Leave one in the mainstream spotlight for long enough and eventually EVERY underground movement will be co-opted by the same mass-market it was founded to rebel against. Few social phenomena mirror this paradox more consistently than the chopper scene.
From its birth after WW II, there hasn't been an icon at the forefront of "the biker movement" that society at large hasn't clamored to emulate. From Brando's greaser in "The Wild Ones" to Fonda's hippy in "Easy Rider" to Sandy Bullock's blue-collar boy toy at the turn of this century, every decade or so Madison Avenue feeds another pre-fab rebel into the ravenous jowls of low society for mass consumption.
In his blue jeans, skate shoes and open-face helmet, this year's anarchic archetype is the flannel-clad skate punk. His rise to the throne was confirmed when Harley-Davidson cast our hero in a rash of viral videos like this...
To see just how popular today's new-school biker look has become, pick up any celebrity rag at Piggly Wiggly. Right next to Suri Cruise's Pilates instructor and Brittney's snatch you'll see Hollywood's current poster boy for social consciousness AND civil unrest: The Inglorious Basterd himself, Brad Pitt, in full Sinners kit.
I don't begrudge The Sexiest Man Alive for getting his chopper on in any costume he chooses. If I made 20 million dollars per film, I'd wear a pink denim jumpsuit and bring my dog to the next DicE party in a sidecar made from a petrified whale testicle. My real concern is for the hard-core chopper freaks who kickstarted today's look in the first place. How many more celebrity bikers will pile on before Pendletons are old hat? And when that day comes, what will The New Look be?
If you’ve got a look that makes a statement, we want to see it. To enter the ChopCult Trend Humper Sweepstakes, upload a photo of your favorite biker kit here. We'll pick the best photo on September 15 and add 2,000 ChopCult miles to the winner's odometer.
Have fun, gentlemen, and don't take me or this too seriously. Remember--it's just the Internet.