LIFE: ”Here,” Ray points out, “you’ve got some locals checking things out, outside the Blackboard Cafe in Bakersfield, and I think those two kissing there in front of the bikes just decided to shock them. In fact, that might be two guys there, making out. It’s hard to say — some of the Angels’ women dressed in biker boots, vests and jean jackets, just like the Angels did. But that’s the sort of thing they would do all the time, just to freak people out. As if to say, ‘What’re you looking at? You got a problem with this?’”
In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a gang that, to this day, serves as a living, brawling embodiment of our schizoid relationship with the rebel: the Hells Angels. Click through to LIFE for 34 more photos.
This reminds me of Arrested Development when George Michael is after a kiss from Maybe, with the excuse to ‘We’ll freak them out…’
One of his most famous and characteristic, done in 1943 during the darkest period of the occupation, when Picasso felt utterly isolated, was the “Head of a Bull”. The skeletal head and horns of a bull are conveyed by two found objects which in themselves are meaningless, a bicycle saddle and handlebars. Picasso subsequently had this assemblage cast in bronze, thus reassessing the original materials, eliminating the contrasts and opening out the ambivalence of form. It was a continuation of what he had done in “The Glass of Absinthe”, that famous product of synthetic Cubism. The absolute economy of the “Head of a Bull” was breathtaking, and remains stunning to this day. And from then on Picasso retained the basic principle of metamorphosis of formal meaning and interpretation in all his sculptural work.
Here’s a cool little short featuring the Rapha dudes riding cross country in Tasmania, it’s pretty well done, but it’s especially worth watching for the wild rocky landscape that i’d never seen before.
It features ‘the song known as The Gallant Poachers which payed tribute to the convict’s journey to the island, marking the war between the landed and landless.’
Rapha is proud to present Van Diemen’s Land, the first ride from the Rapha Continental 2012, featuring a short film, words and photos from Tasmania. The Rapha Continental 2012 will feature unique rides from across the globe: Europe, the UK, Japan, Asia, Australia and, of course, North America.
Check out the great colours in this new custom Italia Veloce range. (Click for high res) Their manifesto “Erect on the summit of the world we hurl once more our challenge to the stars” (let’s hope that reads more poetically in Italian) is engraved on a steel panel on every top tube.