Art and Cultural Appropriation

"Good artists copy, great artists steal." - Pablo Picasso "If you pursue this theme, we're not comfortable being on your team this year. We'll have to decline." Dawn and I hung up the phone, confused and somewhat out to sea. We'd never had team members quit because of our art before. As Piñas Lunchadores we mock-wrestled … Continue reading Art and Cultural Appropriation


Meet “Iris,” the Alebrije Bike

In November of 2018, Robert van de Walle and Peter Perez met to discuss the idea of creating a collaborative kinetic piece for Dia de los Muertos. After several months of fabricating a fantastic creature based on the artwork of Mexican artist Pedro Linares, Robert handed off the bike to Peter, who painted traditional and … Continue reading Meet “Iris,” the Alebrije Bike

“Wheels of Dharma” Wins Trophies

Winning first and second place trophies in Engineering, Art, and Speed, Team Pineapple wowed the citizens of Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale and later Corvallis with their kinetic sculpture Wheels of Dharma. An homage to Dawn's fondly remembered Pakistani Uncle Noel, who taught religious studies UC Santa Cruz, the art features a nodding Ganesh, Kali, and Hanuman. … Continue reading “Wheels of Dharma” Wins Trophies

Amphibious Bike Race at Pedalfest, 2018

Pirates descended on the fun at Pedalfest 2018, in Oakland's Jack London Square. There were Queens and Princesses, Scraper Bikes and folks flipping into the water on their amphibious bikes. Bob and I organized the Amphibious Bike Race part of the event and built a portable aluminum and plywood ramp, funded by Bike East Bay … Continue reading Amphibious Bike Race at Pedalfest, 2018