From Babes Ride Out, we have met so many talented artists that it only made sense that we partner to do an Artist Series where we pick an artist to commission a shirt design. For our first ever artist, we chose Alex Matus aka @doc_matus, whose bold lines and attention to details make her iconic motorcycle day dreams come true. Her love for Judas Priest, gypsy lifestyle , and her go with the flow attitude was all we needed to say “LETS DO IT”. Proceeds from the artist series shirts will go back into making Babes Ride Out 3 even better and also a portion will be donated to Diamond’s Relief Fund until we hit our $10,000 goal for her. To buy one of the limited edition shirts, click HERE
Meet Alex Matus ….
B.R.O.: Where are you from?
A.M.: Grew up all around Northern California.
B.R.O.: Where do you live now?
A.M.: Right now I’m livin’ the van life on the road. So, wherever the van is parked, there I be!
B.R.O.: How would you describe your art?
A.M.: It looks like something you’d find on a denim vest or gracing the side of a van.
B.R.O.: What are your biggest artistic influences?
A.M.: My first and most influential artistic inspirations were Japanese Ukiyoe (woodblock print) artists such as Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi, and Hokusai, and anime that I watched a lot as a kid. (I have an extensive nerdly background). It is the reason I put large red suns in almost everything I make and why it has that flat, graphic look. I also draw heavily from 60’s and 70’s era artists like Frank Frazetta, Dave Mann, Ed Newton, every Heavy Metal shirt I’ve ever seen, and classic illustrators and painters like Alphonse Mucha, N.C. Wyeth, Arthur Rackham, and Harry Clarke. This list goes on forever!
B.R.O.: What inspires you?
A.M.: Heavy metal, tattooing, printmaking,personal narratives, bikes, vanning, Native American artwork, Psych rock, rock climbing, the desert, cacti, natural landscapes, the folks I meet on my travels, and the long winding road.
B.R.O.: What are your favorite hobbies besides drawing and tattooing?
A.M.: I’ve been rock climbing for over ten years now and it is probably the biggest reason I started living the dirtbag lifestyle. I’m also a singer, mostly in the van, but I’ve sat in with a band or two.
B.R.O.: What are some of your favorite bands?
A.M.: Well, Judas Priest is my religion but some others that made the top list are: Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Scorpions, Witchfinder General, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Wicked Lady, Sleep, Acid King, Coven, Diamond Head, Flower Travelin’ Band, Venom, Mercyful Fate, High on Fire, Heart, Church of Misery, Mountain, St. Vitus, Dio, Danava, Electric Wizard, Lucifer’s Friend, Pentagram, Orchid, Thin Lizzy……I could talk about music forever…
B.R.O.: Do you have any quotes, song lyrics or poems that you feel define you?
A.M.: “Rock hard! Ride free! All day! All night!” — Judas Priest
B.R.O.: Where is one of your favorite places that you have traveled?
A.M.: I loved Tuscon. The Sonoran desert was one of the most beautiful and inspiring landscapes I have ever seen and the tattooers there were amazing. I also had a blast in Austin, Texas. I got to tattoo all day and headbang all night, and that town has the most mind-numbingly awesome food. I also cannot say enough about my two second homes, Salt Lake City, and Denver. The people I met there are my family and probably party harder than anyone in the nation.
B.R.O.: What destination is at the top of your “must visit” list?
A.M.: Barcelona! Amazing tattooers, climbing, beautiful architecture, and all the cured meat I can eat?? Take me there now!
B.R.O.: How did you find out about Babes Ride Out?
A.M.: From a lot of the babes I know that rode out!
B.R.O.: What do you love about the moto culture?
A.M.: I love the community of folks that ride. They are some of the kindest and most giving folks I have ever met. Always ready to help you stay safe on the road and move you on down the line.
B.R.O.: What is your dream bike?
A.M.: If I ever get a garage, a mid 70’s Panhead. It’s about all I draw and I’m obsessed.
B.R.O.: How would you describe the feeling of being on a motorcycle?
A.M.: Ripping Freedom