Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman

I knew Indian Larry, but not so well that I could reveal here some facts that you could have never known, heard or read before. I am not the kind of person to rush to read a book about somebody who just left us, even if it’s a fellow bike builder. Since his death, I never made before any public comment about him, and if I would have had made any, I would have only stated that the best way to pass is when doing what you love to do. I don’t know why, I just decided to open the book Indian Larry-Chopper Shaman written by Dave Nichols & photographed by Michael Lichter. And I learned a lot about Indian Larry Desmedt. Not about his past that I knew (cocaine addiction, prison time). Not about his bikes that I observed and admired with him by my side. Not about his unlikely stardom acquired through the TV screen. But about how the love of hot rods & motorcycles brought so much happiness and peace to his life. Although I love designing and building bikes, I have my times whinning and bitching about money, vendors, clients and whatever. But after reaching the last words of this book, I felt exceptionally good because Larry reminded me all the joys that I get by making a living doing what I love to do. You don’t need to be a bike builder to find immense pleasure in reading this book  Indian Larry-The Chopper Shaman is not only a biography. It’s much more than beautiful pictures of choppers and tattoos. It’s an odd to sincerity and to the passion that keeps us going with our lives.


5 Responses to “Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman”

  1. 1 DJ Chopper God Dec 16th, 2006 at 2:56 am

    Every motorcycle fan should own a copy of this very inspiring book. Larry is my biggest influence, hence the article in Nov/Dec Iron Horse magazine featuring my knucklehead called SLIME built by Kenny Rollins in conjunction with yours truely. The article is called “The Larry Influence”. I couldn’t think of anything more to the point. Buy this book!!!

  2. 2 sandie Jan 16th, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I will check at Barnes & Noble to see if they have this book. I am not one to rush out and buy a book upon a death. Is the title INDIAN LARRY:CHOPPER SHAMAN?? If not available at Barnes & Noble I can probably buy it off Indian Larry’s online store. I got to tell you that I miss Indian Larry. He was a showman as well as a great bike builder.

  3. 3 DJ Chopper God Jan 16th, 2007 at 1:31 am

    sandie any Borders or Barnes & Noble either has it in stock or can order it. HIGHLY recommended!!! Great stuff on the man and the bikes. Even more inspiring tale about overcoming adversity as well. Larry was proof that the human spirit has unlimited potential.

  4. 4 Patumwan Jan 16th, 2007 at 7:52 am

    In each post where I review a book, there is a link taking you directly to the book at

  5. 5 Larry Novak Oct 25th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I saw and paged through the book at Band N. I don’t have a bike, I have a scooter. But that did not keep me from realizing how much Larry Had influenced my life. I saw one or two of the shows he did on T.V. . My second tattoo will be a legacy tattoo for Larry.

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