Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Iconic biker photographer Pulsating Paula passes

New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (December 4, 2019) — Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on October 17 in 1954, Paula Rearden moved to New Brunswick when she was just 8 years old . Known in the Biker world as Pulsating Paula, her photographs of New Jersey bikers in the 1980's and 1990's seeped with authenticity and fun. Paula once said, “Got married to my first lay in 1973. 10 years later he bought me a camera, a Canon AE1. I still have it."

She started taking photos of biker parties and tattoo events and she sent them into ‘Biker Lifestyle’ magazine who later Paisano publications took over. They came out with ‘Tattoo’ magazine first of it’s kind ever.

Between the Biker and Tattoo magazines she had thousands of photos published. The 10 minute set up of her photography studio consisted of 2 flood lights that burnt the shit out of any poor person in front of them, and a 6×9 foot black cloth she got from Kmart that was tacked onto a wall.  She never considered herself professional, ever. She just loved doing it with every fiber in her body.

In the mid 1980's there was a rumor that Kathy Lee Gifford was having a baby. She tried to apply for her job (she was just joking) Regis read her letter live. When she seen it on TV, she ran and taped it on her Betamax. The first part is cut off. He called her twice after this

She knew the wonderful people she met by name and places she has been in her journey will live on forever in her photographs. many of us are so glad that we were there with you.

Pulsating Paula was on the East Coast documenting bikers from her point of view. What is so compelling about her photography is that her photos bleed honesty, passion and a high level of respect for her subjects.

I’m not sure if she knew she was capturing history, but she did. Thank you Paula for all you have done, Rest In Peace.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Political Journal of an American Biker

United States of America (May 28, 2019) — Ever since President Trump won the US elections in 2016, there were more and more rumors about the impossibility of ever getting back together the views of the conservatives and the liberals. These two political views seem to have become opposed, with fewer people willing to maintain an open line for dialogue.

In a poll conducted in June 2010, around 40% of American voters considered themselves as having conservatory views, while only 22% identified themselves as liberals. Another 36% of the voters had moderate views, meaning they could be influenced by candidates and their political programs.

Apart from the famous blue-collar and white-collar voters, there is another category that was often ostracized and forgotten. That 1% of the population we’re talking about includes the bikers and those who belong to a motorcycle club.

The political profile of the American Biker

They ride together, they look after each other’s backs, they act as a family, and they are very patriotic. Bikers and their Harley-Davidson motorcycles, wearing leather jackets and showing off their body arts have long been portrayed as social outcasts and outlaws.

A handful of people with a passion for strong engines gather together in their own bars and secret hideouts. Most of them by day have regular jobs, families, children, and mortgages. By night, they put on their helmets and their black leather jackets, going on adventures, or at least this is what most of us think of them.

However, we couldn’t be farther away from the truth. This 1% of the population is more politically and socially active than other reputed communities in the society, trying to do good for the country they were born in or adopted.

When it comes to their psychological profile, most of them identify as patriotic and nationalists. They have pro-military views and many of them are veterans. They usually favor candidates that come with a strong message and aren’t afraid of being rough sometimes as opposed to people who show diplomatic skills and are afraid of being politically incorrect.

Common misconceptions

Most bikers identify themselves as Christians and are mainly tolerant when it comes to alcohol and drug use. However, they are wrongfully portrayed by the media as being conservative when it comes to their attitude toward sex and race.

Most of them are Baby Boomers, meaning they were born around the 1970's from regular working families. Although they are often considered racist or not keen on accepting gender and sexual diversity, the truth is that generations changed for the better.

Therefore, social factors that were once considered vital for a biker (such as the color of the skin, the type of bike they ride, their gender, orientation, and religion) became less important in the past decade.

Although far from being progressives, the 21st-century bikers remain conservatives at the core but not as radical as they used to be. They are active voters and get involved in politics as often as they can, trying to give a voice to their conceptions and opinions.

Most of today’s bikers are far from being intolerant or aggressive in their behavior although remain feisty at heart. Long gone are the 1950's and 1960's where motorcycle clubs were mainly organized crime syndicates, making money out of breaking the laws.

The vast majority of them continue to fall under the conservative political spectrum with strong pro-gun views but this doesn’t mean they are not willing to negotiate. What matters the most is the power of their bike and their loyalty.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Chieftain Dark Horse Custom

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA (April 28, 2019) — Indian Motorcycle has joined forces with southern rocker Zac Brown and his design firm, the Zac Brown Collective, to create a unique limited-edition motorcycle that's as loud as it looks.

The Zac Brown Collective Chieftain Dark Horse is essentially a beefier Indian Chief Dark Horse with plenty of extra bling.

At its core is a Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin that's been fitted with new cylinders, big bore pistons and a larger throttle body for a 15-percent increase in torque and a 20-percent increase in horsepower.

The stock Chief Dark Horse's murdered-out trim was swapped out for custom charcoal flake paint, 24K gold leaf accents and a satin clear-coat finish.

More gold plates the engine components, while the seat and saddle bag liners were woven using a one-off fabric. Custom 21-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels cap the country-fried custom bike off.

Best of all, this beauty can be yours for a good cause. The Zac Brown Collective Chieftain Dark Horse is being raffled off with all proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, a non-profit founded by the Zac Brown Band frontman that serves children with autism, dyslexia and other developmental challenges.

“It’s incredible to be partnering with a brand as iconic and historic as Indian Motorcycle – a group of people that are clearly as passionate about craftsmanship as we are,” said Brown.

“The custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is an example that craftsmanship is more than merely a labor of love, but truly an art form. We’re thrilled to channel the power of this incredible motorcycle to benefit Camp Southern Ground.”