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How to Not Lose Your Phone at Babes Ride Out 5 | Introducing BLACKRAPID

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I want to start this blog off with a real life situation that happened at a BRO event. A lady ran up to me in a panic, “I lost my phone” she said. I tried to calm her and say “It’s ok, where do you last remember seeing it”. She instantly answered, “It was in my back pocket and fell into the port o potti, can you get it out for me?”. This is where we draw the line of helping a sister out. 

Camping on motorcycles is one of the most fun things until you lose your phone. Panic sets in as your “lifeline” is now gone and the battery is dead making it impossible for you to recover it. Losing your phone on a trip like this is the worst and why we’ve linked up with BLACKRAPID and received 500 (they retail at $19.95) of their WandeR Bundle, the Smartphone Safety Tether System to give out in our famous "BRO GIFT BAGS" that are going to the first 500 ladies who registered for the event and are riding to attend. No matter where you are – close to home or far away – the WandeR Bundle by BLACKRAPID will keep your smartphone close at hand. Its functional design allows you to use it with almost all phone and case combinations. For additional versatility, utilize the included TetheR-Clip to attach your phone to bags, belt loops, or vest. 
 

Strap or clip to your wrist, belt loop, or your duffle bag and never lose your smart phone again. 

Strap or clip to your wrist, belt loop, or your duffle bag and never lose your smart phone again. 

Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 | Mountain Mamas Route

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Mountain Mamas is a nice little route under 200 miles that will take you through some epic scenery and will give you time to explore. One of the most intriguing stops is in Roscoe, not far from camp, where you can find Dundas Castle. Rider beware, legend has it that if you take anything from this hallowed ground, you will be haunted by the ghost of Josephine Dundas, who they claim was locked in an upstairs room and was committed to the insane asylum after her husband's death. Others say that the three heart-shaped ponds on the property fill with blood on the full moon. YIKES! I've personally walked the halls of this boarded up castle and I have to say, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and the odd feeling of anxiety and sadness are very present. 

Mountain Mamas: 194 Miles Download the map HERE

BRO East Coast Artist Series | Tracey Rose

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My name is Tracey Rose, I was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, and even though my heart belongs to the West Coast so far I am still here in the East. 

Following a formal apprenticeship I have been a full-time working tattooer since 2000. I've been working at Lucky Soul Tattoo since 2001, and in 2011 after 10 years of working at the shop I then became part owner. 

Tattooing is truly a special kind of art. The birth of tattooing is certainly rooted in the sacred, and as it grew and changed over the decades and traveled from continent to continent, the ritualistic aspect of tattooing has changed, but without sounding too hokey I feel that in many ways tattooing still sits in the sacred. I have such respect for the history of this craft and I hold such a humble heart for being able to do what I do everyday. People come to me to be permanently marked, trusting me with their skin, their ideas and their stories. You learn a lot about a person when you're sitting with them, sometimes for hours or months on end, and that is one of my favorite parts of this job. Many of my clients also call the time in the tattoo chair their 'therapy', because there is something very cathartic about the overall experience and often people are getting tattooed for very personal reasons, so it can be pretty heavy at times. I've definitely laughed and cried right along with my clients. The experience of getting tattooed can be such a deep and personal one, and other times it's just goofy and silly and fun, and I'm honored to be able to provide this permanent art and be a part of an experience that people will likely always remember. 

There are many types of art and styles of tattooing that I like to do, and as much as I try to be an artist who customizes in one style, I just can't seem to find myself being anything other than a Jill-of-all-tattoos. When I first started tattooing it hadn't yet blown up like it has today, and we basically learned how to do everything and do it well. In this new world of tattooing with so many specialty artists it's hard for me to find the one or two things I'd like to focus on doing. I've spent almost 20 years perfecting the art of 'doing it all', and I very much still believe that tattooing is a trade, that we are providers of a service, and we should be able to provide for our clients in the best way possible. That also includes being a nice person - it is super important to have a good 'chair side' manner, as well as doing some kick ass tattoos. However with all that being said, I do love tattooing images of women, 'lady heads' as they are sometimes called, and I also really love tattooing Buddhist imagery (but that's a story for a bit further down in the bio). 

The type of artwork off of the skin that I do these days usually centers around women. Sometimes traditional American tattoo inspired designs and other times inspired by the Art Nouveau ladies of Alphonse Mucha. 

