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    Default The Recidivist world's first tattooed motorcycle

    Game Over Cycles, a custom motorcycles manufacturer from Poland has made the world's first tattooed motorcycle.

    The Recidivist, which was unveiled in 2014, will be showcased for the first time in the USA at the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as well as the Labor Day Weekend Rally in Harley-Davidson Museum in Millwaukee. The motorcycle will appear in America with its new element, a fully tattooed sidecar. The Recidivist's sidecar was created in 2017 and will have its world premiere at the Sturgis 2017 rally. The sidecar is fully tattooed, both outside and inside.

    The Recidivist is a machine inspired by the art of permanent body adornment. Motorbikes are commonly adorned with tattoo motifs using an airbrush, however, the uniqueness of The Recidivist lies in the fact that the bike's entire construction is covered in tattooed skin branded directly onto the bike's tires, tanks, seat, rear fender, lamp and many other smaller elements. Light colored cow hide leather - similar to the color of human skin - is engineered onto the bike.

    Artists from Polish tattoo studios applied traditional works of tattoo art onto the bike using. All of that makes the Recidivist world's first tattooed motorcycle. The bike is based on the Harley-Davidson Softail model. Its unveiling took place in September 2014 at the London International Tattoo Convention 2014 - the most prestigious body adornment convention in the world.

    The Recidivist's sidecar was created in 2017 and will have its world premiere at the Sturgis 2017 rally. The sidecar is fully tattooed, both outside and inside. Sidecar tattoos relate to motifs present on the bike, but as it is with tattoos on a human body, with time they change together with the person they are tattooed on.

    Given elements get bigger, change colors, shapes and meanings. That is why on the sidecar there are tattoos paralleled with the ones on the motorcycle, such as the Themis or handcuffs, but it also includes new motifs in the form of relations to the abstract art of H.R. Giger and Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski, as well as, inspirations are taken from the real life such as selected images from the history of Harley-Davidson company.

    Construction of the motorcycle and sidecar took 3000 hours. Tattooing of the bike and sidecar took over 2500 hours. The worlds of motorbikes and tattooes have long been kindred spirits. The theme of the Recidivist relates to this traditional relationship. In the USA, bikers used to tattoo for personal reasons - to express their character and lifestyle - as well as their social attitude.

    The Recidivist as an artistic vision references those traditions and through its construction and decorations presents a story of a man with strong character - a person, who values individuality, personal expression and sense of freedom. References to the traditions are expressed not only in bike's theme, but also in its construction. The motorcycle's construction include elements that draw from the look of tattoo machines.

    All of these parts are fully operational elements of bike's construction, and the mechanisms of these elements operate in the same way as they do in the original tattoo machines:

    - bike's front suspension has the look of a traditional coil tattoo machine

    - the exhaust pipe looks exactly like a modern tattoo machine, including the tattooing needles which when you start the bike, move exactly as they do when the tattoo machine applies ink under skin

    Further more, the machine's design is based on a number of technical solutions drawing from the turbulent lifestyles of post-war bikers.

    - the lever starting the bike has a shape of a bomb detonator lever.

    - the rear light indicators look like brass knuckle-dusters

    - front wheel caliper brakes have the appearance of handcuffs

    - front clutch and brake handles are formed in the shape of "butterfly" knives

    - the break pump lever is shaped in the form of a section sign.

    The Revidicist can be seen in the USA in the following locations and dates:

    10th Aug 2017

    77th Annual 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (City of Sturgis, South Dakota)
    10th of August (Thursday) from 10:00 AM the motorcycle will be displaced in the Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show (Most Unusual class).

    30th Aug to 3rd Sep 2017

    Labor Day Weekend Rally (Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI|)
    Throughout the whole event the bike will be displayed in the Custom Culture Artisan Display & Tattoo Parlor. On the 3rd of August (Sunday) it will also take part in the H-D Museum Custom Bike Show.

    Watch here the world's first tattooed motorcycle - documentary

    Photos: Tomasz Pulsakowski
    Source: Game Over Cycles | Strona główna | Harley-Davidson® Rzeszów
    Last edited by NewsReaper; 08-03-2017 at 12:19 PM. Reason: Added documentary video
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