Meet Tyler Malinky of Lowbrow Customs

Meet Mr. Tyler Malinky of Lowbrow Customs. Tyler has been kind enough to donate the gas tanks that are painted for the Babes Ride Out Artist Series Raffle giveaways every year. We are so thankful for his support!

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Name?

Tyler Malinky

Lowbrow website?

www.lowbrowcustoms.com

Where do you live?

I live in the country 30 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio in a town called Hinckley. Lowbrow is a quick 15 minutes away down some two-lane country roads.

 

Where are you from?

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and have lived in northeast Ohio my whole life. Not what I really expected as I have always expected to move out of state, even since I was a kid, but Ohio provides the perfect home base and allows us to travel extensively, all while keeping my daughter Darly in the mix with our friends and family which is most important.

How long ago did you start Lowbrow?

I started Lowbrow Customs 11 years ago, in 2004, out of a spare bedroom in my house. It was a slow progression from bedroom to basement to garage to a proper building. I have been self employed since age 19 when I started a sign company, which overlapped Lowbrow Customs by almost 5 years, when I made a 100% full-time go of it. I love my job, I wake up (almost) every day excited to do what I do. Some advice to anyone who hates their job: quit right now. Do something that excites you, your life can be completely different two days from now. You only go around once, you have to tear it up.

Why did you start Lowbrow?

While working on my Triumph in my driveway, reading up on how to rebuild the motor and all about choppers on the Yahoo Triumph Choppers message board and such, I realized there was not a reliable place to order parts, chopper magazines, shirts, or anything else to do with the scene. I am a computer, business, and general nerd that has a penchant for motorcycles, so I had the skills to turn a hobby into my business. Pepper in a bit of OCD and some relentlessness, many thousands of hours of work, a decade, and viola, overnight success.

What does Lowbrow have in the works?

In this last year we have launched a completely new website, hired a few new people, and will be moving into a new building by the end of the year. It seems like we are in a constant state of flux, always, which is exciting. A steady stream of motorcycle parts is always in the works, from napkin drawings to CAD to rapid prototypes, tooling samples, and finally the finished product. We have several gas tanks that will be released by the end of the year, some full exhaust systems for Sportsters, and many other parts that we find fill the needs of motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.

 

What kind of bike do you ride?

Luckily, my occupation helps justify the litany of motorcycles I have; it at least gives me a decent excuse. My ’75 H-D Shovelhead chopper is one of my favorites, it is bright purple and hard to miss, and really fast and nimble. My stock ’69 H-D FLH bagger is a crusty original that also holds a special place in my heart, my girlfriend Julia and I rode it down on the El Diablo Run this year and it didn’t miss a beat. The first Harley I ever owned is a ’59 Panhead chopper which I still have and will probably never get rid of, and I have my world record holding 1950’s Triumph land speed race bikes, a dual engine Triumph named Double Vision and a single engine Triumph that goes by the moniker Poison Ivy. I have raced at Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats every year since 2010, but this year it looks like it may not happen as two events have already been canceled and my last chance will be in September, if the salt dries up enough to have a safe and suitable course.

When did you start riding?

I bought a 1970 Triumph when I was 18 years old. I learned to ride by bump starting it down my driveway into traffic and just figuring it out. Before that I had ridden quads and 3 wheelers and mini bikes with my friend Gabe, my brother Kyle and I never had any motorized vehicles of our own as kids as our mom was totally worried that we would get hurt. So perhaps it is thanks to her that we both ended up in the motorcycle industry. Over the years I went from stock bike to choppers to vintage bikes to racing and now I love all aspects of motorcycling.

Best moto trip you have ever been on?

It seems like the best trip is always the most recent one. We just got back a few days ago from a trip to the Bruce Peninsula in Canada, right where Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay meet. Four days of rambling motorcycle rides, swimming in crystal clear, cold water, exploring caves and hanging out with good friends around a camp fire can’t be beat. The El Diablo Run is always on this list as well, I have done the EDR four times now, and will continue to do so until the Biltwell guys stop doing it. I only blew up on bike (’59 Pan) but successfully completed it the other three trips, on a ’74 Honda CB750 chopper, a ’75 H-D chopper, and a ’69 H-D stocker respectively.

