Indian Larry 2017

Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party

Photos & article by Trish Ranieri

It was a beautiful day for the 14th Annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party 2017.
Bobby and Elisa Seeger, owners of Indian Larry Motorcycles and Genuine Motorworks bring the artistry of motorcycle building, craftsmanship, art, music and culture to the streets of Brooklyn. A celebration that continues on in honor of Indian Larry’s memory.
Custom motorcycles, hot rods and rat rods lined the streets, each one a beautiful piece of machinery. They ascend from all over the world, some come to NYC days before to take part at this momentous occasion. I was talking with one rider, Mike, who tells me, “We’re all family, we support each other and wouldn’t miss this gathering of unique individuals for the world.”

Kip Kotler of Kip’s Biker Site shared this with me, “The industry is evolving, but you want to maintain and preserve the custom culture.” A culture that was deep seeded many years ago by Big Daddy Rat, and Von Dutch.”
VIP passes were available for $100 and included a block party tee, collectible pin, drawstring bag, laminated VIP pass, beer garden entry and BBQ. The line for the front BBQ of hotdogs and hamburgers stretched around the block. In the back was another BBQ with a Ginormous pig roast, drinks flowing and block party attendees sharing stories of their rides and the road.

Trophies at the bike show included best of show, best custom, best vintage and best paint.
Bands came out in full force playing throughout the day and once again in support of this amazing event were the rockin ladies of Judas Priestess!

This block party had more culture, art, symmetry and design, draped into the urban scape that is Brooklyn! The Smoke and Mirrors Art Show was freakin’ incredible!

Some of this year’s vendors included Industructible Ink (Cheryl & Mike ), HR NYC (T-Shirts), Mad Squirrel (Leathers), Lowbrow Customs, Lethal Threat – Lethal Angel, Metzeler, Deadbeat Customs, Devil Chicken Design, Immortal Ink, Appalachian Moto Jam, Motorcycle Film Festival, Tim Howley from Tombstone Hardware, Alessandra of Ali’s Jewelry and Motorcycle Mayhem Radio was live. I was thrilled to meet them, I listen every Monday at 8 pm/est.

Mark Velazquez artist, who had a grand display of amazing canvas pieces, donated two of his prints toward The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation. I was particularly happy to donate to Elisa and Bobby’s daughter, Sienna and all her little friends who were raising monies at the ALD table.

Bobby and Elisa continue Indian Larry’s dream of a custom motorcycle shop creating rideable works of art. Bobby, a master artisan, who adds his own touches to each incredible masterpiece, along with their IL expanding parts and a clothing line has not only helped to keep Larry’s memory alive, but has also helped to keep the art of ole school motorcycle building in the forefront of today’s culture.

Bobby and Elisa Seeger’s son, Aidan, whose memory is still very much alive in the hearts of many, lost his battle in 2012 to Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare brain disorder. Through Elisa’s tireless dedication to the cause and devotion to her son, she along with others are continuously lobbying to have all newborns screened for the ALD disease. The hope is that all states will be on board with Aidan’s Law. Proudly, New York was the first state to pass legislation in 2013. The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from this and other events that the Seeger’s hold throughout the states, help to support this great cause. For more information go to Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation www.aidanhasaposse.org
So, another wonderful Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party comes to an end…for now. Preparations are already underway for next year! Next time you’re in Brooklyn stop by Indian Larry Motorcycles at 70 N 15th Street Brooklyn, NY 11222. For more information you can reach them at www.indianlarry.com