Babes Ride Out

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Got a Biltwell Helmet? Get it Painted for Free at Biltwell's Customer Appreciation Station at Babes Ride Out 7 by @chicken_in_a_biscuit

Event Info, Artist Series, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

Biltwell has been supporting Babes Ride Out events for 7 years (our first believers!) and we are so grateful to have them participate year after year with their on site customer appreciation . This year they are bringing out Nicole aka @chicken_in_a_biscuit (who is also painting a Biltwell helmet for the Moto F.A.M raffle) to paint FREE flash on Friday & Sat evenings from 4-8PM. If you’ve got a Biltwell lid, make sure to bring it! Thinking you may be ready for a new lid? Click the link below as we go over when its time to replace your helmet to ensure you are actually being protected as much as possible.

Is it Time to Replace Your Helmet?! Probably!

Alright, now let’s get to know Nicole!

Babes Ride Out 7 x Biltwell

When I moved to San Francisco in 2003, I quickly decided the bus wasn’t for me, and I got a little 50cc Vespa scooter. It was awesome and I learned a lot about what not to do on a bike. Eventually, I wanted to go faster, get out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge, so I bought a ’69 Honda Scrambler. I rode by myself for years because I didn’t know other people that rode. Some of my dude friends started riding and pushed me to go faster and explore more. Eventually I got a Harley and started doing rides to the desert and beyond. The first time I ever rode with women was BRO 2 in 2014 where I trailered my bike from The Sea Ranch to SF, picked up a gal I’d never met before and her bike, and unloaded in Venice and rode to JT by 10pm. It was so much to fathom going from no one to everyone literally overnight.

Now, I’m a certified CMSP instructor and teach all kinds of people how to ride. I live and work at one school in San Diego, and ride up to San Francisco every month to teach at another school there. I paint helmets and tanks in between. It feels like I’m living a double life at times, but I’m so invested in these two endeavors that it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Painting flowers, snakes and other animals on helmets is so exciting because it’s something you don’t see in the motorcycle world full of skulls and flames. Although that will always be classic iconography, there is room for new style. I love painting flowers on motorcycle gear because it’s in exact opposition of motorcycles themselves—hard, clanking, loud machinery. The sight of something so delicate associated with something so tough is one of my favorite juxtapositions. Snakes and animals are reflections of ourselves I’m pretty sure...they’re wild and free, like how we feel while riding. I’m not sure exactly why I love it. It’s instinctual rather than intellectual.

Photo by @unstuckwoman

Photo by @unstuckwoman



I hope to keep doing this forever...and well, paint snakes as murals more too. Painting big is my favorite way to paint, and snakes have endless possibilities. Being able to use painting as a way to bridge my love for art and motorcycles feels like the epitome of who I am. It’s a simple thing but it’s not a job you find next to a checked box when you’re a kid at the school career fair. It took me a long time to find out that this was it for me, and now that I’m doing it, I can’t believe I wasn’t doing it

Babes Ride Out 7  Biltwell Helmet Flash

Nicole is available for commissions! She can be reached at nicole@nicolearts.com

After the 4-8PM time slot , she will become part of the Makers Market and will do any brand of helmet with her flash for a small fee until 10PM

BRO East Coast 4 Maker | Jenna Blazevich of Vichcrafts

Artist Series, EventsAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out will be hosting our Makers Market at BRO East Coast 4 this year. The BRO Makers Market is a curated group of female makers that will be on site showcasing their talents and  providing a unique experience for attendees. Meet Jenna Blazevich of Vichcraft

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JENNA BLAZEVICH

FOUNDER & DESIGNER

Vichcraft is the independent and collaborative, multi-disciplinary studio of Jenna Blazevich.

With a focus on visual storytelling, she strives to craft charmingly unique brand experiences. Her agency experience has allowed for a portfolio ranging from small to large client projects. Vichcraft has a current focus on building small, meaningful brands, and partnering with their purpose-driven leaders to build an authentic visual identity. 

Combining hand craft processes and tactile mediums with a digital design skill-set, Jenna strives to work right around the line between art and design to build a collection of activist-driven products. Her background in textiles and pattern-making continues to inform her approach as a graphic designer and feminist artist.

Artist Series | Christopher Galley

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

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. The talented Christopher Galley of Devil Chicken Design painted this Lowbrow Customs Gas Tank for BRO East Coast 4 raffle. Thank you so much for contributing your talents!!!

Artist Series | Corinne Bardorf

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

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 Corinne Bardrof @anti_von_d ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 4 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Corinne!

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Corinne Bardrof @anti_von_d

Where are you from originally?  Syracuse, NY
 
Where do you live now?  Same place.  I’ve lived a few other places over the years, but Syracuse always calls me home.
 
What first got you into art?  Being born!  I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember.  It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, and what makes me feel like I’m fulfilling my reason for being. 

 
How would you describe your style?  I’m an illustrator so I can do whatever I’m asked to do, with the exception of like dark, evil, masculine subject matter.  If you want a tough looking Poseidon he’s gonna look a little prettier than he maybe should and his eyelashes are going to be epic.
 
What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?  Since I’m a tattoo artist, that is most of the art exposure I get right now.  I do really love working from vintage botanical drawings and old black and white portrait photography. 

As far as artists go: Camilla D’Errico, Kelly Doty, J. Scott Campbell, Lynn Akura, Ly Aleister’s eyelashes are EVERYTHING...so many.  And, above all others, my high school art teacher, Mrs. Murphy, is the reason I am who I am as an artist.  She recognized and encouraged my little slacker artist soul.  Countless hours (when I was supposed to be in other classes) were spent at her desk just drawing and receiving advice from her. 

 
What is your favorite medium?  If I’m not tattooing, colored pencils are my medium of choice.  I also mess with watercolors a bit but I’m not as good with them...and therefore lose patience pretty fast...because artists are essentially children ;)

 
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?  One of my clients from a few years ago wound up starting a Central New York branch of the Litas. She wound up going last year and I saw the pictures on Instagram.  It looked like an absolute blast and I’m so excited to be a part of it this year.
 
What is your connection to the motorcycle community?  I’ve always loooooved motorcycles.  No one in my family rode, but whenever I heard those Harley pipes brap down the road it left me feeling some kind of way.  After riding on the back of a bike to Sturgis a few times and seeing all those beautiful old, turquoise adorned older women on their cruisers, I realized the driver’s seat is where I was meant to be.
 
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?  I do ride.  I started on a Honda Rebel 250 and then moved onto my current bike: a Harley Street Bob. I got her in 2017 and have been clocking in as many riding hours as the temperamental CNY weather will allow.

 
If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?  An old Harley with the most obnoxious, glittery paint job you’ve ever seen.  Squeaks a bit and doesn’t go very fast, but you still love it.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?  A helmet!


Tell us about what inspired you to create it?  Tattoos, my bread and butter and constant inspiration...the wonderful, ridiculous career that allowed me to get my bike and take part in this event.

Artist Series | Mikey Ayres @pinstripingbymikey

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

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. Check out this insane custom tank by Mikey Ayres @pinstripingbymikey ! He has hand painted a Lowbrow Customs Gas Tank for BRO East Coast 4 raffle. Thank you so much for your contribution Mikey!