Want some gorgeous bike-inspired art that uses bikes in its creation? These works by Singaporean artist Thomas Yang are made entirely by inking bike tyres, the lines then created as tyre prints.
Yang's bike art site 100copies.net initially offered 100 of each print in the Tyre Tracks Series, which portray landmarks in London, New York, Paris and Beijing.
They sold out quickly so now he's offering 100 sets of all four prints, which might seem to stretch the idea of a site that only offers 100 of anything, but, hey, he's an artist — if he can't break his own rules, whose can be break?
And it means 100 more chances to grab these very striking works.
The London drawing — God save the Bike — is of Tower Bridge. Yang says: "Come traffic, hell or high water, nothing will stop London’s rising bike culture, thanks to its protected cycle lanes. Admire its leafy parks and iconic architecture, including the Tower Bridge, meticulously crafted here with 11 unique tyre tracks. Keep calm and ride on."
Popping across the channel to Paris and Bicycle Mon Amour features la Tour Eiffel. "Ride down the breezy boulevards of Paris and you'll see why it's easy to fall in love with its cycling culture. The Eiffel Tower was re-created using 12 unique tyre tracks, as a tribute to a romance that goes far, far beyond the Tour de France," says Yang.
Half a world away to China and Beijing's Forbidden City is the subject of The Unforbidden Cyclist. Yang says: "Like rice, the bicycle is deeply ingrained in China's culture. Once a sign of backwardness, the "people's vehicle" is now enjoying a hip revival. 11 unique tyre tracks went into creating the Forbidden City – one of which belongs to the legendary Flying Pigeon."
Finally we return - the long way round - to the West and new York City where the Empire State Building is the subject of The Cyclist's Empire. "A celebration of New York’s rise as a cycling city. 7 different types of bicycle tyre tracks were used to create the Empire State Building, to reflect New York’s ever-growing tribe of cyclists – from the daily commuter to the delivery boy," says Yang.
The full set of prints is $360, including shipping from Singapore. More details at www.100copies.net. You better be quick, though, there are just 19 sets left.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.