Baltimore, MD, USA
The 12 O’Clock Boys - a group of renegade dirt bike riders named for the signature trick they pride themselves on, frequently transforms the depressed streets of urban Baltimore into a playground for their dramatic and dangerous athleticism.
Motivated by a combination of showmanship and the drive to stake a claim to their city and their freedom, the 'pack' takes an 'all for one, one for all' mentality in their weekly rides. Some ride to prove their prowess as an operator of a powerful machine and others just want to play a dangerous cat and mouse game with the Baltimore Police Department.
The alluring pull to be included in this wheelie elite is felt most acutely by youth like 'Pug,' a 14 year old boy who dreams of one day riding with the pack. The controversy surrounding this now legendary group continues as many residents of Baltimore see The 12 O’Clock Boys as reeking havoc to public safety in the city.
- Noah Rabinowitz, 2014