Polish custom bike manufacturer and owner of GOC Harley-Davidson® Rzeszow, the largest H-D dealership in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe, will display the world’s first tattooed motorcycle, The Recidivist, for the first time in the USA.

The Recidivist, as the bike is branded, was created by GOC and unveiled in September, 2014, and its first presentation in the USA will take place at the 77th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally and at the Labor Day Weekend Rally in Milwaukee, WI. The motorcycle will appear in America with its new element, a fully tattooed sidecar, which will have its world premiere at Sturgis.


The Recidivist is a machine inspired by the art of permanent body adornment. Motorcycles are commonly adorned with tattoo motifs using an airbrush. The uniqueness of The Recidivist is that the bike’s entire construction is covered in tattooed skin branded directly onto the bike’s tires, tanks, seat, rear fender, lamp and many other smaller elements. Light-color cow hide leather – similar to the color of human skin – is engineered onto the bike. Artists from Polish tattoo studios applied traditional works of tattoo art on the bike creating The Recidivist, the world’s first tattooed motorcycle.

The worlds of motorcycles and tattoos have long been kindred spirits. The theme of The Recidivist relates to this traditional relationship. In the USA, bikers use tattoos for personal reasons – to express their character and lifestyle – as well as their social attitude. The Recidivist is an artistic vision which references those traditions. Through its construction and details, it presents a story of a man with strong character – a person who values individuality, personal expression and sense of freedom.

References to the traditions are expressed not only in the bike’s GOC_recidivist_tatootheme, but also in its construction which includes elements that draw from the look of tattoo machines. All of these parts are fully operational elements of the bike’s construction, and the mechanisms of these elements operate in the same way as they do in the original tattoo machines: The bike’s front suspension has the look of a traditional coil tattoo machine; and, the exhaust pipe looks exactly like a modern tattoo machine, including the tattooing needles which, when you start the bike, move exactly as they do when the tattoo machine applies ink under skin.

Furthermore, the machine’s design is based on a number of technical solutions drawing from the turbulent lifestyles of post-war bikers: The lever starting the bike has a shape of a bomb detonator lever; the rear light indicators look like brass knuckle-dusters; front wheel caliper brakes have the appearance of handcuffs; front clutch and brake handles are formed in the shape of “butterfly” knives; and, the break pump lever is shaped in the form of a section sign.

The bike is based on the Harley-Davidson® Softail model. Its unveiling took place in September, 2014, at the 2014 London International Tattoo Convention which is the most prestigious body adornment convention in the world.

GOC_recidivist_sidecar_1The Recidivist’s sidecar was created in 2017 and will have its world premiere at Sturgis. The sidecar is fully tattooed, both outside and inside. Sidecar tattoos relate to motifs present on the bike, but as it is with tattoos on a human body, with time they change together with the person bearing the tattoos – elements get bigger, change colors, shapes and meanings. That is why on the sidecar there are tattoos parallel to those on the motorcycle, such as the Themis or handcuffs. But it also includes new motifs in the form of GOC_recidivist_sidecar_2relations to the abstract art of H.R. Giger and Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski, as well as inspirations taken from life, such as selected images from the history of Harley-Davidson® company.

Construction of the motorcycle and sidecar took 3000 hours. Tattooing of the bike and sidecar took over 2500 hours.

The Recidivist can be seen in the USA in the following locations and dates:


77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, SD, Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show (Most Unusual class).

08/30 – 09/03/2017

Labor Day Weekend Rally, Harley-Davidson® Museum, Milwaukee, WI, Custom Culture Artisan Display & Tattoo Parlor.

The Recidivist Current Awards:

12/2014 – Best Paint/Airbrush, Custom Bike-Show, Bad Salzuflen, Germany (world’s biggest trade fair for modified bikes.

03/2015Best Painting (1st Place), Custom Bikes Championships, Wrocław, Poland )

03/2015Bike of the Year 2015, Chopper Magazine award, Wrocław, Poland

04/2015 – Polish Custom Bikes Championship 2015, PoznaÅ„, Poland:

– 1st place in Best Paint category
– 3rd place in Free Style
– Special Award for Best Bike of Show from Custom Chrome Europe

09/2015 – European Bike Week 2015, Faaker-See, Austria (Europe’s biggest bike rally):

– 1st place in the Custom category
People’s Choice Award

SOURCE Game Over Cycles