Willie’s been slingin’ ink for over two decades in Florida and his tattoo shop in Ormond Beach annually hosts the biggest anti-establishment bike show during Bike Week. This is not the event to come to if you’re looking for the latest stretched-out theme bike. Instead, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo
Old School Chopper Show serves as a showcase for good ol’ American ingenuity. It serves as an avenue for the small shops and garage builders out there to share their creations with others, to show what can be done with a little creativity and a lot of hard work. The type of guys at Willie’s show don’t buy parts from catalogs, they make their own. Bikes with big open belt primaries, jockey shifters, foot clutches, true bobbers and rat bikes are the standard instead of the exception. Reworking old hot rod parts or junkyard finds into functional motorcycle components are the norm, the credence “necessity is the mother of invention” the battle cry at Willie’s annual shindig.
So on Thursday, March 14, Willie’s shop on Yonge Street was once again the place to be during Daytona Bike Week 2013
. According to our friend Bobby Seeger of Indian Larry Motorcycles, the place was packed as usual. He also said he can’t count how many old friends he ran into at the show, which is another one of the beautiful things about Willie’s Old School Chopper Show. With Big House providing the entertainment out back and the Twisted Tea girls helping to keep the party going up front, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show 2013 was once again a roaring success.
Motorcycles and people squeeze in on just about every inch of Willie's lot for the Old School Chopper Show. The trophies are
almost as creative as the custom motorcycles themselves.
The Dragon Rider lives! There's no shortage of curious characters at Willie's Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show.
Rust is worn like a badge of honor on the bikes entered in Willie's Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show, a Bike Week
tradition like no other. The painter of this tank apparently was channeling his inner Gauguin.
Twisting it up at Willie's, from the fork to the frame to bars and foot pegs. Kick startin' choppers with a king & queen saddle,
elements that have been entrenched in American motorcycle lore since the '60s and '70s, will live forever thanks to shows like
A wooden keg as a topcase - now that's good ol' American ingenuity. It's always a rockin' good time at Willie's annual gathering.
We can only imagine how bad emcee Roadside Marty badgered this poor girl. Willie's artists were hard at work during Bike Week 2013.