Three artists, three styles, three projects.
A trio of world-renowned tattoo artists have been hired by Indian Motorcycles to create artwork for the new 2022 Indian Chief – and the second of the designs developed for the Indian chief shows a beautiful personal take on traditional Japanese body art, courtesy of Yokohama tattoo artist Shige.
Having taken ink professionally in the mid-90s, Shige spent his pre-2000 days working as a motorcycle mechanic, his nights being reserved for his hobby.
24 years later, motorcycles are equally dear to his heart, and he is the successful owner of the “Yellow Blaze” tattoo parlor, where his artwork remains pleasantly personal.
In an interview with the Indian Motorcycle designer Ola Stenegärd (referenced on Speedway Digest), Shige explains why he chose a Japanese demon Oni for the bike;
“The reason for placing an Oni demon tattooed on your stomach means that you have an Oni demon in the center of your body and heart,” says Shige.
“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 an Oni demon tattooed on his stomach shows his determination to live in this harsh world with a strong heart.
“A tattoo should look good when the body is moving,” he continues.
“Cherry blossoms have to be perfectly composed because 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 Indian Motorcycle Chief and the dramatic depth of life itself… It’s not just about looks. I want to put emotional drama into the design of this bike. And the demon Oni creates that drama.
Shige’s work will be applied to the conductor later this year and revealed in Spring 2022, at a VIP event in London, alongside two other creations by artists Mayonaize and Carlos Torres.
That’s not all – forty more tattoo artists will be fighting to make their own Indian Motorcycle Chief designs a reality, with the winner chosen in the fall of this year.
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