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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

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If you know us at all, you know how much we can’t stand the current state of pinup photography. Digital cameras are technological wonders, but they’ve also turned some of their owners into self-described “photographers” who seem to get their craptastic snapshots published in even shittier magazines published by the desktop publishing version of themselves. SUCKAGE.

So, here a few images of Marilyn Monroe and her Cadillac. If you suddenly find yourself with a digital camera, some lights, a fat chick with shitty rockabilly tattoos and some hunkashit “rat rod” with a tractor grille, put everything down, walk away and just look at what kind of good real photographers like Milton H. Greene and real cars like Cadillacs and real talent like Marilyn are capable of putting into the world.

THE HORROR, THE HORROR

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

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Note: The above puts something good into the world. The below takes it back out.

Welp, if you’ve been following us for the last few weeks, you’ll know that we had been tapped by Chrysler to submit an entry for a blogger contest where they’d post the content we’d produce for a chosen category (here). And brother, if someone dangles a chance to write about one of our favorite things in the whole ENTire world –– the Hemi –– we ain’t hatin’ on it. Hell, we even i

There was a total of 8 bloggers who were asked to enter the pit on this thing: 4 soccer mom minivan types and the rest of us car guys. Hey, we’re realists: we know that, alongside the Challenger, there has to be a freakin’ minivan because that’s just how unfair the world is, but whatever. And apparently, over on the soccer mom side, there was some “skanks” thrown down and some other name-calling and passive-aggressive twitter rants from some mom-jean-wearing husbands and some iced-down haterade being doused, in general. Over a blogger contest. Really.

And since Chrysler had hired a company called Ignite Social Media to run this thing, they got tangled up in the hair-pulling and the bitch-slapping and before they knew it, their contest was in ruins. Actually, we didn’t know anything about all this till yesterday morning, when we got an email from a friend alerting us to the colossal goat-fuck this thing had turned into. But we couldn’t figure out what the big deal was until we heard from Jim Tobin over at Ignite Social Media. Part of his email was this:

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A NEW MERCEDES SUV…

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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(Thanks for the heads-up, Carlos!)

…would be a remote consideration if and only if we were absolutely guaranteed in writing (in carbon copy triplicate) that this guy was gonna detail it for the duration of said ownership. But we’d still hate the car. Just sayin’…

PRT: THE SHANGHAI RICKSHAW T(EE)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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If you know us very well, you’ll know that we’ve been “working on” our ’27 Model T coupe for an inordinate amount of time. Well, like the old adage reminds us, “cheap, fast or good: pick two.” So, we’ve watched at least one cheap knockoff get built pretty fast and we don’t hate, but we’re trying to get the original buttoned up and on the road as we speak.

In the meantime, we’re offering up this Tim Conder original concept of the Shanghai Rickshaw on a heather grey long sleeve tee (T?) for this week’s Product Review Tuesday. Get yours over at the store in anything up to 2X and if you need a triple-chubby, just send us a note and we’ll accommodate.

And THIS year’s our year!

Get yours (here)

THE LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE: A FEW LEFT!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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A public service announcement: if you wanted one of our super-limited edition packages (here), we have three left! So, head over to the store there to your right, click on the LTD. ED. package, choose your sweatshirt size and let ‘er rip. We noticed that we needed to adjust the quantities in the store to accommodate, so if you had tried to order yours with a L or XL or XXL and couldn’t do it, try it again –– should be working properly now.

We’ll turn it off when we hit 30 orders, so we’ll see you over there in the store…

FLORIDA OR GERMANY?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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Just got some slightly disturbing news from a fan in St. Pete, Florida. Fred writes:

“I came across your magazine at a body shop by buddy owns and I had to have it. After calling every Barns and Noble in two counties, I FINALLY found one that had a copy of your magazine in stock and of course it was the only one that they had. So naturally I went over and picked it right up. Once I got home, I noticed that a few pages seem to be missing. I’ve included some pics so you know I’m not just full of shit and making this up. I just bought the mag today. I know the missing pages are of Jelena but that’s not the issue. If B & N is censoring your mag, that isn’t acceptable, if some punk took those pages out, that’s just screwed up…anything you can do about that? If not, it’s cool. I understand, just keep up the good work because your mag kicks some serious ass.

