December 1, 2019 | Sorez the Scribe
For biker scribe Eddie ‘Sorez’ Pliska, poetry is as much about capturing his passion for the moto lifestyle and the raw energy of two-wheeled travel in prose, as it is about documenting determination in the face of the often-harsh struggles of life. He has had his fair share of both.
The local poet and Road Scribes of America co-founder has graciously agreed to pen some inspiration for the NYC Motorcyclist community each month. You can read more about Sorez in a feature NYC Motorcyclist published last spring. Here is December's exclusive piece, titled Jacob's Ladder ... a note to honor those around you, and, as the festive season descends upon us, to help those less fortunate.
#family #motocommunity #motofamily #sharethepassion #honorthosearoundyou #seasonsgreetings #merrychristmas #nycfamily
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November 28, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
What are you thankful for this week? We are privileged and thankful to be part of a vibrant moto community here in NYC, one that extends far beyond just a love for two-wheeled therapy.
Here at NYC Motorcyclist we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving week.
#happythanksgiving #motocommunity #nyc #motofriends #motofam #supportlocal #buildcommunity
November 24, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
Moto Market NYC -- Kirsten Midura and Shelley Golan -- returned to its roots Sunday, almost one year to the day the community fair first hit the Brooklyn borough. Setting up at the Moto Spirits distillery in Bushwick again, this time for round four, Moto Market featured 15 vendors, including the Motofellas, Johnnypuetz Production, Moto Armata, Lucifer's Pride, Bananna Bones, Upjet, NNR, Kynsho, the Empire State Motorcycle Safety Program, and Vandalay Leatherworks ... to name a few.
And despite the rain, a healthy share of the NYC moto community came out for the day, which featured a particularly potent -- and welcome -- hot chocolate whiskey variation, courtesy of hosts Moto Spirits. Check out some images from the day ... we concentrated on the people this time round.
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November 15, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
Paintings that celebrate the chopper lifestyle, intricate tattoos encapsulating biker iconography, and linework which embraces everything from helmets to entire motorcycles … tanks, fenders, fairings; All could be considered old-school skills that have lost steam in the modern world … were it not for artists such as Darren McKeag.
The 52-year-old travels the country, and the world, from his Cedar Rapids home to share his talents, drawing inspiration from the biker scene, and in turn fanning the proverbial flames for a traditional artform at everywhere from Sturgis, to SEMA and David Mann’s annual Chopperfest artshow.
“My influences as a child, were David Mann centerfolds,” says McKeag, a regular at Brooklyn’s annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party. “I never met David, but his art has been a part of my entire life … and still gives me inspiration ... I really enjoy his early work.”
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November 12, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
He's got a moto license to ill ... Beastie Boys references aside, the Brooklyn, NYC-based motovlogger 'The illestrator' — "getting into shits and giggles for shits and giggles" — has built a sizable following over the past few years on his now 55.7K subscriber YouTube channel, which features a combination of general moto topics for riders — some Brooklyn and New York-related, some review-based materials, and even some build snippets, all laced with a healthy dose of humor. The recent Brooklyn College graduate (poli-science major) and motorcycle enthusiast took a moment from his busy schedule to talk with NYC Motorcyclist about his ever-expanding project, its origins, what motivates his pieces, and what the future holds.
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November 11, 2019
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
-- Elmer Davis
We remember and honor those who gave up their lives -- a sacrifice which has bestowed upon us our current rights and freedoms -- and promise never take that gift for granted.
In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
#remembranceday #veteransday #inflandersfields #lestweforget
November 11, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
WE'RE BACK!!!! Motos and Photos NYC kicks off it's second season Dec. 5 at Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint with a trio of local talents: photographer Mark Squitieri, comic book artist and illustrator Lydia Roberts, and motovlogger The illestrator taking the stage.
Tickets (limited to 70) are now SOLD OUT. But we have started a waitlist in case anyone can't make it on event night. Joining us will be Moto Spirits with whiskey tastings ... and there will be pizza.
As in the past, we're also requesting photo submissions for the event. December's theme is: “Your favorite riding moment from this season.” Simply hashtag your images on Instagram with #motosandphotosnyc and our panel of judges will select the top 5 to be shown Dec. 5. You may even be called up to talk about your photo. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 3 at noon.
We look forward to seeing all of you out again for what promises to be a memorable evening.
Go to Event Page [+] | Waitlist on Eventbrite [+]
November 10, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
Mark Squitieri is a published lifestyle, fashion and portrait photographer based out of New York City whose work includes a wealth of stunning moto product shots. The 50-year-old born-and-raised Long Islander started riding at the age of 20 and has never regretted that decision; his love for photography these days is now combined with a passion for motorcycles, a pairing that has opened up a new world of opportunity.
Squitieri, a Field Engineer for a Medical Imaging Company during the Monday-to-Friday work week, has been involved in photography in some form or other for more than two decades. But the last three years, in particular, have been his greatest in terms of growth, skill and professionalism, with his main goal always being to capture emotion and beauty in his images.
We sat down with Squitieri recently to discuss his work, the industry, the importance of continued growth as a creative, and what it’s like to shoot from a crowded Ural sidecar during the city’s Distinguished Gentleman’s ride … it’s not easy.
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November 8, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
In addition to hosting a VKTRE Moto Company pop-up shop at Filipacchi from Nov. 21 to 25, the Nolita store will also be staging a kick-off launch party Nov. 21, featuring an NYC Motorcyclist interview with VKTRE owner/designer Estefan Duarte, whiskey tastings with Moto Spirits and food. It's a chance to check out the company's collection, meet the brains behind the brand, and take advantage of a 15-per-cent discount on some very stylish jackets. We sat down with Duarte recently to catch up on what's new with VKTRE.
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November 7, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose
Comic book illustration, motorcycles and Brooklyn: a trifecta Lydia Robotica – or Lydia Roberts as she is known in this mortal coil – has blazed her path through over the past five years. With work that draws on sci-fi, horror / fantasy and moto themes, the 31-year-old School of Visual Arts graduate (BFA Cartooning and Illustration) says at the most basic level she just hopes to inspire people in the same way artists and people in general have inspired her.
We are honored to share with you a recent interview with Roberts, where she talks about her work (illustration, painting, design and hand lettering), her passion for motorcycles – on road and off road, and how her life’s journey has influenced her as an artist.
Read the Interview [+] | View the Gallery [+]