Name: Rachael Inman
Website: DOOMEDnyc.com Instagram: @doomednyc
Where do you live? Brooklyn, NY
Where are you from? Aspen, CO
What do you do and how long have you done it?
I'm a leather smith. Started in college about eight years ago and have been doing it professionally for just about two years now.
How did DOOMEDnyc originally get started? What were the original goals? Where did you acquire these skills/this vision?
I was working as a Producer (ad campaign production) for one of the top fashion agencies in the world and I was miserable. When you're working at that level, you're just a cog in a machine, a machine that considers you very replaceable part. I wanted to leave so bad and I remember siting in my Aunts kitchen over Thanksgiving a few years ago. She asked me what I wanted to do and I said honestly make leather bags. Her response was so perfect, she said, "You'll never be able to make a living hand making leather bags!" I took it as a challenge, and two months laterquit my job. The original goals still ring true, to create one of a kind pieces and allow me to have a creative outlet.
I'm completely self taught. I was gifted tools and scraps of leather in college at the time I was working on my thesis to build a camera and take portraits at Burning Man. So in the beginning it was a lot of costume pieces, but also bags to carry water and film in. Then a few years later when I started riding motorcycles I of course started making more bags for my new needs on two wheels.
Do you have anything in the works?
SOOOOO much all the time. I was in a bad accident last year that left me out of commission for nearly eight months. Having my creative energy bottled for so long now that I'm back it's just exploding! I just opened a showroom in Brooklyn this month and am working on few collaborations with some really inspiring artists.
What has been the hardest or best (or both) parts of your job?
I think if you ask any artist the hardest part is always being broke all the time.
But the amazing blessings of this lifestyle far out weigh any financial stress. I get to live my life how I want, spend a ton of time with my family and work with my fiance occasionally. BY FAR THE BEST THING IS MY CLIENTS, nothing feels better than creating a special something for someone they love. Plus I get to met tons of rad peeps and hear their stories as I understand what their needs are.
Tell us about your life in motorcycling. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding, etc.:
I've been riding coming up on four years now, it was kind of a sporadic decision for me. my fiance had bought a bike and I asked him to take me for a ride and he responded with "get your own". A week later I got my permit and a week after that I bought a brand new Harley 883. I was a sponsored snowboarder in high school and he knew me well enough to know I would have never been happy on the back!
Spent a really good three years on that bike and had just done the 1200 conversion, under 400 miles on my brand new engine when I was hit by a van. Sad to say 'Alice', my first moto love, was totalled.
As a replacement I purchased a '99 Sportster 1200 Sport. Her name is Marla and I can't wait to get her set up for my little appendages. East Coast Babes Ride out will be my first ride since the accident and I couldn't think of a better ride for it.
Tell us about your best moto trip:
So hard to pick just one, but there are two that come to mind at the top.
Babes in Borrego, of course. I mean come on, that was magic. It was the first time I had a chance to ride with other women that knew how to ride hard the way I like to. I was so used to just having to ride with the boys if I wanted to go fast.
and Two weeks riding through India. When I first quite my job I took off to India for two months riding motor cycles and doing yoga. I was able to connect with one of the top custom builder there, it was amazing to sit under the stars and talk about the future of motorcycles on a global scale. and the differences between the two cultures. Plus I'm a rebel so it was really fun to break the social norm, women just don't really ride motorcycles over there. It was cool to be part of that changing and hopefully inspire the young girls whose paths crossed mine.
How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?
Years ago through a friend. I had just come back from Born Free and a friend called me. Said there's this all ladies ride you have to go. When I found the blog there where maybe a hand full of posts of stories from other ladies just like me. I was like DONE, i'm there.
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?
Cause Baddass Babes are the Best. I love being a part of this community and am happy to help it grow in what ever small way I can.
What are you contributing to the raffle?
a hand made tool roll from my signature collection and some great DOOMEDnyc swag. Plus a few Art pieces from my latest campaign "You Only Live Twice" loosely based around the Rumi quote "We all have two lives, the second one starts the moment you realize you only have one." I'm in my second life now and I sure am gonna live it to the fullest.