#MadeRADbyTony: The Starmac

#MadeRADbyTony: The Starmac
Photos by Carson Blume Photography, words by Chris Riekert

“How about a little comet?” Tony says while deep in his element. “Yea… right there. Perfect.” Watching Tony paint, I realize he isn’t talking to me, but rather coaxing the paint out of his airbrush. In a dimly lit pop-up tent pitched in his backyard, Tony’s workspace smells like a lack of ventilation in a chemical plant.

It’s like the type of space you might expect someone to be brewing meth in (You brew meth, right? thats the correct term?) rather than creating 1-off works of art. The floor is uncovered gravel held in place by tangled extension cords with the occasional sand bag to make sure the tent doesn’t blow away and a loosely organized workbench shows off an impressive array of House of Kolors paints.

Perched on the edge of the work surface a small compressor zings along as Tony’s airbrush lays down detail on detail. In his workspace, Tony is moving around a new Specialized Tarmac frame with a work lamp hot enough to make you wonder if it could ignite paint fumes beaming over his shoulder.

Tony readily admits his workspace isn’t the shining example of what someone producing his level of work should be in, but he doesn’t care. Earlier this year, Tony decided to start the side project Dubbed MadeRADbyTony with the firm business plan of ‘paint what you want, when you want’… Tony pulled a few jobs from friends and started posting his work via social media.

For projects like this 2015 S-Works Tarmac Disc, dubbed the #Starmac, Tony spent around 30hours prepping, painting, decaling, and clearing. One of only a handful of painters approved by Specialized Bicycles to paint their frames without voiding the warranty, his technique, preparation, and attention to detail are on point.

Work from Tony ranges in price from a few hundred bucks for a single color helmet to a couple thousand if you want to see how deep the rabbit hole can go on a bike frame.


Follow Tony on Instagram or follow #MadeRADbyTony and get in touch with Tony via his email.


  • sturtlovinggood

    Yes yes yes yes. Imagine riding this in that MFS Space Panda kit.

    • Bradley Tompkins

      Beat me to it…..it would be magical

      • quesofrito

        Just wait.

  • Chris Valente

    Holy shite. That is fucking awesome.

  • mywynne

    Holy crap. Seriously blown away.

  • JScriv

    Tony! Killing it! Not speaking for him, but he made a choice to stay away from the mainstream C&G group of Spesh and keep his passion and skill true!

    • Mister Internit

      there is no such thing as selling out, but there is definitely such a thing as backing down from a challenge…

  • reminds me of cosmic street art: http://youtu.be/7pYO7CVbdhs?t=9s

  • Dylan Nord

    I would ride in that van

  • Keris

    This ‘should’ be tacky and dated, instead it is just pure awesome. The groupset looks like some kind of spaceship exploring the galaxy.

    • kermitonwheels

      Yeah it’s paint that makes that Dura Ace crank make sense.

  • kermitonwheels

    I showed my daughter (she’s 6) and she could only say “Whoa, whoa, whoa.” I couldn’t put it any better myself.

  • To infinity and beyond!

  • i fokin loov it

  • Adam Hancock

    There’s no real comparison, but for me, Tinker’s Adroit was the Starmac of its time.

  • Guest

    probably will wear well over the long run/ fun nail polish touch up improvisation

  • Dylan Buffington

    *choke on own spit*

  • Only the studio shots are mine BTW