The first was Mayonaize, the next is Shige, soon it will be Carlos Torres – three world famous tattoo artists give the Indian chief their own unique touch in a series of art motorcycle models, alongside the Indian Motorcycle ‘win ton dream tattoo ‘competition.
Hailing from Yokohama, Japan, tattoo artist Shige has been honing his craft since the mid-90s for over 24 years in his “Yellow Blaze” tattoo studio, giving traditional Japanese body art its personal style.
This Indian chief received a stunning design dedicated to the Japanese demon Oni with a storm of falling cherry blossoms. The renderings are really eye-catching, when they are turned into reality they will take your breath away.
Shige has a history with American motorcycles, working as a motorcycle mechanic by day and tattooing at night, fueling a passion that has now been translated into a CGI render for the Indian Chief that will come to life on a real Chief later this year.
Custom Indian Motorcycle with Stunning Shige Tattoo Design
Speaking to Ola Stenegärd about the history of design, Shige said:
“I chose the“ Oni demon with falling cherry blossom storm ”design. My understanding of tattooing is different from what the majority think – who primarily understand it as a decoration. The reason for placing a tattooed Oni demon on your stomach means that you have an Oni demon in the center of your body and heart, this translates to the motorcycle’s fuel tank.
The demon Oni is synonymous with strong will and protection; Oni is a demon, but his meaning is not bad. It ward off bad luck and protects you from harm. Having Oni-demon tattooed on his stomach shows his determination to live in this harsh world with a strong heart. The Japanese language is full of mystery, and the stomach is believed to contain the entire human heart.
“A tattoo should look good when the body is in motion. Cherry blossoms have to be perfectly composed as they are there to balance the demon Oni, as well as the deeper meaning of the flower. Cherry Blossoms means “the pathos of things”. This image of a “sensitivity to the ephemeral” can also be linked to motorcycles – even to life.
This is the reason why I chose this image. Showing the Chief Indian Motorcycle and the dramatic depth of life itself. It’s not just a matter of appearance. I wish to put emotional drama in the design of this bike. And the demon Oni creates this drama “
The three Indian Chief tattoo motorcycles will be unveiled in spring 2022 at a VIP event in London, with 40 other tattoo artists competing to have their own designs turned into steel and paint later this fall by public vote.