Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bike-Cocky: The Audacity of Hype

While motorized conveyances such as mopeds and Cushmans seem to be increasing in number, I have yet to see any evidence that they are actually encroaching upon the bicycle. From my perspective astride the Ironic Orange Julius Bike, it appears there are as many cyclists as ever in New York City. Furthermore, there are also just as many bicycle-themed Craigslist "Missed Connections" as ever, which indicates that people are not only continuing to ride, but that bicycles also remain an integral part of the urban mating process. Here's one such post:


Date: 2009-09-15, 6:44PM EDT

Hi!

I saw you ride by me down Clinton St at the corner of Remsen around 1:30 today. You were tall and thin and wearing a hat (?) and whistling and had a leather messenger bag. I thought you looked so cute and nice. I like to whistle on my bike, too. Also, you were wearing green/teal underpants. Sorry if that's lewd, but it's the most specific things I remember about your outfit (sounding worse) and might help narrow down my vague search. I was wearing an orange dress with black tights and a short haircut. I'm sure you didn't see me, but you are the first person I have seen in a while that turned my head. I was doing jury duty today and am not usually in that area, so I thought maybe it was fated? Below is an artist's rendering of what I saw (minus the soft middle). Please write me if you think this is you, or might be someone you know!


While the above post reaffirms my faith in the bicycle's cultural significance, it also shakes my confidence in our judicial system. The author indicates that she was "doing jury duty" that day; however, her powers of observation are clearly rather feeble. For example, she seems to be unsure whether or not the cyclist she saw was actually wearing a hat. Unless the cyclist had unusually hat-like hair, or was field-testing one of those ambiguous helmet-hats, the presence or absence of a hat is a crucial bit of evidence and should be readily apparent to even the least attentive juror. Granted, she may have been focussing on the cyclist's underwear, which she does describe in considerable detail, but to me this is simply proof that she is easily distracted and misled--a persuasive lawyer would certainly shape her supposed impartiality like a randonneur's posterior shapes a Brooks saddle. She also omits crucial information, such as what song he was whistling, but includes useless detail such as the fact the rider had a "soft middle." (All Brooklyn men have soft middles, according to the New York Times.) But most disturbing of all is the drawing she includes, shown here in greater detail:

If we are to believe that this woman has any credibility at all, then we must also believe that the cyclist she saw was riding a highly unusual bicycle with two downtubes that may or may not have been fabricated out of a pair of unicycles. And while his preternaturally long arms and legs might necessitate such a contraption, one would think that she'd have mentioned in her description that, in addition to wearing teal underpants, the object of her affection is also built like (or actually is) Gumby. (If she did see Gumby, that might explain her inability to determine if he was wearing a hat.) If you're not horrified yet, just imagine yourself on trial with your fate being decided by someone whose perspective is as skewed and distorted as this--though at least when she sends you off to life in prison for a crime you didn't commit, she'll be able to tell her friends what color your underpants were.

Fortunately though, some people are more attentive:

Boba Fett Accordion Player - w4m (Union Square)
Date: 2009-09-14, 2:59PM EDT

I was bowled over by your accordion skillz and your awesome cardboard helmet. I wanted to drop you a few bills in appreciation, but after buying my peaches and tomatoes I was all out of cash. So I made you a nice card to tell you how great you are, especially for playing the Zelda theme song. But when I went to go drop it in your accordion case, you had left!

Thanks for making my day! Keep rockin'!


This is clearly somebody who pays attention and who I would trust to make an important decision. Note that she includes all the relevant details:

1) The accordionist was dressed like Boba Fett;
2) His helmet was cardboard, and awesome;
3) She was buying peaches and tomatoes;
4) He was playing the Zelda theme song, skillzfully.

Furthermore, this is yet more evidence (if we even needed it) that the folksy instrument trend is hotter than ever, and that it may yet burn with the strength to engulf fixed-gears, mopeds, Cushmans, and "weird style diktats" combined.

