Babes Ride Out

Artist Series

Artist Series | Meet Elizabeth McGrane

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 BRO6 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 Atwyld for contributing the military jacket for the Artist Series this year! Meet Elizabeth!

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Name:

Liz McGrane 

Instagram Handle:

@mylifeasliz/ @deadmatterpress

Where are you from originally?

Agoura Hills, CA

Where do you live now?

Portland, OR

What first got you into art?

I was always in art classes when I was really young and quickly learned to love screen-printing in middle school when helping print some band shirts. From there I kept printing gig-posters and shirts throughout high school. I went on to study printmaking at Pacific Northwest Collage of Art in Portland, OR. Now my partner and I run a printing press called Dead Matter Press.

How would you describe your style?

Light muted colors with starch black line work, a lot of repeating patterns and geometric design work.   

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

I take a lot of design styles from old printed matter in my father’s collection of everything automobile, motorcycle, or airplane related. I love traditional wallpaper and textile designs that use repeating patterns and light muted colors as well. Growing up in California, I was very inspired by the old school skateboard, surf, and street art culture. I worked for Master Printer Paul Mullowney in San Francisco in 2014 and he really changed the way I made imagery and printed after that.  Now I look at a lot of Sister Corita Kent’s screen prints, Sol Lewitt and John Cage’s systems of making, and a number of old classic tattoo artists from all around the world.

What is your favorite medium?

Anything printmaking! I love processes that are done the same way now, as they were hundreds of years ago. I work mostly in letterpress using hand set type, hand carved woodblocks, and screen-printing.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I started following Babes Ride Out 2 or 3 years ago and always wanted to go and hang out with so many awesome ladies. I’m very excited to be able to attend this year.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

My father is a car guy and I grew up going to car shows and motorcycle races. My whole upbringing revolved around vehicles that go fast and look good.

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

I have a 2002 Harley Sportster.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

I love the style to build of first Harley’s ever built in the early 1900.

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

I use to camp in Joshua Tree in high school but haven’t been back since 2011. So many great memories with long time friends, cant wait to go back to make some new ones.

 What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

I am contributing a jacket that incorporates screen printing, woodblock prints with some hand embellishments

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

I wanted to make a classic style jacket with a new twist. Using some images inspired by old race posters, some cool background designs, and a few special touches.

 

BRO5 Artist Series | Ana Vivian

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 Biltwell for contributing the helmets for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Ana Vivian

I’m Ana, born and raised in Albania. I started Chasing Wolves with my good friend, Bella, in January 2017 and we’ve been having a great time collaborating ever since. Bella is a tattoo artist at Fiction Tattoo in Woodside, Queens which she runs with her husband, Ken. They specialize in realistic tattoos. Even though I’ve known Bella for 10 years and have always admired her work, it wasn’t until last year that I brought up doing a collaborative project together. At first I was very hesitant because my own work is very abstract (digital paintings) and portrait photography. I wasn’t sure how our styles would mix and I was very new to the tattoo culture. 

But Chasing Wolves came together quickly and it was obvious from the moment we sat down to draw together that we knew what the brand would look like; clean but dark, a little goth, a little punk and all together inspired by tattoos, our favorite films and music. For Chasing Wolves we custom paint clothing, mostly jackets but not limited to, we design enamel pins, screenprint patches, tote bags, scarves and art prints. We are looking to expand into jewelry making and constantly learning new skills. 

In May 2017 I walked into Genuine Motorworks in Williamsburg, bought a Gringo S helmet in Gloss Agave and rode on the back of a '93 Suzuki vs1400 all through Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. I fell in love with this new feeling and I can't wait until I get my own bike. I had been following Babes Ride Out on Instagram, admiring everything about it and hoping that one day in the near future I would join as well. For now I am thrilled that Bella and I will be contributing to the Biltwell helmet raffle this year. After much research and many sketches we are excited to have it ready. While we are very new to the motorcycle world, we are also very excited for this new challenge and all the inspiration we are drawing from it and we hope it incorporate it into our work. 

