Who doesn’t need new ink during a motorcycle rally or trip to Vegas? We’re excited to announce that five tattoo artists will be onsite and tattooing with us during this year’s Rally in the Alley! Meet the crew coming out from Trip Ink Tattoo:
Rick Trip, the owner and lead tattoo artist at Trip Ink Tattoo Company. In addition to that he’s known as being one of the most talented tattoo artists in Las Vegas. With that said he is also widely know in the tattoo/art/music/film industry.
Quote from Rick Trip: “I just use true techniques from tattooing. Bold will hold and I make sure that my color blends make sense with the skin tone I’m working with. My goal is to make my clients stand out in a room from people that are already tattooed. Its very popular to get tattooed now, but its not popular to think it out and try to stand out in the way that I’m doing it.”
Rain from Northern California and he loves to tattoo, Here he is introducing himself:
“Hi, my name is Rain! I’ve been tattooing professionally for 10 years. I specialize in new school and portrait realism; both color and black and grey. From pop culture art like Rick and Morty to comic book heroes to Grandma’s portrait, I look forward to assisting you with any idea you have!”
The newest addition to Trip Ink… Osker Danger! He’s been tattooing in Vegas for years alongside “Ink Master” Cleen Rock One, and he’s been a friend to us way before our shop opened. With that known, he’s a pro at color packing and impeccable line work.
The shop apprentice that’ll be tattooing during Rally!
The Mysterious One… Haha
This will be the 14th year in a row we throw the biggest party in downtown during Las Vegas Bike Week. What has evolved into a five day bender, is an event we like to call Rally in the Alley! Hogs & Heifers, the only place where you’re encouraged to get a little rowdy during Las Vegas BikeFest!
FREE MOTORCYCLE PARKING | NO ENTRY FEE
STARTING THURSDAY OCTOBER 3RD | HUGE OUTDOOR BAR FEATURING 20+ BARTENDERS
30+ VENDORS | 3 FOOD TRUCKS | 5 ONSITE TATTOO ARTISTS FROM TRIP INK TATTOO COMPANY
ONSITE PINSTRIPING AND CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE PAINTING BY RAWTIN GARAGE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 4TH AT 5PM | BABES IN THE ALLEY MOTORCYCLE SHOW PRESENTED BY SIN CITY MOTO GIRLS |
SATURDAY OCTOBER 5TH AT NOON | FXR-DYNA MOTORCYCLE SHOW PRESENTED BY V-TWIN VISIONARIES
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS AND BLOGS FROM OUR PREVIOUS RALLIES DURING LAS BIKEFEST!
THE HISTORY OF HOGS & HEIFERS SALOON
The idea for opening a bar and calling it Hogs & Heifers was conceived in, of all places, a bar. Allan Dell was a self-proclaimed functioning alcoholic and figured he spent enough time sitting at a bar, that he might as well make some money while he sat there. Allan’s two friends and drinking buddies were a Master Carpenter and a Graphic Design Artist and he talked them into helping him build a bar. They would all drink for free and get laid regularly and for three broke guys in their early to mid twenties, who could ask for anything more. Allan’s father agreed to finance his project if he could find an experienced bar owner to “father” him in the business. Enter Tom McNeil, legend in the Dive Bar business. McNeil owned the Village Idiot in Manhattan’s East Side, which was the Boys’ favorite watering hole, where they could sit for hours drinking ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for a $1.75 a can. Allan knew that he wanted to open a bar that had to do with motorcycles and women and the original logo did, in fact, include an illustration of a chopper. The Boys were trying to come up with a name, while sitting in the Village Idiot one afternoon…”Hogs & something”. On the wall above the bar was a sign for a Heifer Auction, and a heifer being a cow that has not yet been bred, is essentially a virgin cow. The name Hogs & Heifers was born. The fact that the bar ended up being in a real meat market was simply due to the affordable rent at the time, but it was a perfect match and had a great deal to do with the success of the business.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon was to be an all American classic country and southern rock-n-roll dive bar. Allan knew he wanted it to have the look and feel of a gin mill and that he wanted to hang “stuff” all over the walls. Other than that, there was little else that he had thought about. He had a lot of friends who liked to drink and planned on throwing a party for them every night. Allan may never have imagined that it would turn into the famous bar it is today, but it was absolutely his pride and joy and he considered it his greatest achievement and reveled in its quick success.
Having entered the picture prior to its opening, Michelle Dell was the first bartender to be hired. The routine performed and style of dress worn by the bartenders behind the bar, which has made Hogs & Heifers famous, was born from Michelle’s heart. Hogs & Heifers opened in November of 1992 during an unseasonably cold winter. There was literally no heat source of any kind in the bar and it was so cold you could often see your own breath. Both Allan and Michelle believed in the notion of less is more when it came to dressing behind the bar and it was always freezing; did we mention the bar had no heat? Finally, Allan bought these little space heaters that did next to nothing to provide heat and with Necessity being the Mother of all Invention, Michelle began dancing on the bar–in the empty bar–as a means to keep warm. She would throw a few dollars in the jukebox and just get up on the bar and dance. Little did she know it would become the trademark theme of Hogs & Heifers and lead to countless celebrities dancing on the bar and donating their bras. The Julia Roberts photo was seen around the world and her bra still hangs there today, albeit hidden beneath some 18,000 bras! Michelle’s famous routine has inspired a Major Motion Picture and a league of copy cat Bars.
Essentially, Allan and Michelle, and their friends, were just a bunch of kids with nothing to lose and they threw a party that they enjoyed. They were fortunate and blessed that so many others would love to come to their party and would do so repeatedly. The two were married in Reno, Nevada, on November 16th, 1993. Allan Dell passed away on June 7, 1997. Hogs & Heifers continues to be run by Michelle Dell who was the sole proprietor of the New York City location. She now lives in Las Vegas, close to her favorite saloon!
Click here for a virtual tour of our original New York City Location!
ABOUT MICHELLE DELL