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Caesar Leo DeJaneiro
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Current Residence: tucson, arizona, usa
deviantWEAR sizing preference: xl
Favourite genre of music: backpacker rap
Favourite photographer: davenit, lithiumpicnic, zerocomplex
Favourite style of art: imrik & axii's style of vector art
Operating System: windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iTunes
Shell of choice: explorer (modified)
Wallpaper of choice: depends how I'm feeling
Skin of choice: depends how I'm feeling
Favourite cartoon character: master shake
Personal Quote: i'm a male model NOT a male prostitute

Favourite Visual Artist
too many to list
Favourite Movies
personal home movies
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
dj shadow
Favourite Writers
thoreau
Favourite Games
having drunk girls read video game manuals and getting them to act out how they think the games work
Favourite Gaming Platform
pc
Tools of the Trade
BIKES: metal, welder, fiberglass DESIGN: photoshop, illustrator, indesign, quark xpress
Other Interests
all realms of design
Graduated from Pima (added an AS to my BS's, woohoo) And work there now (technical advisor blah blah blah) Sold all the bikes (I miss them) Moved to a new place (right  downt he street actually) Got a car (1998 Mustang, hey it was free) Won an Addy Award (Gold and also Judge's Choice, it's like Best of Show) Updated a little bit of the website ( http://www.azchopshop.com ) Been doing some freelance (nothing too special but got a fun project coming up) Uploaded a couple of new pics and updated a few old ones (love the scorpion chair) That's the last 3 months for me in a nutshell.
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Well, I don't write in this often but I figured this was a pretty good reason to. I finally made a webpage for AZ Chop Shop, me and my brother's "business". It's as basic as can be I guess. Totally hand-coded in Notepad with all the photo stuff being done in Photoshop. It's the first page I have built in... about 7 or 8 years I guess. All that means is that there are a ton of screwups. It works fine in Internet Explorer but shits itself in Firefox and probably Opera & Safari too. Got to figure that one out. And it's a bit slow to load the pics up even though I used the "Save for the web" option. Any and all help and suggestions are encouraged
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   My brother and I took the bikes downtown yesterday to check out a place called BICAS. It is a non-profit org. that helps underprivledged kids learn how to restore bikes. The kids (and adults) loved the bikes and want us to teach a Saturday morning class there and in exchange they'll give us whatever parts we want from their stockpile.   We met a guy there that does threading for bike spokes and he was really interested in doing a collaboration with us. He said he was showing some of his bike art in a gallery over by Hotel Congress (there were other people showing their pieces as well.) So my brother and I ride over there at around 10pm.
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Hey whats up? i remember i told you that i would show you my lowrider. Heres a link to my blog where you can check it out. peace

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Looks pretty dang good to me
Hey man, what do you do to prevent paint flaking of, or damaged?

I just custom painted my lowrider and i accidently peeled of a bit when inflating the weels. Once it fell an scraped off paint on two places.

So is there any trick for protecting the paintjob?
Peace
Well, to start off, we used to use automotive paint (with a lot of clear coat) and now use industrial paint so I'd say go for the higher-end stuff or if you can afford it, powder coating. Plus we try to let the paint cure for a week after painting, I guess it depends in the paint job though. Get rubberized tools or make your own with do-it-yourself coating. That'll save your butt when putting your bike together and a tool slips and hits the paint. Also if you're modifying your bike (i.e. adding weight, changing dimensions) invest in a better kickstand. We eventually started making our own kickstands because regular ones couldn't handle the funky angles and strange stresses we were putting on them.
aight. Well i was a intern in a auto paintshop. so its auto color and clear coat. but i dont know it still feels so weak. the lowrider was all crome'd. maybe i didnt sand it good enough? the kickstands? shit tell me about it, thats how i got the two big scratches i mentioned. how did you make your own? mabye i'll turn it in somewhere or buy a new one. Hey, i'll let you know when i upload pics, she's a real beauty iam shore you'll love it.

Thanks a lot
/Daniel
Our process was this: sand with 400 grit (i think it was 400), wax/grease remover, primer, wet sand, base coat, flake, clear/candy, clear/pearl, clear, clear, clear. Not sure what the flash times were, I'm sure it says on the cans though. Good luck. As for the kickstands, we either modified existing ones to fit our needs or rebuilt existing ones with more hardcore parts. We didn't have the capabilities to build them from scratch.
Beautiful work all around man, you've got a great eye for design.