4 June 2018



From Slovakian photographer Mária Švarbová swimming pool series.

More of Maria’s work can be found on her website

30 May 2018

Tracey Emin's stamp to commemorate 250 years since the Royal Academy of Arts was founded.
"If punk birthed a thousand garage bands, it certainly birthed as many designers," says Punk Graphics curator. A new exhibition on punk graphics at Detroit's Cranbrook Art Museum.

2 May 2018

The launch Land Rover from 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show was lost for decades.

15 April 2018


You know, I had a pedal car when I was a kid – a kind of station wagon thing for crying out loud. The folks meant well, bless them. Thinking about it, they had a station wagon and I guess they figured ... I mean, if they were rock stars, I'd have wanted a matching guitar but a station wagon? Would it have been so hard to pick the Champion model sitting right there, next to the station wagon? Would it? Well now I'm a grown up and my middle-aged butt won't fit in the Champion – don't worry I tried and came to the conclusion that a print on the wall is infinitely more dignified. Sometimes you just have to let go, and sometimes you buy a print.

Try a set of postcards, eight pedal cars to ponder, see them at www.etsy.com/nz/shop/ScooterModern

12 April 2018

Trekka was New Zealand's only home-grown, series-produced vehicle.

11 April 2018

I'm going to take up smoking.
Who said smoking's not cool?
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, England. Photo found here at Art Fund.

10 April 2018


Vauxhall Velox

Where I grew up in the 1970s, Vauxhalls of this era were driven by hoodlums. Seemed a shame but who was to argue? I pulled up at the traffic lights late one afternoon on my Sukuki GT250 motorcycle and said to the chap in the light grey Velox next to me – ‘Nice car’. He said ‘WOT?’. I said ‘I said NICE CAR’. Actually, that’s not strictly true, I thought ‘nice car’ but I kept my mouth firmly shut and eyes glued to the red light on the other side of the intersection. When the light changed to green, I dropped the clutch, front wheel rose up off the road and my bike bolted forward, leaving the big guy and his grey sedan in my dust. Actually, that’s not strictly true,
I made like I hadn’t noticed him, gently eased out the clutch whilst ensuring the nice chap was a good nose ahead and eventually dropping in behind and maintaining a healthy 30 metres. Well it just seemed right,
didn’t it? 

On Etsy Scooter Modern here
Yamaha XJ650

9 April 2018

Bedford 12cwt van delivering the Evening Standard. Well I guess somebody had to.


Book jacket

6 April 2018


Kodak Instamatic

A long time ago, the people who were alive then were told, ‘one day, everyone will have this cool gadget that you can carry round and you will be able to take photos with it’ and they all said ‘nah no way, you're dreaming’. But sure enough, in 1963, Kodak launched the Instamatic camera and everyone said ‘Yeah cool, but you can’t text from it’ and the Instamatic became the biggest tech flop in history – even before they knew what ‘tech’ was. OK, it wasn’t really a flop, Kodak sold more than 50,000,000 of them. There were only 50,000,000 people on earth then, so that was one each, except my sister hid mine on top of the wardrobe, so she had two. 

On Etsy Scooter Modern here
Home
Sammlung-Boros bunker gallery, Berlin. View the website here.

Ford Anglia

Drove to Auckland and back in one of these when I was 17. Me, my mate and his girlfriend. It wasn’t awkward. I’d have happily ditched the girlfriend and done a roadie with my mate, but she owned the car. She would have happily ditched me for a weekend away with the boyfriend. My mate? Well, I needed a ride and thought it best not to go there. We went to see a band play at Western Springs stadium. I say stadium, more a paddock with a flat-bed truck at one end, but then it was New Zealand 1977. Can’t tell you who the band was, if I did I’d have to kill you. Forty years on, it still makes me blush – but just quietly, they were quite good. Anyway, the girlfriend’s bright green Zed-Back was a trooper, didn’t miss a beat. Topped 60mph on the Mangaweka hill … with the clutch in. Different story coming home but it was all the same to me, sitting in the back seat, knees around my ears, supping quietly on a lukewarm can of beer.

