Biltwell has been supporting Babes Ride Out events for 7 years (our first believers!) and we are so grateful to have them participate year after year with their on site customer appreciation . This year they are bringing out Nicole aka @chicken_in_a_biscuit (who is also painting a Biltwell helmet for the Moto F.A.M raffle) to paint FREE flash on Friday & Sat evenings from 4-8PM. If you’ve got a Biltwell lid, make sure to bring it! Thinking you may be ready for a new lid? Click the link below as we go over when its time to replace your helmet to ensure you are actually being protected as much as possible.
Alright, now let’s get to know Nicole!
When I moved to San Francisco in 2003, I quickly decided the bus wasn’t for me, and I got a little 50cc Vespa scooter. It was awesome and I learned a lot about what not to do on a bike. Eventually, I wanted to go faster, get out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge, so I bought a ’69 Honda Scrambler. I rode by myself for years because I didn’t know other people that rode. Some of my dude friends started riding and pushed me to go faster and explore more. Eventually I got a Harley and started doing rides to the desert and beyond. The first time I ever rode with women was BRO 2 in 2014 where I trailered my bike from The Sea Ranch to SF, picked up a gal I’d never met before and her bike, and unloaded in Venice and rode to JT by 10pm. It was so much to fathom going from no one to everyone literally overnight.
Now, I’m a certified CMSP instructor and teach all kinds of people how to ride. I live and work at one school in San Diego, and ride up to San Francisco every month to teach at another school there. I paint helmets and tanks in between. It feels like I’m living a double life at times, but I’m so invested in these two endeavors that it doesn’t feel like work at all.
Painting flowers, snakes and other animals on helmets is so exciting because it’s something you don’t see in the motorcycle world full of skulls and flames. Although that will always be classic iconography, there is room for new style. I love painting flowers on motorcycle gear because it’s in exact opposition of motorcycles themselves—hard, clanking, loud machinery. The sight of something so delicate associated with something so tough is one of my favorite juxtapositions. Snakes and animals are reflections of ourselves I’m pretty sure...they’re wild and free, like how we feel while riding. I’m not sure exactly why I love it. It’s instinctual rather than intellectual.
I hope to keep doing this forever...and well, paint snakes as murals more too. Painting big is my favorite way to paint, and snakes have endless possibilities. Being able to use painting as a way to bridge my love for art and motorcycles feels like the epitome of who I am. It’s a simple thing but it’s not a job you find next to a checked box when you’re a kid at the school career fair. It took me a long time to find out that this was it for me, and now that I’m doing it, I can’t believe I wasn’t doing it
Nicole is available for commissions! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
After the 4-8PM time slot , she will become part of the Makers Market and will do any brand of helmet with her flash for a small fee until 10PM