Major Taylor Zine!

Major Taylor

It’s been a long time coming—but it’s finally here. This project was originally supposed to be a limited edition letterpress print set—but there ended up being some unforeseen issues that put the kabash on that plan. Since I had already prepared all of the illustrations I decided that I needed to do something with them. The final product is a color zine, featuring all 12 of Major Taylor’s good habits for clean living illustrated by yours truly. My good friend Clarence wrote an intro for the book as well! I was really hoping to release this in February, for Black History Month… but alas, things happen.

Marshall Major Taylor (a velodrome world champion from Worcester, MA), renowned as The Fastest Bicycle Rider In The World in the early 1900’s, accredits his success as a world champion to the value of good habits and clean living.

I love his list of rules:
Don’t try to “gyp.”
Don’t be a pie biter.
Don’t keep late hours.
Don’t use intoxicants.
Don’t be a big bluffer.
Don’t eat cheap candies.
Don’t get a swelled head.
Don’t use tobacco in any form.
Don’t fail to live a clean life.
Don’t forget to play the game fair.
Don’t take in unfair advantage of an opponent.
Don’t forget the practice of good sportsmanship.

Major Taylor
Major Taylor

Edition of 50. Each is signed and numbered.

Purchase the second addition [here].

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After starting his career as a graphic designer at award-winning studios in New England, Chris accidentally became an illustrator. He’s pretty happy about that. This strange transformation was a result of his daily drawing project that he started in late 2007, in fact he’s still posting a new drawing every day.  Chris holds degrees in Visual Communication Design and Art History from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Illustration. He has been the recipient of Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Excellence Awards, Judge’s Awards and the Spirit of Creativity Award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club as well as BoNE awards from the AIGA and a Silver Award from Gaphis. In addition his work has been published in numerous books and publications including Print Magazine and Communication Arts. His client list includes; Converse, Nike, Chronicle Publishing, Boston Magazine, McDonalds, Scholastic, Harvard Business School Publishing, Warner Music Group, Republic Records.

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