Posts Tagged ‘Bike Art’
I’m a bag whore. I’ve got more than I need, yet I still manage to find a reason to get another. Well, looking at the design of this one, who could argue with me? I even got this at half off, thanks to my wife’s amazing skill at finding great deals.
It’s made by a company called Blue Q. At the time of my purchase, I did realize how cool the company is. They’ve been around since 1988, selling great products from their home in Pittsfield, MA. They state that, “1% of the sale of Blue Q bags and stainless steel water bottles support the conservation work of The Nature Conservancy – a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.”
The bag, itself, is pretty cool. Designed by artist, Christine Berrie, it’s covered with fantastic illustrations of vintage and Dutch style bikes. Underneath that, the bag is made from used grain sacks that are collected, cleaned, ground and melted into rolls of recycled plastic, woven into durable bag fabric.
So, not only is it great looking, it’s also good for the planet. I’m glad I found it and Blue Q.
On a side note, while out tooling around, we stumbled across this treat at a candy store. It’s freeze-dried space food from a company called Astronaut Foods. My son wanted to try their Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich and I was curious enough to let him have one. For some reason, I was thinking this was going to be like Tang, where it was just a bag of powder representing the idea of what it was supposed to be. Sure enough, it was an actual ice cream sandwich that was dehydrated for space travel – ready to eat with no water needed. I took a small bite and it wasn’t half bad.
We saw this bike with birds print at a local shop called We Are 1976. (Sorry, I didn’t get the artist’s name or the actual name of the print. I will post it as soon as I find out.)
It was really expensive – mounted in the frame – but the loose prints were very reasonable. I usually just drool at cool bike art and move on, but this one really spoke to me. From the moment it caught my eye in the window, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. My wife asked if there were any loose prints still available – they checked and told us the one in the frame was the last one. Disappointed, I assumed it wasn’t meant to be.
That wasn’t good enough for my wife, so she asked if they wouldn’t mind removing it from the frame (which, btw, was more expensive than the print). They were more than happy to, and now it hangs on the office wall in my home.
You can read about my other two favorite prints here.