Tag Archive | Sweet Ride

Graffiti Truck By Cern, Financial District

Graffiti Truck Cern
Photos By Gail

I was on my way to snag a bargain at TJ Maxx when I spotted this rad graffiti truck parked on Pine Street in the Financial District. The abstract design looks like street art Picasso to me! I Googled the tag, “Cernesto” (visible at the top left corner of the truck) and discovered that the artist none other than Cern, a native of New York City currently based in Brooklyn.

Cern got his start writing graffiti in the early nineties. Continuing to develope as a visual artist and musician, Cern creates murals and exhibits works throughout South America, Europe and South Africa. Cern’s work has also been featured at the San Diego Museum of Art, Museu Brasileiro De Escultura in Sao Paulo, and MOCA, in Los Angeles.

Follow Cern on Instagram @cernesto!

Graffiti Truck Cern Detail
Graffiti Truck Detail

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Eye On Design: Indian Chief Roadmaster Motorcycle

Indian Chief Motorcycle
All Photos By Gail

The Indian Chief Roadmaster was designed as a handsome, comfortable rival to Harley-Davidson’s heavyweight touring bikes as Americans took to the road in the years following World War II. Indian’s top model, the Chief Roadmaster (1948) exuded power and style. Note the Indian Head on the front fender as well as the custom-fringed leatherwork. Now, imagine how it would look flying in the wind as the bike speeds toward the horizon!

Indian Chief Motorcycle
Photographed in the Autry Museum pf the American West in Los Angeles, California.

Eye On Design: Benjamin J. Bowden’s Spacelander Bicycle

Spacelander Bicycle 2
All Photos By Gail

Designed by Benjamin Bowden (1907 – 1998) the aluminum prototype for this futuristic Spacelander bicycle was handmade by the MG Auto Company in England in 1946.  The original design incorporated an ingenious dynamo that stored the downhill energy  and released it on uphill runs.

Spacelander Bicycle

Manufacturing the bike to-spec for consumer use turned out be prohibitively expensive, but in 1960, Bowden contracted with Bomard Industries in Michigan to produce this more mechanically conventional, one-speed version of the dynamic, organic design fiberglass, a new design material.

Spacelander Bicycle Rear View

Ultimately the endeavor was too costly for Bomard Industies, as well, and the firm went out of business after manufacturing only 522 examples.

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum’s Visible Storage Archive.

Spacelander Bicycle 3

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Pink Thing of The Day: Miniature Pink VW Bus

Pink VW Bus
Photo By Gail

To me, nothing says Southern California Style like a Pink VW Bus. I photographed this very authentic-looking miniature in the store called Simply Fresh, located in San Marino, Calfornia! Sweet Ride!

Graffiti Pick Up Truck

Graffiti Pick Up
All Photos By Gail

I saw this truck parked right across the street from the First Street Green Art Park when I was there a couple of weeks ago filming This Guy.

Graffiti Pick Up

It caught my eye, and I thought maybe it would incite a few blog hits and also make a worthwhile Instagram post. I like the Human Hand versus the Demon Hand. Nice touch.

Graffiti Pick Up

I’ve no idea if this design is the work of an amateur, or if it was created by an artist whose name is already associated with painting street art graffiti on cars and vans, like This Guy. If you know anything about it, please feel free to enlighten me in the comments!

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Pink Thing of The Day: Volkswagen Limited Edition #PinkBeetle!

Pink Beetle
All Photos By Gail

If you’re in the market for a new sweet ride, why not consider the first car named for its own hastagVolkswagen’s 2017 limited-edition #PinkBeetle? We had the opportunity to see the #PinkBeetle all up close and personal at a fun launch party earlier this week, and it looked like it was just made to be the Pink Thing of the Day, so here we go!

#PinkBeetle Front

Fresh Fuchsia Metallic is the color of this beauty’s vibrant pink-hued exterior. The 2017 #PinkBeetle is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The special pink designer Beetle will be available in coupe and convertible configurations when it reaches dealer showrooms this fall.

Pink Drinks
Pink Drinks!

On the exterior, the new #PinkBeetle is trimmed with gloss black mirror housings and black running boards. Coupes will ride on 17-in., multi-spoke aluminum wheels and the convertibles will be equipped with 18-in., 5-spoke Twister design wheels. New bi-Xenon headlights and other LED lighting systems are standard.

Curry Chicken Tacos
Curry Chicken Tacos

Pink Straws
Festive Pink Straws!

#PinkBeetle Rear

The cabin of the #PinkBeetle is set up with a black dash trimmed in pink with a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters. Heated front seats and back seating are upholstered in black Pink Club cloth inserts that are plaid with pink striping.

Pink Beetle Interior

An MIB II multimedia system is standard and comes with a 6.3-in. touch screen with VW’s Car-Net app suite that offers connectivity for all three major smartphone platforms. A rearview camera, keyless entry, and push-button start, plus a 3-month satellite radio subscription, are included.

Beef Filet on Toast
Beef Filet on Toast

Everyone enjoyed looking at and being photographed with the #PinkBeetle while also sampling tasty snacks and refreshing beverages!

Avocado Toast with Greens
Avocado Toast with MicroGreens

#PinkBeetle Auction

Be the first to own the #PinkBeetle by taking part in the  CharityBuzz auction sponsored by The Pink Agenda. Bidding is live now at This Link, and closes on September 22nd at 4:00 PM EDT !

#PinkBeetle Front Right

The 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle goes on sale this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date. VW says the model will be sold in limited quantities, but we were unable to procure actual production numbers.

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Urbanimal Graffiti Van, Part 2

Urbanimal Graffiti Van
All Photos By Gail

Urbanimal is street artist from Brooklyn, NY who paints on vans, cars and trucks. His work is colorful, tribal, psychedelic and fun.

Urbanimal Tag

All of his projects have the Urbanimal tag somewhere on the body. Accept no substitutes.

Urbanimal Graffiti Van 2

This van was spotted on the downtown side of West 34th Street, not far from the Hudson Yards 7 Train Station.

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