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The Black Axe

Monday, April 26th, 2010

David Uhl’s Black Axe has recently been featured in the motorcycle documentary DVD “The Harbortown Bobber” by directors of the award-winning motorcycle movies “Choppertown: the Sinners” and “Brittown”.

In this short clip from the documentary, biker legend Dennis Goodson shows the Knucklehead bobber he built for David:

David used one of Dennis Goodson’s bikes (Panhead) in his painting: “Stars, Stripes and Stories”, and in 2006 he commissioned Dennis to design and build him his own Knucklehead. Dennis usually limits himself to building one to two bikes per year, and David’s bike consumed him the entire year of 2006. The bike was named “Black Axe”, after as Dennis explains, “its chopped-up gas tank” that boasts its own artistic design. The majority of the motorcycle consists of historical and unique parts dating from 1940 or earlier.

“The Harbortown Bobber” documentary DVD is available at: www.choppertown.com

To inquire about his work, Dennis Goodson can be reached at: 303-455-4054.

THE BLACK AXE – SPEC SHEET

  • Owner – David Uhl
  • Custom 1940 El Knucklehead Engine
  • EL Bottom end with UL Flywheels
  • 74 cubic inch Top End
  • Little Linkert air cleaner by Goodson

EXHAUST

  • Flash Gordan Chromed
  • Stock Exhaust customized with Goodson heat shields

GAS TANK

  • 1940 Fatbobs axed with waterfall decals inlaid in the sides
  • Gas ball shut-off valve by Goodson

SPEEDO

  • 1927 Essex Speedo customized by John Bordas signed by David Uhl
  • Rear fender axed with 1940 HD beehive tail light inlaid by Goodson

WHEELS

  • Front 21” spoker with Avon Tire
  • Rear 16” spoker with Avon Tire

David with Black Axe in front of Uhl Studios

David Uhl's Black Axe

Classic brass finish is tastefully placed throughout the bike

The battery cover was given its own personality with the old-style water faucet handles and dice

Dennis Goodson fabricated the crash bars so they made perfect mounts for the low-slung highway lights

The narrowed gas tank has molded-in sides for the authentic early Harley-Davidson emblems

The speedometer’s face has David’s name inscribed across it. John Bordas reconditioned this old speedometer and added David’s signature

Resource and photos: IronWorks April 2007, Dain Gingerelli

Baby Doll

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

“Baby Doll” is the latest piece in David Uhl’s “Aviation and Military” collection. This collection features artworks connected with American aviation and military history. “Baby Doll” was also part of the more complex project that initially involved preparing artwork for a model airplane. Participating in this project was extremely fun for Uhl Studios – and we want to share our experience with you.

In March 2010, Brian O’Meara and Bonnie Murray commissioned Uhl Studios to paint a pin up girl on Brian’s model airplane – which measures over 8 feet long and has a wing span of 8 feet. It flies at 200 mph and travels a football field in under two seconds. It has a real jet turbine and burns Jet-A fuel. This model airplane is a replica of a F-84 Thunderstreak, which was manufactured in the 1950s. Four of these airplanes were once loaned by the U.S. Airforce to the Royal Dutch Air Show Team for two weeks. Brian’s model airplane already included the original Dutch Air Show Team markings, and now he wanted Uhl Studios to add a pin up girl and the airplane’s original name Baby Doll to it.

Brian O’Meara’s model plane: a F-84 Thunderstreak

The pin up girl chosen to be painted on Brian’s model airplane was inspired by Gil Elvgren’s 1963 artwork “Suzanne”. Gil Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. He was a master of portraying feminine attributes and his work continuously provides modern artists with inspiration.

The Original “Suzanne” by Gil Elvgren - 1963

The Original “Suzanne” by Gil Elvgren - 1963

This project inspired David and Danial to create a new fine art painting for the “Aviation and Military” collection. Brian and Bonnie were invited to take part and were very enthusiastic about the idea. They both agreed to pose as models for the piece: Brian as a painter and Bonnie as a pin up girl. Brian provided his model airplane and also his grandfather’s 1935 Ford two-ton dump truck to be featured in the painting. Having all the necessary elements (models & props) and an idea in mind, David Uhl was ready to start work on this new piece of art.


