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CONTENTS DECEMBER 2010
Publisher Jimmy Murray Editor Inkaholik Co-Editor Mizuz Inkaholik Art Director Mario Trejo Contributing Writers Angela Morales Inkaholik Mizuz Inkaholik Sabrina Sin
Model: Brittanya O’Campo
Photographers Angela Morales Hugo Pedraza VonC Advertising Sales Jimmy Murray Jose Umaña Marco Burciaga VonC Distribution Ismael Garza
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8 Greg Wheeler Of Lucky’s Pub
Bartender of the Month
9 Confessions By Sabrina Sin
Get more of the “Sinfulness” you crave
10 Clint Leifeste
12 Behind The Lens Of Keith Selle
14 Danny Sanchez Of Cut Throat Customs
Pinup of the Month
18 Sean Reefer And The Resin Valley Boys On The Cover Model: Brittany Desirae Photographer: Keith Selle
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
This is a great adventure for us and as editor I feel the pressure of responsible journalism as we release them to the public. This month is packed with great articles and features the cream of the crop and the more places Tip-Out carries us, the more talent is revealed to us and our job is to bring that to the table. Lets get straight to the point for the record. Tip-Out is not a “pay to play magazine”, meaning we dont expect you to advertise just because we do a feature on your establishment. We discuss the haps around town and find the best suited for each category to go into print. Of course those that are on their game and promote will bring new talents into view for our journals.
Hello readers Its been a great month at Tip-Out and we really were pleased to bring into spotlight some of the highlights that went down in Houston over the past month. Coming on board with Tip-Out Magazine is a highlight in me and my wife’s life as we are obsessed with media, promoting and Oh yeah photography! So when the Publisher made the announcement there was a calm settle around the table as we sat there at our monthly meeting. We figured we don’t do anything but promote everyday anyway, so we smiled on the inside knowing what we were about to embark upon. Excited to say the least our venture starts here and we intend on bringing the years together with all the hotspots we know and events we already attend, now we get to share them with our readers. Which is of the utmost importance to us as a magazine other than content, because without you the reader we don’t belong.
We welcome in all the talent to contact us as we are always looking to showcase the best on the map in Houston. Enjoy the tales of Tip-Out inside and keep an eye out for us at a venue or event near you. Advertisers wanting to get on board we welcome you in with open arms, as we take this magazine into the heart of a very diverse culture. Journey with us and help us become Houston’s #1 Alternative Lifestyle magazine. Submit your stories to us and tell us why we should share them to our readers.
Inkaholik Editor in Chief email@example.com
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Tip-Out Mag had the chance to sit down and talk with Houston’s own Jess Cherry. You’ve seen her on the cover and inside of so many magazines we would be here all day to mention. Her modeling and tattoo work is amazing. Her tattoo work is done by her own husband Clint Leifeste. Together, they are the dynamic duo and this is what she had to say. Tip-Out: When did you start getting tattooed and what was it? JC: I got my first tattoo at the ripe age of 16 years old. It started out as one thing and ended up something completely different, due to me being young and impatient to just have some kind of ink. I am suffering the consequences now, or I should say my husband Clint is, since he is the one that has to deal with covering up all my old mistakes. The only one that I got when I was young that I will not cover is one that my oldest son, Kyler drew for me when he was two years old!! I always used to call him “my little sunshine” and of course I have always been known as “Cherry” So he drew a sunshine with cherries shaped somewhat as a star that intertwines with the sun and then I got the word “sunshine” in kanji in the center. It has a very special meaning so I will always keep it! Tip-Out: That is so sweet and original. It’s well known that your husband Clint did almost every piece of ink on you, How do you come up with your tattoo ideas? JC: All of them have a very special meaning. I tell him what I want each tattoo to represent and leave the art work up to him and with both of our creative minds put together, he gives me the most ingenious gifts ever, more then I could even imagine every time. Just always remember, when you are getting a piece of ART, leave the ART part up to the ARTIST. Tip-Out: That’s great advice, you are one lucky lady. Do you have a favorite tattoo? JC: All of my work that is done by my husband Clint are my favorites! He is the best friend I’ve ever had and my Hero! He is not only beyond an amazing best friend, Daddy to our 3 beautiful children, and Hubby, but he is absolutely unbelievable at what he does! He is truly a very blessed artist and I wear his gorgeous
