Archive for ‘Graphics’

July 6, 2017

Mac Men

Mad Man – the original Don Draper is an illustrator by the name of Macaulay ‘Mac’ Conner. We stopped in at the Delaware Museum of Art where a superb exhibition of his work is on show. 50’s glam advertising with clean bold lines and fashionable people… that was when people smoked like chimneys and drank like fish… but they were ever so beautiful!

July 5, 2017

PVGP

Faster, faster – more graphics from the City of Bridges; this time a crisp screen printed poster for a race event five years ago. Held every year at Schenley Park it is for both cars and bikes; sadly our travel plans don’t intercept with it this year… perhaps someday.

July 3, 2017

Ohio River Road

Biker Memorobilia – leather jacket, old lid, tasseled shirt and vintage photographs of a bygone motorcycling scene. We’re in Pittsburgh today so the Prowlers jacket seems appropriate…

July 2, 2017

Neon & Paint

Signage – one of my many interests. We visited the American Sign Museum today in Cincinnati. Old neon and hand painted examples covered the walls and hung from the rafters of an old clothing factory. The lobby had sponsors advertising of which I spied this two-wheeled themed one.

July 1, 2017

Hols part 1

Vacation Day 1 – The Queen City. 

June 27, 2017

Petrol Part

Personalization- gas tank art. From the hand painting of a smiling cat to the sign lettering on a polished cell. The beautifully air brushed custom tank to a decal applied on a dirt bike. The tank is typically the canvas for the owners mark. #Motoblot

June 22, 2017

Cover Art

Magazine Cover – for a bob you could pick up some good periodical reading material back in the sixties. A 1911 Triumph Model H was vintage even back then… Gordon Little is looking smart in his macintosh and beret. One color as long as it’s blue!

June 20, 2017

The Wire

Sparks’s White Van – some Canadian electrician has liberated a Triumph logo for his transport. And Gerry Rafferty lyrics as a scripted credo: “Right Down the Line”

June 10, 2017

POW!

BATMAN – looking back it’s a very tongue-in-cheek version of the caped crusader and his crime fighting escapades. But growing up with the show when Bruce Wayne was played cooly by a serious Adam West and your Corgi Batmobile would recreate his daring-do along with Boy Wonder Robin, there was nothing better. Sadly we hear of the recent passing of Adam West who owned this role – grey one piece, yellow utility belt, and satin glove and all. 

May 20, 2017

Oil & Ink

Selfie Sketch – trying out a new brush tipped drawing pen- here’s the first result. Based on a selfie view sitting astride the Bonnie. Not quite Jack Kirby but not bad for a 10 minute scribble.

May 18, 2017

Aloft

Air – like some Japanese watercolor from the Edo  Period 江戸時代 this airborne Triumph soars across the tinted page in a blurry motion. Touched by the glisten of a desert sun the lazily brushed lines offer the glimpse of the briefest of moments between the land and the sky. Superb artwork by HAMMeRED.

May 11, 2017

Don’t hold your breath…

A Quarter Litre – the diminutive and underwhelming Trophy seen here in period advertisers garb. It’s held aloft with a banner of circus show exhuberance. How many different fonts can you spy? 

April 27, 2017

Nib Nab 

Pen & Ink – fine illustration of a vintage racing Triumph twin with a line very much like some etching plate drawing. By Martin Squires. 

April 25, 2017

Two-Wheeled Philosophy 

Zen & Now – one of most seminal books to some out of the seventies Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig became the “On The Road”of its Day. Written as an odyssey of the mind and the search for inner balance it uses a real journey with his son on a Honda CB77 Superhawk 305 from Minnesota to San Francisco. Pirsig, who died yesterday aged 88, sought the metaphysics of Quality, and questioned “what is good?” The motorcycle is the ideal forum for this exploration; be it a vintage cycle or newer moto. 

April 23, 2017

Bumble Bee

Baseball Tee – here’s bike builder Bryan Thompson’s t-shirt for Steve Caballero’s Scout special. I’m ordering one to add to my ever growing tee collection.