Death Spray x Alpinestars = Anatomy

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“I wanted to create the next generation of Dave Aldana’s suit,” describes Death Spray Custom’s David Gwyther. “He raced in black leathers with a white skeleton print. The Anatomy Suit is part sculpture, part puzzle and all educational.”

Photos: Neil Bridge

Designed by David, the suit was then hand made at Alpinestars’ facility in Northern Italy. Using custom painting lore as a brand mythology, Death Spray draws from motorsports history to subvert modern marketing and create fine art.

“I guess the conflict of protection and the human body is never more apparent than in motorcycles and motor sport,” the artist continues. “Obviously, Alpinestars understands that dichotomy more than anyone. Combining that knowledge with their technical and creative expertise made for a unique and compelling project.”


The suit was built using a mix of cow and kangaroo leathers, selected to mimic the texture, colors and effects of traditional anatomical models. A red mesh liner emphasizes the effect. The suit will debut in person this weekend at the Southsiders MC “Wheels and Waves” show in Biarritz.


“Human anatomy is a theme I have much fascination with and is something I’ve often visited in previous works,” David continues. “The anatomy model is a visual motif that, even from an early age, was intriguing as a timeless piece of art in itself. We see it referenced culturally in many ways from Hirst to Kaws, though my inspiration was an artist from a different field: AMA racing. It’s a very simple idea, the best often appear that way.”

  • paulo

    What no testes ?

  • Jon B.

    So good.

  • Nate Weaver

    Deathspray stuff in general, I love.

    This is not badass like Aldana’s bones suit. This just looks like Slim Goodbody.


      I’m with you. This could have been much more. Think Bodyworlds.

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  • protomech

    “Using custom painting lore as a brand mythology, Death Spray draws from motorsports history to subvert modern marketing and create fine art.”

    Er.. okay. They made a race suit with cartoon organs on it.

    I guess I don’t get the full impact of this fine art.

    • Glenngineer

      I just ctrl+ved that fucking ridiculous line to comment on it.

      Too slow.

    • Ben W

      Lines like that are why I abandoned my art degree. Saying that with a straight face results in approval, regardless of the actual product.

      That and I just can’t take myself so seriously.

    • Eric

      Look at their body of work. I think they do exactly what that sentence says.
      Especially the Delight and Destroy Edition 2. Classic race car paint schemes updated with current multinational brands and crossed with anti-capitalist slogans. Or the Paranoia Ducati that was featured here a few months back.

      Although I’d rather be in Aldana’s suit, I think this one goes right alongside their other pieces.

      • Nate Weaver

        I hate art-speak too, but I think they do exactly what they say. And moreover, they usually do it very well.

        This one though, I dunno. Seems silly. Lord knows I’ve made some clunkers though, so I hate to be harsh.

    • Wes Siler

      That’s a fairly straightforward description guys. Just imagine it’s torque and horsepower numbers if creativity hurts your brain too much.

      • Ben W

        Creativity isn’t the source of pain.

        • Eric

          So I tried to come up with a less ‘art-speak’ rephrasing. Everything I had was basically the same but clunkier as I tried to dodge ‘lore’ and ‘brand mythology’

          Drawing inspiration from the history of racing and customized vehicles, DSC plays with these conventions, making art and social commentary.

          Your turn,

          • BMW11GS

            Yes totally agree with you Eric. Enough already I say, everyone is so busy trying to be subversive nowadays it’s hard to really take to heart anything like this. And Wes…don’t patronize us.


        The idea here is a memento mori. Motorcycling may well kill you, and safety gear is a constant reminder of that. By putting the organs on the outside, where we expressly do not want them to be, DSC takes death defiance and externalizes it in the form of cartoon lungs, guts, etc. The perforated leather is reminiscent of Roy Liechtenstein’s extreme newsprint close-ups. By going comic, however, DSC misses an opportunity to do some truly visually arresting work. Why stop with organs? Muscle, veins, and bones rendered more realistically would be much more impactful. As it is, the mess of muted colors on the chest may not even read visually at anything but a close distance.

        • Eric

          Excellent critique and contextualization.


            Hey, thanks. I appreciate it.

  • Ed

    This will be helpful when you wreck in rural god-knows-not-where and the volunteer EMTs come to scrape the dead deer off of you. “Now I remember, the spleen is on THAT side!”

  • Archer

    “if creativity hurts your brain too much.”

    I am laughing out loud as I read that line.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Damn, now there’s The Macallan all over my keyboard.

    Puh-LEASE. Don’t serve me chipped beef and call it steak, ‘kay?

  • Keith

    Need a helmet with a brain painted on it…:)

  • Andrew

    As a rider who appreciates interesting gear, I like this clever suit. Imagining myself as a typical Emily Carr design school student, I take a sip of macchiato and ruminate the artist’s bold statement. After a moment of deep contemplation recalling my own anatomical muse and the struggle to express myself via stitched hides I applaud David and say good show in Finnish.

  • Campisi

    Needs more Cubist.

  • amsterdam

    And I can read and comment again!
    Did someone leave the door open
    Or are we back to the open net?

  • mugget

    That is one sweet leathers!

    Reminded me of some leathers that (I think) Max Biaggi had a few years ago. They were all shiny on the outside, but it looks like a dark red photorealistic muscle pattern on the surface of the leathers. Looked quite garish, and awesome I think! Tried to Google some photos of it, but failed…