Our brand: @chasing__wolves

Bella's personal work: @bella_dangerr

Ana's personal work: @darlingania

 

Artist Series | Sarah Reddish

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Meet Sarah Reddish of Arrow Art Studio! Sarah hand painted this Biltwell Helmet for this years raffle at Babes Ride Out 4. 

Linda Ronstadt has always been one of my favorites. I knew for sure I'd like to quote her for this project and it was between "Heart Like A Wheel" or "Willing", a song I've always loved. But since the chorus to "Willing" is "weed, whites, and wine" I thought this might be more appropriate. 

The song goes, "some say a heart is just like a wheel, when you bend it, you can't mend it."  

To me, it's all about putting your whole self out there and being vulnerable while knowing the consequences.  Taking risks is scary for a reason - there's so much to lose. And doesn't that sound a lot like riding on two wheels? 

So I did some wet sanding after I put the mandala down to give it a beat up, worn out, broken hearted look that I think goes well with the rawness of the primer. 

And that's the story behind the "Heart Like A Wheel". Now go get yourselves to a record player and listen to some Linda!

My name is Sarah Reddish, owner and sole employee of Arrow Art Studio. I started creating chalkboard signage while bartending, and thanks to freakishly neat handwriting and ever changing beer taps I got pretty decent at it. I took on side projects while still working in the restaurant industry, traveling to and living in cities across North America.  

Eventually I decided to put down roots in Northern California and started Arrow Art Studio in Oakland in 2013. Initially, I accepted every job that came my way, I was just happy to have work.  Now based in Napa, Arrow Art Studio has evolved to focus on custom wedding signage such as hand lettered welcome signs, signature drink menus, ceremony backdrops, table numbers, and lots of hashtag boards. I especially love working with less traditional materials and have been lettering on plexiglass, mirrors, butcher paper, and leather hides in addition to chalkboards.

Everything I make is done by hand without the aid of computers, stencils, or projectors. With limited formal training in art, each project is a challenge that pushes me outside of my comfort zone. It’s almost more about problem solving than anything – I have my inspiration and my constraints and I’m continually figuring out how to braid the two together. Then I try to make it look nice.  

Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like a Wheel” has always been one of my favorite albums, and I knew that the name of the title track would be perfect to letter on a helmet.  I weaved the words into one of my freehand mandalas, created with a Sakura Pentouch paint pen. I don’t sketch out the design beforehand and I don’t use any guidelines - I like to let the mandala design flow out organically, and I love all the little mess ups and and variations that make each one unique. 

Radial balance in design happens when all elements radiate out from a central point so the visual weight is equally distributed, like a wheel with spokes.  There’s something extremely calming about going around and around using repetitive strokes and yet it also keeps me on edge because I don’t know where the design is going or how it will look when it’s finished.  It’s a nice push/pull that appeals to both my laid-back and neurotic sides.  

I grew up around motorcycles and guess I’m guilty by association. Coming in at under five feet tall, I’ve never found a bike that was small enough for me to handle without looking ridiculous. So the best I’ve been able to do is log lots of hours staring at the back of someone else’s helmet. My dad had a ‘47 HD Knucklehead and some Yamahas and Suzukis from the 70’s. My brother is the proud owner of some 30 motorcycles in various states of repair, and living in Napa I have the pleasure of riding through vineyards with my main squeeze on his ‘78 KZ 650.

Seeing as I can’t ride with you, contributing this helmet art has been a killer way to show my support. I’ve been crushing on B.R.O. for a couple of years via Instagram and it’s great to finally have a way to be involved. I love that you’ve created a community that honors womanhood, the open road, and adventure.  

Roll Call | Meet Randi Obenauer of Aro Upholstery

Roll CallAnya Violet
Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Photo by Wendy Dyk @wendall

Where are you from originally?

I was born in Nanaimo BC, on Vancouver Island, but I grew up in rural BC in a town no one has heard of: Logan Lake, population 2500.

