Friday, August 27, 2010

Balloon Helmets

Since I've begun twisting balloons, I've stumbled upon an interesting intersect between balloons and biking. It was one of the first things I did when I first got balloons, in fact. I create sculptures for my bike helmet and then ride around in group rides with them blowing around.

The process is fairly simple: Inflate balloons, stick the nozzles through holes in the helmet nad then tie them together.

Several years ago, these creations were pretty simple. THe balloons were inflated and tied together and that was it:

me and Zach

Bike the Drive

November CM

balloon medusa

Then I started getting a little more adventurous with my creations:

maw helmet

fish helmet

jami_lobster_hat

Then I started Making them for others:
Boyswitheyes

kidical mass


Now, it's just what I do.

LS133115

0710 CCM Underwear helmet

Pride Helmet


Essentially, at most group rides, I'm very easy to find...and if there is time, I can make some helmet flair for other riders. It's a lot of fun and usually brings a smile to the face of anyone who sees it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dog in a Purse...and "I wonder what that is?"

Last night I was filling in for the wonderful Smarty Pants at his weekly family night at the Wrigleyville D'Agostino's

It was a relatively busy night, but it nicely slowed down as I came to my last table.

I approached the table and wished them a good evening and let them know who I was and enquired as to what they might like for me to create. Immediately the young lady in the booth requested a "little dog in a purse."

The parents immediately questioned her choice...but I just laughed. I love it when kids know what they want...and when it isn't something that I had already made for other kids that same night.

I immediately whipped it up, and while I had never before made a "Little dog in a purse before, it turned out pretty well.

PurseDog

Since I bike most everywhere, that usually includes going to balloon gigs, I have some rather unusual things that I have to carry. Sometimes I'll take a full sculpture...other time's I'll take a bag of balloons, and of course I'll carry my inflation method. I prefer to use my trusty bright yellow Filbert Pump...seen here hanging off the back of my bike:

OT Loaded bike

When I'm biking around town, I normally just carry it slung over my shoulder, and I get lots of questions as to what in the world it could possibly be. I kind of hope that they think that it is a cannon, pressurized gas, or a flamethrower. No one really ever is able to guess.

When I went up to one of my tables, the mother asked me if I had been riding my bike on Lincoln Avenue earlier in the day. She and her daughter had had a little game of trying to guess what I was carrying...and they found out as I made her own creation.

Always fun to be memorable. Hopefully they'll see me another time!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back from Wisconsin

Fear not, I was not lost in Wisconsin...everything went according to schedule. I am unfortunately have some technical difficulties with my internet access at home and haven't gotten a chance to summarize my amazing trip.

I definitely want to do some more touring in the near future, but am content with just biking to work and around Chicago for the time being.

In the near future I'll have posts on:
Delavan, WI-The former circus colony
Madison and its amazing bike infrastructure
The deliciousness of mustard and why it has it's own museum
The secret in the basement of the Kress Funeral Home
Baraboo Wisconsin, Hula hoops, Devil's Lake and some massive hills
Ringling Bros and the Circus Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright makes pretty houses
House on the Rock is really on a rock...plus why road side attractions aren't as much fun on a bike
If you're camping and no one is around to hear you...does your chain still break?
Cave in the Mounds...a case study for blowing more holes into the earth
Troll Capital of the World....and Jalopeno beer.
Switzerland is full of mosquitos
Stepford in Northern Illinois

I know that you are eager for these updates...and I'll do my best to get them to you soon...yes, all 2 readers o' mine.