Greasy Kulture Issue 31
Cover star Benny Thomas and the 'Chicken Poo' flathead. 80 pages, full colour, perfect bound. 240 x 170mm.
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Greasy Kulture founder Guy Bolton has ridden old bikes since he was a teenager in the 1980s. And he has always had a love for the aesthetics of yesteryear, from the early motorcycle clubs that sprang up on America's west coast after WWII to the choppers and crazy customs of the 1960s. Before the Internet opened up alternative worlds to us all, his inspiration was fired by vintage hot rod and motorcycle magazines, films like The Wild One and The Loveless... and regular trips to the USA.
Those sunkissed Californian streets seemed a million miles away from the wet roads of his London city home; he dabbled with old British bikes and loved the Rocker look, but his heart lay with the American dream. Bobbed Harleys and Indians, pomaded ducktails, engineer boots, side-buckled belts, vintage racers, the salt lakes, Chino and Johnny, Hollister... this is the fertile ground where the Greasy Kulture seed first germinated.
And in 1999, this lifelong interest found its way onto the web, in the form of an online magazine. At first Greasy Kulture offered coverage of the cars and bikes attending some of the UK rockabilly weekenders, where traditionally styled, period-perfect hot rods and motorcycles had always found an enthusiastic home. Then Guy started being sent photos from shows in California (digital cameras and email suddenly made this cross-pollination possible), where there was a resurgence of interest in 'old school' styled machines. Greasy Kulture grew, the features started appearing more regularly, then in 2007 it went from the ether into print... with the intention of creating one collectors' magazine.