Sunday, June 21, 2015
most of you know that i dabble in a little wheelin' and dealin' of bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, antiques, etc. so last month when my friend Charles was getting ready to put his house on the market and mentioned there was an old Firestone sign in his basement, it peaked my interest. unseen, i told him we could probably get a few hundred dollars for it. the sign was tacked to the studs and was being used as paneling. only about a 1/3 of it was visible. i don't know much about old advertising signs, but i knew the black Firestone signs were older. we carefully pulled the nails out. when we flipped the sign around we were surprised to fine it said Firestone "aircraft tires and accessories". i knew it was something unique. i instantly started doing research, texting my buddy who owns an antique store, checking ebay, and other auction sites. i discovered that it was made it 1946 and that they don't come around often. we sat on it for a few weeks and i cleaned it up. i joined a facebook group for old signs and posted it up. i was instantly flooded with messages of offers to buy it. after a couple days, we decided to just list it on ebay and let everyone duke it out. we ended up doing really well for something that was tacked up in a basement.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
i was talking with andrew renshaw the other day about kokomo skateboarding, drew behler, and the old days. it reminded me of a day i went to kokomo and shot photos with drew, joe, and beanie for an indiana article that ended up in thrasher. this would have been in 1999. pretty sure i'd only met them a time or two when they came down to indy. i dug up some slides today and did some scanning. i forgot how many spots we went to that day. it's kinda crazy that anything turned out. i'd recently bought my camera rig and still didn't know how to use it. flash duration, soft focus, and bad exposures. rookie moves.