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 Jen Mussari @jenmussari ! She has hand painted a Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 3 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Jen!
Where are you from originally?
I’m from a town called Newtown Square in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia!
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Brooklyn, NYC and spend most of my time in a weird swampy neighborhood called Gowanus.
What first got you into art?
I always loved drawing and painting as a kid, but going to car shows with my dad opened me up to a whole genre of lettering arts and pinstriping that really influenced me! I also used to spend hours flipping through milk crates of vinyl records and just staring at the covers. It wasn’t until much later that I realized that there were actual artists behind those pieces and that I could do that for a job!
How would you describe your style?
I make lettering-focused artwork with a heavy hot rod influence. Bold and friendly!
What inspires you?
Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?I am so inspired by the people that I share studio space with in Brooklyn. Being around other creative people who do work that is different from my own is crucial to staying energized. My work has definitely also been influenced by great painters like Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha.
What is your favorite medium?
My absolute favorite medium is One Shot sign painter’s enamel! It allows for crisp and super opaque lines, which makes it perfect for lettering. The paint’s versatility allows me to explore so many surfaces; from motorcycles to shoes to punching bags and suitcases!
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
I first heard about Babes Ride Out years ago through the Women’s Moto Exhibit! I was so excited to see a photography show highlighting women riding and did some more research, leading me to Babes Ride Out.
What is your connection to the motorcycle community?
I grew up around motorcycles and cars, with a few that my dad was working on in every open space in the garage. Here in NYC we have a great and diverse moto community that I’ll often do artwork to support, whether it’s a logo for the local women’s riding club or painting the doors of the local garages.
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?
Not currently riding but Italian bikes will always have my heart!
If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?
If I were a motorcycle...I would like to think that I would be a really cool 70s Ducati Super Sport or Moto Guzzi but realistically I would probably be more like a dinky little 60s Honda dream or something else with a tiny engine but a lot of chrome!
Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?
I am lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Joshua Tree lately! I have friends that live in North Joshua Tree on a really beautiful plot of land. I get to go live with them for weeks at a time. While I’m there with them we collaborate on art pieces together and just generally enjoy the desert. It’s really a special place for those that pay attention to the details that make it so unique.
What will you be contributing to this years raffle?
I will be painting a totally rad silver flake Biltwell Gringo for this year’s raffle!