Babes Ride Out

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Artist Series | Al “Geezy” Gilpin III

Anya 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 @Al_geezy ! He has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO6. Read on to get to know more about Al!

Name:
Al “Geezy” Gilpin III

Instagram Handle:
@Al_geezy

Where are you from originally?
Riverside, Ca

Where do you live now?
Riverside,Ca

What first got you into art?
I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. But I guess I can really remember finding some of my uncles sketch books at my grandmas house when I was a kid and I just tried to mimic what I saw. He was an amazing artist! From that point I was hooked, I loved cartoons so I would try to draw them. Then I saw the movie Beat Street, and a graffiti art book and that’s where my love of letters started. My friends would have me put their names on their backpacks, hats, and casts (Robbie always had a broken wrist, LOL). My love of skateboarding kinda got me into making designs where I could incorporate both letters and cartoons.

How would you describe your style?
  I’m not really sure, I just draw what I feel. If you had to put a pin on it I’d say graffiti with a classic twist. Fuck, I dunno. I just literally put a pencil to the paper or helmet or tank and see what happens most of the time. Lol, I’m not a big planner. I mean I have ideas, but I just go.

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?
My family, my wife and kids. Geez, I like a lot of people’s stuff, like, Sonny Boy, Mr.Oz, CenterRoots, Lumpy, god there are so many! I’m just amazed at the amount of rad shit they put out on a daily! But that’s just in this lettering and pinstriping field. The list would be crazy long, I dig so much stuff that I see. I guess I just like seeing what people create. 

What is your favorite medium?
Pencil.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
When my wife told me that she was going to it 3 years ago. 

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

 Well, I ride a motorcycle. Lol. I’m lucky enough to get to paint on some of them sometimes, and I get to paint on the helmets that others wear when they ride them.

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?
Yes. I ride a 2003 HD FXDL. Her name is Jazzy.lol

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?
Haha, probably a 2003 HD FXDL..Cuz, it’s old, loud, fast, and completely Broke all the time. Lol

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?
Yup, I had a really cool time there with some friends and my wife a few years ago on a ride for my birthday. Never got to spend much time there other than that.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?
 I’m doing a Biltwell gringo S helmet.

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?
I just wanted to make something cool so it can raise some money to help out M.O.T.O. Fam cuz I love what Mitch and her friends are doing for this this community. 👍🏽

 

Artist Series | Amanda Olsen @moto_mandy

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 Amanda Olsen @moto_mandy ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 3 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Amanda!

Where are you from originally?

I grew up in the small-ish town of Durango, Colorado. I moved around a bunch when I was young but I’ve always called Colorado my home base. Love them mountains!

Where do you live now?

Currently I’m soaking up the desert sun in the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve started to accumulate a pretty killer cactus collection.

What first got you into art?

Hmm it’s hard to pin-point one particular thing got me into art. I’ve always loved art, always been a creator of sorts, ever since I was a little tyke mashing glue and glitter together on construction paper. I won a coloring contest when I was in 1st grade (one of my proudest moments) that was one of my earliest memories of realizing, ‘Art is pretty rad.’

How would you describe your style?

I guess I sort of toggle between a couple different art styles, depending on my mood. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of stoner rock so you can imagine what kind of work has come out of that influence. I’m a graphic designer by profession and I tend to have more of a simple/minimalist/modern style. Neat and sharp.

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

It sounds silly but a lot of my inspiration comes from Instagram. There are so many amazing artists and it’s fun to see all the rad things people are making. But the people who influence me the most would have to be my friends. Many of them are artists themselves - painters, tattoo artists, graphic designers - they’re all making cool shit and it’s inspiring to surround yourself with creative folks. Oh, and pizza.

What is your favorite medium?

Does a computer count as a medium? I prefer to create designs on-screen because I feel like I have much more control. Plus you can always Control Z. But acrylic painting is a close second. I’m always painting my bulldog haha.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

Oh man, it must have been the 1st or 2nd year of Babes Ride Out and I was visiting my home-town of Durango when a friend told me about this magical gathering where chicks ride their motorcycles into the desert, and she was going. It sounded so cool! I didn’t get to go with her that year but we’ll go together someday, Monica!

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

Since I first got a bike I’ve been more of a lone rider. Being new to Las Vegas I’ve been trying to get more involved in the Moto community here. I’ve gone to a couple moto meet-ups and swaps to make friends haha.

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

I ride a 1969 Yamaha AT1. An oldie but a goodie! I have my dad’s Honda Magna that I’m fixing up, she needs some TLC but I hope to have her ready to ride for Babes Ride Out this year!

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

I would have to say a BMW R51/3. So sexy. I have a deep love for vintage bikes. I consider myself an old soul so I think it’s fitting.

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

I have never been! This year will be the first time for me and I am super pumped.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle? 