I have been focusing on a series I started this year, I call it the 'Cheeky Broads' series. The idea was born out of my frustration with the idea and notion of strong and assertive women being called 'a bitch'. The fact that we live in the type of patriarchal society that holds outspoken men in high regard, but outspoken women often don't receive the same praise. Truth be told, this series cracked me up. Initially I started with my first broad, 'This is my smile' with a straight faced girl looking very unimpressed, inspired in part by my own experiences and also that bullshit 'you'd be a lot prettier if you smiled' crap, and then the ideas just snowballed. I have had so many ideas I can barely keep up. I started this series as a way for me to get back into drawing for fun and not just for tattoos, and initially I did these drawings just for myself, but when I shared them with other folks they thought they were great, so I started an Instagram page (@cheekybroads) and also an Etsy store to see how it all goes. I'm hoping other people like them as much as I do.

As for the role motorcycling plays in my life, I have basically loved motorcycling since I was in elementary school. My very first ride was in first or second grade, on the back of my uncles bike, and I was immediately hooked. I knew I'd have a bike one day, it was always a goal for me, and in 2003 I got my motorcycle license. My first bike was a Honda magna that I bought for $250, and I still have that bike today, although it is currently getting chopped up. So far I have my mind set on getting a Iron 883, I love the look and feel of that bike, but I'm certainly not Harley specific and love old Honda's and pretty much anything with two wheels that isn't covered in chrome or that has too many bells and whistles. I love the motorcycle culture and lifestyle in general, and I wish that the East Coast had as much of a thriving culture as the West Coast. Something about California has always spoken to me, it's likely the sun and year round warm weather. Oh yea, and the tacos.

Recently I have fallen in love with motorcycle helmet art and am looking to focus on creating custom helmets for folks. In March of 2017 I was a part of the first motorcycle helmet art show here in Connecticut (The UpCycle Helmet Art Show) which was done using all vintage motorcycle helmets - and I am now hooked. I have so many ideas for helmets, it was hard to narrow down my idea for the Babes Ride Out artist series. I settled on a theme revolving around the idea of motorcycling as meditation, Two Wheels Move The Soul. One of the aspects of motorcycling that I always felt most strongly about is that stillness and clarity of focus that you naturally have while riding a motorcycle. It really is an experience of one pointed mindfulness, complete and total moment to moment awareness. In my not so distant past I was a meditation teacher and have studied Buddhism in one form or another since I was 18. My most formal training was done in L.A. with Noah Levine, of Dharma Punx and Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and after that training I led a meditation and Buddhist group here in New Haven for a few years. I also studied with Jill Satterfield of Vajra Yoga, one of the only Buddhist centered mindfulness in motion type of yoga classes and trainings out there. That stuff is a part of me no matter how busy and crazy life gets or how far I stray from it, and so when I was coming up with an idea for this helmet I kept coming back to that feeling that I would get while riding. That feeling of nothing else being there but you, the machine, and the road. No distraction, no mental stories, no stresses, just that moment to moment awareness. The constant sound of the wind in your ears. The fresh air filling your lungs. Looking only so far ahead of you and knowing of only the next turn. It's the easiest way to get a long mediation practice in, that's for sure! 

I am so thankful to have been asked to be a part of this series it's been a lot of fun! 

 

- Tracey

www.luckysoultattoo.com

www.facebook.com/traceyrosetattoo

www.instagram.com/sweet_rose_tea

www.instagram.com/cheekybroads

Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 | The Jersey Devil Route

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Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 is a true riding event which means the campsite vacates during the day as we provide multiple rising routes for you to enjoy. Feel free to create your own adventure, but these curated routes were hand picked by our very own Virginia Cagney who has ridden every inch of the area and knows the best spots in the lower Catskills. 

Introducing The Jersey Devil

  • 91 miles round trip
  • Suggested gas stops marked but fuel up before you head out
  • This is an action packed ride that you can start in the am and be back in Narrowsburg in time for lunch at the Blue Heron (with plenty of time to stop for photos or a swim).
  • Points of interest are the famous Hawks Nest (we dare you to find a better road to rip down), cool off in the beautiful Raymondskill Falls (the tallest falls in Pennsylvania), and ride across Dingmans Ferry bridge (a must!). Quit a bit of WOW in 91 miles right? 

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HAWKS NEST | BEST ROAD WITH TURN OUTS 

HAWKS NEST | BEST ROAD WITH TURN OUTS 

DINGMANS FERRY BRIDGE 

DINGMANS FERRY BRIDGE 

RAYMONDSKILLS FALLS

RAYMONDSKILLS FALLS

ROLL CALL | Get to Know Brittany from Vans Girls

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You can hear her distinct laugh before she comes within eyesight, can usually find her kneeling on the ground petting a disinterested dog, and has one of the coolest jobs you can imagine at Vans. We are thrilled to have Brittany Wood riding with us at Babes Ride Out events this year while representing Vans Girls & House of Vans by snapping pics for social, high fiving, and spreading her infectious laughter. Take a read and find out more about Vans, what they are working on this summer, and Brittany's experience at BRO East Coast last year event (which involves a ghost or two). 

