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by Martin Bouchard (Fitto)

The Art of Body Painting

Fortunately for fans of the motorcycle and tattoo cultures, shows, events and conventions are very well established worldwide and they offer many diverse attractions that are often distinct from one another. Whether through custom motorcycles exhibits, live bands, skill contests, tattoo contests or the art of painting, these attractions are there to entertain us. A favourite at these events is undoubtedly the body painting contests. Through this practice, artists express their creativity by painting directly on beautiful (human) models, which in turn provide a uniquely artistic and very original art form. This only adds to any great event’s atmosphere.

Last year at the Bike and Tattoo Show I saw model Abby Sun painted from head to toe. She strutted down the show’s aisles displaying the masterpiece that covered her like a second skin. Immediately I wanted to meet the artist who gave life to this three dimensional living canvas. And that’s when I met Lorie Hamel. Body painting techniques are not much different from that of the custom motorcycle world. There is commonality at many levels, especially since both use several common practices and tools such as airbrushes, sponges and traditional paint brushes to shape their works. And this is why we are deviating somewhat from the usual paint column. We’re going from splashing sheet metal to showcasing artistic visions on human bodies. And who better to tell you about it than Lorie herself !

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Technical

Technical

by André Bobinas

Crazy Canucks !

“CRAZY CANUCKS” - That’s what I hear whenever I travel to the USA to attend a bike event where some Canadian showed up with a full custom bike or an out-of-this-world new product. Well I as well as the team at Revolution, we are not in the habit of promoting products. Yet recently I came across an invention developed right here in the snow country that is so on the mark that I was compelled to share it with you. This invention’s name is ACTIVESUSPENSION- CDC. (1) Let me give you an idea of what this is and later we’ll get into the details.



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Our Readers

Our Readers

Luc's FLHX Street Glide

By Luc Lefebvre

My family and I have always been very passionate about cars but at a very young age I moreover developed a passion for motorcycles. I had my first when I was fifteen years old, a blue Honda CT 70. I then rode all of the Japanese brands, a one-cylinder 1968 Triumph 250 and from there several Harley-Davidsons. In 1979 I had a two-stroke 175 c.c. Harley- Davidson from the AMF years followed by a Softail, a Dyna and a Touring model. In 1995 I was one of the first Canadians to purchase and ride a Buell. Over the years I have modified five Road Kings to create unique machines that reflected my personality, motorcycles that earned me featured articles in Canadian Biker Magazine and several awards at Daytona Bike Week. My association with Harley-Davidson Motorcycles has lasted for over thirty years. In the early 1990s I was representative at H-D Moto Sport Blanchette in Trois-Rivières and for the past two years I’ve been a representative at Carrier Harley- Davidson in Saint- Hyacinthe.

And now I bestow to you my latest creation which I am very proud of : a 2011 one hundred and three cubic inch FLHX Street Glide. My personal tastes and research into creating a motorcycle which would be...

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International

International

Tom Foster's Landshark, Pure Loco

By Charlie Lessard • Photos by Shane Russeck (shanerusseckphoto.com)

Have I ever mentioned that I love this job ? Hell yeah ! What other job in the world can bring me to meet the most interesting people in the custom motorcycle world ? People that have greatly influenced and at times greatly transformed the chopper landscape we love so much. People I admire. This being said I bring you Tom Foster (A.K.A. Crazy Fast Cracker), a man for whom I have immense regard. When I first noticed Tom’s work I distinctly remember pointing to the pictures in the magazine I was examining and avidly declaring, “THAT’S IT”! Tom’s work jolted me out from the boots I was wearing – hard-core, outlaw, with a style that caused a shockwave through my grey matter! And it hasn’t stopped since. Tom’s bikes scream “FUCK YOU, THIS HIGHWAY’S MINE” !

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On the Road

On the Road

Voyage to Corsica a bikers paradise!

By Frederic Bagur

Just 190 kilometres from Côte d’Azur, Corsica is a real paradise for motorcyclists. This awesome place has unspoiled natural scenic landscapes that are only surpassed in excellence by the quality of the roads. It’s an exceptional playground that is 183 kilometres long by 83 kilometres wide. You may think I’m too in love with the place to offer a non-biased opinion but this isn’t true ! To be more objective I took two “Northerners” who knew little or nothing about the place on “the run to Corsica”.

Our journey didn’t look too promising at the start. The week before our departure, Corsica was hit by a sudden snowfall which completely blocked access to the inner part of the island. Encouragingly, after a night of sailing, the sun shined on the bay of Toulon as we mounted our bikes to disembark the Corsica Ferries Company boat. We landed on Corsica Island which the ancient Greeks called Kalliste. The meaning of Kalliste is “most beautiful” - we should all trust the old adages ! As soon as we disembarked we were struck with the stunning scenery of this island.

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Chuck Zito

Chuck Zito

Par Charlie Lessard • Photos par Shane Russeck (shanerusseckphoto.com)

In short, if you’ve been laying under a slab of granite then maybe, just maybe you haven’t heard of the name Chuck Zito ! Respectfully I can only say that this self-made man has had a personal history comparable to the one of only a chosen few.

I recently had the privilege of meeting Chuck Zito through a mutual friend of ours, the incredible photographer Shane Russeck. Chuck was feverishly working on his latest hot looking custom ride over at WW Custom Cycle in North Hollywood, California, and luckily for us at Revolution Motorcycle Magazine, he took some time to talk.


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