Shaw Speed & Custom
Bell & Ross Nascafe Racer
There is a world where ‘supersized’ is considered light weight; where bespoke is too common; and where Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered a bit of a girl: welcome to Shaw Speed & Custom.
If you’ve always fancied a Harley-Davidson but thought, ‘nah, it’s just a bit understated for my tastes’, then Shaw is the company for you. The Brighton-based custom shop creates iconic one-off Harleys including this, the Bell & Ross Nascafe Racer. The number of custom details is mind-boggling, from the massive 240mm rear tyre to the machined centre console, complete with Bell & Ross BR 01 Carbon. It’s certainly a whole lot of bike; the only question is, are you man enough?
You may well think that little good cancome from the rear end of an old Peugeot 404 – but French sculpture artist Edouard Martinet would beg to differ.
The life-long insectophile creates giant entomological sculptures from old car parts and other junk, which he’s picked up from flea markets and boot sales. Take this 90cm-high Praying Mantis: the head is two indicators; the abdomen a bike fender and car ventilator; and the forelegs consist ofgarlic presses and olive pitters.
Some pieces take months to create, but for one piece he had to wait 15 years before he could find the right part to finish it.
Sold by Sladmore Gallery on Jermyn St, the pieces range from £5,000-£20,000.
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