Legendary Artist D*Face Designed Three Custom Motorcycles for Triumph

When two masters of their craft come together to create something new, good things tend to happen. So when Triumph, Britain’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, joined forces with a street art legend, the Spirit of ’59 was born. And it was good.

Dean Stockton, better known as D*Face, is not your typical artist. Though his art has been seen all over London, the spray paint, stickers, and stencils that made up a great deal of his work were not always as welcome as they are today. Affixed to lamp posts, billboards, and electrical boxes, the characters he once created from his imagination would have as easily landed him in all sorts of trouble then as they now land themselves in Sotheby’s auctions and gallery exhibitions around the world.

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And the Spirit of ’59—thank god—is not your typical collaboration. In an era where so many pairings between brands and artists, actors, and so on feel like square pegs shoved into round holes (how many “creative directors” have you seen appointed lately?), Triumph and D*Face couldn’t be a more natural fit. A lifelong Triumph owner, working with the iconic moto brand gave Stockton the opportunity to return to where it all began—riding to school on the back of his dad’s motorcycle.

“As a kid I wanted to be a fighter pilot,” he says. “It was the closest thing to flying that I could get as a kid.”

Paying tribute to the spirit of individuality of the late 1950s and ’60s, D*Face has created hand-painted works of art out of three bikes from Triumph’s “Modern Classic” range—a Bonneville Thruxton, a Bonneville Bobber Black, and a Bonneville T120.

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Best of all, you can snag one for yourself. All you have to do is book a test ride on a Triumph Modern Classic between now and April 30, and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win one of these bikes.

See more about the collaboration (and how the bikes were made) in the video below.

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