Babes Ride Out

Artist Series | Christopher Gallet of Devil Chicken Design

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Name: Christopher Galley

Website/Instagram: www.devilchickendesign.com  

Instagram: @devilchickendesign

Where do you live? Buffalo, NY

Where are you from? Buffalo born & bred

What do you do and how long have you done it? I'm a high school teacher during the day. I paint stuff at night.

How did Devil Chicken Design get started? What were the original goals?

I decided about four years ago to make a run at doing the whole art thing before I got too old and regretted not going for it. I have always made stuff, but I was never too serious about it. I’m pretty typically an obsessive person, so when I decided to go for it I pushed hard. We sold our house out in the woods and moved into the city. The original goal was to have a solo gallery show within three years. I ended up putting on the first show within 6 months. Since then I’ve had two more solo shows, a bunch of group shows and done a bunch of traveling. All because of my dumb pictures… In the end, I’ve been busy. That makes me happy and crazy all at the same time.

Do you have anything in the works? I actually leave for Switzerland this week to put some paintings up at Art & Wheels II in Basel. It’s my first international show. I’m looking forward to checking out the art and the bikes. It will be cool to see some familiar faces and meet a whole bunch of new ones. When I get home I’ve got a pile of commissions to catch up on. Oh yeah, I really need to mow the lawn to.

 What has been the hardest or best (or both) parts of your job? The hardest part is managing the deadlines. It gets crazy when a show is coming up and things at school are busy. There has been a lot of 15 or 16 hour days over the last few years managing both gigs. The best part is definitely the sense of accomplishment when you see everything put together and hearing people say that they dig it.

Tell us about your life in motorcycling. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding, etc.: 

I’ve been riding for 15 or 16 years. I was the typical kid who grew up around dirt bikes and ATV’s so when I finally had enough cash to afford a bike I jumped at the chance.

My favorite and most hated bike has to be my 59 XLCH chopper. That bike was the first one to really just be a pain in the ass, but when she ran, oh man was she fun! I eventually traded this bike away after almost blowing my knee out when the kicker gear gave way. I knew as soon as she rolled out of the driveway in the back of the truck I made a mistake. As fate would have it, she found her way back to Buffalo and I was able to pick her back up. She’s definitely tried my patience and taken a lot of work, but she should be back on the road this spring. I’m really looking forward to putting some miles on her!

Tell us about your best moto trip: I would have to say the most memorable moto trip has to be the “Oracoke Death Run”. My wife and I were in NC renting a house with some friends. They were all surfers. We’re not, so we brought bikes. My wife’s 73 CB500 was running like a champ, my 72 CB450 was not. The change in elevation was hell on my carbs. Once I was able to get it up and running I managed to kick my taillight off the rear fender. Nothing a little JB Weld and duct tape couldn’t fix… Anyway, we decided to ride out through the dunes and catch the ferry to Oracoke and check out the island for the day. We boarded the ferry and they told us we had to stay with our bikes; in a sideways rainstorm; for an hour. Once we made it to the island we ripped into town, still in a sideways rainstorm, to find that everything was still closed from the winter. We eventually found a place to grab a burger and a beer and more importantly warm up. Before we made a run back for the ferry we hit up a tourist trap mini-mart and grabbed two $10 “drug rug’s”, a couple of $0.99 Emergency Ponchos and two Andes Candies (what, they were at the register and they’re delicious). Did I mention that we were completely unprepared for the cold and rain? We made it back to the pier just in time to hear the ferry blow the steam whistle and pull away. We waited another 2 hours before the ferry returned and we loaded up. This is when I discovered that I could actually sleep on my bike, even in rolling, stormy seas, in the rain, while everyone in their warm cars just stared at us… Once we got off the boat, we ripped back through the sand dunes, which were in full sandstorm mode. I remember pinning the throttle and intermittently screaming and laughing the rest of the way home. My wife rolled into the driveway right behind me at the rental house and we gave each other a high five before going in for another drink and some overdue sleep. It was awesome.

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out? Instagram. America’s most trusted news source…

What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out? It’s cool people doing cool things. I’m behind anyone who wants to spend the time organizing something that will pull people together. Plus, my wife, manager and employee of the month Jo is riding out to it! 

What are you contributing to the raffle? I painted a donated Biltwell Gringo S. I put my spin on Posada’s “La Catrina”. I wanted to come up with something feminine, but still “biker chick” tough. I decided to go for a watercolor feel by thinning the 1shot out and lying in rough layers of broad colors and carving back in with a clean brush and some paint thinner. I finished it with a whole lot of black line work. In the end I was happy with the result. Hopefully someone digs it enough to buy some raffle tickets.