Taj Mihelich Releases Book of Cartoons & Doodles: 'Back Before They Invented Open Face Helmets'

Nov 18, 2020
by Brian Park  


BMX legend and Pinkbike contributor Taj Mihelich is releasing a book of doodles and cartoons called Back Before They Invented Open Face Helmets. It's available for pre-order now, and they start shipping on November 25th.


bigquotesThis book is 164 pages of my cartoons and doodles. There is a bunch of bicycle comics (including a number from Sunday Comics with Taj series on Pinkbike), lots of low-brow humor, dad jokes, questionable puns, and some things that are probably only funny to me. There's a few things I'm actually serious about, but hopefully you can't tell, and even a few essays. I call it a collection of not-too-artsy-fartsy work I've done over the last few years (though, there are a few fart jokes).Taj Mihelich





It's not often one of your childhood heroes cold calls you with a work idea. I grew up watching Taj Mihelich ride BMX, and even as I drifted over to the larger wheels of mountain biking, he was always one of the greats. He wanted to do some cartoons for Pinkbike, so it was a relief when his illustrated proposal was the best pitch deck I'd ever seen. It still is. Saying yes was easy, and "Sunday Comics with Taj" was a hit on Pinkbike.

Equal parts autobiographical introspection and self-deprecating witticism, Back Before They Invented Open Face Helmets is a remarkably poignant read. Some of the illustrations we originally commissioned have made their way into its pages alongside a collection of his other doodles. The book is incredibly funny, but it's also an inspirational roadmap for anyone trying something new. A beacon for staying motivated.




Paperback 0.46(h) x 5"(w) x 7"(d)
Pre-order the book here (ships November 25th)
Visit tajmihelich.com for more information.





44 Comments

  • 49 1
 Oh, fun. I wants it. Thank you, Taj!
  • 5 0
 thank you!
  • 2 0
 @Tajlucas: Your welcome. I can't wait to get it and read it! I also sometimes draw cartoony things.
  • 18 0
 Taj rules!
  • 7 0
 I like this, it’s not too serious and pretentious and your artwork is really cool.
  • 8 0
 Christmas present for me
  • 5 0
 So stoked, I’ll be waiting excitedly at the mailbox! More bike art books!
  • 5 0
 Kinda reminds me of the Bunny Suicides books which is a good thing as I enjoyed them.
  • 5 0
 Seriously don't free your spoke nipples
  • 1 0
 Pre-ordered off Amazon. Perfect Christmas gift the mountain biker on my list. Will he notice if I read it first? Maybe I should order another one...
  • 2 0
 obvious stocking stuffer. Will forward to the inlaws for easy gift idea
  • 2 0
 Um Yes! Pre-ordered! Will make a nice coffee table read
  • 1 0
 thanks!
  • 1 0
 I tried to order it, it then said my card was no good, then charged my card.
  • 1 0
 oh no. Did you get sorted out? I have a contact for the printers customer service if you need it.
  • 1 0
 @Tajlucas: I just left it and figured you guys would sort it out, thanks. Seemed like a small glitch
  • 1 0
 I’d love to have some of these in larger prints, is there anyway I can get that?
  • 1 0
 Oh man I definitely want this! Taj is one of my comic inspirations. I really miss the Sunday comic stuff.
  • 2 0
 Yessss
  • 1 0
 Ordered! Love your cartoons Taj!
  • 1 0
 thanks!
  • 1 0
 Frown only ships to U.S.A. and Canada.....
  • 2 0
 they're available in Italy too, just the shipping is too expensive from my little store. They're on Amazon.it under "Taj Mihelich" or probably other book sellers that you like as well. No frown face, just bad jokes!
  • 1 0
 Oh my.....
  • 1 0
 do they ship to Italy?
  • 1 0
 Only USA and Canada it seems..
  • 3 0
 @hirvi: I hope they change this!
  • 1 0
 According to the comments on his Instagram page, it's available on Amazon uk.
  • 2 0
 EU is covered via amazon, which is kind of a bummer. I'd always prefer to pay the artists directly, but I guess I'm just glad that I could order it at all
  • 2 0
 @bennorz: thanks so much! yeah, for outside of the USA and Canada the shipping gets too nuts. My old book, Bernie the bike Builder is for sale for $22, but costs $25 to ship to Uk. But the printer has locations in Uk, europe, australia so it makes sense for them to just print copies over there and ship inside their region.
  • 1 0
 Awesome Cat!
  • 2 1
 I love the frog joke.
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