I have the opportunity to paint a badass Biltwell helmet. I’m super excited to be a part of this project with Babes Ride Out and contribute to the fun stuff that is being raffled!

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

I love traditional tattoo art so I wanted to create something in that style, but with a darker twist. Imagine if a metal album cover had a baby with an old sailor’s chest tattoos. That and my brother’s evil cat, Sergio, are my inspiration for this piece. Sergio is such a lover but such an asshole.

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

 

BRO5 Artist Series | Jenn Hallett

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 Jenn Hallett!

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I am currently based out of Orange, CA. 

I grew up here in California.  I’ve lived from San Diego to San Francisco with the majority of my time spent in the Bellflower/Lakewood area. 

I’ve been painting professionally since I was about 20 years old, so a little over 13 years, though I’ve been painting and drawing for as far back as I can remember. 

While I’ll paint pretty much anything, most of my paint work is on motorcycles and helmets.  My specialty would definitely be lettering and pinstriping, though I have been asked to do a lot of different styles over the years.  One of the things I truly love about my job is that every paint job I’m commissioned for is always different and it allows me to push myself artistically. 

My inspiration comes from a lot of different places, but I’m especially inspired by multimedia pop art.  It’s something that has inspired a lot of my original art pieces, but with a lowbrow twist since that’s a style I’ve enjoyed painted for many years.  I call it moto-art because it often features people and vehicles in the motorcycle and/or car cultures.

I’m also extremely inspired by all the traditional sign painters out there and the infinite amount of typography styles that exist.  I love lettering and the more of it I do and the more I study, the more I’m fascinated by it.  It’s something that I know I’ll still be learning 10 years from now. 

I remember hearing about Babes after the first Babes in Borrego and I was hooked after I got to attend my first Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree a few years ago.  It’s been a great honor for me to get to know the ladies that put this all together and have the opportunity to work with them – first doing raffle pieces, then designing some lettering for apparel, and ultimately even painting their bikes and helmets! 

This year I’m stoked to be able to paint a helmet for the Moto F.A.M. Raffle.  I’ll be leaking pictures of it on my Instagram @jen_hallett_art if you want to keep an eye on progress!  It’s always fun to be involved with these events and I look forward to meeting a lot of you ladies out there!!

BRO 5 Artist Series | Jessica Fife

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 Jessica Fife!

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Where are you from originally? Whittier, CA. Lived in Long Beach for 12 years before moving to the South.

Where do you live now? Nashville, TN.

What first got you into art?  I have always made art. Growing up, it was my favorite subject in school and that’s when I decided to get my Masters in Fine Art. Teaching and making art is my passion.

How would you describe your style? Figurative surrealism. I use a lot of symbolism and it can get pretty weird at times.

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you? Nature, personal relationships, God, and any of moment, object or thought that has sentimentality or meaning, inspire me. The artists that I have drawn inspiration and developed my style from have always been characterized by their work that is painstakingly developed, their transparency and boldness. Artists like Frida Kahlo, in her fervor to expose every ounce of pain and joy symbolically and with such rich color and surrealism.

What is your favorite medium? Oil paint

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out? Anya! We’re friends from Long Beach. I was also the Coordinator for BRO 2. I did a tank for the raffle that year, too.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community? I have always had friends that rode. I got my license 3 years ago. I started doing helmets and tanks a few years back which has connected me with riders all over the country. 

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride? I do. I have an all original 1974 Honda CB550 from Mississippi. She’s orange and named Lucille.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be? I would be a Triumph Bonneville with a colorful flake paint job, and a sweet sidecar for my french bulldog Hank. 

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there? Many times! It’s one of my favorite places. My grandparents owned a house out there, so I’ve been going since I was a kid. The deep blue skies and vast landscape inspire me constantly in my work. 

What will you be contributing to this years raffle? A custom painted black Gringo Biltwell helmet

Tell us about what inspired you to create it? I am making my logo come to life. My logo is a unicorn skeleton. Painting Joshua Tree desert at night filled with stars, maybe stormy with lightning bolts with a fierce unicorn skeleton tearing through the landscape.


Jessicafife.com

IG= @Fife_moto_art

BRO East Coast Artist Series | Tracey Rose

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

My name is Tracey Rose, I was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, and even though my heart belongs to the West Coast so far I am still here in the East. 

Following a formal apprenticeship I have been a full-time working tattooer since 2000. I've been working at Lucky Soul Tattoo since 2001, and in 2011 after 10 years of working at the shop I then became part owner. 

