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
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 !
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.
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-
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...
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” !
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
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.