Name: Brittany @brittanywould
Location: Los Angeles, CA    
Occupation: Social Media Coordinator at Vans

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Tell us about your typical day at work: Hm it’s pretty different each day. If we’re not traveling to House Of Vans events, I’m usually writing copy, producing fun content for Vans Girls and House of Vans, and helping out my boss in the office with the day to day of social media. It’s broad and I’m forgetting all the other little things that pop-up throughout the day, but that’s as granular as I can get, ha! 

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Any NEW Vans or Vans Girl projects in the works?

There’s always something new happening with Vans Girls!  Cat (our editor), Alyson (our East Coast girl), and I are always planning shoots, and proposing ideas to each other, and just always encouraging one another - it’s a really great atmosphere. These ideas can span anything between cool events and organizations we really believe in and are passionate about, to rad girls we think our making an impact in some shape or form. That’s what I love so much about working at Vans - it’s the ability to really stretch your creative muscles while pushing yourself, and you’re really able to see your hard work at hand. And with Vans, there’s so many rad events in the making. House Of Vans  has a HUGE list of events going on this summer that I’m really excited about. Lots of great bands and cool workshops taking place at our Brooklyn and new Chicago venues. If you’re in the area during these events, definitely check it out!  

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycles:

Well I’m a 27 (basically 28) year old woman living in Los Angeles. I have the cutest little Min Pin in the world, whose name is Pizza. I like eating, reading Young Adult Novels, camping, and binging on The Office. I can recite any and all Office lines if you made me. I’ve always had an interest in motorcycles since my dad grew up riding them. He and my mom never really wanted me to ride in the first place, if we’re going to be honest. They were always worried something would happen to me (I mean, of course), since my dad got into a gnarly accident a while ago. It wasn’t until I was dating this guy about 4 years ago who rode, that I really was like “You know what? I can do this on my own.” I also started seeing really cool girls riding down Sunset, and in crews, and I was like “Wait, why CAN’T this be me?” I didn’t want to be just another girl riding on the back of some dude’s bike. I wanted my own bike, and I wanted to do my own thing. So I signed up for the course, passed my test, and then bought my first bike. It was really empowering for me. Not the fact that I was riding a motorcycle, but just the idea that I had accomplished something on my own.  

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

You came to our first ever BABES EC. Tell us about the experience:

The most magical, fun experience of my life. East Coast riding is so different from riding in SoCal. Everything is open and green, and riding through the canyons is like riding on a rollercoaster. There’s just something about the East Coast countryside that I love so much. I love the humidity, the old barns, and all the cute towns scattered along the way. The event itself is an entirely different experience than Joshua Tree. Don’t get me wrong - I LOOOOVE the Joshua Tree event, because I get to see all my friends in one place, but I also love how intimate Babes EC is. PLUS - there’s a really cool cemetery across the road. (CORINNE - GET YOUR GHOST APP OUT!)

What did you like the most?

I love the riding. The roads out there are so smooth and windy. There were times where I had to knock myself out of the trance they would put me in. 

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Any words of wisdom to ladies who may be on the fence about attending Babes Ride Out EC2?

Honestly - JUST DO IT. There’s really nothing to be afraid of. Genevieve and I spent 12 hours getting there from Boston to Catskills because we kept getting lost and taking the wrong roads….it even started to pour on us, but it was all in good fun. I wouldn’t do anything different. The event itself is just so warm and inviting, and getting to know people at the event is so easy because all the girls are so nice.

Grab a ticket HERE and let's ride! 
 

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 | Big Indian River Route

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The fun doesn't stop when you arrive at Babes Ride Out East Coast 2. This is a true riding event which means the campsite vacates during the day as we provide multiple riding routes for you to enjoy. Feel free to create your own adventure, but these curated routes were hand picked by our very own Virginia Cagney aka @virninja who knows the Catskills like the back of her hand. 

Introducing Big Indian River Route

  • 142 mile round trip
  • Suggested gas stop Margaretville (multiple gas options along the way and make sure to have enough to get through the Frost Valley section) 
  • Suggested lunch stop Roscoe Diner in Roscoe NY
  • Points of interest includes Bethel Woods site of 1969's historic Woodstock, scenic bridge over reservoir with plenty of lake views and stops, and beautiful shaded scenery through Big Indian Wilderness. 

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PEPACTON BRIDGE 

PEPACTON BRIDGE 

SCENIC VIEWS 

SCENIC VIEWS 

BIG INDIAN WILDERNESS 

BIG INDIAN WILDERNESS 

STOP BY THE LOCATION ON 1969'S WOODSTOCK ON THIS EPIC LOOP

STOP BY THE LOCATION ON 1969'S WOODSTOCK ON THIS EPIC LOOP