How long have you lived in where you live now?

Last year my partner Sean and I made some big life goals happen by buying our dream home - a charming country house on an acre with a massive workshop, a creek in the yard, tons of fruit trees, about 5 hours North of Vancouver, in tiny Powell River. I’ll always be a small town girl at heart!

Tell us how you got into upholstery?

Between art school and fashion school I did a college trade certificate program in 2004/05 called Automotive Industrial Upholstery & Trim. I was sick of being a broke student and was excited to put my sewing skills to use and become a female in the trades. I worked in a few auto and furniture shops between going back to school and launching my first business Ora Leather goods http://oraleathergoods.com/ in 2006. I kept up with freelance upholstery work over the years, and started honing my skills on custom motorcycle seats about 5 years ago. Aro has snowballed from there.

Is there a favorite piece that you have worked on?

I did a two piece seat for my friend Owen for his chopper, light tan leather with diamond pleats. Owen has put a lot of miles on it, and he rubs used engine oil into the leather when he does oil changes…the result a couple years down the line is a totally unique seat that perfectly embodies what I love about leather - it just keeps getting better with time and wear and tear!

What is the hardest part about what you do?

Saying no thank you to jobs, but I have to do it more and more often. I am one woman, and my love for this trade lies in creative custom work, I just can’t book in basic black vinyl repairs or uninspiring giant stock seats anymore! 

What inspires you?

The passion my clients bring to the table inspires me. Wether its their very first bike and they’re trying to make it look as good as possible, or an exciting build from an experienced bike builder. I love taking the whole project into scope and working with the lines of the frame, the paint schemes, and getting creative without going too over the top. Leather as a medium also inspires me, I love anticipating how a hide will patina and change over time.

When were you introduced to Motorcycles?

My rad Uncle Kirk has been riding since the ‘60s, he has been an inspiration my whole life. I have fond childhood memories of him taking me for rides on his bikes, and of him showing up at our home unannounced with packs of biker buds. John Angus (the infamous @jangbang on instagram) gave me the real talk I needed about 4 years ago to finally get my own!

How do motorcycles and the community play a role in your life?

The Vancouver motorcycle scene is so diverse and wonderful, I continue to meet so many inspiring folks who are in love with riding and helping each other out. Norman of Motorcycle Magazine is the first person who comes to mind anytime anyone mentions the local motorcycle community, he is so enthusiastic and all-inclusive and has been living the dream and connecting riders for decades. 

What kind of bike do you ride and why?

My first bike which I still own, is a1977 Honda CJ360T. I put 2000 miles on it my first season doing trips all over the PNW with my boyfriend Sean - such a fun beginner bike that was cheap to insure. I also have a 2012 Yamaha XT250 that starts every damn time and is cheap on gas and perfect for exploring the backroads around Powell River. I have a 1983 Honda XR185 that was the best $300 I ever spent - its basically the yard bike that all my friends get to ride, as long as they chop some firewood. Such a fun bike to put a first time rider on in the safety of my yard haha. I also just acquired a chopper!!!!!! Its a 1957 Triumph T100 built by Owen Williamson with paint by Maiko ‘Mo’ Gomyo. Its the perfect size - tiny. Its almost ready to run and I am too stoked to ride it!

Dream bike?

Shrimpy! My tiny chopper!

Best moto trip you have ever been on?

Two years ago Sean and I took my XT250 and his ’77 XT500 in our van down to Joshua Tree for Christmas. We pulled the bikes out in Northern California to check out some hot springs, and then froze our butts off riding around in the desert and canyons around Joshua Tree. I would go back in a heartbeat - hopefully to Babes Ride Out!!!

What are your goals as an artist?

I am so honoured to have so many creative custom seat projects come my way, I hope this keeps building so I continue to feel challenged and inspired.

How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I first heard about Babes Ride Out through Jill and Born A Bad Seed.

What is it like owning your own business?

