Since Marlon Brando and James Dean roared onto the silver screen in “The Wild One” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” motorcycles have been associated with male outlaws living on the fringes of society.
But a new crop of social-media savvy bikers is creating a stylish, powerful and feminist new aesthetic for America’s most rebellious form of transportation.
The biker women of Instagram are similar to the medium’s communities of knitters, vinyl collectors and people who live in ’60s-inspired chrome Airstream trailers — retro Americana aficionados who love to share their kitschy-cool analogue lifestyles on a digital platform.
So forget the stereotypical bandana-loving, cigarette-chomping old dude on a hog. On Instagram, young women are grabbing the throttle.