Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scooter Baby ... i've missed you

Scooter Baby ... i've missed you
The obsession began with Scooter Jenny, I think the year was 2004.  A cramped studio apartment was my aquarium view of society.  I’d just returned from a trip to Bangkok’s Pratunam clothing markets.  I became infatuated by all the classic Vespa and Lambretta Scooters used as market mules, piled high with flimsy cardboard boxes, overstuffed nylon bags and fabric rolled up like fat sausages.  Belching smoke and the constant horn bleating of cranky scooter jockeys scaring shoppers into every nook and cranny of the narrow marketplace aisles just to get away.  I began to love these old and tired machines, when riding the transit buses I would crane my neck to get a glimpse a scooter parked in front of a noodle shop or a lone Vespa queue up up at a stop light among a pack of Japanese motorcycles .  When visiting Bangkok’s famous JJ Weekend Market, the highlight of the outing was walking through the car park snapping pictures of Vespa and Lambretta scooters.  When I travel back to the United States I was inspired to create designs based on vintage scooters.  Thus the first began with “Scooter Jenny”.  In 1946, Jenny, a young World War Two “Rosie The Riveter” style girl continued to work at the aircraft factory, looking stylish in her blue coveralls and a red ribbon holding her blonde hair in a sassy ponytail.  “Jenny” would break the mold of previous generations of stay at home women, …  she had a factory job and a paycheck.  Her uncle Bill, deployed in occupied Italy, serving in the Army Air Corp shipped home one of the first Vespa Scooters to arrive in the United States.  So began the love affair of a factory girl from California and a Vespa Scooter  … “Scooter Jenny”.   
Scooter Jenny can be found at … www.scooterbaby.com


Scooter Jenny available as shirts, hoodies, wall clocks, hats, mugs, fridge magnets, stickers, prints, posters, tote bags, postcards, greeting cards and many more.

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