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- My Biking Experience
- About My Bikes
- About my Helmet, Clothes, and More
- My Road Rules
- Image use, Content, and Post Frequency
- Comments & Discussion
- Bikeyface Merchandise
- Interview Requests
- Appearances and Events
- Advertising, Reviews, Product Placement, Endorsements
- Custom Art, Commissions, Freelance
- Personal Questions
When did you start biking?
In 2008 I moved to Silver Lake area of Los Angeles and worked in Burbank and there was no gym in convenient commute distance (considering traffic.) However there were bike lanes on Sunset Boulevard and it occurred to me that maybe I could bike to work. So I bought an Electra Amsterdam and started bike commuting. 50% by bike on lanes & paths, and 50% was on the subway. While I still had a car, I fell in love with biking and starting doing it more than driving. With experience, I got the courage to expand my biking radius to downtown, Hollywood, and mid-city. In 2009 I changed jobs and moved to Boston to be near family. For a while my commute was 60 miles a day and so biking was left for weekend recreation. This was when I started taking 20+ rides around the burbs of Boston. This is when I upgraded to a hybrid bike with more gears and aggressive posture for the new terrain.
What type of cyclist are you?
I am primarily a transportation cyclist. Occasionally I do longer leisurely rights. In the city I am fast, confident and cautious. I signal frequently and try to be aware and considerate of others.
What bikes do you have?
I have a Soma Buena Vista set up with a 3-speed internal hub, dynamo lighting, and upright bars. These days I usually commute with that bike. But I also have a Globe Vienna WSD V2 that is my back up commuter & winter bike. I have a Surly Crosscheck that I use for long distance leisure rides. It is set up with drops so I don’t use it as much in city traffic.
What are the names of your bikes?
The Soma Buena Vista is called “Paris Sunday.” The Specialized Globe Vienna 2 is called “Tank.” The Surly Crosscheck is called “Marlene Dietrich.”
What helmet do you wear in the cartoons?
I wear a Giro Surface in Houndstooth.
What clothes do you wear when you bike?
What shoes do you wear when you bike?
Do you shower at work?
Do you stop at stop lights?
Hell yes. And stop signs too.
Do you follow road rules?
As much as I can with the current infrastructure in place and still stay safe.
Do you signal?
Can I use your images?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bikeyface is written and illustrated by, me, Bekka Wright. I’m an artist, writer, filmmaker, and connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies. When I was young I wanted to study environmental law, go into political office, and save the world while wearing awesome pantsuits. But I realized that few people listen to lawyers or politicians. But they love looking at pictures and I love making them.
Based in Somerville, MA, I bike all around the Boston area to work, errands, cafes, concerts, to my art studio… and sometimes I’m just chasing clouds. The Bikeyface illustrations inspired by the things that happen along the way. In love with both creativity and degrees, I got my BA in Painting with a minor in Creative Writing from Brandeis University and an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. I work at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
ABOUT THE BLOG
I started this blog in June 2011 shortly after I moved from Los Angeles to Boston. I had started biking for transportation in Los Angeles, but the compactness, public transit system, and compactness of Boston allowed me to go completely car-free. Biking also turned out to be the best way to learn my way around a new city, meet people, and avoid traffic. The blog started as a simple account of my 2-wheeled adventures to be likely read by 3 people, all relatives. But since I’ve always drawn pictures it somehow grew into a full-fledged web comic. Now it’s read by more than 3 people.
I want Bikeyface to be as fun and enjoyable as biking. Sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated about how much needs to change on our city streets. But ultimately there is a reason people bike in spite of it all. That spirit is what I want to capture (see this intro post for more.) While many of posts are fun and focused on lifestyle, it’s also important to me that the Bikeyface advocates safety, road rules, and raise awareness of important issues.
And, yes, I stop at red lights.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
IN THE MEDIA
- Boldfacers Profile
- Lovely Bicycle!: The Face Behind Bikeyface
- Boston Bikes: Cyclist of the Week Profile
- Business Insider: A Boston Biker Documents Her Daily Commute
- BostInno: How One Local Blogger is Putting a Comedic Spin on Biking in Boston
IMAGE & CONTENT USE
Online: My illustrations & posts may be shared freely online for educational and non-profit purposes. Proper credit and link to my site must be included (e.g. artwork by Bikeyface, www.bikeyface.com) Please do not modify my images, re-post a significant number of images, or re-post entire blog posts, or a combination of these things.
All Other Uses: My illustrations cannot be used in other ways (including print, for sale or profit) without my explicit permission & approval. I approve image on a case by case basis which depends on the specifics of the situation and comes with limited parameters. If you would like to use one or more images of mine, please complete the Image Use Request Form so I can get an sense of your request. Please know that, in some cases, a license fee/royalties may be apply for use of images.
How often do you post?
I usually post 1-4 times per month depending on my schedule. Now and then I take time for other projects, vacations, or riding bikes.
Do you create all our own stuff?
All images, opinions, and content are mine alone unless otherwise noted.
How accurate is the blog?
All characters and stories represented within blog posts, while inspired and informed by my own experiences, are ultimately fictional.
How do you make the illustrations?
Each image is hand drawn in sections and compiled in Photoshop. I finish drawing and touching it up it digitally using a Wacom tablet. Then I hate it and scrap it and draw something completely different at the last minute. Most drawings take an average of 1-4 hours depending on complexity and a post can take up to 10-15 hours to complete.
What is your comment policy?
All comments are moderated. Discussion should be polite and productive and differing views are welcome. However, I won’t approve spam, inflammatory, rude, or disrespectful comments.
Do you have Bikeyface merchandise for sale?
I am working on this but it is moving slow between maintaining the blog & my job.
Can I interview you?
I occasionally do interviews but I’m very selective about it. If you’re interested, contact me. I’ll respond if I am able.
(I also tried to answer some common past interview questions in this FAQ so you can also use it as a reference.)
Do you do events or appearances?
Sure, if you would like to invite me to speak or give a presentation please contact me for more information and to discuss rates.
Would you review/promote my product in your blog?
I don’t review products or do product placement. If you would like to promote a product via Bikeyface the best route is via advertising. Contact me for more information.
As for promoting other things (e.g. events or websites,) I don’t really do that either and ignore most requests.
Do you do commissions?
Yes, I do paid freelance/custom/commissioned work. Contact me for more information.
Where are you from?
I have spent most of my life in New England or Los Angeles, California with some minor stays in other areas of the country & world.
What is your educational background?
I got my BA from Brandeis with a major in Fine Arts (Painting) and a minor in Creative Writing. I have a MFA from the Univerisity of Southern California in Cinema-Television Production.
What do you do for a living?
I currently work full-time at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In the past I worked as a project manager and production coordinator in advertising illustration, animation/visual effects, and television.
When did you start drawing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil.
When did you start drawing cartoons?
I started drawing comics when I first saw Matt Groening’s Childhood is Hell books when I was in elementary school. After that I found political cartoons. Both were very influential.
What other things do you do?
I paint large oil paintings and have a studio in Somerville, MA. They are nothing like my comics. I’ve also written 3 feature length comedy screenplays which have not been produced. I love indie music and am expert on good Pain au Chocoalat.