Jo Burt: Creator of Mint Sauce - Video

Nov 17, 2016
by Fabric  
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Jo Burt is the creative genius behind Mint Sauce, a cartoon that has reached cult status in the Mountain Bike world. It’s nearly 30 years since he first began drawing the cycling sheep, and in this video we see him reminiscing about his career as an illustrator, and hear about his preparation for one of the toughest cycling events in the world: the transcontinental.

Sunset by Jo Burt

To some, Mint Sauce might be unfamiliar but for those who grew up riding rigid mountain bikes in neon kit, Mint Sauce was the highlight of every month, hidden within the depths of MBUK.

You re having a laugh
Jo can also be found in our Fabric adverts, he's sneaking into your homes without you knowing, here he is modelling the Fabric Chamber tool on location in Portugal.

“By the time I was sixteen (25 years ago) I was obsessed with two things.. Riding my bike and receiving my monthly subscription of Mountain Biking UK Magazine. This was before the internet when magazines were the only source of information, and images relating to the pastime I loved. I knew the exact day that the magazine should arrive and eagerly awaited it in the weeks prior to it being eventually delivered. Unwrapping it from its plastic wrapper, the first page I’d flick to was the cartoon Mint Sauce. It struck a chord with me, and my riding friends, and looking at this film and the terrain where the artist Jo Burt lives I can now see why. The south downs where he lives, are very similar in the look and feel of its landscape, weather, and vegetation to the Salisbury Plain where I grew up exploring and honing my limited MTB skills. The bicycle problems and joys and challenges that Mint Sauce encountered seemed to be weirdly parallel to my own. The style of the artwork, the song lyrics embedded in the borders, everything just seemed perfect and it never wore off. If I look back it actually influenced the way I write, the way I sketch, my bikes, quite a lot really. This is a fascinating video.” - Nick Larsen, Fabric

Fabric Chamber tool

For now, he can be seen pounding the roads around SE England in preparation for the Transcontinental 2017, a non-assisted bicycle race from Geraardsbergen, Belgium and finishes in Meteora, Greece.

Iceland Fabric Photo Shoot

We hope this is a great insight into a great, British mountain bike icon and we'd love to see Mint Sauce grow with a whole new generation. His values and keen eye for just getting out and riding rings true with many of us.

Just Go Home by Jo Burt

Many thanks to Jo Burt for letting Alex Rankin invade his home and many thanks also for all your help in all the shoots. If you want to know what goes into drawing Mint Sauce, here's a great vid covering it all from start to finish.


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28 Comments

  • 54 0
 There needs to be a Mint Sauce book with a load of the cartoons reprinted. People like me that grew up with them but no longer buy MBUK that would pay coffee table prices for one.
  • 9 0
 And the cash couldn't got a nicer guy.
  • 8 0
 A book would be amazing, or even some prints you can hang on the wall would be great! Perfect for the man cave!
  • 4 0
 I also think that some big prints (A3) would be very good idea, would love to have one hanging in the room )
  • 2 0
 I wholeheartedly agree, full size prints would be great too, I used to have the MBUK 20th anniversary poster with Mint Sauce on it until some scumbag nicked during a house move. I'd have a bunch in my house, much better than fancy paintings. While I'm dreaming, a poster size print of the Singletrack 100 cover would be awesome too, love that picture. The one about the refuelling hose too...
  • 2 0
 www.thisiswhy.ip3.co.uk/thisiswhy/index.html
There's no store, but past comics are here.
  • 8 0
 Got to read them 6 times for the suttle message and the oft well hidden text. Mint Sauce always has cool bikes. I recall he once had a carbon STS, one of those square tubed Paces' and a smattering of Yetis
  • 6 0
 the one with the heroic thorn causing a puncture and adored by bikini clad thornettes.......and the journey of the dropped ball bearing that winds up under the fridge after some epic trail adventures......love it......genius!
  • 6 0
 There has been quite allot of pathos in recent cartoons, they have a depth you don't usually get in the mainstream MTB press.
  • 4 0
 Had mint sauce stickers along the go faster stripes on my first car, a red 1980 fiesta 950cc with matching 10inch white hub caps. I thought I was the coolest guy around. Remember a cartoon where a couple of old dears were discussing the merits and pitfalls of raised chainstays. That was a long time ago!!!
  • 6 0
 I had mint sauce cartoons, cut out from MBUK, plastered all over my room at uni. Happy happy memories!
  • 4 0
 Old enough to have read these when they first appeared in MBUK, even old enough to have read Jo's panels in the UK mountain bike club fanzine!!!!! The 'summer' strip is my fave
  • 2 0
 Still have my MBUK subscription, and I'm gonna lie - it's pretty much only for Mint. Would love for a book of his complete work to be made. I'd deffo be having one. I know he made Eternal Reek etc. a few years ago but you can't get hold of them anywhere so a new and updated one would be nice.
  • 5 0
 Big thumbs up on the Mint Sauce book idea, count me in!
  • 3 0
 Wish i still had my Mint Sauce keyring, sadly it broke! Good song choice in the video as well (DJ Food, The Crow) Jo Burt I salute you.
  • 1 0
 Never knew who Jo Burt was. When Dirt mag UK went out of print, my subscription automatically changed into MBUK so I had that for a while. I tried to like the mag, but didn't. More articles about gear and product tests than about actual riding. Not sure whether there was any Jo Burt material in there anymore. But when that subscription was over I went with Cranked (cranked.cc, no product tests at all, jay!) and Jo makes a very solid contribution there both in articles and illustration. I love it!
  • 2 0
 Long time fan, didn't realise there was a connection to Deadline/Tankgirl/JamieHewlett very cool..

Good luck on the TCR Jo!
  • 3 0
 I've kept the earliest edition I have of MBUK, Christmas 1991. Any one beat that?
  • 2 0
 It's been said more than once but I would also like to say that I support the Mint Sauce book idea and would definitely buy at least one, please put one out there.
  • 4 0
 My first car, a Fiat 126 had mint sauce painted all over it.
  • 2 0
 use to glue these comics to the inside of my college lever arch folders.....loved jo's work since the early nineties.
  • 2 0
 "Riding green skylark hills under sweet smile skies, this is living, this is life" brings a lump to my throat.
  • 1 0
 I have just applied my last mint sauce sticker to my bike! It was one of the originals, so I too would like more. Please! A print or poster would be mint!
  • 2 0
 If she can't remember mint sauce she's too young for you mate.
  • 1 0
 You have to do a book and please include a sticker sheet, you'd make a mint
  • 2 0
 first thing i look at when i get a new MBUK
  • 1 0
 I thought that buff at 4:17 was a mint sauce one.. I'd pay good money for a mint sauce buff to wear on the road bike!
  • 1 0
 Book or prints need to happen!

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