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Tip-Out: Your husband is very lucky to have such a gorgeous canvas, and being a model has to help you both network in the industry. How did you get into modeling, and who are your inspirations? JC: I actually started out just for fun to help out a friend for a fashion show. She needed models and asked me if I would do it. Being the extremely shy girl that I am, of course at first I just giggled and said, “ME?? yeah right!” Then she kept telling me how easy it was. She really needed several more girls so I started feeling guilty for not even trying. Finally, I gave in and did it and had a blast! A few months later she asked me if I wanted to do a photo shoot and for my entire life, I have HATED being in front of a camera!! So, of course I was very unsure about the whole thing but I thought I’d at least give it a try and from it, my VERY FIRST PHOTO SHOOT EVER, I got a spread for Artwith Designs in Gothic Beauty and have been modeling every since! My inspirations, first off of COURSE are my 3 beautiful babies and my amazing Hubby!! They are my world and the reason I wake up everyday! And model wise, my all time favorites since I was a very little girl looking at pictures my Great Uncle had was of the one and only Beautiful naturally talented, Miss Betty Paige!!! And of course, Gorgeous Marilyn Monroe!! I have pictures of them both along with many other famous vintage pinup models that I have been collecting for years and still to this day use them for reference;-) And as far as present-day models I look up to a lot of beautiful models, to name a couple, Sabina Kelley and of course miss Masuimi Max!!! Tip-Out: That’s so wonderful and now you model for a lot of clothing companies, would you like to name a few for us? JC: I have had the privilege of modeling for some awesome people! To name a few, Dare Ware, Coffin Case, Erotic Cabaret Boutique,
Tip-Out: I can tell from our conversation that you are far from finished. So, what plans do you have in store for your ink? JC: I have a LOT more in store!!! I have so many more things I want represented from my thoughts in life, into my Husbands masterful art work so I will have many more reasons to explain my outlook on life to everyone who asks me about my gorgeous tattoos!! Tip-Out: It’s so obvious that you are a wonderful mother, how does being heavily tattooed affect your daily life, And how do you deal with it? JC: It doesn’t affect me any way other then for the positive!! Of course there are so many people in this world who has their biased outlook on anyone that has tattoos or “looks different”, BUT as soon as someone starts to talk to me and my beautiful family they immediately see that just because someone looks different it doesn’t make them “bad” just different, and of course I ONLY get great compliments on my ink, because my Hubby is awe-inspiring!! Tip-Out: That is such a wonderful outlook and you show such confidence. What advice would you give to a mother that wants to be heavily tattooed but is afraid of the reactions by other parents/public? JC: Just be yourself! It’s not what you look like on the OUTSIDE that counts, it’s what’s on the INSIDE!! Let that inner beauty SHINE above all else and it is very hard for people to be against it if you have a beautiful heart, regardless of their opinion on “tattoos”. My Daddy always taught me, “Kill them with kindness” It’s very true, if you don’t give anyone a reason to talk badly of you other then them thinking tattoos are bad, THEY WON’T!!! All they will see is YOUR HEART, and it’s actually really good for your kids to grow up around you if you have a beautiful heart because they learn from a very young age NOT to judge someone on just the way they “LOOK” but to get to know that person for who they are inside.
Photo: Allen R. Henson
Tip-Out: At what point did you decide that you wanted to be heavily covered? JC: I have always been a huge lover of art in many forms and have always been an artist in my own way since I was a child, but I grew up in a very strict home so “tattoos” were looked down on very much in my family but, I always knew as soon as I was old enough to move out I would start getting them because I have always wanted to get tattooed for as long as I can remember! And then of course after meeting the love of my life Clint, I knew I wanted to have as much of his amazing work on my body that I can possibly have, covered from top to bottom and wearing it around so that the world can see how amazingly gifted my Hubby is and how proud I am of him.
Siren Summer, AZECDESIGNS, Sarah Suicidal, Artwith Designs, along with many more and hopefully many more to come.
Tip-Out: Beautifully said, that’s the way the entire world should think. Is there any advice would you give to the ladies trying to break into the model industry? JC: Just BE YOU, that is the best thing you can do! If you try to be someone else, then you are not only cheating others of something new, but your cheating YOURSELF! Everyone is different and that’s why people love you, is for being you. You do not have to be the most drop dead “perfect” looking person to succeed, JUST BE YOURSELF! Watch out for more of Jess Cherry as she tastefully graces the tattoo and fashion industry, It was a pleasure for her to donate some of her time to us. TIP • OUT
Photo: Allen R. Henson
work with much pride. I have seen every piece of his art for many years and he STILL TO THIS DAY, BLOWS ME AWAY with every single piece! NOT being biased, his art is just that outstanding.
