Jul 042009
 

Most of you are well aware that I exhibit my biker related artwork internationally and feel that I am very fortunate to do so.  I have been at it a long time and it seems that more and more venues are popping up that are willing to exhibit bikes and biker related imagery.  I think it all hit the mainstream with the HUGE exhibit, The Art Of The Motorcycle that debuted in NYC’s Guggenheim back in the 1990’s.  I remember riding down from my home in Boston to check it out.  It ended up being one of, if not the most attended exhibit the Guggenheim has ever seen!

In any case, this week we have four big exhibition announcements to bring to you and I hope you can attend at least on of the events.

First, Danny Lyons amazing document of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club during the 1960’s, entitled The Bikeriders, is currently on exhibit at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.  I have not had the opportunity to see this entire collection on display at the same time, but have seen some of the images over the years.  Beautiful!  Really worth checking out.  If you can’t get to the show, do yourself a favor and pick up the book by Danny by the same name as the exhibit.  The show runs through July 26th and you can find out more by visiting the website www.kimball-art.org

Second, Sunday, July 12, the SURU Gallery in Los Angeles, California will open up the show Celeritas (Latin for Speed). The artists participating in this exhibit are: Alex Pardee, Jeff McMillan, Stash, Barry McGee (aka Twist and the artist painting the Hayabusa, who is also featured on the cover of the latest issue (#14) of Swindle magazine), Futura, Mark Dean Veca, Usugrow, Joe Hahn, Jim Lee, Jesse James, Troy Lee, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, Darren Romanelli, aka DRx, Nathan Cabrera, Mike Shinoda, Estevan Oriol. A display of fine art inspired by passion’s urgency, themed through the medium of motorcycling, and realized on the objects of road racing culture such as a motorcycle, helmets and apparel will be the focus of the show.

Third, we have The Wind In Your Hair: Vintage Motorcycles being exhibited at The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville from July 18 to September 19, 2009. The exhibit will feature vintage motorcycles manufactured from 1900 to 1970, memorabilia and accessories, three motorcycle-related photography collections by Michael Lichter, Danny Lyon and Sarah Lyon, and kinetic lamp sculptures created from recycled motorcycle parts by Randel Bird.  The Museum will also host a series of restoration and customizing workshops and lectures about collecting motorcycles and the cultural influences of motorcycles in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibit will include rare, unusual and landmark motorcycles of all kinds, including ACE, BMW, Cushman, Douglas, Eagle, Indian, Harley, Excelsior, Motomarini, Triumph, Sunbeam, and Velocette. One of the oldest bikes featured will be a 1911 Yale, with a tandem seat and original paint designs. This rare, early 20th century bike is the only one still in existence today.

Fourth in the line up of shows is going to be up and available during Sturgis Bike Week in South Dakota this year.  This will be the first annual Tom Zimberoff Art of the Chopper Photography Exhibition.  Again, if you are not familiar with this body of work, you might like to pick up one or both of the Art of the Chopper books that Zimberoff has available.  Tom has not only created beautiful documents of the custom machines that builders have created, but has done a wonderful job of creating striking portraits of each of the builders in their own shops.  It should make for a nice show and will run from August 1st to 10th, from 10am to 6 pm at “The Monkey Rock”, 13010 SD Highway 34, Sturgis SD 57785.

Lastly, we have another Art of the Chopper exhibition.  This one has recently debuted at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.  I am unsure as to how much this show will differ from the exhibit at the Monkey Rock in Sturgis, but I believe it will be a much more thorough display including 30 actual bikes displayed as sculptural pieces and accompanied by Tom’s photographs and detailed background information.  This show is also in Florida, so any of you who can’t make the trek up to Sturgis, but are in the Southeast portion of the country might be able to make it down. Ocala Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40) in Ocala; FL. Tickets go on sale July 15 at the museum or go to the Ocala Appleton Museum Website.  The show will be up from Oct. 10, 2009 to Jan. 10, 2010.  Might be worth a side trip while you are down there for Biketoberfest.

Love, Respect, and Biker Art,

ArtBiker

Devils Disciples in the News and on ATF's Radar

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Apr 252009
 

The Devils Disciples MC is in a bit of hot water…  Jeff Garvin “Fat Dog” Smith, 54, of Mount Clemens, identified as the club’s national president, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit along with 13 other club members. Smith is charged with a drug trafficking offense and being a felon illegally in possession of body armor. 



The Devils Disciples are headquartered in Clinton Township but also have chapters in Alabama, Ohio, other states and overseas.  Club members were being arrested last week in the Clinton Township and Port Huron areas.  A federal prosecutor has also filed court papers to seize the Devils Disciples’ clubhouse at 43653 Gratiot Ave. in Clinton Township and the government has planned to seize a second clubhouse in Port Huron. 



The club has been under investigation by the FBI in connection with alleged drug dealing and illegal gambling.  Last September and October, the FBI executed a series of search warrants in Macomb and St. Clair counties in connection with a drug trafficking investigation of the Devils Disciples. Agents seized a variety of pills, weapons, gambling equipment and club memorabilia. 
A forfeiture complaint filed against the Devils Disciples’ Clinton Township clubhouse in U.S. District Court in Detroit today made no mention of alleged drug dealing but gave more details on illegal gambling allegations against the club. 



Agents watching the clubhouse saw “casino-style slot machines” moved into the clubhouse on Aug. 1, 2007, and a search warrant, executed on Nov. 15, 2007, discovered two slot machines and two video poker machines in the clubhouse. 

This week’s Devils Disciples arrests come as the FBI continue an extensive investigation of the Detroit-based Highwaymen Motorcycle Club.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also investigating the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in the Detroit area. 


Apr 142009
 

William Dulaney, assistant professor and director of oral communication from Western Carolina University, who is a much-sought-after expert on outlaw motorcycle clubs’, will be featured in two upcoming programs on the National Geographic Channel’s “Outlaw Biker” series.

Dulaney rode his vintage 1953 Harley Davidson motorcycle for nearly 10 years as an outlaw biker in preparation for his doctoral degree dissertation, which focused on organizational identity and culture within the outlaw motorcycle community.

Dulaney also appeared last year as an analyst on a History Channel program, “The Outlaws Motorcycle Club,” and on the Biography Channel show “The Hell’s Angels.”

 

SUN April 12 at 8pm EST

Outlaw Bikers: Inside the Outlaws

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside/4371/Overview


SUN April 12 at 9pm EST

Outlaw Bikers: Warlock War

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside/4172/Overview


WED May 13 at 8pm EST

Outlaw Bikers: Bandidos

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside/4171/Overview

Mar 022009
 

This past weekend was the Philadelphia Tattoo Art Convention and it sounds like there was a little scuffle.  It seems that on Sunday at about 3pm, two rival motorcycle clubs got into it and, because undercover police was watching them, backup was called quickly enough to break up the fight before it got too serious.  A few people were arrested and the clubs have not been named.  However, I understand that the local news was on scene and the broadcast showed members of the American Outlaws Association in cuffs.

More as we get the details.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

 

Update on Naugatuk Killing

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Feb 022009
 

I previously wrote about the incident that took place at the Union Street Station Bar & Grill in August 2007 when Eric Anderson, 35, was beaten to death by Michael Sjaastad, 44.  Anderson wore a Hells Angels T-shirt into the bar that was known to be a hangout of the Outlaws MC. 

Sjaastad has just been been sentenced to twenty years in prison, suspended after he serves six.   

For those of you who might be new to the motorcycle world, please be sure to read my post, Know Who You Are.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker