founder - Hart & Huntington & freestyle Motocross Rider
Carey Hart is one of the most recognized names in all of freestyle Motocross. His father bought him his first motocross bike when he was only four years old in hopes of spending some quality time with his son. However, what had originally started as a father and son pastime quickly turned into Carey’s passion. By the time he entered his first local race as an amateur, he was hooked and by high school graduation, Carey Hart was a professional Motocross rider, racing in the AMA Supercross circuit.
Soon thereafter, Carey grew bored with Supercross and started riding with a group of guys who were interested in a more creative and expressive form of Motocross. In 1998, the Freestyle motocross movement was born with Carey leading the way. From the sport’s inception, Carey has been one of the most innovative riders in the sport. He is the inventor of the Hart Attack, and at the 2000 Gravity Games Carey etched his name in the record books as the first rider ever to complete a back flip on a 250cc motorcycle. The back flip catapulted Carey, and Freestyle Motocross as a whole, to an entirely new level. The stunt got the world’s attention; it was even featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Carey has traveled the globe on a quest to put freestyle Motocross on the map. Along the way he has jumped the trailer park in Kid Rock’s video “Bawitdaba” and saw his dream to play bass with the band Pennywise come true on the 2000 Australian Warped Tour. His popularity has helped increase exposure for the sport of Motocross. He has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford and Mountain Dew as well as in such print publications as Paper Magazine, Teen People, EXPN The Magazine, Rolling Stone, and has graced the covers of numerous Motocross magazines. Carey has also appeared on The Today Show and has starred in ESPN/Touchstone Pictures’ IMAX film, Ultimate X and has cameo appearances in Columbia Pictures’ XXX and Touchstone Pictures’ Charlie’s Angels II. Most recently, Carey was cast in the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life.
In 2004, Carey’s passion for tattoos turned into a business venture opening Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company in the prestigious Palms Casino in Las Vegas. This move lead to another TV opportunity for Carey when the A&E network decided to follow him and the workings of the shop in their own reality show: INKED. Since then, two more Hart and Huntington Tattoo shops have opened: Honolulu and Orlando at Universal Citywalk. Carey also expanded into making a quality clothing line based on the designs of the talented artists that work at Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company. The line can be found online, at all of the shops as well as some major retailers. He also opened a club in June 2008 inside the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas called Wasted Space.
Even with all of Carey’s business ventures, he still finds time to dedicate to act as owner to his Supermoto and Supercross team that is co-sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. There is no denying Carey’s dedication and passion. He has suffered his share of injuries attempting new tricks, however he continues to bounce back and he does it all in the name of progression. The Las Vegas resident is determined to ride until he stops having fun and hopefully for us, that’s not anytime soon.
Universal CityWalk Orlando Hart & Huntington Tattoo Shop opens- 2007
Honolulu Hart & Huntington Tattoo Shop opens- 2006
Host for ABC Live’s X Games Freestyle Motocross – 2005
Las Vegas Hart & Huntington Tattoo Shop opens- 2004
Silver Medal – X Games, Moto X Big Air – 2002
2nd Place – Las Vegas LXD Freeride MotoX – 2000
5th Place – Irwindale LXD Freeride MotoX – 2000
Gold Medal – Australia X Games – 1999
1st Place – Costa Mesa LXD Freeride MotoX – 1999
Bronze Medal – Summer Gravity Games – 1999
1st Place – Costa Rican Supercross – 1999