The Butcher Blog

Born Free 9 July 24 2017

BORN FREE 9!! Always our favorite event.. Mike & Grant put on a amazing show. This year they even added a rad race at Costa Mesa Speedway. The race went off without a hitch, awesome team and even more amazing track. Probably one of the nicest tracks we have encountered. Born free shenanigans always as usual, no reception, hot as hell, thousands of amazing bikes and smiles as far as the eyes could see. We sold out of almost everything we bring and people loved our new "Street Reaper" build. I appreciate everyone who came out and supported us at the races as well as the show!

Trackercross July 24 2017

The first ever Trackercross brought to you by myself was on April, 29th, 2017. I had one major goal with this event, make sure everyone leaves with a smile. I think I ended up achieving that. Today there a lot of people showing the motor world what "hooligan" racing is, no disrespect to them doing so.. but it has a different meaning from us here at Rusty Butcher. When we helped pioneer this weird little trend of a bunch of off the wall no body racing around on bikes we built in the garage. I want to always preserve that original feeling and have a "no stress" attitude with our races. This is to put the fun back in racing! I want to say thank you to all who attended this first event and I can't wait till the next one.

- Mark The Butcher

Flat Out Friday Hooligan Race October 10 2016

We got the opportunity from rad dudes who put on a GREAT show/race to once again invade Milwaukee. Jonathan Griffith (A.K.A. Hot jon, the photo guy) and I started off the trip with Harley Davidson gracing us all with some 2017 Milwaukee Eight baggers to rip around to a local drag strip! Probably my first ride on a bagger and secretly, I'm hooked. haha Next day we had our first "Harley Hooligans" photo shoot at the HD HQ and got to fart around and have fun shooting our "glamour" shots as you would say. Later on in the day we ended up at the panther arena for some good ol' fashioned Dr. pepper syrup racing. What the hell is Dr. pepper syrup racing you say? Well, you get Dr. pepper syrup and put it in pesticide spraying bottles and spray it all over concrete, let it dry and boom, you have a sticky ass track thats the best to ride. I started off my day on that Street XG750 with a 1st place in my heat race that landed me straight to the main event. In the main I had a fire lit under my ass and came home with the 1st place win! Our own Hunter Klee took a digger in the main when his primary slid on the ground, he got right up like a champ and finished the race! Probably the most proud I have been of myself racing. Definitely was a great feeling to win on a HD in the hometown of where they are born. So much history comes from Milwaukee and I was proud to bring their new Street 750 to the winners circle. 

Link to the race that Harley Davidson broadcasted LIVE! Skip to about 35 minutes in to see the Hooligan Main.


Want to say thank you to:

  • Harley Davidson
  • Flat out friday
  • Mama tried
  • Ryan Shway aka Vanilla Cycles
  • Gino at the HD museum  
  • Jonathan griffith 
  • Speed Merchant
  • ALL to all the dudes who bought me shots and beers and got me drunk!


Mark Atkins 

A.K.A. "The Butcher"




Milwaukee Ice Racing Mama Tried April 01 2016

Harley Davidson TV Commercial April 01 2016

IV Leage Flattrack Del Mar 2016 Series April 01 2016


Flat Out Friday & Mama Tried 2016 April 01 2016


Photos By @JonathanGriffith






New series we are doing called "HANDMADE" about our products March 26 2015

  Rusty Butcher wallets, keychains, belts, bracelets, pretty much ALL our leather products are made in house by us. This is a little video to show you a quick preview of how much work and attention goes into each wallet. Wallet in the video: "Standard Turquoise Crackle Wallet"

Chopper Daves Sportster Flat Tracker Blog Post RE-Post February 09 2015

OK, here's the deal, they aren't especially when you are just starting out, they don't need to be.

They were running practice at Perris yesterday and a few guys from the crew of sporty flat track racers in so cal went out.

 I'll give you a basic run down on their four bikes.
They all have one thing in common, i'll get to that later.

