I always reblog this when I see it posted, uncredited.
Zero fucks given.
February, 2012 and October, 2012 on the same roll of film.
Hasselblad 503cx, Kodak Tri-X, Kodak D76
Here’s my honest opinion of Bona Fide Pomade:
I kept seeing this stuff being slung on Barber Justin of Chicago’s Instagram. Once I saw it was ‘orange scented’ I had to have some. OK, young men of the internet… I’m here to tell you that there’s a vast difference between modern ‘vinyl’ pomades and the old school grease pomades made with lanolin, petrolatum, and bees wax.
Bona Fide is just another run of the mill modern pomade for dudes whose wives won’t let them get the pillow case stained and feel the need to wash it all out of their hair the first time they hit the shower (or a rain storm for that matter.) This stuff just doesn’t cut it for my hair. It takes about 1/8th of an 11 dollar can just to hold my hair down and then it dries just like hair gel. In fact, I think you could make pomade like this by letting Dep hair gel sit in open air for a day to take some of the moisture out of it.
That’s all these modern products seem to be. You have to re-wet your hair to redo your hair, which I hate. This is true of Bona Fide, Suavecito, and Lay Rite. Honestly, to me this stuff is costume pomade for dudes who want to look like rockers on the weekend and then need it all out of their hair on Monday. I have the best luck using heavy duty waxy/greasy products like Dax Wave and Groom and High Life Heavy pomade. So that’s what I’m going to stick with.
I don’t know why I keep chasing the dragon with this stuff since I haven’t been able to outdo my current tool kit of haircare crap: American Crew Grooming Cream, Dax Wave and Groom, High Life Heavy, and Royal Crown hair dressing to thin it all out to the proper consistency for 24 hours of comb-able, shiny greasiness. Contrary to popular belief, if you use stuff like Dax and High Life it stays in your hair and does NOT get into your motorcycle helmet liner.
Bottom line is that Bona Fide is a modern pomade for city people who probably want to look good in internet photos, but will have a lot of hair fails throughout the day/night if they seriously try to do anything other than sitting around the house. Motorcycle helmet test: fail. 24 hour style-ability test: fail (fail after 15 minutes.) Smell test: pass. I am addicted to orange Tic-Tac candy, so Bona Fide makes my mouth water. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. It does smell just dandy. But I am gonna give my tub away to someone who is too afraid to put grease in their hair.
As far as these modern pomades go, Lay Rite still ranks #1 for me. Bona Fide would be #2. I don’t have a #3 because I hate all the others I’ve tried because they smell like Axe Body Spray or something else horrible. Lay Rite smells like cabbage patch dolls did in the 1980s, but it works the best for the longest amount of time.
I’ve rambled on so I’ll shut up now.
Disclaimer: I base this review off of my own hairstyle preferences and hair type. My opinions/advice may completely ruin your life.
Paul hooked me up nicely yesterday. I’ve hemmed and hawed about tattoos forever because I’m getting older and blah blah.. Yesterday I was like screw it, let’s do this. And to kick things off right I wanted something that’s visible most of the time because the chest and back pieces would never get seen by anyone if I had them. It’s not my first tattoo, but I wish it was. Dead Last has become an extended family to me and I’m glad to know every guy, wife, and kid involved. It’s been so great and now it’s part of the foundation of my life moving forward, having a kid of my own, and wanting to share family time with other families of good people. No PTA meeting attendance required.
We had an awesome day. 13 of 14 guys were able to make it in and get tattooed today. A great way to end up a great 4th of July weekend that’ll be memorable for years to come.
Had a camera with me all day.. took about five photos… I’m kind of a bum, but I had a great 4th of July.
The TW got a round headlight yesterday. Nothing says tacky 1980s like rectangle headlights. This is a 7” EMGO knockoff of a Lucas design. The fork ears could do without being chrome, but it’ll do for now. It seems slightly brighter than the OEM which is a nice benefit.
Monday nights after work are way better when there’s motorcycles and hanging out.
Bike night #3 was a success. Getting more and more cool stuff to show up.
Last Saturday was host to both the central Iowa British car show and the vintage European motorcycle ride. I attended both events. Oddly, I was most smitten with a DeLorean at the car show. A Ducati 750 Sport at the bike show was really special and stood out. And then my friend let me ride one of his Matchless 650 twins back to the British car show later in the day. Saturday was a good day!
Four tintypes I found while cleaning my desk today. I wish I looked like the last guy. Serious business.
I’m not into carpentry at all, but we needed a legitimate stair rail since the original setup was just two banister bars. A kid could roll right under them and fall. So I bought a miter saw and just set to it with my meager collection of woodworking stuff. I made the railing and all the pieces that hold the balusters into place myself from scratch with my hand router and sander. I didn’t realize until day 2 that you can buy pre-made base and railing with the 1.25” channel to receive the balusters. Oh well, this looks OK and I can say I made it all myself. But more importantly, you’d have to be trying to fall down the stairs now for it to happen.