Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown
Representing the 99%!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 11 & 12

The Finish Line Is In Sight!
As we near the end of filling in my right arm Todd Beck decided to continue with something more traditional and cool this week! The little Vespa scooter racer and the larger golden racer are a nice Offering to the God of Speed. We will be putting in another racer in the week or so to come, along with adding something to the right shoulder that will be balance it out with my left one. Then Ms. Crystal-Marie will be filling in the rest with a pattern that will be revealed tomorrow! I have some ideas for my chest and look forward to starting the latter in the new year. In the meantime, give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo! 😜

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Brief History of Three Wheeled Motorcycles By Dahlia Houle

Minneapolis Motorcycle Company’s Michaelson Tri-Car
Pic  © The Old Motor
Three-wheeled motorcycles were designed for very specific purposes. According to Auguste Van Poelgeest, three-wheeled vehicles were used to deliver packages and as economical commuter vehicles. These vehicles gained popularity after the Second World War since they could “offer space, weight and aerodynamic benefits leading to reduced emissions.” (Poelgeest, 2011, p.3) Antony Ingram supports Patrick E. George’s claim, that three-wheeled vehicles were very popular around the 20th century. They had a very low cost and were lightweight vehicles, which made it easier for people at that time to make their way around.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Inked by Crystal-Marie - Part 3


After getting my right hand tattooed with TinTin on a Motorcycle by Todd Beck, I decided it was time to finish what I started a year ago, namely my left arm and hand. You may recall that Noémie from Nephty's Tattoo did a great job on the mandalas on my left arm. However, I thought what better way to tie my left and right arms together than to have the tattoo artist who completed my back tattoo do the work, Ms. Eternal Sunshine herself, Crystal-Marie. The hand isn't the easiest place to tattoo but Crystal-Marie did a great job and certainly left her mark with this piece. I especially like how intricate it is. This officially marks the beginning of the end, so to speak as there isn't much real estate left on my arms! I have been very lucky this past year to have had work done by three fantastic tattoo artists right here in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Criminological Perspectives: Quebec 1% Biker Wars By Keisha Tomasik

Pic © Valily Jewelry
In the province of Quebec, the 5th of December 1977 marks the birth of an important club that will later evolve into an organized crime based club, the Hells Angels. Known firstly as the Popeye's, this group counted 17 members and began its expansion once it was able to chase the rivals, The Outlaws, out of the country. Forward a couple of years and the Canadian Criminal Intelligence Service qualified the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as the most important threat to the country. (Blanchet, 2017, p.19) As Sylvain Boulanger, an ex-biker of the Hells Angels mentions, “killing the opposition and making money” (Blanchet, 2017, p.9) are the main goals for the club. This is precisely what led to the reddening of the streets of Montreal and it’s outskirts in the mid 1990’s, due to the raging war in between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machines (Renaud, 2016, p.20). Driven by the desire for both clubs to have the monopoles of the drug trafficking in Quebec, this war caused 165 deaths and 181 injuries from 1994 to 2002 (Blanchet, 2017, p.11).

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 10


Inevitably Todd and I decided to continue with something more playful this week! Having grown up watching Popeye The Sailor Man on T.V. when I was a kid, I couldn't help myself and decided to go for this classic little piece of history. The space on my arm was proving to be difficult to fill in because of the position of the other tattoos, however, this one slid into place just perfectly! You may not realize it but this was also a cover up! Whilst his namesake has been misused over the years by the likes of fast food restaurants and muscle building protein shops (ugh...), I like to think of him as that lovesick fool always protecting his darling Olive from Bluto! Fun fact, did you know his name was even affiliated with a 1% motorcycle club here in Montreal until being patched over in 1977 by the Hell's Angels? Anyways, like Tin Tin, Popeye always had a special place in my heart. Here's a fun little tune for all of ye nostalgic fans:

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.

I'm one tough Gazookus
Which hates all Palookas
Wot ain't on the up and square.
I biffs 'em and buffs 'em
And always out roughs 'em
But none of 'em gets nowhere.

If anyone dares to risk my "Fisk",
It's "Boff" an' it's "Wham" un'erstan'?
So keep "Good Be-hav-or"
That's your one life saver
With Popeye the Sailor Man.

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.

