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BRO 5 Artist Series | Katie Campbell

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 Vans for contributing the skate decks for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Katie Campbell!

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ART SCHOOL | Q&A w/ KATIE CAMPBELL | BABES RIDE OUT

VANS is super excited to be heading down to this year’s Babes Ride Out West Coast event. We supplied several talented BRO artists with decks to customize, and we’re excited to chat with artist and designer Katie Campbell whose Labyrinth-inspired board is absolutely out-of-this-world. Based in Long Beach, CA, Katie’s love of music along with her printmaking background led her to a career designing gig posters, album packaging and merchandise graphics.  We’re featuring Katie’s work and talk to her about her background, how she came up with her BRO deck, and the meticulous process she used in creating it.  ENJOY! 

Photographs courtesy of the artist | Interview by Anya Violet

Introduce yourself.
I’m a Southern girl, originally from Tallahassee, FL, living, working and eating tacos in Long Beach, CA . I’m a graphic designer and illustrator working in the Entertainment & Music Industry with focus on consumer products and apparel graphics.

How did you end up where you are design and illustrating wise? 
My passion for music led me to designing gig posters, album packaging and merchandise graphics, all right before the industry transitioned to digital. My roots are in print, shaping my style of the screen-printed, illustrated aesthetic. I eventually built an online presence which allowed me to work with bigger and bigger clients.

Who were some of your early artistic influences?
I’d say some of my early artistic influences came from watching tv and movies in the 80s and 90s. I loved “behind the scenes” and “making of” videos for things like “MJ’s Thriller”, Jim Henson creature creations, and the process behind animation. This fascination with art in pop culture continued throughout my life and influenced my creative career path.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I can’t imagine not doing anything that didn’t involve art or creativity, but if I weren’t an artist I think I would consider any job that allowed me to travel the world - working with movies, but be more of a coordinator or liaison for the art departments.

How did you first hear or get involved with Babes Ride Out?
I first heard of Babes Ride out through my girlfriend, Vivian. She rides and attended her first BRO in 2016. I was living in Florida at the time, so of course I wanted to see all of the photos and videos of the cool things she did and people she met. She told me I had to go to BRO 2017, so packed up my bags and moved to California! Turns out my girlfriend also lives in California, :) I’m super stoked to attend this year- I don’t ride yet, so I’ll be enjoying the view from the backseat, but hope to take some lessons next year.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
If someone wanted to follow in my footsteps I would first tell them to create something every chance you get, stay aware of old and new trends, whether it’s online, street art, advertisements or art openings. Never doubt yourself or let criticism effect you negatively. Always keep a library of ideas, unused work, textures, inspiration, fonts, etc. Try to keep an online presence and create relationships with other artists from around the world. Don’t let the need for money or success guide you. If you love what you do, it will come eventually and you’ll be a happier person overall. I got to where I am by coming home at night after my day job and taking on freelance work that allowed me to illustrate and have creative freedom. I’m competitive by nature, so I constantly jumped on design competitions and local art contests. This was key to exposure, development of styles, and networking – though the cash/money/hoes was a nice perk. I eventually gained an online following, built a strong portfolio and had bigger and bigger clients ask to work with me.

Best part of what you do?
I love what I do! I get to create art that has meaning for fans. Heck, I’ve been collecting concert tees since my first New Kids on the Block show! There are still days that I have to pinch myself and think, “wow, 13-year old me would nerd out knowing I was designing shirts for Madonna.”  Overall, I just want to make art that makes people happy.

How did you come up with the idea for your board? 
I get my best ideas when I’m driving. I commute from Long Beach to LA for work, so I get a lot of time to think. I was listening to one of my mix CDs (keeping it old school) and Dance Magic Dance, from the Labyrinth soundtrack, came on. I started singing “You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power?….” and it just clicked! I instantly pictured David Bowie’s character (the Goblin King) on a motorcycle with cool hand lettering of the words “the Babe with the Power”. Majority of my work consists of apparel graphics and screen printed gig posters for the music industry, so naturally I wanted to do a gig poster-like feel with the vertical space of the deck. 

What materials did you use?
I wanted the wood to show through and keep the colors minimal. I started drawing out the design in Photoshop using my tablet. I printed out the design, taped some charcoal transfer paper to the deck and then tiled the printouts on top. I traced over everything with a stylus, which was very tedious, but allowed me to get everything just right. I used black acrylic paint for larger areas/paint marker for details and gold liquitex paint markers. Then sprayed it with a gloss varnish. 

What do you love best about participating in BRO this year?
I’m stoked to be working on a Vans skate deck for this years BRO raffle. Art, badass babes and a good cause - It’s a dream job :) 

Follow Katie Campbell
Website | www.campkatie.com
Instagram | @campkatie

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BRO5 Artist Series | Alicja Polachek

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 Vans for contributing the skate decks for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Alicja Polachek!

