We're back with our TCE Dream Chaser segment as we prepare for the upcoming race season. For this installment we check in with Bee G Creations. Bee has been gaining popularity and interest with his Motocross inspired works of art that are second to none. Riders like Ken Roczen, Dean Wilson, and Tim Gajser all call on Bee for unique works of art. We wanted to get the inside scoop from Bee himself on how he got started and where he plans to go from here....
So give us a break down of who you are and what exactly Bee G Creations is all about...
I’m a kid from Cali who grew up making art. Bee G represents my initials while using Bee in place of “B” because my high school basketball coach, teammates and classmates called me “Bee”. It just made sense and kind of stuck. The brand itself is all good clean fun for all to enjoy. I want to stand out and be different from all the other artist and/or brands out there.
How did you get into art and Motocross racing?
My dad used to race three wheelers and quads back in day doing moto and even some flat track I think, so moto is in the family. We would always go to watch Supercross and X-Games events as I grew up. I just have always been around it and followed it from a young age.
What is your background in Motocross?
I raced a little bit at Glen Helen when I was little and then a lot of riding at Glamis and Ocotillo here in California growing up. I have done a little bit of track and now I just go ride the hills. I don’t do as much track now, after I broke my back a few years ago. Which is actually when I started Bee G Creations.
What was your first creation related to Motocross?
My first creation related to moto was most likely a Travis Pastrana or Mike Metzger piece, but with illustrating it was a Josh Hansen design. My first purchased moto artwork was my dude Tod Bannister out of Colorado
Where do you get inspiration from for your art work?
All over the place. I can be watching a Lebron James commercial and somehow get an idea to make an Eli Tomac poster. I find inspiration from all athletes from all sports. It probably doesn’t make sense, but that’s how it goes! As a kid I grew up with World Industries and Tech Decks and that’s what inspires my characters and fun stuff I think.
Your style of drawing is very unique and seems to resonate with a ton of people, how did you refine it?
I have picked up on new techniques through trial and error over the past couple years. I see what people like from my past work and I try expand on it.
So it looks like A LOT of pro racers from all over the world are reposting your creations, how did come to get so popular in the racing world?
I think it’s just the fun style and the fact we have social media to share work. I’ve had a ton of people like Mandie Fonteyn of HRC to riders like Twitch Stenberg who are always sharing my work and spreading the word. I also try and follow all racing series, not just Supercross. I just expand my opportunities by doing projects of riders from all over instead of limiting myself to everyone’s favorites here in states.
Who are some of you favorite racers that you've made creations for?
Tim Gajser. Tim is my favorite rider so doing a project for him was awesome. Also Ken Roczen, Hanny (Josh Hansen), and Justin Barcia. Although, not all were official projects, but just some fun ones. It’s great to meet and share some art and words with guys like that.
Where do you see your brand going in the near future?
Trying to expand and get more of my clothing out to people. I’m trying to do more collaborations with more brands like the recent one with Fist Hand wear. I also have some fun ideas for people coming soon that will be available on my site.
What are some big goals that you have for the brand?
I want to just be able to make enough to support. I want the brand to stand on its own and be established in this industry and others like skateboarding and bikes. Whatever that includes will be great for me. Maybe having clothing in Moto and Skate stores or maybe even moto gear. I don’t want to limit myself, but as long as I can support myself and my life goals I’m happy.
What are some of the things that you have in the works right now?
I have some fun product ideas I will have available soon. I am still developing some ideas. I think it’s something everyone will really like, especially little kids who follow and have favorite riders. I just won’t say too much haha J, the same goes for some collaborations with brands. One is pretty big and involves an international rider and a gear brand so be sure to stay tuned. I have a Mike Alessi toon and Jason Anderson one in line, but those are just for fun.
What is the coolest or most rewarding part of what you do?
The most rewarding part is inspiring people. I get messages from kids saying they love my work and want to do the same thing. I do this for fun and to bring smiles to people is great. Meeting and getting to know Pros is also so great because its different on the other side of fence. Giving a rider who’s basically a machine on race day a project that suddenly breaks them out of there shell and gets them to smile or laugh is so great.
Where can people find out more about Bee G creations and what you offer?
I have Beegcreations.com and you all can DM us on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes the DMs are hard as I usually have a bunch unopened due to the large influx of messages, but I still try and always check and go through them.
What advice would you give people looking to follow in your footsteps and be a creative in the Moto industry?
Find a style and stick to it. Don’t imitate everyone else or listen to people who doubt your style or hate on it. I deal with people who trace my work and resell, critique the look, look for inaccuracies or even question my techniques all just to cause trouble. It’s really silly to be honest. You just have to focus and not give people the time of day. Find what you love and do it for the fun. Always try to grow through trial and error both from a creative aspect and business aspect.
It's great to see emerging brands like Bee G Creations follow their passions and bring a unique flare to the industry. When it comes to standing out it pays to follow your intuition, stay true to your talents, and most importantly have the most fun. For more information on Bee G Creations check the out at Beegcreations.com and give them a follow @beegcreations
Stay tuned to The Collective Experience for more deep dives into the lives of Dream Chasers.....