An artist both on and off the bike

261631_576974112334414_1965718827_nA Short Interview with Robert Ramos a.k.a. Rocky “Tattoosbyroc”

Rocky, featured on the back page of Inked Magazine, representing Freegun underwear.

Rocky, featured on the back page of Inked Magazine, representing Freegun underwear.

Originally from New York, Rocky is a stunt rider and a tattoo artist. Rocky does his work at All Aces Tattoo and Piercing in Orange Park, Florida. Most known for his stunt riding, you’d never guess there was an artist underneath the helmet visor. I had the chance to pin Rocky down for a second and find out more about him and his stunt riding.

MI: How long have you been riding motorcycles?
Rocky: I don’t remember not riding. My brother Groovy put me on my first dirt bike when I was just 12 years old.

MI: How long have you been stunt riding?
Rocky: The very first time I wheelied on a bike was about five years ago. I was riding a Suzuki RM-80 and I power shifted into second gear. The bike jumped up into a quick wheelie. It was the scariest thing in the world, but after that, I tried every chance I had to do wheelies on everything I touched.  

Rocky doing his work when he's not riding.

Rocky doing his work when he’s not riding.

MI: What kind of bike are you riding now?
Rocky: I have a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R. It’s not the best bike to ride, but it works for me. I say ride what you got.

MI: What modifications does your ZX-6R have?
Rocky: It has tons of cool stuff such as a 60-tooth sprocket in the rear, Sick Innovations crash cage, Sick Innovations sub-cage, Sick Innovations fully adjustable clip-ons, NDC handbrake bracket with dual Yamaha R6 front brake calipers, 19×20 Brembo master cylinder for the hand brake, a Yamaha R6 Brembo front master cylinder, steel braided brake lines all around, a dented tank with an HT Moto grip and a hole in the rear seat. 

MI: Do you compete in stunt riding?
Rocky: Competing is my favorite thing to do. I try and make it to Stunt Wars and XDL competitions. Its great to see styles and wild riding from all over the United States.

Rocky doing what he does best. Wheelies!!

Rocky doing what he does best. Wheelies!!

MI: How many hours a day do you practice?

Rocky: I try to practice at least three times a week for three hours or more at a time. Basically, whatever the bike can handle.

MI: What are your favorite bike events?
Rocky: I like the International Motorcycle Show in Jacob Javits, located in the heart of New York City. I went every year as a kid. I also always go to Stunt Wars in Orlando, FL as well.

MI: Who are your sponsors?
Rocky: 904 Performance in Jacksonville, FL helps me a lot. But for the readers and anyone watching, I’m definitely open to sponsorship!

Tattoos by Roc

Rocky in Action on his ZX-6R

Check out Rocky, his riding and his tattoo work on his Instagram