It’s a good goddamn sign when people take it upon themselves to create an event (that holy shit, doesn’t even exist?!) like the Motorcycle Film Festival. And it’s a helluva feeling when it’s Jack and Corinna tapping you to participate and even be a judge. Get ready for the 1st annual Motorcycle Film Festival coming your way! Hot Damn!
I love movies, photography, music, bikes, culture, style, history…on and on. That’s what The Selvedge Yardis all about. So to be able to be a part of something as special as the MFF, which brings it all together on the big screen is a huge honor. Growing up as a kid in a biker household (fancy word for trailer…) I was obsessed with the imagery, style, energy, and influence of movie classics like The Wild One, Easy Rider, Billy Jack, Rebel Rousers, and more!
Being in the menswear business now for the past 20 yrs, I’m highly in-tune with the influences made by many of the iconic motorcycle films that I mentioned, and I’ve gone to great lengths over the years learning about the bikes involved in these iconic films, the guys that built them, the sound and score of the films, and of course the style and clothing worn that continues to inspire to this day. It’s all a beautiful menagerie of what I love and where I’ve come from. Back when I was coming up, having a Harley and tattoos meant you were on the fringe. Now it just means you’re stop is probably on the L train.
The Dad I knew was a pretty fucking hardcore biker—a machinist, dirty, no whining, take no shit, get ‘er done, kind of guy. I was expected to do my part, like wash the bike, find a place to dump the used oil, hold the timing light, pass the tools without having to be told what tool was needed next, feed and cleanup after the dobie, and most importantly—watch his motherfucking Harley. If it ever got stolen, I knew it would be my fault. I slept with one eye open, bitch. All this to say that many of the biker flicks I’ve seen over the years are pretty easy to shoot holes in for their inauthenticity, and are more someone’s idea of the motorcycle lifestyle than the reality, because they really had no idea what the lifestyle was about.
I’m truly pumped that there’s now a true Motorcycle Film Festival– by and for those in the community that is going to kick ass. And I’m very proud to be a part of it.