If you are reading this publication regularly, most likely you are a motorcycle junkie. Whether it be the sound, the speed or the look of a Harley, somewhere in your lifetime you saw or heard one and got hooked. Now you are strung out on fuel and fire. As far as my addictions go, it would be tattoos and Harleys. It sounds clich now, but when I forged my brand-new driver's license at 16 years old to make it look as if I were 18 so I could get tattooed, it was a different time. Back in the day, having tattoos meant you were either a sailor, in jail or a biker. Luckily society has softened their sensitivities about tattoos over the past 25 years, and today even the straightest of soccer moms has at least one small rose or name tatted somewhere on her carcass. The same thing has happened with Harley-Davidson motorcycles over the years. Decades ago, only dirty 1% bikers had Harleys. Now many a soccer mom's white-collar hubby has a Road King tucked away in his garage next to the minivan.
The times have changed, and both Harleys and tattooing have hit the mainstream, bringing in people from all walks of life to the "underground." This turn of events has made me many friends over the years, and while tattoos and Harleys are surely not for everyone, I sure do feel better about hanging out with people who have one or the other, if not both.