With summer basically in full swing, it’s the perfect time of year to jump on a motorcycle and take a trip along the coast, up the mountains or even just cruise around the city. Indian Motorcycle knows appearance is everything and if you’re a little bored with your current bike, don’t worry, the company just unveiled a unique line of limited-edition tank covers from world-renowned artists for their FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S motorcycles to help you upgrade to a more stylized ride.
The FTR 1200 Artist Series is a collaboration with five well-known, yet extremely different styled, artists who created tank covers for one of Indian’s most popular motorcycles and definitely the company’s most customizeable. The hope is to appeal to a wider range of consumer preferences and the artwork, which ranges from street graffiti to modern abstract, will allow owners the ability to instantly transform their bike from a sleek-looking two-wheeled machine to a mobile piece of fine art. These five artists include:
Skateboarding legend Steve Caballero, an original member of the famed “Bones Brigade. Cab, one of the forefathers of the sport, forged his legacy by turning pools and half pipes into canvases for his skate artistry and over the years he has become well-known for his extraordinary “low-brow,” hot-rod-culture-inspired original art work and his designs are now highly sought after by both brands and collectors.
Urban Contemporary Artist D*Face: D*Face (also known as Dean Stockton), who inaugurated his career on the streets more than 15 years ago. Stockton originally entered the scene by hand-drawing stickers and posters, plastering them all over London and beyond for the unsuspecting public to discover. His work has since evolved, from fine art gallery shows to full-scale outdoor mural installations, transforming urban landscapes and high-rise buildings into massive works of art.
Minneapolis mural artist Adam Turman, a home-grown visionary from Indian Motorcycle’s very own backyard. Best known for large-scale, vivid wall-mural installations throughout the Midwest, Turman began his art career by creating gig posters for local bands, taking inspiration from the bold, graphic style of 1980s comics and heavy metal art. Turman’s ability to marry bold, vivid artistic visions with strategic-marketing objectives made him one of the Midwest region’s most sought-after commercial artists.
Los Angeles spray paint artist ThankYouX (a.k.a. Ryan Wilson), who began his artistic journey on the streets in 2009, spray painting stencils in homage to Andy Warhol. While these signature stencils were Wilson’s initial calling card, they were only scratching the surface. As his level of notoriety expanded, the nature of his expression evolved to modern abstract designs that stand in contrast to the more conventional graffiti-inspired street-art paradigm and His unique brand of street art captured attention and earned acclaim around the world.
Graffiti extraordinaire RISK, a true “O.G.” who began his career as a founding member of the West Coast Artists graffiti crew. RISK was one Southern California’s first graffiti writers to paint freight trains and pioneered billboards and freeway overpasses as artistic canvases. Over several decades, his career has transitioned from the streets to museums, galleries and clothing lines and RISK is an innovative contemporary artist who now incorporates everything from advanced “color theory” to “neon” in his work.
Only 100 tank covers for each design will be produced and will be available at select Indian Motorcycle dealerships throughout the United States for $699.