No Stunts, No Guns, No Glory

12074835_702524810785_1146938723333636868_nI’ve been learning a ton about people on Instagram. I search daily for new pictures of tattooed people and their bikes. Early on, I came across a stunt rider named Dane Britt whose rambunctious Mohawk, ambitious stunts and multiple tattoos matched up with MotoInked’s IG perfectly. But what stood out about Dane was his guns, and I don’t mean the muscle kind.

As owner of K&D Guns & Ammo, he’s the first stunt rider I’ve come across who’s also a gun enthusiast. In mean ways, people who love guns and stunts are a lot alike; they’re both misunderstood and legislation is not kind to either of them. So how are you supposed to find happiness in a country where both of your major hobbies are frowned upon? Well, if you’re Dane, you have an indelible optimism that can’t be crushed by haters.

281244_10150244604956029_5590221_nHere’s what he has to say about why he loves guns, bikes and tattoos.

MI: Tell me about K&D. Where does your passion for bad ass weaponry come from?

DB: K&D Guns and Ammo is my gun store. I have one partner, Keith, and we just opened the doors in August of 2015. I come from a family of hunters and gun enthusiasts and just like to shoot. For years, my dad has been asking me, “What is your goal with all of this networking you do? You can do motorcycle stunts and sing to people for a little longer, but your body won’t last forever.” So for the past five years or so, I have been narrowing down what I wanted to do outside of entertainment. Guns are the other thing that I really enjoy, so it just fell into place. I always try to make things I enjoy into my job. Keeps life wayyyy more fun! 😀

MI: You’ve got a lot going on, on your YouTube channel, i.e. singing, dancing, stunting and guns. What do you like doing most? 

DB: HAHA! This is tough. People ask me this a lot. I think I enjoy drifting motorcycles the most. It is the best rush for sure, and it’s very rewarding when I put my drift videos on YouTube and kids all over the world can find it and learn from it.

MI: How long have you been riding?

DB: My dad started my brother and I riding when we were two years old. My grandfather started a motorcycle business in 1976, and my dad took it over in 1995, so myself and my brother both grew up in the motorcycle shop.

So much energy, so little time!

So much energy, so little time!

MI: What bikes do you own?

DB: I currently own a 2007 Harley Sportster, 2004 Yamaha FZ1, 2009 Suzuki DRZ 400SM, and a 2005 Kawasaki KLX 110.

MI: What is your favorite thing to do or place to go on a motorcycle?

My favorite thing to do would be drifting the Harley on a clear, flat, smooth, open parking lot somewhere.

MI: How many hours do you have into your tattoos? 

DB: Ummmm, ummmmm…..That’s spread out over a lot of years, but I would guess maybe 60-80 hours.

MI: Who were the artists who did the work?

DB: There have been several over the years. Jesse Collins has done some. Right now, I always use Jimmy Sparks at Rockstar Tattoo. He has a great shop, and a good attitude.

MI: What is your favorite tattoo?

DB: Favorite tattoo is probably the “Custom Made” tattoo on my chest. I take a lot of pride in being “different,” or “Custom,” and tend to stray away from things that would make me boring or unoriginal; if that makes sense.

You can follow Dane Britt and K&D on Facebook.

Inked Bombshell: Combat Barbie Stunts

Alexis Rae a.k.a. Combat Barbie Stunts

Alexis Rae a.k.a. Combat Barbie Stunts

What happens when you mix a blonde bombshell with motorcycles and sick tattoos? You get Alexis Rae: an extremely feisty yet bad ass and beautiful stunt rider. Alexis is a 26-year-old motorcycle enthusiast from Bayport, NY who works at a motorcycle and ATV repair shop. But most people know her as “Combat Barbie,” a name she earned because of her boxing skills and trademark Barbie-long-blonde hair.

But this girl is more than pretty nails and good looks. She’s an incredibly talented stunt rider who has showcased her freestyle ability for crowds all over the country. This chick knows handle a bike in ways most of us only dream of.

And guess what else? She’s covered in ink and every tattoo is a reflection of how this wild child lives life to the fullest. But hey, you don’t need me to tell you. Let’s hear it from her.

MI: When did you start riding?
CB: I started riding in 2009 but didn’t start stunt riding until 2011.

Alexis' back ink by Pepe of The Tattoo Shop in Medford, NY.

Alexis’ back ink by Pepe of The Tattoo Shop in Medford, NY.

MI: How did you get into stunt riding?
CB: I started as “the chick on the back,” which was cool for a lil’ while until I met a group of guys wheeling in the parking lot behind Home Depot. After that, I was hooked and wanted to learn. I bought a 2001 Honda F4i that I crashed many times, but after a while, I was up on one next to everyone else. Now I ride a 2003-2004 Kawasaki ZX-636 and I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for my team (Lot Starz), friends and sponsors! Thank you!

