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Friday, November 5, 2010

Cycle Headz Magazine of Japan Vol. 03 October 2010

Cycle Headz Magazine of Japan Vol. 03 October 2010
Features my biker photography and does an article about my book Living the Life

An English translation coming soon.

For more on my Japanese connection, check out a year of Hot Bike Japan covers, and calendar.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Living The Life biker photography poetry book reviews & articles.

When Issue 131 of Iron Horse Magazine hit the streets July 2010 it featured a flattering book review by Editorial Director Todd Ingram. Todd has become a good friend and is one of the many who encouraged me to publish my biker photography in a book titled “living the life”. He also did a feature article on my work in Issue 11, November 2007, after seeing my photos as covers for a years worth of Hot Bike Japan in 2006.

At this time I’d like to Todd, and all my friends who without their support I would not, or could not have published my work. Including the crew at Lowside Syndicate. Stay tuned there is more in the works. Hot Bike has a review in their new products, and it will be in the Fall issue of Street Chopper. The Horse Backstreet Choppers Magazine promised a review in an up coming issue. I will post them all as they come in.

Other writeups of interest.

Living The Life Making friends on the road.

Chop Cult Book Review

Cover Story of the City Paper

Local photographer's work featured in book on biker life

Biker Poetry Comes of Age: The Landscape

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fan Mail From Japan


i want to let you know that i had put your book on japanese motorcycle magazine called "street bikers" and "Hardcore chopper".
here's link of my blog, check them out.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

It’s a book! “Living The Life” Lives!

It’s a book! “Living The Life” Lives!
2 pounds, 2 ounces. Made in the USA, just like dad.

That’s right world, after 30 years of riding and photographing, it’s on the street. It ain’t been easy, and if any of you want to know how to do it I’ll be happy to give you advice “be careful of what you ask for”. The process has taken some serious time away from family, friends, and riding. It has also given me the opportunity to make some good friends, and weed out some of the fair weather ones.

Before I go too far, I’d like to acknowledge those who have made this possible. You got it, family comes first, especially mine for putting up with me and all the hardship of living with a biker photographer. Next, my brothers and sisters from back in the day who have encouraged me to go forth and publish. They even offered to front me coin as a grubstake. I love my brothers and sisters, so I didn’t take the money.

Next, Sorez the Scribe for his inspiring words which echo the pulse of the biker’s world. No “roses are red” here, just red blooded personal insight that only years and miles make right. Sorez in a few choice words makes clear what some folks would write volumes about, and still miss the point. I had friends who gave me grief about putting poetry in this book till they read Sorez’s words. I’d have to tell them to think of it as lyrics to a biker song. Now they tell me I’m right. FA, I knew that.

Of course all this effort would have been for not, if there wasn’t a publisher who believed in me. And if some of you have ventured into the dark forest of publishing you will know it is filled with reject letters, snakes, and wolves. You are lucky to come out with your life, and chances are you’ll lose every penny you had. This is where I got lucky again! Turns out, I took a photo of some biker on a home built suicide chopper at Smokeout 10 who later became a friend and ally. Richard Gohlinghorst AKA MR BOH who was in the printing business, took a liking to my work, and was looking to expand the family press onto unmapped roads. Rich and a very talented designer Eric Wheatley, yours truly, became an unlikely alliance, AKA Lowside Syndicate. After months of brain storming, and fine tuning “Living the Life” came to life. I must admit it looks real fine! If there is anyone out there reading this, and is looking for a printer/publisher who will print your life’s work in the USA, check them out .

Other fine contributors to “Living the Life” were MarySusan Williams-Migneault of RoadHousePress, and Rusty Baker curator at the Susquehanna Art Museum who both wrote intros that gave my work new perspective. Shit, I was just riding and photographing. K. Peddlar Bridges was kind enough to add historical insight with his “Biker Poetry 101... The New Mobile Literary Scene!”

We can’t forget the media. Todd Ingram of Iron Horse Magazine wrote one hell of an itro in the book and is doing a review in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Jeff G. Holt of Street Chopper Magazine, and Fabricator Kevin have also promised reviews. This is more than I could have dreamed.

Finally I’d like to thank all those brave souls who shoveled their way through snow and ice to come see us at the Timonium Bike Show. Kuda in particular, who road his bike 150 miles in sub freezing weather. And all my friends who have shown support at my book signings. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

If you like old school biker photos, and old school biker poetry, please take a closer look at my book “Living The Life” on my website

If you think it’s worthy, please help spread the word. THANKS!

Long May You Ride,
Doug Barber AKA Q-Ball