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This months bartender of the month is a special treat for our readers. As Tip-Out Magazine walks into Lucky’s pub and it was Rockin! Lucky’s is known for a giant beer selection (The largest in Houston! Over 250 and counting), great food (Award winning chef), games (Bags, Washers, Wii, Xbox360, Buckhunter, Goldentee, Darts, Pool, Shuffleboard, and more!), and the largest HDTV screen in Houston! (over 21 feet, plus 50 more TV’s!) From the moment we set foot on the property it was electric, as we look over at Bartender of the Month Greg Wheeler, there he sat at the register with a twisted crazy grin on his face. We got to hang out and shoot some pics of Greg acting crazy and playing with fire and catch up on old times and get some insight to his crazy world. No holds Barrred !!!! Tip-Out: So how long have you been bartending, where you from and all that stuff? GW: I have been bartending 12 years off and on. I spent the first 8
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years at the big easy blues bar, and have worked at Numbers night club and The Meridian when they first opened. I’m originally from Lake Jackson. I moved to Houston when I was twenty because anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a small town type of guy. Tip-Out: True. What are the highs and the lows of your job? GW: I’ve always gotten a personal sense of self satisfaction when I’m driving home and I see a car wrapped around a light pole. I think that there is another satisfied customer. Bwahahahaha. The lows of the job would be that people think I am a psychologist/bartender. I am not certified for life counseling and being known as captain bad advice, my solutions to their problems are that they should kill themselves. heh heh heh Tip-Out: Ok thats funny, Im sorry. What is your signature drink? GW: My signature drink is the FUCKIN WHATEVA! Whenever someone wants to order and they don’t know what they want that is
what I suggest. Guess what goes in it. hehehhehe. I’ve probably made a million of those things and they always end up being panty droppers. Tip-Out: Oh man now that is classic shit! Any pointers for our readers as to what is annoying as you serve their madness? GW: READ THE FUCKING MENU PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!! When you are high volume bartending and you come across someone that doesnt know what they want it slows us down when we have to play 20 questions with them. It also kinda sucks when someone orders one drink, and then another, and then another Know what you want before you call me over. Tip-Out: Right sometimes people think your like a vending machine and just stand there looking at the goodies... Have You ever gotten a D.W.I. leaving work? GW: hahahaha, Funny you should ask that. I’m on probation right now for a DWI I got last november. I get off in March. I’ts one of those things. Job Hazard I guess. Those
fucking things are rediculously expensive and .08 blood alcohol is so low that its about one drink an hour depending on body weight to be legally intoxicated. So take a cab for fucks sake. Tip-Out: AhHHH great words to hear...ahem.... Any advice to anyone thinking of becoming a bartender? GW: Stick icepicks in your balls. It will be less painful than getting your bi-yearly TABC certification. Tip-Out: Well man any final notes? GW: Next time your downtown and want to wet your whistle with a palatable libation bring your ass to Lucky’s pub. C’mon people my DWI won’t pay for itself!!!!!!!! We would like to thank Greg and Lucky’s Pub for allowing this moment of madness to happen we enjoyed spending time with him and find out more about the staff and happenings going on at Lucky’s at 801 St.Emanuel st. 713- 522-2010 http://www.luckyspub.com/
Hi everyone! My name is Sabrina Sin, I’ve been an Alt Model for about 5 years now and have recently been invited right here to my own little monthly corner of one of my favorite Houston magazines …And this is my first Confession. Allow me to explain, the literal definition of the word “Confession” is; “An admittance of information.” So although you will have to visit my website (www.SinfulSabrina.com) for all my juicy updates, secrets and other everyday silliness, I will be right here every month to share with you whatever else my little head desires. It’s been requested that I bring to your attention every month some awesome updates centered on upcoming events, fashion, places of my interest and other hip happenings for my Houstonites living the alternative lifestyle (Don’t worry I feel just as silly typing that as you do reading it.) Anyway you get the picture, enough about that let’s get on with my first attempt at Alt. Model turned published writer *lol* I promise to keep this one short and sweet so you can get on with your holiday shopping.. Just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. A couple places I did want to mention though happen to be some of my most recent creative outlets *hehe* Most people who like myself live in the Montrose area are familiar with the various number of tattoo shops which line the streets of our community. Although Houston has hundreds of tattoo shops I find myself fortunate to be just blocks away from some of the best-featured artists around. For example, a good friend of mine Jason Beavers (brother of world renowned artist Nate Beavers) has just recently opened the doors of “Powerhouse Ink” located at the corner of Fairview & Montrose (Where you can find me learning to stab people with needles & generally just hanging out). Working day & night to create his dream shop, Jason Beavers is well on his way! Not to mention another great artist & friend of mine Patrick Merryman who has recently opened his doors to “Monster
