Bikes + Creativity = Art
At the very basic level, a bicycle isn't art. It's supposed to be a tool; a method of transportation that should be engineered in such a way to convey its rider from Point A to Point B. Any additional paint added to this equation is simply marketing to make one bicycle more attractive than the next.
But there are two companies who are proving that bicycles can be canvases in and of themselves. As cyclists, you'll likely get a bigger kick out of bike frame with monkeys on it than some painting from 200 years ago by some dead guy. If you ask me, these two companies can give that Vince Van Gough dude a run for his money any day of the week and not cut their ears off in the process.
If you're from Michigan, you've certainly heard of Scott Quiring. Scott has been racing bikes forever (1987, to be exact. Before I was born) and is a damn good bike rider. Despite his success, his creations usually upstage him at races. Scott's hand-built steel, stainless steel, and titanium frames are instantly recognizable under riders around the state and the Midwest. While sometimes customers opt for simplicity in a naked steel or titanium finish, nothing is cooler than when Scott has the freedom to exercise his considerable creative skills.
Scott can really do it all, too. Hardtails are a breeze for him, but the guy can also do fat bikes, tandems, tandem fat bikes (yeah, I know, totally awesome), and even full suspension.
If you want to drool over Scott's latest creations, be sure to follow them on Facebook. They do a great job updating pictures of their latest rigs, and each new bike is so unique that you'll find yourself designing the paint scheme on your own rig while lost in an envious haze.
Scott works out of Freesoil, MI, and his phone number is (231) 464-5611 if you want to chat bikes or maybe order him a pizza or something.
CX fans will know all about Squid Bikes. Most CX racers have their perfectly ordered kits and plain, mass-produced bikes, and then a Squid rider comes into the picture and it looks as if a punk rocker busted his way on the course and started kicking everyone's ass while covered in tats while riding a bike with popsicles on it. No, I'm not shitting you. Popsicles. See? Told you.
If you're not impressed yet, then you should know they're doing this stuff with spray paint. They use spray.bike, a paint designed exclusively for painting steel, titanium, carbon, and other bike frame materials. The designs these folks can do with just stencils and spray paint are just insane.
If you're like me, you could look at frames like these all day. So, be sure to follow Squid Bikes on Instagram to see more frames and get some tips on how you can #DIYFS (Do It Your F**cking Self - so clever!) to make your bike your own.
Wes Sovis is a below average cyclist and above average therapist for those living with Post Traumatic Sloth Attack Syndrome. You can see his pictures of cats on Instagram. Do not friend him on Facebook because people instantly get annoying on Facebook and we don't want our friendship ruined before it has time to blossom.