With a couple Sunday Masses under our belt, we at Deus Venice decided it was time to really open up The Emporium of Postmodern Activities and let her breathe a bit. Explore the stage as they say. Or in our case, the parking lot.
The Carnival of Go and Flow gave us a chance to invite our friends from around the kingdom to come in and do a little hot dogging, partake in some show and tell, and connect with our favorite people. It was kind of like career day in high school, but with the kids from smokers’ corner running the show and all the stuffy, starched collar grown-ups locked away in the janitor’s closet—safely and with ample provisions, of course.
The eye-candy on offer was insane. If you could ride it or drive it, and it looked like something you’ve wanted since you were a kid, it was probably there. Gorgeous examples of all of our favorite modes of transport—custom bikes of almost every make and era, automotive anomalies, and funky foam watercraft—found themselves lined up booth after booth, astonishing passersby as the moved about the bazaar. It wasn’t just machines either. There were the trappings—paintings, photographs, furniture, vintage helmets, camping gear—to further pique the curiosity and stoke the awesomeness.
The sun was shining and everyone was having a blast. Glance upon glance, as the day progressed, life at The Emporium of Postmodern Activities appeared rich. The circus atmosphere held strong through the day with music wafting in the air and the roar of engines joyfully interrupting the hum of the crowd. Not much went wrong: if anything at all. The clowns forgot to show up, but that was fine with us.
A very, very special thanks to everyone who participated:
Poler, Icon/Derelict, Vince Felix, Mason Dyer, Swankey’s, Steve Opperman, Kott Motorcycles, Ryan Lovelace, Scott Toepfer, Tony from CRAP, Corners, Black Foot Brave, Harry the hat, Austin and the Black Kettle boys, Len Oni, Flying Monkey Fabrications, Bob from Black Cat, Kim Boyle, Ryan and Devilina, SS Classics, The House of VVMC
Thank you to James Cant for providing us with the photos from the day.