Ohlins Mono Shock tattoo by Sara Sabbah aka Neo of Vicious Tattoo Gallery in Montreal, Quebec Canada

This Ohlin’s Shock tattoo has circulated the internet like a Kim Kardashian sex tape, but I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to give this artist due credit for their work. Finally, after some digging and application of my stalker skills, I found the artist, who surprisingly is female. Not that it matters if the artist was male or female but I know very few women who are tattoo artists, who ride and have caliber that rivals say, Kat Von D? Sara aka Neo’s Facebook page is titled Neophyte Tattoos and her Instagram is xneophyte.

Ohlin's monoshock leg tattoo by Neophyte Tattoos of Vicious Tattoo Gallery in Montrel, Quebec, Canada.

Ohlin’s monoshock leg tattoo by Neophyte Tattoos of Vicious Tattoo Gallery in Montrel, Quebec, Canada.

I also found a similar version on tattooartists.org by Istvan Simon that looks to be a fairly rougher version, although it pre-dates the above tattoo, it’s proof that Neophyte’s work is a vast improvement over the original.

Istvan Simon's version of the Ohlin's shock tattoo.

Istvan Simon’s version of the Ohlin’s shock tattoo.

Here are a few more monoshock tattoos as well. Each similar leg tattoos but every one has its individual touch.

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2012 Year in Review – Nearly 5,000 views!

We just want to thank everybody for following our blog and stopping by to take a look. We have many great things coming next year as well!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Motorcycle maintenance seminars for women, starting January 13th, 2013.

Rachael Maltbie and Jenn Jaynes installing GKA Industries parts for ladymoto.com at M1 Sportriders in La Habra.

Rachael Maltbie and Jenn Jaynes installing GKA Industries parts for ladymoto.com at M1 Sportriders in La Habra.

ATTN all lady riders!

Where: 2013 South Ritchey, Santa Ana, CA 92705

When: January 13, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

What to bring: Your bike, notepad/pen

From Jeff Hawkins of Skillz Days:

“We’re putting on our first mechanical seminar on January 13th in Santa Ana from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is specifically for women. If you can wrench yourself away from everything else, you’ll be welcome. We’ll be covering quite a bit about the necessary tools and their use. It’s guaranteed to ratchet up everyone’s knowledge about how to find and fix problems. To make you comfortable, we’ll also show you how to make ergonomic adjustments to your machine. I’ll be posting the address soon.”

Jeff and I will be leading these seminars. We’ll start from the basics and progress to the more involved maintenance tasks throughout following seminars, depending on interest. The point of these seminars is to familiarize women with their motorcycles so they can do most of the maintenance on their own or if they take their bike to a dealer, they’ll be able to pin point issues for the service writer, preventing unwarranted dealer costs.

Please r.s.v.p if you plan on attending to motoinked@gmail.com or skillzdays@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you ladies there!

Six Questions with Tattoo Artist Carlos Montiel Jr.

Carlos Montiel of Pain4Pleasure Tattoos

Carlos Montiel of Pain4Pleasure Tattoos

Carlos Montiel runs a small tattoo studio called Pain4Pleasure Tattoos in Azusa, CA, where he’s been tattooing for about seven years.

Carlos has also been riding for about 25 years and he currently owns a 2008 Can Am Spyder. He is a member of Forbidden Kings M.C. and you can typically find him riding in the canyons, on the streets or going the distance to Vegas. “As long as I’m on the road,” he says. “I’m happy.”

Carlos got into tattooing because he has always been into drawing and had friends that tattooed. One day, he showed a friend his work and his friend suggested Carlos pick up a tattoo gun. At that point, Carlos got all his own tattoo equipment and apprenticed under his friend until he was able to tattoo on his own. Read on to find out more about Carlos and life as a tattoo artist.

Pain4Pleasure Tattoo shop flyer.

Pain4Pleasure Tattoo shop flyer.

What did it take for you to become a tattoo artist? 

I practiced a lot before I started tattooing. I was working as a graphic designer at the time, so I had to make time between family, work, riding and traveling. But I just knew i had to do it because it was something i had a passion for. It came easy to me and once I made the time to get started, I was unstoppable.

What do you love about tattooing? 

I love the freedom and the chance to meet new and interesting people. I get bored doing the same thing every day but with tattooing and body piercing, the routine is never the same. I travel around California from San Diego to the bay in Northern Cali. I do a lot of work in Las Vegas as well.

What are your favorite types of tattoos to do? 

I like to do color tattoos but I’ll do all kinds. All I care about is that the customer is happy with the finished tattoo.

Any crazy stories about a tattoo you’ve done? 

