It’s artwork bike day! This week’s installment involves you from Issue Bikes. The corporate tasked considered one of its ambassadors, Duke Agyapong, to render a colourful, statement-making tackle its all-around street bike, the OSTRO VAM.
“We chatted about Duke’s inspiration and influences in life and in artwork,” Gundzik mentioned in a press release on the Issue Bikes web site. “We landed on three very centered themes to seize within the design: range, poetry, and style.”
The designer mixed components of Agyapong’s poetry, the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, hand-painted typography, hand-drawn graphics, and “photos in acrylic paint and ink on canvas.”
“It was two to a few months of sharing concepts, forwards and backwards. Then Jay went quiet for a number of weeks and re-emerged with this,” mentioned Agyapong. “It captures every thing completely. He made it genuine.”
The small print are noteworthy. Traces and pictures from Agyapong’s poem “BLK” speckle the body, and he and Gundzik selected every shade and texture with care and intention.
“Getting the best stability of shade and story collectively was painstaking. I used to be blown away by the way it got here collectively,” famous Gundzik as soon as the method was full.
As for Agyapong, they hope the design will encourage different folks to take up biking.
The Duke x Issue OSTRO VAM is accessible in “very restricted portions,” — because the body solely or with the groupsets Issue gives for the inventory OSTRO VAM.
These groupsets embrace SRAM Crimson AXS eTap + Quarq PM, SRAM Pressure AXS eTap + Quarq PM, Shimano 8170 Ultegra, and Shimano 9270 Dura Ace. Right here’s the geometry, straight from Issue Bikes.
You’ve obtained to present Issue your e mail to learn how a lot the restricted version journey prices, however the inventory OSTRO VAM begins at an MSRP of $5,499.