Oct 262011
 

Wow, I remember when the Lone Star Rally was born… Galveston thought long and hard about allowing a bunch of crazy bikers onto the island… but it was successful… Heck, in 2003 or 2004, my little lady and I had a major art exhibition of biker related photographs at the Galveston Arts Center during the annual rally… That was a good time.

The crowds have grown each year, and the event is now known as the Largest Weekend Rally in the country!  Attendance is high enough to rival the biggies like Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, and the recently deceased Myrtle Beach, but all the fun is packed into 4 days… which, is not that big a problem.  Similarly to Daytona and Myrtle Beach, there isn’t a whole lot of riding to be done locally.  So, if you are on your way to G-Town from parts outside the Houston Metro Area, please choose your route wisely… there will be plenty of opportunity to ride the super slab and straight highways once you get to town.  In other words, find your curves along the way.

There will be a ton to do… bike shows (which I plan to win), tattoo shows (which I plan to win), drinking contests (which I plan to win), barroom brawls (which I plan to win), a poker run or two (which I plan to win), and some other stuff that you needn’t concern yourself with… as you can tell, I probably plan to win.

Seriously though, come and play.  Look for me as I will be taking part in as much as possible and if there isn’t some fun event to do, I will be sitting on the side of the street, sipping an adult beverage, and eyeballing some amazing looking sleds and people watching as the world goes by.  If you spot me, stop and say hello… maybe you will let me buy you a beer.

 

L&R,

 

ArtBiker

 

here is the official press release:

 

 

From the furthest reaches of the USA, hundreds of thousands of motorcycling visitors and enthusiasts will converge on Galveston Island for the 10th Annual Lone Star Rally Thursday November 3rd through Sunday November 6th 2011, presented by GMC. During this time Galveston becomes a mecca for bikers throughout the country as they come to gather, ride, shop, party, & more at the largest weekend rally in the country. The LSR event offers a wealth of unique photo/video and story line opportunities. Media should contact Sharon Damante for any site logistics needs.

Event sponsors Budweiser, Jim Beam, Progressive Insurance & Bayer-Aleve / Alka-Seltzer help this Texas size party come to life with free concerts day and night. In addition, the LSR will host two paid/ticketed concerts on Pier 21: The Marshall Tucker Band on Friday night; and Buck Cherry, Saturday night. Rally-goers will also be treated to spectacular bike displays, the motorcycle industry’s top manufacturing reps showing off all the industry’s latest products and, can shop among hundreds of vendors supplying all things motorcycle.

The 2011 Lone Star Rally celebrity appearance highlights include two of the stars from the #1 hit TV show Sons Of Anarchy: Tommy Flanagan “Chibs” and Ryan D. Hurst “Opie,” signing autographs and taking pictures with guests. Michael Ballard and Angie from TRU TV’s Full Throttle Saloon will also be on hand meeting guests. Celebrity Bike Builders taking part in the 10th Annual Lone Star Rally include Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas and star of TRU TV’s Ma’s Road House, the Martin Bros, Brigitte Bourget, and Dave Perewitz. Legendary rally emcee Jay Allen will host this year’s festivities which include:

  • A bike giveaway presented by Geico.
  • The honorary Lone Star Freedom Ride benefit for Soldiers Angels on Friday.
  • The Outlaw Dave Ranch Ride on Saturday benefit for the Stevens & Pruett Ranch, departing from Stubbs Harley-Davidson and being led by Sons Of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan “Chibs”.
  • The Motorcycle Masquerade Promenade on Saturday, where the most outrageously dressed biker and rider are awarded.
  • The island wide three day poker run takes place Thursday through Saturday.
  • The Traveling Tattoo Company features all star tattoo artists from around the country showing off their work all weekend long.
  • Live music Thursday through Sunday featuring all your favorite rally bands including Jasmine Cain, Big Engine, Ryan Rolando, and a cast of local Houston rock and blues bands.

The 10th Annual Lone Star Rally, presented by GMC, is free to the public. For ongoing event information and updates, “Like” the event on Facebook.

