Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Review of Deborah Lupton's Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body (2012)

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I had the privilege to teach SOC 307 Sociology of Health last semester at Bishop's University. This course seeks to examine the place of health and illness in society, the relationship between bio-medical problems and the social, political and economic realities that help shape them. Topics included poverty and health, mental illness, aging, death and dying, professionalism, health service organization, inequalities in health service access and use, recent policies and difficulties with health care reform. Whilst choosing a textbook for a class is never a straightforward task, I personally enjoyed Deborah Lupton's book and found her insights particularly interesting as she draws from various disciplines including social and cultural anthropology, world geography and sociology to analyse the aforementioned topics. However, allow my students to share with you their impressions of the textbook instead. 😊

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Part Four!

My Newest Mandala - By Noémie!

Today Noémie created yet another striking Mandala on the back of my arm! She also shaded in the original shoulder tattoo. 😊 With 50% of the sleeve now complete, I am excited to begin the next stage. Remember, Noémie creates each mandala from scratch! Thus, every mandala will be unique and as you can see, her newest creation was rather detailed and intricate. Like what you see? Contact Nephty's Tattoo today and set up an appointment with Noémie. 😎

Contact Information
Noémie
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

L’équipée Rides the Pyrénées - 4 days / 120 riders / 1000 kms from the Atlantique Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea

Picture © Ludovic Ismael
In celebration of International Women's Day I wanted to highlight a group of women who impressed the world back in 2015 with their Himalaya trip on a set of Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc motorcycles! Whilst many men and women in the motorcycling community spend more time taking selfies than they do actually riding, these five women set the bar for all adventure seekers with their wanderlust. They represent the very best of the motorcycling world and should be an inspiration for any man or woman looking to get into adventure riding. This time L’équipée take on the Pyrénées for 4 days with 120 riders over 1000 kms from the Atlantique ocean to the Mediterranean sea!

L'équipée rides the Pyrénées / Transpy AMV Legend - Film from l'équipée on Vimeo.

Happy International Women's Day! 💗

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 9th: Day of Events - Bishop's University on Abenaki Territory: Are Partnerships a Path to Decolonization

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Part Three!

My Newest Mandala - By Noémie!

Work on my left arm continues as Noémie created yet another striking Mandala! My sleeve is progressing very nicely and I am looking forward to seeing the final product! With just three or four sessions left, it won't be long now! The gaps will be filled in eventually with some geometric designs that Noémie has already picked out. In case you are wondering, she will be shading in the shoulder piece eventually. Although, her line work is so nice that I asked that she leave the delicate sections alone. Each mandala takes in and around 3+ to 4+ hours to complete depending on the complexity of the mandala itself. Nephty's Tattoo is a top notch place because of artists like Noémie. She is meticulous and hard working. Who needs a therapist when you can visit a tattoo artist! 😏

Contact Information
Noémie
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

Friday, March 3, 2017

Planning The Riding Season


Packed and Ready to Roll
At long last, the winter season is fast coming to an end and the Quebec Winter Tire law will cease to be an issue for all riders. Most likely your bike is just about ready to roll, and you're already planning on taking her out the first ride of the season in anticipation. I sure am!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2017 Montreal Motorcycle Show Part Deux By Timothy Bowker


A former student of mine, Mr. Timothy Bowker, was kind enough to send me a few more pictures of the 2017 Motorcycle Show. Not surprisingly, his taste in motorcycles lean towards the fast and the furious with a few exceptions of course. He also seemed to be attracted to the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer and V9 Roamer. Whilst not necessarily quick they do seem to confirm Moto Guzzi's marketing demographic. The Scrambler Ducati also makes an appearance.

Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Montreal Motorcycle Show

BMW R Nine T With Retro Fairing
Tres Chic... 😎

The last time I was at the Montreal Motorcycle Show was back in 2015 with my buddy Mr. Percy Hart, aka Junkyard Villain. It was an exciting year for the industry and motorcyclists alike as there were new models including but not limited to the Indian Scout, the Scrambler Ducati and most notably the Triumph Thruxton; specifically, the Ace Cafe SE. Other noteworthy mentions were Yamaha's Bolt and of course their venerable FZ 07 and FZ 09, all three models are still going strong with various iterations having been introduced since. There were also some interesting electric bikes on offer, notably Quebec's Lito Green Motion (LGM) The Sora; albeit at a ridiculous price tag that has since increased from $43, 000 then to $77, 000 today! Electric bikes in general were few and far between and the excitement and energy that was present in the past seemed to have been missing this year. Perhaps it was because it was day one of the show or perhaps it was because 2015 represented the rebirth of so many iconic models and brands whereas 2017 represented the loss of notable marques like Victory.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ride to the Ancient City of Padmavati

