Bikers as a subculture have many distinctive features helping them stand out from the crowd. It is clear that a motorcycle is the first sign by which you can distinguish a biker from a driver or pedestrian. It is the first sign but not the last one. Despite the fact that the biker culture is young enough, it has fully established and developed some rules that all the adherents must obey. Some of these rules are written on paper, such as the Biker Code or the Code of a specific motorcycle club, and some rules are unspoken. Those are not laws, rather the recommendations for the riders. They include appearance, fashion, and accessory choice. We will talk about accessories, in particular, neck jewelry, in this post.
Why Bikers Wear Necklaces
There are several reasons for necklaces to adorn their masculine necks. Let’s highlight the most obvious ones:
- To look badass. Indeed, the image of every rider is imbued with manliness and a cool attitude. Black leather and jingling jewelry are meant to testify that this dude is cool as ice. Without jewelry, bikers would be just men in black. But with its help, motorcyclists can create a unique image recognizable by everyone. Many desperately copy the biker style and put on jewelry is its indispensable attribute.
- To tie the scattered elements of the look together. If bikers abandoned jewelry but continued wearing biker accessories (such as a buckle or wallet chain), these items would stick out like a sore thumb. However, as soon as they add a few rings, necklaces, and bracelets, everything gets in its place. The image of a biker becomes out-there but it is quite cohesive.
- To show what a biker believes in. You probably didn’t know, but a necklace can say something about the person wearing it. For example, if he wears 1% silver biker pendants, you can immediately guess that this guy belongs to a biker gang. A dog tag necklace may speak of his military past or present. Harley Davidson jewelry will let you know what brand of motorcycles he prefers. If a guy wears a cross, he’s probably a believer (yes, bikers can be religious, too).
These are perhaps the main reasons why bikers do not part with jewelry. Do you know other reasons? Let us know in the comments.
Types of Biker Necklaces
Almost all biker necklaces are chunky, heavy, and tough. They sort of mimic the bikers themselves. A thin necklace will just get lost on a bulging chest. Besides, nobody wants his necklace to get torn and disappear, so jewelers make sure to craft them very durable. If you’d decided to tow a motorcycle on a biker chain, you’d probably succeed.
Thick and relatively short Cuban, Figaro, or Anchor chains are standout pieces by themselves meaning they don’t need a pendant. Along with that, there might be something to add some zest, for instance, a skull resting on the clasp. Some designers go even further and instead of chain necklaces, they roll out items made of dozens of small Iron crosses, skulls, crowns, dragon scales, etc. While such a necklace looks fantastic and attention-grabbing, you probably don’t want to wear it every day.
Some bikers don’t really enjoy heavy necklaces. If you are one of these, you can go with more elegant silver or leather necklace featuring a pendant. It will look appropriate not only with biker outfits but also with a t-shirt and casual apparel.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician
Hiring an Electrician
Many homeowners attempt to do home improvement projects themselves, and the results are often disappointing. However, trying to handle electrical work independently can lead to costly errors and injuries. Discover a few things to check before hiring an electrician to get the job done right and stay within the budget.
When looking for an electrician, the first thing to consider is whether they are properly trained. The electricians should attend a vocational school or other recognized institute to learn how to perform the work correctly. Discuss the training process to find the right team for the job.
Comparing electricians includes reviewing their relevant experience performing similar work. Homeowners should discuss the project scope with potential electricians and determine whether they have experience in that area. Also, ask for recommendations and referrals from previous satisfied customers.
Once homeowners have a list of prospects, check online reviews to narrow down the possibilities based on customer experiences. Often, people discover more about an electrician or other service providers by reading reviews and talking to others. Also, discuss referrals with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families to determine which services handled the work most efficiently.
Licensed and Insured
Verify your state’s requirement for license and insurance and then ensure the electrician is compliant to protect your most valuable asset. It is often tempting to hire an unlicensed or uninsured electrician to cut costs, but that often adds up to spending more money in the long run. Plus, you could be liable if an accident or injury occurs on your premises, adding even more to the costs.
Verify Credentials and Permits
The first step to verifying an electrician’s expertise is to inquire about licenses and insurance. The next step is to verify these credentials and permits to ensure they are valid and current. A quality electrician will immediately provide documentation for customers to verify.
Talk to Several Electricians
After comparing reviews and verifying credentials, consult with several electricians to find the right one for the project. While all of them might be qualified for the job, homeowners should find an electrician that understands their vision and wants to work with them every step of the way. Take notes during the interviews to review and determine the best candidate for the job.
While qualifications are crucial to getting the job done correctly, homeowners must also stay within their budget to avoid financial stress associated with unexpected surprises. An electrician should provide a precise estimate and include everything to be done to complete the project for homeowners to plan for payment. The goal is to find a qualified electrician that provides all the services needed for the most competitive price.
Look for Outstanding Customer Service
Finally, it helps to work with electricians dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and that stand behind their work. Inquire about warranties and other guarantees to verify the project will be completed according to specifications. Then choose the electrician who communicates clearly and makes you feel comfortable about their skills.
Hiring an electrician is often critical to getting the job done right and avoiding additional costs related to injuries and errors. Use this checklist to find a qualified electrician that provides outstanding service within your budget.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]