David Mann (artist)

David Mann ((1940-09-10)September 10, 1940 — (2004-09-11)September 11, 2004) was a California graphic performer whose paintings celebrated biker culture, and choppers. Called "the biker world's artist-in-residence," his images are ubiquitous in biker clubhouses and garages, on motorcycle gas tanks, tattoos, and upon T-shirts and additional memorabilia associated with biker culture. Choppers have been built based on the bikes first imagined in a David Mann painting.

In the words of an anthropologist studying biker culture in New Zealand, "Mann’s paintings set ‘outlaw’ Harley chopper motorcycles adjoining surreal backgrounds, and misused skylines, colourful images that applauded the chopper motorcycle and the liberty of the door road ... Many of his images captured the ‘Easyrider’ ethos – speed, the admission road, long flowing hair – freedom." Most of his works were for the motorcycle industry, especially for motorcycle magazines.

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