Speaking of trends, the knuckle tattoo trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon (due at least in part to the fact that tattoos are permanent, unlike bicycles, teal underwear, and cardboard Boba Fett helmets), though it is being challenged by the foot knuckle tattoo:

However, it will doubtless be some time before the traditional knuckle tattoo is seriously challenged by its younger, smellier cousin. I'm guessing it's also safe from the giant head tattoo, at least for the time being:

I noticed this tattoo on the Rebel8 blog, which I visit from time to time in order to marvel at the audacity with which they plunder, rebrand, and resell the popular culture, as well as to gain insight into Mike Giant's creative process:
While there, I also noticed this "bukkake" theme bike:

Here's how Wikipedia defines "bukkake:"


Bukkake (Japanese: ブッカケ) pronunciation (1: IPA: /bu̜ˈk:ake̞/ 2: IPA: /bʊˈkæke/) is a sexual practice that features a person (usually a woman) being ejaculated on by several men. It may also involve the semen being eaten. Bukkake is similar to the related practice of gokkun, in which several men ejaculate into a container for the receiver to drink. The practice is a relatively prevalent niche in contemporary pornographic films, some of which involve hundreds of male participants. There is debate on whether to class bukkake as a paraphilia such as hygrophilia, sexual arousal from contact with bodily secretions.

Actually, the "Bukkake Bike" is one of the most relevant theme fixies I've seen in quite some time, since what Rebel8 and many other "street"-oriented fashion and bike companies do pretty much amounts to "cultural bukkake." Really, it's all about ejaculating massive amounts of logos onto things. That thing could be a t-shirt, or a hat, or a mass-produced bike, or even your own body. (You'll notice that the people on the Rebel8 blog get covered in random pop culture tattoos like a bukkake film starlet gets covered in semen.) "Cultural bukkake" is also the exact opposite of what the bike collectors from yesterday's post are into; in "adult" terms, that's more like panty-collecting.

By the way, bukkake bikes don't have to be fixed-gears; a reader recently spotted a geared bukkake bike on the Champs-Élysées:

Clearly the designer was inspired by the World's Greatest Madone, though despite some artful touches like the SPD-to-flat-pedal adapters and the mismatched water bottles I'm afraid this effort does not come close to the original.

Of course, the typical high-end shopper will hardly even notice this bicycle--it's just a bike-shaped sign. And while a crabon fiber bicycle might seem like an expensive form of signage, it's probably a relative bargain in the world of in-store displays and window dressing. Really, only a cyclist would stop to look at it long enough to be either troubled or amused by the fact that it would be pretty much untenable in the real world, where conditions are often too adverse for a crabon designer bukkake bike. Even the fight for bike parking has become cutthroat, as you can see from this photo taken in the East Village and sent to me by a reader:

I'm glad to see they're at least adhering to the rule of locking up in ascending order of cost. And as you can see, there's no bukkake going on here--it's just some quaint, old-fashioned pole dancing.

142 comments:

10,000 Aches said...

podium baby!!

Anonymous said...

first time podium. oh yes.

Anonymous said...

random

Cameron said...

wow top 5 and didn't even try

Anonymous said...

if brett from FOTC started selling his hair-helmet, that could be another reason for the confusion regarding a hat or lack thereof on a cyclist

Anonymous said...

Early!

T

Charles said...

Top 10?

Anonymous said...

Top Ten!!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Cogitoergosum said...

Top 10!!!!

Doug said...

Awesome!

10,000 Aches said...

"Radical twin opposing downtubes" caused me to spray out my lunch. Damn you Snobbie.

ryan said...
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ryan said...

boba fett accordian guy recently profiled in "time out new york" - http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/public-eye/76751/public-eye-nathan-stodola

Anonymous said...

... my best so far...

grog said...

The day after wackyweed wednesday is always strangely weird.

Anonymous said...

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Astroluc said...

EARLY POSTS confuse me!!

top 20?

;)

-20 said...

TOP 20!

MildT said...

Top Twenty

London reader said...

