Babes Ride Out

hand painted helmet

Artist Series | Jen Mussari @jenmussari

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 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!

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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!

 

Artist Series | Emma Kirk @lonewolfandco

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 Emma Kirk @lonewolfandco ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 3 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Emma!

Where are you from originally?

I grew up in a small town called Port Perry in Ontario, Canada.

Where do you live now?

I now live in the Beaches in Toronto, Ontario and have for 12 years or so.

What first got you into art?

I've always loved creating, drawing, painting, crafting, so I can't really say any one particular thing got me into art.

How would you describe your style?

I think I'd have to describe my "style" as a total clusterf*ck. I'm all over the place with everything, I paint on less traditional materials like old pieces of wood, rusty saws, windows, helmets..

What is your favourite medium?

Im not sure if I have a favourite medium to be honest. I tend to focus on something for a couple months and then switch it up. From painting to sewing and anything else I feel inspired in the moment to do.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I've probably been following Babes Ride Out for a couple years at least on insta gram. I followed so many motorcycle themed accounts before I had my license. It was such a huge draw to me and a natural thing I needed to make part of my life. Watching the Babes Ride Out videos gave me goosebumps and so much desire and confidence to do it and I can't wait until I can one day attend a B.R.O event (hopefully this years east coast in June!)

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

In the past year my connection has slowly grown from knowing just a small handful of riders when I started, to meeting a couple of my neighbours who ride and meeting my boyfriend! 

My friend Kate and I have recently co-founded The Litas Toronto and are so excited to connect more with the moto community this summer, get as many kms on our bikes, learn more, meet more ladies and explore as much as possible in our far too short Canadian summers.

The community for me has been so welcoming, friendly and inspiring. One day after work I came back to my bike and someone had crushed a pop can and put it under my kickstand cause I had (embarrassingly) parked on some slightly fresh and still soft cement. That small act made me so happy that someone would stop and do that for a stranger! 

Best Moto trip you have ever been on? 

I have yet to be on a big moto trip. But I've had some pretty awesome day trips around Ontario and can't wait to explore more of it this summer. My boyfriend and I have some plans for the summer to tour around Ontario and we'd both love to someday take a trip down to America to see whats out there!

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

I do! I got my license last year when I turned 30 and I am KICKING myself for not doing it sooner. I'd been wanting to for years and told myself I had to do it for my 30th. I bought a 2005 Honda Rebel (Dahlia) that had only 5300kms on it and told myself I was going to double the kms that summer and I put about 6000 km on! This year I bought a 1978 Yamaha xs650s chopper (named Poppy) built by Jake Elstone (stonesshopjake on IG) and I can not wait for summer on this one.

Dream bike?

Right now Poppy is my dream bike! I never actually dreamed I'd have a chopper, let alone my second year riding and almost still don't believe it (as I don't have it in my possession yet) but soon. Going out to any bike show or meet up; most bikes didn't really hold any appeal or draw to me, it was always customs and choppers and rat style ones that got my full attention and made me want to look at all the awesome details. My dad builds rat rods so thats definitely been a major influence on my good taste in bikes :)

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

I will be painting a sierra green biltwell gringo helmet, which are my favourite helmets! I was playing around with lots of ideas but I kept coming back to just wanting to do some flames and script! so stay tuned :)

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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.

Artist Series | Caroline Brothers

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 Caroline Brothers @_hennaluna ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 3 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Caroline!

Photos by @chandler_kim

Photos by @chandler_kim

Where are you from originally?
Denver, Colorado.

Where do you live now?

I moved back to Denver five years ago after bouncing between mountain life in Breckenridge, Co. and island life in Maui, HI. After living in the mountains my whole life I thought I was born to be an island girl, I was wrong. Mountains are life.

What first got you into art?

My mom pulled me out of public school when I was in 2nd grade due to an excessive amount of doodling and daydreaming, and placed me in a Waldorf school. Which is basically Hogwarts for Art. I will forever live in that brain. Both of my parents were high school teachers/administrators, I am forever thankful they fostered a creative environment for me when it is so not their own.

How would you describe your style?

Id say my style varies between various henna styles from all over the world to vintage floral. Florals are more my main focus.

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?
I am most inspired by strong, fearless and unapologetic women. SO MANY out there. Not so much my influence but the women who inspire me most are Rachel Patton aka @blackity_black_black, Lauren Napolitano aka @peptalks and Tati Compton. Each of these women are art power houses and are relentlessly authentic. To be create your own style of art gets blurred with the amount of “inspo” thrown at us daily through social media. These ladies are true to themselves and true to their art. The tattoo community is an old school boys club, I am inspired by the women who are changing that. It’s needed in so many industries.

What is your favorite medium?
I really love all mediums but if i had to choose watercolor and india ink are my two go to’s.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
A couple years ago. I have some lady friends who ride motos and joined you all in Joshua Tree.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

My lady rides a Harley, went to babes in Joshua Tree, and has a great crew of moto babes she rides with. Through her, I’ve experienced what an inclusive and inspiring community lives within the women’s motorcycle world.  It’s amazing to look at something that could be so intimidating with these big, loud machines, with strong, confident women riding them, but is actually a supportive and collaborative group of women. It’s great to see women supporting each other to learn to ride, ride more, to start business’, and just to show up together.  If more communities had more women supporting women and men supporting that community, the world would be a better place. Although I do not ride myself, I love the connection I have gained to the community and the road from riding on the back. Maybe one day I’ll have the desire to learn, but for now I’m happy as is and I know that if I do, I’ll have my girlfriend and a whole community of women cheering me on.

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

I ride on the back of my girlfriends Harley XL Forty Eight. The bikes name is Svetlana. Svetty likes long, fast rides that lead to nowhere.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

Svetlana lol. Refer to the previous question.
 

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

The babes had me paint a helmet. Turns out now all I want to do is paint helmets.

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

I wanted to create a piece of work that could suite anyone. Flowers are timeless, classic, and strong as fuck. Much like a motorcycle.

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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!!