Alicja's skate deck was hand dyed, hand painted & then surface gilded with 23 carat gold!!!

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Where are you from originally?

I was born in Warsaw, Poland but have lived all over the world, from San Francisco to New York City, Berlin… the list goes on…

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Long Beach, CA but will be relocating to Chicago, IL in the fall.

What first got you into art?

I’ve been into art for as long as I can remember. I was the weird kid that wanted the $10 can of sardines from the store instead of a doll because I thought the label was cool.

How would you describe your style?

Most of my work is centered around hand lettering but over the past few years I’ve been including more pictorials in my designs. I lean toward darker themes and images but am willing to give anything a shot!

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

I find inspiration in most everything, whether it be a song I’m listening to or a joke that comes back to me while I’m waiting somewhere in line, I strive to make the things that make me happy and hopefully someone else out there will appreciate them too.  

I’ve had many influences over the years but I’ve found the people that influence me the most are my friends. I am lucky to know so many truly inspiring people. My mentors, most importantly Doc Guthrie, are all journeyman sign painters who are still slanging paint. I hope to still be painting when I’m their age. And then there’s my tattooer Shaun Topper who is continuously raising the bar or contemporary artists like Emilio Villalba and Blake Neubert that constantly blow my mind with their work and motivate me to look outside the box.

What is your favorite medium?

Gold and glass are by far my favorite medium. It’s such a beautiful and timeless process, once I saw how gilding was done I was hooked. I also enjoy the challenge of implementing non-traditional materials into my pieces to try and make them feel more modern.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I first heard about Babes Ride Out about two years ago. It’s such a positive and empowering event for women and one of the best weekends of the year!

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

I’m a fairly new rider with only one year under my belt but I try to make it out to as many events as possible. I’d like to someday make it to Babes Ride Out over seas and on the East Coast too!

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

I ride a black 2013 Triumph Bonneville T100.

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

When I first came to the states we lived just outside of Joshua Tree. I never appreciated it until I’d moved away and came back to visit. The desert is such a special place for me, I find myself feeling refreshed and energized every time I visit.

What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

I will be painting and surface gilding a custom skate deck for this years raffle. That’s real 23ct. gold ladies! I can’t wait to see who wins!

Instagram: @alicjaplz

BRO 5 Artist Series | Taylor Patton

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 Vans for contributing the skate decks for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Taylor Patton!

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Where are you from originally?

Im originally from a super small town in the interior of British Columbia Canada. The population is less than 200. Its tiny but I love it so much. 

 Where do you live now?

I currently live in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia Canada but I am going back to the west coast of BC in the fall. 

What first got you into art?

Honestly, I don't even remember. I loved colouring books and then I started to try and draw the images in the colouring books rather than colour them. I just found it so cool to be able to draw something from your head or just to be able to look at something and draw it.

How would you describe your style?

Oh man haha this makes me laugh because so many people refer to me as a "chameleon" because Im always changing style wise. I don't really have a set style, I just like using whatever is inspiring me at the moment to create art. I don't really want to just stick to one style.

What inspires you? Any particular artist?

I find a lot of my inspiration comes from tattoos and just tattoo culture and style in general, there are just so many great tattoo artist on instagram and everywhere now a days. I also get inspired by the 60's-70's era I just love everything about it. I could go on forever about everything that inspires me because I find so many things cool and inspiring haha.

What is your favourite medium?

I would have to say my favourite medium is just thick white paper and a sharpie.

When did you first hear about babes ride out?

I think I found it just cruising around instagram one day. The motorcycle community has inspired me a lot, especially women riders because they are so bad ass and always seem like the coolest, most down to earth chicks.

I don't have any connections to the motorcycle community other than I hope I can learn to ride one day! Its one of my goals.

What are you contributing to the raffle and what inspired you to create it?

Im doing a custom skate deck for the raffle I cant wait! What inspired me for the deck was traditional tattoo flash style, like sailor jerry sort of deal. I aimed of doing a twist of that with badass pinup motorcycle girls.

Thanks so much!

BRO5 Artist Series | Jake Mullins

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 Vans for contributing the skate decks for the Artist Series this year!

Meet Jake Mullins!

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I'm from Ashtabula, Ohio

I currently live and work in State College, PA also known as Happy Valley or Penn State.

I first got into art when I was a kid, I guess. Always had a lot of fun in art class. Then I got into skateboarding a little later, and really enjoyed making stencils to spray the grip on my decks. Punk rock band logos and other "edgy" crap. I never really made art as consistently as I do now til I started working at a tattoo shop doing body piercings in '09. I had my foot in the door of the tattoo world, and kind of suddenly realized that skill doesn't just show up one day, and I had to start putting a lot more work in.

