Grease Monkey Block Party
It was a great weekend with both the Indian Larry Block Party and Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show taking place in Williamsburg this past weekend. Indian Larry’s new shop on N15th hosted a fun filled event with bands, vendors, and plenty of bikes.
With Bonnie in desperate need of some time in the shop, Jillian and I hopped on the ferry and crossed the East River into Brooklyn.
The place was energized with the surge of motorcycles populating North Williamsburg.
Artist Darren McKeag had a booth on 15th Street. Give him a brush and a can of One-Shot and he can transform any object using strong lines and wicked graphics. Below are some of the objects transformed. Check out more of his work HERE.
Bikes were riding in and out throughout the day.
More fun was to be had brought on by the sights and sounds of Judas Priestess!
They rocked out and knew exactly how to elicit the New York salute!
The entire neighborhood was filled with amazing vintage and customized machines.
This bare bones old Triumph was dazzled with modern alterations.
It sounded as good as it looked.
Jillian poses alongside one the Redrum brothers. A few years back I won Best British Bike at the Redrum BBQ. I’d like to say it was a great accomplishment, but I was the only British bike at the BBQ.
One of the Hell’s Angels helmets hung from the bars and made for this cool effect.
Jillian is always up for a good photo bomb!
This dude with the “Eat Shit” tank commanded front row parking.
Someone stole this dude’s parking spot. Hence, he was not happy.
The block party also attracted some great street rods.
There are a few bike shops in the neighborhood. One of the shops was offering $5 dollar beers with profits going to the fundraiser for the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation which lobbies for newborn ALD screening. In fact, the whole block party was geared toward this cause. Inside the shop was this stripped down Triumph chopper.
This wild looking Triumph lost it’s chain, but there were plenty on hand to lend some help.
We took off for a bit and had a fine meal at a place called Teddy’s. It was really good! Then we headed back to the motorcycle festivities.
A block away from Indian Larry’s Block Party on N14th Street, the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show was taking place at Root Studios. There was a showcase of bikes from some of the great builders including many of the builders I posted from Michael Lichter’s Naked Truth exhibit at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis such as Tony Prust, Paul Cox, Walt Siegl, Christian Sosa, Bryan Fuller and Shinya Kumura to name a few.
We hung out with a couple of Jillian’s old friends, Robert and Clarence. Robert lives in Europe and told me of some magical roads that I must explore.
Robert is a founding member of the Mean Fuckers Club in England. Robert and Harvey (who we bumped into earlier) also have sons, named Norton and Harley respectively. A bit of motorcycle coincidence and trivia.
There were some bands playing CBGB type music in the center studio. And by that I mean Country, Bluegrass and Blues not the Ramones. In another studio was a bunch of vendors, a photographer doing on-site work and some tattoo artists plugging away on an arm or two.
A bunch of photos were for sale scattered across a table. This one of a guy doing a wheelie on a chopped out Knucklehead caught my eye. But I didn’t get the photographers name.
The night was settling in as we left Root Studios and the bikes were thinning out.
With both of these events happening simultaneously it was impossible to see everything, but it made for an awesome day! See ya next year.