Nov 012010
 

Well Rally Fans, I have some good news and some bad news… the bad news first.  The Panhead being built by my good friend and renowned bike builder, Steve Garn, is not going to make it here but the start of the Lone Star Rally in Galveston.  The good news is that the Panhead being built by my good friend and renowned bike builder, Steve Garn, is not going to make it here but the start of the Lone Star Rally in Galveston… Huh?  Well that means that you just might have a shot if you plan on entering the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show at this year’s event.

The Lone Star Rally has really grown and is beginning to mature into a fine event.  It has always been fun, don’t get me wrong, but it is now starting to draw a crowd from outside the immediate area.  And events like the Rat’s Hole show, Limpnickie Lot’s Bar, Celebrity Bike Builder Lot, House Of Blues involvement, and a line up of great music have a lot to do with the spread of interest.

Heck, even our friend, Michael Lichter who often comes down to photograph for Easyriders Magazine is having his own art exhibition this year!  If you have not made it to Sturgis to see the work in the past, be sure to check it out this time around.   Michael Lichter will have a gallery at 2215 Strand Street, Galveston, TX near Saengerfest Park, the epicenter of the rally. Exhibition will be open to the public Thursday through Sunday (Nov 4-7) until 11:00 pm. Fans of Michael’s art will be able to meet with him 3 times daily (11:30 am-12:30 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm and 7:30–8:30 pm) to exchange stories about the photos and answer your questions. The photographs will be for sale and when Michael is not present, Emily Marshall will be available to help visitors. And of course you will also see Michael covering the rally.

The Lone Star Rally is gearing up for November 4-7th, 2010. We will be celebrating the United States, its military (Past & Present), and everything we love about our country!  So there will be a lot to do for all of you with a deep-seated love for our country and our freedom.  For example, there is a Follow the Ground Zero Flag Ride as well as many military tributes and exhibits all over the island.  And for those of you into it, be sure to visit Seawolf Park:

Pelican Island is the Home of Seawolf Park- the resting place and memorial for the USS CAVALLA (WWII Submarine) and the USS STEWART (destroyer escort – one of only 3 in the world). Be sure to come out and tour these historic vessels. Seawolf Park is open from Dawn till Dusk daily during the rally. Admission or parking fees may apply. Please check out everything Seawolf Park has to offer at www.galveston.com/seawolfpark.

Other popular events you will certainly want to participate in include:

The Official 2010 Lone Star Rally Poker Run and Crawl:

Be sure to register after 10:00 am Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning at our Poker Run Registration booth to join in this fun event that takes you around the island in hopes of ending up with the best hand. Donations of $10 will go to a worthy charity and the winner will receive a gift certificate for a 2-night stay in a Gulf view, 2-bedroom condo at the beautiful Galvestonian Luxury Resort Condominiums. www.galvestonian.com

Enter in our Biker Promenade and Best Decorated Bike & Rider Contest:

Get ready to promenade down Strand Street on your decked out bike. Here is your chance to show your patriotism or just get wild and crazy. This year anyone with a costume and a matching bike can sign up on site to enter in our best-decorated bike and rider contest. The registration will be at the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry’s booth on 20th Street starting Thursday morning at 10:00 am and will continue during rally hours until 1:00 pm Saturday. A limit of 50 registrants per day will be included. All participants will meet at the designated site at 4:00 pm for judging. Winner will receive a $500 Grand Prize. Immediately following the judging (about 5:00 pm), everyone will promenade down Strand Street in costume. For more details and rules please check the Best Decorated Bike & Rider Contest Rules page.

The Baker Drive Train Burn Out Ramp:

A specially designed ramp to display the most amazing burn out displays. Test your burn out abilities! Hosted by Jay Allen, owner of the World’s Biggest Biker Bar, The Broken Spoke Saloon.

Harley’s Angels:

Harley’s Angels Cruzin’ to Cure is sponsoring the Women Riders Event! All proceeds will support breast cancer research through M.D. Anderson and Baylor College of Medicine. Click Here To View Event Flyer

When: Saturday, November 6th, 8 AM to 4 PM

Where: Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach

5002 Seawall Blvd., Galveston Island

There is something for everyone!

Ride to the Military History Sites of Galveston – maps and entries available at the Harley’s Angels booth

Great keynote speakers every hour from 10 AM to 2 PM

Live Entertainment from 10 AM to closing!

Women’s Ride-In Bike Show & Competition. 10 AM – 2 PM

Celebrity Bike Displays – Rick Fairless’ Stokers, Dave Perewitz, on behalf of Allstate, and more!

Shop for great items at the Silent Auction – 8 AM to 2 PM.

Raffles and 50/50 winners every hour between 10 AM and 2 PM

Commemorative Event Photos – Capture the moment!