PROJECT’S STAGES:

1. STAGE #1 – “Baby Doll” & Pin Up Girl on Brian’s Model Airplane

Danial James airbrushing and hand painting “Baby Doll” and the pin up girl on the model airplane


2. STAGE #2 – Staging the Photo Shoot

Brian O’Meara’s truck – a 1935 vintage Ford two-ton dump truck

Brian O’Meara’s truck – a 1935 vintage Ford two-ton dump truck

Pushing the old truck into the right place for the photo shoot

Pushing the old truck into the right place for the photo shoot

Photographer Darrell Pierson of Body Photage discussing the setting with Bonnie and Brian

Photographer Darrell Pierson of Body Photage discussing the setting with Bonnie and Brian

Brian practicing for his modeling role

Brian practicing for his modeling role

A photo shoot at the back of Uhl Studios…This photo will later help David paint all the details on his new “Baby Doll” piece.

A photo shoot at the back of Uhl Studios…This photo will later help David paint all the details on his new "Baby Doll" piece


3. STAGE #3 – David Uhl Painting His “Baby Doll” Piece

The result of the photo shoot - a Photoshop composition for the final painting (combining both Brian’s model airplane and the Uhl Studios photo shoot)

The result of the photo shoot - a Photoshop composition for the final painting (combining both Brian’s model airplane and the Uhl Studios photo shoot)

The initial line drawing of the composition on canvas

The initial line drawing of the composition on canvas

David blocking in color on the piece.

David blocking in color on the piece

David painting upside down – a technique used to keep proper dimensions and eliminate optical illusions.

David painting upside down – a technique used to keep proper dimensions and eliminate optical illusions

David at SUN’n FUN show in Lakeland, Florida – adding the final details to the “Baby Doll” original painting.

David at SUN’n FUN show in Lakeland, Florida – adding the final details to the "Baby Doll" original painting

Final piece

Final Piece


Uhl Studios would like to thank Brian O’Meara and Bonnie Murray for their enthusiasm and engagement in this special project.

Uhl Studios will be preparing a limited edition of “Baby Doll” prints. If you are interested in ordering a print, please contact Uhl Studios Sales Manager, Greg Rhodes at: 303-913-4840.

Dennis Goodson adds edge to the Uhl Studios building…

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Dennis Goodson, a good friend of Uhl Studios and an incredibly talented metal artisan, made a giant stainless steel sculpture of an eagle for the Uhl Studios building. It’s located on the top of the 2nd floor, right above David’s painting studio. Since installation of the giant raptor in August 2009, it has been a subject of interest of many Uhl Studios guests and the neighborhood.

Uhl Studios commissioned Dennis to make a replica of the eagles that grace the Chrysler Building in New York City. It took Dennis months to recreate the eagle from historical photographs. Now, the results of his incredible craftsmanship skills can be admired in Golden, Colorado.

Some facts about the eagle:
– The eagle was handmade from 16ga stainless steel sheet.
– The head measures a little more than 5 feet long, and about 3 feet at its mounting point.
– The wingspan is a little over 20 feet long.

To inquire about his custom metal art works, Dennis Goodson of Fantasy in Iron can be reached at: 303-455-4054

Dennis with the eagle… note the hand-hammered textured finish

One of the original eagles in New York City in the 1930s

Dennis Goodson of Fantasy in Iron with his version of the Chrysler eagle

An overview of the building, with the eagle above David’s studio

The gorgeous stainless steel raptor adorning the top of Uhl Studios building

A new winter look…

“Stella” on the cover of Biker’s Power magazine in Germany!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Kustomly David Uhl

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

KustomKing, a blog about the most unusual custom bikes out there, talks about David’s and Danial’s art in their recent post…
More on Kustomly David Uhl

Sexy Harley Girls & David Uhl’s Classic Motorcycle Pin Up Art

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

David Uhl’s art has recently been featured on Sex and Harleys Blog. This exciting blog highlights custom and classic motorcycles and beautiful women. Check out this post on the link below:
Sexy Harley Girls & David Uhl’s Classic Motorcycle Pin Up Art

A sneak peek at David’s and Danial’s apparel creation

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Creativity in the air…a sneak peek at David’s and Danial’s apparel creation.
13 new t-shirt designs by Uhl Studios will be released in mid-April.

First stage of t-shirt designing…David making sketches for V-Twin PinUp tee.

Sketch

Another design sketch by David.

Sketch

Dan at work. Bringing the sketches to life…

Dan

“Temptation” tee for ladies, this new tee line will be launched in mid-April.

