Wednesday, September 30

No Guts No Glory

Mr Adam Dorsett is in Sweden for the Tattoo Expo in Malmö this weekend. He spent the day working at my friend Christian's studio Grindhouse Tattoo in Lund.

I stopped by Grindhouse after work to say hi to the boys. Before I knew it I had been there for two hours, playing with ipods and having fun.

Rob dropped by to get another tattoo. Someone suggested "no balls no glory" but he had his heart set on "no guts no glory". Ah well...

All photos are from my phone. I took some decent ones with Christian's camera too.

Christian is getting a new tattoo and looking bored.

Eddie and Christian are watching as Rob gets tattooed by Adam.

Rob's not dead, he's just taking a nap.

Work in progress.

"No Guts No Glory"

Tuesday, September 29

Paramore - Ignorance Live

In a world full of young people who are desperate for fame at any cost, where looks seem to be valued more than talent and intelligence, it's nice to see a female artist who does not feel the need to perform in leotards or a bikini. And who doesn't rely on playback even though she's got a sore throat.

Paramore are playing at Vega in Copenhagen in December.

Everything Happens At Once

I have been so busy that I've barely had time to sleep. It's seems everything is happening at once. This weekend it was the Gothenburg book fair and a release party in Copenhagen for J.Tex latest album.

Book fair, anyone?

I haven't had time to check the photos I took at J.Tex release party on Saturday but if they're good I'll post them later. I was exhausted after a long day but I still had a good time and I sold a lot of vinyl.

We gave Andi Almqvist a ride to the release party in Copenhagen and he couldn't stop talking about his new album that has just been finished. I think he had a slight case of post-creation mania. His album "Glimmer" will be released in about a month.

On Sunday I was visiting friends in the countryside, enjoying some fresh air and home cooked food. Victor, who will be five this December, showed his skills on his 4 wheeler. That thing is pretty fast, it does somewhere around 50 km per hour.


But at least there's time to rest now that the weekend is over? Ha!
Adam Dorsett is in town for the Tattoo Expo in Malmö this weekend and things are never quiet when he is around.

And AFI and Paramore are releasing their new albums today. Crash Love by AFI and Brand New Eyes by Paramore are avaliable on Spotify.
I'm gonna head over to Interpunk and order them right now.

Let's hope AFI make it to Scandinavia when they tour in support of Crash Love.

Tuesday, September 22

Three Mint Tea

I have a new obsession, thanks to my sister. It's three mint tea from pukka, a herbal tea with peppermint, spearmint and fieldmint. I have barely looked at the other teas in my kitchen since I brought this box home.

I'm gonna sound like a commercial but it does have a really sweet and fresh taste. I got my three mint pukka from vegetarian grocery store Astrid och aporna in Malmö.

Monday, September 21

More Friends in Magazines

My friends Camilla and Daniel aka Pat C Miller and Danny Boy were featured in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet this weekend. They live in a 1950's style house in Klippan. Click here to read the article.

Camilla is better known as rockabilly singer Pat C Miller. Danny Boy is a member of Cardinals Car Club.

Camilla and Daniel outside their house.

Friday, September 18

The Baseballs are Hot 'N' Cold

The Baseballs just released new single Hot 'N' Cold. I don't think the video is as much fun as the video for Umbrella. Check it out and decide for yourself.

And about The Baseballs online markeing skills? The band's marketing team should step up their game.
When I went to their website and clicked on the image that said "click here to check out our video" (or something similar, my german is really rusty) I got a new page with no trace of the video. Smooth.
I had to try the page in Explorer to see the video, but they really should fix it so that it works in as many browsers as possible. Or maybe nobody uses Firefox in Germany?
It's not their flash video player as such, because I don't have any problems with the embedded teaser clip about the upcoming single.

They have a nice litte icon that allows you to select language on the website. Only trouble is their english looks an awful lot like german...

Boys, if you need help all you have to do is ask.

Wednesday, September 16

My Words and Photos in Pinstriping Magazine

My interview with Skratch about his stay in Sweden this summer can be found in the current issue of Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics Magazine.

They did a great job of creating a layout based on my photos. I am pleasantly surprised with my two pages.

You can buy this issue at the HepCat Store.

In Memory of Patrick Swayze

Many great things have been said about Patrick Swayze who lost the battle with pancreatic cancer two days ago. Some seem surprised that there are so many of us who care and want to honor an actor who is mostly remembered for characters he played more than a decade ago.

I got to see him on the stage in London in 2006, when he played Nathan Detroit in the musical Guys and Dolls. It felt strange and wonderful to see my teenage hero in real life.

As Nathan Detroit.

In this age of 15-minute fame it might be strange to see all these tributes to an actor who hasn't had a box office hit in years. But we are not only honoring an actor, we are mourning the man who brought life to beloved characters like Johnny Castle and Orry Main.
Everyone who grew up in the 1980's remembers Dirty Dancing and North & South.
I named my first cat Orry Main, after Patrick Swayze's character.

As Orry Main in tv-series "North & South" with James Read as George Hazard.

So what if he didn't have a major box office hit in the last 10 years? Nobody puts Patrick Swayze in the corner. Even if he is carrying a watermelon.

