Pictured: Metal artisan, craftsman and purist James Crowe, doing what he loves…building motorcycles.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Crowe Custom Metal Co., in Portland, OR. The real deal bike shop shares space in a small ground level building that is also home to Hufnagel Cycles, a tattoo machine factory, a pottery studio, and Lemolo Bag manufacturing. The creative energy is buzzing to say the least. These shared artisan spaces are becoming more and more popular across categories. Whether building bikes or developing ad campaigns, open dialogue and collaboration among professionals will always trump going at it alone.
Before entering Crowe Customs, you’re greeted with music, which is always on and always loud; this time it was Bob Dylan that was muffled by the sound of machines. Then comes the aromatic experience of burnt metal, industrial grease and dust…i.e., a factory. Motorcycle wheels, fairings, frames and random parts are scattered all over. The machines are all surrounded by metal debris and design notes. What may appear to be a mess is simply work in progress. James is extremely focused, and his top quality manufacturing speaks for itself.
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Spotted this AMG road warrior chilling among the everyday luxury cars inside this Jane Street parking garage. We can’t decide if we like the menacing black metallic hue seen here or one of the matte options available for a hefty additional charge. Either way, the car is seriously bad ass. Hopefully the high-fluting owner gets this baby out on the open road once and a while.
Most of the modern, higher volume Ferraris coming out of Maranello have an uncanny ability to make less modern Ferraris look dated. While that sounds fairly intuitive to most of you fans out there, it becomes painfully obvious to owners who spent $180k on yesterday’s news only a few year’s ago. Remember the F348? The F355, F360 and, up until now, the F430. Each model represented the must-have Ferrari of the day until, well, the day passed. Just released, the 458 Italia makes them all look like the technological equivalent of digital toaster oven. Spotted outside of this high end custom car joint in Chelsea, the mid engine temptress has 3 menacing tailpipes, more cuts than the cast of The Real Housewives and looks like the result of a NASA lunar lander that cross pollinated with a Formula 1 race car.
Hopefully the owner doesn’t engage in any tacky add ons. This baby looks just fine in stock trim.
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