Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman

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A stunt man and side show performer made famous by the Discovery Channel, Indian Larry Desmedt is best remembered for his remarkable custom motorcycles, his wild tattoos, and his love for building and riding rolling art. This book, by those who knew him best, offers a closer look at the life that made Larry into the chopper shaman so many admired.

Full of photographs that document a uniquely colorful life, the book follows Larry from his humble beginnings to his unlikely stardom, tracing his short career as a bank robber, his time in prison, his spiral downward into heroin addiction, and his rebirth in 1994 as the spiritual bike builder revered by so many and running through it all, the love of hot rods and motorcycles that finally brought him happiness.

Why was he nicknamed Indian Larry? Because early in his career, he ceaselessly rode his Indian Motorcycles through the street of New York City. 

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Biker, bank robber, heroin addict, Indian Larry filled all these rolls in his too short life but he also filled other rolls like lover, healer, mystic, and artist shortly before his untimly death in 2004. This paperback edition of the hardback book chronicles his incredible journey through his early outlaw years to his rise to the top of the chopper world. Indian larry Desmedt is best remembered for his remarkable custom motorcycles, wild tattoos, and his love for building and riding rolling art, including the Indian motorcycle he rode ceaslessly through New York that gave him his name. Eritten by the two people who knew him best, this book is full of photographs documenting a uniquely colourful life, from his humble beginnings to international stardom in the world of custom bikes, from his life as a petty criminal doing abnk robberies, prison time, spiral into heroin addiction, and his rebirth in 1994 as the spiritual bike builder revered by so many riders and builders around the world - and running through it all the love of hot rods and motorcycles that finally bought him happpiness, making this a book sure to appeal to any chopper rider, custom bike enthusiast. an interesting and fascinating look into the life and times of this exra-ordinary, rather larger than life character. With mroe than 250 photographs many of them excellently detailed shots of fantastically exquisite bikes alongside candid snps depicting the life and times of this one-off rather inspirational man. --Pinstriping UK, March, 2010

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"A great glimpse into the life of a legend."--Motorcycle Product News Biker, bank robber, heroin addict: Indian Larry Desmedt filled all these roles in his too-short, complicated life. But he also filled other roles, like lover, healer, mystic, artist. Before his untimely death in 2004 Larry had descended into the deepest pits of hell, but he had returned with a strength and vision few ever attain. "Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman" chronicles Larry's epic journey, from his early outlaw years to his rise to the top of the chopper world. "This tome is a tribute to a great and inspirational man who was able to transcend the sinister side of his soul and triumph over the demons that haunted him. The book leaves us with a message of hope. We all have the ability to be heroes. We all live a hero's journey."--Thunder Press "With excellent--and diverse--photography, along with a compelling narrative, this is a good one for both the reading room and the archive." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram " . . . intriguing paean to a New York legend . . . a fitting tribute to a revered character."--American Iron

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