Could this be the world's most expensive pie plate? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140345937100&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:GB:1123

hillbilly said...

first peeing and now this....been a good week

Astroluc said...

Snobby,

have you ever thought about becoming an Art School professor? Your abilities of criticism as demonstrated by the critique of that drawing and the "artists" questionable perceptive abilities would certainly help to weed out those who attend art schools in the thought that it is a "soft option"As you may know, many of them... are hipsters

ARTS KULE

mikeweb said...

bu-kakemamy

broomie said...
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mikeweb said...

"...like a randonneur's posterior shapes a Brooks saddle."

Pure gold, Snob. The Chamferer would be proud.

broomie said...

Bukakkerfic! you said a mouthful.

ant1 said...

ant1st!

db said...

Wow, Boba Fett, accordianist:

1. Has a master's degree.
2. Plays parties.

NYC is clearly the cultural capital of the world.

mikeweb said...

That CL ad sketch is clearly of someone with a soft middle riding a famed Apollo 5 speed.

My chilhood memories of 'Wonderama' on channel 5 finally come to good use.

The Parkinsons said...

Damn, dare I say a scholarly post today? Cultual bukaki (sounds like a Mediterranian food fair)? Although if you're going to say all is well in the cycling kingdom, I wants facts and stats. What happened to the Pista-Dex?

Daddo said...

My shower is starting to stink like a urinal

mikeweb said...

Daddo, have you removed the drain stopper?

ant1 said...

The girl not being able to draw a bike is not surprising. If you ask any woman to draw a bike, there's a 95% chance that it will be completely wrong. Try it around the office and see. Can't remember where I first learnt of this phenomenon. I believe it has something to do with the whole evo-devo, men use spatial skills, women social ones theory.

Bad Lawyer said...

Remember cyclista/juror, the glove must fit or you must acquit.

innerlighter said...

MildT1st!


no, I didn't read it...

Anonymous said...

Rebel 8 the quote:

Then, I think he did this “Public Enemy” in honor of all the good lessons I’ve learned from Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Terminator X.

What? Did he steal one of their designs and put his logo on it too?

kale said...

Snob,

Who is John Galt?

Jim said...

Rebel8? Just a pack of derivative Mastrb8rs.

The guy with the toeknuck tattoos is pretty cool though. He obviously served in the French Foreign Legion's 69th Regiment, l'Etranger Soixante Neuvième, the Skating 69th, ("les soixante neuvième de patinage"), the motto of which is, "Skate or Die." The regiment is comprised primarily of former surf nazis who survived the slaughter depicted in the 1987 biopic, Surf Nazis Must Die, who fled to France and took up new names and a new, deadly profession. Some lived to fight another day, however, advancing French interests in places as diverse as Chino, Baltimore, and at the X Games.

Anonymous said...

another flat tire on the pole dancing bike - that's 2 bikes with flats in a week

both in posts about pumping something?

Anonymous said...

LAWN MOWER

rezado said...

Does the person with tattoos on their toes have a rabbit drawn in marker on their foot too or is that bad ring worm?

Reed Enwright said...

Dazzle your peers at the next garden party by having everyone draw a bicycle, and then comparing the women's renditions to the men's.

Reed Enwright said...

Oh, Ant1 beat me to it ...

... carry on.

rezado said...

...and the women whose drawings dont look like actual bikes get semen on their face.

jon said...

"Foot knuckle tatoos." Too many syllables. Awkward.

Fuckletats. Clean, simple. Elegant.

Anonymous said...

One Fish Two Fish
Cat in The Hat

Check the bikes.

Even Dr. Seuss fails!

Can't wait to grow up,

hillbilly said...

yo, anon 2:02, I'm really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Rezado had one of the best comments of all time

mikeweb said...

That fuckletat ringworm pattern look a little like Arthur.

Anonymous said...

Ant1,

It isn't just women who cannot draw bicycles. I worked in educational publishing for a time and countless examples of hopelessly drawn bicycles appeared.

