Friday, March 12, 2010

Another Great Artist Very Much Worth Supporting

When I first started this blog, I didn't know what direction it would take me. I hoped to develop friendships and meet people from all over the world while exploring the hobby of classic motorcycling. I have been pleasantly surprised and the experience has broadened my vision of the classic motorcycle world. Most recently, I have had the pleasure to meet, at least through Skype and emails, Antonio Merinero. Antonio is from Madrid and works as a graphic artist. He is an avid motorcyclist and owns a 1972 Harley Electraglide, a 1972 BSA Lightning, and two Vespas. Antonio has ridden in such exotic places as India, Morroco, Nepal, Thailand, Malasia, Portugal, as well as all over his native Spain. His artistic endeavours take him to Mumbai every year where he has cultivated a relationship with Indian classic motorcyclists. You can see more at Antonio's blog.

Antonio in India

Indian Mechanics keeping classics on the road.

A treasure trove of classics hiding in India's alleys

Mahmood can fix bikes from any era

American iron on the Indian Subcontinent

Indian biker style

Antonio's art draws heavily from his backround in the graphic arts. He uses multimedia techniques, grafitti style, and stencilling inspired by advertisements of the 1950's to produce prints that truly capture the spirit of post-war motorcycle culture. He works out of his mother's garage in the suburbs of Madrid. Take a look at Antonio at work.

Here are some of Antonio's pieces that are available for purchase at his webshop.

This post really doesn't do Antonio or his art justice. Antonio has some major projects in the works to include a collaboration with Harley Davidson in Madrid. I can't wait to see the results. If you want to see more, please go to Antonio's sites below.

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