Well, I am a licenced Aerospace welder for a start and my love is airplanes and the second part is I love to party and wreck things... Its as simple as that!
The last months I have been working extensively on projects for the Science museum in San Francisco which is to open to the public in days (I will be posting picutres ), I have also been working on some big projects for Red Bull and other big companies and finally I have been flying back and forth from LA about a possible TV Star deal which I hope comes true ( I will show some of that as more becomes avalible).
In between all that madness of the 5 months I had a birthday, I don't even know how old I am otherwise I would tell you... Or maybe its better a surprise... But this was when the " party animal" came out along side 60 of some of my closest Los Angeles friends who work in some of the coolest industries and trust me everyone brought a little piece of what they know and love to the party and made it unforgetable.
Every year this group plans a trip to Salton Sea located just miles north of the Mexico boarder in California. The place is very very odd.... to give you an idea of its history; it was a place that was to become a resort city in the 1960s next to this crazy salt lake in the middle of the desert which was fed by the Colorado River and as the city was built so was the need for water being tapped off the Colorado, so as soon as the resort city was built the river wasn't really feeding the sea anymore and the sea started to shrink by a lot leaving a resort city in the middle of a desert on not on the water front.
The smell of sulfur, fish and death fills the air and theres something amazing about this place, its a wild place to camp with really no limits on what goes.... The only catch is your miles from the Mexico Boarder Control and HomeLand Security doesn't really dig explosives very much....
Gabe and I didn't really plan to go early in the week, we talked about, but it was just a dream... so Wednesday night we decieded we were going to go the next night and drive the 11 hours south in the truck with our gear and party for the weekend, complete last minute thought...
That night .... I recieved a really odd text messaged with a huge flame picture and it said " get ready, we got a flame thrower"
That sounded like a challenge - Build a flame thrower in hours notice... to battle the friend Larson in LA... using nothing more then a 100 dollar trip to the store and the help of baby Jesus to make this bad boy shoot.
Gabe and I collected everything we could find to build with around the shop.
An old NASA Stainless Steel Pressure Cylinder ..... became the holding tank for the Napalm
A tank of Argon from my little TIG became the anert pressure for the thrower as not to make the cylinder in to a bomb.
I had built an exhibit for the museum with a fan and didn't need the legs it came with so it became the back pack straps to weld to.
And a last minute run to the BIG BOX store supplied me with the valves, pressure washer sprayer and tubing needed.
We had already wasted 2 hours collecting the junk in to a pile... we were working in to thursday already and we wanted to leave.... Like normal ... My heart was broken by a girl and I decided not to go and throw it all away.... But knowing that Gabe needed to see the madness that the Salton sea could provid and knowing I needed too, we pressed on ....
Some people get to see me when I get in these almost like posessed fabrication states and its makes me wonder how my hands can keep up sometimes..
With the Napalm in the cylinder in the rear we decieded that it would be best to balance out the weight by putting the argon tank on the users chest on the front, it would make it easier to control the pressures as well.
From when that text came thru .... 5 hours later we had the design mocked up and most stuff welded. Its kinda not my best work... but I kinda expected it to blow up on my back so I didn't want to make it too nice...
LOS ANGELOPES | LA BIKE CULT | SS6 CAR + FLAMETHROWER from Richie Trimble on Vimeo.
I always have my American Flag .....
Once we were done with burning the car.... Larson and I handed our flame throwers off to our buddys from TrenWay bike club to destroy thier beast....A VeloDrome they had built about 2 years ago ... Heres the video
LOS ANGELOPES | LA BIKE CULT | TREN WAY | SS6 VELODROME + FLAMETHROWER from Richie Trimble on Vimeo.
The next morning....