Temptation

Some draft versions of the new t-shirt lines by Uhl Studios.

t-shirt-lines

Winners of our Daytona Give Away are now announced!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the names of the winners of Uhl Studios Daytona Give Away.

The winners were randomly drawn on the last day of Daytona Bike Week (March 7, 2010), from the members of our email list, fans on Facebook, and followers on Twitter.

The prize sets, including a one-of-a-kind, artist’s proof poster with matching t-shirt from the Harley Davidson series will be sent to:

– Ron Birgenheier

– Steve Prather

Congratulations!

Enter our Daytona Give Away and win a special edition Uhl Studios t-shirt and poster!

Friday, February 26th, 2010

During Daytona Bike Week 2010, Uhl Studios is giving away two unique prize sets, signed by David and Danial, for all members of our email list, our fans on Facebook, or those who follow us on Twitter. It’s enough to be part of any of these groups to be automatically qualified for this Give Away. The prize sets include a one-of-a-kind, artist’s proof poster with matching t-shirt from the Harley Davidson series (one set for men and one set for women). These are Uhl Studios original designs.

The random drawing for these two prize sets will take place on the March 7, 2010, on the last day of Daytona Bike Week. The two lucky winners will be announced on the Uhl Studios blog.

Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or just sign up on our email list and you will be automatically entered for the Daytona Give Away. Don’t miss a chance to win these cool designer t-shirts and posters!

Please sign up for our email list on our website to receive information about Uhl Studios new releases.

manwoman prize

David Uhl releases a new piece to commemorate the founder of the Sturgis Black Hills Classic Rally – J.C. Pappy Hoel

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Pappy

David Uhl has recreated another iconic moment in motorcycle history on his canvas, J.C. Pappy Hoel on this beloved Indian motorcycle in front of his Sturgis dealership. Pappy’s life passion was motorcycling. He was a motorcycle dealer and race promoter, and is considered to be the founder of the Black Hills Classic Rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota. On August 14, 1938, Pappy along with his wife Pearl, and other members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club held the community’s first motorcycle “Rally”, which attracted about 200 people. Today, hundreds of thousands motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the globe attend the Black Hills Classic. David Uhl is proud to present “Pappy” to honor his legacy on the 70th anniversary of this historic and influential motorcycle rally.

For further information regarding this piece, please contact Greg Rhodes at: 303-913-4840.

David Uhl – 2010 Daytona Commemorative piece is now released!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Rebel Yell

We are pleased to announce the print release of David’s special Bike Week piece for this year’s rally in Daytona. “Rebel Yell” is the sixth commemorative print in this series, joining “Censored 1933”, “Rumblefish”, “Buried Treasure”, “Babe”, and “Daytona Ink”.

“With this year’s commemorative piece, I wanted to speak to the ’40s again and illustrate the spirit of the rally from the perspective of being young at heart and throwing caution to the wind . Back in the late 1940s, the average motorcycle enthusiast was a veteran returned from the war who was consistently drawn to the rallies for the flat out exitement and balls to the wall insanity of racing down a beach. Of course, everyone in the area would be affected by the sounds and the energy, especially young boys screaming their own echoes of the climate of exhiliration.”

David F Uhl

For further information regarding Rebel Yell please contact Greg Rhodes at: 303-913-4840 or click here.

Caught in the act…

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Caught in the act

David Uhl, caught in the midst of creating his 2010 Daytona Commemorative piece…obviously protective of the image, David is not ready to reveal his final concept just yet.

The sixth piece in this series will be launched via email in the next few days (one of many reasons to sign up on our “New Release” email list). The official unveiling will take place during Daytona Bike Week in our gallery at Destination Daytona Harley-Davidson in Ormond Beach, FL. The gallery will be open daily from February 26 through March 7, 2010.

You don’t have to be in Daytona to order your limited-edition canvas print but all orders must be received by the end of the rally on March 7, 2010 when we close the edition.

You can follow David’s progress periodically here on the website and if you do come to Bike Week, please stop by and say hi.

Uhl Studios live on 9NEWS this Friday!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Watch Uhl Studios live on 9NEWS Colorado this Friday! Gregg Moss of 9NEWS will be interviewing David and Danial live in his morning news segment at: 5:40 am, 6:10 am, and 6:40 am.


 




 

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