Archive for ‘Motorcycle Art’

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


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.

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 24, 2017

Meme Moto

True Words – 

April 17, 2017


PopBangColour – Bold artwork in strong colour carried out with a confident hand. This oil pastel looking piece is as lively as an itchy wool sweater.  Just enough detail to feel real yet in a looseness to seem that the engine is ticking over.

The artists site is Here.

April 11, 2017

Flat Tracker

Screenprint- artist Ryan Quickfall has some evocative motorcycle illustrations. Go to his site Here. This particular one is of AMA great Gary Nixon. 

April 6, 2017

The Polka Dot Scarf

Blue Thursday – absolutely stunning ink drawing by the indomitable Alex Oxley who did some great cartoon motorcyclethemed illustrations in the fifties. His work included ‘It’s Easy on a Triumph’ ads and caricatures of racers of the day. This one captures brush ink work at its best. From the thin line of a delicate nose to a heavy line of the lid and glisten of lipstick. Superb!

March 31, 2017

Woman Strong

Ladybird Biker – handling a powerful machine effortlessly takes confidence, care, caution, and cat-like reflexes. Well, just so happens women have all of these; so I’d be as happy riding alongside a group of gals as blokes, if not more so- there are some real bozo riders out there…

March 30, 2017

Thursday Ride

 Mœbius- famed French comic book artist Jean Giraud had an impeccable hand for vivid graphic illustration. Mostly futuristic in vision his imagination stoked the creative minds behind Alien, The Empire Strikes Back, and Blade Runner. Here his moto related style shows off his line, use of color, and balance of the everyday with fantasy. I like how he shows the literbike slightly off the ground to define speed . .ROARRRr!

March 28, 2017

Totally Negative 

Motorcycle Land Art – ‘Circular Planar Displacement Drawing’ is a piece of large scale art made by Michael Heizer on a dry Nevada lake in 1970. The artist rode a motorcycle in circles allowing the tires to gouge their mark in the dirt. 

March 27, 2017

The Rat Race

“You Dirty Rat, You!” This is the grotty underbelly of the biking world: where owners let their rides gather the accouterments of the highway and beyond. Odds and ends, flotsam and jetsam, bric-a-brac… junk. Under this palimpsest of knickknacks is a hardtail Triumph, complete with sheepskin (or buffalo skin) seat cover, these typically attain high mileages with well cared for engines… just the patina of life adds character and individuality.

March 9, 2017


Tank Art – some cafe youth look on whilst the steadiest hand puts the finishing touches to a mammoth tank for their Triumph Norton hybrid. 

March 6, 2017

The Cursed Earth

Back to Basics – we recently had the opportunity to see a performance by the undoubtable Billy Bragg. Oh he of proletariat song and socialist chant. Folk punk poet with a rock beat. This photo of him in the early 80’s has him wearing a 2000ad cover t-shirt. Prog 61 to be exact, and my favorite, illustrating Judge Dredd exploding out of the page on his Lawmaster. 

March 5, 2017


Lozenge- the prescription for escaping the hubbub of today’s breakneck pace and unrelenting demands is to get out on a motorcycle, find some less trafficked roads and open ‘er up. Three pills, each 650cc, take as often as possible. 

March 2, 2017

The Places You’ll Go!

One Wheel, Two Wheel, yellow wheel, cool wheel:

The cat in that hat arrives on vehicular red,

Quite happily riding this balancing sled.

Confounded kit, she bit my mitt; Gloves bee-like they sweep away grit.

So scarper, on highway, fly-away fast;

Ride like the east wind, chased by the west.

Holding on tight, twisting throttle’s a blast!

Go like the clappers, motorcycles are the best.

After Dr Seuss (May 2 1904)