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Article By: Amelia “Killer” Rose
Originally Published In The October 2018 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Having support from your family when you show passion for the arts at a young age is incredibly special. Growing up in a family that is made up of artists is even better. For Grail Ogzewalla, this was exactly the case. His father majored in architecture and both of his grandparents were artists, his grandfather being a leather worker and his grandmother a painter. Art was always encouraged in his household and he has been creatively and visually inclined from a young age. As a kid, Grail moved around a lot due to his father’s job and ended up in Virginia when he was around 13. Due to this constant moving, he tended to be the “different” kid and always ended up hanging with the skateboarders and other weirdos. At that time, mohawks had just come into style which lead him to cut his own hair into various punk styles, which would eventually lead him to his full-time profession, hair dresser. Having artistic blood in his veins, he made an attempt at art school but only lasted a half of a semester before dropping out as his love of learning was outmatched by his poor academics. So, he went back to hairdressing and has kept it to pay the bills ever since.
Though having grown up around his father’s motorcycles and pretending to ride them when he was younger, Grail himself has only had a bike of his own since 2006 and has only been a moto artist for the past 2 years. Despite being so new to the industry, the passion and creativity he fi nds in it is incredible. He was originally drawn to it by his want to build a chopper of his own. He fell in love with the aesthetics, engineering, and DIY punk rock attitude that came with the culture and has stuck with it since.
For his preferred medium, Grail tends more towards drawing ink, watercolor, and acrylic as he’s used them most of his life. Though he’s not opposed to using anything he can get his hands on and is always ready to try something he’s never done before. When asked what sets him apart from other artists in our industry, Grail simply and fi rmly believes that if you just do what you love, the way you love it, you automatically set yourself apart from the rest. With his art, he tries to capture a sense of life. The paintings he creates aren’t just about motorcycles, they’re about people and the relationships they share with their machines. For a long time, he struggled with his art. He was trying to fi nd his motivation, trying to create something that was “important” or “culturally meaningful” and was close to quitting art all together. It wasn’t until a good friend snapped him out of it by telling him he was taking himself too seriously that Grail fi nally began to appreciate his art for what it is and start creating content he enjoyed.
With his art, he has also been given the opportunities to do some amazing things these past few years. From being invited to show work at Fuel Cleveland thanks to Mikey Arnold, to having an invitation to Chris Galley of Devil Chicken Design’s show Voodoo and Burnt Rubber in Buffalo recently. This past year he was also able to meet and commission a large painting for Tyler and Kyle Malinky of Lowbrow Customs, both of whom have set land speed records at Bonneville and are a great inspiration to him Today Grail is working on building his website and marketing his art to a larger audience and looking towards the future, he has big plans for himself. “I want to create more art, go to more shows, and build more choppers and hot rods. I also want to build a vehicle to run at Bonneville one day” If you want to check out some of Grail’s amazing work and maybe commission him yourself, you can check out his instagram @ grail_ogzewalla_art or email him at firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks for reading. ‘Till next time, Amelia Rose