Babes Ride Out

BRO5 Artist Series | Bill Farrelly

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

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 Atwyldfor contributing the military jacket for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Bill!

Bill Farrelly


Where are you from originally?

-Born and raised in Denville, New Jersey. Lived there for 18 years and then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where I went to The Art Institute for college studying graphic design. I packed up and moved to Los Angeles and I’ve been in California for 8 years now.

 Where do you live now?

            -Currently living in Redondo Beach, CA babyyyyyyyy

What first got you into art?

-My earliest memory was watching my mom paint these awesome flowers with acrylic. She really needs to pick up the brush and start painting again because she’s super talented. I used to fake being sick so I could stay home from school to draw hockey players.

Pretty much all my time now goes to Chain-stitching. I was working as an art director for a menswear brand and my boss had a broken singer machine just sitting. I started seeing chain-stitch work from this tattooer that I followed on ig and knew that I had to get the machine working. It took a lot of time and research as these machines are old and very few people know how to work on them. I finally found out where to take it and got it running. I was shown a few different techniques from a few people and then basically taught myself. I started staying at our office pretty much all night every night practicing and learning different things and after about 6 months I knew that I had to have my own chain-stitch machine. I found an old from the 50s with a motor and table and brought it home that same week. Stitching has pretty much taken over my live and I honestly can’t believe that I have the amount of work that I do. A huge thanks to everyone who’s ever commissioned a custom piece from me.

How would you describe your style?

I guess I would say that my style is based off traditional tattooing. I’m a big fan of typography so I love when I get to include some sort of lettering in my pieces.

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?

My main inspiration is my friends. I’m lucky to be constantly surrounded by such talented people who are consistently pushing their craft further and further, whether it be fine arts, tattooing, bike building, or making music. All my friends are killing it.

What is your favorite medium?

            I really dig chain-stitching on vintage denim and military jackets.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I don’t remember exactly but It was through Instagram probably 3 or 4 years ago. Every year it seems to get bigger and bigger from what I can see and it looks like a shit ton of fun. I wish dudes would put that much effort into a party…I’m trying to ride those mechanical bulls and do all the rad shit that goes on out in Joshua Tree during BRO.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

The past couple years I’ve been working for a menswear brand that is influenced by motorcycles but am currently working full time for myself, mainly chain-stitching. Pretty much everyone who rides wants some sort of patch of jacket done. I really dig seeing my stitching age and go through the different environments that my clients take my pieces in.

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?

            I grew up riding dirt bikes & quads in the woods of NJ and bought my first street legal bike 6 or 7 years ago and have pretty much been on a bike everyday since. My current sportster chopper is my daily driver and slowly but surely building my 77 shovelhead.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

            I could only hope to be as bad ass as Nicolas Cage’s bike in Ghost Rider

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?

I’ve been there a bunch of times. One of my favorites was when I rode out there and camped with two friends somewhere in the middle of nowhere. We were out the for two nights and the first night we partied super hard so I passed out no problem and slept smoothly through the night. When I woke up my buddy was asking me if I heard all the movement from animals outside our tents last night but I didn’t hear a thing or wake up once due to how drunk I was. I didn’t drink as heavy the next night due to my hangover from the night before but when we decided to put out the fire and try and crash out I started hearing all these noises from animals circling our camp. I looked through the vent on my tent and saw a pack of probably 6 or 7 coyotes walking all around us. They were literally rubbing up on our tents, they were that close. We were able to scare them off but within an hour they would always be back so none of us got that much sleep that night.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

I chain-stitched a big coyote head and Babes Ride Out lettering on a Atwyld jacket for this years raffle.

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

As soon as I knew I was doing something I knew it was going to be a coyote because of the story told above.