Christin “Oki” Voros Tells All about Racing, GirlClutch and Her Tattoos

IMG_0229She’s a tattooed, half-Okinawan riding bad ass who rules the streets of Oceanside aboard her 2008 Honda CBR600RR. She’s also road raced at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway with CVMA racing and took home some pretty admirable finishes before retiring. But Christin Voros, a.k.a. Oki, is known for more than just her racing. She’s a YouTube vlogger that goes by the name OkiHondaGirl, a cross fit junkie saved by God and an advocate for women riders through her organization called GirlClutch.

Oki started GirlClutch–which is a woman rider organization dedicated to bringing women riders together to have fun and raise money for various charities–back in 2010. After a brief hiatus (due to the racing of course) she is revamping GirlClutch to continue her passion for uniting women riders through their love of two wheels. She also has some amazing ink. We caught up with her and she told us a little about why she rides and the stories behind her tattoos.

IMG_0222MI: When did you start riding and why?

CV: I took the MSF Basic Riders Course in 2006 but didn’t get to start riding consistently until 2008. I was riding pillion with my boyfriend-at-the-time and enjoying it, when I started noticing girls riding their own bikes and thought they looked amazingly cool. For some reason, I had never considered that I could be riding my own bike instead of sitting on the back. I somehow got talked into doing my first track day in 2009. I decided to make my bike full-race/track and I raced in the Femmewalla and Amateur Middleweight classes with CVMA from September 2011 until I retired in April 2014 (I got second in the Femmewalla class championships in 2011 and finished top 10 amateur in 2013, dropping about 40 seconds on my lap times). After retirement, I eventually converted my bike back to street-legal with the help of Armando Obregon at AR Motorsports in Temecula, and started going on joy-rides again in May 2015.

Photo by Tony Mino.

Photo by Tony Mino. As featured in SportbikesIncmag.com

MI: What do you love about riding?

CV: There’s freedom in it. I compare it to how a dog feels when he sticks his head out the window, or maybe a jet fighter.

MI: I’ve heard you were quite the prolific YouTube Vlogger.

CV: I’m slowly trying to get back into vlogging haha…It’s kind of hard for me to come up with content because 1) I’m a fair-weather rider (I don’t wanna ride if it’s too hot or cold!) 2) I’m not really the type of person to put my business or opinions out there (unless asked) and 3) I ride around the same places, so content is kind of hard to come up with. Maybe it’ll be an excuse to tow my bike out somewhere and come up with some moto-adventures.

Christin racing at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway as an amateur.

Christin racing at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway as an amateur.

MI: So what’s GirlClutch about anyway?

CV: A community of women riders passionate about all types of motorcycles, who meet every month to ride, empower and support one another.

MI: What are some things in the works for GirlClutch?

CV: We’re planning to have charity or fundraising rides every quarter to benefit charities ranging from the homeless, U.S. Veterans, animal shelters, women’s health…you name it. GirlClutch is giving back to the community. I’d love to be able to make a huge impact on the lives of those who need help. But it takes help, volunteers and teamwork! “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

You may recognize this photo as a viral Facebook and Instagram sensation which features none other than, you guessed it, Christin Voros and Kimiko Donahue.

You may recognize this photo as a viral Facebook and Instagram sensation which features none other than, you guessed it, Christin Voros and Kimiko Donahue.

MI: What other organizations are you involved in?

CV: Right now, just GirlClutch. I also attend Femmewalla, an all-girl track day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, benefitting The Unforgettables Foundation, every year. But there is definitely room for growth. 😉

MI: How many tattoos do you have? 

CV: I think 14, if you count my sleeve by its individual pieces, 6 if you count my sleeve as one tattoo. I have gotten work done at Body Temple and About Face (both of which are in Oceanside), Chris at Absolute Tattoo in Claremont (though he’s not there anymore), Robia at Two Faced Tattoo in Fallbrook, Gary at Ace Tattoo in Ocean Beach, and Arnie at Electric Tiger Tattoo in North Park, who has tattooed the most real estate on me.

MI: Which one is your favorite tattoo? 

