A Circles DeSalvo painted by Landshark Jun 12, 2016

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Mike DeSalvo makes absolutely beautiful steel and titanium frames, with some of the best welds in the business. In fact, his construction is so wonderful that he teaches tig-welding at UBI. While Mike’s frames are gorgeous in terms of construction, he’s admittedly not the most creative in terms of paint designs. His job is to focus on the frame’s engineering, leaving the designs up to the owners. Truthfully, I’d never seen a DeSalvo painted until coming to Japan and seeing the Circles customer’s personal rigs. Titanium is great and all, but sometimes paint really makes the frame pop!

When it comes to pop, if I were to ask you who designs the most outrageous paint jobs for bicycles, you might answer “John Slawta of Landshark.” John’s a living legend and his paint designs have long burned the retinas of their owners and anyone who has feasted their eyes upon these bikes. John and Mike began talking and decided to make six frames with insane paint jobs. This is the first, for Circles Japan and if you’re wondering what the inspiration was, Mike told John to be “very aggressive…” See John’s full design below, which features street art and pop culture references from Warhol, Keith Haring and Banksy, with a balls to the wall spin. If you’re in Nagoya, make sure you swing by Circles to check it out in person!

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  • Mike Zinger

    That’s fun

  • Eric Richter

    nice work, from two of the best!

  • kermitonwheels

    It’s insanely good and I can’t wait to see the next 5 in the series.

  • Christian Krämer

    That was a sad day when Landshark went carbon only. Most likely necessary but still sad

    • Nicholas Petersen

      What’s the story behind that?

      • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

        Better money in carbon I’d imagine…

  • http://www.spokwerks.com/ wunnspeed

    While I realize that it’s not everyones cup of tea, coffee, beer, etc….. I think it’s beautiful! To me, the paint is as important as the frame itself.

  • http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/cielo-road-racer-disc-21924 Jaap

    ohh man, I can only dream of owning a frame like this in my life..

  • AdamBike99

    The Odd Couple, in the best way possible.

  • http://www.chokeonyourmouse.com Matt Bone

    Is that a nod to De La Vega from the Upper East Side on the Down Tube? this is spectacular

    • http://www.chokeonyourmouse.com Matt Bone

      Ah Banksy……

  • Scott Sattler

    Damn. I thought Pegoretti’s paint was nuts – this is next level pop art