Focus: Choppertown Camparound Phoenix
Article and photos by Charlie Weisel
It was nearly ten or eleven years ago, the details are vague but unimportant, that the idea of a no frills, vendor-free, ego-free and chopper focused party in the woods began to percolate in the ever-creative minds of Long John and Pinky of Sacred Skin Tattoos in Payson, Arizona.
You see, they had just come off of an extended road trip, hitting all the major events with their mobile tattoo shop, and found themselves, as many of us are, disappointed by what they experienced. One show after another seemed to focus more on selling shitty sleeveless t-shirts, overpriced turkey legs, and neon lights for your bagger. Basically, a cash grab for money hungry event planners. If that’s your thing, then stop reading now and go join a HOG Chapter. They have since come off the road, not wanting to partake in the aforementioned cash grab, to focus on their brick and mortar tattoo shop in cozy downtown Payson, and begin hosting what would be one of the first grassroots chopper parties to hit the American West.