On Etsy Scooter Modern here
Machine. Found on Cool Rods. Photographer unknown.
Delightful illustrations by French artist Lorraine Sorlet. Follow her on Instagram.

1 April 2018

Ford Prefect

This is British Ford at it’s very best (debateable I know, but let’s run with it for now). Even into the 1950s, car styling hadn’t really changed in Britain (a tad distracted by the war I guess) from the sit-up-and-beg look of the 1930s and 1940s. Then, in 1953, Ford produced this ‘modern’ shape and it was a revelation. These simple, robust cars sold like hot cakes. They had features like hydraulic brakes and independent front suspensions but in true Ford spirit they were sparse inside – heaters and sun visors were extra. The windscreen wipers weren’t extra but were powered by a cheap-to-make vacuum system with one minor flaw – the faster the cars went, the slower the wipers worked. Bit of an issue in Britain I would have thought? But, despite their simplicity, the new Prefect heralded in (that’s a wee Triumph joke there) a new optimism that an austere Britain was only just starting to feel.

On Etsy Scooter Modern here

27 March 2018

Gary Peters
Kasparov vs Deep Blue – Game1, May 3,1997
acrylic on wooden panel
448 × 448mm
2014

24 March 2018

McLaren M4A, a model of Formula Two car designed in 1967

23 March 2018



Canon QL

The Canon QL is most famous for a photograph of Marilyn Monroe, looking a little surprised with her white dress blowing in the wind. Marilyn was on her way to the opera in New York City where she was meeting John (John was waiting in the opera house foyer, in disguise, as his wife Jackie thought he was working late). As Marilyn approached the foyer entrance, she passed a Cadillac Eldorado parked at the curb-side. Inside the car was a little girl, the daughter of an advertising executive from Madison Avenue who had just bought a new camera and flash. The girl was playing with the camera while her Dad popped into the drug store to buy cigarettes. Suddenly the flash went off, catching Marilyn by surprise – she nearly jumped out of her skin. The famous pose had been captured. A few weeks later, when the film was processed, the ad exec realised what he had. He immediately put the photo and negative into an envelope and posted them straight to Marilyn, apologising for the breach of privacy. Marilyn wrote back and said 'no worries' and posted the photo on her Facebook page. It went viral. Marilyn became the first internet sensation. There have been lots of sensations since but Marilyn is still the most famous. 

On Etsy Scooter Modern here

8 March 2018

Picasso’s Portrait of Marie-Thérèse in a Red Beret (1937). The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy is at Tate Modern, London SW1. Photograph: Private collection/Duncan 288 / Succession Picasso, 2013
Vespa GS

The Vespa motor scooter was a positive that fell out of Italy's less than sterling WWII effort. Having had a smack on the hand by the Allies and told to stop making war planes, Enrico Piaggio did the next most obvious thing – he built a motorcycle, fully enclosed it in sheet metal (as one did an aeroplane) and called it a scooter. Well that's not strictly true, the enclosed bodywork actually came about by employing a designer (Corradino D'Ascanio) who hated motorcycles. A seemingly odd decision from Piaggio, but conveniently, D'Ascanio already had a scooter design in his back pocket – something he had whipped up for Ferdinando Innocenti at Lambretta, but it had been rejected. D’Ascanio's design was revolutionary: he wanted the frame to be stamped steel, Innocenti had wanted rolled tube. 'Stamped.' 'Rolled.' 'Stamped.' 'Rolled.' went the argument and D'Ascanio left in a huff. Ensconced down the road at Piaggio, D'Ascanio set to work. Eventually, he revealed his new creation to Piaggio who exclaimed ‘Sembra una vespa!’ (which translates to something like ‘It would seem to be a wasp!). Thus, the Vespa was born. Sales grew steadily through the late 40s and then, in 1952, as luck would have it, Audrey Hepburn side-saddled Gregory Peck's Vespa in the movie Roman Holiday for a spin through Rome – and the rest, as they say, is history. So go on, get yourself a little Vespa, just like Audrey and Greg.

