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In 2014 we had a very interesting bike come into Killer Paint. In addition, the owner wanted to have a pretty extensive artwork theme done on it.

Knights Templar Bike with Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint

1535483_10152152939115605_476396490_n2The bike came into the shop already completely black. So there was no paint re-basing needed on this project, which always makes things much easier. This ride also sports a sizable 26″ front wheel.

The customer wanted to pay tribute to military servicemen, and depict skeletal, eternal warriors from the Order of the Knights Templar in the fires of battle. Skulls and fire? Definitely something Mike Lavallee has some experience with.

The color scheme for the artwork has a monochromatic foundation. The added flashes of red used for all of the knight’s cross emblems help them stand out in stark contrast, and all of the True Fire™ on this project is in full luminous color as well.

There is a ton of artwork that ended up being put all over this bike. Multiple scenes and numerous individual elements make up the composition on the finished artwork. There’s not enough space here to feature every detail, but we’ll try to show as much as possible here…


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The headlight ring was left black, and the rest of the assembly was embellished with skulls and flames.

The front fender features a large sword, and a blood-stained Templar skeleton warrior, engulfed in flames. The back end of the fender features an elaborate Templar emblem. Again, red was used sparingly to give some of the elements extra visibility and impact against the monochrome pieces. (click images to enlarge)


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Each side of the tank sports the seal of the Knights Templar in bright red, to stand out as much as possible among the multitude of other imagery. Skulls and wispy mists swirl around and about the various pieces of imagery.

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The bike’s tank has quite a bit of area to cover, and the majority of it is filled in with horse-mounted knights, carrying cross emblazoned banners into battle. These undying Templars are also revealed to have skeletal features, and the battlefield around them is engulfed in bright, hot flames, flowing toward the back of the tank. (click images to enlarge)

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Even the horses are rendered with an unearthly quality. With glowing eyes and mouths, they appear as fearsome as their riders. Here and there, bolts of lightning lash out In the background. (click images to enlarge)


1291808_10152320199275605_3184341666524787818_o2The saddle bags on this bike also have a lot of real estate for artwork, so rather than fill it with an awkwardly large single element, there is instead a collage of imagery more in proportion the the artwork on the rest of the bike.

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A supernatural lion, more cavalry knights, and some ethereal spirits make up some of elements on the side. A larger image of a skeletal knight swinging his sword in battle wraps around to the back. (click images to enlarge)

IMG_8727BThe saddle bag on the other side also features a composite mural. A castle is the centerpiece of the scene, and a knight, ravens and skulls are also depicted.


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The rear fender features a much larger scale image of a skeletal Templar Knight, wreathed in smoke and flame. Another skull-faced knight is superimposed in front, swinging his sword with a raised shield.

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Painted above the eternal knight on the rear fender is a cracked stone tablet depicting a list of names, requested by the customer, of United States servicemen along with the military branches they each served in.


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The bike was given a final clear coat in matte finish. It is something a trade-off- you don’t get the nice show shine that many people prefer, but in this case, less shine means fewer reflections and glare to interfere with the visibility of the artwork. It allows the darker shades to push into the background better, while the artwork, especially the color splash elements, can take center stage.


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The helmet to accompany this bike is no less elaborately painted. The Templar seal is repeated on the back of the helmet, again in bright red.

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Similar thematic elements from the bike carry over to the helmet as well. Mike’s signature gem-eyed skulls are the dominating elements here, with bright fire and gray mist balancing out the rest of the surfaces. (click images to enlarge)

If you would like to see even more, here are two video walkthroughs for this bike, where further elements and details are discussed:

VIDEO PART 1:

VIDEO PART 2:

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Knights Templar Bike Video #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6F80MNBnV0

Knights Templar Bike Video #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeGb2vc_xB4

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

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This project was just delivered to our customer, Tiffany G. She brought in her 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler trike and wanted an elaborate vampire theme and some fire to go with it.


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A cemetery setting is the backdrop for this theme, so there are a bunch of other elements involved, working to tie the whole thing together.

Tombstones and skulls and such are woven into the artwork, and lots of ominous mist snaking its way throughout the different pieces of the design along with the True Fire™. Of course, there have to be numerous bats found throughout the artwork too.

IMG_1884BOur customer wanted the vampires on her trike to be on the sensual, mysterious side of the spectrum, and not in the monstrous or gory range. So Mike made sure to keep the blood to a minimum. But still enough to make sure there is no mistake that these are vampires, despite their beauty.


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This project got more than just a paint upgrade, though. To the inside of each of the fenders, a pair of physical skulls were fabricated to partially cover and disguise the handles mounted there.

Once they were made, the open-topped skulls were attached firmly to the fiberglass shell before being blended seamlessly into the body.

Mike made sure that they each received some added shading and highlights so that they will both have a little bit of extra depth and pop.


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In order to not go into overkill (*cough*) with too many vampires, and help incorporate some more cemetery elements of the theme into the design, Mike put a grim reaper on the other fender. He also tucked a weeping angel statue on the side panel of this side. (Don’t blink!)


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Along with the almost obligatory fire leading the front fender, there is a sultry vampiress as well, done in much more vibrant, colorful hues to stand out on the front of the trike.

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The rear end of the Freewheeler got something a little special. Mike painted a portrait of our customer Tiffany in his trademark Skelebrities™ style. The background has a cemetery gate that carries over onto each of the fenders, while ghostly figures also lurk around in the background.

(It is difficult to tell from these photos, but the tail lights were reworked, and new lights in an iron cross design were integrated into the fenders.)

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We hope you enjoyed seeing how this project turned out. We know the owner of this unique trike sure did! Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this trike gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, etc.?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Harley-Davidson Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com/

We often have people come to Killer Paint to have motorcycle helmets painted. Every so often, we get something a little different. For instance, we recently completed painting a skydiving helmet for customer Jeff V.

Custom Skydiving Helmet by Mike Lavallee, Killer Paint

The shape of this helmet is a bit different than your average motorcycle helmet. It is very compact, close fitting and aerodynamic, with a large visor. As such, there is less usable space to paint, so artwork needs to be effectively placed. For this helmet, Mike painted some of his signature gem-eyed skulls, with plenty of fire in and around them. On this helmet, the cool gray of the skulls and the hot fire contrast nicely, and help the artwork stand out.

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Jeff has a tattoo representing his time serving with the U.S. Marines. If you look closely, the hole in the skull pictured below is in the shape of the USMC emblem as well.

Custom Skydiving Helmet by Mike Lavallee, Killer Paint

Jeff sent us some photos of himself in action, wearing the helmet. You can see how high up they are, as the clouds are below them!

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We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own helmet, car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

This episode (Season 2, Episode 7,) originally aired on September 7, 2004.

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This project was Jack Osbourne’s BMW X5. This time it was a pretty low-key build.

Mike painted a small mural of the Osbourne family in a skeletal visage. This is an early instance of Mike’s “Skelebrities” style artwork. All of the artwork runs down the driver’s side

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Rumor has it that while Jack has since sold the X5, he kept the hood for the wall of his office.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Killer Paint on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/killerpaint1033/