Liberace’s fur coats in the ’70s, Mr. T’s gold chains in the ’80s, my Uncle Ken’s LaserDisc player in the ’90s… All were status symbols of their respective times that showed that their owners made it. In the 2000s, rapper Kanye West popularized the “Jesus piece”—a diamond-encrusted head-of-Jesus medallion—the latest in a long line of physical manifestations of brag. With his penchant for buggery and outrageous claims, such as inventing both the question mark and leather jogging pants (I made up only one of those two), Kanye, a.k.a. Yeezus (his current album name), exceeds the outlandishness of all of those showmen of yore.
Fast-forward to the present day, and it’d be perfectly rational to assume a cross etched to a custom motorcycle might be just another fleeting symbol for being a self-proclaimed badass. But, for Melvin Murry of Peoria, Illinois, the cross graphic on the rear fender of his custom bagger isn’t some superficial, blinged-out ode to how cool he thinks he is; it’s quite literally Jesus piece—his pronouncement to the world of his faith in Jesus (not Yeezus) Christ.
Make no mistake about it; Melvin isn’t pushy about his beliefs. He bears his cross just the same as anyone else might ink their kids’ names on their flesh—just to express who he is. In Melvin’s humble, yet confident tone, he marveled to us, “I don’t know what you believe, bro, but I know that Jesus gave me the strength to build this bike. For a man like me to see something, go back home, and build it, God gave me that talent. I’m not bragging; that’s just what I did. I saw a bike, asked the owner a few questions, went back home, and built it.”
What Melvin built started as a 1999 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide …read more
Source:: Melvin Murry’s Bagger of Faith