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.
Edition of 50. Each is signed and numbered.
Purchase the second addition [here].