Words: Gary Inman
Photos: Caylee Hankins
British photographer Caylee Hankins dropped us a line saying, 'When can I do a shoot for Sideburn?' We'd met Caylee a few times, she'd raced (and crashed spectacularly) at Dirt Quake, and we'd seen more of her at UK DTRA races since her and her partner, Grant Martin, had started racing regularly last season.
Normally, I end up shooting our new merch studio style, on a white background, but wanted to show it on peoples' backs. Caylee's offer had stuck in my mind, so I approached her to do a shoot of some of our current gear being worn by the kind of people who buy it. I also asked her to make it into an 8-page fanzine-style catalogue, called Track Side, that we would print and send out with the latest mag. These photos are the result. Just what I wanted. Grant is a tattoo artist, and the zine's layout cleverly mixes Grant's illustrations with Caylee's 35mm and digital photos.
That's Grant, with the moustache, in most of these photos. His brother Ant and their dad, Steve also got roped into proceedings.
Grant is a monster on a flat track bike. He races a very tidy, modified CCM Rotax and a Harley-Davidson XG750 Hooligan bike, in the DTRA. His hooligan bike was on H-D's official stand at the international Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC, Birmingham. With a background in motocross, Grant can backflip a 450 as easy as clicking his fingers.
The Sideburn merch in the photos is all limited edition, some might be reprinted in small numbers, some will sell out and never come back. If you like it, get it, we'll love you forever.
See more of Caylee's work at cayleehankinsphoto.uk