The car community gathers for a long list of reasons. Sometimes to test ourselves and our vehicles against the clock at the track. Sometimes to show off. However most of the time, it’s just because the weather is nice. But on the 18th of May 2018, it came together in the wake of a tragedy, and to celebrate the life of a truly genuine, and good-hearted human being.
Russell James Fisk was born May 2nd, 1988 in Davenport IA. He was an award-winning tattoo artist and car enthusiast. Russell was known for his pure heart and heaping generosity, and he left his mark on everyone he met – sometimes literally. Russell helped to found the Black Card Tattoo Collective in Zona Rosa in Kansas City. It was his dream. It’s his legacy. He built a family there.
On the 11th of May, Russell was on his way home, driving his BMW i8 on Barry Road when he was suddenly stolen from us in a random act of incomprehensible violence. He was 30 years old. The loss felt by his family and friends can’t be quantified. In spite of grief, his friends and family in the community came together to see to it that his legacy would live on. A goal was set to raise money to make sure that the shop could stay open. And in the process, it gave everyone who participated the chance to come together and celebrate the man he was, by doing what we all love… Standing around in a parking lot, then going for a drive.
A short notice effort began to organize a cruise in Russell’s honor. Chux Trux at 5005 Antioch Road offered up their lot for a venue. A silent auction was organized. Several local businesses came together to help raise funds (list to follow). Dozens of volunteers came together with offers to control traffic and handle logistics at their own charity.
The event began around 6 pm, and the lot filled quickly. I haven’t heard an official total, but the turnout was amazing, especially considering the short notice. And the diversity represented in the car show drew from the full spectrum of the automotive world. Exotics. Muscle. Low riders. Imports. Lifted trucks. Lowered trucks. Sports bikes. Choppers. Baggers. Cruisers. Bobbers. Café Racers. Everything from a B18 to a BBC. From V-Twin to V10, it was out in force.
Around 9 o’clock, the wheels started turning. Led by a fleet of tow trucks and motorcycles, the whole show took to the street. A precession over a mile long departed Chux Trux and moved north up Antioch Road, and punched through the middle of Gladstone. And thanks to Gladstone Police, that main artery through town was closed in his honor, as the Parade rumbled north. At Barry Road, we turned west and carried on towards Zona Rosa. At Barry and Marston, the cruised passed by the site where Russell was attacked a long week ago. The cruise carried into Zona Rosa, and thanks to the Kansas City Police Department and Zona security, it drove unstopped through the shopping center past the Black Card Tattoo Collective that was the epicenter for Russell’s passion.
A very special thanks goes out to all of the businesses and organizations that came together to make the event a success. To the Kansas City Police Department, and the Gladstone Police Department; we salute you. Without the support of the Police, this event could never have been as smooth as it was.
To the participants, we thank you as well. Especially those of you who donated to the silent auction. Beyond that, most every event posts a “No Burnouts, No Racing” rule. And we all know that there is always “that guy” who chooses not to follow the rules. However, at this event – that’s exactly what happened. There were a few “noise ordinance” violations I suppose… but for the most part, the whole event was respectful, and the participants demonstrated excellent restraint.
Most importantly, the event organizers are happy to report that the goals of the event have been met. Russell’s legacy will remain intact at Zona Rosa. Black Card Tattoo will remain open. Russell’s Family received some much-needed support in their time of need. All thanks to you.
And thank you to Russell. Your charity and goodwill serve as an example to us all. Thank you for your talent. Thank you for the spirit. And thank you for bringing the family together. “The sky is not the limit, it’s only the beginning.” – Russell James Fisk.
written by– Craig Richey
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