Fuel Cleveland 2019 – Motorcycle Art & Photography Show

(rock music) – [Jesse] Everyone’s cool and easy. – [Mikey] And everyone was
respectful at the venue. – [Jesse] Everyone was respectful. – Except for one guy who
stole the fire extinguisher. – Somebody stole the fire extinguisher? – Yeah, we had to pay 100 bucks for it. – Fuck that guy.
– That guy– – Fuck that guy.
– Yeah, that guy sucks. (rock music) – Super glad it’s over. Favorite day of the year,
Sunday after the show, ’cause we just relax. – This year was super nice ’cause we didn’t actually
have to clean anything up. (laughing) After Saturday, it was good. – Yeah, yeah, yeah but it
seems like a rousing success. We’re not sure, I don’t
know how many people. – A lot.
– A lot, yeah. We don’t really have any way to track it, so it’s kinda guessing, but basically shoulder
to shoulder all day, and then outside, people everywhere. (rock music) – Cleveland’s cool, I
mean I’ve only been here a couple days now, and
it’s hot, it’s humid. I’m originally from the East Coast, so, I’m not as used to that now that I’m living on the West Coast anymore, but it’s a cool vibe when
you’re just hanging out with like tons of other
bike people in one city and you’re going from like
restaurant to bar to show and just seeing all these cool people and meeting people and
seeing old friends and stuff. So Cleveland’s been very cool for the past few days, definitely. – I don’t know if it’s just
Midwest culture, or what, but it’s just everyone’s cool,
everyone’s pretty genuine, there’s not a lot of peacocking
around or like weird stuff. People are pretty laid back
and chill and I like that. – I will say that everyone
was smiling ear to ear, the whole show, just non-stop smiles. Which, from a lot of the West Coast guys that were in the show, or came to the show they were like speechless. They were like, how is
everyone so nice here, and why is everyone so
smiling, and there’s no egos. – You know I grew up on the West Coast so to come out to the
Midwest and East Coast or anything like that’s
always a big change for me. Just slower pace of life,
it’s just so much more relaxing in a sense, you know what I mean? – All of the vendors that are outside, whether it’s jewelry,
whether it’s artwork, whether it’s paint or parts,
it’s all quality stuff. – [Mikey] Chris from Double Chicken Design that’s his fifth year at the show. He’s been always supportive
of Fuel Cleveland. I always love seeing his
work, so he’s always out. – [Jesse] I told him he’s on the board. – He’s on the board?
– He’s on the board. – Yeah, he has some say. – Which means you work and do not get pay. – [Jesse] Exactly. – It feels great to see
people come back and say, hey we saw your stuff last year, let me see what you have that’s new. And they’re excited about it, they know that you’re gonna be here and they wanna see what
you’ve done over the year. (rock music) – I’ve done Milwaukee Mama Tried, you know Born Free, things like that and it’s up there with
the big hitting shows and it’s big enough, but still it has that kind of small feel
to it where it’s not dramatically over the top
or anything like that. Just kinda low key, just right on pace. – You know the vibe
and the atmosphere here I really dig it, it’s just, it’s real. You know, there’s real bikers here, the vendors, it’s just it’s all people just living the lifestyle, it’s culture. You know there’s nobody here
trying to push anything odd. You know it’s just the
motorcycle community hanging out. (country music) – We try to switch
everything up every year. Different bikes every year,
different vendors every year, different sponsors every year. – Yeah we have a handful of sponsors and they’re all like on the same level. Meaning they each give us some cash which helps keep the show free. – One thing I really
like about Fuel Cleveland is they don’t oversaturate
