Ever wanted to do things with your own hands instead of getting it straight from the box? Wanting a craft for yourself is never a bad thing, I personally believe that it gets the juices flowing and sets the mind and hands in a creative motion.
I stumbled upon the site of Officine Mermaid in Milan where they have everything for motorcycle fans like me. They have a garage that does customization for bike owners looking to do something unique for their bike. They also have a cafe, clothing stores and artisan spaces where you could just lose yourself in all things inspiring, at least that’s what I will do when I find something like that. It’s just a haven for inspiration, their design sensibilities speak out loud. Anyway, aside from all that swooning, it’s really the passion in doing things with your own hands that gets to me.
Vintage motorcycles are good to the last drop of petrol burned in the controlled chaos of the pistons of the engine. The feeling of freedom that comes with riding a bike is something you can’t dismiss if you’re an avid believer in all things on two-wheels and these vintage bikes need a lot of work to say the least.
Just imagine having to do a build all on your own and the time spent in the garage. The grinding of the tools and the clank and thud of labor is just plain sweet music. I have long thought of building myself a personal garage and a screen printing studio so I could just get lost in my time on the weekends and get my hands dirty.
It’s much like the work you love to do when holding a film camera for example. You have a vision to turn into reality and you use what you have to do it: film, turns of the knobs or flicks of a switch, a light source and the imagination to mix everything into a print. Make good use of those hands.
Here are some photographs from the community who share the same DIY love for motorcycles and shutter itch in photography.