It's pushing the end of May and Rays indoor mtb park closed a month ago, and as I look outside I see scattered clouds, remnants of last week's rain and snow. The trails are now ridable, but the rain left them pretty sloppy and now rutted. This gets me thinking back through my foggy damaged brain, a few months ago when AllRide painted a mural and shredded at Rays.
March 2012 Colin Bailey and I were asked by Clif Bar's Bryan Cole to paint a Clif Bar mural for Rays Milwaukee, where they sponsor the pumptrack. Colin and I have both always loved art and drawing so we instantly jumped on the opportunity. I felt confident in Bailey's spray painting abilities from the work he has been creating lately, and I had been working on some single line drawings, so we were excited to give it a go. We spent two weeks ahead of time drawing out ideas. We projected our final stencil drawings onto the wall and traced them onto giant poster boards, then cut them out with a razor and folded them up to get them on a plane across the country without ruining them. One stencil was nine feet high and I was stressing whether or not I could make this work. We stuffed our bikes and equipment into bike boxes and flew to Rays Milwaukee. I also brought my AllRide Academy kid Austin Aldrich out with us for some shredding and stupidity.
To cap it all off, Jaymo from GoPro flew out Brian Lopes to make us paint faster and to give Austin someone to chase around. GoPro also flew out Gunnar Oliphant
(Trigger Vision) to capture the madness, and threw in a few GoPros our way to give it that "wish you were here" look, while our artistic vision came to life. The Allride Paints Rays edit is 100% GoPro and 1000% fun.
Thanks to Clif Bar, GoPro and Rays for giving AllRide this great opportunity to leave our mark. Visit Rays next season, You won't be disappointed.
More Colin Bailey Art!