Black-ink doodles + words, scribbled all over white surfaces, is what made artist Shantell Martin a perfect fit in partnering with Artspace + Martone Cycling Co. to design the cool bike below. Not only does Martin ride her very own Martone bike all over New York, when you see her bespoke art bike, you can’t but help ask yourself, ‘ What took so long?’
At 26-lbs, this all-white Martone Cycling bike accented with an angular basket, red chain + Lucite pedals with Martin’s art is super sexy!
With urban cycling as her inspo, using black Sharpies to create her signature words including ‘Now’+ doodles on the bike, should inspire any lucky owner to want to ride it everywhere + everyday. For Shantell, the Martone cycles are beautiful, well made + the perfect canvas for her. But there’s no need to worry the bike will lose any of its artistic integrity to the elements as they’re covered in lacquer.
Martin told Wallpaper, ‘The word cycle for me represents an unbroken ring, a symbol of growing of understanding of moving forward – cycling is all of those things with the added motion of always moving forward + progressing.’
Now, Sharpie or not, each bike in the series is a unique work of art valued at $3,800, which, as a support of the arts, is pretty reasonable! The ‘Shantell Martin Bike’ is available for purchase at Artspace.