Build it up and ride it cross-country for her!
Build it up and ride it cross-country for her!
Just bumping this thread because I read it again (for probably the 20th time) just now after a brutal day at work and forgot all about what was vexing me.
Wow, what an awesome project!
Like someone mentioned before, this thread is on the opposite spectrum of common threads/posts in FGSS. It's so refreshing that someone isn't looking to impress others but really just trying to make a difference in someone else's lfie.
Keep up the good work!
I learned from her mother today why she might have asked me for the name of my first pet (after which she named the bike). As a 12-year-old you can grasp the concept of death, at least enough so that you obsess over it. Although she doesn't seem to understand cancer very well, she understands enough its potential outcome.
And the only experience of death in her life has been with her first pet, a family dog that had passed away two years ago. She had loved the dog and remembered what it was like to have endured the loss.
She had assumed that the loss of my own first pet (a fish) was equally painful and that I miss it very much, and had figured that seeing the name of my first pet on the bike was a way for me to always remember it. I believe that it is dearly important to her that the deceased be remembered.
Thanks for all the comments.
this girl is amazing.
i constantly read this thread just to see what is new. every time i read it, i become more aware of what matters in life. i don't want to get on a soap box but a lot of america (myself included) seems to be wrapped up in the self-gloating and narcissistic mental state that showcases our understanding of life. it's not what we learn in school or some ivy league college but the simple meaning of life is what we all need to learn. it's a shame that this girl has to go through this battle to show those she has touch what life is. i speak on the behalf of many member that we wish her and her family the best of luck, the upmost strength, and will keep her in our prayers.
I was supposed to bring the frame to an auto-paint shop today to have it clear-coated, but a meeting kept me much too late. I called Brian at the shop to apologize and he said that "it's not a big deal -- something like this shouldn't be rushed." How right he was.
He will be out of town for the next two days but if I bring it in on Friday morning, he'll personally have it done by Friday afternoon. A very nice guy.
Meanwhile, I will try to coax a signature from the little artist, on the basis that the frame should be signed before it receives protection by the clear coat. As for signing it when she "is older," as she had wished (as an optimistic gesture), I will tell her that, without question, there are already more projects I have lined up for her artistic work.
Last edited by powerband; 07-29-08 at 10:50 PM.
awesome thread man....and she got skills! lol
the Atrocity Jones part is especially beautiful. Great name, too!
That frame is gorgeous. The fact that the lines aren't "perfect" is what gives it character, rather than these factory-painted frames (heh... like mine). I love this thread.
that bike rocks. you rock.
Awesome story, awesome work. Any luck getting her signature? I will definitely be checking this thread often. Just awesome. Tell her to keep up the good fight, and that we are all looking forward to seeing this project unfold.
powerband, this is such an amazing story and you really did a wonderful thing. I lost my father and mother to cancer so reading this made me very emotional. I'll think about this little girl from now on and hope that she's makes it through.
I can't wait to see it built up.
I just found this thread and the story is inspirational, to say the least. The frame looks sweet, and she did a great job on the artwork. Tell her to stay strong and that she did an awesome job on this.
Interesting story! Wish her well.
Atrocity Jones is a bad-ass name for a bike! She did a fantastic job. Thanks for sharing this!
Be Progress. Si, se puede.
fake lugs SAH WEEEEEETTTTTT
I daresay she has given that bike a soul by putting a bit of herself into it.
I will be following this thread as the build progresses.
Best wishes to the artist.
i gotta say, for a 12 year old, that's a damn fine job. and what a powerful story indeed.
i think that most of Man's evils are, somehow, a result of greed in one for or another--including hubris, murder, all that. i honestly believe that if more people did understand this "simple thing," almost all the world's man-made evils would vanish. it makes me happy to know that other people do believe this.Originally Posted by cjump
Yesterday afternoon, while the girl's mother and my wife were talking in the front yard, I was able to talk the young artist into signing her project. I did this by saying that the frame really needs to have more stuff on it, and that I'd hate to put stickers on it when I have access to one of the best artists. And so, I gave her the frame and we spent the afternoon just "hanging out," the mother, my wife, me and the little artist. The weather was beautiful and the three grown-ups finished a bottle of 1999 Syrah from Napa Valley.
I believe the girl found comfort in the fact that we all were just hanging out together, and so her creativity came out and she painted a piranha fish (my first pet, after which she named the frame) on each side of the top tube. Being that the fish had passed away, she gave it Xs for eyes -- humor of a 12-year-old. (How does one deal with death, when it might be eminent? Humor is better than loathe, I suppose.)
Then, when she learned that I had an original but tattered sticker that I pulled off the Univega frame, which says "TANGE Champion Double Butted" and was was stuck temporarily on an old motorcycle exhaust, she asked if I want her to paint that information on the bike. I said absolutely and that it would look a tone better than some beat-up sticker.
And so she came up with this:
And when it came time to sign the frame, she hesitated. I told her she might as well get used to being asked to sign her art work because this is what she may have to do for the rest of her life. And so she signed it, but she insisted that it would be in an out-of-the-way area. I compromised and she signed the inside of the right chainstay -- where at least it can be seen from the other side and not blocked by the drive-train. Now, how is it that a generation that mostly types on keyboards can have better cursive handwriting than my generation who grew up without a computer?
I think she did very, very well, and I told her this over and over until the only reply she can muster was a bright smile, which takes your breath away and make you forget that life can be so cruel as to take away the hair of a young girl while forcing her to fight for her life.
I will take this frame to the auto-paint shop in the morning to have Brian put a strong clear-coat on it. It will be ready for me to pick it up in the afternoon. And then I will begin to build it up.
I told Velocity that she will ride it very soon, when her legs grow long enough! She said that by then she shall have enough of her hair return so that it will blow in the wind when she rides it.
Last edited by powerband; 08-03-08 at 01:59 AM.
This story is awesome. You are doing good, man. Good luck to the little lady.
That's so sick man. The double butted logo now makes it look like it was supposed to be a "comic-y, childish" rendition of a frame paint job, which is perfect! can't wait to see clear on it tomorrow.
edit: you should put a bit of electric tape over the signature while doing maintainence/test rides so the tire doesn't scuff through the clear and remove the paint.
This story should be shared in a cycling magazine...go ahead write it up...is good stuff...
from the name of the bike to the name of the artist and the man that gave her the cyclo canvas to work on... is just good stuff.... how can bad things happen to beigns like this...il never understand
Velocity Stevens is a badass name as well.
"Atrocity Jones, hand-painted by Velocity Stevens"
It just has a great ring to it.