 

festival map

(yes, this is an old map… but the space has not changed at all)

Galveston is located approximately one hour south of Houston. Take I-45 south for approximately 50 miles. After you cross the causeway linking the mainland to Galveston, I-45 will become Broadway, and the cross streets will be numbered in decreasing order. To reach the Strand National Historic Landmark District, the site of Dickens on The Strand, turn left onto either 24th, 22nd, or 21st Streets, and continue north toward Galveston Bay. These streets all intersect Mechanic Street at the perimeter of the festival site.

Parking is available on many streets and lots within walking distance of the festival area.

Tattoo Contest on Saturday

 Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Event, Tattoosday  Comments Off on Tattoo Contest on Saturday
Jul 142011
 

Looking for something fun to do this weekend??  Well, if you are in the greater Houston area, why not stop by Republic HD to check out the live tattooing and the bikini contest?  Should be a great time.  They have some of the best tattoo artists that Houston has to offer doing work live on the floor for you to watch and vote upon.  In fact, you might even see me there… not as an artist, not as a participant, but possibly as a judge.  I was just invited to judge and am trying to find a way to swing it… if you see a green Panhead parked out front, you will know I made it.

 

Love, Respect, and Tattoo Fun,

 

ArtBiker

 

Below is the press release:

 

REPUBLIC HARLEY-DAVIDSON 

2011 TATTOO SHOWDOWN & BIKINI CONTEST

Saturday, July 16th!

 

Coming up Saturday is Republic’s annual Tattoo Event and this year is an actual Tattoo Showdown on the showroom floor with Houston’s finest tattoo artist competing for $1000.00 Cash Prizes! These are true ‘artists’ performing live tattooing with both Judge’s Award and People’s Choice Award.

 

Please see www.republichd.com for all of the information.

 

Ink is permanent and so are life’s memories. I am having my “Tattoo Diary” inked into my arms as ‘sleeves’. These very special tattoos representing the noteworthy events and memories I have experienced in my life with references to loved ones, significant relationships, special pets, and. Of course, motorcycles. Please follow the progress and eventual completion of this project on the REPUBLIC FACEBOOK as I continue this rather bizarre episode in my life or should I say ‘another’ bizarre episode. This outstanding artistic undertaking is the work of George Arenas, of I-45 INK, 8301 Gulf Freeway, 713-941-8787. George listened to my stories and ideas and developed the design from his talents and supporting pictures. All of his work is freehand and exceptional!

 

Of course, the REPUBLIC 2011 TATTOO SHOWDOWN would not be complete without beautiful ladies. On the same day we are having a Bikini Contest LIVE on the showroom floor!

 

Jul 112011
 

 

 

STURGIS, S.D. July 6, 2011— After the huge success of last year’s show, The Horse Backstreet Choppers will bring its fifth annual The Horse Backstreet Choppers Bike Show to Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon, once again, during Sturgis Bike Week 2011.  This FREE show will be held Monday, August 8th, 2011 and will feature guest judges, door prizes and giveaways, a burnout pit, live music and beautiful women. NO registration fee or entry fee, this is a completely FREE show.

 

The Horse’s mission is to recognize all hard-core, garage-built backstreet choppers, all owners are encouraged to enter.  Open, FREE registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, all bikes must be in by noon. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Prizes will be given out all day. EVERYONE who enters a bike is eligible to win prizes. Your bike does not have to win and award to win a prize. This year’s panel of guest judges will feature, Roadside Marty of Flat Broke Customs, Paul Cox of Paul Cox Industries, Chuck Palumbo of CP Kustoms, Patrick Patterson of LED Sled, Jesse Dupre of Jackyl, Sugar Bear of Sugar Bear Choppers, Matt Olsen- Carl Olsen’s son, special guest judges, Michael Ballard of The Full Throttle Saloon and Angie Carlson of Full Throttle Flaunt, and many more.

 

“We are excited to be back at The Full Throttle,” said Steve Broyles, who heads up each year’s show. “Last year’s show was a great success so we expect even more great bikes to show up this year and to have an even better show than last year. We have made some changes this year, awards will be done earlier and we have even more prizes and swag to give away.”

 

Those who enter their bikes in the show will have a chance to win over $15,000 thousand dollars in door prizes from many different companies like Custom Chrome/Jammer, Factory Metal Works, Stevenson’s Cycle, Fabricator Kevin’s, Cycle X, Affliction, Papa Clutch Customs, Chop Docs Choppers, Low Brow Customs, Baker Drivetrain and many many more. Please see that attached list of available prizes. You must have a bike entered to win the door prizes. There will be tons of crowd giveaways as well. But of course, no Sturgis event would be complete without great bikes, great entertainment and great babes, so be sure to enter your bike or stop by and check out all the action.