It isn't as one cannot draw from an example or a photo, but nobody seemed ever to bother and just drew from imagination.
Alas, it was always too late to change the art spec from my end-of-the-line perspective and my heart-rending cries only pissed off my co-workers.

Obama said...

that hillbilly dude is a jackass.

hillbilly said...

Any ink is good ink? Sincere apology?

I'm sorry. I'm gonna take some time off and think about how to live my life.

On a side note, I do think "sippy sip" is an amusing term, maybe a good name for a band? (this is why I have been some of the most poorly named bands of all time)

ant1 said...

anon 2:13 - i don't doubt members of the less fair sex can screw up a bike drawing also, especially when drawn for art purposes rather than as a test. i can't seem to find anything on the googles about it now, but either way, i'm talking generalities here.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of bukkakke, what is that supposed to be dripping from the gun in the hipster's head tattoo?

Anonymous said...

I might add that he is going to regret that when his trust fund runs out and he has to apply for a job...

Anonymous said...

Mr. Snob I am surprised that a man of your cultural awareness and awesome bicycle knowledge did not realize the woman's drawing is clearly a failed attempt at rendering that hideous orange-colorwayed stepchild: the "swing-bike." Which to be honest, I could not draw from memory myself. I'm no hipster, but if I were picking a bike to accessorize my teal underpants I'd go with orange too.

Dan

wishiwasmerckx said...

It's no wonder women struggle to draw a bicycle with scale and perspective. Thier whole sense of proportion is off because guys are always telling them that that is eight inches.

Daddo said...

I don't think my penis ever HAD a drain stopper, so yes, I would say that it has been removed.

Brian said...

Maybe those weren't teal underwear at all. Maybe he IS really Gumby going commando.

BSNYC,
the disturbing, and by disturbing I mean fascinating, trend of these entries leads me to believe we are danerously close to the taboo topic of 'sharting'.

BKKE CULT

Anonymous said...

"a persuasive lawyer would certainly shape her supposed impartiality like a randonneur's posterior shapes a Brooks saddle"

Finally, he's back from vacation. We missed you. Who wrote the other ones?

jolene said...

any of yall ride that bike in viper yor cruisin fer a bruisin or hurtin for a squirtin least thats what the libarian jes tolt me

were goin down to the lunchroom to take some nifetokes if yall want to come shes actyally purty nice once you get pas her nerd face shes takn me to the ross nex week in coeburn boy howdy

Brian said...

...and by danerous I mean dangerous

RING WORM

Randoboy said...

The Bukake or die bike has no bottle cages. Is anyone man enough to fill the bidon of a Bukake or Die bike? Maybe Cipo ...

mikeweb said...

Michael Rasmussen is danerous...

hillbilly said...

that would be a "cipo sip" - or a "cipo cup"

Sharting Shiba said...

I have a friend who has a Shiba Inu that was attacked by an Akita a couple years ago. As a result of the attack, my friend's Shiba suffered serious injuries that have led to a raging case of fecal incontinence. Her poor Shiba now "sharts" all over the place. Poor thing.

DOGS HART

Anonymous said...

"Founded in 2003, REBEL8 is a San Francisco streetwear company with deep roots in skateboard, graffiti, and tattoo cultures."

six years old, with "deep roots"
give me a break, I have toe tatoos older than that.

By the way those are some fat little piggies, must be from Brooklyn.

ARRGH "cultures, my ass."

sufferist said...

This thread is going to a more dark and disgusting place with each post. I'm going to abstain and refrain until someone sterilizes it and cleans it up. (by sterilize, I mean pee on)

Robot Bebot said...

Glad you like my bike! Haha enjoyed reading the curtural bukkake references

Zach said...

bike snob, I recently was reviewing our state laws concerning cycling and noticed that it is illegal to ride a bike without brakes. does this mean fixies are illegal? I hope so. any insight.
Friend of Fatty in SLC
Zach

Anonymous said...

wishi-
this is a very good thing you brung up here. if 5.5=8", and a small minnow fry was "this big!...definitely legal keeper" then it would throw off anyone-especially the ladies.

ant1 said...

