Biking by yourself isn’t always a fun thing to do, but sometimes it’ll take you to some interesting places you didn’t know existed in your town.
Black and white version of this photo.
Balloons (by Iam sterdam. (Off))
Bicycle Ride, Japan
Photograph by Sun Jie, My Shot
A couple riding a bicycle in front of me, Shinsaibashi, Osaka
What Makes This a Photo of the Day? Many times what makes a photograph special are the small details that you don’t notice right away. I was first drawn to this photograph by the moment captured—part of the blur of city life. But what I love most are the high-heeled shoes worn by the woman perched on the back of the bicycle. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor
[Original blog post at trackosaurus rex]
photo by Trent Bailey.
I definitely want to move to a city that has a great bicycle culture when I settle down. I hate that a lot of people will call cyclists “hipsters.” It’s like they’ve forgotten that many families and kids also like to bike too for more reasons than the fact that it’s trendy.
I meant to post this up a while ago, but I got caught up with school. This is a mug I painted for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to give him something he could use often. “Cute” is not his style at all so I tried to think of something more masculine that he would enjoy looking at. I originally wanted to use a quote from the movie “Amelie,” because it’s one of our favorite movies and also one of the first we watched together - but I thought a quote alone would look too plain.
Fast Folks is a bike store in Austin that has a badass logo and a special place in his heart. It’s where he bought his first fixed gear bike. The owner, Natalie, sold him a bike frame she previously owned and loved, and they forged a friendship right off the bat. My next thought was to use the logo, but I thought it wouldn’t fit well with the quote so I scrapped the quote idea. Luckily I found a cute picture of a heart made out of two U-locks on Bicycle Store Paris’s tumblr which I thought would be a perfect replacement and would fit with the bike theme.
I’m not the best at drawing or painting things that need to be symmetrical, so to give myself an outline to start with, I printed out the images at the size I wanted and used them to make my own stencils (you can buy blank stencils). I just placed the paper images over a blank stencil and used an X-Acto knife to cut out some of the largest sections. Most of the details were too small to cut out so I had to paint them on free-handedly with paint. I bought a customizable mug from Michael’s craft store which came with special markers. I only used the markers to fill in the stencil and to make a general outline. Then I painted over it and added details with Americana Gloss Enamels Paint in black (for wood, glass, and ceramics). The paint dries relatively quickly so you have to be very careful! You can wipe some of it off right away, but it smears and might leave permanent smudges. I used the X-Acto knife to scrape off some of the paint where I messed up but this also left scratches on the mug. I messed up a lot but was happy with the result overall. After painting the Fast Folks logo on one side and the heart made of U-locks on the other, I added our anniversary date on the left of the skull without any punctuation marks. This gave it a kind of “barcode” feel which I thought went well with the rest of the mug. He loved it!
The only downside was that the mug is not microwave or oven safe, but the instructions on the paint bottle say that I should bake the mug for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. I wasn’t sure what to do so I just let it dry and told my boyfriend to be careful with it. I would have used a different mug, but it’s all they had at the store. The next time I make one, I’ll buy one that is microwave and oven safe!
AJ Austin doing a back slide pedal grind on this narrow ledge. Took no effort for Aj it was fun shooting this.
I used to walk/bike past this everyday! Oh, campus life memories.