the show with vendors, they don’t oversaturate
the show with sponsors, they take a few select
sponsors every year, three or four sponsors, and it’s just Fuel
Cleveland, boom, boom, boom. – Lincoln Electric is,
supported the show this year, Built Well, Old Bike Barn came back. – Cheap Trills. – Cheap Thrills, Rock-N-Roll City Harley, – Yeah, Rock-N-Roll City Harley, which is a local dealership. Which is cool to get
some support from them. – It’s not like, you
go to these other shows where there’s 500 booths, or there’s, you see the show flyer and it’s like brought to you by… And your logo’s like
this tiny in the corner. They just rely on a few core people to put on a great show,
instead of trying to just grab everything from everywhere they can. – Sailor Jerry supported
us for the second year, which was awesome, so people were drinking Sailor Jerry rum and cokes at the event. And we had some support
from Saucy, local brewery with some craft beer for the show as well, which helped. (rock music) – My name is Walter… (laughing) This is gonna take awhile, Gemeinhardt, Walter Gemeinhardt. (laughing) I’m sorry. I have a shop called
Kickstart Cycle Supply, and we sell parts, rebuild motors, mostly engine work, vintage Harleys, we build bikes, we make parts, pretty much anything you
wanna pay me for, I’ll do. – My name is Jodi, Jodi Drew and I’m with Spoke & Dagger Co. My husband and I own a retail
shop in Buffalo, New York. So we specialize in motorcycle
gear, parts and apparel. We definitely cater to
this kind of subculture in motorcycles, the custom builder. – Dan Dellostritto, I
own and operate Death Co. I sell T-shirts, shitty black T-shirts for shitty people, is what I like to say. – My name’s Cory Rushford, one half of Trackerdie, we’re out here from
Southern California, Corona. I’ve been wanting to
come since the beginning, to us, it’s kind of like
the Born Free of the Midwest in a sense. This and Mama Tried show
are the two quintessential Midwest shows that we, at this point now, will make it to every year. – Big Truth, from
Choppahead Kustom Cycles, Boston, Massachusets. We’re custom bike builders, we’ve been building
bikes since about 2001. We do custom choppers, restorations, now we do a lot of
service and repair work, ’cause the nature of
the custom bike business has changed a little bit. – I’m gonna be honest, I
go to the shows I like. And they’re each unique and
they all have their different flavor, and I like this one
’cause my friends put it on, and there’s always amazing bikes, here that you won’t see at Born Free, or Brooklyn Invitational, or Mama Tried. – It’s a nice eclectic mix of people, and bikes and companies,
and all sorts of stuff. So, it’s not, you know, segregated to just one particular style, and I think that’s what makes things pretty unique and interesting. – My name’s Oliver Peck, I’m a tattoo artist from Dallas, Texas. Co-owner on Elm Street Tattoo, and I’m also a partner
in Cheap Thrills apparel. Cheap Thrills Good Times, a buddy of mine started
a blog about motorcycles mid 2000s and we started
printing shirts for it out of a print shop. And then it just kind
of like went form there, and now we’ve just been
spreading the word of good times at all motorcycle events
we can show up to. (rock music) – And here we have Dragon
Dustin from Tattoo Faction, they came down, were doing
tattoos all day long. We weren’t sure how many
people were actually gonna wanna get tattooed. – [Mikey] They were working all day. – [Jesse] A giant show. – All day. – The fact that were in the AC. – Yeah. – You could like, get tattooed
and stare at the bikes a little longer that if you
were standing out there. – [Mikey] He said they did
40 plus or something tattoos. – [Tyler] 40 plus tattoos. – And they were pretty big flash work, it wasn’t like tiny flash stuff, it wasn’t little bangers,
it was like huge stuff so… – Yeah.
