Matthew “Comrade” Linton has been going by the name ArtBiker for over 25 years. He is an artist, writer, professor, father, and patch holder. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the desert landscape, open roads, and big sky had a lasting affect. Growing up in the 80’s, Matthew was deeply involved with punk rock, tattoos, skateboards, and motorcycles. Upon graduating high school in 1988, Linton went on to attend Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. It was in Arizona that Matthew became steeped in motorcycle culture. Past were the days of motorcycling being something in which he took part. The culture gripped him and motorcycling became who he was.
Linton moved from sunny Arizona with its year round riding to Boston, Massachusetts where he attended Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. There he earned his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies. He began teaching photography his last year in school and ran the Photography Department at the Boston Architectural Center (an accredited architecture and design college). Eventually the cold, long winters got to ArtBiker and he packed his things and moved to Bellingham, Washington where the taught photography as a visiting professor.
Things at Western Washington University were fantastic, but the weather was still a bit wet for Linton’s taste. So, he took a tenure track position at the University of Houston- Clear Lake and has set roots down there. He is now a tenured Associate Professor of Fine Arts and runs the Lens Media Program at the university.
Matthew has two beautiful daughters who love motorcycles and has adopted two wonderful puppies. The girls jump at the chance to take a ride on the bike or in a sidecar while the pups are still a bit gun-shy from their days growing up in the pound. Blocky will chase Matt as he rides down the street, but has yet to jump into a sidecar and go for a spin. Painter is much closer to being a riding partner, but has yet to quite get it.
Wanderlust still grips Linton. A nomad by nature, he is always looking for an excuse to hop on a bike and set off across the country to discover something new. He has traveled extensively throughout the lower 48 states on two wheels and generally attends as many major rallies per year as possible. His photographs have enjoyed International acclaim and can be found at galleries, museums, and rallies around the country. For more of his visual work, please visit the ArtBiker website at www.ArtBiker.com
Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,
The ArtBiker Staff