Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Motorcycle art

Last year I attended a motorcycle event at the New Jersey Motorsport Park and while walking through the vendor area I came upon an artist in the middle of painting an image of a motorcycle.  What caught my attention was the canvas on the floor and him leaned over it.  As I  approached I also noticed he wasn't using a brush but some kind of stick and he seemed to be splattering paint on the canvas.

I stood there admiring his paintings and then when he paused I quickly grabbed the chance to ask him his name and about his technique.  His name is Makoto Endo and he was born in Niigata, Japan.
He worked as a graphic designer at an advertising agency in Tokyo and eventually moved to New York.  He not only paints motorcycles but also enjoys long rides on his motorcycle.

1947 Harley-Davidson knucklehead

1975 Ducati 900SS

Makoto paints with the canvas on the floor with a blanket to cushion his knees and pairs of chopsticks.  He splatters, sprinkles, drips and spreads paint on the canvas using various chopsticks and the result is amazing artwork.

1972 Kawasaki Z1

Want your motorcycle painted?  Makoto will paint it for you for between $1,500 to $2,500, all he needs is a photo and about a week.

Kenny Roberts 1981 Yamaha YZR500

 Makoto Endo


  1. Wow thats some fantastic art work.

    1. Yea, wouldn't you like to have your bike painted like this? I would love to have my Super Tenere hanging on the wall.

  2. Wow, wouldn't you love to have one of those hanging in the den/man cave.

  3. That's a talented guy! I've got to agree with Trobairitz, perfect for the man cave.

  4. Love these. Love the style with the splatters and the casual brush strokes. Very dynamic!

  5. In the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, there was a motorcycle manufacturer in Japan that bought licensing rights from Harley to produce Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Today, there are still hundreds of tiny motorcycle shops in Japan that work on old Knuckleheads, Panheads, and Shovels, which is why Japan has a such a unique "biker" culture.