– It’s pretty neat to see them actually be
able to do much work. – Yeah, definitely wanna
do that again next year. – Sara with Revelry
Tintype was there doing tintype photography which is really cool. Basically old-timey photos, and it was cool, super neat experience. – I’m Sara, I own Revelry Tintype, it’s the third oldest
photographical process. Essentially I’m creating
film on a sheet of metal or glass, so it has to be processed within a 15 minute window. I pour a layer of collodion on it, which is technically not an emulsion, it’s a colloidal suspension and it’s what the silver nitrate adheres to to make the exposure. – She’s obviously really into her art, her craft, and ended
up with a neat keepsake that I’m sure we’ll be stoked on. – So, it’s really lovely
’cause it kind of gets you to slow down, especially in
this digital age of craziness. But I think that’s the beauty in it, and that’s why so many
people are drawn to it. – So, yeah it was cool, she
was busy all day, jamming. – I think the bikes on
this show are fantastic, it’s one thing that makes
this show real great is all the different bikes. There’s a wide variety of
bikes here at the show, from race bikes to real, what I would even call antique bikes. – Danny McGill brought his 1905– – What was it, a Wagner? – Wagner, that thing was… How old is the one in the Smithsonian? – I think he said it was 07. – So, it’s like the
oldest one in existence. – It’s the only one known, and they’re patented in 02, made at, I think it was
La Crosse, Wisconsin. That one was dragged out
of the woods by hunters in the early 80s. Will Roth and then showed it to someone, and then Danny bought it from that guy in the early 80s, and restored
it, and it’s pretty neat, I think compared to the
07 in the Smithsonian. – That was just in the middle of the show. Just walked right up to it. – Danny hit me up after last year’s show, and he goes, “Man that was the
best show I’ve ever been to, “it was so nice to talk to people.” He’s like, “I’ll be back
every single year if you want, “and I got so much stuff.” And he goes, “You think
that 1915 was cool, “wait till you see what
I bring next year.” And then he brought us 1905, he’s gonna bring another
one that’ll probably blow people’s minds next year. He’s got a wild collection, so,
I’m really excited for that. – I don’t personally have a bike, but I brought four bikes
from Canada with my buddies. We have a vintage Triumph
Dragbike down there, there’s a vintage Triumph Land Speed bike, and then there’s a custom, I don’t even know how to categorize it, there’s a custom J.A.Prestwich, it was a rotter tiller that my buddy Herb fabricated into a Land
Speed Racing motorcycle. Yeah, it’s a J.A.Prestwich
600cc Rotter Tiller, that was making seven horsepower, and Herb made a bunch of
speed equipment for it and modified it and he’s
got up to 18 horsepower now. So, that is actually a
1947 Rotter Tiller motor, that has been built
into a 1933 BSA chassis, and then Herb fabricated the fork, it’s got a Honda Civic car piston in it. And yeah, it’s quite
the machine down there. (rock music) – I was in wellness for like six hours. – Oh yeah.
– Yeah. – He called it the New Jersey Drag Strip. (laughing) So the cops got here. – Even the cops were saying you know, four blocks away there’s
motorcycles everywhere, just parked and people hanging out. – The cop was worried and
said, “Just keep everyone calm, “’cause there’s nothing we can do anyway.” (laughing) – Cop came up and said, “Hey,
is there an event going on?” and they just pointed at the billboard. – Yeah, a cop car pulled up and they said, “Is there a motorcycle show going on?” And she laughed and she
said they weren’t smiling, and she said, “Well, yeah.” Like were? And so she pointed at the billboard an pointed at the building, they were so confused, they had no idea. there’s also, thousands of motorcycles. – Surrounding them as well. I don’t know. – It was pretty funny. (rock music) – The bike that I have
here is the first build I’ve ever done. I was always really inspired by the bikes my friends were building. These guys had these little, tight XS650s and they’re just ripping around on, and it’s super fast, and
cutting all the corners and stuff and I was
just like, “That’s cool, “that’s what I wanna be doing.” I worked on it for like a year and a half, just kind of in my spare time. So when it was done and I was finally like really proud of it and
Fuel put up the call for submissions, and I submitted it in, and I get a text from Mikey like, “You’re from California,
can you actually bring “your bike out to the show?” and I was like, I’m like,
“Dude if you want me there “I will make it happen.” – This year was the first
year I brought a bike that wasn’t mine, I built for a customer. It came in for some service work, and there was some stuff broken. It’s a 1968 XLCH. Which is a Magneto
ignition, early Sportster 900 Sportster. And he called me up one day, and said, “Hey, I heard you’re
the guy that fixed my bike.” He said, “I looked at all
your bikes you’ve done, “I like what you do, do your thing, man.” And I think he’s really stoked on, I’m stoked on it, you know. If I saw that bike going down the road, I would be like, “Fuck, hell yeah!” – This year, instead of
