Black and white and read all over

Posted in news, portfolio, writing by rhianon on September 2, 2009

There was this great little newsweekly around a couple summers ago called Tooth and Dagger. It was ambitious and different, and put together by a handful of young people whose ‘office’ was essentially Our Town cafe. I was lucky enough to write some news stories before the reality of paper publishing ended all the fun.

Here’s something I wrote on e-waste recycling in Vancouver that was later published as a sidebar on The Tyee.

It’s August – Do You Know Where Your Ewaste Is?

Ewaste for Tooth and Dagger

Skateboarding and creative community on Main St.

Posted in news, portfolio, writing by rhianon on September 2, 2009

I wrote an article for SBC Skateboarding last year on one of the best places around:
Vancouver’s Antisocial skateboard shop.

SBC Skateboarding Summer 2009 - photo: scott pommier

Article in August 2009 issue of Canadian Biker

Posted in news, photography, portfolio, writing by rhianon on September 1, 2009

I made some words and photos for Canadian Biker on those people with the loud, piece-of-junk motorbikes that keep you up at night.

Skateboarder Motorcyclists for Canadian Biker

(Canadian Biker – Aug.2009)
words by rhianon bader

It’s an overcast Sunday morning in April. Sprawled across the parking lot of the Duffin’s Donuts deli in East Vancouver are a dozen or so beat-up Japanese motorcycles from the 70s. Most of the bikes are done up in café racer style to some degree, with clip-on or clubman handlebars and flat, single seats. Though these oil and dirt-encrusted bikes may not fit into one’s typical idea of beauty, their eye-catching individual flair is undeniable. Yet, what truly sets these old Hondas and Yamahas apart from the rest are not even the bikes themselves, but the skateboards strapped onto them.

In the past 10 years Vancouver has seen the steady emergence of a tight-knit motorcycle scene comprised of skateboarders in their 20s and 30s, with the vast majority choosing vintage Japanese bikes for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Despite the evident pursuit of the cafe racer aesthetic, lack of financial abundance means that many of these bikes are becoming ‘rat bikes’ in the truest sense. The idea of keeping a bike on the road for the minimum cost possible certainly has its appeal to a group of artists, students and tradespeople that have yet to (and perhaps never will) rise above the poverty line.