MI: What happened to the F4i?
CB: I totaled the F4i in September 2013. It was the craziest thing. I was on my way to work one morning when a truck made a left turn in front of me and I T-boned the truck. I was just down the street from work and it happened so fast that I didn’t have time to hit the brakes. That was the end of the F4i.

MI: Ah bummer! Good thing you made it and now you have a bitchin’ Kawasaki 636 stunt bike. What modifications have you done to it?
CB: My 636 is all stunted out with a dented gas tank, 60-tooth 5th Gear custom rear sprocket, stunt cage, wheelie bar, rear hand brake setup, dirt bike handlebars and a stunt sub-cage. I recently got a StunterX steel frame too.

MI: What other bikes do you have?
CB: I also have a Honda CRF50F with an 88cc big-bore motor, front and rear stunt pegs, big bars, rear hand-brake, wheelie bar,

Alexis performing a spreader: a wheelie with both legs out to the side.

Alexis performing a spreader: a wheelie with both legs out to the side.

a 50 Stunt heel guard and a 5th Gear custom rear sprocket.

MI: Wow. That’s quite the set-up for both bikes. I’m sure having sponsors helps.
CB: Of course I gotta’ shout out to my sponsors:
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K&N Filters

Dreamworx Cycles
5th Gear Sprockets
MSP Energy Drink

MI: What stunts do you like doing most?
CB: I really like performing spreaders and 50/50’s (a wheelie with one leg in front and one leg to the side). I’m a combo-type gal; I like to jump around the bike.

MI: Yeah, I’d probably fall off trying to do that. Speaking of falling – any tricks that were hard or scary to learn?
CB: The hardest trick to learn was highchair wheelies where you have both feet in front of you, pop the clutch and give it throttle. It really made me feel uncomfortable.

MI: Of course all that practice pays off! You get to perform in front of crowds!
CB: I do perform at shows and events up and down the east coast and I recently started performing out west. I just got back from Butte, Montana where I performed at Evel Knievel Days, which was one hell of an experience, especially since my team was there too! I’m looking forward to traveling around the world doing what I love and that’s to RIDE!

Combat Barbie, as featured in sportbikesincmag.com

Combat Barbie, as featured in sportbikesincmag.com

MI: Rad! But it’s mostly guys who do stunts, right? What is it like to be a female stunt rider?
CB: I feel that women get noticed more because there are so few of us. Stunt riding pushes me to be tougher and show others that a girl can be as strong as the guys when it comes to throwing a 400-pound motorcycle around. I don’t get to ride with other female stunt riders often because they live all over the country, but when we do get to ride together, we tear shit up!

MI: Have you made any media appearances?
CB: I was in the February 2012 issue of SportBikesIncMag. I was also in the newspaper in Bogota, Colombia, as they had their first annual stunt competition and I was a judge. My favorite media appearance was when I was on channel 12 news during a “lot bust” where 20 cop cars, news reporters and helicopters appeared at our stunt spot as the cops handed out trespassing tickets. They thought we were a “biker gang,” which we aren’t.

Alexis (on the bike) with another female stunt rider, Christina Billings. This photo went viral.

Alexis (on the bike) with another female stunt rider, Christina Billings. This photo went viral.

MI: Does crazy stuff like that always happen at the stunt spot?
CB: There is never a dull moment. Things happen all the time. From cops showing up and kicking us out to people having gnarly crashes.

combatbarbiestunts_6MI: Good times. Now on to the important part. Let’s talk about your tattoos.
CB: I have eight tattoos that are all in random, odd places: a Kaika’ana / Kaikaina on my left wrist, a star on my right wrist,  a pinup-biker girl with my name “Combat Barbie” on my upper arm which is soon to be a sleeve, the word “anarchy” inside my lip, the phrase Death By A Thousand Ki$$es on my right thigh, wings which take up most of my back, the phrase “Sporty Spice” on the bottom of my foot and a bandana with my brother’s name on the left side of my ribs.

MI: That’s quite the collection of ink. Who were the artists?
CB: Two out of eight tattoos – my back piece and thigh – were done by Pepe of The Tattoo Shop on 112 in Medford, NY. If you live on Long Island, I highly recommend Pepe! I got the other six tattoos when I was in high school at random tattoo shops and I don’t remember who did them. Let’s just say it was “one of those nights!”

Combat Barbie 50 StuntMI: Why are you drawn to tattoos?
CB: All of my tattoos either have a memory or reason behind them, except one. Tattoos give you freedom of speech. You only live once. I’ve seen some crazy, amazing tattoos, from big to small, to bright with eye catching color! I love how someone can make art out of their body.

