Babes Ride Out

Artist Series | Stacey Krzywinski

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Where are you from originally?

California born and bred baby! I’ve lived in Chicago and Virginia for a time but CA is the home I know and love. San Diego is currently home base with my lady love, although we do have our sights set on a future residency in Mexico or South America! 

How would you describe your art?

Hm I would probably describe it as an eclectic mix of Illustration, Tattoo Flash, Comic art, Realism, a little bit of Porn and some good ol’ Fashion. Whether it’s a hand painted jacket full of tattoo flash, or a 6’x4’ painting of a woman with a holstered gun wearing a strap on, or a framed piece with a brooding devil-horned girl staring you down, I think there’s always a similar thread running through it all to embrace the rebel in us.

Do you have a favorite medium or materials you like to use?

I have an obsession with Sharpie Paint Pens, so smooth and thick and lay permanent layers down fast and without the mess of cleaning brushes and oil paint. But if I have to paint, One Shot Sign Painters paint kills the game. I prefer to art it up on anything but canvas really, most especially leather and denim jackets, thrifted ceramic pieces, or if on a flat surface, Vellum, because I can layer the sheets to produce milky transparent layers of images and color.

What inspires you?

Beautiful and usually naked women (sporting devil horns of course), super traditional tattoo flash, science, nature-especially symbols like scorpions, coyotes, panthers, snakes and eagles, and duh motorcycles, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Sexuality, gender and their fluidity has always played a heavy hand in what I create, as someone who is gay and androgynous and constantly wondering what place I hold in the world. I love to push the boundaries of what is comfortable to hopefully allow people to push their own minds to open up a bit more to others differences, rather than shy away because it is considered “taboo” or awkward to acknowledge. Sexuality is fun kids! Don't let anyone tell you who to love or how to love yourself. There's already so many rules, we gotta give ourselves a break and enjoy the water. 

When were you introduced to Motorcycles?

I’ve always found them fascinating, even though I lacked having that cool biker uncle to take me on rides as a kid (well I did have a biker uncle but he met an untimely demise when I was a baby as he was involved in the not so nice kind of MC’s). I was finally properly introduced to the two wheeled beasts in high school in the form of dirt biking and was utterly taken in. Camping and riding every single weekend in Hollister, CA until all my muscles was jello and it was hard to tell mud from bike. Even the falls were a high. 

How do motorcycles and the community play a role in your life?

I’m absolutely in love with motorcycles and always in awe of the community, especially the women. To overcome so much stereotyping and break free of that to be a badass woman in a hyper-sexualized, male dominated industry is so refreshing, I look up to many of the women who bring us BRO as well as attend the event as heroes. Shout out to Anya and Ashmore for being the baddest of babes!!! I would love to become a bigger part of the community and am in the process of getting my moto license as well as always peeping craigslist for that perfect little bike.

Dream bike?

Always drooling over classic 70’s Harley Davidson Shovelheads. God those bikes are just the sexiest pieces of metal on wheels. 

What are your goals as an artist?

To change the world! Haha but mostly I’ve been on the slow march towards transitioning to tattooing for some time, and that goal is finally a little closer in sight. The past 6 months I’ve been hand poking myself and friends, even my regular tattoo artist let me bang out a little scorpion on his hand. It’s an amazing feeling and I'm kinda shocked by how natural and focused I feel when tattooing. (Hand poking is taking a tattoo needle-or any needle really- and inserting ink into the skin without the use of a machine, it’s extremely tedious but so rad) I have a machine as well but am taking the time and steps to really understand the mechanics and intricacies of it as well as partnering with a successful and amazing tattooist for tips and skill sets so I can be knowledgable af from the ground up! Also machine building is something I have a future eye on.

What did you create for the Babes Ride Out Raffle this year?

Currently and excitedly working on a badass Biltwell Gringo Helmet as well as a perfectly thrashed RVCA Roadworthy Denim Jacket!!! Beyond honored to have the opportunity to do both! I couldn’t be happier.

How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

The homie and incredibly talented Corinne Lan Franco (Creative Director of Atwyld) introduced me to the idea of hitting up the ladies at BRO last year to offer up some artistic vibes and they graciously allowed me to paint a sweet ass RVCA jacket for raffle.

What was your experience at the events?

Last years BRO was the most ass-kicking, good time hanging, rock and rolling, event of my life. The whole campground was mind blowing in its setup, Joshua Tree is the jam, all the women were stellar people, the food and drink was perfect, Dorothy and the bands crushed it, and yep I got a lot of ladies to dance with me till the wee hours. Could one ask for a more perfect experience? I don’t know but I sure as hell can’t wait for this year!!! Babes Ride Out is the coolest.