Artist Trina Merry, from San Francisco, California, has truly lifted art to a new level with her human motorbike creations which are bound to get plenty of adrenalin rush.
Merry is inspired by what our bodies can and cannot do. For her human motorbike creations, she uses naked models covered in bodypaint and contorted into human motorbikes.
All the models are athletes who are painted using brushes and spray-cans with natural, hypoallergenic paints, which are touched up once they are in position and fitted together to pose for five-minute shoots over a period of up to 18 hours. They are completely naked except for patches covering their modesty.
Merry previously designed for films and TV in Hollywood, before taking a break to work all over the world creating bodyart.
‘I suppose it started when I went to a rock concert working with an Australian band,’ she said. ‘They asked me to get on stage covered in body paint and I ended up doing it in front of 300 people.
‘I left Hollywood and started to paint bodies and exhibit in the San Francisco Bay area. Now I must have painted 100s of different people.
‘I started initially painting your size 8 and size 6 fashion models but have gone to paint athletes because it’s actually a real workout holding the posing for 18 hours, six minutes in position and five minutes being painted back and forth.
‘I am a conceptual artist and often I am inspired by the bodies themselves by what they can and can’t do.’
Ms Merry trained under renowned body painter Craig Tracy before becoming a master herself.
She said: ‘Everyone has seen the pictures of scantily clad women next to motorbikes and cars and it can look a bit trashy.
‘I wanted to take the idea of a beautiful woman and the motorbike and turn it on its head by making the bike from the bodies of the models.
‘Nothing like this has ever been done before.’
Her latest work features the three types of motorbikes that will be touring the U.S. this year with the Progressive International Motorbike Show.
Curious as to how Merry and her crew do it? Watch the video below: