FAQ

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MY BIKING EXPERIENCE

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.

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MY BIKES

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 1962 Dunelt English 3-speed 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.”

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MY HELMET, CLOTHING, AND MORE

What helmet do you wear in the cartoons?

I wear a Giro Surface in Houndstooth.

What clothes do you wear when you bike?

Regular clothes.

What shoes do you wear when you bike?

Regular shoes.

Do you shower at work?

No.

 

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ROAD RULES

Do you stop at stop lights?

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?

Yes.

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IMAGE USE, CONTENT, AND POST FREQUENCY

Can I use your images?

Online: My illustrations & posts may be shared 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 any other way (including print, merchandise, books, for sale or profit) without explicit permission. If you have a budget 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. License fees/royalties may apply for use of images depending on desired use. Because of the value of my illustrations, the business time involved with managing image use & licensing, and the volume of requests I receive, I am unable to facilitate no/low budget requests. (Why? Read this.)

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.

 

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DISCUSSION

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.

 

BIKEYFACE MERCHANDISE

Do you have Bikeyface merchandise for sale?

Yes, please see my store.

 

INTERVIEW REQUESTS

Can I interview you?

I occasionally do interviews but I’m very selective about it because of time constraints. 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.)

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APPEARANCES AND EVENTS

Do you do events or appearances?

Sometimes, if you would like to invite me to speak or give a presentation please contact me for more information and to discuss rates.

 

ADVERTISING, REVIEWS, PRODUCT PLACEMENT

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, websites, Kickstarters) I don’t have much time to pay attention to those sorts of things and typically ignore those requests.

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CUSTOM ART, COMMISSIONS, FREELANCE

Do you do commissions?

Yes, I do paid freelance/custom/commissioned work. Contact me for more information.

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PERSONAL QUESTIONS

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.

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One Response to “FAQ”

  • Alan (Uncle Robot)

    Dear Bikeyface – you make me laugh and sing the praises of all the youngsters moving bicycling into the mainstream. I’m almost your mother’s age (59) and have been biking nearly daily since I was 8. After living in Portland OR and DC for years – where biking was easier – moving to Boston in the late 80′s was a culture shock of car hostility. It’s gotten so much better and ever more so with people like you. Thanks for your humor and hopefulness – too often I get into mean bikeyface mode and do a poor job of ambassadorial bike riding to all those stuck car drivers. After laughing at your sweet messages I’m going to work hard on being a sweeter bikeyface.

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