Allstate Garage – “Interested or New Rider” demo booth

Harley’s Angels Cruzin’ to Cure 2011 Calendar

So there you have it… a ton of things to do this week in the Galveston, Texas area.  And for those of you who are up north and trying to decide if you should head down here last minute, keep in mind that the weather will be mid to high 60’s during the day and mid to low 50’s at night… perfect riding weather.  Hope to see you on the strand.

Love, Respect, and Lone Star Baby,

ArtBiker

Oct 282009
 

Fall is here and many of you are getting your bikes ready for the winter storage.  I live in Houston, TX and am able to have my bike out all year long with little discomfort.  I may take a ride in 30 or 40-degree weather four or five times… but nothing like our die-hard friends up North.

As many of you pack up your sleds, I am sure you start to daydream about Daytona.  It is, after all, the first major rally of the year.  I am no different.  The Galveston Rally is about to hit this weekend, but after that, the big rallies are over for the riding season.  So, I daydream about next year’s schedule.  And this time around, I think I would like to add a few destinations to the list that I have either never been to before, or have not been in ages and ages.  What follows will be a three-part article on the best of the best, dream destinations for 2010.  You will find the old standards like Sturgis, new events like Asian tattoo conventions, and kustom culture events like Viva Las Vegas… so read, enjoy, mark your calendars, and dream big.

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January is an overwhelming month for tattoo conventions.  Kicking off the year is one event I have never attended and would give my left nut to visit (well, that is if it wasn’t already surgically removed).  2010 will host the 2nd Annual Singapore Tattoo Convention (www.tattoo.com.sg/).  Yeah, Singapore!  Like Singapore Sling… a reason many young folks get their first tattoo… This convention does a wonderful job of mixing the best artists and amazing styles.  Last year’s event was titled “East Meets West” and showcased 60 of the East’s best artists and 60 of the most talented from the West.  This year’s selection should be just as amazing.  And before you start freaking out thinking that there is no way your artist can finish your piece at the show’s short run from January 8th thru 10th, and there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that you will ever be able to afford to travel back to Singapore, the convention folks have set up shop for post tattoo show sessions… so, extend your stay, enjoy the culture, and get that piece wrapped up before heading back home.  Cool.

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Stateside will provide Austin’s own, Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival (www.golivefast.com/contentsaus.php).  This will be the 8th year of this convention and my Ol’ Lady and I always love attending.  The only bitch I have about this gathering is that I never know what is going on there until the convention is upon us.  As of now, there is nothing on-line about the 2010 event, but we can assume that it will most likely take place January 8-10 or 15-17.  I am rooting for the later weekend as my little girl’s birthday is January 9th and I won’t make it out there for the show if we are having a bouncy castle bash for a bunch of four year olds.

But, if it is the 15th-17th, and I actually could go anywhere I wanted, my number one choice would be to travel to Australia where I could soak in the biker culture (which is rapidly changing because of the events taking place the past 6 months or so), and I could attend the SURFink Tattoo Convention.  Not only would the weather be beautiful, remember it will be the height of the summer Down Under, but there would be so many new roads to ride, bikers to meet and amazing tattoo artists to watch.  The artist list consists of some of the best tattoo talent in the entire world and the convention will be held in the infamous Gold Coast.  There will be seminars, Art Fusion events, tattoo contests, pin-up parades, and even trips to check out the rain forest!  Check it out, drool, and dream… www.tattoosurfink.com

February and March find us with the official kick off of the bike season with the Daytona Bike Week Rally.  The 69th anniversary of this event bridges February and March by running from Feb. 26 to March 7th (http://www.officialbikeweek.com).  We all know what to expect from this event.  There will be a huge party at Destination Daytona, the Bruce Rossmeyer legacy that includes his ginormous dealership, restaurants, music venues, a J&P store, an Arlen Ness dealership, and more.  There will be the Rat’s Hole Show, the Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show, events at Main Street (although probably not as much as in past years), coleslaw wrestling at the Cabbage Patch, events at the Last Resort in Port Orange, and more… Weather is usually great, people are nice, and the cops continue to get worse.

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April showers bring the Lucky #13th year of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend!  Now this is an event not to be missed.  Make sure to be at the Orleans Hotel from April 1st – 4th for the very best in Rockabilly music anywhere.  Headlining is Chuck Berry.  And if for some reason the music doesn’t get you crazy, then go for the car show, tiki pool party, burlesque competition, vintage fashion show, and the biggest burlesque show in the world!

