This line is all about real life-- falling down and gettin' the heck back up! No matter what life throws at you: remember that you are made of powerful stuff, dust yo-self off, hop on that trusty dusty steed of yours, and ride off into the sunset!
This artwork was originally created by request of Lane (Oveja Negra's cofounder) for her 40th birthday...a birthday shared with Brink. There is A LOT going on and each element has significance. Read the deets below to be in the know:
A campout at the base of our iconic Tenderfoot Hill (aka "S Mountain"), along the Arkansas River, and under the star pattern of October 24th, 2021 (Lane and Brink's shared birthday)
Esse quam videri meaning "To be, rather than to seem" wrapped around a Dogwood blossom is Brink's hometown state of North Carolina's motto and flower.
Animis opibusque parati meaning "Prepared in mind and resources" wrapped around a Yellow Jasmine is Lane's hometown state of South Carolina's motto and flower.
Cowboy? Cowgirl? Cowperson?! Nah, it's you, it's me, pushing ourselves, faltering, but always, eventually, getting back up again! But, that bike? It's Lane's steel, Black Sheep whip!
Here's what Brink had to add... one of my favorite elements are the 6 snakes. I was flagging the final layout of a trail system in Southern Colorado that included maze like terrain and kept stumbling upon a group of a half dozen rattlesnakes, day after day, in exactly the same spot. Eventually they became a landmark of sorts that helped keep my bearing while navigating the often confusing maze like terrain. I sat near them several times to eat lunch, replenish calories, quench a desert induced thirst and to watch them watch me. Ultimately I modified the alignment of a trail as to not disturb what was obviously a significant spot for the serpents.