Schuberth’s New C3 Pro Helmet is Tattoo Inspired!

This is Alice showing off her back tattoo which is identical to the helmet design, already preselected before Schuberth knew Alice existed. It was meant to be.

This is Alice showing off her back tattoo which is identical to the helmet design, already preselected before Schuberth knew Alice existed. It was meant to be.

Schuberth released a women’s specific motorcycle helmet recently that is designed to properly fit to a woman’s head. It’s the first of it’s a kind, so it makes sense why Shuberth would set off an ad campaign that would not grab the attention of not just women riders, but anyone who’d stop to admire a beautiful, tattooed model.

The woman featured in these photos does know how to ride a motorcycle and her name is Alice. She is from the Harz region in Germany, which is close to Schuberth’s factory in Magdeburg. This location is a renowned motorcycling and bicycling destination. I couldn’t find out much more about who took the photos, what kind of bike she rides or who did the tattoo, but what caught my eye was how the tattoo so closely resembled the helmet’s Euphoria graphic.

“They were looking for a woman for a big photo shoot involving several motorcycles. They wanted someone beautiful and classy and also strong looking,” says Shuberth’s Media Representative, Sarah Schilke. “The C3 Pro Women Euphoria graphic was already slated for production when they started the casting and someone happened to notice on one of the set cards that Alice had a tattoo that resembled the graphic. This was exactly the moment when Schuberth’s Marketing department made the decision to put her into a campaign for the helmet.”

Schuberth is the only company to offer a motorcycle helmet specifically tailored to fit a woman’s facial structure, as their engineers found third party research indicating that women typically have a narrower jaw and higher, more prominent cheekbones. “We re-contoured the helmet’s interior to accommodate this for both enhanced safety and comfort,” Sarah says.

Schuberth has been making motorcycle helmets since the early 1920’s and they continue to keep the other manufacturers on their toes with improving innovation. To find out more about Schuberth helmets, click here.


Immortalized in the AMA Hall of Fame: A tattooed artist flaunts her moto art

Alicia doing some painting

Alicia doing some painting

Alicia Jean Vanderelli is an artist living in Columbus, Ohio. Some might know her as A.J. but either way, her art work is freaking awesome. She’s been painting for more than twenty years and is covered in tattoos. So of course we had to find out more about her.

Alicia went to school for art and graduated with a BFA in painting from Columbus College of Art and Design. Her work is so unique yet refined in nature, it caught the attention of Ric Stewart, the curator for the Two Wheel and Motor Fine Art Exhibition at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He asked Alicia to paint for the exhibit and an article was published in the October 2013 issue of the AMA’s American Motorcyclist magazine that featured Alicia painting live for spectators outside the exhibit. “I was honored to have the opportunity to participate and show my art with so many talented artists,” she says.

Alicia may not be a rider, but her art definitely has a salient presence in the motorcycle industry. She does have a history with bikes, however, as her dad rides and her uncle collects bikes and raced back in the day. “Bikes have always had a presence in my life,” Alicia says. “Besides, motorcycles are sexy.”

Another cool thing about Alicia is she has so many tattoos, she lost count. “To say exactly how many tattoos I have is difficult,” she admits. “I have roughly 120 hours invested in my tattoos.”

Alicia, as featured in the October 2013 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine for her work at the AMA Hall of Fame.

Alicia, as featured in the October 2013 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine for her work at the AMA Hall of Fame.

Alicia did mention her favorite tattoos were done by Joey Knuckles at High Street Tattoo, Dan “Rev Dice” at Sweet Baby Octane, Fernando Diaz in Mexico City, Mexico, Jim Peticca in Greensburg, PA and Mikey Jenkins in Atlanta, GA. Despite Alicia’s artistic gifts, she prefers to give the tattoo artists autonomy over the work they do on her skin. “I did have a tattoo started in 2002 from a design I drew,” she remembers. “But I prefer to collect work from the tattoo artist’s hand, not my own.”

So why didn’t Alicia become a tattoo artist? Well, she did in 1998. She apprenticed under Tony Olivas from Sacred Heart Tattoo in Atlanta, Georgia, but quickly realized it wasn’t for her. Her paintings have such an elegant feel to them. They’re abstract yet simple, fluid and in depth. It’s obvious she made the right choice by sticking to what she loves.

