The bicycle clip art craze is coming.
Here’s how to stop it.
| Posted March 28, 2019 07:01:37When I think of bike clips, I think primarily of the iconic artwork of the artist James Haggard, whose work is synonymous with the bike.
But when it comes to bike clips as a craft, Haggards work is far more nuanced.
Here are seven ways to stop bike clips from taking over the art world.1.
Stop the cycle.
The art world has embraced clipart as an art form for the past two decades.
And while some people still find the concept of a clipart bike sticker to be offensive, others are enjoying it, too.
It’s a way for artists to express their creative impulses without having to resort to caricature or a monotone.
But as the art landscape has shifted, so have the attitudes of people who like the idea of art as an expression of individuality.
As a result, bike clips have started to take over the bike scene and become ubiquitous.
The rise of clipart has been an unfortunate trend, said Amanda Sperry, co-founder of The Bike Collective, a collective of artisans and artisans who work together to create creative bike accessories.
“It’s not a good thing to have something that is so universally accepted, and it’s a bad thing for the people who are working on the artwork to feel the pressure to make something that doesn’t feel right,” Sperrry said.
“It’s been hard for them to feel that pressure.”1.
The trend has been building for years.
But it’s only in recent years that artists have started experimenting with clipart.
“The whole idea behind bike clips is they’re not necessarily for the faint of heart,” said Emily Miller, an associate professor at the College of Art and Design at the University of Southern California.
“They’re more of a throwback to a time when we would have a bike and we would ride it and take pictures on it, but that’s gone.”
Miller’s work, called a “bike stamp,” is made up of three parts: a plastic bicycle, a photo frame and a sticker.
“I like to think of the stamp as a symbol of my independence, and that’s something I’ve been working on for quite a while,” Miller said.
The stamp has also been a source of pride for Miller, who says it’s inspired her to continue her work.
“Because if I’m not going to work on my bike, I’m definitely not going work on the stamp,” she said.2.
Buy a sticker from an online shop.
As the art scene has changed, so has the demand for stickers.
But some shops are starting to go after the same old sticker-buying habits.
“When I was in high school, I used to get stickers and then put them on my shoes,” said Lauren Pinto, who runs a shop called Bikes For Bikes, in New York City.
“Nowadays, I just want to put my own name on it.
And I can’t do that anymore.”
Pinto also recommends that anyone who’s interested in bike clips check out a shop like Bike Swap to see what they’re looking for.
Pinto says it has a few more shops to consider.
“You’ll see what’s available on bike swap, like this one that’s selling a bike frame that’s made of bamboo,” she explained.3.
Use a sticker-making service.
Some online shops offer stickers for $5 or $10.
But for those who are more inclined to use a service like Bikes for Bikes that allows them to customize their own stickers, such as stickers with a different color or even a different design, you can find some great options.
“A lot of people think they want a specific design, but then they find a sticker that they really like,” said Sperra.
“Then they’ll go on their website and they’ll see that the sticker they want was made by a person in their family or someone they know.”
If you want to go all-in on the stickers, check out Bikes of California, which has a great selection of stickers.4.
Take advantage of the bike-sharing trend.
If you ride a bike regularly and have a car, you’ve probably noticed that bike-share programs are popping up all over the country.
There are now more than 1,500 bike-shared locations around the world.
“That’s because there’s more than one way to get around,” said Miller.
“Bikes are becoming more accessible and more convenient.
There’s also a whole bunch of people on bikes.
That means more people can take advantage of bike- share programs.”5.
Take part in bike-art festivals.
There is something special about watching bike art and seeing it get to be seen by people around the globe.
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