Monday, June 30

Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up

The HepCat Store needed some new photos of various items of clothing, so this Thursday I headed down to Saint 21 with the Nikon.
Johan and Jimmy were my models, so I had the pleasure of bossing around two good looking men for a couple of hours.

Both of them have modelled before, but they are very different in front of the camera. Johan has mastered the "Dexter" look but can be convinced to do a jump or two. Jimmy is a big bundle of smiles, energy and creativity.

Kix and Alfred stopped by the garage to hang out and discuss some ideas, and Kix captured some of the modelling shenanigans with her cell phone camera.

Jimmy modelling a so-cal t-shirt on the hood of his '56 Buick Special. Photo by Kix.


And this is how my photo turned out. We were loosing light so I had to use the flash.

We lost the light pretty quickly but still managed to get some good shots. We would have gotten started sooner if one of the models hadn't taken his sweet time getting a shower. Yes Jimmy, I'm talking to you.

Another photo by Kix. I'm kept slipping down from the Buick, so Johan had to support me while I took a photo of Jimmy on the hood of the car. I could write a whole post on the crazy things photographers do for a good photo.

T-shirt by Jimmy Shine and hat by Brixton. Both sold at HepCat.se

Sunday, June 29

I had great taste back in 2004

I put an old cd in the stereo as I was driving home today. I had no idea what was on it, because all I had bothered to write on it was "mix cd 2004". Two songs in I thought, hey this isn't half bad. About five songs in I began to wonder when I had put together this awesome mix. The cd contains Hank Williams 3, The Weakerthans, Joan Jett, Die Hunns and my friends' old band Käftsmäll, to name a few.

All of a sudden that period of my life came back to me. I made this cd when I was a journalism student in Gothenburg, living alone in a new city. Through the music I remembered online conversations with friends back home, discovering new clubs and meeting new friends.
The neighbourhood I lived in had two strip clubs, a music store and tattoo shop, and I took the tram to school and the train to visit friends back home.

Three songs in a certain order can bring you back in time. I guess that's the power of music.

Saturday, June 21

I know, I know

It's been days since my last post. I could say that it's because I have been too busy travelling the world or writing my novel. Instead I have spent the past few days nursing a nasty cold and celebrating Midsummer.

If you're not familiar with Swedish customs, let me just say that Midsummer is celebrated with the same intensity as Christmas and Easter. It involves eating pickled herring, new potatoes and strawberries, drinking snaps and dancing around the Maypole.

The last few days I've been listening to a lot of British music, such as grime artist Lady Sovereign and The Streets. I simply can't get enough of Mike Skinners vocals on "Don't Mug Yourself". I love what the song says about the games we play to attract the opposite sex and keep the person we like interested in us.

Tuesday, June 17

I can't believe it

When I found out that Sandrina has never seen "Cry Baby" or "Grease 2" I immediately suggested an intervention in the form of a movie night with 1950's themed snacks and drinks.

I found a seemingly endless well of inspiration here.
Spring Flowerpot Salads anyone?

Monday, June 16

Hello Dolly

Dolly looked a lot bigger on stage than she does in this picture.

Sitting down at a show feels really strange. But seeing Dolly Parton on the stage was almost surreal. I guess that's the way it is when you're so familiar with someone's image but have never seen them in person.

I got offered a free ticket at the last minute and I'm glad I went. Dolly did an amazing a cappella version of "Little Sparrow".
She may be 62, but she knows what she's doing and her voice is fabulous.

Sunday, June 15

Kid


Gems from the grocery store.

Yes, I'm just a big kid. That's why I get excited by Hello Kitty Band-Aids and Watermelon shower gel.

Thursday, June 12

You big ol' cry baby

The details in the following story are deliberately fuzzy. I could post name, myspace and all the other details, but that would be cruel. So I'll play nice. Kinda.

It never seizes to amaze me that some of the toughest looking guys I meet are either real sweethearts or big cry babies.

EDIT: The following post has been deleted because I was asked to do so by someone who said please.

The girls are talking

Some late night girl talk about crushes, bad boyfriends and even worse husbands made me think of TLC and their songs No Scrubs and Girl Talk.

Here's an awesome version of No Scrubs mashed with Year 3000 by Busted.

Tuesday, June 10

Photos from Jokers

Here they are... my photos from Jokers car and bike show 2008.
The weather was great and so were the people.

Going to Jokers was a last minute decision and me, Andy and Rob didn't get to Tidaholm until Friday night had turned into Saturday morning. Johan and Jimmy were already there and had the tent set up.

So we unpacked and slept in our cars. Didn't get much sleep but a decent breakfast and then we started selling like crazy.
Rob looked like he was going for a black belt in networking and I took some pictures, got in a fight and met some nice people.

J.Tex played live and were the best band that night. Got some pictures of them too.
And of two members of The Cardinals who were hangin' out and acting like teenagers.

Monday, June 9

Road trip to Jokers

Why do I feel hung over when I've been sober all week? Because I went on a last-minute trip to Jokers this weekend. Didn't get much sleep but had a lot of fun.

The HepCat crew worked hard all weekend and sold a lot of clothes, hats, magazines and records. I took some great photos, went for a ride in Magnus' hot rod and almost got thrown in some icky-looking water.
Rob earned a black belt in networking and the weather was fabulous.

Pictures are on their way... as soon as I've done some more sleeping.

Thursday, June 5

Honorable mentions

I had to stop by here before going into work today.

For those of you who don't know, that's Denmark on the other side of the water. It's graduation day in the city where I work, and I was asked to stop by an area by the coast and see if there were any students out and about, getting warmed up for their big day. There weren't, but I'm not complaining.

I really felt like jumping in the water but I had to get to work.

I've gotten a few mentions in other blogs over the last couple of days. Sandrina of Mindpark and Rubbtbloggen raves about a website I shoved her.
The website in question is Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry, where you can sell your old jewelry and blog about the break up.

And when Stevyn Colgan of The Unbearable Oddness of Stevyn was nominated for the "Five Blogs that make my Day" award, he gave me a honorable mention.
It's nice to be read and even nicer to be appreciated.

Wednesday, June 4

Here We Go Again!

I'm bouncing around inside a happy ball of hardcore and New Found Glory this morning. I got my copy of Tip Of The Iceberg/Takin' It Ova! in the mail yesterday and it is even better than expected. I can't stop listening to it and I'm in love with their cover of Shelter's "Here We Go Again".

And as if that wasn't enough, here is H2O's brand new video "What Happened", taken from their brand new album "Nothing To Prove". The album was produced by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert.
As an extra treat, it features Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. Chicago's bleakest punk rockers will release their new album "Agony and Irony" on July 1st.

Sunday, June 1

Barbecue and bicycles

Riding a custom bicycle built by Jimmy.

I wasn't gonna go to the barbecue at Saint 21 last week. I had another meeting to go to, I was tired and mad at someone who's got a thing or two to learn about respect.

Anyway, Rob talked me into coming down with the camera. Not my finest work, but ok considering I had been awake for 22 hours by the time I got down to Saint 21.

At least I got to ride Jimmy's custom built bicycle. Jimmy is also responsible for Saint 21's grill, which used to be a wheelbarrow.