The Art of Metal
Custom Engraved Shogun Honda CB550
The Shogun tells the story of 'The Art of Metal' with the Samurai as the protagonist. On one side he's cutting, on the other side he's welding up a koi fish, portraying the four things you can do with metal - beat, cut, bend, join.
The essence of building something really great is taking the time.
The ShoGun Motorcycle is a work of art and eight year passion project created by three talented artists: Totem, Tay Herrera aka “Tarrera” and Bryan Fuller. Totem is one of the world’s premier artists specializing in grafitti. Tarrera creates timeless, old world engravings with a modern spin and Bryan Fuller is a master builder, metal fabricator and overall project designer for the ShoGun.
The artists wanted to express “The Art of Metal” in the form of a usable cafe racer with the Kanji from its home country of Japan telling the story. It didn’t matter how long it took to complete the story, just that it was told purposefully and authentically.
Piece by piece Bryan and the Fuller Moto crew would custom make, modify or prep a part for fitment on the ShoGun, carefully crafting each piece of metal into a workable piece of art. Then each metal piece would be hand delivered to Totem for him to free-hand the intricate illustrations using nothing but a Sharpie. Totem’s knowledge and expertise of the Japanese culture and traditions helped to fully capture ShoGun’s story. After Totem completed his designs, the parts would then be nervously shipped to Tarrera in Southern California where he would use his many years of experience engraving motorcycles to translate the 2D sharpie illustrations into his 3D masterpieces.