This month’s artist is Isabel Quinonez, a 29 year old local from San Jose. You may remember Izzy from a story we did back in December titled “Bike Party People – Giving back to San Jose“. In that article we highlighted her great work helping to raise food for the needy during the holidays, and she talked about how bike party transformed her. Here is Izzy in her own words about her art.
My name is Isabel Quinonez I’m 29 years old and born and raised in San Jose, Ca. Biking has always been a part of my life. Being from an era where the internet didn’t exist, bicycles were a pastime for the neighborhood kids and I. We had our own Bike Parties and much like today it was a great way to catch up with each other, entertain our friendships and well, bond.
I gradually familiarized myself with SJBP . I first found out about it just from seeing people riding around town. I was instantly curious. I think SJBP is a simple, community driven event that brings a lot of us back to our childhood. Where fun wasn’t such a hard thing to have. It’s family, friends and bicycles. Inexpensive entertainment that helps us feel connected and informed.
When I think back to my childhood years what stands out is art and cycling. I’ve been doing Art since I was in diapers. Handing me a box of crayons and scratch paper was my Mother’s way to keep me put and occupied.
I’ve always kept my art handmade with little to no assistance from technology. There’s a certain rawness and sense of pure human accomplishment that I feel when I’m finished. It never takes me 5 minutes to throw something together using an app or computer program.
On the contrary, it takes brainstorming, battling art block and sketch delete, repeat until satisfied. Raw materials. Color blending. It so human that way. I tend to be nostalgic, which is why this theme was an honor to provide artwork for. The Flower Power movement had such neat handmade posters. I never strive for perfection but to capture a moment and feeling.
Thanks Isabel. We love it!
Tonight we Rode. Rode in the streets of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. What did you think of the Route? Too long? Too short? or just right?
How about the Regroups? Location? Layout?
Leave a comment and let us know. Thank you all.
Tied dyed T Shirts your thing. Or do you prefer the tight pants and old-school shoes. Well choose one side or the other because this month is the Hippies VS. Hipsters ride.
Ride details - Routes, Regroups and Directions available now.
Please Note – Regroup #2 has been changed
We love Bike Party and we think you love it as well. That’s why we are disappointed and saddened when a small number of riders destroy the very spirit of building community. We’re not going to sugar coat this here, but the trashing, the tagging, and the public urination on park facilities, businesses, and other property has to stop. If we roll by businesses, respect them, don’t trash them. If you see someone trashing your town, take a picture, grab a BIRD or notify the police.
This must stop or this wonderful thing called Bike Party will stop. So we are asking every one to respect your home. And if you see someone trashing your town call them out. If you love Bike Party, help keep it going.
33, San Jose
This month’s artist is Jarek (Jar as in Yard) Azevedo, a multi-talented bike partier who has contributed photos, video, and graphic artwork on many occasions. Yes those amazing Dead Presidents Ride photos were his work. Talent and hardwork are two key traits.
Visual arts are not his only passion. He also built and rides one of the synchronized music bikes you see on the ride, at regroups, and at Guerillaz in Da Mixx events.
What’s your experience with Bicycles?
Almost always had a bike from just a tyke to my late teens, but my lifestyle was absorbed into the steel cage for some time before I reclaimed the passion. Have been heavy into two wheeled motion for over four years now and have been supporting the scene with a music bike in some form for almost as long. You’ll currently find me on Blue BaBoom!
Spring is getting closer and our theme for March is Hippies VS. Hipsters .
So let’s get ready for spring by joining us on our monthly test rides. This is a great way to meet new people, test out the route, give some feedback, and say “Hey, I tired of just riding, I wanna give back….I want to volunteer to keep this thing going.”
Test Ride #3
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1 PM
1077 E. Arques Ave., Sunnyvale, CA
What’s a hipster look like?
San Jose Bike Party Birds gather for a photo with Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn. Photo: David Marsland
For those of you who were not able to come out and ride yesterday; well more like early morning, it was a blast. The route was short, flat, and geared more towards meeting others and having fun. Guerillaz in Da Mixx was out with a couple of synchronized music bikes to provide an Irish infused playlist thanks to Noreen Fortune, a true Dubliner.
The Mercury News (Bay Area News Group) was on hand to get some great photos. (click here for the link) We also got some coverage from the NBC affiliate KNTV-11.
Let’s do this next year!