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Power Hungry V2K Rider
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I downloaded the Kawasaki Apparel catalogue and took a quick look through it.

First off, the girls look good. Yes they do.

Second off, and I really don't understand this, why the fascination with death, skulls and blood? Not just in this catalogue, but in motorcycling in general? There just seems to be an abundance of morbidity associated with the sport.

It seems to me that us cruisers are especially fixated on the subjects. We paint out bikes with skulls, axes, spear points, devils, wicked snakes, some really cool art works. But, the themes are so morbid.

It is interesting to me. What is it about death and motorcycles that draws this out of us?
 

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Doc, I need a road trip!
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I agree John...

I guess I am just not into all the skulls and dragons and all, but I always thought it started out many years ago with The Hell's Angles and other biker gangs, and just were associated with bikes from there. Good Question.....
 

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Power Hungry V2K Rider
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It may have started there, but why does it continue? I'm no shrink or social worker, just curious - yellow...
 

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Nah . . . not everyone that rides is into Goth or morbid stuff. I saw a lady's Harley in Daytona with kitten prints up the tank.

I'm going to have to skip the kitten prints and the morbid/gore too. I don't know what I'd go with on a paint job.
 

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I would like a "Sponge Bob" themed bike... but, it might be too "adult" for some tastes.
 

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i think it has just followed the biker scene.....personally i like dragons and fire i dont know about the skulls...my reason for the dragons is in china the dragon is a symbol of protection my tattoo of a dragon has my daughters name in it hoping that it will bring her protection while i am away from her
 

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Live Long & Prosper
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i think it has just followed the biker scene.....personally i like dragons and fire i dont know about the skulls...my reason for the dragons is in china the dragon is a symbol of protection my tattoo of a dragon has my daughters name in it hoping that it will bring her protection while i am away from her
While I am not into tattoos, it'd be hard to argue with your reasoning. :cool:

I hope it helps your daughter too!
 

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I belive it started within some biker gangs that started years ago and since has turned into a money making business. Many companies sell decals...prints...tattoo's...posters...hats...shirts...all in the interest in making a buck.

Me...I don't care for it myself but have seen a few bikes that had that theme done to them and they looked decent due to the way it was done.

Funny...we don't do that to our cars and trucks. :)
 

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To answer the question of lineage between HAMC and a military organization is that Arvid Olsen, "Flying Tigers" Hell's Angels squadron gave the idea of the name to the actual founders of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, in Fontana, California. The selection of our colors, red on white, is a result of the association of Olsen with the HAMC founders, like the insignia of the 3PS "Hell's Angels". The insignia of the HAMC, our copyrighted Deathshead can ... be traced to two variant insignia designs, the 85th Fighter Squadron and the 552nd Medium Bomber Squadron. Frank Sadliek, past president of the San Francisco Chapter, HAMC, designed the official "Deathshead" insignia. Arvid Olsen died 16 May 1974 in Point Clear, Alabama. Source:
hells-angels-germany.de Hells Angels and the scull logo ® are owned by Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation, registered in Liechtenstein and many other countries. All logos, images and designs are trademark protected ™ and protected according to international law. Copying and any other use in strictly prohibited. Source:
hellsangels.

Don't know if this article helps, but it looks like sculls as a logo of sorts, must have been started by the Angels.

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A lot of old-time MC tradition is based in "shocking" the general public.
Bikers were looked at as outlaws, and since they rode bikes, as having a deathwish. Rather than fight the image, they embraced it.
The symbolism is not unlike other things that (thankfully) have not spread into the mainstream, such as 1%er greeting their brothers with a kiss on the lips. Mainstream has limited this to the hug.
 

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A lot of old-time MC tradition is based in "shocking" the general public.
Bikers were looked at as outlaws, and since they rode bikes, as having a deathwish. Rather than fight the image, they embraced it.
The symbolism is not unlike other things that (thankfully) have not spread into the mainstream, such as 1%er greeting their brothers with a kiss on the lips. Mainstream has limited this to the hug.
Ah hell, come on Rich, give us a little pucker:mrgreen:

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Ah hell, come on Rich, give us a little pucker:mrgreen:
NFW.
Hugs is all you get unless you're female... then you get one on the cheek unless you're in my club.
 

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I don't know what I would think if I saw to skull cladden bikers embrace in a kiss.

I'd probably think I just walked into the wrong type of bar...for me.
 

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I've been thinking about doing my own theme on my bike. I haven't been able to decide but I do have it narrowed down to 2 different ones.

Nude Gumby
Or
Evil Rockie & Bullwinkle

I can't decide between them.

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Aif
 
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