Mikey Arnold

Forever The Chaos Life is produced by Mikey Arnold. Visually capturing a life based around motorcycles, skateboarding, cars and partying one photo at a time. Home based in Cleveland, OH. Let's Party.

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Reminiscing on Hood Bush 2013

Reminiscing on Hood Bush 2013

Sitting in my house bored out of my mind on this cold winter day, I figured I would rummage through some of my favorite times last year. Looking through my Hood Bush shots I realized I haven't posted most of these on this blog. I found a few that I have never posted before on any website, social media, or mag. I've been really slacking on this blog and I'm gonna try my hardest to get some stuff on here more. So much stuff is just tied up with exclusive rights to Mags and such. Working on a few shoots for Street Choppers, The Horse BC, and Chop cult in the next few months as well and also I just released a new feature in March's issue of The Horse BC of my friend Mike from Chop Machine's Root beer Sporty build, go check that issue out when you get a chance. The Bike is Called "The Horse With no Name". Thanks again Lisa Ballard for helping me with this one!

In other news I am hopefully getting my new camera in the mail tomorrow! So stoked to finally be able to go shoot some stuff again. Went with a Canon 70d for now, because the burst and video stuff integrated in it, along that it was similar to my old camera yet 100% better quality. Late this year the new 7d mark ii comes out and I am definitely grabbing that one. Also I got a ton of new lenses to try out and I can't hardly wait, Spring can not come soon enough to try out some of these super wide angle ones while riding, stoked!!! Other good news, I will be out in Toronto at the end of the month for a Vice Magazine art show that I am going to be featured in with some prints of my work. Pretty amazing feeling to be asked to do that. Last but not least my friend Jarrett asked me to shoot him with his bike for a tattoo/motorcycle book called "In The Wind Book" Look out for that soon! Honored to be apart of that as well!

If you have never seen the Chop Cult feature on Hood bush check it out here by clicking the image below.

Here is a few images I found today that made me smile, and wish summer was back again.

The Year of 2013

This year has been particularly one of my favorite years ever. So much stuff has happened since May and I have really slacked when its come to my true home, this blog. This was the beginning of it all and I have definitely have abused it by not updating it more frequently. Today I'm gonna put up what I can in review of some of the many adventures this year that I may or may have shared already on here. Hope you enjoy!

First off I got some of my photos featured in a few magazines. Showclass, Lowside, The Horse BC, and Cycle Source, pretty rad feeling to say the least. I'm humbled and honored to have some of my work forever be in print in such rad magazines.

"Esmeralda" Swampass 4 page featues
"Devotchka" 4 page bike feature
I had a few Hood Bush shots in here

Some Hood Bush photos

 Along with having 7 features on Chop

Very first feature on Chopcult
Low Brow Getdown
First ever Greasy Dozen Run
7th Gypsy Run
Road To Valhalla 2

I have met so many people this year through out these trips! So grateful and honored to call most of them my friends. It blows my mind to go to something and see someone I met from one event in a completely different state some where no where remotely close to the last. People aren't just building some show bike that sits in there garage all year, they are fucking riding them till they fall apart, fixing them up again and they do it all over. I can't say enough about how this culture, lifestyle, way of life, what ever you want to call it. It has changed my outlook and they way I look at living. The ultimate freedom with a massive community of good people to work and collaborate with, friendships that will last a life time and down right partying your face off anywhere in America with same minded folk.

I feel like this is only the beginning to a really long road and I look forward to sharing more of my visions with the people.

I wanted to thank a few people for really making 2013 special. Lisa Ballard from ChopCult, seriously, you giving me the chance to shine and share my talents with the masses is something I am extremely grateful for. Thank YOU for all you do for me!!! I want to thank Rich and the Lowside magazine team for believing in me and wanting to push the shit out of me! Justin Milwaukee from Showclass magazine, thank you for being so rad and working with me on Hood Bush stuff! Can't wait to try and get some more stuff done with you soon. Thank you again to the Horse Magazine for all you do, I'm still in shock over having a 4 page feature in your amazing mag. Thank you Chris Callen for featuring a few of photos in the last issue I look forward to working more with you and Cycle Source as well. Last but never least My Wife, She is my rock and she is one of the most loving and helpful person I have. With out your constant love, support and riding by my side none of this would be possible. I love you babe!

The Next few days I'm going to post some extra shots from these features and more I haven't been able to post till now.

FTCL IG Giveaway and Bigcartel

Just started up a new website featuring my new Bigcartel site.


Also Im having an IG contest this week till next Friday in celebration of the new site! I will choose 4 winners on Friday the 27th. If you win, you can pick one print from any of my prints on the new FTCL site! 



Lowside Magazine Issue 13 Release Party New Flyer

Party begins at 8pm

New flyer for the Issue 13 Release party. Again want to thank the new sponsors that have jumped on board. I can't thank you enough for the love and support. It's so rad what Eric Wheatley did using one of my photos of my friend Bob M. Just really amazing work. Below is the photo he based the flyer off of. Just so rad! Bob's Iron is featured in Issue 13 from this shoot as well, so this flyer makes it extra special for me.

Chop Machine Feature

I have a new feature up on Chopcult right now on my friend Mike's new shovel build "Smokey". Click the link above to check it out.

Meeting Mike and his team for the first time, it was like meeting dudes I already knew. No judgments, no ridicule, just welcomed me in with open arms like I was part of their group from the beginning. We jumped on our bikes and ripped around Toledo most of the day, had some lunch, and they even helped me weld up my sissy bar that snapped on a previous run.

Riding along side Mike on his freshly built master piece of a shovel head was a real treat. It was a cold October day but it didn't matter, it was  just too much fun to see "Smokey" move on the streets and hear the roar of the exhaust. Yet you could put your ear to the engine and not hear a thing when you weren't moving. Just a truly amazing bike.

Seriously a solid group a dudes at Chop Machine. Their craftsmanship on the bikes they build is above and beyond most. Super clean, simple and a super classy 70's style for almost all their bikes! I became an instant fan and admirer of them from just one day of hanging and learning what their vision is.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

Instagram - @chopmachine
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"This is an expensive tire, should I do burnout, Fuck it" - Mike Schrickel



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