Author(s): Sara Liberte
Anyone who rides a motorcycle lives, to some degree, in the margins of society. Where members of the herd drive Toyota Camrys and hipster hatchbacks, bikers opt for Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs, and Ducatis, putting themselves out there like raised middle fingers thrust at the ordinary citizens of the world. And just as a motorcyclist's ride is an affront to the sensibilities of the meek and the conventional, so too is the ink on his or her skin. Tattoos have long been an integral part of this culture, the result of the overwhelming number of ex-military men who formed the nucleus of the postwar outlaw motorcycle club scene. These soldiers, sailors, and marines returned from war with statements etched in ink upon their bodies, and they continued that tradition when they formed the clubs that came to define motorcycle culture. In "1000 Biker Tattoos," motorcycle photographer Sara Liberte celebrates this most personal of art forms by capturing the wild abandon of the motorcycle lifestyle as expressed through tattoo work. Featuring 1,000 photos of tattoos and the artwork used to create them, along with profiles of the most renowned tattoo artists in the biker community, this book provides an unprecedented window into the most intimate aspect of motorcycle culture.
Since graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 1997, Sara Liberte has been a professional photographer specializing in motorcycle/automotive and portrait photography. With a background in fine art, Sara has concentrated primarily on "image fusion," a signature technique she uses to combine images. Her works have been exhibited at several prestigious galleries, including Mingo Art Gallery in Beverly, MA; Blue Ruin Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; and Just Jennifer Gallery in Gettysburg, PA. Her photos have appeared in numerous ads, marketing materials, and annual reports as well as in leading publications like "EasyRiders" magazine, "In the Wind," "Hot Bike," "Street Chopper," "IronWorks," and "Cycle Source."www.saraliberte.com