2013 NAHBS: Head Shots and Head Tubes

Going into the 2013 NAHBS, I wanted to find a way to capture the personality of the builders and the bikes they create. Headshots, especially when the subject is comfortable around you, is an easy way to do so. As I was halfway through this shoot, I realized something: the builders look a lot like their frames. Drawing that comparison is easy enough, shooting portraits in convention center lighting is not. That said, I’m pretty stoked on how these came out.

I wanted to thank these men for what they do and I wish I could have gotten around to shooting everyone but this selection is pretty spot-on.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YCQ6EKUIPQCPAUNQWAPULAK65A ctwn

    this is awesome!! Great idea

  • http://www.digicycle.net/ Tucker

    Baylis bike is alive!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1223243168 Dainius Dilba

    Is it NAHBS or just a warehouse of C. King production?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tonypereira Tony Pereira

       What else is there?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamesmckeon Jamie McKeon


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001111570946 Victor Tvrdy

      i counted 21 chris kings and 10 crane creeks. :D

    • http://twitter.com/1000archangels 1000archangels

      aren’t they one thing?

  • http://profiles.google.com/alexidb Alexi Dolloffbrammer

    Marty and Brad are starting to look a little alike

  • GeraldBowles

    This is an excellent idea. It’s this kind of unique content that keeps me coming back to this site.

  • lucasvd

    this is an awesome photoset, well done

  • http://www.facebook.com/bmanzanov Bernat Manzano

    Awesome! Love it!

  • Raymond Walker

    The awesomeness of this post is off the charts!

  • http://twitter.com/JMilligan718 J

    Like the way people look like their dogs.  Love it. 

  • http://twitter.com/BrianNippon Brian

    Prolly, this is incredible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001894830398 Giovanni Pirajno

    Incredible series. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jontb Jon Bekefy

    So rad.

  • http://www.cycleexif.com/ Adam Leddin

    This is the best photo set  you’ve ever done. Ever.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trackosaurusrex Trackosaurus Rex

       It’s damn close but definitely isn’t the best because it has to do with bikes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamesmckeon Jamie McKeon

      the words-by-fyxo set was the goat atmo

  • http://twitter.com/BAVABICI BAVABICI

    Great gallery great idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13955404 Richard Dreyer

    Great set!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1132385573 Tyler Shannon

    Such a rad idea. 

  • http://twitter.com/RawsonAdams Rawson Adams

    Great gallery, would have been cool if you had listed the framebuilder’s names alongside their brands.

  • http://twitter.com/RawsonAdams Rawson Adams

     …and where they’re based.

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      The name is in the caption, below the photo.

      • http://twitter.com/RawsonAdams Rawson Adams

         What I meant, was something along the lines of:

        Joe Schmoe, Schmoe Bikes, Schmoetown USA

        • http://theradavist.com John Watson

          Yep, makes sense. Good point!

  • http://twitter.com/dalwolf dalwolf

    Wonderful concept, great execution.

  • http://twitter.com/dalwolf dalwolf

    great concept and execution. Well done.

  • Devin Curran

    I like the idea of Head Tubes and Heads all at the same time.. 

  • sama

    Really goes to show how bicycles can express so much of an individual’s personality in one place. Awesome photoset!

  • Johannes Sang

    Just love this gallery!!! Go on…..

  • consumedesign

    Great series!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kerry.Nordstrom Kerry Nordstrom

    Should’ve snuck in a photo of Joe Bell next to the Baylis as that’s who’s on the headtube.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trackosaurusrex Trackosaurus Rex

       That’s for damn sure!

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      I tried to find him but couldn’t. Jeremy Dunn got a great photo of it on his Instagram though!

  • Anthony Fiandaca

    1. upside-down CK on the Hunter is rad
    2. the Argonaut dude is a model i think..

  • http://profiles.google.com/trackosaurusrex Trackosaurus Rex

    Good Fucking Job!

  • Kailas Patil

    Their faces do resemble their Head Tubes!

  • http://twitter.com/_cycleangelo CYCLEANGELO

    Speedlights are your best friend in convention center lighting. Great concept I dig.

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Speedlights are just as inconsistant as convention lighting. They take time to set up for each booth and it’s easier to walk in and shoot.

  • http://twitter.com/BillBochnak Bill Bochnak

    Very Cool, great side shot of the shamrock dude, awesome side burn

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnwong lw

    This is an awesome set. Congrats on capturing this. [applaud]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001716940862 Michael Ousby

    looked through hoping to see Felix of Shed 6. but no.

  • Jacob Fraint

    That Bishop headbadge with the Maryland flag is pretty awesome. 

  • FullWindsor

    Spark of genius – although it’s like a Chris King promo gallery

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      What else would you use?

  • FullWindsor

    nothing wrong with Chris King, there is just an overwhelming majority there. I suppose nukeproof, hope, and cane creek are all good possibilities as well:)

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Yes, they are options, but no one is using them, so….


      • http://www.facebook.com/wade.schultz1 Wade Schultz

         Well, besides the seven easily identifiable Cane Creek headsets in this head shot set, yes…

        • http://theradavist.com John Watson

          My point exactly. (sarcasm)

  • Micheal Boedigheimer

    I can’t wait to see the bottom bracket series. :)

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      the joke was made earlier. pretty funny!

      • Micheal Boedigheimer

        Damn, I thought I read through all the comments. 

        • http://theradavist.com John Watson

          Sorry, it was said in person by someone. Not in the comments. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.rearden Nick Rearden

    I’ve come on just to have a pointless argument about headsets but in the end I’ve had to concede that this is a brilliant idea and I wish I’d thought of it

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.eman.311 Nick Eman

    Don’t know what to think about that Soulcraft badge, there’s something punk about it but it doesn’t quite match the face.
    OTOH, what’s Bryan “I’m retired” Baylis doing there? Did his JB face pose for your camera?
    Very cool, what’s your next series?

  • Davey Struthers

    richard sachs most metal

  • http://twitter.com/angeloMedi Angelo Medina

    when i saw the first pic i was like “really?” then after watching the others I was like “whuut, prolly was right”

  • http://twitter.com/SizemoreBicycle Taylor Sizemore

    Please continue this series! It’s genius man!

  • http://spokwerks.com/ Michael Cleveland

    Some very well known and not so well known faces there but also a lot missing. Did you shoot specifically choose people or do it at random?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      I literally walked around, shooting the builders that weren’t talking to anyone at the time. It’s a lot of work for one guy. I wish I could have gotten everyone but I had to shoot bikes as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaryElizabethalloneword Mary Elizabeth

    Great idea well done.  thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bart.bakker.102 Bart Bakker

    I love the hunter head tube with the King headsets upside down ))))

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531877858 Steven Shand

    Apparently I need to go get a checked shirt!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tal.danzig Tal Danzig

    Not one woman? Sure is a boys club.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Yeah, no women builders this year. Last year, I did a feature on Megan from Moth Attack though.

  • Jenn R

    Love, love, LOVE this series.