There was a great turn out at Donkey Label HQ for the second annual Wheel Art Show. Local artists turned carbon fiber HED wheels into a wide variety of wall art which were auctioned off to support “Punch Cancer in Da Face!” Really impressed by Carolina Borja’s hand laid yarn illustrations.
At last you can wear your Proud Papa on your sleeve. We’re excited to announce that BrainstormOverload has partnered with Donkey Label to present a sweet, high-end jersey sporting our Proud Papa design from Artcrank Minneapolis 2012. Check out the Donkey Label site for more details and a discounted pre-order deal. We’ll try to get Todd to wear his to the Artcank 2013 opening tomorrow evening. Here are some preview pics.
100 artists submitted for this year’s 44 Artcrank Minneapolis slots so it goes without saying we’re excited to have made it in. It’s always a stellar show and an epic cycle culture scene. Last year’s gathering above – this year’s artists listed below. We’ve listed company sites and LinkedIn profiles in cases where we couldn’t find a personal portfolio site. Check ‘em out as a great reminder of how much creative talent there is in the Twin Cities. And, it will all be on display in one place on April 06, 2013 at Grain Belt Studios.. Hope you see you there.
Big Table Studio
David Paul Seymour
Erik T. Johnson
Jordan A. Smith
Studio On Fire
There was a great turnout for the SED open house last night. Cyclists, techies and families with small kids all lingered to enjoy the delicious food, and to enjoy and bid on the wheel art. We had a blast and want to thank the team at SED Paul Krumrich (founder and the man behind Donkey Label jerseys) and Gretta Fry for including us and for all the support. Thanks to Graphic Systems for contributing the sweet 3M graphics wrap. Also, thanks to yet another awesome, local, bicycle industry player HED for donating the wheels. The auction proceeds were donated to the Full Cycle program in Minneapolis that exposes homeless youth to the magic of the bicycle.
Here are a few photos from the event starting with our design “Color Wheel” which was as much fun to spin as we were hoping it would be.
Fly Wheel by Rachel Roddy (Creative Director at Lee Branding) was a show favorite.
A Hard Day’s Ride by Todd Thyberg (owner of Angel Bomb Design)
UNiTY by freelance artist Susan Montgomery
KISS your Penny-Farthing Goodbye by Teri Harriet
Wendy Ruyle (co-owner 5 by 5 Design)
Synthetic Lifestyle by tcb
Happy kids. Always a good sign.
If you’re looking for some Summer reading to take the sting out of the current heat wave’s apparent determination to make long rides a test of your ability to pedal while subjected to dehydration induced hallucinations, consider “It’s All About The Bike” by Robert Penn (a little dis on Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About The Bike”). Robert, who has himself ridden around the world, sets out on a journey to put together the perfect custom bike – the bike he’ll happily ride for the rest of his life. He is determined to meet the people who make every part and shares his encounters – from the gang at Chris King in Oregon to the veteran craftsmen at Brooks in Birmingham. Along the way he weaves in a healthy dose of bicycle history in a way that makes it fun and relevant to what you’re riding today. (Well, not today because the heat index is like 107 degrees but you know what I mean.)
The cover is fun but on the whole the book is a bit disapointing as an object of design. The small black and white illustrations conspire with an uninspired layout to remind me of those scholarly journals from cultural anthropology classes in college. Thankfully this book mentions yams and the Trobriand Islands exactly zero times. Pick it up. Hopefully by the time you finish the weather will have cooled.
Here is a small sampling of the images on display at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lower Town Saint Paul. Come to The Bike Comics Show artists reception Friday, June 8th at 7:00 pm for cool bike art and free beer from Summit Brewing. Seriously, what more could you want? Event bike racks provided by Dero? Done. See you there.
It’s time once again for Open Streets Minneapolis. If you are unfamiliar, it’s what you’ve always wanted – a chance to enjoy an easy cruise down the middle of the street on your favorite bike without getting yelled at by enraged motorists. The first year was a great success with all kinds of activities sponsored by local shops and popping up spontaneously in the road. Get there right at 10:00 a.m. for the Brompton folding bike race.
Hope to see you June 10th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. along Lyndale Ave S from 22nd St to 42nd St.
As the cool poster by Modern Climate indicates you can also walk or skate but really, cycling is where it’s at.
Portland may have temporarily recaptured the top spot as most bikable city but everyone knows Minneapolis is hot on it’s trail. Perhaps that’s one reason Salsa chose Minneapolis for the world premier of the new epic bike adventure movie “Reveal the Path – Explore. Dream. Discover.” Show your cycle pride and ride over to the Riverview Theater Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm to catch the only showings and meet some of the team that made the film. See ya there!
If you’re experiencing Artcrank withdraw never fear! Durring the month of June you can immerse yourself in bike art down at the Black Dog Cafe. The Bike Comics Show will feature the work of three great local illustrators: Ken Avidor, Roger Lootine and Andy Singer. To get the full effect, and to celebrate Bike to Work Week ride on over to the opening reception at 7pm, Friday, June 8th, 2012. (Each of the artists has contributed his own self-portrait to the flyer below.).
Just finished printing this year’s Artcrank poster. It’s called “Proud Papa” in honor of our newborn son Griffin Eames who joined us durring the process. Despite dragging junior along in a Burley bike trailer Dad wins the race with a surge of pride and the energy that brings.
Printed in a limited edition of 75 the poster is two colors on 19″x25″ Smart White 110 lb. cover from French Paper Company (and would make a great Father’s Day gift… I’m just sayin’). Look for it at the opening show which will be held April 14th, 2012 at Traffic Zone Gallery. Cindy, Griffin and I hope to see you there.
You can still purchase a Proud Papa print in our shop.