Livefast - February 26, 2011


Harley-Davidsons evoke different emotions for different people. That’s because Harleys are the snowflakes of self-expression; no two Harleys are alike because no two riders are the same. From custom paint to chrome and exhaust, Harleys express their owners’ personalities. More than any other mechanical object, Harleys are moving art.

“Live Fast” is an exhibit that will take this idea one step further by displaying art which is inspired by the gasoline, oil, and freedom that power these uniquely American machines. Pieces will include custom Harley tanks painted especially for this show as well as other pieces this hand-picked stable of artists created for this one-of-a-kind event.   The artist Dave “Letterfly” will also show us a traditional form of motorcycle expression- pinstriping.  This art form was made popular in the 50’s Custom Culture and its influence on contemporary customs is still observed today.  Please join us as we celebrate Harleys through the eyes of these artists and show you many different takes on what makes these motorcycles great.

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 26th, from 5pm – 8pm

With special guest appearance by the infamous artist “Letterfly” who will demonstrate traditional “old school” pinstriping.

The event is FREE but RSVP required for entrance

Open to the public exhibit
Sunday, February 27th, from 11am – 5pm

Patriot University Seminar “Rolling Art-tips and tricks from the artist himself”
with Letterfly Sunday, February 27th, at 1 PM at Patriot H-D
This seminar is free but limited space is available.  Please sign up by emailing

Patriot Harley-Davidson
9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax VA 22031

Show end date: February 27th

Alan Defibaugh

Born in Washington D.C., Alan has spent a majority of his life living in the outlying metropolitan area. With the exception of school (4 years in mysterious Savannah Georgia), and his brand new home in Austin, Texas! Alan has been drawing since 1984 and has been getting paid for it since 2005. His personal style focuses on bold colors, 2-dimensional design, and a sense of humor that's perhaps a little off. He specializes in artwork suitable for digital media, print and any other surface you can think of! He loves David Bowie and the color pink.

Casey Weldon

Casey was born August 27th, 1979, in beautiful Long Beach California. He spent his childhood in the then undeveloped eucalyptus groves of Yorba Linda and the labyrinth hills of Valencia, skinning knees, capturing flags, and drawing comic books. After a hazy stint in high school, he went on to study at the Art Center College of Design where he graduated with honors in 2004. He moved to Las Vegas, which was great. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. He had some shows, made some friends and met a girl. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY with said girl.

Drew Storm Graham

When I was 11 years old I moved to Madrid where I immediately fell in love with graffiti visually and conceptually. Graffiti embodies a bold, impetuous attitude rooted in controversy and rebellion. This spark of controversy that lies at the very soul of graffiti is what attracted my attention to the art form. It demands a reaction whether of affirmation or rejection because the viewer is an inescapable victim of its presence. Conflict is a necessary element that enhances the meaning of graffiti. A majority of this message rests solely in the action of creating it, defying the constraints imposed by society.

JeanPaul Mallozzi

JeanPaul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration and Fine Arts. He currently resides in Miami FL, trying daily to avoid the sun and stay pastey white.

I like to combine urban scenery with old world story telling. A city is a fun stage to play out fantastical scenarios with spirits and humans, weather phenomena and love. The world looks mundane at certain times of the day, but there are other times where magic can happen in a split second. The eternal kid in me believes that".

Jim Mahfood

Jim Mahfood aka Food One is an illustrator/comic book artist/ muralist/ live art rocker residing in LA. He is the creator of the art style known as Visual Funk: a hybrid mix of comix art, graffiti, manga, street art, and funk culture. Jim single-handedly introduced Live Art to the American comic book scene. Food has worked for every major comic book publisher and his list of comics credits include Clerks (with filmmaker Kevin Smith), Grrl Scouts, Stupid Comics, Felt, Bad Ideas, various Spider-Man books for Marvel, One Page Filler Man, Kick Drum Comix, Carl -The Cat That Makes Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and more. His illustrations have appeared in magazines like Playboy, MAD Magazine, Star Wars Gamer, URB, BadAzz Mofo, BPM, the Hollywood Reporter, and so on.

