Purpose - just what is it? I’d like to think that everyone has their own. In its own time, the purpose is realized. Plans are established, and destiny completes itself. Like a young man growing through his wild years, Basket Case Magazine has found its groove. Listen, this ain’t nothin' new. I mean it’s just another platform to spread news and share passion, right? What sets Basket Case apart from the rest is our unbridled willingness to tell it like it is in an area that is taboo to some and too political for others. Before the scenesters and stereotypes, there was culture. Now don’t get me wrong, there is still culture in what we do, it’s just a little watered down, that’s all. We want to ensure that the history is preserved in its purest form, not twisted bit by bit in a game of generational “telephone”. People have paved the way for everyone else, and these people don’t always like to be seen or heard. What I have noticed is that the ones who dug the trenches that some are still trudging today are just too disgusted with the way things are to even care about preserving their purpose. So many years spent fighting for what they believed in. But for what? So that it could be lost in translation? Fuck that. Our “mission statement” if you will, has become one of making sure that the stories of the founding fathers of original fucking cool are told, and that they are told by them and in their own words. Preserving our history is of the upmost importance to us. When the stories and facts are lost in translation, twisted to fit other peoples fantasies or agendas, or just plain forgotten over time, it’s like a candle flickering its final glow. We cannot allow that to happen.
Issue Number Five carries on our growing tradition of finding the history behind the untold stories and bringing them back to life. We start this issue with our event feature, The Deathtraps MC 10-year anniversary party. The Deathtraps have been doing it wrong for ten years strong. True pillars in the chopper community. These dudes have set the tone for today’s younger generation by carrying the torch from generations past. Ten years is damn respectable and club Prez, Jonathan, lays it all out there from his personal perspective.
Featured artist, Danny Boy Smith, is more to us than just fancy artistic abilities. This guy has honored us by stepping in as our in-house artist. His wicked creations and sick mental attitude carry forth in his daily doodles. A true artist and we are honored to have him onboard!
Product Review: Holly Anderson talks about the annual publication Chop, Ride & Party by Beer and Kim Beerport. Many of the photos are taken by Beer himself as well as his charming daughter Kimmy. Beer has a unique perspective on the lifestyle due to his history with the Rogues MC. We highly suggest giving these pages a flip!
We are always trying to come up with cool new ways to pass along our findings to our readers. We teamed up with Brandon Casquilho of Mullins Chain Drive and Ken Nagahara to get an in-depth interview with the man himself, Mr. Bob Munroe. Bob, or “Mun” as he likes to be called, has been around the custom motorcycle world longer than most. I won’t spoil the interview, but I will say this. I couldn’t bring myself to chop up the interview. This is our history being explained from the proverbial horse’s mouth. Hell, I couldn’t bring myself to dictate the interview into text either. Not JUST because I am lazy, but also because the more times I listened to the recorded interview the more I felt like I was sitting there with them. I could almost smell the rusted metal and grease rags. The sounds of the bar stools screeching as Mun jumped up from his seat to grab things time and time again. The sound of Ken Nagahara’s shutter snapping as he caught the action on film. Brandon’s unique perspective and insight into the life story told here is second to none. Take a ride with us and listen along for yourself. We will be uploading the interview onto our website for y’all to listen to as you flip through some of Ken’s images. I hope you enjoy a new way to experience this featured interview!
Issue Five’s builder feature is so hot. Literally. Fresno was like 108 in the shade the day we shot “Just Bad”. Dalton Walker has done it again; this latest creation has brought so much style and form to the table that it’s hard to look away. It’s just bad, plain and simple. The attention to detail is far from simple though when I sat back and just soaked in all the little intricacies that Dalton created in this build I was mesmerized. One of the few bikes that I could just sit and stare at for a while. Smooth lines, crisp details, old school flare and dazzling paint. All done in house by Dalton and his right-hand man Jeff Montgomery. The bike has so much history behind it. Literally, one of Fresno’s hidden gems.
We are very proud to bring you the photographic works of Adam Wright. No words, just raw and real moments captured on film. The man is a genius behind a lens. The images brought forth in Issue Five are just a small glimpse into his world. Be sure to give him a follow!
FOOTLOOSE!!! Yeah, you’ve seen it on the Sacred Steel show on the Discovery Channel, but you have never heard the true story behind the build. Never believe all you see on TV . Holly Anderson brings us behind the scenes and gets the skinny on this fat bottomed bitch from Floppy and Jason. Leave it to the DLMC boys to make sure that the photo shoot was done with a little flair and bring in 3 smoking hot models! Art work was done by the talented Nisse!
Speaking of the Douche LaRouche… Everyone has heard of them. But not many know what goes on inside this club. Are they a real club? Do they partake in club politics? What’s up with the white pants? What about the carrot?! So many questions… We had a rendezvous with the boys of the DLMC down at the Viper Room in Hollywood. These fuckin guys literally rolled their bikes INTO the club and proceeded to demonstrate their ability to party like never seen before. What a night! The brotherhood is strong with these guys, and if you ask any old club biker, that’s what it’s all about. They like to refer to themselves as a motorcycle fraternity, and it shows. Lots of ball slapping and drawing dicks on each other when they pass out. They keep it interesting, and they seem to have a fucking blast doing it. We teamed up with one of the founding members, Cary Brobeck to get the inside scoop on the DLMC. We are beyond stoked to have had the chance to work with Cary and to be able to tell the story of the DLMC straight from the mind of one of the OG’s.
You can pick up a copy of issue #5 from the newly launched BCM website or during the Redwood Rumble.You can also keep up with all of our shenanigans on our Instagram and Facebook.