Babes Ride Out

gas tank

BRO5 Artist Series | Josh Trevino

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 Lowbrow Customs for contributing the Gas Tanks for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Josh Trevino! Josh has been kind enough to donate beautiful works of art to the Babes Ride Out raffle for the past 3 years! We fee so fortunate to be able to work with such a talented guy! Read on to learn more about Josh and see his work. Cannot wait to see his creation this year!!!

Josh's daughter rocking her Babes Ride Out gear!

Josh's daughter rocking her Babes Ride Out gear!

Josh Treviño / Treviño Customs

Where are you from originally? Chicago, Illinois

Where do you live now?  Austin, Texas

What first got you into art?

Music. Early in life I started playing in bands, and that connected me to the art community initially. A lot of my friends were painters, tattooers, musicians and photographers.

How would you describe your style?

Diverse. I get asked to do so many different styles that I can’t pin down one. Early on, I was really into the metalflaked lowrider styles, but lately I’m trying to encourage clients towards solid colors and monochromatic designs.    

What inspires you?

Nature is usually the most inspiring creator of art to me. It’s always my guide for choosing colors.

Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?

I love classic art deco and art nouveau artist, Mucha and Erte, but there is also so much killer art currently being produced by artist like:  Stevie Floyd and Jeff Whitehead, Vance Kelly, Dennis McNett (Wolfbat),and Aaron Nagel.  

What is your favorite medium?

Motorcycles. I love motorcycles and I get to paint them!

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

The first year of BRO, Jenny Czinder asked me to paint a helmet for her trip to the event.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

My Friends. Working in the industry surrounded me with not only some of the best builders and mechanics in the country, but also sparked many friendships with them. I’d like to think my connection is the art, and the bikes I’ve painted all over the country, but so many of the people I painted stuff for, have become good friends too. 

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

I do. I have a Harley Sportster for cruising, Vintage Honda CB for kick start duh, and a Buell M2 Cyclone for beating up on Triumphs.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

Vincent Black Shadow

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

I once spent the night in Joshua Tree in a 78 Toyota Corolla Wagon. The only other person I saw was a guy carrying an axe, walking down the road in the middle of the night. It was creepy. I’d like to go back though. Only this time I’ll bring an axe too.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

A very tiny motorcycle tank from LowBrow Customs.

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

Since I cannot attend BRO, I painted a babe to go in my place. I hope you’ll like her.

BRO 5 Artist Series | Joel Meyer-England

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 Lowbrow Customs for contributing the Gas Tanks for the Artist Series this year!

We really can't say enough good things about our friend Joel! We are so thankful to be able to feature his beautiful work in the Babes Ride Out Artist Series for the past 3 years! Get to know the man behind 845 Motorcycles!

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Where are you from originally? I am originally from Madison, WI

Where do you live now? Currently I live outside of Joshua Tree in a little town called Landers, CA

What first got you into art? I never really was into art growing up or even as an adult. I wanted to paint a gas tank for myself and starting looking at 70’s custom paint and fell in love with that style. That sparked my interest in the art of custom paint.

How would you describe your style? My style is heavily influenced by 70’s custom paint. I tend to lean towards heavy contrast and bold colors.

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you? I take inspiration from modern graphic design, especially street art and tattoo art. I even draw from the glass blowing world, I love the work and am inspired by Marble Slinger.

What is your favorite medium? Really my only medium is automotive paint. Never really have been interested in much else.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out? I heard about BRO about 3 years ago when I moved to the Joshua Tree area. I was stoked there was such a cool event here but sad it was one I couldn’t attend.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community? I paint motorcycles for anybody in the community that wants my work. I try to attend and even sometimes have booths at any event I can make.

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride? I ride a few different bikes but my favorite is my 95 Sportster. I have put a ton of work into it to make it how I think it should look. But having said that I call it a Mr. potato head bike since I am super ADD with it and change it constantly. It’s hard not to keep all the tanks I paint and put on my bike.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be? I would have to say I’d be an early 80’s Honda enduro. Down to go anywhere but not especially fast and kinda heavy but fun to ride and will run forever.