Mr. Christopher

Born and bred in the Midwest, Mr. Christopher has developed a unique style and ethic for someone residing in the Bible Belt. Dropping out of artschool at the age of 19, he decided that the academic world did not have much to offer him. At that time he was still a very active graffiti writer and preferred developing painting techniques on his own. Film, sexuality, politics and street art were all key in what was to become Mr. Christopher's style and content. Although he says he is retired from graffiti, he still manages to catch a few tags and paint a few trains. The allure of painting whatever you want, wherever you want is an addictive quality and that addiction has carried over into his other work as well. He can't go a day without painting, drawing, taking pictures, making music or shooting 8mm film. If creating were cocaine or heroin, then he'd be River Phoenix.

Nick Morris

I was born in Ballarat, just over an hour out of Melbourne. At the age of six I knew I wanted to be an artist and, at a similar time, discovered surfing and my passion for the coast had begun. When I was at secondary school, one of my teachers had said only two per cent of living artists make a living off their art, so I decided to become a graphic designer.

In many ways it was a positive result for eventually becoming an artist. I went to Chisholm Institute in Caufield where I met fellow designer Dave Bowers and, over time, we hit it off. After working in Melbourne for a few years after college I moved to the west coast of Victoria and, in 1990, Dave and I started a clothing label called Umgawa. It was incredibly successful but our inexperience caught up with us and from there I went on to become the art director at Quiksiver in Torquay, which had been something I had always aspired to. To be living down the coast working in an industry that moulded in around surfing was a dream come true. A few years later I bean my own freelance graphics company called Anyhow, servicing the surf streetwear industry working for the biggest labels in the world. The business peaked around 2004 when we were invited to speak at Semi Permanent graphics conference in Sydney and then later at Agideas with a host of international designers.

Nils Westergard

Nils Westergard started stenciling at age 13 when a friend introduced him to the world of street art. Now 18, he is a high school senior with plans to attend VCUarts to study film in the fall. His work with stencils and sculpture focuses on the conflict and legitimacy of street art as well as the nature of authority and rebellion. Aside from painting Nils works with film, sculpture, and set design where he takes his influence from a variety of sources ranging from Carl Sagan to the Cold War. When he's not creating art Nils enjoys nature, film, friends, history and science.

Patrick Haemerlein

A native of Kinderhook, NY, Patrick Haemmerlein is a freelance designer and artist living in Los Angeles. After receiving his BFA from Savanna College of Art and Design in 2000, Patrick took the long road trip across country and settled down in LA. Here he began to obsessively photograph the city and its components. This gradually moved into new art form as he started to combine and create with images he was collecting. Reflecting on the issues of the day, Patrick explores themes of nature Vs. industry and how they can coexist of clash. The buildings and cityscapes are from Los Angeles while the animal and farm photos were mostly taken around his hometown area in upstate NY. They are not only a juxtaposition of nature and industry, but a combination of imagery from his two homes- one rural and one urban.

Ruben Ubiera

Ruben Ubiera is a Dominican neo figurative artist, known for his strong use of the line, who has been drawing and painting ever since he had use of reason. Ruben paints and draws in a style considered by many as Pop-surrealism, but he prefers to call it urban-pop, since he has lived most of his life in the urban, populated areas and most of his inspiration is derived from the interactivity  between man and his urban environment.


SCOTCH! is a stencil artist. Definition:noun;to cut. He is known for knee slapping memorable street art such as tricycle girl, the crotch-grabbing famous trooper, & the pantless laurel & hardy. The stencilist had a huge success with his first solo show, leading to other gallery showings from New York to L.A., Portland thru Miami to name a few. San Antonios Current paper gave Scotch! credit for Best Anonymous Public Art 2 years in a row. He utilized a questionable-legal public art installation coordinated and executed by a group calling itself Uniting Artists through Crime. the project quickly caught the eyes of lowbrow/street art magazine called juxtapoz. Scotch!continues to push for new  stencil techniques/ideas that people of all ages & genres can enjoy.