Tattoo”. Watch out Austin, the Houston scene is only getting bigger and better. And hey, with Christmas just around the corner what could be better than a gift that will last forever? …That’s a guarantee. Let’s see… With all of our families coming in and out of town this time of year another great place has recently opened, Barcadia! (www. BarcadiaHouston.com) One of my new favorite places! Great for people of all genres and centered on a deliciously creative menu- Bar food with an impressively creative and attractive twist (brought to us by a new friend of mine chef Kelly Doyle), Drinks galore and FUN- Old school arcade games featuring some of my own personal favorites as Ms Pacman, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, etc. And let’s not leave out the Giant Jenga! (..still lots to look forward to in the coming months such as, Giant Connect 4, Beer pong tables & more!) All of this awesomeness wrapped up in a Sailor Jerry theme & served to you on a platter by some of the hottest, stylish tattooed girls in town (including yours truly …. not to mention the guys aren’t half bad either! *wink* Tuesday nights are probably my favorites! Although the weekends go without saying… every night of the week seems to be pretty rockin’ you can’t pass up a night of unlimited FREE arcade games! ..I know I can’t seem to get my fill of Ms. Pacman (yeah.. secrets out, I’m a nerd) Well I don’t know about you but today was Thanksgiving and I’m stuffed! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with the people you love most, but it’s time for me to get some beauty sleep and start preparing for the next big holiday on the “Tip” of all of our tongues.. Have a Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year! I’ll see you right back here next month for more! -xoxox Sabrina Sin
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TIP-OUT INK This months Tip-Out Ink artist of the month is Clint Leifeste form Article 91 Tattoo. I have known CMFL for about 5 years personally and wanted to introduce him to the readers with a view into his world of madness in the tattoo business. Tip-Out: So give us some background on you and all that jazz... CMFL: Self taught tattooer, painter and illustrator. I learn from what and who I observe, really into anime and comics,more so anime, I literally live and breathe it, hell I even listen to anime music. I Always try to put that influence into everything I create,showing that its a real artform, not just for kids anymore. I’m not into serious themes or mind numbing replication, always pushin and keepin it original on the daily. Tip-Out: Anime music? hahaha I dont think Ive even heard of that. What style of tattooing appeals to you the most and why? CMFL: Well I prefer the newskool style with realism thrown in here and there, it allows me to be able to pull off the look I’m goin for, which is basically an anime cell if you will, with a comic book flare, detail with vivid brightness. Tip-Out: What drives you each day to be original in your creations in order to “stand out” in a city so flooded with tattoo artists? CMFL: All I try to do is pull off what I see, which happens to be in anime/comicbook form, I don’t try to “stand out” from anyone, I just try to do what I know, and it by chance seems to work. Tip-Out: Ahhh your a very humble artist,Yes it does work for you well your work is amazing... Any advice to someone that wants to get more work done, but just cant make up their minds? CMFL: Plan, plan, plan, definitely have a whole concept worked out from beginning to end before you approach an artist, have plenty of variations of your idea ready, and don’t be set in concrete with anything, be versatile with interpretation.Remember it isn’t just goin to be YOUR tattoo,its goin to be some artists vision of your idea, a part of him/her. Without a doubt, TRUST THEM, if you are goin to them with your idea ,let them do what they know best, you’ll end up with the best work that way. Tip-Out: I agree as people think of the here and the now and dont think about later on
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down the line and then they get mixed styles on their body. What artists or artform appeals to you in our culture? CMFL: Oh without a doubt it’s the comic book/anime art that gets me goin! The far-off concepts to the intense color schemes, along with highly detailed backgrounds, tons of stuff to get my brain goin. The ability to create whole worlds and characters is inspiring, endless creativity, to me beats the boring reality of what you see everyday in front of your face. Tip-Out: Yes I love having a window to display our interpretation on life on skin forever and it reflects in a lot of your work with the line sculpting and the shapes of color you capture, I’ve always been a fan of your work. What
should they look for in a studio and artist? CMFL: Do your homework! Research your artist, we are definitely not all created equal. Look at portfolios, see how many pieces they have done that’s like what you want, make sure their consistant. Also talk to them, and if they cant pick up a thought where you leave off, then you might be at the wrong place. Just because they did a tattoo for you previously doesn’t make them the best candidate for everything you want. You may hurt your artist feelings, but what you should strive for is the best rendering of what you want, it’s gonna be there for awhile so don’t “settle”. Egos will heal. Tip-Out: Yes there are artist who specialize in certain styles and
