At a show in Las Vegas we ran across a team of media gurus. These guys were from Source Interlink Media, which owns nearly every popular hot rod, motorcycle, atv, etc… magazine on the market. We had a customer’s chopper on display and convinced them to come over and have a look at it. We of course exchanged information and decided to follow up at a later date. Some time goes by and the emails start flying back and forth and they decided they wanted to do a write up on our Touring Trike for their fairly new publication American Trike.
We had just finished one of the most beautiful V8 Trikes (in our opinion) to date for another customer and we just knew we had to use that specific trike. We got lucky since the owner lives in Arkansas, a little distance away from us, and had his trike in our shop. We grabbed the camera and the trike and hit the road looking for the perfect backdrop. We ended up in several locations around town, all which were a little different than the last.
It seems to be that the best backdrops for our bikes and trikes are nasty, run-down, abandoned buildings that are about to fall in on themselves. And so that was the last stop we were looking for on the ‘photo-shoot tour’ before we headed back to base. And wouldn’t you know it, out of the hundreds of photos we sent to American Trike, they picked that location for the center image. We found that little gem on the eastside of town nestled right next to the abandoned railroad tracks that were once used for hauling lead and zinc out of a neighboring town since the 40’s. Once they mined all they could, several railroad tracks, (and stations along them), became obsolete. Fortunately for us, the city has yet to tear them down, creating the perfect location for our photo-shoots. So we ended up with an excellent shoot and a great article by the guys at Source Interlink Media/ American Trike. Let’s just hope that when the next magazine company wants to do a story, the city doesn’t destroy the ‘eye sores’ of the town.