Thom Glick

Thom Glick floated up from the bottom of the sea. After scientists cleaned the barnacles and seaweed from his sponge-like body, and equipped him with a magic salt water chest cavity breathing implant, he was secretly allowed to join the population of land dwelling humans. Now living among us, Thom is slowly documenting life on the surface with his abstracted visual interpretations and nonsensical babble writing.

To maintain an appearance of normalness, Thom lives with his cute surface dweller girlfriend, Zuz, and their fuzzy teeth monster, Pilot.

Also on exhibit will be 13 Full size Harley gas tanks that local artists were given to create unique 3 Dimensional Artistic Expressions. The artist coming from all walks of lives and genres will work with the iconic element of the bike and the lifestyles associate with them to create their interpretations of "Living Fast"

Gas Tank Artists
Brandon Hill
Daniel Barojas
James Walker
Jessica Zadlo
Juan Pineda
Keith Brooks

Mike O'Brien
Peter Krsko/Tim Rodgers Jr
Rodger Schultz
Tim Conlon
Ultra Asad Walker

Special Guest Appearance, Demonstration, and Patriot University Seminar by "Letterfly" 

Dave “Letterfly” Knoderer is an honored guest each year at our Ride of the Patriots event every Memorial Day Weekend. He sets up shop and creates countless works of art on bikes, helmets, and anything else with a surface that needs personalization. We are thrilled to have him join us February 26 & 27 to be part of our “Live Fast” Art Exhibit and to host his own Seminar, “Rolling Art- tips and tricks from the artist himself”

“The smartest thing I ever did was join the circus!” states the clearly unique “Letterfly”. This decision launched a teenager into an unusual career, first as a show drummer accenting the efforts of the aerialists and artistes as well as plying his skill with paint and brush to decorate the circus fleet using his emerging style. Being part of this distinct entertainment experience provided skills that he says “have morphed into the relentless venture of creativity” that clearly continues to this day. Letterfly is an old school/renaissance man. As an apprentice in the sign painting trade, he learned design layout formulas, letterforms, pinstriping and wet-blended pictorial painting as his skills with the brush developed. With a penchant for adventure, the young artist soon began painting theatrical sets, amusement park and fairground décor, antique fire engine gilding, along with creating conventional, hand lettered signage and award winning storefront décor.

Today “Letterfly” travels the country visiting Harley-Davidson dealerships as well as Biker and RV events to create quality artwork on motorcycles, motor homes, hot rods and other modes of go-fast. Traditional brush painted pinstripe designs, pin-up girls, pictorials, inscriptions, pets, portraits and custom images of all kinds are produced on the spot in various locations across the nation and at his home/studio in Florida.

Letterfly now joins Patriot Harley-Davidson for an exhibition that goes beyond the bikes! A collection of hand painted artwork, photographs, posters, signs, cartoons and painted panels with intricate pinline designs showcase the varied and interesting career of the artist/entertainer and will be on display during our first ever “Live Fast” art exhibit.

We will also be treated to a demonstration of his traditional “old school” pinstriping. The delicate nature of the hand painted pinline design is the result of years of practice and developed finesse with the ungainly, specialized brush. Come see how it is really done at the opening on the 26th.

Patriot University Seminar:

Sunday, February 27 at 1pm PHD is proud to host another in our series of Unique seminars: “Rolling Art- tips and tricks from the artist himself” This seminar is free but limited space is available.  Please sign up by emailing

You will see many examples of Old School pinstripe work and see how it is done and learn many of the artists tricks. No one should expect to leave this seminar with the ability to “Von Dutch” their Harley but you will see how a pro does it- the types of brushes required, ways to maintain symmetry, color selection and more. “Letterfly” will discuss his background and his experience in the industry, the history of pinstriping, and how a simple hand lettered inscription can communicate a statement and provoke an emotion.
Letterfly will also discuss his process of creating a custom image for an individual bike starting with the interview, exploring concepts, initial sketches, image development, and finally the paint medium. An especially informative portion of the talk will involve discussing the steps, materials and components that go into the creation of spectacular custom paint jobs with an opportunity for questions from any one interested in the technical aspects of this interesting facet of the biker culture.

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