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out? What did you think when you first heard about it?

I heard about Babes Ride Out early on, being friends with Ashmore, as well as the love of her life, the mustachioed Mike D and the rest of the Biltwell crew. I could immediately see the appeal for women, an event that focused on riding but without the overshadowing of the heavily male subculture that surrounds motorcycles and choppers. The last few years especially women have really started to come into the scene, but the wild success of Babes Ride Out really shows how ripe our subculture was to have an event for women riders by women riders.

 

What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?

Women riders are a small but growing part of our subculture, and we are glad to support any events that help nurture the scene, keep people riding, camping, having events and parties and chopper shows. Giving people a place to gather, a place to ride, is something worthy of support.

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L.A. Witch at Babes Ride Out 3

 We are so excited to invite L.A. Witch back to the Babes Ride Out 3 stage this year! They will be rocking our world Saturday night right before Dorothy! Check them out!

https://lawitches.bandcamp.com

@la_witch

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All photos by  Adri Law at Babes Ride Out last year  http://adrilaw.com

What are your names and instruments you play in the band?

Sade: vox/guitar

Irita: bass

Ellie: drums

where are you all from?

All:  Los Angeles

how long have you been playing music?

Sade: on and off for the past 15 years

Irita:

Ellie: a little over 10 years

who inspired you to play?

Sade: my inspiration’s to play music came from a few different places and people, but I guess we can start with my dad since he was the first person I personally knew who played any instrument. I was raised by parents who exposed me to a big range of music. Also, being glued to mtv before it sucked.

Irita:
Ellie: my family
how did you all meet?
Sade: Irita and I met through a mutual friend. Irita had already been jamming with some of her friends who ended up being a part of our original line up, but they needed a singer and a guitar player. Meanwhile I was looking for a whole new band to start. It worked out perfectly. We later lost our original drummer, who moved to New York. That’s when I introduced Ellie to the band. Ellie and I had been in a 2-piece band when we were in high school.
what are your thoughts on the LA music scene lately?
We’ve gotten to chance to taste music scenes in different cities and countries from touring. LA definitely has a big music scene and at times it might feel like it’s slightly over saturated, but at the same time it’s very inspiring and there is a huge sense of family and community. We are lucky to have a strong scene where lots of cool things are happening.
have you guys been busy traveling and touring?

Yes. We just got back from a Southwest tour with one of our favorite LA bands, Death Valley Girls. We’re playing more dates for the rest of the month closer to LA. It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve met a lot of rad people and gotten to see a lot of cool bands. We love traveling. We feel very lucky to be able to tour through so many cool places.

ya got any crazy tour stories?

On this last tour, we had one of the venues tell us that if we didn’t play till midnight, we wouldn’t get paid. The 2 bands playing that night were us and Death Valley Girls, and both of us had already played our full sets when they told us that news. We still had 2 hours left so we all just jammed for 2 hours on the spot. In a way it felt so torturous. At the same time, it was so rad to jam with DVG. If it was any other band, we’re not sure we would have been able to pull it off.

have you ever been on a motorcycle?

Sade: Yes, a few times. And I loved it. Been saving up to get one since.

Irita: Yea! Since I was a kid, my family members all had one.

Ellie: Yea, I rode at Sturgis Bike Rally.

If you had a motorcycle what kind would you get?

Sade: Well, since I would be a beginner, probably something small like a little Honda CB series.

Ellie: Probably and old 70’s Honda.

Had you ever heard about Babes Ride Out prior to playing last years event?

No. But we thought it was such a great idea and were so stoked to be able to be a part of it. It’s such an inspiring event. And we actually played with DVG there too!

Tell us about your experience at last years event?

Sade:  We were definitely stoked to be a part of it. We also just didn’t realize it was gonna be as big of an event as it was. We met a lot of badass chicks and it was super inspiring for all of us. Definitely made us wanna learn to ride. This year, Irita and I are trynna get out license so we can ride out there this time! Crossing our fingers we can make it happen!

