Whether riding down the highway or perfectly staged and lit, there’s no question that motorcycles are an art form. In the case of the exhibit being offered by the famous campground and entertainment center, it could be considered more the latter than the former.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers an exclusive look at some of the worlds’ most celebrated builders’ remarkable motorcycle creations as well as a handful of the motorcycling world’s most beloved artists and photographers in its ‘Motorcycles as Art’ display.
The 2016 exhibit, curated by eminent photographer Michael Lichter, is titled with the intriguing theme: ‘Skin and Bones – Tattoo Inspired Motorcycles and Art’. The exhibit is free to the public and will be open from Saturday, August 6th through Friday, August 12th in the Buffalo Chip’s Events Center.
Over 30 masters of the motorcycle industry have accepted the challenge to build a bike befitting the theme for the exhibit. Each of these rolling metal sculptures will have theater lights focused on them as they are displayed atop elevated pedestals to better give guests an open view from every angle.
“These builders reach deep, spending the time, exerting the effort and wielding the skills required to create a motorcycle masterpiece for this show,” said exhibit curator Michael Lichter. “The bikes for this exhibit not only exemplify the theme, but also reflect the builder’s own personality and experiences, much like a tattoo.”
The custom motorcycle artists scheduled to present their “Skin and Bones” masterpieces at the 2016 “Motorcycles As Art” exhibit are:
- Aki Sakamoto – Hog Killers, California
- Andrea Radaelli – Radikal Chopper Milano, Italy
- Andy Carter – Pangea Speed, Utah
- Bill Dodge – Blings Cycles, Florida
- Bobby Seeger Jr. – Indian Larry Legacy, New York
- Bryan Fuller – Fuller Moto, Georgia
- Chris Callen – Cycle Source, Pennsylvania
- Chris Eder – Misfit Industries, Texas
- Craig Jackman – American Electric Tattoo, California
- Dalton Walker – Split Image Kustoms, California
- Dan Bacon Carr – DC Choppers, Texas
- Eddie Trotta – Thunder Cycle, Florida
- Eric Allard - FNA Custom Cycles, Florida
- George Stinsman – Chaos Cycle, New York
- Jason Grimes – Northeast Chop Shop, New York
- Jeff Cochran – Speedking Racing, Indiana
- Ola Stenegard, Ronny and Benny Norén, Sebastian Gutsch - BMW Motorrad, Munich, Germany
- Pat Patterson - Led Sled, Ohio
- Paul Cox – Paul Cox Industries, New York
- Paul Yaffe – Paul Yaffe Originals, Arizona
- Richie Pan Panarra – Darkstar Tattoos, New Jersey
- Roadside Marty Davis – Flat Broke Chops, Florida
- Roland Sands – Roland Sands Design, California
- Ryan Grossman – Vintage Dreams, California
- Shaun Guardado – Suicide Machine Company, California
- Steve Peffer – Steel City Choppers, Pennsylvania
- Teach Kevin Baas – Baas Metal Craft, Minnesota
- Trent Schara - Atomic Customs, New Mexico
- Trevelen Rabaual – Superco Customs, California
- Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers, Indiana
- Yaniv Neevo Evan – Powerplant Choppers, California
- Yuichi Yoshizawa – Custom Works Zon, Japan
In addition to the magnificent display of motorcycles, the richly symbolic art of the late, well-known tattoo artist and oil painter Richie Pan, short for Panarra, will hang in the gallery alongside the works of additional mixed-media artists.
Pan brought the oils of his paintings to rest in depictions of machines and people that evoke an aura of ink embedded in flesh. His love of everything motorcycle is evident not only in the subject matter and characteristic symbolism displayed in most of his pieces but also in how they are incorporated into occasionally irreverent depictions and curious design. Biltwell, Inc. will be adding an eclectic display of 12 helmets, all painted by various notable tattoo artists.
“Michael Lichter has again put together an eye opening exhibit that exposes the core roots of the motorcycling culture that only the world’s leading motorcycle photographer could reveal,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “Michael’s expertise and knowledge, gained from being an integral part of biker culture over the past 35 years, is inspiring and surprising the motorcycling world with another “Motorcycles as Art” exhibit that not only offers an exclusive perspective into the world of motorcycling, but highlights its stunning character. The chance to see this year’s exhibit is an opportunity no biker should miss.”