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And don’t forget the 28th Annual Laughlin River Run!  For those that have never been, the River Run became a media circus after the brawl between Mongols and Hells Angels at the Harrah’s Casino in 2002.  As of late, the run has become a bit more expensive, but is still well attended.  You can check out the happenings and schedule soon at the LRR’s homepage: www.laughlinriverrun.com. The beauty of this year’s event is that the 3rd Annual Laughlin Tattoo Convention will be happening at the same time!  The Aquarius Casino Resort will host the event April 21st – 25th and there will be the usual tattoo contests, music, good food, great folks, and there will be bikers!  Check to see if your favorite artist is going to show by visiting the official website at www.dermalknowledgeproductions.net.

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Oct 242009
 

Well, it is that time again when Galveston Island gears up for its own big biker bash.  The Lone Star Rally has really grown over the past six years or so and still touts itself as being the largest free rally in all of Texas. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t get hit up for a parking fee or some other bit of cash here or there.

Regardless, I have been attending this every year since its inception and always have a great time.  This year’s event falls on Halloween weekend and there will be a biker costume contest as well as other ghoulish events taking place on the island.  Weather is also supposed to be fantastic.  At the moment the forecast calls for highs in the 70’s and lows in the mid 50’s… so, for those of you in the north, come on down and enjoy the break from the coming winter weather.  The place will be crawling with about 500,000 new and old friends to keep you company.  And if you are coming into town, please hit me up.  The ArtBiker Crew will be on the island all weekend and we would love to join you for a beer and a BS session.

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

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Dec 262008
 

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I apologize for the long delay with my thoughts about the Lone Star Rally… it was only a week ago but it feels like it has been months.  How was it?  Actually, it wasn’t bad at all.  The island had been ripped apart which set the rally back a month or so, but everything seemed to come together. 

Saturday morning I geared up and headed to the meeting point to join up with the boys in the club.  Baller showed up on his King, but the old girl started to make an awful noise.  Sounded to me like a lifter, but he thought it was probably a bearing.  He called a Brother and headed out to swap bikes for the day (the problem did turn out to be a lifter, but it really doesn’t matter).  About ten other guys from the club showed and we all headed down to road to meet up with Rubio and Baller on his borrowed ride.  

By this time we had picked up a few stragglers and were about 18 bikes strong.  We rolled onto the island and I quickly noticed the steep prices for parking.  Folks in a cage were paying up to $40 for a parking space!  Now, the island is still a mess from the hurricane and the businesses there desperately need the influx of monies to get back on their feet, but $40 is a bit unconscionable. 

We found our way into a private party where the gumbo, beer, and margaritas were free.  We sipped the frozen drinks in quiet homage to the first margarita ever made.  The drink was invented a mile or so from where we stood at the Balinese Room which was destroyed during hurricane Ike.  The quiet didn’t last too long, however, you see the drinks were free.  Next thing you know our crew is friggin legless and crawling around the island looking at all the vendors and checking out the bikes.  The place was pretty packed and, from what I was told, Saturday’s showing was larger than Friday’s.  That seems par for the course for me.


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I did see a few cool rides and a few folks I hadn’t seen in a while.  For example, this badass quad with a v-twin power plant, I have been hitting rallies since the late 80’s and have never seen a set up like this one before.  There was also a really sweet trike cruising the strand.


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Sunday I returned to the rally with my youngest daughter.  Her older sister has been going to rallies with me since she was about two months old, and this was her second time to this rally in her short one and a half year life.  We always have a good time together and I try to take the girls to locations during times when the rally is calm.  Not because I am worried about her at all, but I understand that a lot of us are out to have a good time and don’t necessarily want to have to dodge a stroller on our vacation.  Sunday was perfect as the place was really dead.  I think the Saturday festivities went on far longer than I stayed.  I imagine everyone was still in a campsite, hotel room, or on the beach nursing a serious hangover.

Xaiden and I strolled down the empty strand, checking out the bikes and just hanging out together.  You will never guess who we ran into… Michael Lichter.  For those of you who don’t know him, he is the man most likely responsible for all those custom bike photos you drool over in the garage.  Lichter has been photographing for Easyriders Magazine since the magazine was fairly new and he has been putting on some amazing exhibitions of photos and bikes during the Sturgis Rally since 2000 or so.  You need to check out his website at: www.lichterphoto.com.  Anyway, He was shooting a model on a bike for the Easyriders Catalog.  We stopped by and said hello.  He was using a sweet new Nikon camera that has not even been released yet, and his poor model had a broken leg.  I am willing to bet you won’t see that in the catalog shots.


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We left Michael to do his work and made another pass down the strand.  Then we sat for a while and watched the people slowly trickle into the streets as the vendors awoke and the engines came to life.  Before we knew it, we were heading back to Houston to have lunch and call it a day.

