Exactly this time last year, myself and good pal Seth Ferris presented the first ever High Seas, Open Roads motorcycle helmet art show here in Asbury Park, NJ. It was (and still is) the first show of its kind in New Jersey/New York, based on a similar west coast gallery show called 21 Helmets in Portland, Oregon. We wondered why there wasn’t a similar event on the east coast (at least that we are aware of) and decided to make it happen here.

The Asbury Park Yacht Club surf bar hosted the show. We reached out to Bell Helmets to see if they’d donate 12 lids. They didn’t even bat an eye. We were shocked it would be so easy. We then started reaching out to artists we dug from around the globe. Again to our surprise most of who we reached out to were completely stoked to be involved. Honestly, we had no clue what the response would be. An estimated 300 people turned out. APYC was completely packed, inside and out and we immediately realized we needed a bigger venue for the following year.

Fast forward to 2014. High Seas, Open Roads happens this Saturday, September 6th at the world famous Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave. in Asbury Park, NJ). The Lanes has always been our favorite venue and it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for what we’re doing.

This year we’ve upped the ante to 18 helmets, donated by both Bell and Biltwell. Major thanks to both of them for making this show happen in the first place. Again, we picked a nice variety of complementary artists. Some from the motorcycle world, some graphic designers and illustrators, a custom jean maker, tattooers, a surfboard maker, a motorcycle builder, a furniture maker and other professional artists. All the helmets will be for sale via silent auction with proceeds to benefit an amazing charity called Waves for Water. Google them and see the amazing work they do. We were able to raise $1000 for them last year with every helmet selling.

The artists this year are as follows:

Work by Land is a design studio from Austin, Texas who we are huge fans of. They were featured in the October, 2013 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. They also have an impressive client roster which includes Deus ex Machina (one of our sponsors), Poler, Patagonia and Falcon Motorcycles to name a few. They have an appreciation for simplicity which will be self evident when you see their helmet.


You all know Vlad Pisch as the fun loving Czechoslovakian denim master from Asbury Park’s Sweet Joey’s custom jean shop on Bangs Ave. I think you can guess what he did with his helmet. A true masterpiece.


Max Hazan is a motorcycle builder from Brooklyn, NY (now located in LA) who’s turning serious heads in the moto world. He was featured on the cover of Issue 9 of Iron and Air Magazine last year. His bikes are some of my absolute favorites. Google him if you aren’t privy and see some of his works of art.

Max-Hazan-custom-motorcycle-builderMax Hazan

Speaking of Iron and Air of New Hampshire, Adam Fitzgerald is their Visual Director. I and A is also sponsoring the show for the second year. We were honored to have Adam at last year’s show. Dude drove all the way down from Concord.


Ben McBrien is a former professional surfer who calls Philly home. His furniture made from reclaimed wood is tops in my book. You can see some of his work at Red Moon on Bangs in Asbury. His craftsmanship is second to none and his helmet submission may or may not be street legal.

installation2Ben McBrien

Deus is a motorcycle and surfboard maker from Australia. They also have an operation in Venice Beach, CA. Their helmet, done by staffer Jen McLain, is inspired by the hand held Nintendo game Oil Can.

img_deus_surf_bike_4Deus Customs

Travis Hess is a master automotive and motorcycle painter from West Virginia. A member of the New Jersey based Oiler’s Car Club (The Race of Gentlemen), sey based Oiler’s Car Club (The Race of Gentlemen), Hess recently had his work featured at the Born Free motorcycle show in California.

tukiTravis Hess paint job

hessA Travis Hess paint job at the Born Free show.