This guy wanted his last name down his back. It was going to be a big tattoo. I warned him that it was going to hurt and that he should think about it, but he insisted on moving forward. About half way through the tattoo, he tapped out and never came back to finish. Every time I see him, I ask him when he’s going to finish the tattoo and he just says ‘I should have listened to you. It hurt.’

Carlos on his Can Am Spyder.

Carlos on his Can Am Spyder.

How do you think your passion for riding and tattoos are related to each other?

Just like tattooing, I get out there and meet new people all the time. I don’t like to blend into the crowd. That’s why I have a Can Am that’s customized. It represents me and and my work.

If you could a spend a day riding or a day tattooing, which would it be and why? 

This is a hard question to answer, so I’ll just say this: I would take a ride out to Vegas early in the morning, which would be a good three to four hour ride. Then I’d go to work on some tattoos and piercings for the next six to seven hours then hit the night life to end my night!

Femmewalla: A Bunch of Chicks on Fast Bikes

Femmewalla 2012 group shot. Olay!

Femmewalla 2012 group shot. Olay!

Giggling through the bowl at Chuckwalla

Giggling through the bowl at Chuckwalla

So I attended my one and only track day this year at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the Femmewalla event. More than 52 ladies showed up and all money made from raffle tickets, track day fees, photos, tires and suspension services were donated to the Unforgettables Foundation, an organization that provides burial assistance for parents who have lost children. Jason Pridmore track instructors were there to give some advice as well and Jason Pridmore provided two-up rides for the ladies to find out just how low you can go.

Despite some cold weather and patchy grey clouds, it was a great day to ride and the track was in primo condition. The first session was kinda sketchy, as it was still wet since it rained the night before. It was like riding around on ice and the back tire would not stick coming out of the corners. But once the water dried up, it was balls, or should I say boobs (?) to the walls. There were some very fast Chuckwalla Valley Racing Association (CVMA) and AMA road racers out there, among them Christin Voros, Sofia Amadio, Krystyna Kubran, Melissa Paris and others.

I felt rusty and out of shape, but boy did it feel awesome to feel the g’s at mach WFO through the bowl. I had a great time.

I was lucky to have my loving husband Sal with me and to spend time with my friends Jenn and Pete Jaynes from M1 Sportriders, Jorie and Jerry Starr, Jenn Bauer and Janet Wang. Can’t wait to see what happens with next year’s event. At the end of the day, we even got a free ride around the track in a Ford Shelby GT Mustang. Epic!

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It rained like hell when we arrived the night before. Everything was wet. Luckily, Jorie and Jerry brought their camper so we didn’t have to sleep in the freezing cold. We were thankful as we listened to the rain pound on it all night long.

I installed a light, Lithium battery on my Dad's gixxer 1K that's about half the size of the stock battery. Normally, I have no problems, but it did not like the cold. At least we got our morning work out in. Thanks Jenn and Pete for the bump start!

I installed a light, Lithium battery on my Dad’s gixxer 1K that’s about half the size of the stock battery. Normally, I have no problems, but it did not like the cold. At least we got our morning work out in. Thanks Jenn and Pete for the bump start!

From left to ride: Me, Janet, Jenn and Jorie.

From left to ride: Me, Janet, Jenn and Jorie.

This is Oliver Kho's dog. It could also be mistaken for a pony. Anyway, this guy had drool that would make 'Hooch' jealous. Yummy.

This is Oliver Kho’s dog. It could also be mistaken for a pony. Anyway, this guy had drool that would make ‘Hooch’ jealous. Yummy.

Coolest camping chair ever. I called it the throne. Jenn and I took advantage of the rare sunshine and lounged like lizards in this chair to absorb the warmth.

Coolest camping chair ever. I called it the throne. Jenn and I took advantage of the rare sunshine and lounged like lizards in this chair to absorb the warmth.

Where else will you ever see a tutu at the track?

Where else will you ever see a tutu at the track?

Janet rode on the back with Jason Pridmore a whopping three times. We practically had to peel her off the back seat at the end of the day. But Jason didn't seem to mind.

Janet rode on the back with Jason Pridmore a whopping three times. We practically had to peel her off the back seat at the end of the day. But Jason didn’t seem to mind.

Jenn and I posing for the camera in the hot pit lane, about to lay down some hot laps, or warm ones. But who cares.

Jenn and I posing for the camera in the hot pit lane, about to lay down some hot laps, or warm ones. But who cares.

Me and Jenn in the bowl. Good times! Photo by CaliPhotography

Me and Jenn in the bowl. Good times! Photo by CaliPhotography

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My leathers are about seven years old now. They were made by Bates Leathers in Long Beach. Best investment I ever made. I love them.

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The highlight of my day was getting a few laps around Chuckwalla in my dream car, a Shelby GT Mustang. I had a grin from ear to ear. The guys were jealous of us girls getting escorted around in style. It was great.