Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Evel Surfer Hat

This wicked lid, is David Lozeau's Malibu Surfer Hat.

I know... that's what I said, "WTF is a Malibu Surfer hat?"

Check the vintage ad (above) to get an idea of what I'm talking about.

The WWII helmet is for an artist's display at the Vintage Torque Fest, a hot rod, motorcycle & art show in Farley Iowa. John Wells (event organizer), asked the best artists from around the country produce their own Malibu Surfer Hats.

Dave decided to paint his with an Evel Knievel-inspired skull with wings in 1 Shot enamel (it's how he rolls). Check it, the original pencil sketch, and helmet that he painted with blue flake.

Here's D-Lo laying down the skull and bones mid-way through the project. It's a true labour of love because he ain't gettin' paid for this commission. All the proceeds from the sale of the Surfer Hats are going to a charity called helpinghannahsheart.org

Here's one Dave got paid for. Here's how he described it on his site: "An iconic symbol for pirates and hooligans alike, the skull and crossbones gets an artistic face-lift on this half-shell motorcycle helmet. Dave's trademark big-toothed, droopy-eyed skull character was created with 1 Shot sign painters enamel".

Here's another in his classic Day of the Dead style. The description: "A modern sugar skull and traditional marigolds were painted on a half-shell motorcycle helmet at the "Tres Dias" RockabillyFest in Phoenix, Arizona with 1 Shot enamel over the course of two days".

Sorry but I couldn't resist. There's also a bike event/display at Torque Fest, sponsored by Dice magazine. It's been dubbed Moto Psycho Torque Fest.

Here's how it's been promoted: "Bring out your Norton, Triumph, vintage Harley or Indian, or BSA. Yes, custom Jap bikes are welcome. As long as the bikes will be something that looks like it would be in Choppers magazine circa 1969 or DicE magazine.OCC Bikes, billet, touring bikes, and fat boys are welcome - but will have special parking outside".

Love it!

Ace ♠

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