Win An All-Expenses Paid Trip To The UK And Tattoos Worth 5,000 Pounds
Second Indian Tattoo Chief Revealedby Harry Fisher, on LISTEN 03:42
Indian Motorcycles has revealed the second of three tattooed Indian Chief bikes ahead of a VIP event in London in Spring 2022. This bike, by Japanese artist Shige will join two others by Mayonaize and Carlos Torres respectively and a fourth bike whose design will have been voted for from 40 designs by renowned tattoo artists. The winner gets an all-expenses trip to the UK for a two-day tattoo session worth 5,000 Pounds.
Tattooed Indian Chief Number Two
Over a period of three months, Indian Motorcycles is revealing three Indian Chiefs, each with a custom paint job designed by a renowned tattoo artist. The first featured the work of a New Zealand artist who calls himself Mayonaize, while the second - this one - is by Japanese artist Shige and the third, to be revealed next month, will be by Carlos Torres.
The three bikes are part of a competition being run by Indian to win your dream tattoo. Once all three bikes are completed, they will be revealed in the flesh at a VIP event in London in Spring 2022. Also present will be a fourth design which will be the winner of a public vote, chosen from forty leading tattoo artists. This fourth design will be realised on metal in August 2021.
The second bike featured here is the work of Japanese artist Shige, who has been practicing his art since the mid-nineties and specialises in traditional Japanese body art.
The design is dedicated to the Japanese Oni Demon with a storm of falling cherry blossoms. The design currently resides only in a CGI render and will be translated onto metal later this year.
Speaking about the design, Shige had this to say:
“I picked the ‘Oni demon with storm of falling cherry blossoms’ design. My understanding of tattooing is different from what the majority thinks – who understand it mainly as decoration. The reason for the placement of an Oni-demon tattooed on the belly means you have Oni-demon in the center of the body and heart, this translates to the motorcycle fuel tank.
"The Oni-demon stands for strong will and protection; Oni is a demon, but its meaning is not evil. It wards off bad luck and protects you from evil. Having Oni-demon tattooed on the belly shows one’s determination to live in this harsh world with a strong heart. The Japanese language is full of mystery, and it is believed that the stomach contains the entire human heart.
“A tattoo has to be beautiful as the body moves. The cherry blossoms have to be perfectly composed as they are there to balance the Oni-demon, together with the deep meaning of the flower. Cherry Blossoms means ‘the pathos of things’. This image of ‘a sensitivity to ephemera’ can also be related to the motorbike – or even one’s life.
"That’s the reason why I chose this image. Showing the Indian Motorcycle Chief and the dramatic depth of life itself. It is not just about looks. I desire to put emotional drama into the design of this motorbike. And the Oni-demon does create this drama”
What do you think? Does the design translate well onto the compound curves of a petrol tank and fenders? Or does it look as if the bike has been left out in the sun and rain too long? As with all these designs, it’s hard to tell exactly what they will look like in the flesh, which will no doubt be better.
To enter the competition to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK for a 5,000 pound tattoo session, visit the Indian website here. You have to book online to test ride an Indian to be eligible to enter.