Biker culture grew around loose networks of veterans, outlaws, and former inmates in the late ’40s. Their ink followed them into the saddle, a mark of their place somewhere outside of society. As motorcycles became more mainstream, so did their tattoos.Staci Wilt
Tattoo work has advanced well beyond the shaky needle and blue ink of prison. Bailey Collins’ vibrant legwork pulls from multiple schools for a striking piece that sprawls from knee to hip.Staci Wilt
There are as many reasons for having a tattoo as there are for riding a motorcycle, and many of them are the same. Tradition, family, art, passion, and yes, even a little pain. Alex Heighton’s entire right arm is devoted to his love of Hot Rod culture.Staci Wilt
Jason Rodgers cools off between heats, displaying the art he’s acquired over the years. The designs on his chest, arms, and neck read like an ode to his loves: music, movies, religion, and of course, motorcycles.Staci Wilt
Sturgis is Main Street for more than motorcycles. Tattoos of every design and theme are on display.Staci Wilt
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