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A Life and Times Retrospective


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he wild lure of the West Coast drew David Mann

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e returned to Kansas City and bought KLVĂ€UVWQHZELNHD3DQKHDGIRU

$350. At the same time he created his first

and buddy Al Burnett into the

a rti s ti c c re ati on, “H ol l yw ood R un.� It

tuck and-roll interior of a candy

represented the wild, unleashed, Hollywood

ap p le re d a n d p e a rl -w h i te,

outlaw lifestyle. Riding his customized Harley ZLWKKLVĂ€UVWSDLQWLQJWXFNHGXQGHUKLVDUPKH

customized 1947 Chevy coupe,

entered the 1963 Kansas City Custom Car

and they peeled rubber to Santa

Show. That car show launched Dave’s

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artistic biker career. He had the only custom-

learning careful detail, exacting dimension,

bike entry in the show, so for his creative

and mechanical perspective. He also

While cruising the seaside

efforts the judges initiated a new class and

studied at the Kansas City Art Institute.

community he stumbled across

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Then in 1971, Dave discovered a new

Monica, California.

y 1967, D avi d developed int o a full-fledged architectural renderer,

magazine with a twist—Easyriders! It was

Ba y Are a M u ff l e r, a n a rea

the first full-fledged, lifestyle-related bike

custom car house, and there he

rag. Since the third issue,Dave has

discovered completely insane

followed—and in some aspects led—the industry by capturing the essence of a

chopped Harleys. The bikes

changing lifestyle on the center- spreads of

drove him wild. They projected

Easyriders. Regarding the future of custom

freedom, power and mobility

bikes, David said, “I see many builders going the way of the full-fendered bikes,

with every chromed curve. Dave was immediately hooked. much like the rest of us.

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n addition, a Sioux City, Iowa, club member named Tiny noticed Dave and took him

under his wing. Before long, David became a FOXEPHPEHU,QDGGLWLRQ7LQ\WRRND3RODURLG RIKLVĂ€UVWSDLQWLQJDQGVHQWLWWRWKHHFFHQWULF Ed “Big Daddyâ€? Roth, the California custom FDUFUHDWRUDQGSXEOLVKHURIWKHĂ€UVWFKRSSHU magazine. Dave painted several posters for Big Daddy Roth. In 1965, David went to work in the mailroom at Scheffer Studios in Kansas city, where he met an architectural renderer, 'DYH3RROHZKRWDXJKWKLPWKHSUHFLVHFUDIW that Dave has incorporated into his fanciful art for the last 30 years.

and I love ‘em. But, like you, I will always be a chopper rider at heart.� Dave recently returned to his old stomping grounds in Missouri where he’ll no doubt rediscover the roots responsible for the illustrator’s living legacy. We’ll be here to see what Dave has up his sleeve next.

Kevin Harrigan  

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