Scott Szegeski is an Asbury Park based artist, surf shop, restaurant and bar owner. He works using a Japanese art technique called Gyotaku and makes prints inspired by his vintage surfboard and fin collection. Hint, Hint!

scottScott Szegeski

Pat Dean and Erik Schmidt are local tattooers from Neptune Tattooville. The two collaborated on their tattoo inspired design, a smorgasbord of life’s sins on a helmet.

deanPat Dean 

erikErik Schmidt

Neil O’Brien is an Asbury Park artist, musician and is otherwise known as DJ Foggy Notion. He’s a Display Artist at Red Bank’s Urban Outfitters and a long time fixture in AP.

neilNeil O’Brien

Ryan Quickfall is an Illustrator from London, England. He’s does amazing work for moto mag Sideburn among others. The amount of work this guy put in to his helmet is mind blowing.

quickRyan Quickfall

Malwitz Surfboards started in Philly, relocated to Brooklyn and now calls south Jersey home. We’re huge fans of these alternative surfcrafts which are for sale at Cafe Volan on Bangs Ave. in Asbury.

malwitzMalwitz Surfboards

Hoodzpah Design is a boutique design firm out of Ventura, California. These twin sisters are supremely talented. Their recent client roster includes the Tribeca Film Fest and Surfline.com. They also designed a logo for Eric Toepfer’s new moto film, Eyes on the Line.

eyes_on_the_Line_Hoodzpah_postHoodzpah Design

Andrew Steiner is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. His murals are insane. If you are familiar with Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick (the inspiration behind Porta in Asbury Park) then you know this dude’s work. He runs a print shop called Secret Handshake.

steinerAndrew Steiner

I thank Parlor Gallery of Cookman Ave. for turning me on to Mike Egan who’s become one of my favorite artists. The Pittsburgh resident absolutely killed it with his helmet submission.

Murder-by-Mike-EganMike Egan

H.S.O.R co-founder Seth Ferris is the Digital Art Director at Sawtooth Group in Red Bank and owner of Two Moto Co. of Ocean Grove. Both Seth and I stepped up and did helmets last year after two artists didn’t come through. We had so much fun doing it we decided to step back in this year and give it another go.

seth2Seth Ferris of Two Moto Co.

sethSeth Ferris of Two Moto Co.

Last but not least I’m the Editor at triCityNews in Asbury Park, NJ and TCN affiliate asburyanchor.com. My new project, noMad, will make an appearance at the helmet show.

deusJason Thomson and Seth Ferris at last year’s Deus Monday Mass ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn

jasonJason Thomson’s helmet from last year’s High Seas, Open Roads


Aside from helmets, there will be gas tank art by triCity’s own Karissa Monica, Hot Rod Jen and Sean Bernhardt of Evil Paradise who will also be on hand selling board bags and other gear and local wood artist Corey Hudson who created an H.S.O.R sign for the show. An amazing amount of effort was put forth by all the artists involved and we thank every one of them for their support and for being involved in something we’re trying to take to the next level.

Live music gets manhandled by local Asbury band Wreaths and Birthwater from Toms River and DJ Jack the Ripper spinning in between. Live screen printing will be happening by Davie Sincox of Popup Prints. High Seas, Open Roads tees will be available for purchase. There will also be multiple pop up shops selling their wares as well as some freebies to be had.

Help us make this another amazing night in Asbury Park by showing your support and donating to a great cause.

There is a $5 minimum donation at the door. If you want to donate more you are more than welcome. One other note, if you are coming to the show, please do not touch the helmets. I swear I don’t think people realized they were at an art show last year and were picking up the helmets, trying them on, etc. Please be respectful of the art that is on display.

Asbury Lanes is located at 209 4th Ave. in Asbury Park. For more information visit www.highseasopenroads.com or follow us on instagram @highseasopenroads.

Can’t forget our sponsors. They are as follows. Bell Helmets, Biltwell, Deus of Australia, Asbury Anchor, Two Moto Co., Waves for Water, Cotter Pin Gear of Brooklyn, Iron and Air, Cafe Racer XXX and Lowside Mag, both of Baltimore, Evil Paradise and Lightly Salted.

Lets hope I didn’t miss any!


Photo at top: Helmets by Andrew Steiner and Hoodzpah Design


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