A couple weeks ago Jamie (Print Brigade co-owner) and I spent a couple days in New Haven to film a little promo edit for some of the bike-centric Print Brigade shirts, including the I Love My Bike shirt (for the I Love My Bike book). The video consists of me cruising around the city, having fun on two of my bikes—All-City Dropout, fixed-gear and FBM Joint 2, BMX. Jamie worked some magic with the clips we got, check it out!
For those of you who are wondering, “How many %$&* bikes did this guy have?!”
…We’re finally reaching the home-stretch. There’s only a few more left (as long as I don’t get anymore in the meantime).
I got the Volume Cuttervery used as a quick and cheap frame to ride since I needed to sell the Bruiser. This frame and fork saw a lot of action in it’s day from quite a few different people. I wasn’t expecting much from the Cutter though I was surprised by how much I enjoyed riding it. It certainly didn’t live up to my Bruiser—but I liked it. It had a distinctly different feel all together, the frame was tall, but not very long. The 26″ S&M Pitchfork made the Cutter feel very laid back which was strikingly different from the steep headtube angle on the Bruiser with it’s matching fork. I also had to switch back to skinnier tires which was a bummer. The paint on both the frame and fork had seen much better days. I covered the frame in stickers and then drew all over the fork with a Sharpie. I’m pretty sure a college student in New Haven is still riding this frameset in all it’s punk rock glory.
My Soma quickly became more and more mangled as I romped around on it like an oversized BMX bike. Not to mention simply commuting in Boston is rough on a bike. Around the same time John Prolly had been developing a 700c, fixed-gear, freestyle frame and fork with Milwaukee Bicycle. It seemed like the perfect thing for me. At the time, I didn’t know John but we shared a mutual friend that introduced us. Before I knew it I was riding one of the initial prototype framesets. I was completely stoked about how the MKE rode. It handled like a track bike while feeling extremely solid. I could hop on and off curbs, ride down stairs and do whatever else I wanted and not have to worry about breaking it. I commuted year-round on the Bruiser and loved every minute of it.
Chris Piascik is a New England artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. With 8 years of professional experience at award-winning firms in New England, he is currently working as a freelance designer and illustrator, and just presented his 6th solo exhibition. He holds degrees in Visual Communication Design and Art History from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he has moonlighted as an instructor of design courses. In 2008, the American Institute of Graphic Arts selected his poster design as a winning entry for its Get Out the Vote campaign. His other recognitions include Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Excellence Awards, Judges Award and the Spirit of Creativity Award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club as well as a BoNE award from the AIGA. In addition his work has been published in numerous books and publications including Print and Communication Arts, the Logo Lounge series, Typography Essentials and Lettering, Beyond Computer Graphics and Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World. Previous clients include: Chronicle Books, Nike, Goodbyn, Mayer Hawthorne, Odyssey, Gnarls Barkley, Monolith Music Festival, Eat Boston, and Theaterworks.