Tattoo Goo Heads to the ROT Rally

The calm before the storm: bikes parked on Congress Avenue before the start of the parade.

The calm before the storm: bikes parked on Congress Avenue before the start of the parade.

Bikers make their way down Congress Avenue during the 2017 ROT Rally in Austin, TX

Bikers make their way down Congress Avenue during the 2017 ROT Rally in Austin, TX

Caitlin Benavidez posing with our salve and her amazing ink. (Ink cred to Platinum Ink in Austin, Texas)

Caitlin Benavidez posing with our salve and her amazing ink. (Ink cred to Platinum Ink in Austin, Texas)

Light show! This bike was amazing during the day (you could actually still notice the lights) But obviously, it's a whole different story after dark.

Light show! This bike was amazing during the day (you could actually still notice the lights) But obviously, it's a whole different story after dark.

Raging with the MachineS

In Austin, Texas whenever your day is filled with endless roars from engines zooming by, it's not-so-subtle clue that the ROT Rally is upon you. The ROT Rally (which stands for "Republic of Texas" Rally)  is the largest turnstile motorcycle rally in the US. The event is a four-day celebration filled with motorcycles, music, and a whole lotta ink. 

A stand-out feature of the event is the motorcycle parade that takes place on Congress Avenue, one of the city's main streets that ends at the sate capitol. Curious neighbors, biker fans (us included), families and locals that have made this a yearly tradition line the street waiting for this year's crop to show them what they've got. 

There is a time set for the parade's start, but usually the audience is kept in suspense with the only announcement being headlights showing themselves one-by-one as they round a corner onto Congress Avenue. As eclectic as the collection of bikes are they're fairly in synch as they pick up speed and race down the street in formation. Then the noise catches up to the visual, and that doesn't stop for the rest of the night.

But the noise is almost just as much fun as seeing the bikes themselves. This year everything from traditional to a tricked out light show made its way down the street. After a couple of laps, where the riders got more comfortable with faster and faster speeds, the parade wound down, ending with a culmination of bikes that turned Congress into a heavy metal parking lot. From there spectators joined in where they could walk down the street, meet the bikers and check out their rides.

We definitely enjoyed seeing some incredible bikes, are slowly regaining our hearing (worth it) and meeting some great people with fantastic ink. 

Miss Marissa showing off her ink. (Ink cred to 1032 Tattoos in Austin, Texas)

Miss Marissa showing off her ink. (Ink cred to 1032 Tattoos in Austin, Texas)

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