Andrew Swenson / ASD "Obit"

Discussion in 'General' started by ekraft84, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. ekraft84

    ekraft84 Registered User

    Hopping onto LinkedIn this morning and what to my eyes do appear, but a change of job notification for my/our beloved painter, Andrew Swenson. This fool started a new job and in his profile pic, is wearing a shirt and tie. A friggin' shirt and tie. I panicked and laughed - and I'm not sure in what order. What is this - a real job? So in proper recognition of his passing in the racing industry/world, I wanted to say thanks to ASD for the years of top-notch painting on our race bikes. Show-bike quality. It is honestly the best work we've ever had done.

    For anyone who's had stuff done by him, you know he stresses you out to no end. You get him bodywork before all other race bike preparations occur, and it's the last thing to arrive - without fail. You end up exchanging Christmas gifts with your your FedEx guy because you became best friends with him - chasing a truck around town, for the bodywork that was 1 or 2-day shipped to arrive on Thursday, when leaving for the races that night/weekend. You end up texting him multiple times, leave a voicemail, then trying to slide into his DM's like an Instagram meme gone terribly wrong. But you don't care. And while sometimes maddening, he was always calm and collected about the task at hand.

    Andrew's work is the best out there. No one has more attention to detail than him. His work is impeccable. We passed on local painters who were really good to have him paint our stuff. It got to the point where we'd break the cardinal rule of bodywork and paint prep - having the bodywork shipped directly from Sharkskinz - right to him, where we'd fit/mount it on the bike once painted. That's how solid he was. He comes up with great designs, various ideas and detail you rarely see from anyone else. He'd work with the bodywork manufacturers on ideas/improvements. He'd do fabrication on tanks. He'd do all kinds of little things that justified the added time.

    Sure, he has a fault in liking gradient fades (still ain't doing that 'Drew). Sure, requiring a signature and insuring 2-3 boxes seems maddening, when checking tracking at 11:59pm the night before. But his work justified it. Getting a set of bodywork painted - amidst the stress - was always worth it. Sure, it's race bodywork and it'll get crashed, but when you've got legit sponsors helping out, having bikes that pop and stand out on the podium, in photos, posters, videos, etc. That attention to detail matters and has had tangible benefits over the years (it also just happened to line up perfectly with my own OCD).

    So thanks 'Drew. I love ya, I hate ya. Order of that is irrelevant. :) I know you'll still be painting here and there, but glad you got into an industry where you can make some legit money and not work crazy schedules for way less than you're worth.

    Best of luck, buddy.
  2. Riders Discount

    Riders Discount 866-931-6644 ext 817

    Drew was/is the best of the best when it comes to paint work!
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  3. tittys04

    tittys04 Well-Known Member

    This can't be real. That a-hole...

    Good luck homie.
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  4. JBraun

    JBraun Well-Known Member

    ^ That’s a goddamned track magnet right there ^

  5. Riders Discount

    Riders Discount 866-931-6644 ext 817

    OK if we are going to post pictures of Drew's is my favorite (might be a little biased though). I know Eddie doesn't like the fade or black wheels, but I think it works well.

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  6. tittys04

    tittys04 Well-Known Member

    That's why I had him do 2 sets ;)
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  7. MotoGP69

    MotoGP69 Well-Known Member

    My ASD masterpiece. Pics don’t do it justice, even almost 10 years later. I was hoping to use his services for something new this year. :(

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  8. k_cotter

    k_cotter Active Member

    Wow. I wish him the best. He did an absolutely killer job for me, however I know some people went with him somewhat recently based on my recommendation, and they were actually unhappy with the final result...typical asd delivery stresses aside. I imagine towards the end things got tough for him. With that being said... I wish I could capture just how incredible this bike came out.

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  9. tittys04

    tittys04 Well-Known Member

    That's the thing, the bikes in this thread all look awesome, but if the rest are anything like mine, pics don't even come close to showing the detail in the paint. You just have to see it in person to really appreciate how great of an artist Swenson is.
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  10. bwhip


    Photos definitely don't do Andrew's work justice. Among the best I've seen. Very grateful to have owned a bike he painted:



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  11. joec

    joec brace yourself

    That is beautiful.
  12. k_cotter

    k_cotter Active Member

    Bit better quality Photo. The pop of the silver with the flake is intense. Especially when he fades it into the black.

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  13. kiggy74

    kiggy74 As useful as an...

    That's a gorgeous looking bike right there...
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  14. TwiztedRabbit

    TwiztedRabbit Well-Known Member

    Damnit Drew!!! congrats duder...

    I have had a few bikes painted by him over the years.. they are always amazing... this was my fav.
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  15. tdelegram

    tdelegram Well-Known Member

    As someone that gave him 1500 in August and can’t get him to respond to me or have anything to show for it, I have a different name for him. Any guesses?
  16. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    A$1500dudewithshittycommrelyingonyourpatience ?
  17. k_cotter

    k_cotter Active Member

    Absolutely hate to hear this
  18. Funkm05

    Funkm05 Dork

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  19. HMEN

    HMEN Well-Known Member

    sad to hear, here is my ASD piece.

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  20. rocalotopus

    rocalotopus thick member

    what the hell is Broome gonna do....?

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