The Triumph Collaboration May 16 2014

In the summer of 2013 the Triumph motorcycle company visited us in Los Angeles with an idea of a collaboration that should include our joint histories. For us there was only one choice- Bud Ekins.
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Bud Ekins at the start of the 1957 Big Bear High Desert race
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Bud was a close friend of mine who had sadly passed away in 2007. But with the Ekins' Family approval we decided to reprint two original 1950s graphic tees that Bud had sold out of his Triumph dealership in Los Angeles. Identical to the originals with colour changes only, to preserve the value of the original shirts that still survive in treasured collections.
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1950s Ekins Triumph dealer shirt
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The shirts JoMo make were originally based on Bud's actual tee he wore in the 1955 Catalina Grand Prix (but that's another story). It was important to both Triumph and ourselves that the graphics would be taken from the original and not photo-shopped house font copies.
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Original Johnson Motors Cycle Bath degreasing agent
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We also had in our company's archive collection original cans of a degreasing agent originally produced and shipped by Johnson Motors for Triumph motorcycle owners to wash down their bikes with. It was decided to replicate this can as packaging for the tee shirts to provide a unique gift and a reusable can for display or just to keep pens, nuts and bolts and whatever other keepsakes would fit.
A great idea! Now all we had to do was try to make it...
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The can posed all sorts of difficulties at first with offshore manufacture the easy option. But we pride ourselves on American Made, and our owner refused the first samples from Asia.
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Left first sample. Center original . Right final sample
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He had us continue to search for an alternative. A lucky break by our production manager Eddie Jovel (and he's not telling) solved the problem and our can would be made not just in America but in California, with the can's artwork patiently remastered by Sean. The task of reproducing the original was moving forward under an extremely tight deadline to deliver for the holidays.
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The hang-tag that's tied to the shirt is original art from Bud's movie motorcycle rentals business that was warehoused in the San Fernando Valley. This was painted by Kenneth Howard aka Von Dutch, a pinstriper who worked for Bud Ekins Motorcycles during the 1950s (a great story to be told another day). 
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Von Dutch inspired  hang-tag.
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These special edition collaboration shirts are only availabel at genuine Triumph Motorcycle Dealerships and www.triumphmotorcycles.com.
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Check in next week to see the latest JoMo Triumph t-shirt collection!