Archive for ‘Motorcycle Art’

December 7, 2017

Woplet

Wooler – one of the more esoteric motorcycles from the mid Twentieth Century was the swansong of John Wooler. A vertical flat four with truly inspiring styling for its day – (vertical H) The petrol tank extending beyond the steering head with front mounted headlight are signature.

Sidenote: I grew up in a village in North Northumberland called Wooler.

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December 6, 2017

Morpheus

Insomnia Mechanics – a wide-eyed and wakeful Robert Crumb -like character has a fitful nocturne wondering about the engine reassembly. A three dimensional jigsaw that must come to life upon completion. A cup of Horlicks on the bedside table is needed, with a workshop manual on hand, and a cat on the bed to keep you company.

November 29, 2017

T120 Engine

Computer Aided Design – AutoCAD – here are a couple of views one of the timing side, the other the primary. Line weight is perfect to achieve a good level of apparent solidity.

November 20, 2017

Benburb Street

Dublin Mural – some evocative wall art along a tram -railed street. You can see this peeping at the end of a lane across the River Liffey walking down the hill from the Guinness Stotehouse.

November 16, 2017

He is the Law!

The Cursèd Earth – one of the all time classic comic covers has Judge Dredd blasting out of the prog towards the lawlessness that was a post apocalyptic land beyond Mega City One. Outlaw biker Spikes Harvey Rotten is on his shootin’ side and the all-terrain Raider Command 2000. Which was also sold as a Matchbox toy. Artwork very ably carried out by Cliff Robinson (after Mike McMahon).

November 13, 2017

Blighty Bloke Berlin Bound

BeeBeeBeeBeeBee – after the remembrance weekend here’s a fun card promoting a victory over Germany. On His Majesty’s Service

November 5, 2017

Show a bit of leg

Quad Bike – Tattoo of a Triumph devotee. Inked in detail and wrapped around the thigh.

November 1, 2017

treinta y tres o doce 

 El Día de los Muertos – sideways into the corner and a toothy grin from the skulled skeleton riders. Like Hallowe’en was derived from pagan rituals The Day of the Dead has origins from the Aztecs. Beautiful artwork by David Lozeau

October 24, 2017

Thirty Three and a Third

Vinyl LP – fun graphics in cheery colors and swift illustrative gestures for the period cover artwork on a 1960 record. 

September 29, 2017

.. they shall inherit the Earth

Blessed are the Rockers – on this day in 1916 the cartoonist known simply as Giles was born. His inked single panels were both full of detail yet graphically spare. Typically commenting on topical news items or daily English life the collection annuals became a record of the years events. This splendid piece shows the Ton-Up Club 59 having their Cafe racers blessed by the Reverend Bill Shergold. Also known as ‘Farv’ – cockney accented father, he owned the original of this particular strip.

September 22, 2017

K West – 23 Heddon Street

Lady Stardust-

People stared at the makeup on his face 

Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace 

The boy in the bright blue jeans 

Jumped up on the stage 

And lady stardust sang his songs 

Of darkness and disgrace

And he was alright, the band was altogether 

Yes he was alright, the song went on forever 

And he was awful nice 

Really quite out of sight

And he sang all night long 

Femme fatales emerged from shadows 

To watch this creature fair 

Boys stood upon their chairs 

To make their point of view 

I smiled sadly for a love 

I could not obey 

Lady stardust sang his songs 

Of darkness and dismay

David Bowie – Tge Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1972)

September 7, 2017

Bic Bike 

Dean’s Doodle – riding buddy’s post-weekend scribble on his desk notepad. Obviously reminiscing about a weekend ride when jotting down tasks for the week ahead! 

August 28, 2017

A Dime

Century Art – today would have been the great Jack Kirby’s One Hundredth Birthday. A fluid line work always added a dynamism to his creations. Known for Hulk, Thor, X-Men, and The Silver Surfer to name a few here is the cover of a collaboration with Joe Simon (Captain America) for Boy Commandos. One particular character ‘Brooklyn’ seems to be the adventurous rake with wool sweater and bowler hat. The red Harley lookalikes seem a bit garish but the energy is there!

August 15, 2017

HB Pencil

Grid – a quick doodle of the Triumph twin engine. I was waiting for the fish to cook, so took the 10 minutes to do this scrappy sketch on graph paper.

August 9, 2017

See a Needle pulling Thread

Badge – colorfully embroidered patches to adorn your leather garb. These aren’t your usual gang colors but a way of celebrating your Brit ride.