Thanks,
Fred”

Now, of course the first thing we think is, “Adam Corolla was right –– weird shit happens in two places on the planet: Florida and Germany.” So, following that logic, we’d expect the pages to be torn out by staff of Katherine Harris’ Florida Department Of Wholesomeness And Family Tanning before the copies ever hit the stands in that state.

On the other hand, if we were 15 years old, were forced to live with our parents in a cult town like Ave Maria, Florida and were huge fans of Jelena Jensen, we might rip the pages out of the magazine and stuff them into a copy of Boy’s Life to “read” on the way to church. In that case, we’d consider it a good day at the office and an honest day’s work had been done.

Either way, we’re officially shocked…SHOCKED, we tell you…that this atrocity has been perpetrated on American soil. Fred, we’re here to take care of you, brother. Hold tight –– we’re on our way to Bush, Jr. 2000 Florida to straighten this shit out!

DELIVERING THE MAIL

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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As our new magazine, AUTOCULT, is beginning to really take off, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a minute and explain a few things about how it actually gets to you (along with all the other neat stuff we’ll be rolling out).

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is something you probably don’t think about too much –– it’s there when you need to drop a letter or send a box or whatever. But, if your business depends on the USPS, it’s a different story. And if you’re a small, independent magazine publisher, the US Mail is probably one of your biggest enemies.

See, it’s too expensive to use a reliable service like UPS or FedEx for mailing, so the USPS is a necessary evil. But, it’s also one of the most unreliable, noncommittal, irresponsible black holes of shipping and continues to get worse. The US Mail has literally lost well over a thousand copies of our magazines and packages over the years, with no make-good. And, to top it off this very morning, the USPS has announced that it’s going to shutter about half of its hubs and mail will take even longer to be delivered. Wonderful news, that.

Now, you might never have a problem with the US Mail where you live. But, here in San Francisco, the USPS is probably one of the worst-run businesses we’ve ever had the displeasure of working with, so problems with delivery of your order would start here and there’s a good chance your package never made it further than Oakland before it disappeared.

So, bear with us and drop us a note directly at: info@autoculture.org if you’re having any problems or you think you might be waiting too long for your package from us to arrive. If it was up to us, we’d build Barris’ Mail Truck and personally deliver every package to every one of you, ourselves…

THE COUNTERMAN’S GONE…

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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…and we’ve got an online store in his place. We’re still taping the virtual drywall, as it were, but you can go get a copy of the new magazine and a t-shirt, awhile. Better get over there quick, though –– the magazine is literally flying off the shelf (virtual and actual) and we’d hate to hear that you missed the premiere issue if you wanted it.

See you over there (here)!

THE CONTEST

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

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So, the premiere issue of AUTOCULT is on the stands –– pick up your copy yet (if your store doesn’t carry it, ask for it –– it’s the only way they’ll know they made a bad decision in deciding not to stock it and hopefully they’ll order the next issue)?

We’re running a contest over on the Facebook page: take a pic of yourself (or whatever random stranger is standing next to you there trying not to look at the latest issue of Hooters) with your copy of AUTOCULT and post it there on the page. We’ll pick our favorite and send you a neat prize of stuff you probably don’t already have. Not a bad deal, right?

Take a look (here) and we’ll be waiting by the laptop to see your pics!

TODAY!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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Today’s the day. If you’re near a Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million or some other bookstore that has a magazine rack, drop in and see if they’re carrying the premiere issue of our AUTOCULT magazine.

Now, it ain’t on every stand of every bookstore across the country –– we’re not out to blanket the globe with this thing. But if you find (and we’re hearing from some resourceful fans who’ve asked their stores) that your stand isn’t carrying AUTOCULT, ask them to. We won’t know which stores in which regions of the country should be carrying us if we don’t hear the requests from the stores, themselves.

Speaking of stores, we’ve already been told by the Hastings chain that they’re forcing us to pay them to polybag each and every issue because of the cover. Scandalous, huh? Well, we were never planning on running for public office, anyway. Oh –– and one more thing: we’ve gotten alot of requests for subscription information. No subscriptions for the foreseeable future, but we’ll have a store here on the site soon enough where you’ll be able to get the magazine and some other neat stuff we’ve come up with. Stay tuned.

And don’t forget to give the ol’ likey-like on our Facebook pages (here) and (here). More updates throughout the day over there and we’re stoked to hear from you on the twitters and the facey-spaceys.

And let us know what you think of the new magazine –– we know we don’t have to ask, but we thought we’d make it official!