La Carrera Cycles hits the road

It was in La Condesa, Mexico City, where I had my first official safety meeting with Nadir Olivet.

Olivet not only cares about the safety of his fellow cyclists, he also cares deeply about the craft of building and painting bicycles.

During our meeting he introduced me to a man named Futura from NYC.

Futura painted the Colnago bike in the photo above. Futura (or Futura 2000 as he is also known) is also one of the earliest pioneers of graffiti art.

This fact was hard for me to fully comprehend, so I just thought of him as the amazing polka dot bike painter to help keep my brains from exploding. read more…

Colnago bikes painted by graffiti pioneers on sale at the AGO

Banksy may have ‘exited through the gift shop’ but in Toronto s/he might stop to take a look at what are currently the most expensive items in the gift shop at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The big-ticket items in question are high-end track bicycles hand-painted by legendary graffiti artists, Stash and FUTURA.

One of those bikes cost $140,000.

There are three bikes in total that are being sold at the AGO as part of a project titled, Look Ma No Brakes.  read more…

Stash and Futura-designed bikes for sale at AGO

Inside the Art Gallery of Ontario’s bright, high-ceilinged shopAGO, an Art Matters T-shirt goes for $24.95 – not so exorbitantly priced as far as art-inspired swag goes.

In the main window, it’s another story: two hand-made custom bicycles wheeled in a couple of weeks ago carry price tags of $140,000. A third is a relative steal at $30K. Crazy expensive for bicycles (especially with no brakes), sure, but for art, not so much.

And that’s what they are to Louis De Luca, the AGO marketing manager who arranged to have them sold here in time for Bike Month. “They’re functional works of art,” he says. read more…