around under rusty okfVWs, in early 20081 was asked to custom paint a couple of bikes, one or which was a particular challenge as it was to paint two portraits of a mate's ageing wolfdog on his VN1500.

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During this time I realised what I had missed not having taken my bike test years before so I got on a DAS course with Biketrain Wales in Cwmbran and passed in August 2008. My wife, Debbie, and I went off looking at what sort of bike would suit our needs - somediing I could paint, that would be comfortable for the two of us and powerful enough not to struggle. I sat on a Kawasaki Mean Streak 1500 and that was it - bitten.

After a good scour of eBay, a couple of weeks later I was the owner a standard 2003 Meanie with Vance & Hines 'pipes. We then quickly sourced a back rest and a Kawasaki pillion 'comfort' seat to make it better for her too. The bike rode very well, but it didn't look quite as I wanted it to - it needed painting. I knew I wanted it to stand out but, at the same time, it had to be relatively simple and effective. I'd started to get a few more bike painting jobs in the mean time and I never seemed to get the time to think about what I wanted, but then it came to me.

Back in late 2007 Debbie'd had a massive operation down in Basingstoke and, during the many trips up and down to the hospital, I remembered seeing a granite workshop (Stone Circle) which'd triggered memories of some interior design paint techniques I'd seen used years before. Following some further Internet research and, having painted a trial run tank, I bit the bullet, stripped the bike down and got on with it.

I'd originally intended to use the effect just as a background for other art that I'd put over the top of it, but once the 'granite' finish was applied I concluded that simplicity was best and so just added the 'carved look' wolf paw prints - I've been known as Wolfie on and off for over twenty years, you see.

I went to my first bike show -The No Bull, Just Beer & Bikes in May last year at Builth Wells - and put the bike in the show for a bit of fun, never thinking that anything would come of it as there was some fantastic work on show from other well respected artists, and was gob-smacked to come away with the 'Best Paint' prize. I remember saying to my wife after the show, that I'd love to paint bikes full time and, fortunately, it was soon a case O

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