Tony Spray has been painting bicycles twenty some odd years all from his studio in Treviso, Italy.
Cycling is an experience that should continue to mature overtime. I’m weary of people who stand firm in their ideologies, rest on laurels and refuse to embrace the “new,” especially when it comes to riding bikes. Look, it’s not that hard to have fun. Opinions can change with experience, its normal. Embrace it.
For the past two years, I’ve been planning both financially and functionally for this bike. Something I’d encourage everyone to do with a custom machine. Don’t just jump in head first without doing research and saving your money. The last thing you want to do is to take a financial hit once the final invoice comes in.
You see, I knew I wanted a Firefly. I kind of felt like that brand and my own brand have grown together over the years. When Jamie, Tyler and Kevin started the company, it had a breath of energy, creativity and their final products all expressed experimentation. Those guys can make anyone a dream bike but deciding what kind of bike is a challenge. Part of my apprehension was not only where I felt like cycling’s technology was heading, but where my own riding would be taking me over the next few years.
David from Death Spray Custom is an auteur in the painter’s world. Check out this short video showcasing his talents and particularities when it comes to his motivators.
These have been really great and David at Death Spray Custom saved the best for last. Wrath was posted and sold immediately but you can still check out all seven of the Deadly Sins, rendered on Columbus forks at Death Spray Custom.
Sloth is simple and it can’t be bothered. Death Spray’s latest Deadly Sin Collection fork is now in stock…
For Death Spray Custom’s latest Deadly Sin Collection fork, Pride was the inspiration and the symbolism of vanity takes form in a large flake paint. Or as DSC puts it :shattered mirrors of a thousand narcissists on black with hater silver.”
One of one. Available now at Death Spray Custom.
Continuing with the creativity, David at Death Spray Custom just released the third installment of the Deadly Sin Fork Collection with Gluttony. All you cupcake and donut fans will love this one. Man, these are looking so good. Check out more at Death Spray Custom.
Death Spray Custom’s “Deadly Sin” fork collection continues with envy, a snakeskin pattern rendered in neon hulk, poisonous metallic snake green and glock metal black. If you’ve ever wanted one of these pieces of art, now’s your chance. Head over to Death Spray Custom for ordering.
Photo by Brian Vernor
It’s nice to see one of the US’ most prominent painters getting some much-deserved exposure. Joe Bell is the man. Hands down. His work has been showcased on many builder’s steel handy work. For an inside look at Joe Bell’s shop, head over to Brian Vernor’s Tumblr. Great photos Brian!
David at Death Spray Custom is releasing seven forks in the Deadly Sin Collection. Each fork is custom painted by hand and is inspired from one of the seven sins, beginning with green. This Columbus fork is painted with gold Hatton Wall diamond metal flake with platinum and features “coke white” detailing. Order now at DSC’s Web Shop.
David at Death Spray Custom is my favorite painter in the industry and his recent work with GoPro gives an insight into why. Great job David!
Photos by Mike Martin
It helps a lot when your teammate just so happens to be a expert at frame design and painting, especially when you win the 2013 California State ‘Cross Championships. Garrett Chow recently completed and photographed this bike for Mash-teammate, Walton Brush. Even if it did come at the end of the season, it’s still an incredible machine!
Check out some words by Garrett and more photos below!
As a frame builder or a potential customer of one, finding a good, reliable painter is one of the most difficult components in the custom bike equation. Not only do they have to be talented, they’ve got to be creative and be able to execute designs in a timely manner. Some clients have no idea what they want, but can give a few graphic precedents to a builder or painter and say “run with it.”
It takes a talented painter to make that a reality. In some cases, all it takes is a photo of a sports car, or a graphic designer like Adria Klora to hand over style sheets, yet either route you, the customer, or your builder takes, it all comes down to the capabilities of the painter.
One such painter that I’ve been really admiring over the past year is Jordan Low. A full-time painter at Seven in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jordan spends his free time painting for various frame builders like Stinnner, Geekhouse, Avery County, and Tomii.
Follow Jordan’s work at the Jordan Low Custom Paint Flickr!
“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.
I like the sound of that and I love the well-documented work of an artist like Death Spray Custom.
Man, I still can’t believe David from Death Spray Custom painted bikes for each of the Cannondale team riders in this year’s Tour. What a huge undertaking that must have been, especially when you see the detail he put into just the fork (you). Keep an eye on the Death Spray Blog for more…
… and here we are again, watching Italian men made beautiful Colnago C60 frames!
Garrett Chow is an exceptional designer and I’m very fond of his work. In today’s industry, so many cycling-related projects rely on paint design, meaning it’s the ultimate crux in a project’s success.
It’s easy to draw some chevrons, or paint a logo a pantone and call it a day, but to really dive into data, something that’s typically not visually stimulating and pull a compelling paint job from a series of numbers and historical markers takes talent.
With the recent Mavic 125ans project bikes, I took a liking to Argonaut‘s design. There was information there and it required you to stop and really examine every aspect of the bike. There were a lot of immaculate paint jobs in the 125ans bikes, but this one was more than that…
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