Vespa scooter postcards and posters on Etsy Scooter Modern, see my shop here.

3 March 2018

Pedal car

I don’t know who thought putting a race car number on a tractor was a thing, but it’s genius. This Iron Horse of a soap box and I would have terrorised all comers at the annual Island Bay Ribble Street Races, if I had this little beauty back then. The trick to entering pedal cars in trolley races was to get your feet well clear of the pedals, or your knees would play a drum roll on you chin, as you beat your path of destruction down the hill toward the finish line. Winning would be a certainty but you may not remember it, waking up in bed – the doctor, your mum and kid brother all coming into focus. I guess you could un-bolt the pedals for the occasion but that might be considered illegal modification in the race rules. I’d never have read the race rules mind you, too close to a manual and what self-respecting down-hiller would ever read one of those? Heaven forbid.

One of eight pedal car postcards on Etsy Scooter Modern, see the full set here.

19 February 2018

Gary Peters garypeters.info

5 February 2018

By French graphic designer Dean Jullien. See his Instagram account here.

31 January 2018

Perfect Ford Prefect
Stratocaster

In 1970, Eric Clapton was touring America with Derek and the Dominos. He’d given up his Cream-era psychedelic Gibson SG (probably a good thing, you can only take so much bad art) for a Fender Stratocaster. Apparently he had seen Steve Winwood in concert playing a white Strat and thought it more becoming. When passing through Nashville, he poked his head into the renown Sho-Bud music store. Clapton was shown into the ‘back room’ of the shop to a rack of vintage Stratocasters, all dating from the mid-1950s. I don’t know why they were kept in the ‘back room’ but I guess it makes the story sound a little more illicit, which is sooo rock-n-roll isn’t it? “When I was in Nashville with the Dominos, I went into Sho-Bud, which had a stack of second-hand Strats in the back room of the shop,” recalled Clapton in 2013. “I thought, wow, the back room, this is sooo rock-n-roll.” No, he didn’t say that, I made it up. Stratocasters were somewhat out of fashion at the time and going cheap, so Clapton grabbed six for a hundred bucks each. Now legend has it, Clapton and some of his roadie mates (yeah right) dismantled three of them to build ‘Blackie’, which later went on to sell for $1.3M. Once back in England, Clapton gave the other three Strats away – one to Pete Townsend, one to his good mate George Harrison and the third to … Steve Winwood. That’s so poetic.

This a Fender Stratocaster detail from a print on Scooter Modern Etsy, click the link to see more www.etsy.com/nz/shop/ScooterModern

23 January 2018


Josef Albers, Provocative Percussion Volume 4 by Enoch Light and The Light Brigade (1962)
Photograph: © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Adagp, Paris, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

11 January 2018

Cause of death

9 January 2018

Isotope by Hoefler & Co.

17 December 2017

T Bird – courtesy of Grabowski Speed Shop.

12 December 2017

Abba on tour, 1977.

11 December 2017

The Endless Summer. Bruce Brown 1937–2017.

3 December 2017

That time New Zealand was the style centre of the world.

27 November 2017


Penguin and Ladybird.

6 November 2017


Cloud Iron. In 1924, El Lissitzky created a series of eight lightweight horizontal skyscrapers to address Moscow’s problems of overcrowding and inadequate public transport. Photograph: Peter Cox/Imagine Moscow.

29 October 2017


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Holden 1968 HK 'taxi' sales brochure.

24 October 2017

Mustang 1973

18 October 2017

By Emma Bass, see more of her work here emmabass.co.nz

11 October 2017


The TWA lounge on 86th floor of 1WTC is an events and information centre for the development of the TWA Hotel at JFK in New York. This reception desk is modelled after TWA ticket counters created by Raymond Loewy.
 Image by Emily Gilbert.

5 October 2017


Image by Lynette Jackson which she created in an iPhone. See more of her work at www.lynettejackson.co

27 September 2017

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6 September 2017


BOAC, photograph by Julius Shulman 1961.

27 August 2017

Bad tenants, photogenic though.

22 August 2017