Just Seen: Greasy Wrench Can Be Creative

Posted on August 16, 2010 by 3 Comments

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Creativity comes to each of us in different ways. For Shinya Kimura it is by building motorcycles. This remarkable short  by Henrik Hansen shows how Shinya makes works of art out of chrome and steel. Art that goes super fast. You don’t need to like motorcycles to understand the peace and fulfillment he feels making a custom bike. Watch and be inspired.

What creative pursuits give you that satisfaction?

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Erikb on August 16, 2010

Great film! I find peace in literal peace and quiet. Mechanical noisemakers awe me and intrigue me, but I prefer the serenity of hiking over the prospect of a motorcycle ride.

Nadinag on August 16, 2010

Love this short. I think I find that creative Zen in a few places but lately it’s at a spin class on saturday’s..I come up with some of my best ideas in the zone..

Luigi Serio on August 18, 2010

What a cool guy (will I ever be that cool?) — and what amazing machinery he builds “out of his head.” Hearing him talk about growing up with the “smell of oil and gas” takes me immediately to my own memories of wrenching on cars since my youth. Those memories include seemingly endless and near tear-inducing hours spent on a difficult repair, sometimes long into the night but always with the determination to get it done, no matter what, and “can do it with my eyes closed” half-hour oil changes. Maintaining and repairing one’s own car isn’t strictly speaking a creative endeavor, but sometimes the approach you take can be — trying shortcuts, reading online posts of others’ tips and tricks, calling or e-mailing a friend for advice, or even something as simple as trying different combinations of ratchets and extensions. But best of all for me is the alone time I have in the garage or driveway with my car — it’s a great diversion from my “normal” life and responsibilities, surprisingly relaxing at times, and ultimately very satisfying to be able to say “I did that myself.”

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