bringing a newer motorcycle, or newer build, or whatever, I brought a 1947
Knucklehead Survival Chopper that was built in 1968. Just a really cool bike, and not a whole lot of
people have seen it, so I figured it’d be a cool
place to bring it this year. Man, I’ve done nothing to this Chopper, it is exactly the way it
was built in the late 60s. It might’ve have some early modifications, some stuff done to it in the 70s, but it’s been parked for decades. It’s got this silly, little dragon stencil on the tank, it’s just
home done metal flake it’s just caked on there like cake icing. All I did was zip tie
a Texas license plate onto the back of it. And it’s just super cool. – So I brought my old personal Chopper, which I’ve never brought here before. This one I built like 10 years ago, and people come up like, I can’t believe, like people have seen it
in magazines years ago, and they were stocked
just to see it in person, it’s an old Pan Shovel,
it’s a 1956 panhead with a shovelhead top end, all in green. – The bike that I have
in this year is actually, was featured on American Pickers, RJ Wolf put it up for
sale and I had to have it. And it was a barn find, it was dirty, had a rusty spoke, mismatched rear wheels, and a velvet seat full of mold, and half inch of dust throughout the bike, and just a bunch of different
things wrong with it. But the day that we got it to the shop, I took one look at it, and was like, this is a survivor, this
thing was built with love, in the 70s by somebody. We didn’t clear coat anything, we just buffed everything out. The bike has you know,
scratches and nicks, and whatnot on the paint. But you look at it from 10 feet and it’s just a magical machine. – I’m always enamored with old Patina bike that looks like a barn find,
as long as it’s not super-fake. There’s a few bikes out
there that look like they just kind of got put away in 1967 and just got rolled back out and tuned up, and they’re on the road. Whether they really are
or not, I don’t know. But they look like that, and those are always
really interesting to me. I’m usually more interested
in walking around the curb out in front of the show, and looking at the bikes
that got ridden there, or the bikes that are
parked in the dirt across, and go have a smoke
with one of those guys. I guess one of the
unique things about Fuel in that way is that a lot of
these bikes look like riders, you know, they’re not all
super Bondoed show bikes, they seem more realistic to me. Like I bet you everyone of
those bikes is actually wired. I’ve been to some shows
that the bikes aren’t wired, or you hear rumors that
there’s no flywheels in this knucklehead, bla, bla, bla. Man that’s not really fair, you know, so, I think all these
seem like realistic bikes that’ve actually been ridden
at one point or another. (rock music) – The amount of bikes that we booked or I tried to book before
the show this year, we made a number in my head. He said, “Let’s do a 100.” I think I booked a 105,
’cause I was just a little excited about some that were really, it was hard ’cause there was probably six, 700 submissions. You know, so, between all of us, hey do you like this bike,
do you like this bike, no on this bike, whatever. We still made sure to
write everyone back too, like hey sorry we didn’t pick you, but still ride out to the show, and everyone that submitted I thin I saw, in the outside areas, to that parking lot. – [Jesse] It’s just nice that we’re able to get such an eclectic group of bikes. – [Tyler] That’s what I was gonna say. – The mix is great, ’cause no matter what kind
of motorcycle you’re into, it was in the show. – That’s something that
makes the curation hard, it’s not about being
exclusive or like cool guy, or any of that sort, no, it’s about– – We wanna have a certain amount of these, certain amount of these. – The 100 bikes is like max, we might actually dial
back a slight amount. But, yeah, having the right mix. Can only have so many,
Harley Choppers, or– – I’m a huge shovelhead guy, and we got probably 100 shovels. I can’t put 100 shovels in the show. And there’s a bunch of
them that are super amazing and it’s like, shit, how do
you pick the best of the best. So, what we always plan
on doing is picking one that looks completely
different than the next, so that everyone who has a style in mind can enjoy at least one that’s in the show. (upbeat music) – I got a hard time, you know, explaining why somebody
should come to a show. But other than, you’re gonna
meet a lot of cool people, and see a lot of great, rolling, artwork. And photography, and painting, and everything that encompasses
the motorcycle scene today. – I think that Fuel
Cleveland brings this like, culture that captivates
from all generations. You see the young kid that
got inspired from Instagram, to like the old guy that’s been doing this since the 60s and 70s. And everyone is coming to one one place and finding this common ground. – It’s pretty rad, and they’ve really got their fingers on the pulse
of things here, I think. – What I like about