Outside of the AMA Hall of Fame, Alicia’s work won’t be found in any galleries as of yet, but you can find one of her paintings hanging in the Strongwater Food and Spirits bar in Franklinton, Ohio, as well as another location in Ohio. “I do have a studio space at 400 West Rich in Columbus, Ohio,” Alicia says. “I have several paintings hanging on the walls throughout the building.” 

If you’d like to check out Alicia’s paintings at 400 West Rich at a time where there are no events in the building, you can contact Linda Dice at Otherwise, you can find out more about Alicia and her art at

You’d be right to visit Lefty’s Tattoo

IMG_1462Tattoo Shop: Lefty’s Tattoo

Owned by: Jason Martin

Address: 467 N. Tustin St., Orange, CA 92867

Phone: 714/997-4882

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Artists on staff: Jason Martin, Myke Rivera, JayDawg, Josh, Jeremy, Ryan, Nhan and Chris

Shop hourly rate: $150 per hour

All artwork on the walls has been done by artists who work at Lefty's Tattoo

All artwork on the walls has been done by artists who work at Lefty’s Tattoo

Since I had heard about Lefty’s from so many different friends in Orange County, I just had to check it out. Lefty’s Tattoo is a small, modest tattoo shop located close to the beach on the south end of Orange County. Owned by tattoo artist Jason Martin, the shop opened in 1998 at a location just across from where they are now, but with heavy overhead threatening to take Jason out of the game, he moved the shop to the 467 Tustin St. address.

Lefty’s tattoo got it’s name literally from Jason’s and Myke’s left hands, as most of their clients would say, “Oh look at that, you’re both leftys.” Although left handed tattoo artists are far and few between, Jason insists being left handed has had no affect on his learning curve and his work proves this fact.

Josh busy on a leg piece.

Josh busy on a leg piece.

All the artists who work at Lefty’s are not necessarily left handed, but they have pretty much started their careers there and even Lefty’s most fledging artist is a four-year tattooing veteran. Jason isn’t the type to be showy and unlike others who’d turn themselves into a brand to get as big as possible, he just wants the shop to remain small so he can spend time with his family and so his clients can continue to enjoy a cozy, familiar environment.

A plethora of books show the amount of work each artist has done during their tenure with Lefty's

A plethora of books show the amount of work each artist has done during their tenure with Lefty’s

Not too many celebrities frequent Lefty’s tattoo, but make no mistake, the people who return are more than willing to spend the dimes it takes to get quality work done by all artists in the shop. The artists at Lefty’s all are capable of doing different types of tattoos, but Jason specializes in realistic artwork such as portraits of people and animals. Although Jason has been determined to remain as humble as possible, his work and artist JayDawg’s work have been featured in magazines such as Tattoo and Skin Art.

Jason and his artists are currently booked solid for pretty much the rest of the year, but they do hold promotions in the mean time and you never know, there could be a cancelation. Don’t be afraid to stop by and check out this amazingly clean and inviting shop. Based on what I saw and Lefty’s five-star Yelp rating, I’d say the work is well worth the wait.

Visit Lefty’s Facebook page to see examples of their work.


Jason Martin, owner of Lefty's Tattoo

Jason Martin, owner of Lefty’s Tattoo

About Jason:

Jason’s body is roughly 75 percent covered in tattoos and he gleaned his first tattoo at the tender yet unlimited age of 13 years old. An army brat living in Germany, Jason would hike up his T-shirt sleeves so everyone could see the tattoo of the Iron Cross, which is still visible on his arm. Jason says at least ten friends and artists have touched needles to his skin since then, making him pretty much a living, walking collage of history. His favorite tattoo is one of his pit bull on his neck and his second favorite is that of a 1941 Ford classic car on his inner, right arm, that he got when he was 20. “It was my dream car,” he laughs. “I ended up getting it, and then I had to build it because I had the tattoo.”

Both Jason and JayDawg are motorcycle lovers, with Jason owning a Harley Deluxe and JayDawg being a fan of street bikes. Since Jason’s hit-and-run accident last year though, his family is pressing him to sell the bike and he might have to acquiesce for the sake of his obligations to the shop. Still, he happily regales his trips to Laughlin as if it were yesterday and I’m not quite sure the two wheeling gene will completely dissipate from his system any time soon.

