I did a series of illustrations for an App. called “outlaws”. Here’s a few examples…
I picked up a sweet SR500 the other week fresh off the boat from the USA. 1978. Spent a few evenings rebuilding the carb, fuel tap, master cylinder etc and she’s running sweet. Got some tyres ordered, new seat, headset etc. Just gotta sort the forks out and fix some electrics and it’ll be ready to MOT. Should be a fun little single to go with my XS650 of the same year which is taking forever to get sorted.
Saw this film by Jason Momoa the other night (who stars, produced and directed) and really liked it. If you dig old bikes its especially rad but its got a great vibe to it non the less and raises some issues about the treatment of native peoples. I think the bike is a 57 pan head called “Mabel” that was originally put together by Jeremiah from Love Cycles, it looks perfect in the film. Stripped, low and light. Its out on release now so check it out. You’ll probably wanna head for the hills, through the desert with the throttle wide open afterwards.
I was asked by Nike to contribute to their Risk Everything campaign for the Brazil World Cup 2014. Following in the footsteps of the mighty I love Dust who I’ve admired for many years was an honour but quite daunting. Their work on the campaign has been superb and a refreshing change from the usual ‘football’ imagery I’m largely immune to.
The challenge for me was to adjust my own style and work techniques so that my pieces would look at home within the suite of other works done by ILD et al. I hope I did a good job, its pretty weird not drawing totally instinctively.
I also used a Wacom Cintiq 24 for the first time, drawing straight into vectors on screen rather than inking by hand. It was a learning curve for sure. A big thank you to Julian Howkins at Nike for the direction and guidance on the project and for being a great client to work with. Last time we worked together was back in 2002 I should think so it was great working with an old friend.
The pieces I did were for Nike’s Croatian players. 3 illustrations (although only 2 were used because Croatia didnt quite get as far in the cup as was needed), used online and in print (notably a full cover wrap on a Croatian newspaper) aswell as painted on a huge wall in Zagreb as a massive mural to spur the team on. Great fun project to work on.
Ed March’s romp across the globe on a Honda C90 cub is finally out (DVD and download) and here’s the illustration and logo / type I did for the cover. Hilarious adventure.
The drawing is of Thor Drake from See See aboard Sideburns custom Royal Enfield tracker. Rock on.
Inappropriate Road Bike, Street Tracker & Chopper Dirt Track. 01 June 2014. Castle Rock, WA. Camping / Live / Music / Swap meet.
Guy Martin’s new TV series “Speed” starts tonight on Channel 4 (Sunday 29th December 2013). Should be pretty rad I reckon! I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute 5 illustrations to Guy’s 2014 calendar (available here). Super fun project. Some pretty whacky briefs from Guy and Andy Spellman. You can see previews of them here. Some profit from the calendar goes to charity (Spinal Research) so pick one up from here.
Thats a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine (Hurricane, spitfire, lancaster, mosquito, Mustang etc) I’ve drawn in Guy’s hand. He owns and operates one. Here’s a video of it running. I bloody love merlins.
Found this beautiful Garden Tiger Moth on the pavement outside my house today. They’re usually gone by the end of August. I popped him in the hedge out of harms way. They’re massively in decline so very stoked to see this one.
I’ve just adapted a drawing I did last year into a t-shirt design for my Folklore Brand as requested by my buddy Duncan Smith.
Inspiring and insightful piece about Mike Aitken by the Diggest. Mike just kicked my negativity’s ass.