Orgaizers of the Celeritas show, John Hensley (right) and musician Joe Hahn (left), raise $65,000 for the Riders for Health charity.
Actor John Hensley and musician Joe Hahn joined forces this past weekend to blend the two-wheeled, art and celebrity worlds in an effort to raise money for Riders for Health, an organization that supplies motorcycles and aid to underprivileged counties in Africa, allowing medical supplies to be transported to remote regions of the country where a normal car couldn’t reach. The event, called CELERITAS (Latin for speed), took place at the Suru store in Hollywood.
Hensley, most known from is role in the hit TV series Nip/Tuck and Hahn, a member of the massively popular rock group Linkin Park, came up with the idea of having well-known artists use motorcycle crash helmets as their canvases. The show was aimed to blend fine art and street art with motorcycle culture, and they did so fabulously. Shoei and Arai donated the helmets while Suzuki also donated a GSX-R1300 Hayabusa, all of which that were painted and auctioned off.
Alpinestars stepped up with decoration for the event, featuring leathers from some of the best road racers in the world. They also collaborated with well-known artist Dr. Romanelli, as he used one of their leather suits to make a Mad Max-inspired creation, which was one of the night’s hits.
Other artists featured were Barry McGee, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Mark Dean Veca, Audrey Kawasaki, Jim Lee, James Jean, Stash, Futura, Jesse James, Jeff McMillan, Alex Pardee, Troy Lee, Usugrow, Estevan Oriol and Nathan Cabrera. No doubt, quite the start-studded list.
In attendance was also quite the star-studded affair as a quick look around reveled a number of big-name movie stars and musicians as well as a who’s who of the motorcycle industry. Fun was had by all and the vibe, while serious in their cause, was chill and much laid back. Motorcycle-USA even helped aid the great cause and will soon be the proud owner of an original Mark Dean Veca-painted Arai helmet. All in the name of Riders for Health, which happens to be one of our own personal favorite causes.
CELERITAS is now open and will be up for viewing at the Suru store until August 13th, with all proceeds from sales of the art going directly to the Riders for Health foundation.
Our hats go off to Hensley and Hahn for putting on such a killer event and helping such an important and great cause. This just goes to show that not everyone in Hollywood is greedy and overindulgent. Thus, it’s no wonder they’ve raised $65,000 already…