Yes, you too can tell the Citizens of society to F-Off by proudly displaying your own 1%er/FTW medallion! This coin has been created by the Northwestern Territorial Mint for ANYONE to purchase… Yes, you can proudly display this in your home with absolutely nothing to back it up! Who needs the hassle of prospecting for months or years to prove your mettle when, for only .50, you can own one of these fine tokens of your 1%er mentality… The following comes straight from the website:
“Trouble was caused by the one percent deviant that tarnishes the public image of both motorcycles and motorcyclists.” – American Motorcycle Association, responding to the Hollister Motorcycle Rally in 1947.
The most feared and respected riders roaming the blacktop, one percenters are a breed apart from all others. These individuals bow to no one, test the boundaries of all and give their devotion to few. The 1%er insignia is worn with pride by those who choose not to settle, not to give in to polite society but instead ride with the wind in their face and their back to the status quo.
How do you become a one percenter? If you have to ask the question, you won’t understand the answer. Only another one percenter can truly understand what belonging takes. These riders find freedom in the style they see fit and apologizing to no one for it. A brotherhood on two wheels, a bold way of life – a one percenter is the ultimate expression of liberty.
This coin is diamond-shaped, reflecting the “one-percenter” design that the select clubs use to show their allegiance to their club. Against a pitch-black backdrop, the reverse features a grinning skull above the letters “FTW” – shorthand for a take-no-prisoner worldview commonly held among club members. The obverse shows the “1%er” text. Minted in a nickel alloy, this coin is imbued with ebony enamel on both sides.
Might as well buy two or three of these. And if you are interested, you can get some cool accessories like a small carrying pouch (in blue, burgundy, or black), or a hip acrylic stand! The coins start shipping the first of July and I would suggest getting yours on order now to be sure you have one or two in place in time for the second season of Sons of Anarchy to air.
Disclaimer: For anyone new to the motorcycle scene that might be reading my blog, please be aware that members of the 1%er communities take their patches, colors, and 1% designation very seriously. You do not want to unknowingly wear or display something that could lead to a very real confrontation. I have posted on this topic in the past and invite you to learn a bit more about the biker culture before innocently buying into something that could end badly.
Free To Wander… it is the second or third in a rather large selection of films that are being reviewed here at ArtBiker World. I have had this one in my DVD player for a while and have been watching snippets whenever the opportunity arises. I have also sat with the film, watching it from beginning to end a few times and I do enjoy it.
First off, this has been directed and produced by Richard Grabbe and it is his first feature film venture. It has a pretty groovy little soundtrack that is somewhat trance inspiring. There are some really nice still photos included in the body of the film and some great moving shots that have been slowed down to let the viewer check out the action and the bikes. When this effect is paired with the droning soundtrack, you cannot help but compare it to the drug induced graveyard scene from Easyrider. If you didn’t care for that sequence, you may have the same response from portions of FTW. I recommend cutting the sound if this is the case, put your own soundtrack on and the film begins to change a bit. I threw on a little Agent Orange and suddenly I am taken back to the old Powel Peralta videos I grew up with in the 80’s.
In fact, one could argue that those old skateboarding videos have really influenced the making of this film. Straight up from the beginning we see that there is a connection between the bikers in this film and the old punk rock, skate, and surf culture of the late 70’s through early 90’s. These Gen X and Y kids have moved on to cooler toys but still have the same individualized attitudes that define these generations. One of the reasons I have had this movie in the player for so long is that it is great to let play in the background while hanging out with the boys, wrenching, having a beer, or even playing with the kids… just kill the audio and enjoy the visuals as you go through your daily life.
Keep in mind, however, that you will want to spend a little time with this film listening to the audio. There are a few really stellar interviews included. But before I jump ahead, I must mention that the linear quality of the voiceovers and interviews may not really make sense. There is a brief intro to the idea of the film, a short history of the Sturgis rally with a mention of the plight of our Native Brothers, then some goofing off before talk about the Country Mile 2008. The run is followed with little explanation, but we gather that a group of kool kids on killer bikes are out having one hell of a time. I for one got jazzed to ride and wished I could call up some of the cats from the film to join them for a spin.
For a short while the film concerns itself with the ride. There are a couple voiceovers that talk about what is happening, but again, most of the action is visual as we see the fearless pack continue on their journey. We do get a couple introductions as to who these riders are and an occasional name pops up on the screen, but we are left to decide who they are in the biker world by our own knowledge from magazines and events. It might be nice to know more about these guys, how they got together and what they are doing together in the film.
As the movie progresses we start to get a little more info. There are interviews with Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Choppers, Richard Grabbe of Rich Phillips Cycles, Crazy Kevin, Keino Sasaki of Keino Cycles, and Paul Cox of Paul Cox Industries. Here is where we really get to the meat of the film. We learn a little about each builder, get to see some of their work and hear their stories in their own words.
What can I say; Richard Grabbe has put together a pretty nice film for his first time out of the gate. Free to Wander is a DVD that will live in the garage with me where it can run in the background while the boys and I wrench on the Panhead and customize the sidecar rig. It inspires me to get out on the road and makes me want to surround myself with guys with similar taste in style and bikes. Hey, for $20 it is worth adding this to your collection. Just know what it is, an indie production from someone within the industry instead of a high-end film by a professional filmmaker. Hey, if it was anything else it might just lose its charm. I am really interested to see what comes next from Rich now that he has this experience under his belt.
The crew that put together the FTW film have sent me a copy and a review is coming soon… I have watched it once already and will want to watch again to give it more thought… however, I can tell you that there is some pretty wonderful footage and some great interviews! I can already tell you that it is worth picking up and adding to your collection.
Enough of that talk for now, check out the press release and if you are in Chicago this weekend, be sure to get out there and get in on the action!
Love, Respect, and Dig Art,
Here is press release form Free To Wander, concerning their Chicago release party.
I know you love bikes and love seeing bikes.I would like to invite you to come and see bikers on film. I know you love going to a great biker party.
so you need to come to the New Free To Wander Chopper Documentary release party at the Cobra Lounge 235 N. Ashland Ave, on Saturday starting at 8:00, 4/18/09.
Free To Wander Documentary is produced by 4130 Studios and the release party is being hosted by Rich Phillips Cycles. There will burlesque dancers along with the Free To Wander chopper film. This is a film about the modern biker life style.
The DVD will be available for sale along with Tee shirts.
This is going to be a wild party. Guys are coming from all over US and Canada.
See you there: FTW