KEEPERS OF THE CRAFT 1 / BEN GRILLO

/ By James Banuelos

Been working on the first installment of a series of projects tabbed “KEEPERS OF THE CRAFT” for this year. The project has been set into motion to illustrate that there are alternative ways to carve a living for yourself in the world, doing what you love. And despite the many obstacles and occasional social bias you yourself can achieve anything you put your mind to. That traditional crafts of all types are alive and well here in America. This project highlights individuals that have chosen to dedicate their lives to perfecting and preserving the heritage of what they do. First on deck is Tattoo Artist/Photographer Ben Grillo. Ben is a steadfast gent with old school traditions and values. A honest and trustworthy talent that has came up through the ranks the original way, paying his dues while paying homage to the forefathers of the craft. An old soul with a youthful spirit, Ben is truly 1 of a kind. We are working on a limited run of tee’s designed by Ben that will be available mid next month via our website. Here are a few photo’s from the first day we starting shooting the project. Hope you enjoy. Pictures were shot on location at POWER TATTOO in San Diego, thanks Chris Yvon owner of POWER for the access and hospitality.

- Photos by Kingston

GODSPEED4506 – UVT X HIPPY KILLER SHOVEL SHOOT

/ By James Banuelos

Headed out to Hippy Killer Garage to meet up with Kutty Noteboom and Cicero Guzman Jr. to shoot “Two Face Bitch” and Kutty’s “Sinners Prayer” Had a blast ripping around Hemet with the boys. Good times! A special thanks to Cicero and his wife for making the trip and contributing their time and talent. When you get a chance be sure to check out Cicero’s work and travels at www.godspeed4506.com and www.hippykillergarage.com for pure chopper goodness.

UVT BMX TEAM SD TO SF

/ By James Banuelos

The first of posts documenting our BMX squad and the the most current road trip they have embarked upon.. Hoang Tran, Dirt Ron Pitcher, Robbie Nelson and DJ Mull on on the road shredding from town to town.

CAL FLAVOR / JAPAN

/ By James Banuelos

Great trip to Cal Flavor show in Japan, Even though I was in the air at 30,000 + feet for 28 hours and on the ground for only 24! Here are a few pics I took. The morning was cold and was pouring down rain by noon. After a few hours of rain the skies cleared up and gave us a little sun. There were so many bad ass cars. This was only my second time to Japan and I plan to visit at least once a year. I want to thank Toshi of LOCAL HERO / KLASSIC SOCIETY and his whole crew. Good times hanging with the good folks from DEADEND and CHURCH MAGAZINE, Oryu of 38 TIMES and Tim from SYNDICATE BARBERSHOP/ LONG BEACH. Also want to thank our Japanese distributors Kazu and Daisuke for the hospitality and support. A short video edit I shot will be edited and up on the site tonite. Collab event tee’s are limited and should be up on our online store this week. Hope you all dig.