which now sits proudly in our collection. The YUT already has a number of photo shoots and will be used as a prop for a film coming out […]

August 2, 2018

EYE SEE YOU – sb:photo

We love photography and find it to be one of the most expressive forms of communication, so we set up our own miniature photo studio, and set about collecting some atmospheric shots, now compiled into an online portfolio to showcase some of our work. sb:photo – Go take a look, you might like what you […]

July 30, 2018

CHEF – Must See Movies.

CHEF – Directed by Jon Favreau – has to be one of the best feel good movies of 2014… Ever… Life. It will make you smirk, smile and laugh all the way through, whilst wiggling about in your seat to the fantastic samba / jazz / funk soundtrack. From beginning to end, you feel like […]

July 24, 2018

Whistle Wetter: The Kraken

The Kraken™ Rum has by far the most satisfying of tastes on the spiced rum scene, it is strong like the mythical beast itself, rich like the tales of The Kraken’s legend, as black as the deep it once came from and as smooth as the Kraken’s oozing silky ink. But it isn’t only the […]

July 21, 2018

Style Icon: Officine Autodromo

Instruments for Motoring… Want turned into need, need turned into must and, as they say – “the rest is history”. The watches won’t break your bank, will provoke questions (“Oooo… What’s that?”) and are also made with exceptional quality. Don’t get me wrong – nothing will beat the Tag Monaco when you think of Watches […]

July 18, 2018

@Brilliant_Ads

Today we stumbled across @Brilliant_Ads – A Twitter account dedicated to… well, Brilliant advertising (does what it says on the tin). I implore you – nay – I command thee to have a gander, because not only does it depict how masterfully witty and fascinating advertising is, but also how powerful and emotive advertising can […]

July 12, 2018

Photostyle – the power of a picture

Photography is a superbly expressive medium – able to stimulate, trigger and translate emotion, style and capture a mood. The old phrase “a picture speaks a thousand words” is so true if an art director, stylist and photographer gel to create an image that captivates you. It is an art form. We don’t know who […]

July 9, 2018

The power of colour in motor sport

In the days of the Gordon Bennett Cup, Count Eliot Zborowski suggested that each national entrant be allotted a different colour. The races were hosted in the country of the previous year’s winner. Britain had to choose a different colour to its usual national colours, red, white and blue, because those colours had already been […]

The power of colour in motor sport
July 6, 2018

Hollywood’s need for speed…

Hollywood and the movies have had a love affair with speed and motor racing since the silent films. James Dean had a passion for Porsche cars – shared by Steve McQueen who produced and starred in the film Le Mans but raced cars for many years, his best finish being 2nd place in the Sebring […]

Hollywood’s need for speed…
July 3, 2018

Studio Speakers: Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines This song sounds a lot like a mixture of K.C and the Sunshine Band, mashed with a bit of Marvin Gaye and with a dash of 70’s funk… It definitely tickles our musical fancies. Enjoy!

June 30, 2018

Iconic racing car livery | Two

Racing car livery design is an essential part of motor sport imagery and motorsport history – in this series of blogs we will feature some of the most iconic racing car livery designs ever to take to the track. The featured liveries and designs are not in a ‘top ten’ or in any order of […]

Iconic racing car livery | Two
June 30, 2018

Driver’s eyes

As the saying goes – “the eyes are the window to the soul” – but with race drivers this is possibly the most powerful display of the intense competitive spirit that drives these individuals. The ‘race face’ and the look that can freeze a daisy at a thousand yards… there’s something about a driver’s eyes […]

January 26, 2018

Abarth 595 – born 1963

Many try but few cars reach automotive iconic status or become household names – the Mini Cooper (the original one!), the Land Rover, VW Beetle (again the original one!) and the FIAT 500 – so much so that if you say you drive a ‘500’ pretty much everyone knows what you mean… but for the […]

January 24, 2018

Goodwood – a venue becomes the brand

Goodwood. Known as the home of the Earl of March and for horse racing… and then came the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. The former an ‘exhibition’ hillclimb [one of the oldest forms of motor racing] that started with humble beginnings 20 years ago and is now regarded as THE ‘must go […]

January 22, 2018

vehicle sourcing

Are you trying to find a 1970s sports car, a supercar, a custom motorcycle or need advice on the right vehicle, bike or aircraft for your photo shoot, video or film? We can source a car, racing car, motorbike or aircraft for you – we know how important it is to have the right props… […]

January 20, 2018

Iconic racing car livery | One

Racing car livery design is an essential part of motor sport design and motorsport history – in this series of blogs we will feature some of the most iconic racing car livery designs ever to take to the track. The featured liveries and designs are not in a ‘top ten’ or in any order of […]

Iconic racing car livery | One
January 16, 2018

Style Icon: The Belstaff Mojave

The Belstaff Mojave jacket is a modern version of the jacket Steve McQueen used to race in and is part of Belstaff’s ‘Pure Motorcycle’ collection. Founded in 1924, in Stoke-on-Trent, by Harry Grosberg, Belstaff has been at the cutting edge of clothing technologies and motorcycle jackets for over 80 years. The first company to use the […]

December 22, 2017

Top 10 tips for motor sport sponsorship

There is an old saying in motor racing… “the more money you have; the faster you go!” Well, discounting the fact you have to have the talent it’s still as true as it’s ever been – at any level of your chosen sport. Every year we get approached by drivers, riders, pilots, teams and organisers […]