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Micheal Lichter's, “Old Iron – Young Blood,” Exhibit

Motorcycles & the Next Gen - 2017 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit



The Buffalo Chip Campground, for one week in August, is home to thousands of people all out to celebrate at “The Best Party Anywhere” in Sturgis. Tucked away on the east end of the campground, is one of the best kept secrets in the Black Hills during the Rally, the annual Motorcycles as Art, Michael Lichter exhibit, this year titled “Old Iron/Young Blood."
The free exhibit free was open in the Buffalo Chip’s Event Center 2-10 p.m. Saturday, August 5th. On Sunday August 6th it was closed for a private event for members of the industry and re-opened through August 11, 2017. The event transformed an empty event hall into 7000 square feet of artistic strength in iron. This year, Old Iron/Young Blood (motorcycles & the Next Gen) went on to be “the best show to date” per the event curator, Michael Lichter. "Rogue agreed," said Dmac 

Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, concurs. “Michael has again put together an exhibit that explores the changing landscape of the motorcycle culture in a way that only the world’s leading motorcycle photographer could reveal. We are witnessing the birth of a new generation of talent, the up-and-coming masters of an art. This exhibit offers the chance to simultaneously see the wave of the future and the influence of the past, an opportunity no biker should miss”

"Old Iron Young Blood" exhibit featured the work of the Next Generation of Motorcycling’s Masters with 40 builders under the age of 36 years old, including five talented women builders.

Many styles of motorcycles were displayed and elevated on pedestals spread throughout the hall, giving visitors that up close and “see the details“ type of “view,” so they can appreciate the quality and workmanship that went into making these motorcycles. The bikes also represented an always changing industry with more variations than ever before. There were classic vintage flatheads and Knucks from the '30s. Late model Harleys stood tall beside Indians, Victorys, Triumphs, you name it, the custom industry is expanding.

A few of these builders have a history of working in their family’s business, while others worked on motorcycles and eventually opened their own shops. Some of the others still have day jobs and work on their bikes in home garages. They all have proved they deserve to be in this invitation-only show.

Link to You Tube Video by event participant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjaADNfMWww

AJ Harris - North Texas Tattoo Company & Royal Enfield, Fort Worth, TX / Royal Enfield B5 Bobber

1943 ULH 80" HD Flathead
1943 ULH 80" HD Flathead

Andy Carter - Pangea Speed, Salt Lake City, UT / 1943 ULH 80" HD Flathead
Brad Gregory - Glenwood, IA / Deraked H-D Evo Chopper
Chris Graves - Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee, WI / 1959 H-D Stroker Panhead Chopper
Christopher Milanowski - New Berlin, WI / 1942 H-D WLA Hotrod

Stainless 1940 H-D Knucklehead Chopper
Stainless 1940 H-D Knucklehead Chopper

Christian Newman - Buffalo, NY / Stainless 1940 H-D Knucklehead Chopper
Cristian Sosa, Sosa Metalwork, Las Vegas, NV / BMW R NineT LSR Inspired
Dalton Walker - Split Image Kustoms, Hanford, CA / H-D Shovelhead Drag Bike
Dan Riley - Gunn Design, Burnsville, MN / Soulfuel BMW NineT
Duran Morley - Roland Sands Design, Los Alamitos, CA / 1952 H-D K-model Scrambler
Dustin Maybin - Eastern Rod & Chopper, Hendersonville, NC / 127" Evo All-Metal Bagger
Giuseppe Carucci - South Garage Motor Company, Milano, Italy
J. Shia - Madhouse Motors, Boston, MA / 1971 BSA A65 Cafe Racer
Jake Cutler - Barnstorm Cycles, Spencer, MA / 93" S&S Knucklehead
Jay Donovan, BareSteel Design, Victoria BC Canada / 1976 Yamaha XS-650 Cafe Racer
Jesse Srpan - Raw Iron Choppers, Chardon, OH / 2017 S&S 124” Evo Chopper
Jody Perewitz - Perewitz Cycle Fabrication, Bridgewater, MA / 1963 H-D Scat/Hummer Mini-Bagger
Johnny Branch - Branch Engineering, Wildomar, CA / 1949 H-D Panhead chopper
Justin McNeely - Hooked on Speed, Jackson, MO / H-D Shovelhead Chopper

  2016 Indian Scout Chopper
2016 Indian Scout Chopper

Karlee Cobb - Klock Werks, Mitchell, SD / 2016 Indian Scout Chopper
Len Kodlin - Fred Kodlin Murdercycles, Borken, Germany / 2016 H-D 750 Street Custom

