SCOTTSDALE, AZ - June 16, 2008 - Sucker Punch Sally’s and hardcore artist Sara Ray are teaming up to bring you ten brand new custom bikes hand painted by Sara Ray. Christian Clayton of Sucker Punch Sally's met Sara Ray at a Barret-Jackson auction, and found that they had many similar interests. Both of Clayton's grandfathers were WWII bomber pilots and Sara Ray will trade her art for just about anything to do with WWII. Together they collaborated and found the best way to combine their talents to benefit others: custom Sucker Punch Sally's bikes with original designs painted by Sara Ray. "She is in the art world what we are in the chopper scene," SPS General Manager Clayton said.
The first bike, named "Veni Vidi Vici," has already been completed and sold, and Sara Ray used actual airplane paint taken from an air hanger where B17s and B24s are housed, flown and restored. It is army green with black smudges to give that old, faded look. The gas tank comes with a pin-up girl wearing stars and stripes panties and holding a missile on top, and a WWII-style missile face with menacing teeth on the front. The fender displays a bald eagle complete with arrows, olive branch and banner, as well as a few intentional scratches for the antique look.
"The art was painted with hand brushes in the same techniques done by the fly boys in the field, some of the surviving vets passed on their methods used back then to apply the girls to the planes, and I eagerly continue their tradition," Sara Ray said. "I sanded and wore down the green paint by hand, down to its oxide base, as any well worn vehicle should have its battle scars."
She has followed up that original paint job with completed bikes that have been built for her sheet metal that bare names such as "Bombs Away", "Death Head", "Fortune Favors the Bold" and "Saint Mike". These are all custom one off paint jobs that have over 100 hours per bike. Wait to see some of the other bikes she is painting currently.
These are limited edition bikes that are available to consumers. If you are interested in owning one, contact Sucker Punch Sally's at: (480) 778-9500.
Sara Ray specializes in Hot Rods, Pin ups, Rockabilly posters, nose art and World War II scenes. You've seen her artwork on record covers, magazines, Fender and Gretsch Guitars, T-Shirts, posters, art /military museums and more. She said, "My greatest moment was watching my 8th air force Gretsch guitar placed as the first exhibit at the 8th air force museum in Savannah, Georgia, with a group of veterans and visitors in uniform around me." She does mostly custom work and is interested in old growth forest land or hot rods as trade for art. She loves military history and said, "I have a huge family history in WWI and II, with family fighting from Dunkirk, Stalingrad and Berlin to the sands of Iwo Jima. If a siege expert is ever needed, I hope my name is on the list of who to call."
Sucker Punch Sally's is a custom motorcycle manufacturer specializing in old school, stripped-down motorcycles. Heading into 2008, their '66 Bobber was awarded the Bobber of the Year title at the V-Twin Expo; in addition, the Traditional Bobber was selected as Cycle Source's Production Motorcycle of the Year. Both of these facts solidify SPS's position at the top of the production motorcycle market. Their bikes have been featured in The Horse Backstreet Choppers, Motorcyclist, Cycle World, Easyriders, Street Chopper, V-Twin, Barnett's, Sync Magazine, Ironworks, Cycle Source and Hot Bike. Sucker Punch Sally's is the place to go if you're looking for a totally custom, old school chopper, or just a reasonably priced production bike. You can visit Sucker Punch Sally's on the Web at www.suckerpunchsallys.com or call them at (480) 778-9500. For dealer inquiries contact Christian Clayton at Christian@suckerpunchsallys.com.