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This profile was last updated on 8/18/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Creator

Red Rider
 
Background

Employment History

  • CAR-TOONS
  • Iron Horse
  • Navy
  • Supercycle magazine
Web References
“Thunder” Art | "Push'n Pavement"
www.pushnpavement.com, 18 Aug 2010 [cached]
The art work of Hal Robinson, the creator of Red Rider, Miraculous Mutha' and the righteous products guy, set the foundation for what would become our communities version of political and periodical cartoon satire. In the late 70s, Supercycle magazine (god how we miss that one) introduced the art work of a young artist by the name of Don "Thunder" Baggett who took over doing the strip "White Line Willie" . I have been a big fan of the W.L.W. strip for as long as I can remember and when I got the chance to talk to Thunder about how he came into the biker art world, it was a real privilege. Thunder told me that he's not a man of many words but during our hour long phone conversation he painted a mental picture for me that I doubt I would be able to pass along in this short article. Starting off as young as he could remember, art was always his bag. Thunder quit high school over the issue of not getting his hair cut and from there finished his senior year through the University of Alabama. While there he took plenty of art classes and entered the college curriculum at the age of 17. From there he finished 6 quarters at Patrick Henry Jr. college in Monroeville, AL. where he obtained his associates in art degree all before the early age of 19. Growing up in Alabama, Thunder found his first gig in Birmingham working for an entertainment paper called "Birmingham After Dark.
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Hal gave Thunder a lot of direction with his art and is still today the inspiration to keep doing what he loves. Much of the work he does today contains messages and signs of the times that might get over looked by the quick glance, but if you take a minute and really look around in the strip you'll pick up the little things. It might be graffiti on a wall, an emblem on a gas tank, the lettering of a tire or someone's T-shirt, but the important things always come out somewhere in his work. Take this month's Low Down & Dirty Rotten for instance.
TheThunderZone.com - Artwork by Thunder : Meet Thunder
www.thethunderzone.com, 11 Feb 2010 [cached]
The art work of Hal Robinson, the creator of Red Rider, Miraculous Mutha' and the righteous products guy, set the foundation for what would become our communities version of political and periodical cartoon satire. In the late 70's, Supercycle magazine (god how we miss that one) introduced the art work of a young artist by the name of Don "Thunder" Baggett who took over doing the strip "White Line Willie" . I have been a big fan of the W.L.W. strip for as long as I can remember and when I got the chance to talk to Thunder about how he came into the biker art world, it was a real privilege. Thunder told me that he's not a man of many words but during our hour long phone conversation he painted a mental picture for me that I doubt I would be able to pass along in this short article. Starting off as young as he could remember, art was always his bag. Thunder quit high school over the issue of not getting his hair cut and from there finished his senior year through the University of Alabama. While there he took plenty of art classes and entered the college curriculum at the age of 17. From there he finished 6 quarters at Patrick Henry Jr. college in Monroeville, AL. where he obtained his associates in art degree all before the early age of 19. Growing up in Alabama, Thunder found his first gig in Birmingham working for an entertainment paper called "Birmingham After Dark.
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Hal gave Thunder a lot of direction with his art and is still today the inspiration to keep doing what he loves. Much of the work he does today contains messages and signs of the times that might get over looked by the quick glance, but if you take a minute and really look around in the strip you'll pick up the little things. It might be graffiti on a wall, an emblem on a gas tank, the lettering of a tire or someone's T-shirt, but the important things always come out somewhere in his work. Take this month's Low Down & Dirty Rotten for instance.
Cycle Source
www.cyclesource.com, 10 Feb 2006 [cached]
The art work of Hal Robinson, the creator of Red Rider, Miraculous Mutha' and the righteous products guy, set the foundation for what would become our communities version of political and periodical cartoon satire.In the late 70's, Supercycle magazine (god how we miss that one) introduced the art work of a young artist by the name of Don "Thunder" Baggett and the cartoon strip "White Line Willie & Little Annie Tranny" was born.I have been a big fan of the W.L.W. strip for as long as I can remember and when I got the chance to talk to Thunder about how he came into the biker art world, it was a real privilege.Thunder told me that he's not a man of many words but during our hour long phone conversation he painted a mental picture for me that I doubt I would be able to pass along in this short article.Starting off as young as he could remember, art was always his bag.Thunder quit high school over the issue of not getting his hair cut and from there finished his senior year through the University of Alabama.While there he took plenty of art classes and entered the college curriculum at the age of 17.From there he finished 6 quarters at Patrick Henry Jr. college in Monroeville, AL. where he obtained his associates in art degree all before the early age of 19.Growing up in Alabama, Thunder found his first gig in Birmingham working for an entertainment paper called "Birmingham After Dark."He met a lot of Rock Stars of the time like legends Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham when they were just starting Fleetwood Mac.However, Thunder is an adventure seeker and in 1975 his quest led him into the Navy.He attempted to go in as an illustrator/draftsman, but instead became an O.S. (Operations Specialist).While he was in the Navy, he started free-lance artwork for CAR-TOONS, an auto and hot rod cartoon publication.Once his art started showing up in print, Thunder was hooked.Around that same time, Easyriders owned Iron Horse and they had a regular monthly "Reader's Art" section.Thunder started getting a piece published about every other month in that section and with cars in one book and bikes in another, he was on his way.After his four years were up, he was done with the Navy.Thunder went back to being a full time biker and doing his artwork.While living in Gattlinsburg, TN he started doing art & photo layouts for Iron Horse, Outlaw Biker and Supercycle.He loved the work, but it still wasn't what he wanted to do.
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Hal gave Thunder a lot of direction with his art and is still today the inspiration to keep doing what he loves.I went on to ask Thunder what his favorite memories from The White Line Willie strips were, and his answer was the one that never went to print.
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