thats where the homework will pay off. If your looking for artwork and not just some flash off the wall that everyone else is wearing. I agree to see their portfolios and what they have displyed in there for consistancy on subject matter or style. What are your future plans in your world of tattooing, family and life? CMFL: In the future I plan on having my brain transplanted and encapsulized in a robot body, so I can exist through out the colonization of space and other galaxies. Until then I’ll be tattooin, and continuing to find my place in the art industry, and enjoying my awesome family. Tip-Out: Thats fuckin Rad man...I most def think you have found what works for you ...
We would like to thank you from the whole Tip-Out crew and we are honored to feature your work to our readers. View more of CMFL online and look if you think he can pull off your idea in his style. www.texasfriedcmfl.com www.article91.com http://www.facebook.com/ pages/TEXAS-FRIED-CMFL-Artn-Ink/354470893069 Editors note: Tip-Out Mag would like our readers to know that CMFL is married to and did all of this month’s Sexy Ink Model Jessica Cherry’s artwork. TIP • OUT
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Model: Jessie DeVille
f you’ve picked up a tattoo magazine in the past year there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of the many tattoo vixens shot by Keith Selle. Looking at Keith’s work would inspire anyone to pick up a camera and shoot, and his portfolio is one to admire. With the signature look of his portrait shots it would be hard not to know that you are looking at a Keith Selle piece.
my dad was an amateur photographer back in Laos, developed and printed his own images back in the late 60’s to early 70’s. I guess it’s genetic. Also the fact that I love art but I can’t paint or draw so photography is my medium to get into.
Tip-Out: You’ve probably done a countless amount of photo shoots. Is there any one shoot (good or bad) that stands out above the rest? KS: I have some crazy and memorable photo shoots but they are all special in their own way. I will take the 5th on this. I don’t recall any bad
We were able to catch up with Keith, and ask him a few question. Here’s what he had to say ... Tip-Out: What made you get into photography? KS: I got into photography mainly because I changed my major from Electrical & Electronic Engineering in college after spending one and half year there and didn’t understand a thing about what the major is all about. I found out that
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Tip-Out: When did you realize that you could actually make a career out of it? KS: After I took intermediate photography at Sacramento City College then I realized I might make a career out of this so I went on to receive my A.A. And Bachelor of Science degrees in photography.
photo shoots. I always make all my photo shoots fun. Tip-Out: You seem to focus mainly on glamour, beauty and fashion photography. Are there any other types of photography that you would like to try? KS: I actually went to a commercial
photography school specializing in shooting still/products. Since I started from shooting people, that didn’t set too well with me when I was at the university so I always incorporated people into my class projects. I wouldn’t trade the type of photography I’m doing for any others. I love what I do. Tip-Out: There are some photographers that feel Photoshop taints the art of photography. What’s your view on this? KS: I was a traditionalist too. When I graduated from college, film was at the verge of dying out. I told everybody that I would never convert to digital photography but I did. Film was dying out and clients want to see images instantly. I surrendered and got myself a digital DSLR. We are living in a high tech society so if you don’t step up and learn Photoshop and be very good at it, you’ll be
Tip-Out: You have a very unique look to your work. Any photographers or artist you looked up to that helped influence your style? KS: My mentors include Helmet Newton, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Jeff Dunas, Sante D’Orazio, David LaChapelle, Patrick DeMarchelier and Ken Marcus. I had the pleasure to assist for Ken Marcus and Jeff Dunas after graduation. From Ken, I learned the Playboy and Penthouse lighting setups and from Jeff, I learned about the passion he put into every one of his photograph. One important thing I like to share from what I learned from Ken Marcus, and I’ll never forget, was the word “niche”. Let me elaborate on what he meant. It’s not about shooting everything but focusing on one thing you are really good at and make it a niche. He was right. My style derived from my rock’n’roll and rebel personality. Tip-Out: What other projects are you working on that we can look forward to? KS: I just started photographing tattoo models in the summer of 2009 mainly due to a great working relationship with a great tattoo model and friend, Jessie DeVille. She has graced the covers almost two dozen magazine, and several other things all over the world. She got me into it all. I want to thank her for everything. She is so awesome. For 2011 and beyond, look forward to seeing more of me venturing into the fabulous world of fashion. I want to put my own spin in shooting fashion. I have a lot of crazy ideas and editing styles so I think fashion will be a great challenge for me.