What lesson can we learn from this? That you don't need to be perfect or have a long string of hits to be remembered and loved. All it takes is heart, a bit of mambo and one great line.

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing".

New Found Glory have posted their cover of "Hungry Eyes" on their myspace as a tribute to Patrick Swayze. Click here to check it out!

Monday, September 14

My Friends the Cardinals Car Club

There was an article about my friends the Cardinals in local newspaper Sydsvenskan this Saturday.

The article about the Cardinals Car Club is really well written, apart from some minor errors. Daniel drives a Chevrolet, not a Chrysler. But it still captures what they are about.

The article is in Swedish, but you can click here to read a google translate version in English.

Eddie, Richard and Erson. Photo by Joi Grinde.

RIP Jim Carroll

There will always be a poem
I will climb on top of it and come
In and out of time,
Cocking my head to the side slightly,
As I finish shaking, melting then
Into its body, its soft skin

"Poem" by Jim Carroll

Author, poet and musician Jim Carroll (1949-2009) passed away a few days ago.

Jim Carroll's edited diaries from his teens were released as "The Basketball Diaries" in 1978. I discovered his work at 15, when I saw the movie adaptation of "The Basketball Diaries" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite being a story of abuse, deaths and drug addiction it was deeply moving. It is one of the reasons why I am firmly against drugs of any kind.
I still have the casette tape with the movie soundtrack.

Despite being a heroin addict at 13, Jim Carroll was a basketball star in high school and wrote poetry. He published his first book at 17.

Jim Carroll went on to work for Andy Warhol and shared a flat with Patti Smith, who encouraged him to start a band. He collaborated with a number of musicians during his career. My favourite of these tracks is Rancid's "Junkie Man".
Rancid's album "... And Out Come The Wolves" was named after a line in one of Jim Carroll's early poems.

I looked out on the big field
It opens like the cover of an old bible

And out come the wolves

Their paws trampling the snow

The alphabet

I stand on my head and watch it all go away

Rest In Peace Jim.

UPDATE: The New York Times have just published a good obituary about Jim Carroll. Click here to read it.

Saturday, September 12

Family Photos from Småland

Since this is post number 300 on this blog I thought I'd share something special.
A few months ago I found some old photos from my father's side of the family, stuffed in a box with no names or anything. I sat down with my grandmother who talked me through the photos and faces she recognized.

I've scanned some of them, and plan to scan as many as possible and write down what I know about the people in them to create small digital archive.

This is one of my favourite photos. It was taken in my great-grandparents house in Tutaryd in rural Småland.

From left: My grandfather Verner, my grandmother Inga, my great-grandmother Ida, my grandmother's cousin Maja, Verners brother Arthur and my grandmother's cousin Lilli.

My grandmother Inga isn't sure when this was taken, but she remembers that it was when she and my grandfather were still courting. Verner and Inga married in the spring of 1943, so my guess is that this was taken in 1941 or 1942.

My great-grandfather Ernst, Inga's dad, loved books and read whenever he had the chance. That's why there is a portrait of Swedish author August Strindberg over the sofa.
We still have a few of my great-grandfathers books.

Inga Andersson married Verner Sjöberg in 1943. You can see their initials above the door.
This photo was taken outside the house where my grandmother grew up. After the wedding they moved in here with Inga's parents.

When you look at old photos from my grandfather's family it's pretty obvious that we are related. My cheekbones and eyes can be found on photos that were taken a few generations before I was born.

That said, I also look a lot like my grandmother. I'm a blonde and she is a brunette, but our hair is the same quality and texture. My hair color comes from my mother and my maternal grandfather.

There are a few photos in the box that were taken in a studio, such as wedding photos, birthdays and family photos, but I prefer the more casual photos of everyday life.
They remind me that while fashion and cars have changed, people are very much the same.

Wednesday, September 9

Rise Against are coming to Copenhagen

I finally got around to getting myself a ticket for Rise Against in Copenhagen. The show is on October 31st, but the it's almost sold out, so hurry up if you wanna see them.

My friends The 20Belows are opening for Rise Against. I have an advance copy of their new album and it's great. Check out their myspace.

Rise Against.

I'll try to get my hands on a photo pass for this show, but Vega can be difficult to deal with. I'd love to photograph the 20Belows again. It's been two or three years since I saw them live and this time I have a much better camera.

Also, Rise Against seem like a really energetic band on stage, and that would mean some really cool photos.

Sunday, September 6

I really wanted you

A few years ago I had a summer job selling watches in a high street shop. It was the best job I had as a student.
I had a good boss, good hours and the job was in the center of town. The shop was so small that we stored some of the alarm clocks in the bathroom, because there was no other place for them.

Another advantage was that when I was alone in the shop I could play whatever music I wanted. According to head office policy, all stores were given music that we had to play.

But listening to the same "oriental grooves" music day after day was driving me mental, so sometimes I brought in my own music and mix cd's. No one really noticed or cared that I was playing The Queers, Ramones, Bombshell Rocks and Pansy Division.

Until one day when it was just me and one customer who needed a new battery in his wrist watch. Suddenly he started to pay attention to the music, then he looked at me and said "is this Pansy Division?".
He got a great discount.