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Artist Series | Jenna Blazevich @vichcraft

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 Jenna Blazevich @vichcraft ! She has hand painted an Lowbrow Customs Gas Tank for BRO East Coast 3 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Jenna!

Where are you from originally? Chicago, Illinois

Where do you live now? Chicago, Illinois

What first got you into art? As far back as I can remember, I’ve been driven to create things with my hands. My mom taught me how to sew at a very young age, and I made a lot of my own clothes throughout high school. I was always concerned with making “art” that had a function, and slowly realized that that’s essentially what design is.

How would you describe your style? My work is dark, DIY, intricate, and accessible.

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you? Music has been the most consistent inspiration for me in my creative career. I’ve never learned to play an instrument, and have never made music of my own, but the bands that I’ve loved over the years have been the inspirations behind most of my visual work in one way or another. Some of those include Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Salt N Pepa, Of Montreal, and LCD Soundsystem.

What is your favorite medium? Learning new methods of hand-craft and figuring out how to use new mediums is one of my favorite ways to push my work. Some of my favorites have been stained glass, xacto knife paper-cutting, hand embroidery, and screen printing.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out? My introduction to Babes Ride Out was actually through a Chicago illustrator friend of mine Jourdon Gullett, who made a tee design for (I believe) BRO 2014. At the time, I didn’t ride a motorcycle yet, but immediately took an interest in what Babes Ride Out is about. I’d long wanted to learn to ride and get my m-class, since I’d grown up around motorcycles and had been dating my boyfriend who restores vintage bikes. My first B.R.O. wasn’t until a couple years later in Joshua Tree, and it was full of such great energy and camaraderie.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community? In addition to designing and building out my ‘72 CL 350 with my boyfriend last year, I’ve sponsored “Babes in Motoland”, which is a women-only ride and campout organized by a Chicago-based shop called Tarnish.

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride? Yes! I have a 1970 Honda CL 350.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be? I like to think that the design and build of my CL is as close to a Vichcraft/”me” bike as my boyfriend and I could possibly make. The design that I painted on the tank incorporated a quote from my favorite book, an illustration of my pet bird, as well as elements from some tarot cards I find to be meaningful. I also used a laser cutter to design and cut a custom tank badge and additional details for the side covers.

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there? I was in Joshua Tree for BRO in 2016, and it was beautiful. I’d love to go back! My sister was living in southern California at the time, so I combined the trip to include hanging with her as well. She’s since moved back to Chicago, but I’m hoping to find more reasons to make another trip out there.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle? I’ll be hand-painting a lowbrow Sportster tank.

Tell us about what inspired you to create it? I’m super interested in learning about symbols and talismans adorned by people in different times in history to bring themselves good luck. The Scarab beetle has a rich and multifaceted story in ancient Egypt, and a symbol of a scarab beetle would sometimes be worn as an amulet to protect the wearer from evil. I’ll be painting a line-heavy, intricate design inspired by this scarab story, and possibly incorporating actual iridescent emerald beetle wing covers (if it works!).

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.

Artist Series | Christopher Galley of Devil Chicken Design

Artist Series, Events, PeopleAshmore Ellis

Meet Christopher Galley owner of Devil Chicken Design out of Buffalo NY. Chris is designing a Lowbrow Customs peanut tank for the Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 Raffle. Get to know his style, learn more about his process, and his show, Voodoo & Burnt Rubber. 

Website: www.devilchickendesign.com
 
Instagram: @devilchickendesign

I’m an artist. I make large scale “paintings” that combine a variety of media and techniques. I’ve been making art my whole life. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid and I was an only child. Art was my way to keep busy when I didn’t know any kids in the new town we moved to. It was always something that stuck with me. When it came time to pick a major in college, it had to be art. That led me to become a high school art teacher. I’ve been doing that for the last 21 years. I picked that job because I thought I would have all this time to make my own art. I never anticipated how mentally drained you would be after a day of working with kids. It took me a long time to get back to really focusing on putting out work. It was actually some advice from a student who kicked me in the ass. I was working with a senior student after school one day and she asked me about the art I work on at home. I told her that I wasn’t really focusing on it at the time. I was going to wait until I retired and then really make a push to get some work out there. I showed her a couple pictures of the most recent stuff I had thrown together. To be honest, it was pretty lame and academic; still life, portraits and maybe a landscape. A few months went by and that same girl gave me a thank you note for all of the extra help I gave her over her four years in my class. The last line of the note said that I shouldn’t wait any more to start focusing on my own work, that what I was doing was good. It really resonated with me. At that point I threw myself into making some new work. I decided that I was only going to make pictures of what I thought was cool and use all of the techniques that I was good at or interested in. It was time to try something new. That’s how the first Evel Knievel paintings happened. It was a complete experiment. A few more Evel paintings and some Steve McQueen compositions developed and I booked my first show at a local music festival. People really seemed to dig the work. Shortly after that I was offered my first solo gallery show. After that I started traveling around the East Coast hitting motorcycle and art shows. It’s been cool over the last 5 years to see how much the motorcycle culture has developed. At those first shows, art was few and far between. There were a few other artists, mostly photographers, who were doing the same thing I was. They were putting their stuff out there and seeing what would happen. One of the coolest things is to see where these people have taken their art. Seeing what artists like Mikey Revolt, Jay Cagney and Debbie Fitch have done keeps me motivated.