Model: Veronica Lavery
Model: Megan Kawaguchi
left in the dust. Photoshop is a our digital darkroom. There are countless ways to editing an image.
Model: Heather Lynn
www.facebook.com/keithselle www.sellephotography.com www.keithselle.com www.modelmayhem.com/keithselle www.myspace.com/keithsellephotography www.tunerplayground.com www.twitter.com/keithselle Be sure and check out Keith’s work, and to keep a lookout for more of his amazing photography. TIP-OUT
Model: Kristeen St. Pierre
Tip-Out: Where can our readers see more of your work? KS: I am so bad at updating my personal websites but you can always see more of my recent work on Facebook or MySpace. Here are a few of my links and affiliates where you can see more of my work.
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TIP-OUT WHEELS for. We want to know we’re all on the same page. We can customize just about anything. They can bring their own ideas in, or we can design something they’ve never seen before. We don’t like to copy other builders’ work, so if you see something you like, we change it up a bit, so you don’t go around looking like anyone else on the road. We sit down with them and come up with a plan, budget and timeline. Sometimes they want to do it in stages, which works for the rider trying to stay out on the road even when they are on a tight budget. We’ve even been known after a consultation to send a customer to another shop if their style is more what they want. We want the customer to be happy with the end result no matter what the cost.
This month we got to catch up with more culture that is often overlooked by journalists ,as we sit down with our good friend and Awesome Bike Builder Daniel Sanchez from Cut Throat Customs. Texas born Metal Fabricator and Motorcycle Builder with more than 20 years experience in the field. Inspiration for our work comes from a family history of metal workers, including my Great Grandfather who was an Apache metal artisan.
Tip-Out: What is your favorite project you have worked on? DS: My girlfriend, LOL. No, the AMD bike is probably our favorite; proving to ourselves that we can compete alongside some of the greatest builders in the World. It kicked us around a little, because we only decided to compete a few months before the event. It was our worst nightmare bike, but brought out some tenacity and talent in everyone that WE didn’t even know we had. It just showed us that by staying our course and being consistent we can accomplish anything no matter who bets against you or what obstacles you face. From broken trailer axles and flat tires on our trip to some freak accident issues with the build itself, we still did it! Only the strongest survived it. It was one hell of a journey and learning experience. You’d be amazed at what you learn about your crew when the pressure cooker’s on. We had each others’ backs when stuff got crazy and we are ready to get back out there next year with an even better bike!
Tip-Out: Can you explain to our readers exactly what you do, and how long you have been doing it? DS: Our work is all about hand crafted custom fabrication, not just machined metal work. My head fabricator, Gio, and I fabricate parts and mods on cars, trucks and bikes, including auto suspension (lifts and lowering). For some reason people think we don’t do that anymore, but we still have the most reliable quality work in auto suspension. Some of our trucks are out there with the same work we did over 10 years ago on them...with no issues. We’ve got another division of our company called CTC Metal specialties where we do commercial and residential fabrication. From wicked furniture for your house or business to oil & gas industry structures...we really do it all. The bikes we build seem to get the most attention, since there’s nothing like them on the road.You can call our bikes out in a group of ‘em. Sometimes it can take ten minutes to look over a bike we’ve built.
Tip-Out: Cant wait to see what you guys have in store for us in the future. Any closing thoughts or comments you would like to have our readers know? DS: We’re proving to ourselves that we can compete alongside some of the greatest builders in the World. We have pride in the art, solid workmanship and a whole lot of negative motivation that we’ve turned into a positive symbol of who we are and what we stand for. When you have your heart in your work, it’s the naysayer’s “worst nightmare”.That’s why we named our AMD bike “Tu Peor Pesadilla”. It means “Your Worst Nightmare”.
