THE SUITED RACER
We launched PROVK with the goal of highlighting artists of style and substance. Lando Griffin, better known as The Suited Racer, epitomizes just that. An artist who keeps us wondering who the man behind the mask is, we can't help but be intrigued. Bringing a dose of humor to the superhero-like character he’s created, we’re keeping our eyes on this artist as he attempts to "expose the truth in an era of misinformation." The Suited Racer is an artist, photographer and style icon in the making. We interviewed Lando Griffin and talked art, motorcycles and his dapper style.
What's your earliest memory of styling?
A picture of my grandfather in the late 40s looking like he was straight out of Mad Men.
How would you describe your style?
My style is simple but clean and form fitting.
What advice would you give for looking sharp?
You have to put it on like a costume until it feels like clothes. Carey Grant once said "I pretended to be the man I wanted to be until I became that man."
What's the biggest mistake people make when styling?
They do it for others instead of themselves. There is no fun if you're not in on it.
What is your favorite item?
What's your earliest art memory?
Drawing while the teacher spoke.
What drew you to photography?
I don't like dividing the different forms of art. Photography allowed me to express certain things that couldn't be quite captured through conventional canvas. The result, the Instagram page.
Who was an influence in your art?
I would say primarily, Dave Gibbons and the storytelling of Alan Moore. The artistic style is antiquated. People are quick to site Liechtenstein but it is so very different. Mr. Moore’s story’s have a message rooted deep in social disruption against white collar crime and government corruption. I’m all about that.
What do you want to accomplish with your art?
Expose the truth in an era of misinformation.
When did you start riding?
Around the age of four.
What made you want to get on a motorbike?
My father was really into motorbikes. I thought the way he rode them was the epitome of ability.
What was your first motorcycle?
I’ll just say it was a 50cc.
What is your holy grail bike?
Can there be one? Even though I own quite a few, ownership doesn’t interest me as much as just riding them.
What advise do you have for someone looking to buy their first bike?
If you’re going vintage, get something smaller than a 750. Tremendously less complicated to push.
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