I'm sure nobody cares, but here's a couple videos of the 24 relay race I did last weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndAtndA4huE

http://vimeo.com/6591094

Best race evar.

Joo da plummer said...

Jongen, ik ben Joo.

rezado said...

ANT1,

I was actually thinking about this race just yesterday. How did your team do? Or, did you ride solo? Thanks for the links there was only two vids on youtube.

Anonymous said...

rezado said...
Does the person with tattoos on their toes have a rabbit drawn in marker on their foot too or is that bad ring worm?

I noticed that as well. I believe that it's a crude rendering of Wilson, the anthropomorphic ball.

Anonymous said...

Damn! I can't wait to see Giant fight Bike Snob! Shit is gonna be fun to watch.

rezado said...

robot: a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks...like misappropriating logos

rezado said...

that robot needs a reboot.

that bike would have looked a hell of alot more awesomer if it had a jake the snake spoke card or if someone was peeing on it.

rezado said...

"Wilson, I hope this rope is strong enough to hang myself with"

Anonymous said...

The "pole dancing" photo reminded me of a question for pole-lockers: do you even bother touching up the paint chips as they happen, or do you just rattle-can the whole bike every few months (at which time, presumably, all of the paint has been chipped away)?

ant1 said...

rezado - we did pretty well. 18th out of 85 or so. not bad considering we weren't trying to be competitive. I'm sure we podium'd in the beer drinking category though. Only one guy on the team didn't finish due to a wreck. Can't wait for next year.

Luke said...

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/1378316704.html

homeless or hipster? who knows!

bikesgonewild said...

...i'm sure yer mother warned you about this kinda thing...

...it starts out simply enough "hey, i'm just peein' in the shower & geee, it's kinda fun"...

...a week later & it's evolved to "hey...how did i end up in a bukkakeline w/ gumby, dammit ???...i'm s'posed to what ???...& she likes that ???...i'll be mentally scarred for life...what ???...what commemorative tattoo when i'm done ???...hey, i thought bukkake was japanese food...ok, ok, i'm tryin', i'm tryin', sheesh...mom was right, i never should a' moved to the 'east village'...oh, boy, too late now...here...it...COMES !!!...oh lord, my life will never be the same...no really, yer welcome, baby, it's my pleasure, ah, honest"...

...it's a slippery slope, as you can imagine & it's all down hill...

rezado said...

ant1,
Looked like fun. I may have to make my way down to the A and partake. Is it on the same date every year?

Strayhorn said...

Couldn't finish the post because when I saw that the entry on bukkake was illustrated with Larry King and Oprah I started laughing. My AA came in and made me get back to work.

Cogitoergosum said...

TOE TAT

pinky toes are too small for 4th letter

ant1 said...

The 3 I've done were all the weekend after labor day.

Anonymous said...

POTB ELLY

Anonymous said...

POTB ELLY

Anonymous said...

Art is all about mirroring the culture, which Mike Giant does very well. Stick to your bike-snobbery and leave the art criticism to those who know what they're talking about.

libertyonbikes! said...

ahhhh...
see I had actually forgotten about
Rebel8. Eventually they can just copy themselves, if they can carry it out a decade or two.

they owe you some conpensation,
or is that constipation.

hipsters on the other hand are probably equally displeased since
the price of used Cushmans probably doubled overnight.....

Panchira said...

Anon 4:38

True...but some seem to be using one of those distorted circus mirrors

rezado said...

Anon 4:48

Do you also know the meaning of life? I had been struggling with the meaning of art for some time now. But, since you have cleared it up for me it is time to move on to some deeper questions.

wishiwasmerckx said...

BGW, slippery slope, indeed. And we are sliding directly towards the Cleveland Steamer. Oh, the horror.

flynn said...

bikesgonewild, disturbing.

Anonymous said...

Radical twin opposing downtubes... ROOOOOFL.

bikesgonewild said...

...flynn...ya, but was it good for you too ???...

