Good Googally Woogally!

I was surfing the web a few minutes ago and I ran across this picture that is circa 1946. I couldn't find to much information about what this design is. All I found is that it is called 'Future Design'. As I have said before and I now say again "I saw the funk, and it was good." This design is from 60 years ago and I must say that it is still HOOOOTTTTT!

A Few Things that could make this 2007 HOOOTT!:

- Bring the tip of the head badge area backwards towards frame, flatten the tip, cut and insert platinum style grill. Chrysler 300 style grill

- The whole frame cover can remain as is but loke it out with platinum (plastic) style, encrusted jewelry appearing bling~

- Larger seat, slick fur style, harvest gold in color with a slight arch on the back

- Loose the spokes! Replace with machete style blades that are accented with harvest gold imitation jewels.

-Fork isn't platinum but is harvest gold to break the monotony in color.

- Front fender length can remain the same, but top-middle of the fender should be cut about .5 of an inch and have a Chrysler 300 style grill in the center. Back fender also.

I won't go any further but just close your eyes and see that this can be HOOOTT even today if a little 'Swagger' is applied to the redesign.

I marvel at the beauty and simplicity that defines this bicycle. This bike is even hot by today's standard. By viewing and studying this image, I want to challenge all of you and myself to produce renderings that mimic such design greatness. There are a few updates that I believe need to happen on this design to make it a 2007 'Funk Ball',but it is still clean.
Just the other day I developed a sketch called I*B*2 which is the 2nd coming of the I*Bike mentioned in an earlier post. I have seen images of the old 'High Wheel' bicycles from the late 1800's and asked myself the question "Could such a design be modernized and thereby made relevant to an 'Urban Audience'?" The answer is YES! Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived said something very profound in the book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible. He said "That thing that was is that thing that shall be and there is no new thing under the sun."

This is true in fashion and bicycle design also. I*B*2 excites me every time I look at it because this bicycle is designed strictly for the youngster who wants to chill out, ride slow, be noticed, and get every one's attention who sees them. The person who rides this will receive the reaction "What is that they ridin?"For you naysayers, I have made modifications to the design so it won't be as dangerous as the original. It is shorter, with my web style chrome rims, tri-cycle style crank, chrome, open air-grilled out fenders and lean back style handle bar designs.

To us design enthusiast, remember that what I said about inspiration "It comes when it will and stays as long as it pleases". Catch hold to that inspiration what it is there to be had.


A Calculated Risk

As I near the end of my 'Re sketch' project I spoke of in an earlier blog, I find myself wondering 'What do I do with them now?' I just finished my 71st re sketch which is a design called 'Buffalo Soldier' and have 3 or so more to go before I take a well deserved break. The names of these designs are 'Papa Doc', 'Holla Bak', 'Drama', 'Flossin' and several others. I have decided to send one of my sketches to a company I wrote of earlier called '3G Bikes'. I have read enough about their founder Gary Silva to realize that this guy will know 'The Funk' when he sees it! I am not an artist by trade but my sketches are good enough for him to get the idea and make what I believe is the only wise choice and that is to say 'This guy Dale has something here, let me call that brotha' up and collaborate with him!'

After much thought about which one to send him, I am going to go with my design called 'Ghostin'. This raspberry colored design features an open-air grill on the crossbar and head badge, 3 thick spoke fan style chrome rims, chrome fork with 'M.T.' Logo on it and crab-claw shaped framed that is going to make the hairs on their necks stand up over there at 3G. Many of you will advise against this because 'What if they keep it, give me no credit, no money and worse yet, go make alot of money off of this design?' My friends, to that I say 2 things: #1, right now, it is just a sketch on a piece of paper and this may open up dialogue that will take me to the heights of bicycle design success. #2, I met with the owner of PHAT FARM Clothing a few years back while pitching something else. He asked 'Brian have you shown this to a manufacturing company?' I said 'No because they might rip it off.' He said (After a few choice words) 'So what if they do, maybe they won't but you can't be scared to show what you got that is what entrepreneurship is about, TAKING RISKS!'

I had a conversation with someone recently and he advised me to send 3g a finished product. This means I am going to go on the hunt for someone who knows the program 'AutoCad'. It is my vision to send whomever something that they can flip, turn, analyze, etc so that they can make a decision very quickly on whether to go forward with the design or not. Either way, I know that my designs are going to make an impact on a few decision makers. I have come to this conclusion based on extensive research, reading bike blogs, reviewing current designs by Giant, Pacific Cycles, Huffy, 3g, Phat Cycles and a host of others. Yall keep me in your thoughts as I take this thing to the next stage of development