HONK!

The HONK! Festival is going down this weekend in Cambridge.  HONK! is best explained as a community wide street music endeavor “by the people, for the people, and of the people.”  The “no noise is illegal” motto encourages community members and festival attendees to participate and join in with instrumentation of their own, no matter the source.  The many bands in participation perform to celebrate institutions in which they are involved ranging from artist collectives and children’s workshops to homeless shelters.  Check the event schedule here.

The HONK! Festival is a grassroots, non-profit event made possible by the financial and in-kind support of a thousand local residents and businesses. For the duration of the Festival, more than 350 musicians will be housed by generous neighbors and friends and many local restaurants will generously provide food for the performers and volunteers. Scores of community members have donated hours of labor to make HONK! possible. Most significantly, none of the bands will be earning any money for the festival, and most will have only some of their travel expenses covered. The bands are inspired to travel great distances, at great personal expense, to joyously celebrate our hard work to reclaim public space—the world over—for all people. The bands long to connect in honor of our struggles for justice. We hope you will come, to connect and celebrate with us, and further the cause of freedom, justice and collective emancipation.-via honkfest.org

(Photo credits: Ben Greenberg)

“I Love My Bike” Book Release Party

Danielle and myself are in this book!

The Marc Jacobs location on Newbury Street in Boston will be playing host to the book release party for “I Love My Bike” later this week.  This project was brought to life by our friends, Matt Finkle and Brittain Sullivan, who visited various parts of the country to create this photo compilation book of bike lovers.   Support these guys and purchase your copy of “I Love My Bike” here.  For more information head over to www.ilovemybike.com and check out the video below to get the gist of how they went about gathering the stories and photographs behind this project.

Behind The Scenes With Gear Collective Showroom

BIKE CHECK 212 | 02 JARAH from cycleangelo on Vimeo.

HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY?

I am co-owner of a cycling inspired fashion showroom, Gear Collective. I like to think I make money by helping others reach the world with their creativity.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE ? KEY PIECES?

Tough one. I always think in the mens world because thats my work. For myself, I’d have to say Insight. They make the sickest dresses for girls like me who refuse to wear heels and always go for the sneakers with dress look.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A BRANDS YOU CONSIDER REPPING?

First, I have to love the product and the quality has to be on point. Then, its all about making sure that the brand can support the retailers with marketing initiatives, producing on time, and being prepared to support growth.

WHAT UNIFIES THE LINES YOU REP?

Every brand we work with have some form of cycling/ active lifestyle element. From the bike specific bags by Bruxe to the discrete details for cyclist in the visually contemporary exterior of Martin Clothing to the snug fit and wrap around style in Contego Eyewear.
We have a brand we just brought in that has lots more awesome cycling appeal. Stay tuned for that here:

http://gearcollectivenyc.com/_site/

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?

My favorite part of the industry is the relationships I’ve made with buyers, co-workers, stylist, interns, etc. I feel that its unlike any other industry because we have a common tie not only in business but in our personal style and creative inspirations. I grew up in the fashion industry though so maybe thats why I see the industry as family.

WHICH TRENDS ARE GOOD /SUCK?

Oh don’t get me started… I’m a white tank and jeans kind of girl, but I’m a sucker for military inspired trends. I could really do without the style of dressing like your grandparents and the high waisted pants (especially in menswear….gross.)

WHAT’s UP WITH YOUR BIKE COLLECTION?

I have sold all but one, my purple Continuum Cycles custom 48cm track frame on Velocity deep V wheels with gatorskin tires (toughest for NYC streets), odyssey black widow cranks (VERY hard to find 150mm because im tiny), pink Chris King limited edition “pretty and strong” headset, Thompson X4 stem, and Lino bull horn bars. Can you tell I love my bike?

WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO EAT A TACO IN BROOKLYN? BEST PARTY?

Hands down it’s Taco Chulo in Williamsburg. I have no clue about parties. I consider riding my bike all night to be enough of a social life for me.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SHOP(S)?

Alter in Brooklyn, Chari and Co. NYC, and Standard in Atlanta

WHICH GOLDEN GIRL ARE YOU?

Sofia for sure! Quick witted, politically incorrect, fearless, and so little that people never expect what’s coming with her.

WHAT’S THE LAST TATTOO YOU GOT?

A week ago I had 3 hours done on my back. I have had a total of 47 hours on it now. We are re-doing whats already there because its been 9 years and then finishing it. In a couple months, it will be the longest project of my life finally completed thanks to Vinny Romanelli.

www.tattoosbyvinnny.com

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM GEAR COLLECTIVE IN 2011?

Expect awesome gear! I believe we will be workings with several innovative brands and introducing more bike specific wearables and soft goods. We have a Gear Collective artist project in the works also that I can’t wait to share more about!

IF A FALCON AND YOUR DOG GOT INTO A FIGHT, WHICH WOULD WIN AND WHY?

Little Dude would come out on top and I think he would win by sexually abusing the Falcon since his most favorite activity with any animal he sees is exactly that. His theme song, “Little Dude, you’re so rude” is very appropriate!

Bicycle Film Festival At Fourth Wall Project

We’ve been installing this show for the past couple days. Opening is tonight and the 30 cases of Brooklyn Lager looks really nice stacked up. Handbuilt frames from 10 of our best bikesmitties. Should be a good time, although i expect the stinky level to be quite high. The photo exhibition is by D.A.R.T. rider Wilis Johnson.

The same night is a collaborative project I painted a bit in. Fish is a great artist who does a lot of art for Harmonix / Rockband. We just got back from his bachelor party in the blue hills where i got picked up from the campsite in a canoe at 7am to fish for big mouth bass on sunday.

in progress

You should also check out the mini ramp and art show at Orchard’s new location.