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Carey Hart Gets Tattooed with Ink from Indian Motorcycle

image001Motorcycles are in his blood. To prove it in grand fashion, self-described rebel and third generation motorcycle rider, Carey Hart used a unique ink to permanently inscribe his son’s name on his neck.


Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, has created the world’s first tattoo ink composed of the carbon from freestyle motocross icon Carey Hart’s modified Indian Scout. Artists & Co-Founder of Nocturnal Ink, Franco Vescovi, made the ink by carefully extracting a sample of tire rubber obtained from a burnout Hart performed on his bike. To ensure safety, toxins were removed and the carbon was sterilized before Carey’s son’s name, Jamison, was tattoo on his neck. As a result, Carey Hart became the first known reception of a tattoo from their motorcycle.IndianMotorcycleInkBottle1[7]

The Indian Motorcycle Ink will be used exclusively at Vescovi’s Vatican Studios in Lake Forest, CA and at four Hart & Huntington Tattoo shops in Las Vegas, Orlando, Niagara Falls and Nashville beginning July 11th until they run out, and the ink is gone forever.IndianMotorcycleInk7[7]

“Since 1901, Indian Motorcycle has been a trailblazer, establishing a wide range of ‘firsts’ in manufacturing, racing or other legendary motorcycling achievements, and this is another example of Indian doing something that’s never been done before,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian. “Indian Motorcycle Ink embodies our value of leading, rather than following, to blaze entirely new trails where others have never ventured.”


To learn more, visit Indianmotorcycle.com/inked.



Custom Motorcycle Builders and Artists Prove Beauty Isn’t Just Skin Deep in Skin & Bones Exhibition Curated by Michael Lichter.


Please visit http://www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/Motorcycles-As-Art/Skin-Bones for so much more information. Article from the Buffalo Chip website. Images by Jack McIntyre of Iron Trader News.

Observe a harmonious marriage of inner power and outer beauty during the 2016 Motorcycles As Art Exhibition: Skin & Bones, curated by renowned motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. Take a walk through this one-time collection of tattoo-inspired motorcycles and art on display at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center, and the experience is sure to leave a permanent mark on your soul.

About the Exhibit

Exhibit Curator Michael Lichter

Creating a custom motorcycle masterpiece worthy of being chosen for this exhibit requires a deep understanding of mechanical engineering and aerodynamics, as well as an innate appreciation for style and design. The “skin” of each bike in this exhibit must work flawlessly with its inner “bones.” To that end, builders will expose their personalities to you by lending an added layer of tattoo design to the outside of what already were remarkable machines.


Over 30 masters of the trade earned the invitation to display one of their custom motorcycles in the 2016 Skin and Bones exhibit. You’ll be able to closely examine each of their works as they sit atop elevated pedestals that offer an unencumbered view from every angle.


Meet the Builders

Motorcycles As Art curator Michael Lichter strives to include new talent and builders in the exhibition each year in order to keep the show relevant. In 2016 more than half of the builders exhibiting their work will be doing so for the first time.

Aki Sakamoto, Hog Killers, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Andrea Radaelli*, Radikal Chopper, Milano, Italy
Bill Dodge, Blings Cycles, Daytona Beach, FL
Bobby Seeger*, Indian Larry Motorcycles, Brooklyn, NY
Bryan Fuller, Fuller Moto, Atlanta, GA
Chris Callen*, Cycle Source Magazine, Pittsburgh, PA
Chris Eder*, Misfit Industries, Addison, TX
Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms, Hanford, CA
Dan “Bacon” Carr, DC Choppers, Spicewood, TX
Eddie Trotta – Thunder Cycle, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Eric Allard*, FNA Custom Cycles, Lakeland, FL
George Stinsman*, Chaos Cycle, Mastic, NY
Jeff Cochran, Speedking Racing, West Harrison, IN
Jeff Holt*, Hot Bike Magazine, Orange County, CA
Kevin Dunworth, Loaded Gun Customs, Selbyville, DE
Nick Beaulieu*, Forever Two Wheels, Windham, ME
Ola Stenegard, Ronny and Benny Norén, Sebastian Gutsch, BMW Motorrad, Munich, Germany
Pat Patterson, Led Sled, Daytona, OH
Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe Originals, Phoenix, AZ
Richie Pan*, DST, Jackson, NJ
Rick Fairless, Strokers, Dallas, TX
Roadside Marty Davis,  Flat Broke Chops and Rods, FL
Roland Sands, RSD, Los Alamitos, CA
Shaun and Aaron Gaurdado*, Suicide Machine Company, Long Beach, CA
Steve Peffer*, Steel City Choppers, Butler, PA
Taber Nash*, Nash Motorcycle Company, Long Beach, CA
Teach Kevin Baas, Baas Metal Craft, Lakeville, MN
Trent Schara*, Atomic Forge, WY
Trevelen Rabaual*, Superco, Los Angeles, CA
Uwe Ehinger*, Hamburg, GERMANY
Will Ramsay, Faith Forgotten, New Albany, IN
Yuichi Yoshizawa*, Custom Works Zon, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