The Lone Star Rally is always a good time, it is a free event (if you don’t park in a lot), a ton of people show up, drinks are cheap for a rally (about $3 for a 16oz beer), and the weather is always good. No, you don’t have the beautiful waters of Daytona, you don’t have the amazing riding of Sturgis, you don’t have the gorgeous landscape of Laconia, and you don’t even have the tourist attractions of Myrtle Beach; but, the rally is always worth it, good friends, good food, good drink, and a good excuse to get out and be together.  Come out next year and say hello… You can find me in a gutter on Saturday, or pushing a stroller down the strand at some ungodly hour on Sunday.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

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Father, daughter enjoy Lone Star Rally

Xaiden Linton does a wheelie in her stroller as her father, Matt Linton, pushes her down The Strand to see the motorcycles Sunday on the final day of the Lone Star Rally.

Dec 262008
 

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I apologize for the long delay with my thoughts about the Lone Star Rally… it was only a week ago but it feels like it has been months.  How was it?  Actually, it wasn’t bad at all.  The island had been ripped apart which set the rally back a month or so, but everything seemed to come together. 

Saturday morning I geared up and headed to the meeting point to join up with the boys in the club.  Baller showed up on his King, but the old girl started to make an awful noise.  Sounded to me like a lifter, but he thought it was probably a bearing.  He called a Brother and headed out to swap bikes for the day (the problem did turn out to be a lifter, but it really doesn’t matter).  About ten other guys from the club showed and we all headed down to road to meet up with Rubio and Baller on his borrowed ride.  

By this time we had picked up a few stragglers and were about 18 bikes strong.  We rolled onto the island and I quickly noticed the steep prices for parking.  Folks in a cage were paying up to $40 for a parking space!  Now, the island is still a mess from the hurricane and the businesses there desperately need the influx of monies to get back on their feet, but $40 is a bit unconscionable. 

We found our way into a private party where the gumbo, beer, and margaritas were free.  We sipped the frozen drinks in quiet homage to the first margarita ever made.  The drink was invented a mile or so from where we stood at the Balinese Room which was destroyed during hurricane Ike.  The quiet didn’t last too long, however, you see the drinks were free.  Next thing you know our crew is friggin legless and crawling around the island looking at all the vendors and checking out the bikes.  The place was pretty packed and, from what I was told, Saturday’s showing was larger than Friday’s.  That seems par for the course for me.


img_00561

I did see a few cool rides and a few folks I hadn’t seen in a while.  For example, this badass quad with a v-twin power plant, I have been hitting rallies since the late 80’s and have never seen a set up like this one before.  There was also a really sweet trike cruising the strand.


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Sunday I returned to the rally with my youngest daughter.  Her older sister has been going to rallies with me since she was about two months old, and this was her second time to this rally in her short one and a half year life.  We always have a good time together and I try to take the girls to locations during times when the rally is calm.  Not because I am worried about her at all, but I understand that a lot of us are out to have a good time and don’t necessarily want to have to dodge a stroller on our vacation.  Sunday was perfect as the place was really dead.  I think the Saturday festivities went on far longer than I stayed.  I imagine everyone was still in a campsite, hotel room, or on the beach nursing a serious hangover.

Xaiden and I strolled down the empty strand, checking out the bikes and just hanging out together.  You will never guess who we ran into… Michael Lichter.  For those of you who don’t know him, he is the man most likely responsible for all those custom bike photos you drool over in the garage.  Lichter has been photographing for Easyriders Magazine since the magazine was fairly new and he has been putting on some amazing exhibitions of photos and bikes during the Sturgis Rally since 2000 or so.  You need to check out his website at: www.lichterphoto.com.  Anyway, He was shooting a model on a bike for the Easyriders Catalog.  We stopped by and said hello.  He was using a sweet new Nikon camera that has not even been released yet, and his poor model had a broken leg.  I am willing to bet you won’t see that in the catalog shots.


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We left Michael to do his work and made another pass down the strand.  Then we sat for a while and watched the people slowly trickle into the streets as the vendors awoke and the engines came to life.  Before we knew it, we were heading back to Houston to have lunch and call it a day.

The Lone Star Rally is always a good time, it is a free event (if you don’t park in a lot), a ton of people show up, drinks are cheap for a rally (about $3 for a 16oz beer), and the weather is always good. No, you don’t have the beautiful waters of Daytona, you don’t have the amazing riding of Sturgis, you don’t have the gorgeous landscape of Laconia, and you don’t even have the tourist attractions of Myrtle Beach; but, the rally is always worth it, good friends, good food, good drink, and a good excuse to get out and be together.  Come out next year and say hello… You can find me in a gutter on Saturday, or pushing a stroller down the strand at some ungodly hour on Sunday.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

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Father, daughter enjoy Lone Star Rally

Xaiden Linton does a wheelie in her stroller as her father, Matt Linton, pushes her down The Strand to see the motorcycles Sunday on the final day of the Lone Star Rally.