Coming off of Harley-Davidson's successful art show in Santa Monica, California earlier this year, the MOCO decided to have a larger and more impactful show in the Chelsea district of New York City.
We were lucky enough to be invited by Harley-Davidson's Dark Custom division to be there in the flesh for opening night. The Pabst llowed and fried chicken and finger sandwiches were as good as any dirtbag biker could have wanted.
Poster artists such as Dirty Donny, The Harpoon and The Pizz joined past painters Frank Kozic and Tara Mcpherson as well as legends like John Van Hammersveld and Art Chantry to show the world what counter-culture artwork is all about.
Each of the 10 artists were given a spot for two of their poster-style works as well as a Sporty tank direct from H-D to do what they wished with. Many used this opportunity to show their painting skills, where as others went way out using guns, scribes, denim and torches as their preferred medium.
Rounding out the show were photographers Adam Wright and Steven Stone whose portraits showed onlookers and attendees what the true chopper spirit and lifestyle is all about.
You couldn't have a chopper show without bikes, so H-D had three of its 883 Irons representing. One outfitted in Kozic art and the other a stock, yet beautiful flat black model. H-D also had the '70s-style raked and flaked '09 883 it commissioned from Matt Davis in attendance.
This show was no sophomore slump for Harley's Dark Custom crew. It was a great show at a great gallery in the greatest city in the world. We hope the next Art Of Rebellion is bigger and better than the last two.