CALIFORNIA’S DEUS EX MACHINA HOSTS SANDY BENEFIT FOR ASBURY’S LIGHTLY SALTED SURF SHOP

Deus ex Machina is a custom motorcycle and surfboard company based out of Australia that we are huge fans of. Their bikes are a work of art as are their surfboards.

And we’re happy that Deus decided to call America home too when they opened a shop in Venice, California. Now if only they would open an east coast operation here in Asbury Park, NJ. Hint. Hint. 

So we were pretty stoked when an event sponsored by Deus featuring Asbury’s very own Lightly Salted Surf Mercado popped up on our facebook feed.

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Deus is hosting “Sunday Mass” this Sunday, March 17, a Sandy Relief Benefit for Lightly Salted, a Deus dealer, which was destroyed when the storm rolled through Asbury’s boardwalk and has been closed ever since. Owner Scott Szegeski and his wife Marilyn Schlossbach are also the owners of Langosta Lounge next door which too was heavily damaged in the storm. Langosta is set to reopen sometime in April.

“Sunday Mass” will feature beers, bikes and bbq. Sounds like our kind of day. We wish we could make it. The event will also feature Szegeski ‘s art work.

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So how did this all happen?

Scott tells us, “I’ve always loved Deus’ products and just the way they present everything they turn out. Their east coast rep Jen McCain and I got talking about ways that the west coast could help us (out with) all this shit (we’re going through) with Sandy. Together we came up with (Lightly Salted) being the focus of one of their “Sunday Mass” events. I wanted to take it further by doing a bit of an (art) show there along with the Mass. “Hand Job” is (the name of the show) and what we are getting from the insurance companies (as we’re) trying to rebuild after the storm. We are learning that we have only ourselves to rely on. Deus was into it. So I started work.”

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“Hand Job” features gyotaku prints of handmade body surfing handplanes and Scott’s own collection of vintage swimfins. The pair are printed on koji paper using homemade sumi ink.

“I did 3 prints of each fin and three prints of each handplane, ” says Scott. “They are meant to be together, paired up to have each other’s back. Each print is an actual fingerprint of each fin and each handplane.”

Scott started playing with this technique about 5 years ago and has made a bigger effort to expand upon it in the last 2 years.

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“The traditional prints are done using fish (gyo= fish. taku=rubbing). My subject matter is all surf related items that are directly taken from fish and water born creatures. Examples are fins, flippers, swallow or fish tails, and the like. I make my own ink, get my paper from Japan and follow the standards of traditional gyotaku as close as I can while concentrating on the subject matter that interests me.”

And as for the huge marquee outside Deus’ Venice shop proudly baring the Lightly Salted name?

“It’s great to see the marquee, ” says Scott. “It’s nice to see brands supporting their dealers. Plus I’ve always wanted to work with Deus on a project. I’d love to get out to Bali (Deus has a facility in Indonesia dubbed The Temple of Enthusiasm which is on our short list of places to visit) and do some of this stuff on a larger scale for them.”

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Any chance we’ll get to see “Hand Job” back here in Asbury Park?

“If I don’t sell all the copies of prints I’d love to show and sell them back here. If anyone is interested in purchasing any copies of the prints just contact me and I will put a set aside. I’m always working on different things so the answer is yes, unless I sell them all I will be showing them here at home. Probably in the rebuilt Lightly Salted space this spring/summer. I only do limited numbers of each subject so when certain ones are gone, they are gone.”

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