...now, wishiwasmerckx bringin' up a "cleveland steamer" ???...lordy, lordy, that's disturbing !!!...

Anonymous said...

bukkake? Just how small must the penisette of a man be before that sounds exciting?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't finish the post because when I saw that the entry on bukkake was illustrated with Larry King and Oprah I started laughing.

Same here. Saw it and was questioning whether or not to actually check the page. Google saves your searched items for 11 months supposedly...

Blade said...

Uh, jurors aren't witnesses; therefore they don't have to remember details as much. Even if they did, they get to take notes. Otherwise, I great read! Oh, do I smell a foot knuckle tattoo contest coming?

bikesgonewild said...

...hey !!!...i'm no holy man but look...our 'avatars are up...'

Blade said...

Uh, jurors aren't witnesses; therefore they don't have to remember details as much. Even if they did, they get to take notes. Otherwise, a great read! Oh, do I smell a foot knuckle tattoo contest coming?

Shram said...

I gotta pee

kale said...

Anon 4:38

According to my 'daily philosophy personal brand identity' (today is Objectivism-day) "Art is a recreation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments." Therefore, it stands to reason that Mike Giant's value system is based on the re-appropriation of 'popular culture' (via Andy Warhol). Art has nothing to do with "mirroring culture" or 'lame ass unoriginality' as it's known in some circles. But that's also a personal value-judgment on my part. I'd posit that there's a divide between "mirroring culture" and art - just like there's a difference between Trek and Richard Sachs. I'm not saying one's better than the other - they're just mutually exclusive.

Blade said...

Uh, and for all the podium pushers, reaching the top means nothing if you have nothing to say. AHTBM!!!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of unicycles (look out bike polo)

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/circus_act_or_extreme_sport_/Content?oid=1194820

bikesgonewild said...

...shram...that's better n' safer than what some people around here got in mind...

...just sayin'...

Paul Bowen said...

cogitoergosum: you only have eight toes?
rezado @ 1.57: thumping laugh there, excellent!
Snobbers: fabulous post, the deconstruction of that drawing is lovely.

Suzee said...

dear little 4.38
the inherent value of any act deemed to be art is identified through encounter - moments of sincere cultural mirrorality included.
Surely, if the snob finds the work of Mr Giant to be of sufficient value to undergo a revamp of the patinal meaning towards redistribution, or in the case of some cultural members - reappropriation - so be it. Value restored.
Personally, I prefer to avoid such definitive umbrellas as small as yours, unless there's an unwelcome squall.

ARTS KAIR

broomie said...

What Suzee said!

MajorMantra said...

Can we abbreviate "foot knuckle tattoos" to "fuckle tats". Please?

Anonymous said...

Immature artists are "all about mirroring the culture", seasoned and passionate artists are instigators for cultural change.

Also, "mirroring" a culture that is not your own (no matter how much you "identify" with it) and making a profit off of it is oppressive, exploitive and simpleminded.

Cogitoergosum said...

re: Paul Bowen

Industrial accident

Paul Bowen said...

MajorMantra: see Jon @ 1:58, mikeweb @ 2:08. Although I'm no arbiter I'd say it's on the way to being accepted into the bsnyc lexicon.

Stan said...

Re the pole locking photo: I notice the one bike has a flat tire. I suspect the owner has left the bike locked to that pole for ages, too lazy to move the bike and fix the flat.

Anonymous said...

puzzling. all this art talk. I like to think some things suck, and others don't. Life, is beautiful. for some, more than others. every day of our lives, every breath we take, aaaah, fishing.

MildT said...

Shame on you, anonymous handle grabbers! In other news, who knew that the snob followed a pantie post (unless they are one in the same)?!?

part time alky said...

maybe 'jury duty' is the name of a bar.

Chris said...

Those Rebel8 guys look like complete douche masters.

wishiwasmerckx said...

BGW, you were expecting perhaps a blumpkin instead?

Peregrine Merceron Henry Ampleforth said...