Cleveland is you can drink really fucking cheap. That’s one thing I like about Cleveland, but no, but honestly what
I was just saying like, how it’s kind of a loose town, it’s fun. Any time we come, we go
out wherever they’re doing the after-parties or
the pre-party and stuff, it’s always a good time. – The show’s the reason
to get everyone together. But before the show and after the show, at whatever shithole bar
we’re all hanging out at, I think that’s when
the real magic happens, because it’s just the interaction. It’s the human interaction. Not that it doesn’t happen at the show, but I feel like, after the show, when all, you’re like… (exhales) We did it. Awesome. I can like exhale now. And then people start to relax, and you go out have beers. – Fuel’s become a national draw. An international draw. Just was talking with
groups of people that came all the way from Canada, Toronto, just for this event. And without a doubt
Fuel feels like family. – It’s just one of the coolest, small, tight-knit, you know, family style shows and we really like it and
just been a great partnership working with these guys
here at Fuel Cleveland. And it’s always just,
probably one of the best one day events that we go to. – It’s just exciting to be part of it and as long as it continues, I’ll defiantly be part of it
and be boots on the ground, so I think that that’s an
important part of what we do. – Fuel’s definitely grown and evolved, but even that very first
one seemed really successful right of the bat. It wasn’t like a backyard
party at somebody’s house, with 16 guys on bikes, you know, it was always successful and
vibrant right of the bat, on the very first one. – First of all, a lot of shows cost money, Fuel’s free, and that’s fantastic. And there’s something about
the people at this show, there’s a great pre-party,
a great after-party. You get to see a lot of people here that I don’t see very often. Some people I only see here. – I don’t care if you’re 22 or you’re 65, you still love motorcycles
probably the same way you did when you first sat on one, and that doesn’t go away
if you’re a lifer at this. And I think that a lot of
the people that are here, involved in this show are
people that are going to be, have a lifelong involvement
with motorcycles, and the more of that we can foster, the stronger things like this show and the entire U.S.
motorcycle industry will have. – Just the creative passion and vibes that everyone brings to the show, honestly I think that
that’s set by the guys that put on the show. – You know, they put on a minimal show, but it’s maximum output, you know, great bikes,
great people, great support. And it’s just a lot of fun, we like to do show that are like parties, and this is just like a
daytime warehouse party with a bunch of badass motorcycles around. – Come, if not, if you’re
a miserable bastard, please stay home. Don’t come. It’s not for you, you’ll
never have a good time, because at heart you’re a broken person. (rock music) – Fuel Cleveland to us is a opportunity to let other people shine. We want other peoples’
hard work to be noticed, and also give back to the
community of Cleveland. That’s why we do it for free. – [Jesse] These guys put so
much work into their bikes and really all they wanna do
is show them to other people. – And why capitalize on their work? – And most of the really
big shows are so far away, they’re either in New York, or they’re in Los Angeles. There’s not a lot of shows
in the middle of the country, so that was when we started
this five years ago, there really wasn’t any,
that’s the whole point. Guys that we do business
with on a daily basis, that are busting their ass
to build these projects, have an outlet to go
show them to everybody– – To like-minded people. – [Jesse] To like-minded people– – Who actually care and
wanna talk about it. – [Jesse] Yeah, so we’re able to bring all those people together, so they can meet each other. – And giving back to the community, Fuel Cleveland as the name
is fueling Cleveland’s economy a little bit, I mean countless people
are staying in hotels, going to the restaurants, bars. It’s good for everybody. – And the motorcycle community. – Yeah and the motorcycle
community itself, it’s fueling everything, so that’s why we really
chose that name too. Not just ’cause it was a clever gasoline– (laughing) (rock music) – Do you want me to look at you or? – [Man] Look at me.
– Okay. – And talk, sorry. Start that over. – You need my person number? – [Man] Yes. – I don’t wanna mix the military, can we start over? – Man, I love Cincinnati. (laughing) – I have a cover band, called Berry Waits where we do Tom Waits songs
in the style of Berry White. So, I think that’s
important for you to know. – Just feel like a sweaty dude. – You almost fell of a roof. – I did almost fall of a roof. – You almost knocked your wife’s head– – Scratched my wife with the ladder. – Hi, Sabri. (laughing) – And then, I have another
band, called Berry Waits, that we do Berry White songs
in the style of Tom Waits, it’s my passion. (laughing) (rock music) – Yeah, I always have a good time in Ohio.

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