Friday, July 19, 2013

Family values

No matter how cool you think you are or how long you've been into something there is always gonna be someone cooler and more into whatever than you. Take it the right way and learn from your elders and respect. The guy in this amazing photo is my friend Domenic Mingirulli's dad and his son Dylan's grandpa. "Pappa Joe" is his name and this was taken back in the mid '50s I believe on one of over 360 motorcycles he built! It just so happens to be an outstanding knucklehead. 

His son Domenic is one of the nicest and sharpest guys you'll ever meet and has nothing to prove to anyone. He'll give you the short off his back and help you fix your bike no matter if you just got into it or been there for decades. It's about life, not a scene, or status. It's about learning and sharing and surrounding yourself with people you can learn from and helping those with a will to learn. Perspective is always good and should be in the back of your mind at all times. 

Oh, and Pappa Joe's 19 year old grandson already has a '65 panhead and '66 shovel under his belt and was the youngest invited builder at Born-Free 5...something to think about! 
Do what you love and do it for the right reasons.