"Illustration by Curtis Livingston Every now and then I believe it is worth just thinking about Hunter S Thompson and the groundbreaking work he did in his blazing career as a writer. Notice I say 'writer' rather than 'Gonzo Journalist'. "
Song of the Sausage Creature
In a piece of inspired editorial finagling, American magazine Cycle World somehow managed to parley the godfather of gonzo with the Ducati press office back in the day, and got yer man hopped up and hopped on a 900 SP for the ride.
Not only that, but the art department managed to convince Ralph Steadman to do the illustration. Steadman was a seasoned pensman and creator of the visual side of the experientially engaged hackery to which Hunter S gave birth.
He was an old mate of Thompson and had filed pics for Rolling Stone Magazine that accompanied many of Thompson’s whacked-out but surprisingly lucid and incisive stories.
Looking at the mainstream motorcycle press these days, we reckon there’s room for a little shake-up. Come on editors: get a bit of gonzoish entertainment and creative illustration in your pages!
We humbly submit, dear reader, that Influx is a little haven of the same…
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