Bicycle Art

Art inspired or made from bicycles

In Le Tour de France, cyclists receive points for reaching a mountaintop first. The leader of the classification is named the “King of the Mountains”, and wears the  “maillot à pois rouges”, the polka dot jersey – a white jersey with red dots.

Polka dots are both serious and playful when identified with cycling. Denver’s Marczyk Fine Foods’ proximity to the mountains and their clean “M” logo inspired me to design a “polka dot” jersey for their 2014 jersey design. Image above is my inspiration board and the finished jersey is pictured below. Available at Marczyk Fine Foods.

For more 2-wheeled inspiration click here.

Share This Post

Tags: , , ,

The intersection of art and fashion with sport is always fascinating to me. The collision of state of the art cycling shoes wrapped with vintage images exploring the sport’s rich history is a great example. Clearly cycling is a passion for U.K. based artist James Straffon who has exactingly decoupaged cycling shoes with historic racing memorabilia. Most recently Straffon collaborated with cycling brand Rapha to create a shoe to commemorate the introduction of their new yak leather shoe, the Grand Tour.

When speaking about creating the shoe Straffon claims, “Working on the Rapha Grand Tour shoe was a daunting task. The decoupage needed to sit well with the company ethos. It also had to exist as an embellishment to the already apparent ‘beauty’ of the raw object, and not speak a different aesthetic language. In addition, much trepidation arose when my usual working method introduced resin-coated sanding papers to fine Yak leather. Not a moment for the faint-hearted. Grand Tour was a journey in itself.”

Straffon chose his images carefully. One flank features the line-up of the very first ‘Grand Départ’ in 1903, outside the Café Reveil-Matin, Montgeron, France. Eventual inaugural Tour de France winner Maurice Garin can be seen poised at the far right. The fated 1967 Tour is also honoured, with reference to Stage 13, Marseille to Carpentras, where Tom Simpson died the slopes of the Ventoux. Barry Hoban’s consequent Stage 14 victory is also represented. Merckx, Rivière, and Géminiani are also featured in the subtle interlocking of images.

Straffon has also collaged shoes donated by cycling stars David Millar and Bradley Wiggins. The shoes will be part of a solo exhibit of Straffon’s cycling based works LE TOUR – from maillot jaune to lanterne rouge opening June 30th at Snap Galleries in London.

David Millar’s re-envisioned shoe

Bradley Wiggin’s wonderfully modified shoe

Via: Road.cc

For more cycling inspiration click here.

Share This Post

Tags: , , ,

This intricately detailed badge adorns the head tube of a snow bike from Black Sheep Bikes. I’ve never seen snowflakes grace a bicycle before – except the kind  that melt – and am dazzled by the design and workmanship of this badge. It’s like a little piece of jewelry for the bike.

Spotted at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show by BikeRadar.com.

For more 2-wheeled inspiration click here.

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

Don’t you love this card designed by my creative cycling friend, Ann? Have a wonderful weekend everyone. My studio is closed today. I’m taking a few ski runs, decorating my tree and starting my wrapping!

© Ann Howard 2011

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

Note the spare tire laced around the cyclist’s upper torso and the double waterbottle holster on the handlebars in this official 1965 poster for La Vuelta a España stage race. The bulls add a nice Spanish touch. German cyclist Rolf Wolfshohl won the race that year.

The 66th edition of the race begins today in Benidorm, Spain.

Vuelta 1965

For more two wheeled inspiration click here.

“Like” Poppy Gall Design Facebook page

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,

Enjoy your weekend!

Jan Balet - Ein schoner Sprung

By Jan Balet

To see more artwork inspired by bicycles click here.

Share This Post

Tags: ,

Love this vintage Swiss postcard of feline bicycle racers from the 50′s. The astonished looks on the faces of the contenders and spectators at #15′s blow out, #13′s cool shades, and the mice on the course make it priceless! Have a wonderful flat-free weekend!

Sprinting Felines

For more 2-wheeled inspiration click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , , ,

The 98th Tour de France begins today with a 180 km 1st stage in Passage du Gois, and ends on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on 24 July.

