'Skin and Bones' exhibit attracts rally-goers at Buffalo Chip

Published: Aug. 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM MDT
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Tattoos and the Sturgis Rally seem to go hand in hand, but tattoo art on the bikes themselves is a new concept that many bike builders are exploring.

Rod Woodruff, owner of the Buffalo Chip says, "If a person wants to see what makes motorcycles work and what the art, the imagination and the skill that these custom bike builders have to put these motorcycles together, this is the best place in the world to do that."

Motorcycles and Art is an annual exhibit hosted at the Buffalo Chip that explores the design and creativity that goes behind building custom bikes.

This year the exhibit is titled Skin and Bones and highlights tattoo art and the connection with bikers.

The show is also a who's who of custom bike builders and a way to network and share techniques.

Woodruff says, "We have all almost all of the builders in the motorcycle industry that are active come to this Rally. They come out here and they look at each other's work and share ideas."

One builder shipped his bike and traveled all the way from Japan to display his work of art.

Yuichi Yoshikawa, bike builder says, "The concept would be Japanese traditional style like temples and shrines that's how he is inspired."

While these designers create visual works of art ... their bikes are also technical masterpieces.

"What we have here with these custom builders is people who are artists they do tattoo art they do oils they do different things but they also like to be on two wheels with motors."