Owning two business (Ora and Aro) is amazing, I am so grateful to work in my own workshop in my yard where my mutt can be a wild freedom dog and the beach is 2 minutes away. The roller coaster of busy/slow times of the year has its challenges of course, but every year I learn to keep working hard and rolling forward and having faith that it’ll all keep growing. I love working with my hands and I see every motorcycle seat as a sculpture. It feels good to thrive on my creative passion, thank you all for your support!!

Any advice for women thinking of starting their own business?

Don’t sell yourself short! There is no shame in having a hobby or a creative passion, but in business you need to pay the bills AND pay yourself - start off on the right foot with mentorship and some money advice. But first and foremost, do what you love and stay true to why and how you love to do it, or your business will start feeling like a job, and thats no fun! Also, don’t let anyone treat you like you’re pretty good “for a woman”, or bully you or undercut you, ever.

 

Artist Series | Buddy Miller

Artist Series, PeopleAnya Violet

Buddy Miller painted this kick ass Lowbrow Customs tank for the Babes Ride Out East Coast Raffle! Thank you so much for being a part of the artist series this year!!! Keep an eye out you might catch Buddy in a dress creeping' into the event. hahah

Photo by Jay Cagney
Photo by Jay Cagney
Photo by Jay Cagney
Photo by Jay Cagney
Photo by Jay Cagney

My name is Buddy Miller from Asbury Park NJ. I am an automotive painter by day, but nights and weekends I have a little business building and painting motorcycles and other junk. 

I first heard about Babes Ride Out from a friend who suggested we dress in drag and sneak in! Well we never were able to get out there, but fast forward a couple years and now some of my work will at least be there.  

Since this is the east coast version of BRO, I decided to go with sort of an early 90's Jersey Shore boardwalk theme for the raffle tank I was asked to paint. I remember my mum got this badass license plate airbrushed for her Firebird at the boardwalk. I was so impressed at how the kid (at the time i was just a really little kid) painted it. Using just a couple of homemade airbrush shields and a few colors.  It was a silhouette of a unicorn and it said "Bitchin'" with a little twinkly 4 point star. The side of the tank has paint splats/ blobs. That was everywhere at that time, clothes, cars, signs.  

So yeah, I can only hope this tank makes some lucky young lady happy as pie. Can't wait to see it rolling down the highway!

Artist Series | Dayna Rodriguez-Hadad

People, Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Meet Dayna Rodriguez-Hadad @las_calavaritas . She is a super talented artist out of Utah and she has been so kind as to create this custom painted Biltwell Helmet.

My name is Dayna Rodriguez-Hadad, I’m a 24 year old mother of two- born and raised in beautiful Utah. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and have a passion for creating things, but I had a hard time pursuing art as a career because I couldn’t handle someone telling me how I should do art or that it was wrong. Like most things in life, I do not believe art should have rules.  You know the quote by Pablo Picasso where he says, “when I haven’t any blue I use red”? That is a lot like my art.  I enjoy a haphazard creation process. My carpet usually ends up with more paint on it than my canvas, but there’s nothing better than taking this idea in my head and bringing it to life.

My Mexican heritage has always been a big influence on my art.  My main source of inspiration definitely comes from sugar skulls and skeletons. I love taking something that is widely considered morbid or scary and making it beautiful. I love the Day of the Dead and all of the amazing art that goes along with it. I most enjoy painting my designs on anything other than canvases including skateboard decks, hats, sweatshirts, and now helmets.

 My sister, who is a kick-ass biker chick herself, told me about Babes Ride Out and I wanted to be involved so badly! I love the idea that some awesome lady can be riding down the road wearing something completely original and created by me.  I think they will definitely stand out from the crowd if I do say so myself. 

I couldn’t be more excited to be part of a Babes Ride Out event. I dated many a men for the sole purpose of getting on the backs of their bikes (don’t judge). I love everything about motorcycles and plenty of good times in my life happened on the back of a Honda Shadow. I don’t have my own bike, yet, but all in due time. 

Feel free to follow me on my artistic journey on Instagram! @las_calavaritas