Tip-Out: I agree your bikes do stand out and looking at one does take some time to absorb,which says a lot of how much time and design goes into a custom built bike. What evolution in custom bike building do you forsee over the next decade Electric? Bluetooth? hahaha.. DS: The days of the assembly line bikes are over. The market was flooded with the style of bikes people saw on TV and it seems like they are growing tired of seeing a bike just like theirs going down the road. We get people coming to us because they say our work is different from everyone else. They are usually independent types of riders who want to make a statement… show that they are distinctive from others. Real custom bikes are like fingerprints… they are all different. They aren’t perfect, and one next to the other shows they have their own personality. Cool bikes that you can ride without worrying about polishing every five minutes is really what we are seeing out there.
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Tip-Out: So you seem to be the real deal and not just an assembler out of the box builder,I like that. If one our readers were interested in getting a custom build from you how do they go about that? DS: We find out what look they are goin’
Thanks to my Mom & Dad for being my mentors and Gio and Heather for putting up with my crazy ass all these years we still build the baddest bikes, lower and lift the baddest cars & trucks and we ain’t goin’ anywhere...except UP. Tip-Out: Well we Thank You Danny for your time sitting down and sharing your talents with our staff as well as our readers and if you would like to know more about Cut Throat get that info here: 8331 FM 1960 West, Building J Humble, TX 77338 (281) 446-2009 www.ctcfab.com www.ctcmetalspecialties.com
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Sean Raiford formed the Resin Valley Boys with the goal of bringing the sounds of classic country and western swing music back to a world that had forgotten how to two-step. Sean and the Boys quickly built a reputation as the swinginest band from Houston Texas, cementing that reputation with the release of their first full length album, “Texas Hill Country,” in 2003. Their first nominations for Best C&W Act and Best New Act from the Houston Press Music Awards soon followed. Since then, Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys have appeared onstage with such Texas legends as Asleep At The Wheel, Dale Watson, FlameTrick Subs, Alvis Wayne, and Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and national acts like David Allan Coe, Deke Dickerson, Scott H. Biram, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, Weary Boys, Big Sandy and his Flyrite Boys, Wanda Jackson, Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, and Junior Brown. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Sean and the Boys received nominations for Best C&W Act from the Houston Press Music Awards, winning the prestigious title in ‘05 and ‘06 and ‘09. In 2007 the band won both the American Marijuana Music Award and Global Marijuana Music Award for best Country Song and in 2008 they won the Global Marijuana Music Award for best Country Song.
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Yes the music is resonating in reefer madness with some songs listing as, ”Light it dont Hide it”, ”Bowl of Schwag”, ”Reefer Blues”, “Green Yodel”, “Sweet Hydro”. Sean being Originally a drummer for The Crazy Kings offers his hat with this qoute. “Wayne Hancock and Hank Williams III heard me sing when I was still drumming,” Reefer says. “They kind of pushed me, telling me all the time I need to be singing myself. It inspired me to do it.” I’d have to say he made the right decision as the bands shreds out the honky tonk blues twisted in Hellbilly Texas Flavored rythym. Sean has been busy singing all over the great state of Texas ever since, winning new fans in every honkytonk, dancehall, and lounge he and the Boys play in. Currently, they are in the studio recording material for a forthcoming, brand new full length release. Tip-Out got to catch a show at the Continental Club this month and they tore the house down. This is talent straight from our hometown and it is definately got the ingredients and the heart to be around for a while. Find out tour dates and more info on them at http://www.myspace.com/ resinvalleyboys firstname.lastname@example.org
Club 494 stands out this month in Tip-Out and hails from Kingwood. The crew got the chance to visit this month as the owner Thomas Gardner hosted the first Tattoo Houston show. Club 494 stands out as a definate hotspot with style and flavor inside. The owner also runs www. faceevents.com and is a badass photographer and his works include the beauty of the human form and proudly displays his work gallery style inside the club. The sound system is nice and have a great blend of music as live DJâ€™s keep the crowds hopping. All of the bartenders are great as well and such great hosts for parties and group meetings. Specials run weekly so if you find yourself looking for a new place to check out, swing on by Club 494 as you are sure to have a great time out on the town. Tell them you read up on them in Tip-Out.
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