As an admirer of art, I love tapping into the different forms & mediums of this broad genre. I stumbled across Philly native Michael Demby the owner of UptownGFX. UptownGFX is an shop that produces some of the dopest custom auto art there is on the east coast. Thankfully Mr. Demby took the time out his busy day give me this brief interview:
When did you start custom bike art?
I started airbrushing since 1987 but started painting bikes in 2000.
Where are you from?
Philly….Came here (Atlanta) in ’99.
Do you own any bikes yourself?
Suzuki Hayabusa custom show bike : God of War
Stock: Ninja 636, Yamaha r1, Suzuki GSXR 750…. oh and….. a Cruiser, and a 07 Honda VTX 1800…….Oops That’s 5 But those are all still stock bikes…
Oh ok why did you choose this field of work as a career…. like what inspired you to be a full time artist?
Believe in yourself…if u dont..no one else will… and…No matter what…NEVER QUIT! Russell Simmons said “the reason most people fail, is because they quit right before they were about to blow up.” I picked up an airbrush at 16 and I haven’t put it down since…30 years and counting. (smiles)