Maybe you remember Indian’s little plan to give a bunch of artists blank canvases in the form of the “gas tank” covers for its new FTR1200, which are easily swappable? Yesterday in Biarritz, on the French Riviera, la de daa, all was revealed. The first batch of five, anyway. (Indian also sells blank tank halves if you want to create your own art.)
Indian Motorcycles Press Release:
The tank covers were unveiled today at Wheels & Waves in Biarritz, France and will now be available at select local Indian Motorcycle dealerships around the U.S for $699.
Each artist was given the opportunity to express their artistic perspective while curating each piece to reflect their unique style. The result is a line of custom tank covers that is nothing short of astounding. As Indian Motorcycle’s most-customizable platform to date, the FTR 1200 Artist Series allows riders to express themselves through unique pieces of artwork.
- Steve Caballero – “Cab Dragon” – Bold and colorful, containing elements from Caballero’s past collection of sketches. A legendary skateboarding icon and original member of the famed “Bones Brigade,” Cab forged his legacy by turning pools and half pipes into canvases for his skate artistry. Over the years, he has become well-known for his extraordinary “low-brow,” hot-rod-culture-inspired original art work. His designs are now highly sought after by brands and collectors across the skate and art industries.
- RISK: – “A New Day” – Draws inspiration from RISK’s transition from graffiti artist to color field artist. A true “O.G.” in the world of graffiti, RISK began his career as a founding member of the WCA (West Coast Artists) graffiti crew. RISK was one of the first graffiti writers in Southern California to paint freight trains and pioneered the use of billboards and freeway overpasses as artistic canvases. Over several decades his career has transitioned from the streets to museums, galleries and clothing lines. Risk is an innovative contemporary artist who now incorporates everything from advanced color theory to neon in his body of work.
- ThankYouX – “Meant To Tell You” – Inspired by the sense of freedom one feels when riding a motorcycle. ThankYouX (a.k.a. Ryan Wilson) began his artistic journey on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009 spray painting stencils in homage to Andy Warhol. While these signature stencils were his initial calling card, they were only scratching the surface of his multi-faceted artistic identity. 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. His unique brand of street art has captured attention and earned acclaim around the world.
- Adam Turman – “Rising From The Ashes” – A design with strong symbolism which gives a nod to Indian’s rich history. A home-grown visionary from Indian Motorcycle’s very own backyard of Minneapolis, Turman is known best for large-scale, vivid and dynamic wall-mural installations throughout the Midwest. He 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 keen ability to marry his bold, vivid artistic visions with strategic-marketing objectives has made him one of the Midwest region’s most sought-after commercial artists.
- D*Face – “The Devil Within” – Expressing the duality of riding motorbikes – both the freedom and the risk involved D*Face (a.k.a. Dean Stockton) is a leading figure in Urban Contemporary Art, inaugurating his career on the streets more than 15 years ago. He originally entered the scene by hand-drawing stickers and posters, adhering 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 that transform urban landscapes and high-rise buildings into massive works of art.