Indian Larry: The Big Chief Of Tattooed Bikers
Indian Larry is a motorcycle hand-craftsman from NY, who has inspired artists with his "Question Everything" philosophy.
Born with the name Lawrence DeSmedt in 1949 Indian Larry wasn't really an Indian at all. He got the nickname in the 80's from riding the streets of New York on a chopped Indian motorcycle. Indian Larry was a respected custom build motorcycle artist whose custom built choppers are works of art. In fact his whole body became a work of art with ink covering most of his torso.
Larry started getting tattoos later on in life he got his neck tattoo when he was in his mid 40s. The tattoo across the front of his throat read: IN GOD WE TRUST VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYETH THE LORD NO FEAR The lettering of the middle two lines was in reverse so that it could be read in the mirror.
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"Spirituality is instinctive and I believe it's more of a Zen type of thing. You stay in the moment and you’ll get the right answers, the correct answers." - Indian Larry
Indian Larry was a deep thinker and faced many extreme tests yet he also enjoyed living in the moment and rolling with the punches. His philosophy in life was to "Question Everything" and so he used the symbol of a question mark as his trademark logo in his motorcycle design.
His death in 2004 was a sad loss for the motorcycle community, but many bikers carry on his message through an interesting tattoo that was his signature, the question mark.
Indian Larry even inspires modern art. Check out the work shown in an exhibition from New York artist Chambliss Giobi.
"And if I'm called away and it's my turn to go, Should the blood run cold in my veins, just one favor I'll be asking you, Don't bury me here it's too cold, Take me back, Carry me back, Down to Gasoline Alley where I started from -Lyrics taken from Rod Stewart's song "Gasoline Alley" In memory of Indian Larry 1949 - 2004