Matt Harris - 40 Cal Customs. Alcoa, TN / 1929 Harley-Davidson JD “Speedster"
Matt Olsen - Carl’s Cycle, Aberdeen, SD / HD Knucklehead
Matt McManus - Carolina Classic Cycle, Indian Land, SC / 1942 H-D Knucklehead
Matt Walksler - Period Modified, Waynesville, NC / 1929 H-D JDH Cut Down Racer
Max Hazen - Hazan Motorworks, Venice, CA / 2005 Supercharged KTM Boardtracker
Nick Pensabene - Mad Pen Cycles, Edgewater, FL / 1974 H-D Shovelhead Chopper
Nikki Martin, Roy's Toys Customs, Centennial, CO / 1999 H-D EVO Chopper
Paul Miller - PanicRev Customs, Calgary, Canada / 1972 Yamaha XS650 Street Tracker
Peter and Michael Muller, Federal Moto. Chicago, IL / 1983 Honda CX650C Supermoto/Supermotard
Ryan Stephen - Freestyle Supermoto, Racine, WI / 2014 KTM 690 Duke Custom

Rigid H-D Evo (S&S Top End) Sportster Chopper
Rigid H-D Evo (S&S Top End) Sportster Chopper

Savannah Rose - Viola, WI / Rigid H-D Evo (S&S Top End) Sportster Chopper
Steve Dietzman - Studio Cycles, Milwaukee, WI / H-D Shovelhead Chopper
Taco Rodriguez - Taco Kustoms, Daytona Beach, FL / 1962 H-D Retro Panhead Chopper
Terence Musto - Fabbro Industries, LLC., Voorheesville, NY / 1966 H-D Chopper with Integrated Suspension
Zach and Jake Hindes - Prism Supply Co., Charlotte, NC / 1948 H-D Panhead Chopper.
Zach Johnson - Kendall Johnson Customs, Winston-Salem, NC / 1989 H-D FXR Custom
Zach Ness - Arlen Ness Enterprises, Dublin, CA / 225 hp Supercharged Victory

In addition to the custom motorcycles on display, the walls were adorned with motorcycle art done in various mediums (pen and ink, oil, photography, etc), including several old school helmets which echoed styles of the past.

Contributing Artists:
Alex Hamilton, Prescott Valley, AZ/ Biltwell Hemet Painting
Amy Hood - Hoodzpah Design, Newport, CA / Linocuts
Andy Cunningham - Portland, OR / Graphic Illustration and Biltwell Helmet Painting
Brenden Parsons - East Brookfield, MA / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Brittney, Thomas, Oxford, FL
Carter Asmann - Carlsbad, CA / Pencil illustration
Christina Platis - Ace of Hearts Tattoo, Long Beach, CA / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Claudia Liebenberg, South Africa
Cory Jarmin - San Francisco, CA / Ink on Paper
Narihiko “Heeko" Kumagae - Long Beach, CA / Photography
Jody Perewitz - Perewitz Cycle Fabrication. Bridgewater, MA / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Jon Bartels, Milwaukee, WI
Josh Kurpius - Milwaukee, WI / Photography
Kayla Koeune - Inferno Art Studio, Longmont, CO / Oil Paintings, Pen and Ink and Biltwell Helmet Painting
Matt Ross, Orange, CA
Mikey "Revolt” Arnold - Lowbrow Customs. Medina, OH / Photography
Samson Hatae - Thousand Oaks, CA / Photography
Taylor Schultz - Shultz Design, Windsor, CA / Biltwell Helmet Painting

Michael Lichter began photographing custom bikes and the biker-lifestyle in the 1970s. Working with Easyriders Magazine since 1979, he has produced over 800 stories for them. Michael is also a regular contributor to 16 other publications around the world, has 11 coffee table books to his credit and exhibits his photographic art in galleries and museums in the USA and abroad.
As a curator, Michael first started creating themed exhibitions with custom motorcycles and art in 2001 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. In 2009, the annual exhibition was moved to the purpose-built 7,000 square foot gallery at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where it was given the name “Motorcycles as Art” and continues to this day. Michael has operated out of the same commercial photography studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for more than 35-years. Visit www.facebook.com/lichterphoto, Instagram (whistlingmike) and www.lichterphoto.com to see his images.
Contact Michael at mike@lichterphoto.com.

The Industry Party

CAT - Franky - Bandit - BIKERNET
CAT - Franky - Bandit - BIKERNET

BEAT-ON - Rogue Photography
BEAT-ON - Rogue Photography

Felicia Morgan - Thunder Press
Felicia Morgan - Thunder Press

There is always a good turnout at the Industry event and this year was no exception. The Bikernet Crew and Rogue Photography were well represented as well as other media and people from just about every aspect of motorcycling you can think of.

Helen Wichman_ Charlie Brechtel_ Tim Grenstiner
Helen Wichman_ Charlie Brechtel_ Tim Grenstiner


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