Feb 152012
 

The 4th Annual Texas Hoedown!

 

Do yourself a HUGE favor and get out there!!  This will be a fantastic day of fun and frolic with some of the coolest cats and kittens in Texas and beyond.

 

 

 

Video from a few years back… and boy, is ever gonna be better!

 

Hells Angels and Mongols Clash in Sturgis 2011

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Aug 152011
 

Well, for those of you who were there, ya probably already know all about it… for those that couldn’t make this year’s Sturgis Rally, you still probably know about it… Seems like the Hells Angels and the Mongols got into it a little bit last Wednesday night just off Main Street, in front of the Angel’s Clubhouse (Pee-Wee’s Shop).  One member from each club went to the hospital with stab wounds, and both have been released.

Two Hells Angels are in custody and face assault charges after a biker fight in downtown Sturgis.  Mark Allen Duclos, 48, is charged with aggravated assault, and George James Caruso, 57, is charged with simple assault.

This will certainly go down as one of the better known clashes between clubs in the states… There are of course the instances in Laughlin, the shooting in Custer State Park, and the recent activity in Arizona.  You can read about most of these things in my blog if you wanna keep up.

We also have a few links to a video someone shot from One Eyed Jack’s Saloon.  The first part is the most interesting (and easy to watch)… then the sun goes down and it becomes hard to see.

 

L&R,

 

ArtBiker

 

 

 

Oct 272010
 

I tell you what… it seems some people never learn.  I know that as an educator I have to deal with issues of plagiarism on an all too frequent basis.  But that type of behavior happens outside the classroom as well.  Instead of plagiarism, we often call it copyright infringement or intellectual property rights.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has had issues with their ideas, logos, and name being used by people from all walks of life.  Just a few years ago they went to court because someone had bought up and was trying to sell domain names that were directly linked to the group.  I think that was settled with a hand slap and a glare, but I sure wouldn’t want to step on toes.  You can read some of the older entries about the issues here:

Hells Angels Trademark Case

Another Hells Angels Lawsuit

Hells Angels MC Intellectual Property and Logo…

Luckily, the man who “borrowed” inspiration from the Angels this time around is, well, dead.  I am not happy he is no longer of this earth, but I sure hope that if I ever get in major trouble with any MC, it happens after my “life cycle” has ended naturally.

According to a complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles,

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. said fashion design house Alexander McQueen, through New York-based Saks and retailer Zappos.com Inc., have been selling infringing products in stores in California and online.

At the center of the suit is the Hells Angels skull with wings, which dates back to at least 1948.  While fashion designers could say they just drew inspiration from skulls in general, as many have done before, the items that carry the likeness are actually named after the famous motorcycle club; Hells Angels Jacquard Box Dress and Hells Angels Pashmina (that’s a scarf… I had to look it up) are among some the items named in the suit.  A woman’s handbag designed by McQueen called “Hell’s Knuckle Duster” is listed on Zappos.com, owned by Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc, for $2,329, so we are not talking chump change here.

Representatives of the Hells Angels who filed the suit, officially, the case is Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. v. Alexander McQueen Trading Ltd., 10-08029, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles), claim it’s not necessarily about money but the logo and those members who are allowed to wear it.

“From decades of notoriety, the HAMC marks have acquired very widespread public recognition. Consequently they evoke strong and immediate reactions whenever used,” the complaint states, “The impact of these marks is virtually incomparable, and as a result they have great commercial value,” it says, alleging that the defendants seek “to exploit that value for their own gain”.

Alexander McQueen past away last February, but it looks like the battle of his designs is alive and kicking.

Love, Respect, and Trademarks,

ArtBiker

ummm... It's a scarf

Sep 292010
 

(CNN) — America loves its outlaws, but few of us actually dare to live the lifestyle. Veteran LIFE photographer Bill Ray got about as close as anyone, riding along with a notorious biker gang.

In 1965, the Hells Angels were little known outside the American West. Ray spent several weeks in Southern California, photographing and traveling with the San Bernardino chapter of a gang that would soon become notorious for its hedonistic, lawless swagger.

See more of Bill Ray’s Hells Angels photos at LIFE.com

The Hells Angels are now a worldwide phenomenon — incorporated, licensed and branded. But the gang Ray traveled with, two years before the Summer of Love and four years before the deadly violence at a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont speedway made them infamous, truly lived on the fringes of society.

In a culture where the Beach Boys and the Beatles fought a squeaky-clean battle for the hearts and minds of America, the Hells Angels were, in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, a “burst of dirty thunder” that shocked folks wherever they went.

It was a time when the roar of stripped-down Harleys and the sight of long-haired bikers on the freeway — or riding into a sleepy town — was still new, alien, and for the average law-abiding citizen, more than a little frightening.

Forty-five years after the story and photos were rejected by a LIFE managing editor, they still have some of that shock value, a reminder that outlaws still have a secret sweet spot in the American psyche.

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CNN does not want the video from the story imbedded into the blog, so follow this link and enjoy

Sep 162010
 

When I was growing up, my sister was a Mod.  She collected Vespas and must have owned eight or ten of them at one time… she even had one with a sidecar.

I, well I was the Rocker.  I rode my bike, listened to rock and roll, and got down and dirty with the best of them.

One night when my bike was broken down, which was not at all unusual, I took my sister’s Vespa Rally 150 out for a spin.  It had 4 gears, was really fast, and scared the bejeezus out of me!!  Those tiny little wheels on there, it was like riding a skateboard down a San Francisco street with no nuts on the truck bolts… Squirrelly!

Well, after that little jaunt, I had a new found respect for the scooter kids.

Enough of a trip down memory lane; both cultures are still alive and well.  In fact, the Mods and Rockers have their own little rallies around the country and around the world.  This weekend Houston will be the host city to the Rockers VS Mods Hustletown Rumble II.  Below you will find some of the info you need and if you are into it, follow the link here to check out the entire event!

http://www.rockers-vs-mods.com/

I was really hoping to attend this event, but time may have slipped by me a bit.  The ’75 Yamaha XS 650 sidecar rig is up on a lift (it is a LONG story that involves a one legged prospect and a pregnant wife… seriously), and I had really wanted to take the girls with me and show off the “family van.”  If I do go, you can count on a new series of photographs!

Hope to see you there and if you do get out and get some shots, please share your stories and images with all of us here at ArtBiker World.

Love, Respect, and Scooter Culture!

ArtBiker

If you are old enough to drink in a bar and so is your bike (or it at least looks old), then you came to the right place!

If you like bikes, scooters, live music, group rides and everything that goes along with two-wheeled classics, then, once again, you came to the right place!

Only traditionally styled bikes and scooters in the “Rockers-vs-Mods” spirit will be judged and eligible for awards!

ALL BIKES AND SCOOTERS are welcome at the rally.