See Dozens of Light and Lean Machines Built for Motorcycles As Art Exhibit Curated by Michael Lichter
You and your friends!
What’s the Skinny Exhibit
Saturday, Aug. 3 - Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 – 2 -10 p.m..
Buffalo Chip Event Center Near the East Gate
See this one-time collection of world-class custom motorcycles built by industry leaders whose past work been influenced by the skinny aesthetic.
It’s FREE to the public! Get there
What happens when you thin the herd of the custom motorcycling world and gather the builders known best for creating the lightest, leanest and meanest machines on two wheels? You’ll find out when you experience the stunning collection of masterpieces curated by Michael Lichter for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® 2019 Motorcycles As Art™ Exhibition, “What’s the Skinny: Motorcycling Without the Fat.”
During the exhibit’s 11th year at the Buffalo Chip, you’ll get to know the works of a diverse group of over 40 custom builders and artists hand selected by exhibit curator Michael Lichter. This one-time collection will assemble a remarkable group of custom motorcycles all built by master builders inspired by the “skinny” aesthetic.
The exhibition is free to the public and open in the Buffalo Chip’s Event Center 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
What’s the Skinny: Motorcycling Without the Fat will show you just how much inspiration, detail and engineering mastery can be crammed into a wiry frame in a world-class gallery setting.
There are no rules restricting the builders on type and size of tires, how much the primary can stick out or an absolute maximum width for the fuel tank and handlebars. Lichter based each builder’s inclusion solely on past bikes they have built and their interest in the “skinny” aesthetic. The bikes they build are limited only by their imagination and ingenuity, which is why industry professionals have been known to frequent the exhibit to pick up new ideas and trends.
You’ll be able to get an up-close view from every angle as each bike is individually lit and displayed atop elevated pedestals spread throughout the hall.
In addition to only displaying the work of those who’ve mastered the art of light and lean, the majority of the bikes you’ll see in the display will be built specifically for this show. This means in many cases you’ll be one of the first in the world to lay eyes on them.
MEET THE CUSTOM BUILDERS
The list of custom motorcycle builders and two-dimensional artists so far scheduled to present their skinny masterpieces at the 2019 “Motorcycles as Art” exhibit include:
Andrea Radaelli, Radikal Chopper - Milano, Italy
Arlen Ness, Arlen Ness Enterprises - Dublin, CA
Billy Lane, Choppers Inc - Daytona Beach, FL
BMW North America
Brian Buttera, Buttera’s Metal Werx - Lakeland, FL
Brian Klock, Klock Werks - Mitchell, SD
Chris Callen, Flat Broke Chops & Rods - Tarentum PA
Chris Tope, Utopeia Motor Company - Richardson, TX
Cristian Sosa, Sosa Metalworks - Las Vegas, NV
Cole Rogers, 138 Cycle Fabrication - Springboro, OH
Dakota Toomey - Southampton, NJ
Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms - Hanford, CA
Dan Rognsvoog, Cabana Dan’s Creations - Franksville, WI
Dave Perewitz, Perewitz Cycle Fab - Halifax, MA
Dorin Racz Arpad - Câmpia Turzii, Romania
Freddie Arnold, Hickory Flat Hot Rods - Canton, GA
Hawke Lawshe, Vintage Technologies - Columbia Falls, MT
Jack Deagazio - East Syracuse, NY
Jay Donovan, BareSteel Design - Victoria, BC, Canada
Jesse Srpan, Raw Iron Choppers - Chardon, OH
Josh Sheehan - Minden, NV
Justin McNeely, Hooked on Speed - Jackson, MO
Ken Nagai, Ken’s Factory - Nagoya, Japan
Kevin “Teach” Baas - Prior Lake, MN
Kyle Brewer, Paughco - Carson City, NV
Max Hazen, Hazan Motorworks - Los Angeles, CA
Michael LaFountain, Santa Clarita, CA
Mike Lange - Big Bend, WI
Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels - Windham, ME
Nick Pensebene - Edgewater, FL
Paul Brodie, Flashback Fab - Langley, BC, Canada
Paul Miller, PanicRev Customs - Calgary, AB, Canada
Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe Originals - Phoenix, AZ
Samuele Reali, Abnormal Cycles - Milan, Italy
Takatoshi Suzuki, Seven Motorcycles - Sendai, Japan
Zach Ness, Arlen Ness Inc - Dublin, CA
MEET MICHAEL LICHTER
Michael Lichter began photographing custom bikes and the biker-lifestyle in the 1970s. Working with Easyriders Magazine since 1979, he has produced over 800 stories for them. Michael is also a regular contributor to 16 other publications around the world, has 11 coffee table books to his credit and exhibits his photographic art in galleries and museums in the USA and abroad.
As a curator, Michael first started creating themed exhibitions with custom motorcycles and art in 2001 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. In 2009, the annual exhibition was moved to the purpose-built 7,000 square foot gallery at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where it was given the name “Motorcycles As Art.”
Michael has operated out of the same commercial photography studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for more than 35-years.
Find out more about Michael Lichter and see his work here:
Don’t miss the one-time opportunity to get up close and personal with this incredible collection of motorcycles and art at the Buffalo Chip Event Center, because once the Sturgis Rally is over, it will never be seen again!
Which of these custom builders or artists are you most excited to see at the What’s the Skinny Exhibition? Tell us in the comments below!
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