MI: How do you respond to all the haters out there?
CB: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I’m not too worried about people who judge. I work at a motorcycle shop and ride street bikes. It’s my life style and who I am. If you don’t like it, sucks for you! 😉 I got better things to do like ride and get tatted!

MI: Any advice for new stunt riders?
CB: If you’re learning and practicing any trick – make sure you wear your gear! You can always fix your bike, but not yourself!

Photos courtesy of Combat Barbie

From stunts to tattoo machines: What you might not know about Mike Metzger…

Mike with the former Vanilla Ice! Ice! Baby! Yeah!

Mike with the former Vanilla Ice! Ice! Baby! Yeah!

Mike working at an event.

Mike working at an event.

Mike Metzger is one of the Godfathers of freestyle motocross. He’s taken home X games gold, and set a world record performing a backflip mid-air over the fountains of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, becoming only one of two riders to successfully land “the impossible jump.” But there is more to Mike than crazy stunts, big air jumps and the crazy moto lifestyle. Mike is also an artist and a tattooist. He’s sold his paintings to buyers all over the globe and owns a tattoo shop called Mob Syndicate Tattoo Art Co. in Lake Elsinore, CA. He recently suffered a bad crash, but when has an injury ever held Mike back? We contacted Mike and he shared a little about himself and his art with us. Check it out.

MI: When did you first start painting?

MM: I have been drawing and painting since I was a kid. I took art classes in school and started airbrushing around the age of 13.

MI: What inspires your artwork?

Mike's daughter Michaela is learning to tattoo early. Future prodigy maybe?

Mike’s daughter Michaela is learning to tattoo early. Future prodigy maybe?

MM: I have always been inspired by cartoons, bright colors and bold lines. There are many artists whose art and style I enjoy. My most favorite is Robert Williams and Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins.

MI: What types of paint do you use?

MM: I use everything: Acrylic, oil, spray cans, watercolor and whatever is around to use that day.

MI: How many paintings have you sold and where have they gone?

Mike taking a time-out at the track to tattoo Breeann Poland, Manager of Team RidersDiscount.com Vesrah Suzuki.

Mike taking a time-out at the track to tattoo Breeann Poland, Manager of Team RidersDiscount.com Vesrah Suzuki.

MM: I have sold over a dozen paintings and have sent them around the world; mostly Australia because my moto fan base there is massive.

MI: What is it you love about art and riding?

MM: I love that they are two things I can do by myself. My art is bright, bold and loud usually.

MI: How did you learn tattooing?

MM: I have been tattooing for 18 years. I never apprenticed. I was self-taught. I learned by doing it and making mistakes. I just picked up a machine and tattooed myself. A week later, I was at a shop making money learning what not to do. But I don’t suggest learning this way. For someone who is interested in learning to tattoo, I suggest finding a real tattoo artist and apprenticing under them before you go messing someone’s skin up.

MI: How often do you tattoo?

Tattoo by Mike Metzger.

Tattoo by Mike Metzger.

MM: I tattoo quite a bit, sometimes at my shop in Lake Elsinore, CA. I also do conventions and travel with my tattoo equipment where ever I go.

MI: How many tattoos do you have?

MM: I have no idea. I will probably be covered one day. I have several tattoo pieces, some done by James Strickland, Rich Pineda, Mike Spazbo, Daniel Reese and Randy Janson, among others.

MI: Are you still riding, jumping or racing?

MM: I am healing up from a massive crash I had four months ago. I crushed my right femur, dislocated my right hip, suffered two broken ribs, a punctured lung and I tore my shoulder.

Photos from Mike’s personal Facebook page

Examples of Mike’s artwork

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

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Inked freestyle stunt rider, Randi Yeager

Randi Yeager is an up and coming freestyle motorcycle stunt rider from Bakersfield, CA. You can catch her and her crew doing wheelies whenever possible and they’re pretty good at it too.

Randi up on one.

Randi up on one.

 

Most of Randi's body is covered in art work and pretty nice art work at that.

Most of Randi’s body is covered in art work and pretty nice art work at that.

 

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Randi’s back tattoo was done by Copper Rose Tattoo in Taft, CA. This full back piece was done in several sittings with approximately 60 hours invested.

 

The finished tattoo is stunning. There is so much color. Talk about an investment!

The finished tattoo is stunning. There is so much color. Talk about an investment! Photo by Flaunt Photography.

 

Randi's chest, neck and shoulder tattoos. Photo by Flaunt Photography.

Randi’s chest, neck and shoulder tattoos. Photo by Flaunt Photography.

 

Randi in motion on beautiful sunny California day. Can you do high chair wheelies?

Randi in motion on beautiful sunny California day. Can you do high chair wheelies?