You painted a Biltwell helmet for Babes Ride Out East Coast last year, what are you working on for BRO East Coast II?

I’m putting together a Lowbrow Customs gas tank for BRO EC this year. It’s a Sporty peanut tank, pretty much the quintessential chopper tank. I wanted to come up with something that would fit the vibe of what BRO and motorcycling in general is about. For me, it’s always been about a place for outsiders and adventurers to connect. To me, the ultimate female adventurer is Amelia Earhart. I’m building my composition around her quote “Adventure is worthwhile in itself”. It’s going to have a bunch of maps and vintage aviation imagery. It’s also going to have a skull in it. If you’ve seen my work before, you already knew that.


 
We love to support other events on the East Coast. Can you tell us about your show, Voodoo & Burnt Rubber?

This July 8th will be our fifth VBR show. It has really evolved over the last few years. The show started as a garage party where I threw some paintings up on the wall. We drew a couple hundred people to that first show thanks to some masterful marketing by my wife Jo. The next year we added raffles and a few more artists. The bike show was all out in the parking lot. As the crowds grew over the next couple of years we outgrew our garage space. Last year we moved the show to Downtown Buffalo and added more artists, invited bike builders and we raffled off a custom chopper. All of the proceeds we’ve raised over the years has gone directly to local charities. This year we’ve moved to an even bigger space so we’re adding more builders and artists. The cool thing is the reception we’ve gotten to our initial invites. We have people bringing their work from all over the country. We’re also working on shutting the street down outside of the venue so we can go for a real “block party” feel. We’re kicking off the weekend with a pre-party at Spoke and Dagger Company. We’ll have raffles and giveaways throughout the night. It’s going to be a great time. If you’re still on the fence, it’s also “Taste of Buffalo” weekend. It’s a huge food festival a few blocks from the show. You can check out Buffalo, win some stuff at the pre-party, hang out and check out the amazing builds and art at the show and eat some great food. What more could you ask for?
 
You traveled a lot this year to different motorcycle events. Can you tell us one of your favorite memories?

Oh man, that’s a tough one. I don’t think I can narrow it down a single favorite memory. For me it’s always about the experience and the people you meet. The coolest part is the close friendships I’ve made while traveling. It’s funny how you can instantly bond with someone at a bike show, especially when you’re set up next to each other over the course of a weekend, and cooler beers never hurt!


Do you find that there’s a connection between creativity and riding motorcycles?

I never thought about that before this question, but now that you mention it, I think there is. It kind of goes back to my previous answer, it’s easy to bond with people over similar interests. Motorcycling seems to draw a certain type of person, especially the chopper scene. Pretty much any time people gather around a bike you’re going to hear about what they fabricated, painted or screwed up on trying to put it all together. It’s kind of like that Picasso quote “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. The builder and art community has a lot in common. Everyone pushes each other to go bigger and come up something new. It’s also very communal. I’ve never met a builder or artist who wasn’t willing to help you out. That’s really why we started VBR. It’s a chance to put everyone in one spot to share what they are working on. 

Your wife, Joanne, will be attending BRO East Coast for the second time. If you had one message for her that weekend, what would it be?

No dudes again this year, right? Ok, cool. Have fun! Oh yeah, bring some extra fuel line and see if you can score some more beer and another serape before you come home.

Learn more about Voodoo & Burnt Rubber by clicking HERE

Artist Series | Marissa Cianciulli

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Meet Marissa Ciancuilli! Marissa is one of the many talented artist participating in Babes Ride Out Artist Series. Read more about Marissa and check out the amazing Lowbrow Customs Tank she painted for the Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 Raffle! Proceeds for raffle tickets go to Moto F.A.M. and into safety and security at the events!

"My name is Marissa Cianciulli and I am a Sign Painter based out of Philadelphia, PA. 

I own a Sign Painting and Design Shop called Super Signs, located in the heart of South Philly. Super Signs is one of the first Women-Owned and operated sign shops specializing in the trade of Hand-Painted Signs.