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ASTRONOMY SHOW AT BABES RIDE OUT 3

This year we are proud to present to you a true Joshua Tree experience! The desert night sky is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. We have teamed up with The Southern California Desert Video Astronomers to bring you an amazing one of a kind astronomy show at Babes Ride Out 3.

The Southern California Desert Video Astronomers will be bringing high powered, deep space telescopes for you to view into space, probably farther than most of you have ever seen before. They will be projecting real time images of different nebulas and constellations from the telescopes onto the screen at a the Astronomy theatre onsite as well as taking you through what is visible in that night sky that night. We are so excited!

Get to know a little about The Southern California Desert Video Astronomers and what they do.

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above photo by Nathalie Kossek

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Our Mission……

To educate & promote astronomy in order to preserve the dark skies of the California Desert and everywhere for future generations.

http://www.scdva.org

Our small group shares the common interest in amateur astronomy that uses high tech video cameras to observe the night sky. Sometimes called electronically assisted observing, we use highly sensitive cameras designed to capture images of deep sky objects in almost real time conditions.

Unlike the long exposure imaging methods, extremely sensitive video cameras are capable of rendering wonderful color images that before were impossible to create. Then we use high definition projectors to produce a show that allows the observers to sit in a chair and relax while we jump across the night sky putting up pictures that many say are “Hubble like”!

 Our goals are to share this great technology with everyone with the hope that a deeper appreciation for our wonderful world and the chance we have been given to understand it.

We support dark sky issues and work for the preservation of our natural environment. The Universe is so large that it is almost impossible to imagine. We use our astro tools to bring the Universe to the viewer unlike ever seen before! The real time feeling is what makes the technology special and we can show many dozens of objects in a single night of observing!

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above photo was taken of me at one of the SCDVA astronomy shows several years ago….yep thats me standing inside the image of a nebula that is being projected live from a deep space telescope in real time.

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Babes Ride Out Welcomes 805 Beer as the Official Beer of BRO!

The first time I tried 805 Beer was on a motorcycle ride that crisscrossed the most beautiful state parks California had to offer. I was hooked after the first sip. Oddly enough, the brand had just hired Troy Powell, a friend I had met when I was working in the moto world. He was  running the moto side of Volcom with athlete Ryan Villopoto under his wing back then so when we found out he was running the marketing for a great beer company, we reached out. Without hesitation, he said ” we are in”. Meet Troy Powell, the man behind bringing 805 Beer to Babes Ride Out 3.

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Born in the central coast and now residing in Southern California, Troy has grown up on two wheels. Nothing is better than a cold beer after your done riding for the day, so we can see why he took a job with 805 Beer a little over a year ago. “I like what 805 represents, I grew up on the Central Coast and I’ve lived the brand story so it was a perfect fit. Also, I really like beer” says Troy. Right now he is tasked with bringing 805 to life in new markets and he’s definitely doing it in stride.”Our video web series on the “805 Authentico’s” is something we have just started. It’s about people doing some cool stuff and living a laid back lifestyle. When I first heard about Babes Ride Out through instagram I thought “What are these girls doing and why so many of them on this trip?” says Troy. It didn’t take long for him to see the connection. We asked him why he is interested in making this event one for the books and he simply replied “It’s supporting people who do what they love”.

Pick up an 805 Beer by searching for retailers HERE and give it a taste. Described as a light, refreshing blonde ale crafted for the California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops, creating a versatile beer with a clean finish. 805 is the perfect followup to that ultimate surf session or to reward a hard day’s work. As a reminder, don’t drink and ride.

ABV: 4.7% / IBUs: 20

INSTAGRAM @805BEER

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Stetson is Coming to Babes Ride Out

I met Daryl Carr on instagram (do you see a trend here?). She reached out to supply Babes in Joshua Tree with some Stetson hats for the raffle last year and even though she wasn’t able to make it out,  she vowed to try to make it this year… WELL GUESS WHAT LADIES !? She is heading out with Stetson to be a part of Babes Ride Out 3.

