Drawing at the Beach - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich

Sep 15, 2019
by Taj Mihelich  
I am in Huntington Beach watching the Vans BMX Pro Cup World Championships. The riding is flat out bonkers! If you catch this post early enough on Sunday there is a live feed of the finals via that link at 12pm PST. I highly recommend checking out some of the wildest bowl riding you’ll ever see! I had the honor of doing the “art” for the event series and it is really strange to see my handwriting and cartoons all over everything.

I’ve managed to finish a few goofy comics for your entertainment below. As a bonus there’s a few images from practice below that... enjoy!

How to tell if your rebound is set too high.

Flat pedal repair.

Awkward moment on the trail: eye contact and the mini-pump.

I drew this bear...

...and there’s my ratty handwriting all over everything.

There was actually a different character for each stop of the event to represent the country and different elements of bowl riding.

Photo: Colin MacKay/ Vans

Dennis Enarson Photo: Colin MacKay/ Vans

Josh Dovey Photo: Colin MacKay/ Vans


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 The eye contact one lol
  • 10 0
 Biggest laugh ever from a Taj comic! The animal characters are great!
  • 20 1
 I like to ask my friends to show me their tits while fixing a flat. Helps with the vigour.
  • 3 0
 @gnarnaimo: hahahahahahaha fills up the tire a lil quicker
  • 3 0
 @seismicninja: makes for a great sealant too.
  • 1 0
 Yeah. Beat ever lol
  • 22 0
 Nothing to Super-Joey seat grab! Love all your art, Taj!!!
  • 4 0
 Underrated comment right here.
  • 4 0
 I flipping love you animal characters Taj! If the fox was on a t-shirt with 'Ride fast, take chances, snaffle a chicken' on it (or something equally as pithy) I'd buy in a heartbeat! Great art!
  • 4 0
 They used to make a clipless shoe. Bmx racers, DH racers and 4 cross racers used them. They were heavier and chunkier compared to skate lows, highs, or half cabs.
  • 6 0
 Hey Taj what media do you use for your comics?
  • 4 0
 Loved the kangaroo seat grab and mini-pump!
  • 1 0
 Those were all hilarious. I was eating lunch and almost spit rice all over my phone on the first one. From there on I made sure to not have food in my mouth while looking at them...
  • 3 2
 I got my first pair in 1996. They wore out after about 2 months walking to school! I was outraged! I've never bought any since
  • 5 0
 They do last longer if you actually pick your feet up, rather than scuffing them along the ground Wink
  • 5 2
 More BMX content, less e bike content
  • 7 0
 more ebmx content
  • 2 0
 Why are there no Vans clipless shoes?
  • 14 4
 Because they're a skateboarding shoe that BMX'ers and mountain bikers use for flats
  • 4 0
 there was the vans Warner
  • 3 0
 There once was my child. There once was.
  • 2 0
 @matttauszik: and before that there were the Vans VMX. I tore 4 pairs off. Stiff sole, mediocre grip. But an amazing checkered upper.
  • 2 0
 @southoftheborder: the vmx flats with the asymmetric tongue was my shoe of choice for years until they discontinued them.
  • 2 0
 @speed10: amen! They had an amazing combo of style, function and price.
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 @Tajlucas. Will a book of yoour great cartoons be out for xmas?
  • 1 0
 The mini pump one falls in line with eating a banana, that's a no eye contact zone!
  • 1 0
 I got my first pair in 1980, only sneaker I have work since !
  • 2 0
 Love the Van's stickers

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