It was just another Saturday. It was hectic, loud, demanding and awesome. I had to get to our next featured rider by 11am. That of course meant my bags had to be prepped, my old girl needed to start, children clothed, 9-month pregnant wife satisfied and the rigged seat needed to hold. The seat held.
I pulled up to Matt’s house 20 minutes late and geeking on yet another Kidney stone inducing energy drink. Matt’s house is straight out of the 40’s, beautiful in its time capsule. As I turned the bike off and tried to collect my all too often jazzed nerves I peered over Matt’s Lawn. There he was stretched out in a hammock Hardcore music blaring from his garage and suddenly everything was right in the world. He had a beauty waiting for me at the end of his drive. Her name was Maggy.
Bike(s) year and make:
2001 Harley Davidson XL1200C
1959 Triumph Trophy TR6 (Maggy)
A little over 10 years now.
Painter and Body man at Viking Cycle Art
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Tommy the Greek, R. Crumb, Ornamental Conifer, Egon Schiele, Frank Frazetta and too many more to list. In general I have always been fascinated with custom culture and lowbrow art, especially from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. With pin striping I love the symmetrical lines laid down with such a tiny little brush and the ease of which a pin striper practices his craft. And growing up hanging around my dad’s sign shop I was also always fascinated by the sign painter he employed (this is around the time vinyl plotters hadn’t completely taken over) that influenced me a lot early on as a kid. Hand lettering and pin striping is a craft or a trade and has a utilitarian purpose in the sense that it is typically painted on a vehicle that gets used. I can get put off sometimes by the pretentiousness of fine art and its lofty concepts whereas when practicing a trade your technique and execution are at the forefront. This inspires me to continually practice my trade and learn new techniques.
Shiny side up, rubber side down.
Last song listened to:
Brush the Dust Away – In Flames
All the bikes. But if I had to choose one, it would be Shinya Kimura’s Neptune. He’s a true artist.
Favorite Moto moment
Getting arrested (a written arrest) on my friend Justin MacDonald’s motorcycle in his driveway after taking it for a joy ride with no helmet or glasses and running straight headers. The latter is what got me pulled over. After having to go to court, pay some fines, and getting court ordered to get my endorsement it all went downhill from there, I was hooked. In a lot of ways that single moment set the course for my future with motorcycles and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Custom plans for current rides:
Getting my Triumph engine rebuilt as it leaks out of every gasket, this is no exaggeration, and the sludge trap needs cleaned. And putting some 6” over fork tubes on the sporty and actually getting around to painting my tank (if I can ever decide on what I want).
You call the Triumph a Frankenstein, what’s there?
I call it a Frankenstein bike because it’s a hodgepodge of different Triumph parts throughout the years. The bottom end, tranny, front frame loop, top/bottom yolk, rear fender and front and rear hubs/rims are original to 1959 (or at least similar year). It has a 1951 Triumph hardtail on the rear and a 60’s era top-end since they were a 9-bolt pattern instead of an 8-bolt and are stronger. The fork tubes and tank are also from the 60’s. It has all original and professionally rebuilt Lucas Electric magneto and generator. The handlebars, throttle, and grips are repos from Ebay. Even though it’s a pre-unit triumph I have scavenged a few parts off my 1973 unit T140 Bonneville. It’s cool that on the early triumphs a lot of the parts are interchangeable to an extent.
If you could snap your fingers and work on any project, what would the medium be and What would you do?
Painting my sportster tank. I have already chopped and painted its fenders, mainly because I had a spare rear fender to use while I worked on it. But I just haven’t found the time to get the tank painted because I ride it so often. Oh, and as I mentioned before also because I can’t decide what I want. I love the paint jobs from the 70’s with the lace patterns, blowouts, tape fades, fish scales and bright vibrant candy paint over a flaked base. That’s the route I’m going to go but the actual design I want eludes me.
If people want to follow your art where should they go?
I don’t know why they would, but they can always catch a glimpse of my art and motorcycles on Instagram, and they can find me under the name vagrant11 and they can direct message me on there if they want to get in touch. Admittedly I am terrible about posting my art and marketing myself and that’s something I’m working on. Maybe I’ll have a website one day, who knows.
“Artists are horrible marketers.” -BCM