Among the thousands of motorcycles and riders at the annual motorcycle event in Northwest Arkansas, there were a few that stood out from the pack and caught this photojournalist's eye.
Leather, boots, and bandanas belonging to bikers of all shapes and sizes, and bikes of all makes and models, were the norm at the 12th annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ motorcycle event. The Parade of Power provides a venue to showcase the riders and their motorcycles. However, during the Parade of Power some stood out and were just a bit more unique and colorful than others.
There was even a little monkey business going on. Some riders donned gorilla and bunny costumes, which set them apart from the crowd. And then there were the bikes themselves. Some had distinct, custom painting while others were tricked-out by their owners to make them unique.
Rider on his colorful chopper during Parade of Power on Dickson Street at Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Fayetteville, Ark. 10-01-11
The 2010 Bikes, Blues and BBQ brought in a crowd of 425,000 people and this year that number is expected to rise. One reason the event continues to grow is due to bikers returning to the event year after year, organizers putting together more activities and bands at different venues, and the knowledge that some of the funds raised will go to local charities.
At the 2010 event, I photographed a rider whom I called "The Animal." He is one of thousands who return to the event each year. Because he was so memorable, this year I made a point of photographing him and his chopper. He growled at me and then grinned from ear to ear.