The photo of a bucket of roses made entirely from motorcycle parts we posted on our Facebook page a while ago was liked by many of you guys, but we had no idea who the artist was.
The guys at BikerOrNot talked to him, and here is what they’ve found out:
The artist, James “Dirt” Dorner, creates metal sculptures using American made motorcycle parts, specifically, Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles. Unlike most artists, he does not plan to make a profit off of his work. His perspective all changed when he welded an angel from his 1978 FLHX motorcycle, in which he gave to a patient in a 40-day coma from a motorcycle accident. Within 24 hours of the angel being in the patient’s hospital room, he awoke from his coma. Ever since then, Dirt decided to use his art to help those in need. To date, all of his art has been donated to local benefits. Over the years, “Dirt” has raised over $125,000 for Veterans and children’s hospitals, cancer societies, and no-kill animal shelters.
We asked Dirt, “what gives you the drive to help others?”, he replied that the loss of his father at a young age had a lot to do with it:
I think God gave me a gift, if I don’t do good with it, first and foremost, I am just wasting it. I grew up the son of a very ill father, I guess at an early age you learn to appreciate things differently, and I can’t help but think of the families of those who endure these kinds of hardships…. I know firsthand how it feels to be lost in the shuffle.” – James “Dirt” Dorner
Help him help others by showing your support by sharing this post and liking the ArtbyDirt Facebook page. Be sure to check out more of his work at Artbydirt.com. If you have unusable parts, you can help by donating your wrecked or rusted motorcycle parts to James “Dirt” Dorner.
Watch an interview with James “Dirt” below to find out where it all started. Flip through the gallery below the video to see more of his artwork.
Slide through this gallery to see some of his amazing pieces of art!