 

Registration is FREE and is from 9am until noon. Competing bikes will be on display at The Full Throttle Saloon from noon until 4 p.m.

 

The FREE 2011 Horse Backstreet Choppers Bike Show is sponsored by Evil Engineering, LLC, Stevenson’s Cycles, CCI/Jammer Cycle Products, Baker Drivetrain, Cycle X, Fabricator Kevin’s and many other great companies.

 

For more information or to pre-register contact Kari at (313) 737 8888 or thehorseads@aol.com.

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Check out these prizes!!!  If we are lucky, we might even get the Horse to allow ArtBiker to give away some custom, limited edition prints to a few lucky entrants… we will see!

 

Company Prizes
Factory Metal Works Dished Harley Oil Tank
Finned TFMW aluminum Triumph Oil Tank
Handle Bars (7sets)-
TFMW seat
500 unit Triumph Full Frame
Papa Clutch Customs Shovelhead Rigid Bolt on Tail Section
Chop Docs Choppers Hang Em High Series Handle bars (2 sets) 12″ & 14″
Chopper Shockers Seat Shocks (3 sets)
Mosh Pit  Weld in Fuel Line Kits (2)
Hair Pin Seat Springs (4 sets)
Chain tensioners (2 sets)
Passenger Chopper Pegs (2 sets)
Gift Certificates
Sully’s Customs Sportster Coffin Lowering Struts blk pwd coat (2 sets)
Cycle X Harley Dual Carb Set Up
Baker Drivetrain $500 gift certificate
Affliction Clothing Live Fast Custom Hood Shirts (3)
Misgiven SS V-Neck Tee (2)
Voodo Riders SS Tee (2)
Bolt Paneled V-Neck (2)
Assault Leather Jacket
Monoceros Zip Up Hood (2)
Brain Storm Jacket
Liquid Icon Gasket Polarized Sunglasses
Baron’s Speed Shop Barons ribbed rear fender
Barons white Triumph pegs
Spectro Oil cases of oil
Roland Sands RSD Vintage Fuel Repl Cap
RSD Gas Cap tech
Anvil Customs Hand Tooled Leather Seat
Hog Snot Lubricants 2 five gallon pails of 20W50 motor oil with pump
2 cases of 80/90 primary care
2 caes of maximizer engine treatment
Spit Shine Instant Cleaner- 1 bottle for all entries
Custom Chrome $1000 Gift Certificate
Two $500 Gift Certificates
Two $250 Gift Certificates
Three $100 Gift Certificates
Three $50 Gift Certificates
Low Brow Customs Center Fill Narrow Alien Tank, 2.1 gallon chopper tank
2 sets of cloth covered plug wire sets, vintage style 7mm
2 sets of Weld On Seat Spring Mounts, steel, for installing your solo seat
Evil Engineering Complete 2″ Open Belt drive
Stevenson’s Cycle Cleaning Kits
mirrors (2 sets)
Gift cards
Tropical Tattoo Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate
Fabricator Kevin Side Mount License Plate Bracket with Tail Light
Seat Hinge
Slingin Ink Tattoos womens jackets
tattoo gift certificates
pin striping gift certificates
Kustoms Inc Seat pan with hinges (2)
hoe-bag oil tank
oil caps (2)
Chewy’s Gift Certificates
…AND MUCH MORE!!!!

 


SLC Punk… er… Skaters… er… Bolts Action!!!

 Motorcycle Event, Motorcycle Tour and Travel  Comments Off on SLC Punk… er… Skaters… er… Bolts Action!!!
May 162011
 

Second Birthday Party! While I don’t have the pleasure of knowing these guys personally, I certainly know who they are…. even posted their amazing Earth Day video for you to enjoy… they seem like my kind of cats…

 

If you are in the area, this seems like it would be a really great trip.  Reminds me of strapping my deck to the back of my bike and rolling all over Albuquerque, NM in search of the best ditches to skate.  Later, I graduated to Arizona where I tooled the back roads looking for empty pools… Skateboards and Motorcycles… they will always be linked.

 

L&R,

 

ArtBiker