Sunga style sculptures found near the 4th century brick structure
Ancient Padmavati (210 CE) now known as Pawaya was a flourishing city mentioned in several classic Sanskrit texts like Malatimadhavam of Bhavabhuti and Harshacharita of Bana and Sarasvatīkaṇṭhabharaṇa of Raja Bhoja.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CBC Searchlight: Mr. Percy Hart (aka: Junkyard Villain)

Percy Hart (aka: Junkyard Villain) 
‘Forgiveness’ 
Montreal

I am just a guy, who's been influenced by everyone. The songs that mean the most to me speak of true and tell a story. I am still learning how to play guitar and figuring out how to write songs. There is nothing more therapeutic for me, then spending time creating a song. From finding the melody to crafting the lyrics it relaxes me and when someone connects with one of my tunes, then I believe it's complete. 

CBC Music Searchlight 2017 is asking you to vote for your favorite musician! Our very own Mr. Hart has been given the opportunity to be one of those contestants. 

Help Support Junkyard Villain 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Backroad Ball 2017

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It's time to unite the female motorcyclists of Eastern Canada and beyond! Don't miss this weekend of rad music, winding roads, tales from the road & badassery. Save the date! Early Birds are SOLD OUT but Regular-priced Registration opens February 14th, 2017!! Can't wait to have a ball with you, babes!! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie at Forever Ink Part Deux!


Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) of Forever Ink finished up my back tattoo today! She integrated the design on my back into the head of the Wolf, a Native Canadian Trickster, and as you can see, the end result was rather exciting. As I approach my 40th birthday I thought it would only be fitting to begin a new decade with a fresh outlook on life whilst keeping an eye on the past; if only to learn not to make the same mistakes again. I'll be meeting up with Crystal-Marie again in a couple of weeks to go over the the full length of the tattoo and touch up anything in need of some TLC. An overall great experience! Contact Crystal-Marie today for a consultation!

Contact Information
Crystal-Marie- Facebook
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Inked By Todd Beck - Un Beck Pour La Vie!

Missing Bella - My Moto Guzzi V7 Racer!
For those of you wondering if I am still happy with my Bella, rest assured that I will never be selling my beloved Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. I saw a tattoo similar, if not much more simpler than the one Todd Beck sketched for me. At my request he did an awesome little tribute to the V7 range. The end result is a fun and playful little tattoo. Todd is a great tattooist. Originally from New Zealand, he runs his own shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. Whether looking for your first tattoo or wanting to add to your existing set, Todd's work is beyond reproach! Contact him today!

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Tattoo Life


The culture, the lifestyle , the artwork and... the pain, today you pretty much can't go anywhere without seeing tattoos, either amazingly detailed beautiful work, or some old scratchy "old school" stuff,  either way we seem to be consumed with them!

Becoming more and more acceptable, most of my clientele are people who have always been afraid of tattoos and are finally taking the plunge , the age range is mostly people in their early thirties to late 60's believe it or not, and the tattoos range from small lil bangers to huge multiple session pieces. It seems as tho if you're not tattooed you're not living life nowadays, and for me well I couldn't agree more. Being a tattoo artist in the heart of Sherbrooke at an up and coming shop (Forever Ink) I get to help people thru hard times and help them mark moments with ink.

Having so many amazing artists in the industry, you can pretty much find any kind of "style" and find a pro at it. Tattoos aren't what they used to be, and it's pretty amazing the kind of stuff that can be transferred to skin. whether it be hyper realistic photographs or some insane new school cartoon work, tattoos ain't what they used to be, and the world is starting to notice. But of course you already knew that and of course, what goes together better than tattoos and motorcycles.

I Art, Therefore I Am


I've been going back and forth about what to post first on Say What? I haven't really been satisfied so far with the level of contrast in my other drawings and paintings, mostly due to the materials I used in the past. They look good enough when they're in front of you but don't always scan or photograph too well. I wanted eye-scorching colours in this particular painting, and for that I needed acrylics.

- Patrick (aka Patch)
The Mythical Blueprint

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Motorcycle Route: Treeline Ave Fort Myers Florida

The Ride: Treeline Ave. – Three Oaks Parkway – Immokalee Rd. 

