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Julie Glassberg on Photographing the Notorious and Unpredictable Black Label Bike Club


The Black Label Bike Club is known as the first “outlaw bicycle club.” It was created in 1992 by Jacob Houle and Per Hanson in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has chapters nationwide. They are one of the main contributors to the rise of tall bike culture and organized jousting competitions. This destructive, rebel culture revolves around the unlikeliest non-threatening object: the bicycle.


Based out of Brooklyn, Black Label represent a blend of punk, grunge and hippie culture. They are an independent community who sees themselves rebelling against the system. In a society that some feel pushes them to consume, focus on money and overly-use technology, this group of young people seems to be resisting and fighting against it. Their community is mainly based on the bike culture, art and on the real value of relationships.


They are a tight family, caring for each other, sharing meals, partying, or creating art together. Amidst an ongoing recession, and social pressures mounting, how does the young generation respond to it? Although they seem to be the carefree, self-destroying youth, they are quite aware of the situation today. As everyone, they love, hate, and also have their fears and concerns.


Julie Glassberg is a French born, award winning photographer currently living and working in New York. Her work is mainly based on the diversity of world cultures; subcultures; portraits; documentary projects. These images are from her series, Bike Kill, which documents the culture surrounding the Black Label Bike Club.