Tuesday, January 25, 2011

!Viva Knievel!

The word BADASS come first to mind when talking about Robert Craig  Knievel.
"From his humble roots in the unlikely town of Butte, MT, Knievel rode his motorcycle and guts to an unparalleled level of worldwide glory and fame, much of which he still carries with him today: King of the Daredevils, The Last of the Gladiators, The Godfather of Extreme Sports, Guinness Book of Records holder for the most bones broken, an unwavering optimist, a doer, a go-getter, self-promoter extraordinaire, media genius, an enigmatic folk hero -- an American legend. Knievel's nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the twenty most-watched ABC's Wide World of Sports events to date. His achievements and failures, including his record 37 broken bones, earned him several entries in the Guinness Book of World Records. These are the titles by which millions of people around the world know Evel Knievel."

"God, take care of me. Here I come..."

"Evel Knievel spoke this semi-prayer to himself before every jump, whether it was over cars, fountains or canyon, just before he sped off toward his take-off, not knowing whether he'd live or die. 
Because of Knievel's flashy bravado, bold charisma and unfailing ability to self-promote, outspoken boxing legend Muhammad Ali once humorously billed the daredevil in his prime as "the white Muhammad Ali" during the mid70's. He has also been called a "modern day P.T. Barnum" for his uncanny promotional knack. Nothing has changed in Evel's ability to persuade, convince and captivate his audiences. A master storyteller, when Evel Knievel talks, people listen. Despite the exciting appeal and pioneer status of his daring feats, it is probable Knievel never would have entered the consciousness of the public mainstream had he not been so adept at marketing and promoting himself as the American icon for which he is recognized."* 

I made this patch in his honor...used orange-red thread to represent the fire wheels he jumped through and the classic 70' toy, the "V" is from the front of his jumpsuit, did up in broken bone's font, cause my man could break'em!

*most taken from evelknievel.com


Everyone needs role models...they help to inspire, teach, and... look cool of course.
Here is a perfect example, these youth are going in the right direction.
pin is metal and 1 1/2 inches included with the all patch orders