The dirt bike, cruiser and sports bike are the creations of body paint artist Trina Merry whose amazing body art work blurs the lines of reality. Trina and her models took anything from 13 to 18 hours to form the life-like motorcycles which have now been chosen to front a huge US motor show. Using hypoallergenic natural body paint Trina has covers her human canvases — who are completely naked except for patches covering their modesty. Posing for periods of five to six minutes at a time over up to 18 hours the models are put together like human Meccano to make these incredible machines. The models are painted to varying degrees over the course of the shoot before completing the finished work.
For some reason, the wonderful world of motorbiking is usually associated with men, with women often shoved aside. Yes, it may be true that more men prefer to ride, but that doesn't mean women don't enjoy it. So why are women usually excluded? Motorbikes are usually a symbol of pure masculinity, with the leather and machinery directed towards a certain type of a man. Sadly, women are often taught to be docile and meek, therefore the idea of a big and brash motorcycle between your legs is seen as unfeminine. Thankfully, times have changed, with more and more women donning the leathers and jumping aboard their two-wheelers. In fact, the statistics speak for themselves, with the UK recently declaring that over a half a million women hold full motorcycle licenses. And now, with famous superstars such as Cher, Pink, and Angelina Jolie all pictured riding and owning motorbikes, the idea of buying a motorcycle has never been so appealing. These days, bike modifying is all the rage, with bikers often going to the extreme when modifying their beloved machines.
One, the Red Ducati, was a commission for a Japanese entertainment show, the other three — a sport bike, dirt bike and a cruiser- were created for a promotional ad campaign. In the six images shown below, commissioned to promote the International Motorcycle Show US Tour- November Februrary , Trina created a dirt bike, a sport bike, and a cruiser. Other than the gloves, boots and helmets, the illusion of body leathers, clothing and bike parts are all done with body paint. Sport Bike and Rider Erin Bates:. Dirt Bike and Rider Erin Bates:. Cruiser and Rider Erin Bates:.
By Margot Peppers for MailOnline. At first glance, Trina Merry 's latest work just looks like a woman riding a red motorcycle. But upon closer inspection, it becomes clear to see that the vehicle itself is made up of five more nude models in body paint, contorting themselves to form the exact replica of a Ducati motorbike. The result is an incredibly realistic human sculpture, part of the Brooklyn-based bodypainter's Human Motorcycle Project.