I painted this bike as a birthday present for a very dear friend of mine. I had known her for six years, so, collaborating with a few of our mutual friends, I compiled a list of all our memories - fun, hilarious and strange - and tried to found a way to represent each memory through a simple drawing or icon. I drew a map pattern that travels along each bar - like a route map of her memories - and painted the little icons randomly along the way. I knew she loves the aesthetic of tree branches, so I incorporated them as little graphic vignettes in the corners of the frame. You can also see a page from my sketch book, where I began collecting images for this project.
The materials I used were white spray paint for the base and black sharpie for the drawings. The bike was then coated with a clear lacquer.