Tuesday, June 4, 2013
When I was in the service (late-seventies) I got every issue of Easyriders magazine. For motorcyclists stuck overseas, under the constrictions of military life, reading Easyriders was something to look forward to each month, and marked the passing of time, bringing us one month closer to going home and riding again. I wish I would have saved them. Todays version of Easyriders is nothing more than a comparatively crappy soft porn rag, with an occasional decent bike feature. Too bad.
One of the best features of the mag was the David Mann centerfold. He was the Norman Rockwell of outlaw biker Americana. Those centerfolds decorated the walls of my room in the barracks. Mann's paintings always told a story that captured the essence of the free-spirited biker lifestyle of that era.
R.I.P. Brother, your paintings live on.