Bicycles are amazing things. They keep you fit, they're cheaper to buy than a car (most of them, anyway) and they give you an excuse to wear Lycra (if that’s your thing). They don't have an awful lot to do with pens though, apart, that is, from this one…
It was a medium-sized single speed Gents Riser in Dove Grey. It's still a medium-sized single speed Gents Riser, but it's not grey anymore, as you can see. It's been decorated by Bristol-based street artist and illustrator Keith Hopewell using POSCA pens - vastly versatile water-based paint markers that can be used to decorate just about anything (including bikes, obviously). And thanks to our friends at Uni-ball, it's ours to give away to one of our customers.
Keith, known as SPZero76, is shown here working on a piece for Upfest 2017 in Bristol - a huge street art festival. Yes, Cult Pens has spies everywhere, no street artist is safe from our cameras.
Before Keith got his hands on it, this was a top quality bike, hand-built in Bristol, which usually retails for £615. It's a singlespeed bike, with no gears, making it simple to ride and maintain, and by flipping the back wheel, becomes a fixed gear bike (a 'fixie' as the hipsters call them). If you prefer a geared bike, the frame even has all the fixings to retrofit gears. Quite an impressive prize already. But now, it's become a one-off original work of art by a well known and respected street artist, also based in Bristol. Two of the things Bristol is best known for - the highest standards of engineering, and their vibrant street art scene, brought together in one unique item. Bristol's engineering, from bicycles to bridges, is centred around the streets, so in Bristol, the art followed, and lives all around its streets. And this particular combination of art and engineering will get you to work and back too.
If you'd like a chance of winning it, all you have to do is buy some Uni-ball products, and there is a huge range to choose from. A £20 spend will get you one entry, a £40 spend will get you two entries, and so on. Purchases made until the end of November 2017 will count for the draw. We'll draw the winner on 1st December 2017 and Uni-ball will despatch the bike in time for Christmas.
By the way, and did we mention it has 'Cult Pens' on it? Oh yes, this prize just keeps getting better and better.
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28 September 2017