BABES RIDE OUT x MOTO FAM
CONTRIBUTING ARTIST // HAND PAINTED HELMET
Babes Ride Out x Moto FAM Artist Series fundraiser showcases the art of a select group of talented people in the motorcycle community. Each piece is donated as a raffle prize for the event. The money raised from raffle ticket purchases goes directly to help riders facing life changing injuries after a serious motorcycle accident. I'm honored I had the opportunity to contribute a helmet I painted for this cause in a community I am grateful to be a part of.
Name: Melissa Enriquez
Instagram handle: @melisscious @summerporvida
Where are you from originally? San Diego, CA
Where do you live now? Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Tell us about yourself. What first got you into art? I’ve always been a constant doodler. Just drawing things I see but in a warped form of reality. It’s not only my creative outlet but how I communicate with the world.
How would you describe your style? It’s a motley crew of naive doodles, a bold color palette and some nostalgic vintage vibes.
What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you? I love rifling through t-shirts at the thrift store. It’s therapeutic and I get so stoked when I find a gem of a graphic on a t-shirt. Usually something extremely random or outrageous. I’ve travelled and moved around a bunch so I feel that the people I’ve met along the way, my friends who are so creatively talented and who provide a back bone in my life, are the most influential.
What is your favorite medium? I’d say screen printing, especially on apparel. I’ve been an apparel graphic artist professionally for 14 or so years now so my brain is naturally conditioned to create art as if it were going to be screen printed, even when I paint. I just love bold lines and colors.
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out? Since day one! I was living in Long Beach at the time and it’s so awesome to see how massive and extremely inspiring this community has become throughout the years.
What is your connection to the motorcycle community? Art and badass friends.
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride? Yes, but still working on getting a bike I can call mine! (Update: I have a 1981 Suzuki DR 500 dirt bike named The Feral Kid)
What will you be contributing to this years raffle? I’ll be custom painting a silver sparkly Biltwell Bonanza helmet.
Tell us about what inspired you to create it? I was so drawn to the silver flake. It reminded me of the desert night sky back home in San