From Virginia Beach to New York. From street graffiti to Scott Campbell’s studio, to his own. Othelo Gervacio is a rounded artist and a passionate motorbike lover, who designed some of the most iconic pieces of Dainese Settantadue’s F/W 18 collection. Let’s know more about him.

Othelo Gervacio and his Bike

Introduction to Othelo: tell us something about you and how your definition of art.

I am a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in painting. The subject matter or what I aim to create sits at the cross-section of Romance and Tragedy.

“I try to create pieces that everyone can have some sort of emotional connection to or conjure up some sort of nostalgia.”

One of my main subject matters are flowers. I often look at them or pose them to represent people, considering the parallel of postures, body language, etc.

From flowers to motorbikes: what’s the connection and do you have any motorbike icons?

I have been riding motorbikes for about 10 years now. I started with a 1974 Honda CB that I brought back to life and customized myself to resemble a flat track racer. It was great to learn the basic mechanics of a bike and enable myself to handle most of the maintenance. I had a few random bikes in between, including a Triumph Chopper but now I have a daily rider – a 1988 Harley Davidson Sportster. I do, however, have an appreciation for all types of bikes. Race, dirt, dual, touring; anything on two wheels and over 300 cc’s!

How did you choose to design some apparel for Dainese Settantadue? How do you feel about this?
I was inspired by the history and spirit of Dainese, especially drawing from the origins of the brand. Also, I just love the aesthetic of the world around racing. The suits, the personalized bikes, the adornments – all inspired what I have designed. Last but not least, the Speed Demon – such an amazing representation of the brand and speaks to anyone who rides!

“I was intrigued to paint such an eerily beautiful plant and include it into my language for the Dainese Settantadue collaboration.”

The Demon Flower: where did you get your inspiration, and where does “the demon” lives?
I discovered the Demon Flower after doing a bit of research in trying to find a personal connection between my art and the Dainese Settantadue brand. I couldn’t have found a better subject matter than the Tacca Chantrieri. It is a flowering plant that resembles a demon or black bat: 12 inches across and with long ‘whiskers’ that can grow up to 28 inches. They can grow over a meter high and are native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia. I had never seen such a flower before, almost seeming like they could have come from another planet. Of course, I was intrigued to paint such an eerily beautiful plant and include it into my language for the Dainese Settantadue collaboration.

What would you like to wear of the Settantadue collection, when and why?
I love the whole collection! For me, I’ve always loved the look of the race suit – the colours, the logos, the patterns. Just the aesthetic reminds me of a modern-day warrior in armour. And it’s also just representative of one person, so it’s powerful. With that being said,

“I would love to wear a jacket from the Speed Leathers, specifically the Toga 72.”

Not only do I like the look of it, but it would be practical for me as a rider – with all the protection within the jacket structure. In addition, it’s also almost winter here in New York, and riding in leathers if definitely necessary.