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Article And Photos By: Daniel Venditto
Originally Published In The September 2018 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
When my pal Jeremy Bievenour asked me if I’d like to participate in a bike and art show he was organizing; I didn’t think twice. Without any more information, I was on board. Having partied and worked with Jeremy in the past, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the event no matter what was involved. A few years ago, while attending Bike Night during the Harley Davidson Final Assembly plant Open House Weekend here in York, PA., I came across Jeremy’s No Dice show. In a sea of black T-shirts and cookie cutter bikes was this low-key bike show with some serious custom builds and art. Eventually, a mutual W friend introduced us and we had a few chances to hang out. Fast forward a bit, and Jeremy asked if I’d shoot a rad knucklehead for a project he was working on called 4 Speed. After I took a look at the finished product, I knew I wanted to work with Jeremy more. His attention to detail, taste in bikes with history and character, and desire to keep it local, really worked for me. Jeremy’s inspiration for the first Keystone Collective show came from his No Dice event, which was a similar type of show but at a much smaller venue. His pals at White Rose Tattoo, also in York, PA, encouraged him to do it again. This time it would be bigger and better, thus the “Collective.”
The first step in the process was choosing the builders, photographers and artists he wanted to include. Being a “homegrown” show, he started by finding bikes and builders in the area. With our location being pretty central in the Mid-Atlantic/ lower Northeast, there were plenty of options. There are a ton of guys he has met over the years that always have something in the works. Once he had a few great bikes on board, word got out, and people started getting in touch with him,it was the typical snowball effect. As far as the photographers and artists featured: he selected them for things he loves and wanted others to see, especially in York, where sometimes there isn’t as much exposure to work like this. Also, with the White Rose Tattoo guys assisting with the show, it only seemed natural to add that aspect to the mix, especially since the craft has always been a part of the motorcycle culture.
With many shows and events, sponsors play a big role in the promotion and sometimes donations. Jeremy explained that there were some small, local items offered by friends who wanted to pitch in and support the effort, but they wanted to keep the show super independent and make sure it was all about the exhibit and without the red tape. No politics meant everyone was able to kick back and enjoy themselves. This being the first year of the show, they didn’t want to bring too many into the mix since they didn’t know what to expect. “The Keystone Collective took off all on its own. We just got the ball rolling, and things fell into place.”, explained Jeremy. As with everything Jeremy puts out there, the graphics and printed material were on point. Having amazing tattooers/artists assisting was the reason why the logos, banners, and flyers were outstanding. Calvin Hersh (White Rose Tattoo Parlour), Ben Whitman (Red Rose Tattoo Parlour), and Keith Elliott (Red Rose Tattoo Parlour), and Steadfast are all guys from York and Lancaster Counties that did some killer work for the show. With any event, the location is critical, and the Keystone Collective didn’t disappoint. The Bond, an event hall and party venue located in the Royal Square District in the city of York, was an excellent location to showcase the bikes and artwork. Jeremy thought it would be rad to park some serious choppers under crystal chandeliers. As you can see from the pictures here, it was a great idea.
Jeremy’s favorite part about organizing this event was the opportunity to show killer bikes and art to the younger guys assisting with the show. He felt that it was cool to expose this unique culture to the area and bring a different perspective to York, instead of the run-of-themill bike night. Although York has the HD Final Assembly plant, it’s cool to bring something a little different to the table. Jeremy’s most challenging part of the project was the part he had the least control of, getting the builders and artists to the show. Getting all of that lined up and organized was a task, but they were there, and it was well worth the trip. Overall, Jeremy feels that the first year was a huge success, and judging by the turnout; he was certainly right. He wants it to be a yearly event and is in the process of organizing this year’s show. He’d like to thank Zac Bentzel, MVP Craig Bentzel (Zac’s dad), White Rose Tattoo Parlour, Red Rose Tattoo Parlour, Steadfast Printing, Cycle Den, J&B Moto Co., 4Q Conditioning, York City Cops…lol, Possum, Alex Devoe for the sick deal on the spot, everyone that contributed bikes, art, and photography, the food trucks and beer contributors, his beautiful wife for putting up with all the motorcycle bullshit, and a ton of other people he couldn’t remember. Follow @thekeystonecollective on Instagram for more information and updates. Follow Daniel Venditto @dv8sport for photographs from this year’s event.