We recently had the pleasure of working with UK based illustrator Ryan Quickfall on our Moto Flash t-shirt. This is one of our personal favourites, mainly because of the amount of work that went into it. The overall idea of the t-shirt was inspired by traditional tattoo flash sheets, but after bouncing ideas back and forth with Ryan this turned into something more. Some might say I have crazy ideas and not everyone gets them, but luckily Ryan totally got my wacky way of thinking and totally ran with it. The idea was to create a suite of mini moto-influenced illustrations that could work together as a collective i.e. a coffin bike, spanner snake, cocktail tank to name just a few. Ryan hit the nail on the head in terms of style and turning my concepts into reality but also bringing some wacky ideas of his own into the mix.
Ryan – “I work from my studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne. I’ve spent the last couple of years working as a full time freelance illustrator and I’ve been massively lucky to be able to work with some incredible people and clients. Most of my work is based around motorcycles and its culture in some form or another. I’ve worked on some great stuff with Sideburn magazine recently, and in fact they have been a huge supporter and promoter of my work from the beginning. Working with Gary and Ben is always fun, and I never know what we might be taking on next. Guy Martin is another cool client I get to work with regularly. I never know what the brief might be from him. It’s nearly always crazy and inevitably really good fun to work on. I’m finding more and more these days that clients trust the work I do and are happy for me to tackle projects in the way I feel.
The ODFU Moto Flash tee was brilliant to work on. I was really pleased when I was asked to design a piece, after being a big fan of the ODFU gear for a while. Kev had some initial ideas which I instantly knew would work well. It was then a case of bulking the idea up and creating lots of illustrations that would work collectively. There’s some really cool characters in the design, and again I had a lot of free reign on the project. Coffin bikes, biker moons, fire, blades and fuel tank cocktails. It’s got it all. It’s one of my favourite jobs of my career and it’s been a hoot to work on. More of this please!”This is a limited edition t-shirt (as all our t-shirts are), so if you’d like to purchase one we recommend you get yours now while stocks last!
I’m sure you will see more ODFU x RQ collaborations in the near future, but for now you can visit Ryan’s website to see more of his great work.