Text and Photos by Rachael Maltbie

Facebook photo reel

So there are a lot of photos of moto-inspired tattoo pictures I post to our Facebook page and not here. The main reason for that being it seems social media does more to drive a following these days than an individual website. If you look at the number of views to this page, I could be mistaken. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m a compulsive Google searcher with a taste for the savory sight of fresh ink on riders or models for that matter. Draw from that what you will. If you like the pics you see, I upload more daily to our Facebook page and they can also be seen on instagram @motoinked. So like us with the button to your right ===> if you’d be so kind. Thank you.

Different Bore, Different Stroke – Meet Chris Gibbany

Chris Gibbany from Harrison, AR. Look at those nails!

Chris Gibbany from Harrison, AR. Look at those nails!

I love people who are different. I’ll forget a conversation with a normal person almost immediately after it happens. But when I meet people who are quirky, awkward, outwardly and uncomfortably jovial or even eccentric, you can bet I’ll never forget them for the rest of my life.

When I got this email from Chris Gibbany, I admit my initial reaction was a mix between bewilderment and utter fascination. I’m bewildered because I’m amazed people like her still exist and I’m fascinated because secretly (shhhh…don’t tell), I’d do anything to be just as zany and awesomely unique as she is.

People like Chris are exactly what draw me to the world of motorcycling and the realm of tattoos. Finally, I have a melting pot of culture I can finally fit into. We can be as crazy as we want to be, free as we want to be. We can ride how we want to ride and represent ourselves, our families and our lives in our ink. 

Chris is uninhibited in her way living, bound by nothing other than a love for tattoos and bikes. Read on to find out more about this rumbling Goddess and Mistress of the Woods. Born of a different bore and a different stroke, this push-rod-powered phenom lives a simple life hunting and building bikes with her husband, and get this – raising 25 hedgehogs. No, I’m not kidding.

Chris, an avid hunter, shows off her tattoos.

Chris, an avid hunter, shows off her tattoos.

“My name is Chris Gibbany and I live in Harrison, Arkansas.  I LOVE motorcycles and tattoos- so much that I am doing a sleeve totally related to bikes and motors. All my tattoos are motor-related. I love Chevys and have a 1978 Z-28 that I used to drag race and have owned over 20 years.  I also have a 1981 Corvette (represented in ink through the flags on my back) which I have owned 13+ years and was/is my “daily” driver when I need to go somewhere or I can’t ride a bike.

I presently have four motorcycles – a Yamaha TW enduro (which is for sale to buy more Harley parts) and three Harleys including a 1981 Ironhead, a 1956 Panhead and a 1939 Knucklehead.  My husband Gabe and I built my 1981 Ironhead after I designed it and we are almost finished with my 1956 model that I am building to combine the new with the old.  The 1939 is a project for next year.  I have been riding since I was 16 and have been riding Harleys for about five years now. I started on a 1970 right-hand shift Ironhead!
The sleeve I am working on right now features my 1956 Panhead motor and under it is a semi-portrait of it’s front end profile.  All of my black and gray work is done by my artist, Dessa Blackthorn from Tattooz by Sassy out of Mountain Home, Arkansas.  I have won several contests with the piston tattoo she did on my shoulder. My husband and I are both gearheads. He has several old Harleys as well as some really old trucks.
Chris's custom Panhead

Chris’s custom Panhead

We are super frugal and make a modest income. We put everything we have into our passion.  We don’t have children, television, a dishwasher, a microwave, etc.  We line dry clothes and I shop once a month for food and essentials spending just $100 a month for the both of us.  The only meat we eat is what we kill as we are both avid hunters and fishermen.  We are fixing to raise chickens as well.

Things you may not know about me?:
I was an extreme couponer for five years before it became the “norm” and I have been asked to be on two television series- one for couponing and the other because I raise hedgehogs and have 25+ of them.
We live a REALLY different life than most people but are passionate about our bikes and our ink!”
Some Riding Shots of Chris on her Harley creations:
Tattoo by Dessa Blackthorn from Tattooz by Sassy out of Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tattoo by Dessa Blackthorn from Tattooz by Sassy out of Mountain Home, Arkansas


Mark Gibson from Monkido Tattoo Studio explains the bio mechanical sleeve tattoo

Bio mechanical sleeve tattoo by Mark Gibson of Monkido Tattoo Studio.