The only way I can describe my style is "tattoo style" I suppose. I really love traditional tattoos, but if the art is off of the skin I'm more likely to get a little wacky.

What inspires me most is looking at other people's art. Whether it be on a bike, on skin, paper, or an advertisement. Anywhere. Always looking for another trick to shove up my sleeve. There are tons of artists that inspire me, but the ones who have influenced me the most have gotta be JR Tubbs, Lowercase j, and Timmy Tatts. All amazing tattooers and flash painters.

My favorite medium is watercolor, or crayons.

I first heard about babes ride out through Dice, or chopcult maybe?

I don't really have much connection to the motorcycle community other than a few buds in my area that have been kind enough to share some knowledge with me. I see a lot thru instagram and that's what has been putting the bug up my ass to travel and get to more motorcycle shows, but that hasn't happened yet.

I've been riding a Suzuki savage for the past year or so and I've got an xs650 in the works that is almost done. I've gotHarley dreams in my future but they haven't found me yet.

If I were a bike? Whatever kind of bike runs on cheese burgers, and Colt 45.

I've never been to Joshua Tree, but I've also never traveled west of Illinois.

I'm going to paint a skate deck for this year, and I think it'll be a fun one.

My girlfriend tipped me off on this BRO5 artist thing so that credit goes to her because I totally would've missed it otherwise. As far as the art goes I just want to paint some rad biker crap, and hopefully people will like it!

VC’S GEMMA HARRISON TALKS BABES RIDE OUT UK x VANS

SponsorsAnya Violet

VC’S GEMMA HARRISON TALKS BABES RIDE OUT UK x VANS

 The latest partner to jump on board for the Babes Ride Out UK debut is legendary footwear brand, Vans. A firm favourite of the VC, the London ladies rarely have anything else on their feet.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary earlier this year, Vans has a long tradition of supporting sports, art and music events that embody the brand’s ‘Off the Wall’ mentality. Enabling creative expression is at the heart of everything they do…and they make pretty rad shoes too!!

Gemma Harrison is one VC chicks who rocks the Vans sidestripe on a daily basis…

 

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Gemma Harrison & I run the VC. I'm 31 years old & I live in east London but I'm originally a Yorkshire lass from Leeds. I work as a luxury womenswear designer alongside running the mess that is the VC & I also design VCC with one of the fellow VC founders Namin Cho.... In a nutshell :)

 

Do you remember your first pair of Vans?

I can't remember how old I must have been but I was pretty young. It was a pair of old skools in black... I wore them until they literally fell off my feet. 

 

What connects you to the Vans brand?

For me the lifestyle aspect of Vans has always been the thing. It just seems to fit with how we live our lives here in London with the VC & The Shop. It’s all just bikes, friends, hanging out & having a damn good time whether that’s with motorbikes or whatever we do.

 

What does Vans stand for to you?

People doing cool shit.

 

Favourite style / pair of Vans?

A pair of black Sk8-hi ... I think people are pretty shocked to ever see me without a pair of these permanently glued to my feet & my leather jacket on. ha ha

 

What’s the history of VC London & what you do?

The best way to describe it is maybe a collective as there are so many things that go on under the VC name.  Although there are 3 of us that sort of founded VC (myself , Namin & Mai) it really started as a bunch of friends  hanging out at The Shop (the workshop we share with @five_customs & @frictionmoto ), fixing bikes, learning together how to wrench & maintain them. We just got drunk together one night & gave it a name (well actually someone else bestowed the name on us ... ha) & that’s where it all started. 

 

We made an instagram there & then & I just used it as a way to document what we were getting up to. I later put a post out on instagram asking if other women wanted to give motorcycles a try then we could help them out as we felt it would be a good way to get the scene here in the UK to grow on the same scale as the US after we visited Babes Ride Out 3 in J-Tree last year.  We got such a huge response and now we’ve ridden all over together, organised ride outs, flat track days in collab with the DTRA, events & parties. It sounds like a lot but to be honest it all stays focused around a few mates having a good time together & living our lives around motorbikes.

 

What does the BRO event coming to the UK mean to you & what are you most looking forward to?

Seeing all the months of hard work come together & getting together all these rad women from all over the world that I've been speaking to over the last year to finally put some faces to names is going to be pretty awesome! Its always been really important for me to grow the UK community of riders as when I went to Babes Ride Out in the US last year I couldn't believe how incredible the scene was over there & immediately wanted to have that same vibe at an event in the UK..... Also seeing Slowcoaches & Zealous Doxy play live is pretty high on my list. They been on my riding playlist for a while now. I’m sure there’s gonna be a few girls with me to start a mini mosh pit, am I right?