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.
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.