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Rad Rider Meets Industrial Sharpie

Here’s a ride you won’t want to get off of anytime soon, thanks to this cool Sharpie “paint” job created by

Rad Rider posted this on  Here, in the words of the artist himself…

After being inspired by a Lamborghini with a Sharpie paint job, I decided to take apart my BLK MRKT Riot and start to work. When I first started I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into and wasn’t sure what people would think of it.  After posting my first picture to Pinkbike and getting a bunch of positive feed back I kept at it and this is the final product.

Although there seem to have been attempts by bike manufacturers to apply art to their products, they never seem to go all out, and when you hear of a unique or custom bike you think of maybe a mono color painted frame with matching colored components. Even before I saw the Sharpie’d Lambo I was thinking about different ways of making my bike truly unique and artistic.

At first I was set on an 80′s theme that I was going to airbrush onto the bike, although this may have seemed like a good idea I have never worked with an air brush gun and also do not own one. So when I got the influenced idea of Sharpie graffiti I started right away. At first I started with a bullet and casing since it seemed to go well with the BLK MRKT theme and from there on I pretty much just “went with the flow” and incorporated some textures and idea’s from friends at school and on the Pinkbike forums.

At first I was using a normal Sharpie and it seemed to work great, and then for some reason I switch to what I thought was an old sharpie because of its red logo. It wasn’t till 3 days after I started that I realized it was an industrial strength Sharpie and once I realized this and looked at my frame I could see almost all of the area’s I used the normal Sharpie wearing off. If it wasn’t for this industrial strength Sharpie I doubt this project would have turned out as well as it did.  So since all I have been using is a sharpie you can tell this was an extremely cost effective project and surprisingly The Sharpie lasted the entire bike.

Although it may seem something like this might only take a few hours on a piece of paper, and I also thought this when I started. It actually turned out to be very tricky and difficult to get a steady and consistent line on the curved surface. So, what started out as a relatively quick project turned out to take me close to 50 hours in total, but it was definitely worth every hour.

7 thoughts on “Rad Rider Meets Industrial Sharpie

  1. Im really sorry that the chavs drew all over your bike like that. Any good cycle store will be able to refer you to a frame painter who will be able to restore the original finish cheaply.

  2. Well he’s lucky they didn’t nick it. At least he wont have to spend as much as it would have to replace it.

  3. cooooeeeyy! what a beauty, i always think of doing this type of thing but i would NEVER be able to achieve a high quality drawing, i probably couldnt do it on paper let alone a bike.
    Damn fine work!

  4. i gotta say, that is a great job making the paint look just like the sharpie lambo. i have to give him credit on that bike.

  5. Nice job on your bike, I am doing something very similar. I did a flat white base and then sharpied ontop of that. But then whenI went to add the clear coat it made the sharpie art bleed together. Did you use a clear coat and if so what kind. I used Krylon clear glaze, I believe.. I threw the can into the woods when I noticed what it was doing to my art. haha. Any advice would be wonderful
    -Yours in bike art,

  6. hi yatch im a couple years late on seeing your post but i can tell you that i use the same clear coat. the trick is to be EXTREMELY delicate while clearcoating and you must use either sharpie paint marker or industrial strength sharpie, both will still bleed if you apply too thick a coating. i dont spray the frame directly until i have 3 coats on it, i “mist” the frame from about 2 feet away and repeat every 5-10 minutes, then i wait an hour and apply medium coats until its finished. practice makes perfect, try it on something you dont mind messing up

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