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Some of you regular visitors might have noticed a drop in productivity here over in the last few months. Its not been because we’ve run out of rad stuff to enthuse about. Quite the opposite, we’ve been busy beavering away on our new site and the new chapter for Wheels On Toast.

Visit www.wheelsontoast.co.uk from now on where you’ll find the same (but better) blog stuff as always. Theres also a brand new section profiling brands and individuals we think deserve more then a lil old blog post. Finally theres a bit more info about the folks behind WOT and the other services we do if you’re so inclined to know.

Go on then, what are you waiting for, times a wasting. http://www.wheelsontoast.co.uk

The passing of Lou Reed the other week compelled me to listen to Velvet Underground and Nico for the first time since I was 16 and at art school. That bloody banana image reminds me of that time so much I’ve not been able to bring myself to listen to it in, well lets say a very, very long time. Turns out I still only think ‘its kinda okay’, for me Nicos wailing ruins it and I’ll will always prefer ‘Loaded’ from the VU back catalogue, nuff said.

Anyway during those art school years when I was channelling the ghosts of Haight Ashbury on a daily basis, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix also featured pretty highly in my walkman. As a result these two artists have also suffered the same fate as VU and Nico mentioned earlier.

Its only fairly recently that I’ve rediscovered both Jimi Hendrix and The Doors and have been regularly blown away by long forgotten album tracks and lesser know gems like the track above. ‘Far out man and stay off the brown acid’

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When I was at art college I had a friend called Lee, he was a great skater, but most notably when we were all studying graphics and getting all excited about Apple Macs and Photoshop, he chose to pursue the fine art of signwriting. I’d catch up with him at on the bus home and would take the piss that he was studying something so fusty and analog as paint and brushes. Secretly I was jealous when I would see him practicing on his designated window at college and I also loved hitting people with his stick with a pad on the end (a mahlstick). Anyway I lost touch with Lee but at least Nicolai Sclater is keeping the grand tradition of sign writing alive. I first became aware of Nicolais stuff from his work on motorcycles but for me I love seeing it best on actual signage, where it not only looks beautiful but also performs an important function and puts all modern methods to shame. See his blog here http://www.ornamentalconifer.blogspot.co.uk

Nico

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