photo: Adrian Gaut
The New York Times has finally picked up on two of our favorite people: Ian Barry and Amarylis Knight.
Now, Ian and Amarylis pretty much embody what we love about underground car culture: making beautiful, lasting things that change not only the physical world around us, but the fucking spiritual world, as well. We first met Ian at the Legend Of the Motorcycle concours that used to be held on the epic ocean-edged cliffs of Half Moon Bay, CA and we’ve been fans ever since. Like the article says, he builds one bike a year for his Falcon brand, but what it doesn’t talk about is other things like the couple’s project of putting cheap-to-maintain motorcycles in the hands of remote villagers around the world that would be the difference between medical treatment and no medical treatment, for instance. Chew on that for a minute.
We’d submit that Ian and Amarylis are good examples of the new motoring underground in that they’re both influenced by a wide-ranging set of seemingly disparate cultural movements. Art, food, fashion, architecture, history, music, machinery, horticulture, international socio-economic trends…the point is, we ain’t just tunnel-visioned gearheads no more.
While we’re influenced by what the Greatest Generation did for us, we’re also bound to put back into the world what the Baby Boomer generation took out.
Q: Tea Party? A: The Falcon Bullet.
Q: The Pontiac Aztek? A: No more Pontiac for you.
Q: Fiscal Cliff? A: The Kirk Hammet ’36
Q: Katrina? A: DicE.
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem…