Babes Ride Out Artist Series highlights the talented people in our community. Every artist donates their time and creativity to create a custom piece for the BRO5 Raffle. We are so happy to be able to support Moto F.A.M. through the proceeds of the raffle each year. Moto FAM raises funds for riders that have been hurt in a motorcycle related accident, or the family of a fallen rider. Thank you so much to Vans for contributing the skate decks for the Artist Series this year!
Meet Alicja Polachek!
Alicja's skate deck was hand dyed, hand painted & then surface gilded with 23 carat gold!!!
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Warsaw, Poland but have lived all over the world, from San Francisco to New York City, Berlin… the list goes on…
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Long Beach, CA but will be relocating to Chicago, IL in the fall.
What first got you into art?
I’ve been into art for as long as I can remember. I was the weird kid that wanted the $10 can of sardines from the store instead of a doll because I thought the label was cool.
How would you describe your style?
Most of my work is centered around hand lettering but over the past few years I’ve been including more pictorials in my designs. I lean toward darker themes and images but am willing to give anything a shot!
What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?
I find inspiration in most everything, whether it be a song I’m listening to or a joke that comes back to me while I’m waiting somewhere in line, I strive to make the things that make me happy and hopefully someone else out there will appreciate them too.
I’ve had many influences over the years but I’ve found the people that influence me the most are my friends. I am lucky to know so many truly inspiring people. My mentors, most importantly Doc Guthrie, are all journeyman sign painters who are still slanging paint. I hope to still be painting when I’m their age. And then there’s my tattooer Shaun Topper who is continuously raising the bar or contemporary artists like Emilio Villalba and Blake Neubert that constantly blow my mind with their work and motivate me to look outside the box.
What is your favorite medium?
Gold and glass are by far my favorite medium. It’s such a beautiful and timeless process, once I saw how gilding was done I was hooked. I also enjoy the challenge of implementing non-traditional materials into my pieces to try and make them feel more modern.
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
I first heard about Babes Ride Out about two years ago. It’s such a positive and empowering event for women and one of the best weekends of the year!
What is your connection to the motorcycle community?
I’m a fairly new rider with only one year under my belt but I try to make it out to as many events as possible. I’d like to someday make it to Babes Ride Out over seas and on the East Coast too!
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?
I ride a black 2013 Triumph Bonneville T100.
Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?
When I first came to the states we lived just outside of Joshua Tree. I never appreciated it until I’d moved away and came back to visit. The desert is such a special place for me, I find myself feeling refreshed and energized every time I visit.
What will you be contributing to this years raffle?
I will be painting and surface gilding a custom skate deck for this years raffle. That’s real 23ct. gold ladies! I can’t wait to see who wins!