Indian Debuts FTR 1200 Artist Series Covers

Limited-edition line of tank covers to be produced by 5 top urban artists.

Indian FTR 1200 fuel tank cover by RISK.
RISK is one of the cutting-edge urban artists Indian has tapped to create a new line of fuel tank covers for the FTR 1200 model.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

This past weekend at the Wheels & Waves motorcycle festival in Biarritz, France, Indian debuted its FTR 1200 Artist Series, a collection of fuel tank covers for its FTR 1200 model, designed by some of the top names in the street art world, including Steve Caballero, Adam Turman, and RISK. The covers are limited in number, but you'll be able to purchase them this July at select dealers. Check out each artist's story in the photo gallery below.

Indian FTR 1200 fuel tank cover by Steve Caballero.
Steve Caballero’s “Cab Dragon” art goes with Asian influences and dives all in with bold colors.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

Who hasn’t heard of Steve Caballero by now? The man gets around, and the legendary skateboarding icon and member of the famed “Bones Brigade” seems tireless. Cab forged his legacy by using suburban swimming pools and half-pipes into canvases for his skate-inspired artistry. He’s become known over the years for his unique brand of “low-brow” hot-rod-inspired artwork. His designs are now highly sought-after by brands and collectors across the skate and art industries. For the FTR series, he’s created this Asian-influenced dragon head.

Indian FTR 1200 fuel tank cover by Adam Turman.
Adam Turman checks in with “Rising From the Ashes,” a fiery graphic that nicely underlines the aggressive slant of the FTR.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

Known for his bold graphic style, Adam Turman hails from Indian’s backyard of Minneapolis, and you can see his large-scale, vivid, and dynamic wall-mural installations throughout the Midwest. He began his art career by laying out gig posters for local bands, and drawing inspiration from the contrasty style of 1980s comics and heavy metal art. Turman’s got a way of marrying his in-your-face artistic visions with strategic-marketing objectives, which has made him one of the region’s most sought-after commercial artists.

Indian FTR 1200 fuel tank cover by RISK.
RISK’s “A New Day” draws heavily on the artist’s old-school street graffiti bona fides with symbolism tossed in for good measure.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

RISK has seen it all as a founding member of the WCA (West Coast Artists) graffiti crew, and he was one of the first graffiti writers in Southern California to plaster freight trains with spray paint. He pioneered the use of billboards and freeway overpasses as artistic canvases, but over the decades, his career has crossed over from the streets to museums, galleries, and clothing lines. The ever-evolving contemporary artist now incorporates everything from advanced “color theory” to “neon” in his body of work.

Indian FTR 1200 fuel tank cover by D*Face.
A well-known name in the urban art world, D*Face contributes “The Devil Within,” a clean, spare work that leans on illustration and graphic comic influences.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

Call him Dean Stockton, or call him D*Face—he’s a leading figure in Urban Contemporary Art, jump-starting his creativity on the streets more than 15 years ago. He originally entered the scene by hand-drawing stickers and posters and plastering them all over London for the unsuspecting masses to discover. His work has since evolved, reaching up to fine-art gallery shows and full-scale outdoor mural installations that transform urban landscapes and high-rise buildings into massive works of art.

Indian FTR 1200 fuel tank cover by ThankYouX.
As abstract as it gets on a motorcycle, ThankYouX’s “Meant to Tell You” reaches for paint splatter effects and the look of gashes to entice the viewer. Did he mean to tell you that?Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

ThankYouX (a.k.a. Ryan Wilson) began his artistic trip on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009 when he was spray-painting stencils as a homage to Andy Warhol. Those signature stencils would become his initial calling card, but they only scratched the surface of his multifaceted artistic identity. As his level of notoriety blew up, he began evolving to modern abstract designs that stand in contrast to more conventional graffiti-inspired street art. His unique brand of art has earned him acclaim all over the globe.