Eddie Alexander Meeks, After graduating I bought an electric guitar and decided to tear it apart and custom paint it. I did, and after putting it back together I noticed it didn't play as good as it did before I took it apart. I flipped through the phone book to find a guitar shop that could let me know what was going on (at age 18 then and this was my first guitar) so I found "Roscoe" guitars in the yellow pages and called him. He knew exactly what had gone wrong (I knocked it out of intonation) and said I could drop it off and he would fix the problem. I dropped it off and went back the next day to pick it up and the first thing he asked was who painted it? I told him I did and the next thing out of his mouth was do you want a job painting my guitars. I said sure (this was great fortune since I had painted another show car since graduating and decided cars were too big and too time consuming and wanted something small to paint and get into, guitars were perfect). He asked when I could start and I told him "tomorrow". So I showed up with airbrush in hand and we went over employeement issues. I told him I didn't want to "work for him" but would paint on a commission basis. This suited him fine so off I went into the back spray room and painted my first guitar for Roscoe which is this one pictured right here.
My new "job" was totally cool. I'm now 18 years old and have a commission paying gig painting electric guitars for a man that hand builds his own brand. All the guitars were hand made right in this shop which was on Tate St. in Greensboro and right on the edge of the campus of UNCG college. Keith Roscoe right off the bat set a good feeling in me because he had a sign on his door that stated his hours of operation "11:00 to 7:00pm" and most of the time he didn't open till 12:00 noon...... perfect, my kinda hours. But we usually worked till midnight, building guitars and playing them and entertaining people that would stroll in.... it was great.. Right below us was a chinese resturant called the "Hong Kong House" and we ate right under the guitar shop, or we went across the street and had pizza, the whole layout was great. I'm 18 and painting guitars beside a college campus, doesn't get any better than that. And besides, I loved (and still do to this day) rock and roll and hearing a nice distorted electric guitar being played thru a vacuum tube amp, so my new found way of life was right down my alley. This is a picture of me at age 18 with the second guitar I painted. This picture was taken right across the street beside the pizza joint.
After 5 years of painting guitars I also learned the in's and out's of making them (electric of course) and I used that (15 years later) to make my own acoustic guitars. All I did though (having the natural skills to be able to do anything I want) was go to the public library and check out 5 books of acoustic guitar building (mostly classical guitar making, the library had hardly any books on steel string) but I read them and learned all I needed to start playing around with making acoustic guitars (this and pictures you can see in the "guitars" section). So after 6 or so years of painting guitars I was asked repeatedly from guys that saw my art on guitars if I would paint their Harley's. I refused for a few years because I was always overloaded with guitars to paint and was having fun. Then one day came where I found myself seeing the Harley craze really starting to blossom and decided to get into it (I've always loved motorcycles anyway). One of the first bikes I painted went onto the cover of American Iron magazine. Here is that cover. It is March of 1994.
This got everyone in my area calling me to paint their bikes and I found myself overloaded with Harley's to paint and was charging 4 times as much per hour to do them as guitars, so I quit painting guitars when I was around 24 and went straight into Harley's. This upset all my accounts in the guitar business but this was my life and I made the decision to stop all at once. This was a good decision. I realized then that by doing Harley's I could find a higher wealth of clientel than kids buying rock guitars and this would connect me with people that I could use later in my life (I've had a plan to end my working career with my paintings and sculptures, this would then lead into retirement and probably lemonaid and front porch whittling to consume my day or something?) as possible clients to buy my paintings on canvas which I could not get into at age 23 because I was a nobody in the field of art so by doing Harley's for 10 years or so I could use that to make my move (which I'm doing now but I'll get into that later). So, the Harley paint work is going great for me and I decided to also start building them as well as paint them. In 1994 I found a parter with Simon Solomon and we formed Hardly Civilized Inc. and went to work building a shop to build bikes. Simon is in charge of financing the operation and I am in charge of creating. The very first spec bike I built in the new shop was this one. Which got the cover of Biker magazine.
Of course I had built four customers bikes before I built this one and all of them took forever since I do everything myself and two of those four got covers of magazines as well. Here's the cover shot of the above bike.

This bike I built in 1995 and finished in 1996, still to this day is considered a radical bike and was REALLY radical back then. It won Best in Show at the Charlotte bike show and won 'best chassis' its first time out. I've been building and painting bikes since 1994 and now I am slowing down to persue my real talents which is painting and doing sculptures which an artist does. So now I try to squeeze a bike job inbetween spending time doing paintings and sculptures and ocasionally stopping everything to go into my wood shop and hand make an acoustic guitar. I will be building some hot rods and a racing boat (in all mahogony with an all aluminum V8 ) later on which I will post on my site the progress of those projects. And in my new "Hot Rod shop" I will be building my own car, an all hand formed body by me of my design, just like old Ferrari's were made, hammered out and lots of english wheel work and wood bucks and forms. This project will be intense and I don't expect to start it for years but is one of my life long art projects I will do.

So I will continue doing what I do for the rest of my life...artwork..

This is a majorly condensed version of what I've done in the past 20 years and doesn't even scratch the surface. Look around the site and check out a bit more and even what's on this site is a small amount of what I've done. I don't have pictures of lots of projects that got picked up by the owners before I had time to photograph them, so goes life.

Starting in 2013 I am concentrating on industrial consumer design and invention, prototyping my inventions and an occasional motorcycle.

Eddie Alexander Meeks (updated 2013)