The Culture Crush
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GOHARDBOYZ

photographs by Janette Beckman

From the outside, the GOHARDBOYZ might look like a street gang. Founded in 1999, they ride through the streets on dirt bikes, four wheelers, and other assorted extreme sports vehicles. Members are adorned in denim and many sport tattoos…

 …However, looks can be deceiving, because the GOHARDBOYZ are not a gang, nor are they a motorcycle club. They are a family. One with a particular love of extreme sports, community, and Harlem.

…However, looks can be deceiving, because the GOHARDBOYZ are not a gang, nor are they a motorcycle club. They are a family. One with a particular love of extreme sports, community, and Harlem.


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 “What the kids do now in the bike culture, it is the highest level of extreme, but there was always something in the culture because it was an outlet.”

“What the kids do now in the bike culture, it is the highest level of extreme, but there was always something in the culture because it was an outlet.”

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 “If there were more places to practice, that would be great. I mean we do positive things for the community. We give out hundreds of turkeys on Thanksgiving. That is never on the news, not that I do it for that. I do it so the old ladies in the neighborhood will say that we are doing the right thing and looking out for the community.”

“If there were more places to practice, that would be great. I mean we do positive things for the community. We give out hundreds of turkeys on Thanksgiving. That is never on the news, not that I do it for that. I do it so the old ladies in the neighborhood will say that we are doing the right thing and looking out for the community.”

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 “We are family that loves extreme sports. GOHARDBOYZ are strangers who became friends who love extreme sports. I don’t want to say it is a brotherhood because there are aunts, uncles, etc. It is just a cool family thing.  That is what the premise is.”

“We are family that loves extreme sports. GOHARDBOYZ are strangers who became friends who love extreme sports. I don’t want to say it is a brotherhood because there are aunts, uncles, etc. It is just a cool family thing.  That is what the premise is.”

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 “I am more for people who are humble. I like people who are chill and who I can chill with. I don’t even really want the notoriety. I want the kids to get the shine. I want the top riders to get the notoriety.”

“I am more for people who are humble. I like people who are chill and who I can chill with. I don’t even really want the notoriety. I want the kids to get the shine. I want the top riders to get the notoriety.”

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 “It is a family oriented thing. We have made a lot of friends. Mended a lot of dangerous situations. And that’s family. That’s all I can say. That’s what we did it for.”

“It is a family oriented thing. We have made a lot of friends. Mended a lot of dangerous situations. And that’s family. That’s all I can say. That’s what we did it for.”