There are few people in motocross with the outlook and experience that Larry Linkogle has. The co-founder of the Metal Mulisha has been with the brand since its inception, and despite his low profile in the company’s public look, has remained an integral part in the operation. These past years have been massive for Linkogle: he has kicked a drug habit, confronted a number of issues with a business partner, helped steer the Metal Mulisha to his direction, and documented it all in an autobiography and documentary.
“I have always been lurking in the shadows and doing my own deal. Lately I have seen freestyle motocross getting stagnant, glam rock, and just lame. There is really no progression in anything and everyone is content with that. I want to bring back the progression and the danger to the sport.”
“Metal Mulisha was created to be an outlet for guys to find themselves and build their careers, and that is what I started doing here by rebuilding the course and taking the competitive edge out. Everyone is so worried about competing with one another and it brings out the worst in everyone, where out here there is no competition. Everyone knows that we are working together and it is more or less us working together and helping one another to get to the next level and push the sport.”
“My look is not a point to anything, it is just my get up. I am not really too liked by the industry I guess, so I don't get the new amenities. Not that I would wear it, because I think it is all lame. I don't see why you need tactical riding gear when you are riding freestyle. It's the same thing with the bikes. You could ride a 2005 bike and be totally competitive. That's the problem with freestyle these days. A lot of the heart and soul has gotten lost and a lot of the people have no real clue. They need to be enlightened [laughs].”
“I definitely love to ride, but sometimes the team guys come out and I can't let them ride alone [laughs]. What the Metal Mulisha is all about is helping the underdog and the people that haven't gotten it all. The sport is so political and that is why the Mulisha was started, to be anti-corp and go against the system. To help people out they might not be someone's grandson is what I want to do and what we want to do with the brand. We want the gnarliest up and coming athletes and keep things rolling.”
We asked Link for his favorite three Suicidal Tendencies’ hits, and all of his tracks came off of the band’s first release, Suicidal Tendencies.