Local motorcycle artist Ryan Underwood brings his art-form to the Rome area after a long hiatus out of the county. During this time away he became a commercial airline pilot, before that a flight instructor for a Florida flight school, and draws influence from his experiences living in Florida and Texas. This self proclaimed Gearhead combines the meticulousness of a seasoned pilot (yet only 25 years old) and the grittiness of hot rubber-on-asphalt to his freestyle motorcycle artistry.
In a city like Daytona there are a dozen similar artists, but their confidence is shallow: fueled only by living in the custom bike scene; they also exhibit a confusion that accompanies the stringent competition. By moving back home to northwest Georgia Underwood presents an unfettered motorcycle by scrapping the artistic noise. His custom built bikes begin as empty frames, then assembled, wired, detailed, and tuned in his garage guaranteeing a unique look.
Under the incorporated name of Ace Customs, artful tutelage of southern Texas and northern Florida biking scenes, and mechanical knowledge, Underwood provides a polished art -that you can ride. With the volume of offers to commission different motorcycles and hotrods, it is easy to cut corners; but a level head and honest work ethic keeps the genre of custom bike art legitimate. That is what keeps Underwood busy these days. One can find him in the Armuchee area cranking out bikes for eager buyers in the community between flights, or on his website at www.acerodsandcustoms.com.