I have seemingly taken a design hiatus due to my addiction to bike racing this summer, but without fail the bike industry has put me back in the game. This past week I have been working on a few different projects, some last minute for Interbike, a cycling trade show in Las Vegas for the uneducated, and one special tribute for a friend of mine who passed unexpectedly this fall.
That being said, the graphic at the top of the post is an extension of my connection with the non-profit website racespace.org. Earlier this year I did a cycling kit design for these guys, and although they went a different route in the end, they came back for some more! Regardless of the past, i humbly agreed to do some coffee labels for these guys, because after all they are rad dudes and it benefits not only racespace.org, but also quite a few other non-profits which details have et to be released. This is the first of a series of five or six roasts, each benefiting a different non-profit organization which have yet to be announced. Anti-Phetamine, based on our collective hate for cheaters, liars, and all around unprofessional professionals of our sport. Join me, racespace.org, and legitimate athletes around the globe and purchase a bag of Performance Enhancing Espresso. Then go RIDE YOUR BIKE!
This next graphic, remains true to my heart and quite honestly hasn't fully hit home with me yet. As some of you know, and many of you who don't, a good friend of mine, Miles Smith passed away a few weeks ago unexpectedly due to a blood clot in his lung. He passed peacefully in his sleep
Miles was a conundrum of a person and by that I mean I never quite figured him out. What I did learn from Miles, and quite possibly his most undeniable trait, was his ambition. Miles had heart! I'm talkin 200 beats per minute, fully throttled, living every direction he chose in life all out. He was the type of person that bounced back from a lot of things that tried to keep him down and at times, he pushed the limit. None the less, through ups and downs in our relationship, I will always consider Miles like a brother. I miss you man! Give Satan a hell of a run! 'Til we meet again!
P.S. Mafia Racing was Miles' family away from home, so for 2013 all the jerseys will be featuring this graphic. For those who are unfamiliar with the symbolism, it is a Gonzo fist inspired by the words of Hunter S. Thomson which symbolizes Miles' character. The fist is grasping a cog, similar to the one branded on Miles' butt cheek, and rather than a sword extending as an arm, a crank was used to further accentuate his passion for pedal sports. His name, written in the same font as the Misfits, one of Miles' favorite bands, ties the piece all together.
If you haven't heard of RaceSpace.org then you should probably go check them out. A group of really cool athletes set up a social networking site just for athletes to collaborate travel plans. If you're an athlete, you should seriously consider making a profile and getting connected with other athletes who are planning on attending the same events.
Also check out their promotions page for the latest St. Patricks day promotion that is beginning soon.
On tuesday I dropped off the finished design for the new Durango DEVO van. These are a few images of what the van is going to look like, and in the next few weeks I will have some really cool photos of the finished product.
DEVO is one of the leading junior cycling programs in the country and when I was approached by Chad "Chainsaw" Cheeney, head coach and all around bike riding fun haver, I was stoked on the opportunity. Chad and the rest of the Durango DEVO coaches provide a creative and pressure-less environment for kids who are just curious about riding bikes for fun, all the way up to producing some of the finest bike racers in the world. Check out their website www.durangodevo.com to see what DEVO is getting their hands into this summer!