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there? I loved it so much I bought a property and live here. It’s just a magical place and affords me the space to work and play.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle? I will be painting a lowbrow gas tank. Not sure what I’ll do it but you can bet it’ll have lots of sparkles.

I would like to thank Anya and Ashmore for asking me to be apart of this. I am honored that I get to contribute to my art for a 3rd year. It’s a very special event run by very special people and I am stoked to be able a small part of such a rad thing.

Artist Series | Theresa Contreras

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Meet Theresa Contreras! Theresa will be painting a custom Lowbrow gas tank for this years raffle at Babes Ride Out 4!

Where are you from originally?

Born and raised in Southern California!

How long have you lived in where you live now?  

I started life in San Dimas in 1974, have moved all over the area locally along the foothills, and currently reside in Ontario. 

Tell us how you became an artist?  

In third grade, my uncle drew me an amazing pencil sketch of a unicorn.  I was baffled at how he drew it exactly like the picture, and I was just in awe of it.  I knew then, I wanted to be an artist!  

How would you describe your art?  

I am graphic designer first and foremost… so I would describe my art as “graphic simplicity with playful textures and pops of color.”  

Do you have a favorite medium or materials you like to use? 

I love color!  So anything that uses pigment, I love… OK, I love automotive paint the best since I am typically painting cars, trucks, and motorcycles!  I use mostly PPG and One Shot. 

What inspires you?  

Life around me!  The desert, cars, architecture, junk yards, flowers, landscape, museums, motorcycles…

When were you introduced to Motorcycles?  

I went to Pismo beach when I was 3 months old.  My parents have always taken me to the desert, and my mom and dad both rode dirt bikes!    I got my first ATC 70 at 2 years old, and my parent’s had “Theresa’s Toy” pinstriped on the tank!  

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

For me, it’s always been more dirt bikes and ATC’s, but that was everything to me.  It’s what we did once a month or more growing up, and it was such a cool way to bring everyone together.  To me, it’s still that.  When I think of motorcycles, I think of community.  Even if you’re riding alone, you’re really not. 

What kind of bike do you ride and why?  

A custom Harley.  Being short, it’s always hard to find something that I feel comfortable on.  One day I sat on a Zero Engineering frame, and I knew I had to have it, so a few years later we picked it up a rolling chassis from Vegas, purchased a salvaged 1997 1200 Sportster, and started working on it for the next 5 years in the garage with my dad and husband. One of my favorite things is going to LB Cycle Swap and one trip I found my 1980 Husky dirt bike tank that really gives my bike its signature look… along with my custom painted air cleaner, to add my touch and make it uniquely… mine! 

Best moto trip you have ever been on?  

I do a lot of dirt bike trips, and I love them all, but I would have to say that our BRO last year was amazing!  It wasn’t just the hanging out and getting to know everyone that was so easy and refreshing… but it was the riding, and the fact that we all loved doing it!  Not only did we have a fun photo shoot down dirt roads in Joshua Tree, but on the Sunday, we left through Yucca Valley into the backside of Johnson Valley, then up into Big Bear, where we enjoyed being silly, but then the ride down the front of Big Bear… was EPIC!  Amazing sweeping turns, a picture perfect sunset, and 3 other women beside me that loved it as much as I did! 

What are your goals as an artist?  

To always grow in my art, and further my skills in new forms and mediums… whatever they may be! 

What did you create for the Babes Ride Out Raffle this year?  

I was given a sportster tank to paint, and when I am given the freedom to come up with my own direction of subject matter, I tend to have a couple ideas, and allow them to organically evolve, allowing the medium or whatever is going on in my head right then… dictate how it ends up!  Hope you like it ;-)

How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?  

My friend Jessi had told me about it, and I had seen some posts about it as well.  Since I love the desert and riding, it was a no brainer!  We had to go!  That time of year is crazy busy for both of us.  I had actually emailed Anya and we ended up being able to get in!  

What was your experience at the events?  

My experience was one of camaraderie.  Getting to find out other women’s stories and the journeys they are on with their motorcycle, and how it affects their life.  And I loved being silly, having fun, dancing, riding, and the beautiful desert sky at night… I sleep under the stars!