You know those art cars you see around sometimes? Mostly in parades and whatnot, but sometimes just driving down the street?
Well, I’ve always wanted to be the one behind the wheel.
The crazier the better, really. Look at those spikes! Amazing.
In high school, my dad and I talked about restoring his old International pickup together, and I had big plans to paint a mural all over it. We never got around to it, but the dream of painting a vehicle has never died.
My canvas has gotten a bit smaller, however.
I’ve had this Torker Interurban in my possession for several months, now, but given the rainy weather and lack of garage, all I could really do was dream. And surf the interwebs looking for inspiration.
Should I paint a delicate Delft pattern, as a nod to my Dutch heritage?
Something stark and nautical? (I do love the idea of a simple black-and-white color scheme.)
In the end I was inspired by this bracelet my mom gave me:
I love it, but I seem to be allergic to the metal because I keep getting a rash on my wrist a few days after I wear it. So why not make it into a head badge?
I’ve been doing a ton of research on bike painting, and I plan to dive into the project this month. And, of course, I’ll share everything I learn with you here.
Have any of you ever painted a bike? I’d love to hear any tips you might have!
Oh, by the way, I’ve been collecting all my painted favorite bike inspirations on a Pinterest board. Check it out—there’s a ton of beautiful bikes out there.