Bio mechanical sleeve tattoo by Mark Gibson of Monkido Tattoo Studio.

You may have seen the bio mechanical sleeve I posted earlier by Mark Gibson. I was blown away how Mark was able to weave an amalgam of complex, mechanical motorbike-inspired parts onto his client’s arm in a way that yielded a flawless and fascinating piece of art work on living canvas. I was able to chase Mark down and find out a little bit more about this tattoo, which I later learned was based on Ducati parts. Not bad for an artist from a small European town. Read on to find out more from the interview.

Tell me a little more about the client. What was the inspiration behind this tattoo?

His name is Matthew Buckley, and he lives a few hours away from our studio in Oxford.  He’s a collector of awesome tattoos, and has some awesome work by many talented tattoo artists from around the UK. I was lucky enough to receive his full right arm to tattoo. His inspiration would have been his own Ducati, and also a mechanical sleeve I’d previously done based on car parts on a different client.

I saw that this tattoo took about 30 hours of work. How many sittings did the client do?

Thirty hours was a rough estimate by the time we had finished tattooing, not including tea breaks and the odd sandwich here and there. Thirty hours was just for the tattoo application, if you added on another sixty hours in design preparation you wouldn’t be far off.  The thirty hours was broken up into full day sittings at around five hours each, this meant six day trips for Matt to make.

How did you come up with the sketch? Did you freehand directly to his arm? Or did you come up with a stencil ahead of time?

This tattoo had a slightly different approach to the rest of my work, due to its complexity and it’s importance that it looked like a robotic arm instead of a motorbike engine.  We started with a lengthy consultation which included all measurements and tracings of Matthews arm/muscle shapes/joints etc.

At the consultation I received a CD from Matt that included hundreds of high quality photographs of his motorbike from all angles and details that you could imagine. From those images I basically chopped them all up, picked the bits that I wanted and ‘photoshopped’ a rough guide together. This was printed off at full scale and traced over a couple of times making adjustments and re-drawing parts  to create an image that would work on the body. Once Matt had approved the tracings a few weeks prior to his first sittings, they were carbon copied directly onto his arm.

What type of tattoo work do you typically do? Black and grey? Color? Portraits?

I really don’t like to limit myself to any certain styles, and will enjoy any piece regardless of colour/black and grey as long as my client is happy to collaborate with me on the artwork. I believe any idea no matter how rough or basic it may seem at the consultation, has the potential to be an awesome tattoo.

Do you ride motorcycles at all? If so, what kind of bike do you have and what do you love about riding?

Unfortunately I’ve not ridden a motorbike since my teens which was just a field bike. I have a lot of good friends who ride and I can certainly appreciate the custom builds that they have. A lot of their work is done by Steve Hackett who owns Hack Shack  Customs, you can see some of their stuff via

What tattoo studio do you work for?

I work for Monki Do Tattoo Studio, we are situated near Derby in a small town called Belper. It’s pretty remote here so fortunately our clientele are happy to travel to us. I’ve never worked for any other studio as I apprenticed under Andy Bowler who is the owner.

Do you have personal website or does your tattoo shop have a website people can visit?

We have for the studio, and I have a personal website on facebook, you can find me on there via

Mark Gibson with his mentor and boss from Monkido Tattoo Studio, Andy Bowler.

Mark Gibson with his mentor and boss from Monkido Tattoo Studio, Andy Bowler.

Video Footage from Sal’s Arc Angel


Sal wanted to get this tattoo as a reminder of his Dad who passed away when he was eight years old, to let him know that his Dad is always watching over him. He liked the look of the main character in the Assassin’s Creed video game, and he combined it with how he thought a bad ass arc angel should look. He’s hoping to add some background later, along with demons underneath to make it a complete chest piece. For now, the arc angel looks pretty awesome on it’s own. Tattoo by John Soto of Fontana Tattoo in Fontana, CA.