The ease with which these people have tattoos of what is merely a product marketing scheme is, frankly, rather shocking.

the.nicole.harvey said...

speaking of lockups--in this case, questionable, but certainly in ascending order (of age, presumably)--what I saw on my way home from work the other day:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_nicole_harvey/3927892752/

Jack said...

So, have you given thought to just deleting the idiots who post FIRST? Or is it just not worth the time anymore?

Anonymous said...

I say delete the LAST posts.

bikesgonewild said...

...wishiwasmerckx...

...two great & distinct pleasures that are thoroughly enjoyable but that i prefer to see separated by both time & place...

...maybe it's just me...

Nico said...

Bike Snob, you need to get yourself a life, because sitting behind a computer all the time and writing for a load of contrarian hippies ain't life. It's a kind of binary bukake . A life could be a wife, or whatever other form of mammal your tatse extends to.

Anonymous said...

au contraire

Matt Boulanger said...

Foot Knuckle Tats looks to have a bit of staph or ringworm of something going on there.

ant1 said...

Nico, based on my understanding of bukake (loads of many onto one), it seems the comments page is more like binary bukake than the blog itself. One person riding a blog and spreading it to many seems to me to be the opposite of bukake.

nice try though. most trolls don't even bother using some of the blog material to insult its writer. gotta give you props for that.

AngryBikeWrench said...

Ignorance and Laziness. Learn all about it at Angry Bike Wrench.

sufferist said...

Nico: I believe that a recent BSNYC interview stated that Mr. Snob is married. Please do your homework before trolling, it makes you look a little foolish.

Anonymous said...

Clearly the guy in the drawing who may or may not be wearing a hat is riding a swing-bike

Astroluc said...
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Astroluc said...

though I try to podium I always have something to say ;)

Anon 4:28

Art is not so easily defined; it does not necc. need to "mirror" culture, nor does it necessitate "seasoned and passionate artists" to "instigate cultural change" as anon 7:11 put it... though it can be/do these things.

Often art can exalt otherwise inexpressible feelings and emotions that have no bearing and are not influenced by culture.

Sometimes art is just a pretty picture... And other times it is downright ugly, and possibly political!

My thought is for something to be art, it must be purely aesthetic and can have no practical purpose, for as soon as it has a "use" other than it's own message regardless what that message is, it becomes an item rather than an object d’art.

Try to not betray the narrowness of your own vision by defining things, especially something as wondrously diverse as art, with such a narrow brush.

kale said...

Nico-

I like your style, but ad hominem fallacies are not tolerated here.

Part time alky-

Do you have a source for that or can I pull a "Mike Giant" and start my own watering hole with that name in Bushwick to compete with other ambiguously named locales.

crayonbeam said...

Every time I'm tempted to think it's just a NYC thing, I bump into something like this in SF.

http://crayonbeam.com/isthiship/isthiship.html

Anonymous said...

saw this bike in brooklyn. fixed gear freestyle / commuter?

http://tweetswave.com/IMG00247-20090919-1808.jpg

Anonymous said...

Bike snob is a total homo biking is second only to strange glory holes and swetty balls in this fags world

BicyclesOnly said...

Pole dancing and bicycles: check out "Poleriders":

http://poleriders.blogspot.com/

e said...

LAST!

Your Craig's List observations kicked my ass. Thanks - I think I'll build a singlespeed... Wanted to for years, but since I live in NY....let me clarify...upstate (i.e. 12% grades everywhere) it hasn't been a priority. In fact I want to get even wider bars since with the lack of cars on the road, cows are the only obstacles here.

Simplicity is cool. Bikes are beautiful. And recumbents can be cool too http://hpv.popol.eu/lunatrike.html
Building a bike is one thing - designing one is another animal.

Let the mockery begin.

Rebelfish said...

Dear Peach and Tomato Buyer. Sorry I missed you. Check out Renegade Accordion on Facebook and Youtube for recordings and videos. And keep an eye out at Union Square and Washington Square park for me. I'm out when the sun is. _[|--}

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