Here's a photo-heavy post! I was going to break it up into smaller ones, but I like the overall effect of all the photos together.
One of the people in this post is very famous, but it's not this guy.
We were at the Billetproof auto show in Antioch, Calif. The cars were cool, but the people were cooler.
We're talkin' lots of tattoos.
OK, the cars were neat, too. None can be newer than 1964, and none can have any visible parts made from custom-molded steel (a.k.a. billet).
People of all ages were there.
With a high concentration of hipsters.
And stuff for kids.
Those who dressed up stood out.
Some opted for period costume.
I thought this outfit was quite fetching. Nose ring and all.
There was some most excellent music. Lots of rockabilly, and surf music à la Dick Dale. These are the Pyronauts. The guitarist did a lot of hair-flanging.
I went up to a lot of people and asked to shoot their tattoos.
Nobody turned me down.
Some people were getting shaves and haircuts. I was reminded of the street barbers in China.
Others were just hanging out.
This guy's tattoo took 35 hours to do. He still had 20 hours to go.
Many of the girls were as heavily inked as the guys.
Even the old guys' scooters looked vintage.
Sunscreen was a must. Big hat optional.
Shorts or short pants showed off more tats.
I was amused by the cigar.
A solemn little boy whose name was not Freddy.
Some were cooking out.
Everyone was there to see the ratrods.