Tattooing is truly a special kind of art. The birth of tattooing is certainly rooted in the sacred, and as it grew and changed over the decades and traveled from continent to continent, the ritualistic aspect of tattooing has changed, but without sounding too hokey I feel that in many ways tattooing still sits in the sacred. I have such respect for the history of this craft and I hold such a humble heart for being able to do what I do everyday. People come to me to be permanently marked, trusting me with their skin, their ideas and their stories. You learn a lot about a person when you're sitting with them, sometimes for hours or months on end, and that is one of my favorite parts of this job. Many of my clients also call the time in the tattoo chair their 'therapy', because there is something very cathartic about the overall experience and often people are getting tattooed for very personal reasons, so it can be pretty heavy at times. I've definitely laughed and cried right along with my clients. The experience of getting tattooed can be such a deep and personal one, and other times it's just goofy and silly and fun, and I'm honored to be able to provide this permanent art and be a part of an experience that people will likely always remember. 

There are many types of art and styles of tattooing that I like to do, and as much as I try to be an artist who customizes in one style, I just can't seem to find myself being anything other than a Jill-of-all-tattoos. When I first started tattooing it hadn't yet blown up like it has today, and we basically learned how to do everything and do it well. In this new world of tattooing with so many specialty artists it's hard for me to find the one or two things I'd like to focus on doing. I've spent almost 20 years perfecting the art of 'doing it all', and I very much still believe that tattooing is a trade, that we are providers of a service, and we should be able to provide for our clients in the best way possible. That also includes being a nice person - it is super important to have a good 'chair side' manner, as well as doing some kick ass tattoos. However with all that being said, I do love tattooing images of women, 'lady heads' as they are sometimes called, and I also really love tattooing Buddhist imagery (but that's a story for a bit further down in the bio). 

The type of artwork off of the skin that I do these days usually centers around women. Sometimes traditional American tattoo inspired designs and other times inspired by the Art Nouveau ladies of Alphonse Mucha. 

I have been focusing on a series I started this year, I call it the 'Cheeky Broads' series. The idea was born out of my frustration with the idea and notion of strong and assertive women being called 'a bitch'. The fact that we live in the type of patriarchal society that holds outspoken men in high regard, but outspoken women often don't receive the same praise. Truth be told, this series cracked me up. Initially I started with my first broad, 'This is my smile' with a straight faced girl looking very unimpressed, inspired in part by my own experiences and also that bullshit 'you'd be a lot prettier if you smiled' crap, and then the ideas just snowballed. I have had so many ideas I can barely keep up. I started this series as a way for me to get back into drawing for fun and not just for tattoos, and initially I did these drawings just for myself, but when I shared them with other folks they thought they were great, so I started an Instagram page (@cheekybroads) and also an Etsy store to see how it all goes. I'm hoping other people like them as much as I do.

As for the role motorcycling plays in my life, I have basically loved motorcycling since I was in elementary school. My very first ride was in first or second grade, on the back of my uncles bike, and I was immediately hooked. I knew I'd have a bike one day, it was always a goal for me, and in 2003 I got my motorcycle license. My first bike was a Honda magna that I bought for $250, and I still have that bike today, although it is currently getting chopped up. So far I have my mind set on getting a Iron 883, I love the look and feel of that bike, but I'm certainly not Harley specific and love old Honda's and pretty much anything with two wheels that isn't covered in chrome or that has too many bells and whistles. I love the motorcycle culture and lifestyle in general, and I wish that the East Coast had as much of a thriving culture as the West Coast. Something about California has always spoken to me, it's likely the sun and year round warm weather. Oh yea, and the tacos.

Recently I have fallen in love with motorcycle helmet art and am looking to focus on creating custom helmets for folks. In March of 2017 I was a part of the first motorcycle helmet art show here in Connecticut (The UpCycle Helmet Art Show) which was done using all vintage motorcycle helmets - and I am now hooked. I have so many ideas for helmets, it was hard to narrow down my idea for the Babes Ride Out artist series. I settled on a theme revolving around the idea of motorcycling as meditation, Two Wheels Move The Soul. One of the aspects of motorcycling that I always felt most strongly about is that stillness and clarity of focus that you naturally have while riding a motorcycle. It really is an experience of one pointed mindfulness, complete and total moment to moment awareness. In my not so distant past I was a meditation teacher and have studied Buddhism in one form or another since I was 18. My most formal training was done in L.A. with Noah Levine, of Dharma Punx and Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and after that training I led a meditation and Buddhist group here in New Haven for a few years. I also studied with Jill Satterfield of Vajra Yoga, one of the only Buddhist centered mindfulness in motion type of yoga classes and trainings out there. That stuff is a part of me no matter how busy and crazy life gets or how far I stray from it, and so when I was coming up with an idea for this helmet I kept coming back to that feeling that I would get while riding. That feeling of nothing else being there but you, the machine, and the road. No distraction, no mental stories, no stresses, just that moment to moment awareness. The constant sound of the wind in your ears. The fresh air filling your lungs. Looking only so far ahead of you and knowing of only the next turn. It's the easiest way to get a long mediation practice in, that's for sure! 

I am so thankful to have been asked to be a part of this series it's been a lot of fun! 

 

- Tracey

www.luckysoultattoo.com

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