1000 Biker Tattoos
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Anyone who rides a motorcycle lives, to some degree, in the margins of society. Where members of the herd drive Toyota Camrys and hipster hatchbacks, bikers opt for Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs, and Ducatis, putting themselves out there with raised middle fingers thrust at the ordinary citizens of the world. Just as a motorcyclist's ride is an affront to the sensibilities of the meek and the conventional, so too is the ink on their skin. Tattoos have long been an integral part of this culture, the result of the overwhelming number of ex-military men who formed the nucleus of the postwar outlaw motorcycle club scene. These soldiers, sailors, and marines returned from war with statements etched in ink upon their bodies, and they continued that tradition when they formed the clubs that came to define motorcycle culture. In 1000 Biker Tattoos, motorcycle photographer Sara Liberte celebrates the most personal of art forms by capturing the wild abandon of the motorcycle lifestyle as expressed through tattoo work. Featuring 1,000 photos of tattoos and the artwork used to create them, along with profiles of the most renowned tattoo artists in the biker community, this book provides an unprecedented window into the most intimate aspect of motorcycle culture.
some riders are so committed to a certain power plant that they have it tattooed onto themselves. Bill Tinney 56 • Chapter 1 001-320_C69655.indd 56 001-320_30772.indd 56 (RAY) (Text) 7/8/13 7:03 PM 6/27/13 3:05 PM F39_Job No: 06-30772 Title: MBI-1000 Biker Tattoos C69655_#175 #175 DTP: 216 Page: 56 attoos ge: 56 here are some great examples of full sleeves with intense colors and vivid pictures, many of which blend motorcycles with greater automotive culture. From pistons and blown hot
Ink “all of my ink is due to something that was an unmistakable part of my life. the top ink is an eMs star of life. although not biker-related, it was there first, and the second was put there on purpose. I worked for a lot of years in the back of an ambulance as a paramedic, so that is signifying the years of service and dedication to helping others. the lower tattoo, after riding many miles, was my first “branded logo” tattoo. that was after I had totaled my second motorcycle in my life when
harley-Davidson Bar & Shield with hot rod–style flames to frame what is commonly referred to as a “tramp stamp.” 140 not; it really doesn’t bother me. The interesting part of all this is that the people who aren’t tattooed are the ones concerned that I am tattooed. The other night at a bar this lady with no tattoos (I know this because she told me) asked me if I cared that she wasn’t tattooed. I told her nope, and she insisted that I care—that I must give a shit. I told her no again, and she
ride. And Jeff so effortlessly nailed the aesthetics on top of it all, like it’s just some sort of byproduct of a solid and reliable vehicle. This is the difference between the amateurs and the master craftsman. Since then, I’ve wanted to build another bike for myself modeled off of that fine piece of machinery he had in Daytona. The real kick in the face is that he apparently built the thing in something like eight days, only to load it up and head for the beach. But the best part about Jeff is
F39_Job No: 06-30772 Title: MBI-1000 Biker Tattoos C69655_#175 #175 DTP: 216 Page: 36 attoos ge: 36 All Shapes and Sizes Although bikers are often grouped under one big stereotype—good for nothing sleazeball—there are actually many different types or “classes” of bikers. Let’s cover the main categories. There are gearheads, who prefer to do their own mechanical work, and weekend warriors, who just want to “get their motor runnin’ and head out on the highway!” Then you have the speed freaks;