May I introduce a man of quality – bike builder, stuntman, and an innovator in the world of custom motorcycles, ‘Indian Larry’ Desmedt.
When he was a teenager when he bought his first motorbike, a 1939 Harley Knucklehead, for $200. He took it apart and spent the next nine months learning how to put it back together again. He later moved to California and apprenticed under hot rod builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, later launching his own Brooklyn-based Gasoline Alley motorcycle workshop in 1991.
Indian Larry is credited with re-popularizing the stripped down, tall handlebar, foot clutched, jockey shifted, no front brake or fender, small gas tank, open piped, kickstart only, stock rake choppers that prevailed in the 60s, before long front ends became popular. He was old school.
Indian Larry is a life path 1. Ones are the intial creative force, the fresh, new and innovative – raw, and powerful.
Larry is mega- Taurus with Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus – which is sitting right on top of Moon-, all in the house of slow and steady work and progress. When Larry was younger he was convicted of bank robbery, drug addicted, and he changed his life around by conceptualizing and building old school choppers.
Venus rules not only art, but money as well. Venus rules Taurus, in addition to Libra. His Moon (feelings) is plunked right on top of Venus in Taurus Sun (ego, creative spirit) right there with it. Now see the Neptune (spirituality, suffering) in Libra (balance) in quincunx to Moon and Venus? A quincunx indicates a change in attitude & altitude. Larry gave up the self-destructive hedonism for a creative high. That tattoo on his neck reads “In God We Trust – Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord – No Fear.” The middle two lines were in reverse so that he could read them when looking in a mirror.
Saturn is trine Sun, Mars North Node of Destiny and sextile Uranus. He channelled his rebellious streak (Uranus) into revolutionary builds (Mars, Saturn).
Mars (welding, the hammer, raw power) is conjunct North Node of Destiny in Aries, the sign it rules. Mars is also a 1. Headlong raw power conjunct North Node.
Sun, Venus, Mars all in square to Jupiter in the sign of innovation, Aquarius.
Those are spirit, art, and power planets in creative tension with the greater benefic, the planet of faith and expansive, exploratory ideas- Jupiter.
Obviously riding the open road on a custom built chopper of his design gave him a natural high.
Sun, Moon, Venus all in square to Pluto in Leo. Creativity supercharged and by following his inspiration, he changed his life, and the lives of many others for the better.
Indian Larry was kind, generous, and a friend to many- we remember you well.