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Hailing from the Jersey shore and now living in New York City, Daryl has been with Stetson for 3+ years and works on the marketing side of the company. “Stetson is such an iconic American brand that supports so many different lifestyles.  Admittedly, I didn’t know much about the company until after I was hired, but I’ve enjoyed being able to tie the brand with things I’m passionate about, such as art, music, cars & motorcycles, surfing, etc” says Carr. This year marks Stetson’s 150 year anniversary. To put that in retrospect, Stetson was around the year the civil war ended and America fell into it’s reconstruction era. Abraham Lincoln was president and slavery abolished. “It’s been a big year for us.  We’ve revamped our hat factory in Garland, TX and opened it to the public for tours, we have a great collaboration being released later in the fall, and we’ll be closing out the year in Las Vegas at National Finals Rodeo (NFR). The second I heard about BRO from a friend who went last year, I knew we had to get involved.  Last year we were able to make a small contribution to the raffle but we’re so excited to be at the event and hosting a hangout area! This event actually inspired me to do something I’ve been wanting to for a while…I got my motorcycle license last October. Babes Ride Out is such a positive event for women who ride, but it’s also become a great educational resource for women who want to ride but are intimidated or don’t know where to start, and we’re happy to support that. Plus…hats are a great way to conceal helmet hair.  Just saying!

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Make sure to check out @stetsonusa and say hi to Daryl @darylcarr on instagram. We can’t wait to have them at Babes Ride Out 3.

Photos by: Ray Gordon, Keith Savage, and Find Orion Photography

Desert Creatures by @shoppe815

Repost from Miss Katy Zales of Shoppe 815. Love her blog about our little adventure out to the desert a few weeks ago. XO

http://www.shoppe815.com

DESERT CREATURES

We’re all part of the rat race.  The day to day lives that sometimes seem to get away from us.  We get caught up in the unimportant details and forget what living is about.
Then there are those days that you escape.  You get back to what grounds you.  What makes you smile, and you once again you realize what living is.
This weekend was a little bit of work and play mixed into one ball of fun.
When the desert calls, it’s kind of hard not to answer.  Ben and I rolled out to Joshua Tree on Saturday morning and hung by the pool for most of the day.  Later we met up with our friends, Ashmore and Anya, and cruised in the summer heat to their buddy Joel’s house for dinner and to check out his shop, 845 Motorcycles.
(Joel’s handy work on Ashmore’s Gringo Helmet!)
This happened to be the day after the blue moon.  The desert was glowing as the sun went down and we had to get a better view from on top of Joel’s RV.  We took in the night with good stories, food, puppies, and great hospitality.
When the night was over we rolled out under the stars.  The roads and weather were perfect and left all of us with smiles on our faces as we pulled into the hotel parking lot.
We caught a few hours of sleep and at the ass crack of dawn were up with our engines running at 4:45am.  Remember when I said the desert called?  Well it really did.  Desert Magazine is running a story on Babes Ride Out and wanted to get a few shots of Ashmore and Anya.
Babes Ride Out is a once a year female only ride and camp out.  Now heading into their 3rd year, Ashmore and Anya, are going bigger and better than before.  But bigger and better takes a lot of time, planning, and endless hours of unseen work.   Thank you ladies for the hard work and dedication you put into making Babes Ride Out happen and thank you for helping create a stronger community for women riders.
Like I said, a lot of hours of planning and prep going into Babes Ride Out, but just about 100% of the time it seems Ashmore and Anya do it with smiles on their faces and endless amounts of laughter.
It was great getting to hang out with all of the girls working on the The Desert Sun shoot.  (Kendal Riley – Photographer, Ashley Breeding – Editor, Dana Nichols – Writer)  Your hospitality and company was greatly appreciated!
It wasn’t just the girls getting their photos taken.  Ben’s bike The Crazy Boog also got some glamour shots.
Later in the day Joy showed up on her Triumph.  She was sick as a dog and about to embark on a one day journey from Joshua Tree to Idaho to meet with her Dad.  From there they were rolling to Sturgis.  Even though she was feeling under the weather, she was such a champ and it was great getting to spend some time with her.
I’m highly looking forward to cruising back into Joshua Tree in a few months knowing that these ladies and a few hundred other Babes will burning rubber beside me.  These are the days…
xoxo,
Katy
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