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This is an end to end custom paintjob project on a Harley Davidson Nightrod. This project came all the way from Townsend, Delaware, USA, in a suitcase! Our client is a photographer and cinematographer by profession. He sent a write-up about himself. An absolute child at heart. A huge fan of comics and Superman is his favorite super hero. A huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. He says, "I cry when we lose a game, cry when we win the game". He wanted #7 on the headlight Cover. And names of his kids somewhere. Finally we chose to go with Philadelphia Eagles theme. The fonts and color choices were tastefully made to suit a Eagles jersey. This is a silver leaf job. We affectionately call this project "SE7EN"
This custom paintjob on a Harley Davidson Fatboy, is an amalgamation of multiple elements ranging from an Om to a Khanda, a Tortoise to a Phoenix, Koi Fishes to Lotus, Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra, Shree Ganesh Shloka, A Shree Yantra and more. Our client also has a liking for Celtic patterns, Aztec and Maori tattoos. We chose a stone texture like surface on which we have laid the designs in a way that it looks carved on stone. Celtic Knots, Maori artforms, Aztec Patterns, form major foundation of the design. strong and bold designs fill in and around the subject to give a homogeneity and uniformity. All these art forms like Polynesian, Austronesian, Micronesian and Melanesian are known as Oceanian Art forms, as they can be seen in regions around Pacific Ocean. They can be mapped back to one ancient civilization called LAPITA, and hence the name.
Japan is one of the oldest living civilizations in the world; their philosophy, art and literature is a vast universe in itself. Like any other art form in the world, Japanese art is much inspired and derived from nature and things around them. Oni Mask, Mamushi Snake (Japanese pit viper), Koi Fish, Samurai Mask, Katana sword, Spears, Ropes, Fish Scales, Octopus, Clouds, Mount Fuji, Sun (Japan is the land of the rising sun), Ocean Waves, Bamboo Plant, Chrysanthemum Flowers, Birds, and circular patterns are the typical elements of Japanese tattoos, which are often very intricate and dense. To establish a continuity and uniformity it has been adorned with bunches of Sakura flowers (Japanese Cherry Blossoms). And bronze sections resembling a Samurai armoured dress, also can be seen at various places. To add a further definition the borders of all the parts has been decorated with a band of gold leaf. First all the parts were carefully with Silver Leaf. It requires utmost care, special techniques and precision to get the metal leaves laid. Carefully airbrushed with various shades of black and transparent tints to give the feel of depth and completed layers. The colors have been applied in a much controlled manner to give it a slightly desaturated look. The final finish is satin matte. This is a complete Triumph Thunderbird Storm set, comprising of the tank, the front fender, the rear fender, right and left side panels and radiator grill cover. It has been an extremely soul satisfying experience executing this project. It took almost three months from the time of conceptualizing to execution. Last but not the least is the naming of the project. We call it Ikebana. Ikebana (生け花, "living flowers") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.