 1. Shaun from Suicide Machine's bike. 
This is a killer little bike.  Mind you, he has a custom tank and tail on it and fancy pipes but other than that stuff. Its not that far from a stocker.  It runs great and is a killer way to go.  he could put his lights and mirrors back on and its an instant street bike.  Supertrapps and the free flowing air cleaner round it out.
2. Wiggins Bike.
Chris's bike is even closer to stock,  The small tank, off the shelf Vance n Hines pipes and air cleaner keep air flowin in and out.  The rear fender is a Lowbrow Tsunami unit, pretty sweet piece actually, I think it comes in there tracker kit. Shaun above has his converted to a chain, but as you can see by Chris' bike the belt works too.
3. Mark from Rusty Butcher's bike.
Another sporty with the Lowbrow rear fender.  another supertrapp.  It seems that the "Better" pipes out there always end up at the swap meets.  They arent "Biker loud" enough for most people. But they perform great.  Mark is also running a chain (Makes sprocket changes easier, with a belt you got what you got)  Like Chris' bike.  Throw some lights on it, like he ran at Costa Mesa flat track last year, and its a street bike.   
4. Jason McCann's bike
Jason's is the moat heavily modified one of the bunch, but at first glance you wouldnt know it.  He built it originally as a street bike and now once he got severely bit by the flat track bug, I am sure it will never see the street again.  He made his own oil tank, tail section, head pipes and a bunch of other small stuff.  But when it comes down to it, its still pretty close to stock.  Ok I forgot it has a yamaha R6 fork with Weiss trees too..  ok so it has alot of custom stuff.  Jason is also my official Chopperdaves Casting Co sponsored racer, so I'm biased!
Here's the thing about these bikes.  They are stripped down stock sportys with a few parts that just plain work.  You can do it however you want.  1991-2003 Harley Sportsters are built to be ridden and raced.  The motors can be left stock and they work just fine.  On top of that they are basically bulletproof if you take care of them.
BUT there is one thing about all 4 bikes above I haven't mentioned yet.  The ONE thing they all have in comon.  The rear wheel.  They are all running 19" wheels.  Why you ask?  Because the 19 is the best tire for flat track racing.  Its pretty easy to make the pieces or buy them to put a front 19' mag on the back.  and if you have a bike with spokes, its not a big deal to re-lace it to a 19" rim.  Now, that doens tmean you HAVE to, The Pirelli Scorpion is a dual sport tire that works OK in its 16" form,as whell as a 19".  so you can  get on the track with just some tire changes.   When you get 19" wheels front and rear you can get real flat track tires, Maxxiz , Mitus, Goldentyre, dunlop, etc...
So keep your eyes open, sportys are cheap.  There are a ton of people out there that will help you get your bike set up for racing.  
So what are you waiting for?

Meet Eben Fischer.... One of our Artist. October 23 2014

Eben just finished up a awesome piece for us... The time and detail that he puts into each drawing is insane. I have commissioned him a few times and always have been blown away with the results. He also runs his own brand called Cement Face. Make sure to check them out as well! After he sent me the art I would have never know this much effort went into making the circle in the back! This design is based off guys like "us" getting taken advantage of and always kicked to the curb. Don't ever trust the snakes, time is now to fight back. Give dirtbags like "US" work and stop funding the guys in suits.  Coming Soon. 


Warehouse Grand Opening Photos October 20 2014




Just want to say THANK YOU to all 200+ people who showed up! It was truly insane. Thanks again!

Warehouse Update October 05 2014

Its crazy to think this hole Rusty Butcher thing is so fresh…I have worked the hardest I have ever worked in my life and we now have a landing spot for Rusty Butcher. This spot means a lot to me.. I have put my heart and sole into this company and its finally coming together. We rented a 1833 SF warehouse building funded by one of my prized possession Harleys (that i thought I would never sell, but hey priorities comes first.) The previous tenant used to I believe live in this spot. It features a kitchen, bedroom "style" room and a few other indications.. So I have done my "best" to make this a legit hang out to throw little events here and there to invite you all down. Painted, remodeled, stocked up, cleaned up, leathered up, the hole building! This weekend on Oct 11th is the grand opening of the new "Butcher Den" and I hope you all love it. Thanks again for the continued support of myself and all the support for me to help support my family. 


Thanks again. 



Treasure Hunting Harleys Part 1 September 29 2014

I think I should document some of these people I meet during my adventures of hunting Harleys ... Recently I came across a add on craigslist from a older guy name Malcolm. Malcolm is in LA area and I told him I was super interested in the bike (as everyone does on craigslist) and told him I would check it out the following day. He was suprised the next day that I actually showed up, then he surprised me. Malcolm is a true motorcycle enthusiast. He gave me the tour of his house that has tons of 4-5 foot wooden forts or sheds build stuff with bikes of all kinds. I ended up making a sweet fair deal on this sweet 1961 G motor Flathead stuffed in a earlier chassis. This bike has to be the coolest & the most entertaining bike I have ever owned. By the following day this barn find Harley was re wired and running down the street! Took me a few minutes to figure out this rocker clutch and hand shift business but I love it now! Thanks again Malcolm for the hospitality and also Jimmy for the rewire job! I recently scored a originally 45 springer and changed up the front end a little and added a killer mudflap I bought at the swap meet. New addition will be re covering a old bigger bates seat pan I just got in vintage black & white leather ribs for that perfect seat.. This bike is officially names "Black Beard" just for the simple fact that I love murdered out stuff and pirates. haha. Enjoy the photos.