* First time in the exhibition

The Artists Scheduled To Present
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Richie Pan – More than 50 pieces of art by Richie Pan will be displayed in his memory.

Other Artists Include:

AD Cook

Darren McKeag

George the Painter

Latricia “Trish” Horstman

Mario Burkhardt

Michael Lichter

Nik Pew

Tay Herrera

Timothy White

Biltwell helmets – There will also be a display of Biltwell “Gringo” helmets painted by tattoo artists from around the country.

In addition to the custom motorcycles on display, you’ll have the rare opportunity to lose yourself in the deep colors and richly symbolic art of celebrated tattoo artist Richie Pan. The late owner of Dark Star Tattoo in New Jersey will have paintings hanging throughout the hall alongside each motorcycle.

When he wasn’t creating distinctive tattoo designs, Pan painted and brought his oils to rest in depictions of machines and people that make you feel like what you’re seeing is ink embedded in flesh. While his use of intense color and curious design is deeply rooted in the world of tattooing, you’ll also observe his love of everything motorcycle in both the subject matter and characteristic symbolism displayed in his pieces. Pan was killed in an accident in 2015, but you can see his spirit live on in this amazing group of paintings.

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Willie’s Chopper Time Show at Tropical Tattoo

Biketoberfest 2014

Twisted Tea Biker’s Choice
Spectro Oil Boomer’s Bike Shop
Led Sled TC Bros Choppers
Chop Docs J&P Cycles
Lowbrow Customs Anvil Customs
DK Customs Bling’s Cycles

Some of the MANY prizes given out:
Biker’s Choice: 2 sets of 80 spoke wheels, a set of 5 dual custom wheels, 2 12” handlebars, big sucker air filter kits
Chop Docs: grips, fuel line kit, shifter pegs, seat mounts, hats and apparel
TC Bros Choppers: 5 sets of weld on solo seat pivot hinges, apparel
DK Customs: foot pegs, apparel
Anvil Customs: 3 hand tooled leather belts
Led Sled: apparel, gift certificates
Bling’s: set of risers
J&P Cycles: foot pegs, grips, plug wire set, apparel

Award Choices:
Category Judge Bike Owner
Best :
Twin Cam Bill Dodge 2001 Dyna Justin Lowe
Shovelhead Tattoo Joe 1966 Shovel Bob Macnamara
Panhead Clay 1960 Panhead Frank Griod
Trailer Trash Sean 1969 Ironhead Gary Jenkins
Knucklehead Boston Mike Knuckle Rick Brown
Flathead Steve Broyles 1948 Indian James Tillman
EVO Bob- Tough Love 1984 FXR Jason Grimes
Metric Kari 1975 Yamaha XS650 Alan Cox
Sportster Pat Patterson 1977 Sportster Todd Gomez
Creative Custom Jason Grimes 1947 Knuckle Lee Doggett
Paint Steve Dungey 1970 Shovelhead Ray Llanes
British Bill Dodge 1968 Triumph Eric Allard
Rat Spacey Custom Bobber Philip Benningfield
Cycle Source Choice 1958 Panhead Dan Thomas
Kari’s Choice Kari from The Horse 1975 Yamaha XS650 Alan Cox
Roadside’s Choice Roadside Marty 1969 Ironhead Gary Jenkins
Roadside’s Choice Roadside Marty Custom EVO Frank Hilton
The Horse’s Choice Hammer’s Choice 1977 Ironhead Chris Cruz
The Horse’s Choice Steve Broyles’ Choice 1903 Rat Mark Mite
Willie’s Choice Willie 1947 Knuckle Lee Doggett
Willie’s Choice Willie 1976 Superglide Daisy Bunn
Willie’s Chocie Willie EVO Paul Jabely
Sons of God MC 1968 Triumph Arthur Bell Jr
BD Customs Pick Joey Tee 1993 EVO George Casale
Lady’s Choice Awesome Autumn 1977 Sportster Todd Gomez