Some fascinating cultures are best appreciated from afar, like strep ones -- that sh*t's mad contagious! Enjoy biker culture without the risks of actually being a biker, at Live Fast.
A special art exhibit running this weekend at Fairfax's Patriot Harley-Davidson (and afterward at National Harbor's ArtWhino), Live Fast's a celebration of all things Harley, with artists across the country creating nearly 30 pieces "inspired by the gasoline, oil, and freedom that power these uniquely American machines", which helps explain why Hondas still get better mileage. The collection of canvas works are fittingly badass, ranging from "Flake", with a tattoo'd topless lady-biker semi-covered by oil drips, to a dual-framed joint with an eagle separating images of a night rider and exhaust flames melding into a fiery pack of horses, to a spraypainted close-up of a man cruising on a lowrider inspired by Hunter S. Thompson's bike, "The Banshee", which he used to love day-tripping on. And for actual bike parts that'd make even OCC's Nubby jealous, they've also got custom-painted gas tanks including one made by a DC artist and based around a WWII-era "Flying Tiger" fighter (Army green, with a toothy open mouth and smoking bullet holes), and an all red masterpiece with a ceramic gas cap in the shape of an eagle holding a medallion atop a Soviet-style hammer & spraycan dubbed "The Art of Rebellion", a sub-genre previously monopolized by, like, 3.5 million Che Guerva t-shirt variations.
So you can try it out yourself, this weekend'll host famed artist Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer demonstrating old-school painting methods during a Sunday general seminar called "Rolling Art", and a Saturday exhibition on pinstripes -- ironically, something worn by men in a culture given a wide berth by bikers.