The Babes Ride Out Artist series showcases the art of talented people in our community. Each piece is donated to the Moto F.A.M. X Babes Ride Out raffle. Moto F.A.M. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping riders facing life changing injuries after a serious motorcycle accident. Meet Emma Kirk @lonewolfandco ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 3 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Emma!
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a small town called Port Perry in Ontario, Canada.
Where do you live now?
I now live in the Beaches in Toronto, Ontario and have for 12 years or so.
What first got you into art?
I've always loved creating, drawing, painting, crafting, so I can't really say any one particular thing got me into art.
How would you describe your style?
I think I'd have to describe my "style" as a total clusterf*ck. I'm all over the place with everything, I paint on less traditional materials like old pieces of wood, rusty saws, windows, helmets..
What is your favourite medium?
Im not sure if I have a favourite medium to be honest. I tend to focus on something for a couple months and then switch it up. From painting to sewing and anything else I feel inspired in the moment to do.
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
I've probably been following Babes Ride Out for a couple years at least on insta gram. I followed so many motorcycle themed accounts before I had my license. It was such a huge draw to me and a natural thing I needed to make part of my life. Watching the Babes Ride Out videos gave me goosebumps and so much desire and confidence to do it and I can't wait until I can one day attend a B.R.O event (hopefully this years east coast in June!)
What is your connection to the motorcycle community?
In the past year my connection has slowly grown from knowing just a small handful of riders when I started, to meeting a couple of my neighbours who ride and meeting my boyfriend!
My friend Kate and I have recently co-founded The Litas Toronto and are so excited to connect more with the moto community this summer, get as many kms on our bikes, learn more, meet more ladies and explore as much as possible in our far too short Canadian summers.
The community for me has been so welcoming, friendly and inspiring. One day after work I came back to my bike and someone had crushed a pop can and put it under my kickstand cause I had (embarrassingly) parked on some slightly fresh and still soft cement. That small act made me so happy that someone would stop and do that for a stranger!
Best Moto trip you have ever been on?
I have yet to be on a big moto trip. But I've had some pretty awesome day trips around Ontario and can't wait to explore more of it this summer. My boyfriend and I have some plans for the summer to tour around Ontario and we'd both love to someday take a trip down to America to see whats out there!
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?
I do! I got my license last year when I turned 30 and I am KICKING myself for not doing it sooner. I'd been wanting to for years and told myself I had to do it for my 30th. I bought a 2005 Honda Rebel (Dahlia) that had only 5300kms on it and told myself I was going to double the kms that summer and I put about 6000 km on! This year I bought a 1978 Yamaha xs650s chopper (named Poppy) built by Jake Elstone (stonesshopjake on IG) and I can not wait for summer on this one.
Right now Poppy is my dream bike! I never actually dreamed I'd have a chopper, let alone my second year riding and almost still don't believe it (as I don't have it in my possession yet) but soon. Going out to any bike show or meet up; most bikes didn't really hold any appeal or draw to me, it was always customs and choppers and rat style ones that got my full attention and made me want to look at all the awesome details. My dad builds rat rods so thats definitely been a major influence on my good taste in bikes :)
What will you be contributing to this years raffle?
I will be painting a sierra green biltwell gringo helmet, which are my favourite helmets! I was playing around with lots of ideas but I kept coming back to just wanting to do some flames and script! so stay tuned :)