You may know her as Bandanas by Michelle. But what you may not know is that she leads a pretty exciting and adventurous life.
Living life on the Road
Michelle Jamison left South Eastern Minnesota four years ago and has lived on her bike ever since. She travels all across the country making and selling her Swarovski Crystal bandanas. Michelle pulls a 750 pounds fully loaded Aspen classic motorcycle camper behind her bling’d Indian bike to carry everything she needs to run her business and live on the road inside the camper trailer, including her 10 by 10 vendor tent, bandanas, and essential living items.
I got my motorcycle license 6 years ago and have already put on nearly 80,000 miles on 4 different motorcycles. Last year I rode over 200 days through rain and storms. Thus earning me the nickname, Stormy.
For her business, Bandanas by Michelle, Michelle makes and sells custom designed, unique bling’d-out bandanas, hats and scarves using Swarovski crystals and other jewels.
I started my business by first making a bandana embellished with Swarovski crystals for myself. Everyone seemed to like my designs and work and the word quickly spread. I love what I do and I feel that shows in my attention to detail in my work….My bandanas can be worn while on a motorcycle, horseback, and gardening, for zumba and other fitness activities, hair loss and just for the fun of it.
Indian Bike with Bling
I wanted my bike to be different and it was appropriate and fitting for my business that my bike be covered with Swarovski crystals. I still wanted my bike to be classy but set apart from others.
Named “Black Ice,” this Indian Roadmaster bike with bling has over 15,000 Swarovski crystals on it. Areas bling’d include the front fairing, front and rear fender, headlights, taillight, license plate, gas caps, gas tank plate cover, mirrors, derby cover, air filter, saddle bags, trunk and her aftermarket Rhinehart pipes. All of the Swarovski crystals were hand placed by Stacy Deva Hawkins of Devasbling.com.
Not only does it shine during the day, her bike with bling really comes to life at night. Michelle had Lee Annette of L.A. Lites install a complete LED light kit during one of the rallies she was at.
I find it pretty cool that I get people waving at me all day or they will speed up next to me and then slow down and give me a thumbs up. The coolest one was when I was in Arizona leaving the Quarter Horse show and the Golf Tournaments were going on and a car with 4 ladies in their 60’s and 70’s, dressed in their pastel polo shirts pulled up next to me at the light and they were all looking over at me grinning ear to ear and they were all giving me a very vigorous thumbs up. That was pretty cool.
Here’s a video Michelle made that shows more detail of the customizations:
A Few of Michelle’s Favorite Things
I love what I do and I love riding a cross-country meeting up with so many people. It has been my goal to inspire women to take control of their life and follow through with their dreams. Whether it be riding a motorcycle, getting a different job or just doing something for themselves that they have always wanted to do. I am always humbled when people send me messages telling me that they are inspired by my story.
Favorite place to ride: Through Wisconsin and Arkansas because of the beautiful roads and scenery.
Favorite piece of gear or accessory: My Swarovski crystal Bandanas that I make to match all of my shirts. I also love the heated seat and heated grips on my motorcycle. They are great to have in cold weather.
Favorite resource for women riders: Lady Biker on Facebook
This month Michelle will be stopping in Fresno, California to ride with the Lady Bikers of California for International Female Riding Day on May 7th.
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