T-de_F Bday

This drawing by famous sports cartoonist, Pellos celebrates the fiftieth year of the Tour de France in 1963. The candles on the cake represent Tour wins and depict caricatures of the then contemporary champions, along with the great winners of the past. Race director Jacques Goddett peeks out from beneath the table while the imposing mountains of the Alps and Pyrénées smile widely in anticipation and memory of cycling’s greatest race.

Jacques Anquetil who won his fourth Tour in 1963 can be found in the far right candles, celebrating his three Tour victories at the time.

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

You never know what you’ll see when you’re out pedaling your bike! This flowery cyclist topiary was spotted near Goshen, Connecticut by my cycling pal Ali while she was out for a ride. Made me start dreaming of possibilities for topiary beyond the traditional forms of cones, spirals and birds. Just another reminder to always take your camera (phone) with you! Have a nice weekend everyone!

© Ali Napolitano 2011

Share This Post

Tags: ,

I’ve been fascinated by bicycle gear ratio charts since back in the days when racing bikes had only 10 speeds. I enjoy comparing the difference even a single tooth can make in the size of a gear.

The Chromatic Guide To Gear Ratios poster combines my passions for color, good design and gear ratios. Its design abandons the standard grid format and places the chart inside a chainring with spokes radiating from the center. It’s a pleasure to look at – even if you’re not interested in knowing what size gear you’re pushing.

Click for more bicycle inspiration

ratios-lg-1_0

ratios-lg-3_0

ratio 3


Share This Post

Tags: , ,

Sixty eight years ago today…

NYer1942XmasBike

If you like this, you might also like this.

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

Instead of using a standard address marker to point the way to their Vermont home, an avid cycling couple transformed this old bicycle into a welcoming and playful sign, which they placed at the end of their long dirt driveway. What a great idea!

To see another cool use for old bike parts click here.

4603 Bike

“Like” my Poppy Gall Design facebook page to see what sorts of projects we’re working on and to become an interactive part of the studio. Thank you!



Share This Post

Tags: , ,

©AllanPeters_ArtCrank5

This poster was created by Allan Peters for ARTCRANK Minneapolis – a poster show for people who love biking. When Allan got this project, he and his wife had just found out that they were going to have a baby. He wanted to do something that mixed that joy with his joy of biking.

Click here to see more interesting photos of Peters’ poster printing process.

To see more bicycle inspiration click here.

To become an interactive part of Poppy Gall Design Studio on facebook click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

Someone with ingenuity and skill with a welding torch created this fanciful flower (or sun?) made from discarded bicycle forks.  A friend snapped this photo and sent it to me knowing how I love bicycle art and rusty objects. She spotted it in East Burke, Vermont while exploring the amazing Kingdom Trails mountain biking system.

Bicycle Fork Flower

photo: Ann Howard (thanks!)

To become an interactive part of Poppy Gall Design Studio on facebook click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , , , ,

I heard about The London Transport Museum’s exhibit of bicycle posters on the Bikejuju blog a few weeks ago. I apologize for being a little “off the back” in sharing the news with you, but if you get a chance to pedal down to Covent Garden in the next few days to see the show I should think it would be worth it!

The museum asked illustrators to draw the links between cycling in London, environmental issues, health and fun. Fifty of the 1,000-plus entries are now on display at the museum until August 22. Here’s a sampling of the posters…

x

Spokes and Leaves Full by Mia Nilsson

Spokes and Leaves by Mia Nilsson

Cycle Revolution by Frances Castle

Cycle Revolution by Frances Castle

Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie

Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie

Bicycle Belle by David Hughes

Bicycle Belle by David Hughes

Life Cycles by Kevin Ward

Life Cycles by Kevin Ward

London Cloud Ride by Julien Decaudin

London Cloud Ride by Julien Decaudin

Go Green by Galia Bernstein

Go Green by Galia Bernstein

Super-Super Highways by Maddalena Cauraro

Super-Super Highways by Maddalena Cauraro

See a larger selection of posters on the Guardian site here. If you like this post, you might also like this.

To become an interactive part of Poppy Gall Design Studio on facebook click here.

x

Share This Post

Tags: , ,

« Older entries