Give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo! 😜

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Touch of Art Part Deux: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies

Say What?
A Motorcycle Fred Flintstone Could Dig!
This week Champlain College Lennoxville saw its second motorcycle art exhibit. Admittedly, whilst the first event, A Touch of Art: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies had been rather successful, I was uncertain at the time if I would be having future students undertake such an activity again, let alone teach the course a second time around. However, as fate would have it, a year and a half later and here we are for the second exhibit of its kind. The new event featured various artistic pieces that my students had to create as part of a special project for my course titled Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies. The exhibit was held between Monday, November 20, 2017 to Friday, November 24, 2017. Though this was a considerably smaller group than the first time that this exhibit took place back in April 2016, this year's event turned out to be every bit as touching. Students worked hard on creating unique pieces for an otherwise under appreciated sub-culture of academia. The following are several examples with written descriptions by students of their art work.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - No. 7 & 8

The Iconic TinTin Now Adorns My Hand With A Spark Plug Above for Good Measure!
Todd Beck and I decided to go with something more playful this week! Since 1929 Tin Tin has been a staple of children's lives worldwide thanks to his creator, Hergé. Some of my fondest childhood memories were of walking down to the city hall library to read the many adventures of Tin Tin and his faithful companion Snowy. What better way to commemorate the ol chap than by having him ride his steel horse into the sunset with me. The Spark Plug was a great filler and is aptly dedicated to the man who left me with nothing but his name. At least he didn't call me Sue! 😜 Now you may be thinking about getting a tattoo on your hand. At 40 years old with a permanent tertiary academic teaching position, I am at the point in my life where I need to do what is right for me. I accept that this may limit certain opportunities as a result but then I also know that those opportunities were not meant for me anyways. I like to think that I am at the age where my experience speaks for me and not my appearance. That and also times have changed. It's also partly why I decided to get Tin Tin because he is a beloved icon amongst francophones especially. Thus, it's a playful and tasteful tattoo that will stand the test of time. So take your time and make your decision wisely. Give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo! 😜

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

iN SeArcH oF WoNdEr WoMeN - fEmInIsM, wOmEn & tHe LaW!

Pic © OutNerdMe.com
This semester I was given the opportunity to teach a new (to me) course at Bishop's University WOM120 Women & The Law. Admittedly, it was the first time that I taught a course with its core in feminism. However, that didn't stop me from giving my students the opportunity to make it their own as well. By exploring and relating to how women have been subjected to patriarchal societal rules and regulations in every aspect of their lives, it begs the question how, or if any, meaningful change can take place. This applies to not only the basic fundamental human rights of women everywhere but equally, how women are perceived in cultures around the world by both men and other women. Whilst it is true that women in North America have made great strides in recent history, it is equally evident that they continue to be subjected to the very norms and values that threatened their freedom and basic civil liberties. The same can be seen in other Western societies, let alone regimes that still subject women to discrimination and prejudice based on cultural gender norms and even gendercide. Wonder Women from all over the world have and continue to make valuable contributions to their family, community and society at large.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Within the Skin: The Art of Tattoos By Chloe Lacombe

Pic © New York Daily News
Body modifications have been around for thousands of years, dating back to 2000 B.C., among the Egyptians. (Lineberry, 2007) Although, within the past 30 years, north American societies have seen a colossal surge in these trends. Body modification includes tattoos, piercings, binding, body building, fasting, etc. (Featherstone, 1999) Any alterations to one’s physical appearance can be categorized as body modification. Thankfully, the methods themselves have changed drastically over the years. The hygiene standards have become much stricter, now requiring a new set of everything used as equipment for every new client. It was not rare, in previous times, that a tattoo artist used the same needle for each client that came into his parlour. (Spalding, 2000) This reform of law has made tattooing and other body modifications which require needles much safer from bloodborne diseases. There are distinct reasons for these adjustments being made to peoples’ bodies, particularly tattoos, which will be examined from a historical standpoint to explore modern day tattooing’s origins, followed by anthropological perspective to analyse the development of the art along with behaviours involved in getting a tattoo and finally, a personal point of view, to investigate why people get tattoos and what drives them to get one.

Interview With A Biker - Bobby The Biker By Yann Leblanc

Bobby and a motorcycle he sold to the humorist Michel Barrette
Pic © Bobby The Biker
The interview was actually about my grandma’s neighbor and his point of view towards motorcycle. Bobby is now at the age of 66 years old and he had a lot to say about his motorcycle or motorcycles in general. It’s been approximately 3 years that Bobby stopped working. The last 20 years before his retirement, this motorcycle lover was working for Mortel, where he made industrial electric vehicles that are only used in industries and never on roads. He also was a welder for many years before working for Mortel. Since a young age, Bobby has always been fascinated into modifications of antique motorcycles. Every time he saw the evolution of his motorcycle, he had the feeling of bringing it back to life. The goal of this interview with Bobby was to learn about his feelings towards motorcycles throughout his life.