Okay, before we get into today's fresh bit of debauchery, I've got a question for you.
Do you like motorcycles, beer, whiskey, live music until dawn, topless mechanical bull-riding, assorted biker games, wet Tshirts, general mayhem and a just balls-out tub of buttered wonderful time in the mountains?
If the answer is no, then you are almost certainly about to be struck by lightning and come to a bad end. Close this screen, step away from the computer and reflect on your shameful lack of culture. Maybe do that last bit in a nudie bar. Just saying...
If the answer is yes, then you are our people and we welcome you! We will hug you and hold you and name you George. Or something.
So there's this fucking crazy event that happens every year in Sicamous, called The Summer Stomp. It's kinda like a playground for grown-ups, like a live action version of every coming of age and midlife crisis movie ever made, with more alcohol, fun and no Melissa McCarthy in sight to make it weird. Picture Woodstock getting it on with Easyriders. The Stomp will change the way you view the universe and your place in it. At the very least it'll make you grin like you're five. In case you couldn't tell, I highly recommend this fucking lunatic parade, two boobies WAAAAAY up!
Now this here Summer Stomp thing is happening next week already, so here's what you do, call in sick and get going. They're always looking for volunteers too, if you're a little short of cash, and they have a nice benefit package for your labours.
So anyhoo... Today's guest of honour is none other than Wade Stewart, longtime Summer Stomp alumni and current Executive Council member. If you want to know who makes these amazing events happen, this is the guy you're wondering about.
When he's not busy being a day to day dude, working his "real" job mechanicking, husbanding his kickass wife Deidra, fathering his kidlets, son Dallas and daughters Eva, Allyson and Cassidy, he's warlocking up crazy shit like live music acts and new and improved ways of getting us all twizzlered and giggly.
Wade and his crew bust their asses all year so that we can all kick back in July. Every time we attend, we know it's going to be the source of half our stories for the next year and it's always a treat whenever the gang stops by the Killman Customs booth for a sociable. Huge shout out and thanks to the lot of them. You raving heathens are some of the good ones!
Now we've known Wade for several years and it's a privilege to finally get a peek inside the twisted sack of ferrets he calls his mind today. So buckle up your hooter holsters cowgirls, because it's go time!
(As always, just click on any of the pics to make 'em bigger!)
Who are you and where are you from?
Wade Stewart, Salmon Arm
Got any nicknames and how’d you get ‘em?
none that I'm aware of...
What’s awesome about you and your life?
I'm very happy to be a part of what the SUMMER STOMP has contributed to local charity and worthy causes in the area, well over $10,000 in the last five years, despite losing money in three of them.
What do you think you do and where do you do it?
Umm... I'm an auto mechanic in Salmon Arm
Why do you do what you do?
I always loved the Stomp, and was really interested in this hot tattooed chick on a Harley there. Turns out she was on the Executive Committee at the time, so, I guess you could say i slept my way in... haha.
Seriously, I was very happy and honoured to be approached by the Executive and asked to be a part. I guess its a way for me to add some good karma into my life, you know, try to tip the scales the other way
What was your most annoying fuck up or brain fart?
There's been so many...
What was the best thing to happen to you due to poor life choices?
probably the wisdom I've got from all my poor life choices...
What would you do with one million dollars?
I'd buy a permanent home for the Stomp, a V111" for my bike, likely shove some new ink into my arms, my wife would get pampered, and I'd likely finish it off with a double Jack and Coke, or three...
What was your favorite glory moment?
Far and away, my favourite glory moment at Summer Stomp was leading the Poker Run last year, and riding past the guy who led it for 20 plus years on the way out as he was giving me a big "thumbs Up"
What’s in your shop right now that you’re thinking about?
Easy... My Harley
Anything hanging in your shop or office that gives you joy to look at and what’s it’s story?
A black and white topless picture of my wife. Not really sure what its story is, but it replaced a similar photo of Kat Von D of LA Ink fame.
Favorite motorcycle-related story?
Shit, every day on my bike is a new favourite story.
Favorite non-motorcycle-related story?
well, this one time, at band camp...
Who do you want us to interview next and what do you want us to ask them?
I think you have to get up to Union Bay and check out Mur and his sons at the Highwayman Saloon and their shop XXX Customs. It's far and away my favourite watering hole on the island, and their shop is a must see... Ask them when they're going to take some time off and show up at the Stomp?
Who, or who’s work, do you have a crush on right now?
I really like Dale Yamada's stuff at MJK Performance, and Tim and the crew at Trickfactory Customs are putting out some CRAZY stuff. And I've always been a huge West Coast Choppers fan, it's nice to see him building on a small scale now and pushing chopper boundaries again.
Editor's note: Okay, straight up no shit no lie time here. Mad Jap has put out some flat out GORGEOUS old school choppers over the years, there's more than one of their builds in my bike porn file...
Got any heroes or role models?
Jesse James. He truly is what so many like to claim. He's self made, blue collar, and gives zero fucks. His way or no way. I long to be in that position.
What would you like to see more of in the custom world?
choppers. think Billy Lane craziness, or WCC quality and perfection in simplicity. The good stuff that’s timeless.
Want to give some shout outs to other talented peeps, or anyone that helped along the way?
absolutely, there's so many. First and foremost, our volunteers at our events. There's a crew of them that just keep coming back for more and more, they never quit!
Steve Hammer, my Summer Stomp partner in Crime, all of our sponsors, the residents of Sicamous for seeing the value in our event and giving us a new home when we needed it, and my beautiful wife Deidra, for riding beside me down this crazy fucking highway...
And there it is. Words from the great party god in the sky, Wade Stewart!
Thanks for joining us and sharing today Wade, it's been a blast and I'm sure there's a lot of folks getting a kick out of putting a name, face and other assorted weirdness to The Summer Stomp. Seriously all, get yer asses to the Stomp, it will pretty likely be the best time you'll have all year!