-Mark "The Butcher"


Here is the bike as I bought it!




Here is the "updated" version. getting close but now near done!

Born Free 6 Recap June 30 2014

Born free was amazing. So many amazing bikes, people, and everything! Thank you to ALL the people who came by the booth. It was great meeting a lot of you and putting a face to the names! I worked my ASS off on this booth and it looked amazing. Thank you to all my friends who helped me out as well. To many amazing bikes, biker wallets, booths, bikes, old ladies downing hot dogs on stage, and finally got to see one of my best buds who has been overseas in the army for 11 months.  Cant wait to come back next year! 


Leather Backpack June 17 2014


Rusty Butcher is proud to be making Leather Backpacks. We have pre ordered the first 2 runs and sold out within the first day of listing! Be sure to check back for more styles coming soon. 

Biker Wallets June 17 2014

I love these old biker wallets. The patina some of these had and the stores they could tell. I wonder if these leather wallets were handmade too?? who knows. Enjoy the photos. 



Swap Meet day... February 28 2014

Last sunday was the monthly vet stadium swap meet down in long beach..I try to go to the swap once a month to make sure I blow all my money at the end of the month like a champ. So since I have this blog now I'm going to be documenting the "journey" now. Yes its a journey to wake up at 4:30 am with a few hours of sleep and load the van up and roll out. Something about treasure hunting at 5 am and getting stoked on buying parts and scoring shit for cheap always gives me a certain high that makes me forget I'm running on 4 hours of sleep. Well this swap I saw the coolest 45 flathead ever, scored a springer from the 20-30's, Vader wheel set, bates ribbed TT seat, bell helmet, 21 spool wheel, and a bates p-pad! Also ran into a old timer names mike that said he had some parts at his house so I ran down to his house after the swap and saw his gold mine and scored some good stuff (bates TT seat, tank, and bell helmet) Enjoy the photos!





Good points to live by... January 15 2014

1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first boy/girlfriend.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.

23. A handshake beats an autograph.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have the right of way, take it.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry; live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in good luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. Never be the last one in the pool.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.

68. Dance with your mother/father.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boy/girlfriend’s clothes.

73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.

79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do, not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.

88. Never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.

89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Always wear a bra at work.

92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date, commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet kill.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun then sitting on the bench alone.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.


a high school teacher’s list of 100 wisest words (via mar-rs)

Punch first, and punch hard.


Something about old photos... January 05 2014

Meet Crazy George December 29 2013

So the other day I was riding to see my niece at chuck-E-cheese for her birthday and stopped off in the city I grew up in (Bellflower, CA) to get some gas in my shovel head. Before I can notice a older gentleman rides up on a 70s ish cafe racer kawasaki. (Keep in mind george is over 70 years old). He started talking with me and saying he owns a 1968 shovel as well and we have the same motor, then proceeds to pull out old photos stuffed in a book that he has of his bike and him in the 70s. By that time I'm stoked...tells me about old stories with him and Sugar Bear back in the day and also says he has some stuff laying around his "man cave". Soo...that being said I took a trip down there and pulled out a old dick allen springer, 3 NOS sets of generator pipes, s&s super B carb, and some old chopper books. Crazy George has a crazy amount of stories and I just had to document this...Pretty soon here I will be taking him flying model airplanes (his favorite thing to do, but cant because he can't lift them anymore).  Crazy George now resides in a old folks home where he rides his cafe racer around (with no baffles and pisses off the workers he says) in bellflower still. 



San Francisco Trip December 24 2013

Went out to San Francisco for a few days, and have to say it was a really bitchen vacation. The culture and people out there are a trip. From walking on the streets to driving around was insane. Seems to me like a mix of downtown LA and New York mixed together and everyone is High. Got to ride my shovel head from the bay bridge to the Golden Gate bridge which was awesome. Cant wait to go back again.