May 17, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Archival photography books are one of the best resources of denim inspiration and Flash Collections’ Portraits of American Bikers: Inside Looking Out proves no different with its gritty selection outlaw biker gang images from the late ’60s.
While the relationship between denim and the motorcycle scene is nothing new, more biker inspiration has been emerging in the denim market lately. From Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s F/W 12 collection to Edwin’s Further Films to more gritty perspectives from Michael Schmidt‘s photography or the upcoming film “Take None Give None,” documenting The Chosen Few motorcycle club.
Portraits of American Bikers: Inside Looking Out is the second in a series of three books consisting of photographs from the Flash Collection. This collection is made up of hundreds of photographs taken by Jim “Flash” Miteff during his time as a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, Detroit Chapter from 1965 to 1969. Having been in storage for over 40 years, the never-seen-before photos within the book were collected together by Miteff’s daughter, Beverly V. Roberts who had helped her father develop the photographs back in the `60s.
The beautifully composed black and white photos portray Flash’s fellow members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club during the `60s. The members are dressed in denim and leather — their embellished uniforms differentiate them from any other movement of that time. A must-have for denim lovers and biker enthusiasts alike, this book presents a truly authentic look into classic alternative American lifestyle, from the clothing and adornment to the brotherhood shared between members.
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