Working from a private studio and storefront, we specialize in several mediums, ranging from Sign Painting, graphic design, vinyl, vehicle lettering, airbrushing, pin striping, large scale murals, and much more. We have a very bright eye catching store front and keep the traditional "Walk-In's Welcome" services. 

Being self taught in the art of hand-lettering & new to owning my own business, it took endless amounts of time and effort to get fully established and to the point in where I am at today. With a background and previous clientele in Graphic Design and as an Art Director for multiple music venues, it surely put me in the path to expanding and offering multiple services.

I get most of my inspiration from the legendary Ed Roth, 1960's motorcycle culture, and vintage ghost signage seen on old buildings. I like to stick with the classic & traditional look. I have a true passion for vintage anything & everything. I am not prone to doing things like most other people do, before ever driving a car, the first vehicle I have ever owned was my 1982 Harley Davidson Ironhead, which I purchased almost seven years ago. Typically, saying I tend to do things the complicated way is an understatement.

After the Ironhead, I essentially started collecting vehicles. Next came a 1971 Chevy C10 pickup truck. Then, an 80s Power Ram. And now the most recent member, a late 70s Chevy van project.

Not only do I have a love for vintage vehicles but my everyday life is executing vintage style advertisement like they used to.

My number one priority will always be my shop and working for my clients.  As far as my other interests and hobbies....  My #1 roll dog, Milly Chinchilly, who is always by my side. When I get some free time, I typically indulge in some red wine, rap music, and the company of my closest friends. My goals as an artist and business owner are to never lose this motivation, meet deadlines, & make every single client happy.

The tank I created for the Babes Ride Out Raffle I wanted to keep very simple, clean, traditional, and reflect the old school Speedball Harley Davidson badge. I included a little bit of everything I use here at Super Signs into the tank. Airbrushing, painting, design, vinyl, striping, etc.

I'm really flattered that I was presented in the idea of putting together a tank for the raffle. This feels like one of the best ways to contribute to Babes Ride Out. I hope to see a bad ass lil babe ripping around with the tank I created."

Marissa Cianciulli

Super Signs, LLC  

Shop: 215-334-6442

Cell: 610-608-0011

Website   •   Instagram   •   Facebook

"Don't just buy a Sign, Buy a SUPER Sign!"

A Gift from Lowbrow Customs to the First 300 Motorcyclist to Arrive at Babes Ride Out 4

SponsorsAshmore Ellis

We've know the Lowbrow Customs crew for quite sometime. They offer a ton of options you can bolt onto your bike to make it your own and even show you how to do it on their YouTube channel.  I personally have their shot gun exhaust pipes, tsunami fender, and original p-nut tank on my motorcycle and all I can say is, it's the cleanest looking bike I have ever owned. When we asked them to be a part of Babes Ride Out, they didn't hesitate because this is a company that supports riding motorcycles in every way. They don't care what you throw your leg over or if you are a "dude or a chick" because as long as you have a good time riding your bike, it doesn't matter. We agree and couldn't be happier to have Lowbrow Customs support Babes Ride Out 4 and Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 in 2017 (yep! you heard it here first). 

Lowbrow has donated all the tanks you will see at the raffle during Babes Ride Out 4 and has made 300 custom made Lowbrow x Babes Ride Out clears that will be given to the first 300 motorcyclist who pull into Babes Ride Out 4 on Thursday 2:00 pm! 

300 of these Lowbrow x Babes Ride Out clears go to the first motorcyclists lined up at 2:00 Thurs to get in to Babes Ride Out 4

300 of these Lowbrow x Babes Ride Out clears go to the first motorcyclists lined up at 2:00 Thurs to get in to Babes Ride Out 4

The beautiful lady wolf, KAT! @starlasaz photo by @mikeyrevolt 

The beautiful lady wolf, KAT! @starlasaz photo by @mikeyrevolt 

Here is a sneak peek at one of the amazing Lowbrow Custom tanks painted by Joel Meyer-England @joel845

Joel Meyer-England   Custom motorcycle paint. Located in the Joshua Tree area of CA. Sponsored by Painthuffer Metalflake. Contact me for pricing 818-860-2959 845motorcycles.com   

Joel Meyer-England

 Custom motorcycle paint. Located in the Joshua Tree area of CA. Sponsored by Painthuffer Metalflake. Contact me for pricing 818-860-2959 845motorcycles.com

 

Lowbrow was started in 2004, a physical manifestation of chopper fever and passion for all things motorcycle. We are the premier source for custom and chopper parts for your moto, backed by a tight-knit crew here in northeast Ohio who strive to make your experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible. They not only work hard to supply motorcycle enthusiasts with cool parts from small shops all around the world, but to also keep innovating and building, creating brand new parts and accessories, getting them out onto the road. Give their instagram a follow @lowbrowcustoms

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!