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Q&A with Sergio Necksbreaker, pinstriper and kustom painter from Spain

Sergio Necksbreaker
Barcelona, Spain
Sergio Necksbreaker - Pinstriper and Kustom Painter
How long have you been pinstriping and doing kustom paint work?
I started pinstriping in 2007. I didn’t do anything more than pinstriping until two or three years later.
What is the kustom kulture scene like in Spain?
Well, in Spain, compared to other European countries, the kustom kulture scene is not very popular. But we do have awesome kustom artists, motorcycles builders, car clubs, and shows.

Helmet pinstriping
Helmet pinstriping and lettering
Who are your influences now and who were they when you were growing up?
I’m absolutely a fan of Darren McKeag. I also follow and get inspired by the works of greats like Ken Takabayashi, Von Dago, and my friend Ismael Navarro, among many others.
What are the tools of your trade?
In my trade, I have about 20 cans of Alphanamel enamel and additives, and my brushes case with some different brushes for every type of work. I have the new Escoda Necksbreaker brushes for sure. Hehehe!! But I have and still use brushes like Von Dago’s Pinstriping brush, Steve Kafka’s brush for scrolling, Escoda lettering brushes Serie El Deletrista, and Tidwell’s brushes.
Necksbreaker pinstriping brushes
What project are you most proud of?
Now, I’m very proud to be teaching. It’s very nice to be able to teach other artists some things that make it easier for them to learn pinstriping. Something I would have liked when I started.
What’s the best part of your artwork day?
I think that the best part is when I deliver the artwork to the customer.
kustom painted refrigerator door
When you started doing pinstriping and lettering, what was the most difficult thing to master and how did you overcome it?
About 13 years ago, for me, every learning step wasn’t easy. Now with social networking sites, YouTube tutorials, courses or the increase of the kustom scene, is very different. When I started, I think that the most difficult thing to learn was how make a closed curve line with a clean stroke … and repeat it symmetrically on the other side!!! Haha. It was much easier when I discovered that I could turn the brush with my fingers.
Pinstriping and lettering on motorcycle tank
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
It’s not easy to know it. I hope to continue traveling with my brushes to other countries, painting in shows or putting on workshops. I hope to go to the USA and paint something there.
Sergio wearing his Rat Fink pinstriped helmet
Any final words for the Gnarly Magazine readers?
Give what you can to make this world not boring.
To see more of Sergio’s work, be sure to check him out on Instagram: Instagram.com/necksbreaker_pinstriping
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Post & Photos by Jack McIntyre

If you haven’t seen the TV show, Counting Cars, well then you are missing out on seeing the amazing work that is produced in their different shops. Counts Kustoms is the name of their facility & business, and today I will center on Ryan Evans, the master of all things paint. Continue reading RYAN EVANS, PAINTER EXTRAORDINAIRE, IT’S WHAT HE LOVES AND IT SHOWS

BIKER & PAINTER, a great French Artist

Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Salut à toi American rider,

Today, let me introduce a good friend of mine, a great French artist, my bro’ Dom’, aka NOIR MAT!

In my mind, my other painter friend Davis UHL and NOIR MAT are currently the two best motorcycle painters.

Dom whose pseudonym is NOIR MAT (you could literally translate it by “Black Mat”) is an hyper realist , self – taught painter. Born in 1965, Noir Mat started drawing at a young age, incited by his father who was a painter

Yes, it is his father who taught him very young the way of drawing and painting.

It is the acquisition of a Harley Davidson in 1994 which made him associate his passion of the art with that of the Kustom Kulture and triggered his artistic revolution.

He went from “Kustom Kulture” to studying aerosol paint. He started to paint on all kinds of vehicles and car parts. He then evolved and returned to painting on a canvas. He combines the pictorial technique that his father taught him with what he learned during his studies of aerosol paint.

His works are painted with acrylic resin on canvas or wood , with a quality of completion and encreased attention to detail which ends up persuading the observer that he is an integral part of the work which it is admiring.

His style is hyper-realistic, and shows the extreme attention that Noir Mat pays to the details in his work. Some of his canvases require several weeks of work. His purpose is to immerse the observer in the piece. Even if his favorite subject is still the famous Harley Davidson, the artist has managed to be versitile and does animal and urban representation as well as pin-up portraits.

The Artist makes us understand that one foresees reality that the mystery of the reality ; his purpose being to sublimate this reality .

His works reflects his passion , in particular the American Culture , but also of other topics which are dear to him the time of a glance, discover the NOIR MAT’s realistic world: https://www.noirmatart.com/

Dom’ (I call him by his given name, it’s more natural for me) is a real nice man. A biker, a great artist and a gentleman. Talking with him, having a beer or a ride is always a great lifetime.

As my lovely wife knows that I am a fan of BLACK MATT, she surprised me four years ago by offering me a picture of my Streetglide, signed NOIR MAT, for my birthday. I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy. If one day you come to my office, you will see it proudly hanging over my desk.

NOIR MAT showed his artwork for the first time to the USA in 2015 for the Sturgis bike week. He wasn’t present himself this year (only a dozen of his paintings where shown by his agent at the HD dealership of Rapid City). I was lucky enough to be the first Frenchie to see his artwork exposed in the USA this year.

In 2016, Dom’ attended the Sturgis rally and was present on his booth at the Black Hills Harley Davidson dealership of Rapid City. He was so happy being there, meeting so many people and especially Willy G and his idol: David Uhl. I clearly claim to be the guy who introduced Dom’ to my friend David in 2013 (David and Dom’ met a second time during the Daytona bike week 2018).

Dom’ is really an eclectic painter. He’s able to produce artworks about animals which are absolutely amazing.

As artist and great fan of the American culture and the USA Dom’ dreams to diffuse his artwork among American fans of custom bike / car culture. So do not hesitate to order him the artwork of your lifetime! (you have to know that the price is very reasonable).

Next time you will come to my home, we’ll take our motorcycle and come to have a beer with Dom’ / NOIR MAT. Thus, you will discover the French heartland, only by tiny roads: from Paris to Saint-Etienne the city where Dom’ is being living with his girlfriend, it will take us about 10 hours …

Waitin’ for you.

See ya soon on the road, who knows?

Hervé your French friend.

Meet Masha NEPOMNYASCHAYA, a 27 year old Ukrainian female Motorcycle Painter

Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Salut à toi American rider,

I’m a proud heavy rider … But I have to confess that I use to spend a consequent time on social networks (and I’m proud too to confirm that  …I’m not on FB …I’m sure you can’t believe it). Continue reading Meet Masha NEPOMNYASCHAYA, a 27 year old Ukrainian female Motorcycle Painter