Shopping Cart

The Ultimate American Folk Art Movement

The golden age of the Chopper reached its peak in 1969, with the release of Dennis Hopper’s cult classic Easy Rider. The bikes used in the movie, says Paul d’Orleans, author of The Chopper: The Real Story, “did more to popularize choppers around the world than any other film or any other motorcycle… suddenly people were building choppers in Czechoslovakia, or Russia, or China, or Japan.”

The mean-looking machines, with their shimmering chrome and aggressively guttural engines, were a pure product of “the ultimate American folk art movement.” Choppers emerged, d’Orleans writes in his introduction, from “a culturally explosive mashup of particularly American traits; the cowboy/outlaw, free of family, property, or history, free to explore endless highways, free to express one’s individuality through dress and choice of transport.” Read more >

from the shop

Drop your email addy to subscribe to our occasional newsletter with a few blog posts, new designs, and even coupon codes and deals.

Pingo Doce

“Here’s something interesting. It’s a possible gamma sickness. Milwaukee. A man drank one of those guarana sodas… guess it had a little more kick than

Read More »

Randy’s Donuts

Randy’s Donuts is an unquestionable icon of 1950s Los Angeles for obvious reasons: it is a typical mid-century drive-up restaurant with a giant donut on

Read More »

Now 3x more vibes!

Good vibes are always welcome, but after the shit show that was 2020, they’re especially welcome in 2021. For those who want maximum vibes, this

Read More »
Psyne Co.