The actual route time will vary depending on where you are coming from


I took Treeline Ave. which is a two-lane road and has a moderate amount of traffic in spots. It is also one of the few roads around here that has some decent sweeping curves, which are hard to find in Southwest Florida. This is also a very popular route for motorcyclists because of that, and judging by the number of bikes I seen today, quite a few had the same idea as me.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Rolly Rider - Inked by Todd Beck


Un honneur et plaisir de prendre une photo avec le BEST tatoueur de Sherbrooke Todd Beck! Thanks brother for the very nice picture! Beside the one on my fingers, all the others were made by Todd. he's done a remarkable job!!


Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Part Deux!

Elbow Mandala - Stage II of My Sleeve

As you may recall, Noémie specializes in Mandalas at Nephty's Tattoo. She began my sleeve with a shoulder mandala. Due to a last minute cancellation Noémie contacted me and I was lucky enough to continue my sleeve. It was literally on the same day that I had just finished the upper part of my back tattoo with Crystal-Marie from Forever Ink. Unlike my experiences with both the shoulder piece and the back piece I have to confess I was not prepared for the elbow piece to be so... ticklish (read painful). Alas, perhaps it was the back to back tattoos on the same day totalling eight hours or maybe I am just a sucker for punishment but by the end I was delighted to be home and cooling off in a shower. If you compare and contrast Noémie's sleeve in progress with Crystal-Marie's back piece you can see how Crystal-Marie went to a great effort to complement Noémie's sleeve.

Contact Information
Noémie
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo

Shoulder Mandala - The Beginning of a Sleeve!

Before having my back tattooed by Crystal-Marie at Forever Ink this January, I decided last November that it was time to get some of the tattoo work that I had always wanted to have completed before I was too old to enjoy them. Call it a mid-life artistic crisis, I'm not really sure. But as my missus will tell you, I don't do anything by half measures. Thus, I commissioned a talented Tattoo artists from Nephty's Tattoo. Noémie specializes in Mandalas. She began my sleeve with the shoulder mandala that you see above. Prior to this she had tattooed an old Popeye saying on my chest and an elegant but simple wedding ring (mandala style of course) so that my missus will never doubt just how much I love and adore her. But I digress. As was the case with Crystal-MarieNoémie has carte blanche to do whatever she wants. The results thus far have been wonderful as evidenced not only by Noémie but Crystal-Marie work as well!

Contact Information
Noémie
 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
Tel: (819) 563-6030

Inked by Crystal-Marie at Forever Ink

Designed & Tattooed By Crystal-Marie!

Made popular by reality TV shows like [insert] Ink (there are so many of them!) and suddenly everyone has a tattoo! The rise in popularity has also set the bar for aspiring and accomplished tattooists alike. As I near my fortieth birthday I figured it was now or never when it came to finishing (starting again?) my tattoos. So I decided to give carte blanche to a few Tattoo artists whose work looked brilliant. One such artist is Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) and above is a design that she put together for me. Note that there was a two week interval between the top and the bottom of the tattoo pictured above, thus, the lower half was darker at the time of the picture being taken! She will also to put the final piece on the back of my neck in one week's time, after which time I'll meet up with her again in two months for her to do any touch ups necessary. All in all an amazing experience with a very talented Tattoo artist! If you are looking for your next tattoo, don't hesitate to contact Crystal-Marie directly via:

Contact Information
Crystal-Marie- Facebook
Forever Ink - Facebook
1576 Rue King Ouest #110, 
Sherbrooke, QC J1J 2C3
Tel: (819) 791 7766

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Gal and Her Motorcycle… A Passion to Race the Wind

In the beginning… my road to riding


I was just an ordinary girl, well maybe a little weird, growing up in an average family that had nothing to do with motorcycles. But none the less for some reason the idea of riding one was ingrained in me at an early age. Quite possibly it had something to do with the movie Easy Rider or maybe it just had something to do with clothes pegs and baseball cards.

When I was young nothing could compare to riding my bicycle with baseball cards clipped to the spokes with wooden clothes pegs. I remember the rhythmic clickety-clack of cardboard on metal that turned my bicycle magically into a motorcycle (or at least that was the idea) and I would race through the neighbourhood with no particular place to go. I didn’t understand it back then, but it was that sense of feeling free and the rush of the air currents passing by that energized my soul and drove my desire to race the wind.