Some folks like to act like a ghost on the internet. A couple of weeks ago one of our Instagram pictures got reposted by some user called "Swingarmy". I decided to check out their feed and what I found was a collection of the coolest soft-tail motorcycles I had ever seen. I couldn't figure out who "Swingarmy" actually was. I asked around, searched the internet, and creeped through the users tagged in their re-grams. I didn't have any luck so I thought I should just ask them. The interview below was all I was able to get. I'm not sure why they are so secretive of their identity, but they post some damn fine choppers on Instagram. Read the q&a below and make sure you check out @Swingarmy and @AtomicAgeAlchemy on Intagram. All photos courtesy of Swingarmy on Instagram.
Atomic Age Alchemy: First of all, I want to thank you for doing this interview with us. We love the motorcycles that you feature on your Instagram. We understand that your anonymity is important to you so we will try not to push too hard figure out your identity.
What is your name, address, and social security number?
Swingarmy: You almost got me there...
AAA: Okay, maybe that was asking too much. Moving on, I have heard rumors that you are from Japan or some other country foreign to the United States. Can you give us a general idea of where you live?
SA: Never been to Japan. I prefer the mid-west region of the U.S. so far. And Tennessee or Austin. I guess those are my favorite stops thus far.
AAA: The bikes that you post pictures of are mostly vintage and built in a vintage chopper style. It seems like doing a hard-tail or using a rigid frame is almost the standard when building an early style chopper. Do you dislike rigid choppers?
SA: I like rigid bikes, I just have a deep love for swingarm bikes. I've had a couple hardtails and probably will own more down the road. I enjoy building nice, clean and functional motorcycles - whether its a rigid chopper or something that has shocks. I feel that obtaining a nicely proportioned, great looking yet functional bike with a swingarm is somewhat of a challenge. That may be what draws me to the swingarm stuff... Plus Ive heard the lady's adore them. Or maybe its just jean-vests and handsome beards in general. Or I may be thinking of vanning.
AAA: What draws you to the swing arm bikes so much?
SA: I think I just answered that. I suppose what draws me to the swingarm bikes is the swingarm and shocks overall. I believe those are the two key ingredients.
AAA: Do you have any motorcycles of your own? If so, can you tell us a little bit about them?
SA: I have a few. Currently all of them being Harleys. They seem to always be broken or in some form of disrepair. That's really all I can tell you about them. One is missing a tire at the moment. Sometimes I think I get a lot of satisfaction out of the builds which is why the projects always seem to pile up.
AAA: Is there an internet presence for Swingarmy outside of Instagram?
SA: I have an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
AAA: Right now all I can find is your IG feed. Do you have any plans to do more with Swingarmy such as a website, t-shirts, stickers, etc.?
SA: Possibly some stickers or perhaps laptop bags and a men's line of shower caps...no but really, I like the idea of a t-shirt. Not really sure. For the most part I like the practice of sharing neat bike pictures to where people can get inspired or have a chance to see something from somebody elses imagination. I also like giving people credit whenever possible, and so far I think its created a network of sorts. People from all around the world seeing what motorcycle people are putting together. Anything from a dude in his basement or garage to the pros who are doing stuff for todays big time shows like Born Free or Mooneyes etc. To me its really neat to see what people come up with and create. In reality, I started the "feed" to have all the photos of bikes Ive saved over the years in one spot. Then it kind of toppled from there. Hashtags were created & people were tagged and so on... bikes featured that I wouldn't have seen before. I like that. I think after the fashion show dies off and the smoke clears swingarm choppers will be all the rage.
AAA: Coastal highway or twisty mountain road?
SA: Depends which way has the most 7-11 stops. I love slushies.
AAA: Helmet or no helmet?
SA: I'm a helmet guy. One time I was riding and got hit in the throat by a junebug. It hurt. I couldn't imagine if that was my face.
AAA: You'll find plenty of motorcycle content on Atomic Age Alchemy but we are crazy about all things vintage; hot rods, mid-century furniture, architecture, old signage, and much more. Are there any other kinds of old junk that you dig enough to consider one of your hobbies?
SA: I really have a fascination for anything old. Cars, boats, barns, furniture, people, memorabilia and so forth. I was into vintage cars long before I got the motorcycle bug and will always have a solid interest in hot rods and such. Drag racing is a big one too. Always loved that. Ive been getting into gasoline signage more and more it seems. Hope to restore a gas pump someday. Add it to the project pile I suppose.
AAA: On to the final, and most important, part of this Q&A. Please describe the perfect pizza.
SA: The kitchen sink without onions or pineapple from a mom and pop type place where they sell glass bottled root beer.
AAA: If there is anything else you would like to add, please do so!
SA: Thanks for asking me to do this. I hope that it will spark my tour to daytime television. Its been a goal of mine to rub shoulders with Ricki Lake and Jenny Jones since I was a youngster. In all seriousness- Theres two bikes that came about years ago that really spoke to me. The Noise Cycles purple bike and Garage Co Company's "Astroglide". They were both done very nice and so right to where, in my opinion, stood out among the others. Larry from Garage Co recently passed on. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
And remember. Swingarms forever- #swingarmy
AAA: Thanks again for doing this interview with us. We'll see you on Instagram.
-Nick and Joey
Atomic Age Alchemy
|Noise Cycles "Endless Summer"|
|Garage Company Customs "Astroglide"|