About ArtBiker

 

 

sm_mg_7612Matthew “Comrade” Linton has been going by the name ArtBiker since the late 80’s. He is an artist, writer, professor, father, and patch holder, and founding president of a three-piece-patch club. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the desert landscape, open roads, and big sky had a lasting effect. 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 world.  For more of his visual work, please visit the ArtBiker website at www.ArtBiker.com

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

The ArtBiker Staff

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Young ArtBiker’s first solo motorcycle ride.

On the road – Sturgis 2010

  7 Responses to “About ArtBiker”

  1. Hi, Jeff Najar here, I sent over the information on the Torian gloves. What did you think of it? Let me know if you need anything. Thanks, Jeff

  2. Hey Matthew, Just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for your review of Henry & Glenn Forever. We really appreciate the coverage.

    Thanks again!

    Microcosm Publishing

  3. Hi Matt,
    Lynn (one of the Qwi Girls) met you at a recent motorcycle event. She gave me your name and asked me to send you a press release about Qwi Gloves. I copied a PR below for you. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks very much!
    Best regards,
    Joe Yao

    Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Unique Nerve Protection Glove For Hand Pain And Numbness In Motorcycle Riders

    Blytheville, AR – June 17, 2010 – Qwi™ Nerve Protection Motorcycle Gloves are a cost-effective solution for the treatment and prevention of hand pain and numbness in motorcycle riders An orthopedic surgeon experienced in treating hand nerve injuries invented the patented Qwi™ Solution and applied it to a line of motorcycle gloves because many motorcycle riders suffer from hand pain and numbness when riding their bikes.
    The Qwi™ Nerve Protection Solution was first used in Qwi™ Driving Gloves. A study involving 740 professional truck drivers wearing Qwi™ Nerve Protection Professional Driving Gloves found that 76% of these drivers experienced an average of 60% reduction of their hand pain and numbness after wearing these gloves for 30 days or less. Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves incorporate the same patented nerve protection technology found in Qwi™ Driving Gloves.
    Robert B. from Ozone Park, NY had this to say about his Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves: “I have waited a long time before writing this letter. I feel that a meaningful evaluation takes time. I have ridden about 2,500 miles using your gloves (full finger Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves) and I can confidently say that they performed very well. I have ridden both in city and highway traffic and there is a definite improvement in hand comfort. Thank you for a fine product. It shows that your research has paid off.”
    The patented Qwi™ Solution reduces pain by directing pressure away from the major nerves of the hand. Traditional gloves do not address nerve protection. According to Joseph Yao, M.D., who invented the Qwi glove, “Simply padded gloves usually place padding directly over the nerves thereby transmitting handle bar or steering wheel pressure and vibration to the nerves. The Qwi™ Solution is unique because it transfers handle bar and steering wheel pressure and vibration away from both the median and ulnar nerves.” Qwi™ Gloves thereby help injured nerves to heal and prevent nerve injury in uninjured hands. Even motorcycle riders without hand pain or numbness commented that they found Qwi™ Gloves comfortable to wear while riding.
    Melinda J. from Longmont, CO said, “My right hand consistently went to sleep especially in downtown traffic riding. My problem has all but been eliminated. Thanks!” She experienced 95% reduction of her right hand pain and numbness after wearing Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves.
    All Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves include anatomically located solid gel nerve protection pads. There is also a separate solid gel pad providing additional comfort across the base of the fingers. Glove materials are selected with the motorcycle rider in mind. The leather is flexible, breathable, durable, water resistant, and washable. It helps prevent palm skin irritation from handle bar pressure and abrasion. The area between the thumb and index finger in the partial finger gloves is reinforced with a second layer of leather to reduce wear. All Qwi™ Gloves feature adjustable wrist straps with a hook and loop closure providing a custom fit. Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves come in 7 sizes from XXS to XXL.
    There are currently 9 styles of Qwi™ Motorcycle Gloves:
    1. Partial finger, solid leather palm, spandex top that is cool and provides a stretch fit.
    2. Partial finger, solid leather top and palm.
    3. Partial finger, solid leather palm, perforated leather top.
    4. Full finger, no extended cuff, spandex top, leather palm.
    5. Full finger, no extended cuff, solid leather top and palm
    6. Full finger, no extended cuff, solid leather palm, perforated leather top.
    7. Full finger with an extended cuff, without insulation.
    8. Full finger with an extended cuff, lightly insulated for riding down to 40-50 degrees
    9. Extra protective, sports style motorcycle glove with double layers of leather, closed and open cell foam padding, two adjustable straps, rubber visor wiper blade, reflective piping.
    Qwi™ Nerve Protection Driving Gloves and Bicycle Gloves are also available. Learn more about Qwi™ Gloves by visiting http://www.QwiNerveProtector.com or by calling 1-877-Qwi-Hand (794-4263).

    # # #

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    Joseph Yao, M.D., Inventor of the Qwi™ Nerve Protection Solution
    Qwi™ Gloves/Etsuko, LLC
    Telephone: 870-762-8075
    Fax: 870-762-0385
    E-mail: Support@QwiNerveProtector.com

  4. Matt,
    Thank you for stopping by our demonstration booth at the Sturgis Rally. FuelTool is the bike to bike fuel transfer tool we demonstrated to you. I would like to send you the press release for this product if you could supply me with your email address. We will keep you updated as we continue to make progress. Thanks, Mike McAvey

  5. Hi Matthev long ago I read your magazine and would like to ask for permission to translate and print nehih your materials on your website.
    if you do not mind.

  6. Hi Matthew. My name is fred kneer and I started a new company in mid december called Suicide Clutch Apparel. We have produced our 1st edition t-shirt. It’s called ” The Laws Shirt” We advertise in the Horse Backstreet Choppers magazine. We are also getting ready to work with Joe Russo. He is offering to write a press release about the business. We are excited about that oppurtunity and flattered that he contacted us and offered a chance to brand ourselves even more with American Iron magazine. I was hoping that maybe you might be interested in reviewing our 1st edition shirt? Also we would love to run a link to your site. So to see what we offer look us up at http://www.suicideclutchapparel.com Also we are on Facebook and Twitter. We are the little guys but dynamite comes in small packages. Thanks matthew for taking the time to read my request and I hope that you will check us out.

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