Custom Heroes – Supported by Back Street Heroes
For 2019, we’re doing something a little different, and not only having some of the very finest custom motorcycles in Christendom on display by the BSH stand, but we’ll also be playing host to a select few craftsmen who ply their trade in the world of customised motorcycles. For this, we have a new title for the segment of the show – Custom Heroes. The name encompasses not only the folk who build their own, stunning custom bikes, but also those who help with the process, facilitating specific techniques and talents that so many of us will never, ever be able to even contemplate undertaking.
With this in mind, not only will there be the winners of this year’s Back Street Heroes Custom Bike Championship, plus a varied selection of some of this year’s very best custom bikes, but there’ll also be the new addition of a specific demonstration area within the display for our invited artists, who will each be displaying their talents on different days of the show.
Saturday Nov 16 & Sunday November 17: Joeby’s Airbrush Art (Backdrop painting) @ 10am, 1pm, 3pm
Monday, November 18 & Tuesday November 19: Joeby’s Airbrush Art (Pinstriping) @ 10am, 1pm, 3pm
Wednesday November 20 & Thursday November 21: Tony Reynolds (Engraving) @ 10am, 1pm, 3pm
Friday November 22 – Sunday November 24: Claudio Nosari (Leatherworking)
Joeby’s Airbrush Art
Aside from the physical creation of the parts required for a custom machine, a great part of customising is in the final finish – whether that be highly polished or anodised aluminium, chromed steel or, of course, the vastly-variable world of custom paint, the final look of a bike is dependent on the finish.
Of course, this applies to every single form of motorcycle, and not just custom bikes, although those folk involved in painting motorcycles get to cover a huge variety of machinery – from race replicas to classic restorations to full-on psychedelic custom jobs with every single creative product and technique known to mankind thrown in – metalflake, gold leaf, true flames, pearls, candies, realistic, characatures, and everything else.
Claudio Nosari is a leatherworker who epitomises the style, flair and ingenuity of those folk who turn plain old cow hide into true pieces of art. Now, his work is sold globally, and the pictures here demonstrate just a little of the variety of style, finish, colour and type of product that Claudio makes. All of the designs are hand-carved, usually to the client’s request and with reference to the client’s needs at each step so that they can get the best service and product, all using the very best vegetable-tanned leather from Florence (personally selected by Claudio himself), and for the body of the seats he uses genuine Irish-made Barbour thread, and closed cell foam, as it’s antibacterial, orthopaedic and water-repellent, so you don’t get to seat in a pool of water on those rainy days!
Tony Reynolds (Engraving)
Tony Reynolds began his artistic career as a child when he taught himself to draw, paint and airbrush and started selling his artwork and cartoons.
Tony said that, initially, he was using the wrong tools trying to get a quick result, but soon learnt that being quick did not give the desired results – “It didn’t take me long to realise that with an art form as old as this, all you need is a hammer and a chisel, along with a lot of patience, imagination and dedication”