Tee Shirt Contest Winner

In the new year we will start releasing a new line The Shop Vancouver tee shirts featuring original works by artists from all over the world.

To celebrate we held a contest for our fans to submit works to be a part of the series. For the next month we received dozens of great designs… Too many really, If we had all the money in the world we would print all of them..

We sent out a message to our team members asking for their favourite 3 designs out of the bunch, 1st received 3 points , 2nd 2 and 3rd 1. After all was said and done the design by Jon Janzen piled up the most points. Jon is a local Vancouver artist that makes some really cool cut and paste style pieces.. check out his site and his new Shop Vancouver Artist series shirt that will be available at The Shop and Online early in the new year. Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 8.34.07 PM

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Instagram Silent Auction

Last night I was at home browsing the good ole inter web, Blogs, Instagram, the dreaded Ebay. It’s pretty much a nightly ritual for anyone into motorcycles.. ya just never know when you’ll find that over looked gem.

From one to the other, I click and clacked my way around the world. One thing that we’ve all been seeing way too much of recently, are the posts of dudes being hit by cars. For a while there it seemed like it was daily that we saw someone new laid up in a hospital bed, with a lifetime of debt hanging over their heads.

Here in Canada we are so lucky to have a medical / Insurance system where you can receive pretty much any medical assistance you need, and not really have to worry about a huge bill.

For the past few weeks I’ve seen a ton of posts about Robert “pinner” Hernandez mainly posted through the Love Cycles blog and Instagram.

I personally do not know Robert, I’ve never met him – but I do know his bike. I remember years ago seeing a video on Ryan’s Blog of the bike slow rolling though Big Bear California.. and I LOVED IT.  A few weeks ago Robert went down and has been in Hospital ever since.

I honestly wish we could send money to every single person we see in this situation, We buy shirts , we send cards, but as a small business this just isn’t possible to give to everyone what they deserve.

Last night I engraved a 3oz Zippo flask with an image of Roberts Shovel on it, and I thought we would donate this to Roberts go fund me page. The Fund has 16 days left to go with a goal of $50,000.

Today at 1:30 I’m posting this image to Instagram, and we will holding a silent auction for the flask, with 100% of the proceeds going to Roberts Fund. The Auction will be for a little over 24 hours so that we can send the Flask out tomorrow night after work.

Starting bid is $50

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Thanks Everyone.

The Shop Vancouver

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Early Days on Briefed.ca

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Sometimes it’s good to be a chameleon.

To fly under the radar just enough. To be a sort of hidden gem amongst peacocks…

Which brings us to The Shop in Gastown, a coffee shop and motorcycle enthusiast store. A place to grab a cup of joe while checking out their selection of clothes, footwear, books, magazines and motorcycle parts.

Shopping for these items used to mean a visit to four different stores – perhaps even a different city depending on the motorcycle parts. Fortunately, thanks to the vision of two young Vancouverites, there’s now a one stop shop in Chinatown.

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Since September 2012, The Shop has been slanging all things motorcycle-related (yes, that includes beard wash) as well as some great coffee and fine threads from its 432 Columbia Street location. In little over a year it’s already become the go-to place for motorcycle enthusiasts to hang out and chat or show off their custom bikes.

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The idea for The Shop was borne out of a discussion between friends Brett and T.J about wanting to open up something motorcycle-related, and was quickly streamlined when a good space opened up for rent. Despite not having much of a business plan, the two decided to go for it. The result is a very cool spot that is refreshingly hard to define.

From Red Wing Heritage boots, to X Defcon leather gloves, to a selection of sleeveless denim biker jackets, they’ve got everything you need for your transformation from office lackey to slightly more interesting office lackey – which may even be enough to get a date with that tattooed blonde in marketing.

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And if the closest you’ve come to motorcycle culture is that night you rented Tron don’t worry; all folks are welcome. Just stop by for a coffee. Everyone likes coffee.

Thanks to the guys at briefed.ca for the write up and Josh for the flicks.

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New Shop Sign

Last week Andrew pointed out that the black on dirty brown, wasn’t really working so good as a sign… so TJ took it home and re painted it.. come check out the new one.DSCF2054

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Big Foot Tracks Epic Journey

Since the day I met Cory he’s been talking about heading south with his lady and late last week our friends Cory and Ailsa, after nearly 2 years of planning, set off on the trip of a lifetime.

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Working their asses off, the two have saved up enough to hit the road on an adventure towards Panama for the next 6 months in Corys old Ford 4×4 truck.

I know that most people can’t just pick up and leave everything behind to hit the road for a couple months, shit, many of us have trouble leaving our responsibilities for just couple of days.. If you’re on Instagram, give them a follow @BigFootTracks, maybe their trip will inspire you to make the most of even one day that you can find the opportunity to step away and explore.   Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 9.41.32 PM
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Good Luck guys, have so much fun, we’ll see you in Nico for surf times!

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Andrew Grace CB 750 Chop

At DisasterDaze 2014, we got a few video shots of Andrew rolling between the camp site and the lake to make this little Instagram video to show off his 1972 Honda CB 750 Chopper that was built sometime around 1974.


Its a pretty epic little bike that we found in Yelm Washington.
We bought it from the 2nd owner, who told us it was built by a guy in the Navy back in the day.
All his friends tried to get him to paint over the rootbeer brown sparkle paint and make it flat black, but he said ” I just couldn’t do it”
We’re really glad that he kept it the way it was built.

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The Shop Vancouver x Born A Bad Seed

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Something pretty rad is coming down the pipeline… Stay tuned.

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Artist Series T Shirt Contest

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In December 2014 The Shop Vancouver will be releasing the first piece in a new Artist collection of t-shirt designs. To celebrate we thought we would hold a contest and get you into the mix. With so many great designers and artists in our community, we wanted to give you the opportunity to be a part the collection.
The Rules are simple:
1. Design a shirt
2. Send your design to theshopvancouver@gmail.com by December 15th 2014.
3. we will pick a winner and send them some rad stuff.
Good Luck .

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TJ Schneider Motorcycle Tank Art

I’ve been painting for about 20 years, and it’s only recently that I’ve started taking those paintings to motorcycles.
in 2010, I painted my first bike, “The Sex Carpet”
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firsts are always difficult, and this was full of them.
Painting on metal, Gold Leaf, Acrylic, Spray Paint, bondo,  I had never really done anything like this.
I don’t usually get too excited about things like this, but when I took the bike down to Born Free 4, within about 5 minutes of being there, one of my favourite artists walked up and told me how much he liked the bike. I was pretty blown away.
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and then to find my photo in an issue of Japans Roller Magazine, on the opening pages of the Born Free article.. BLEW MY FUCKING MIND!Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 8.46.23 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.13.34 PM

If you’re interested in a custom paint job, feel free to contact The Shop

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Godspeed 4506

For this years Spit-N-Shine show, The Shop Vancouver teamed up with Trev Deeley Harley-Davidson to bring East Coast photographer Cicero De Guzman Jr. also known as Godspeed4506 to Vancouver for his first Solo show in Canada.
Personally, I’ve been a fan of Godspeed4506 photos since the day he released his early documents books, which are proudly displayed at The Shop.
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Cicero and his wife came up for about a week to set up, take in the sites and shoot as many of the local personalities as possible.
The Show was amazing, but even more brilliant, was seeing the flicks he produced on his trip.
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Do yourself a favour and check out his Site and follow him on Instagram

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