New England, USA
Alton Kelley grew up in New England, and his mother encouraged his artistic talents. But Kelley had a passion for powerful machines. As a young man he worked as a helicopter mechanic and raced hot rods. His creative streak still came through as he painted pinstripes on motorcycle gas tanks.
Eventually Kelley would follow the siren call of California. In 1964 he arrived in San Francisco and made a living by promoting concerts with the posters and flyers he created. Within a year he would meet another gifted artist named Stanley Mouse, and they began a legendary collaboration.