Art Tattoo Montreal
The 7th annual Montreal Art Tattoo was the international tattoo convention that
united artists and tattooists from around the globe. It took place during the long
summer-like weekend of September 4, 5 and 6, 2009.
On Thursday evening artists and guests were invited at the opening of the
“Life Size: Shawn Barber and Turf One Two Man Show” exhibition at the Yves
Laroche Gallery. This private viewing gave an opportunity for all guests to admire
the works of these two renowned people from the tattoo world. After a party at
the infamous Foufounes Electric bar the weekend was off and running!
Vancouver Motorcyle Show
This year marked the first time that
Revolution Motorcycle Magazine attended
the “MMIC Vancouver Motorcycle Show”
which ran from January 21 to 24.
With temperatures that neared 15
degrees Celsius, the West Coast was
a paradise for motorcycle lovers: no
snow (though a bit of a problem for the
Olympics), beautiful roads (no need trying
to avoid crater size potholes in the asphalt,
there wasn’t any) and a breathtaking landscape.
How different from the East where
the temperature was well below the
freezing point and the Quebec roads
replicate something you would see in an
under-developed country! I was happily
surprised to see hundreds of motorcycles
parked in front of this event and an endless
lineup of early birds waiting to get in.
Dealers displaying all of the world
renowned motorcycle brands were present.
In the “Custom Alley” attendees could
admire uniquely created bobbers and
choppers, and shake hands with shop
owners. For shoppers there was an array
of motorcycle related clothing, riding gear,
jewellery and more. Several women’s
activities were organized, including two
“garage parties” put on by both Trev
Deeley and Barnes Harley-Davidson.
The ladies also “enjoyed” the Vancouver
This year marked the tenth annual V-Twin Dealers Expo in Cincinnati Ohio where dealers from around the
world came to check out the latest and greatest that the American V-Twin aftermarket industry had to offer.
Being my ninth year attending this event I must say I never have seen it so quiet and that is not necessarily
a bad thing. After speaking with many vendors, no one really said that they had a bad show. Instead I heard
many tell me how much they actually liked the lower attendance because it allowed them to really spend more quality time with the dedicated dealers that showed up. With the changing of the times and the slow economy
many shops had to cut their budgets, so as usual, events and advertising are always the first things to get
dropped. This is not necessarily the right move but when push comes to shove you have to make decisions
that best work for your individual business situation. So needless to say the dealers that did show up all had
a project or two on the go or were looking for new and cool ideas to pitch to potential new customers. Many
dealers arrived with a game plan, knew exactly whom they had to see and had their list of questions ready ...