I'm not sure where I first heard the question, "Are you a show pony or a work horse?" It could have been from my high school guidance counselor, on the back of a No Fear shirt or a BuzzFeed quiz, but anyway I don't think you can be successful without being both.
CHRISTMAS ABBOTT TAKES DOWN HER 1 HATER. Jeremy Smith wrote on Christmas Abbott's Facebook wall after seeing our shoot: "Are you a fitness model or porn star? I have seen you nearly naked from every creative angle possible. I'm not complaining but at what point do you stop pretending and show the rest?"
My tiger tattoo was done by my good friend, Satoru Koizumi at Oneshot Tattoo in Okinawa, Japan. It's my favorite tattoo because I was born in the Year of the Tiger. I also feel it represents me well: fierce and strong. Someone once told me that I have that tiger-like majesty.
Auto Trader's “car color of the year” may be Metallic Black, but anyone whipping that would have their jaw drop to the floor mats when pulling up next to a car marked by “Pinstripe Chris” Dunlop. The artist's custom marker designs would even make Xzibit and the rest of the ride pimpers whistle in awe.
PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS SCENE. Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona is an amazing place to be working for Bike Week. It has everything! We’ve got the dealership, concerts with national acts, all the top names in the motorcycle industry set up on the property and, of course, hot girls serving the best drinks!
Craft beers are cool and all, but after a few in the sun our tastebuds are toast, yet we are not properly toasted. If you were to dig around in our cooler you’d fish out one of these fine cans. Here’s to backyard BBQs that last 'til ??
That is the mantra, nay battle cry, in the Indian Larry Motorcycles shop. The storefront is sleek; ⅓ museum of Indian Larry the legend, ⅓ showroom of some of the sweetest bikes in the world and ⅓ a merch shop for those who aren’t lucky enough to acquire an Indian Larry custom bike but still want to be a part of the lifestyle.
GIVE ARTISTS MASKS AND THEY’LL SHOW YOU THEIR TRUE FACES
No more bugs in your teeth thanks to our Art Project where creatives make leather Weld Burn motorcycle masks look menacing.
Weld Burn is a company of one genius artisan, “Zombie Jake” Heaton, who hand-makes the incredible leather masks you see across the following pages. “Some people describe riding a motorcycle like it’s a spiritual experience; I won’t say it is, but I can't say it isn't either," Heaton writes.
Lanakila MacNaughton set out (atop her motorcycle) to dispel the old stereotype of female bikers. Here she presents the young and hip girls who are forging their own path on two wheels.
1. The Women's Moto Exhibit happened by accident. I got sober five years ago and in my early sobriety I was bored to death. I was living in a big house with people coming in and out. There was a group of guys who rode who would come hang out with my roommates.
There’s no finer ride than the Yamaha 2016 XSR900. The stripped-down bike is the perfect harmony between a café racer and a motorcycle that will eat any hipster-bike’s brunch. Those very familiar with Yamaha’s line will notice this bike was born out of the FZ-09 but, with a higher seat that’s pushed back a little, it provides a more aggressive platform to rip up the blacktop.
BLACK BLACK BLACK “Zoloft Manual” If Black Sabbath drank Four Loko and bumped up the BPMs you’d end up with this. CAR SEAT HEADREST “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” If you like your indie rock stripped-down and sad you’ll shed tears (of joy) to this track.
NOAH GALLOWAY, THE BADASS TATTOOED WARRIOR IN JON CENA’S CADRE ON FOX’S AMERICAN GRIT, IS ONE TOUGH MOTHER....
The hero to your right is a team leader on FOX’s new military-inspired competition show American Grit (premieres April 14th)—think boot camp + Tough Mudder + chess boxing. Noah Galloway joined the Army right after 9/11 and during his second tour of duty of Operation Iraqi Freedom his life was changed forever when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted through his Humvee.
“I think motorcycles are reckless, but the adrenaline makes it worth it. To be honest, I’m a rebel and riding gives me the rush that I always crave.” “Men who seek the thrill of riding definitely catch my attention. I find them very attractive especially if they’re in a bike club, because of the bond they have with each other.
Mel Stultz is best known as the fun-loving, hard-crashing ringleader of the Race of Gentlemen, a circus of vintage hot rods and pre-war motorcycles that race on the beach each summer in Wildwood, New Jersey. He's the smile behind the beard, if you will.
Brain protection is the canvas for incredible art through Progressive International Motorcycle Shows’ 21 Helmets project.
“I don't want to wear a helmet, they look so lame.” Thanks to the 21 Helmets Inked project, which we helped facilitate for 10 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, that statement is now ridiculous on two levels. Firstly, if you ride and don't wear a helmet you are so foolish that we don’t care if you die because your DNA should be eradicated from future generations.
“All of the Beatniks share a love for tattoos and tattoo art. There are a lot of people who are into old hot rods and customs who are not tattooed and don't have any desire to get any. For us, it’s just always been part of the whole lifestyle—it’s a little different for us.
Artists have the ability to take something ordinary and make it beautiful, to manipulate their environment and transform it into something unrecognizable. Nathan Hebert has been an artist his whole life, whether he knew it or not. The Austin-based tattooer didn’t touch pencil to paper, let alone ink to skin, until a prison stint in his early twenties showed him the light and offered him the resources to steady his hand and become an icon.
WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS CONTRIDUTED TO THE POPULARITY OF PHOTOREALISTIC TATTOOS? I think it’s easier for realistic style to get popular because people can recognize a picture or a portrait and compare it the to the character or paysage they already know.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF TATTOOING? My style of tattooing is spontaneous. I never make any tattoo designs before meeting the person I will tattoo. I always do them five minutes before the session. WHAT OTHER THINGS INSPIRE YOUR WORK?
WHERE’D THE NAME COME FROM? Tater actually came from a party when I was about 19. I was talking like a hillbilly and I referred to myself and my girlfriend at the time as being like “Punkin 'n' Taters.” It kind of stuck amongst my friends, so later on when I started tattooing I wanted an alias name and Tater Tatts had a nice ring to it.