CV: As most of my tattoos have meaning and a story behind them, it’s hard to pick between my Okinawan folk dancer tattoo and my Phoenix; both are on the outside of my sleeve. The Okinawan folk dancer represents the fact that I’m half-Okinawan and there is something special about Okinawa that makes me feel real strong emotions and homesickness. I think the culture and history is beautiful. I have the Phoenix because it represents the beauty, strength, passion and delicacy of Jesus’s love for me, as well as my own resurrection out of depression and thoughts of suicide.

MI: Have any ideas in mind for future tattoos? 

CV: I follow an artist on IG out of Austin, TX, by the name of Andrés Acosta (@acostattoo) I would LOVE to get a motorcycle/rose hybrid tattoo by him. It’s on my bucket list 😉

 Most Recent GirlClutch Ride Footage

What is GirlClutch?

One of Oki’s Races at Chuck

MotoInked Highlight Reel: Ink and Iron Long Beach

This year, we attended the last Ink and Iron event at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Next year the event will be moving to the LA area and it will be bigger and better than ever before.

More than 200 tattoo artists attended the 2015 event and about 50 bands played on three stages including Pennywise and Killswitch Engage. The event featured burlesque and pole dancers, the Kustom Culture art gallery curated by Sullen Industries, tattoos and tattoo contests, custom cars and bikes, and much more. It was an amazing event. Please check out Skin Deep UK magazine for tattoo event coverage.

Curtis Northcutt’s Dirtbike Sleeve Tattoo

Curtis's dirtbike-inspried sleeve by Mike McMahon.

Curtis’s dirtbike-inspried sleeve by Mike McMahon.

Curtis Northcutt is a former AMA motocross racer who grew up racing dirt bikes. Riding has been his whole life for as long as he can remember. “That’s pretty much all I know,” he says. He loves motorcycles so much, he went to All or Nothing tattoo in Atlanta, Georgia, and had artist Mike McMahon create a dirtbike-inspired tattoo sleeve that would take Curtis back “to the good ole’ days.” If you look closely, you can see all kinds of dirtbike parts in the tattoo. The lining is near perfect and the color really pops.

Curtis back in his racing days. Photo by Bhenson Photos.

Curtis back in his racing days. Photo by Bhenson Photos.

Schuberth’s New C3 Pro Helmet is Tattoo Inspired!

This is Alice showing off her back tattoo which is identical to the helmet design, already preselected before Schuberth knew Alice existed. It was meant to be.

This is Alice showing off her back tattoo which is identical to the helmet design, already preselected before Schuberth knew Alice existed. It was meant to be.

Schuberth released a women’s specific motorcycle helmet recently that is designed to properly fit to a woman’s head. It’s the first of it’s a kind, so it makes sense why Shuberth would set off an ad campaign that would not grab the attention of not just women riders, but anyone who’d stop to admire a beautiful, tattooed model.

The woman featured in these photos does know how to ride a motorcycle and her name is Alice. She is from the Harz region in Germany, which is close to Schuberth’s factory in Magdeburg. This location is a renowned motorcycling and bicycling destination. I couldn’t find out much more about who took the photos, what kind of bike she rides or who did the tattoo, but what caught my eye was how the tattoo so closely resembled the helmet’s Euphoria graphic.

“They were looking for a woman for a big photo shoot involving several motorcycles. They wanted someone beautiful and classy and also strong looking,” says Shuberth’s Media Representative, Sarah Schilke. “The C3 Pro Women Euphoria graphic was already slated for production when they started the casting and someone happened to notice on one of the set cards that Alice had a tattoo that resembled the graphic. This was exactly the moment when Schuberth’s Marketing department made the decision to put her into a campaign for the helmet.”

Schuberth is the only company to offer a motorcycle helmet specifically tailored to fit a woman’s facial structure, as their engineers found third party research indicating that women typically have a narrower jaw and higher, more prominent cheekbones. “We re-contoured the helmet’s interior to accommodate this for both enhanced safety and comfort,” Sarah says.

Schuberth has been making motorcycle helmets since the early 1920’s and they continue to keep the other manufacturers on their toes with improving innovation. To find out more about Schuberth helmets, click here.

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?