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ChIEF Benjamin Eisman benny@alreadydead.com ARt DIRECtoR Bundle Brent bundle@alreadydead.com AssItANt DIRECtoR Felicity Lemon felicity@alreadydead.com CoPY EDItoR Adriadne Oliver adriadne@alreadydead.com BUsINEss DEVELoPMENt Parker Pyne parker@alreadydead.com EVENt MARKEtING AND sALEs MANAGER Joan Hickson joan@alreadydead.com CoNtRIBUtING PhotoGRAPhERs Julia McKenzie, Arthur Hastings, Cornelia Blimmer, Henrietta Boffin CoNtRIBUtING WRItERs John Jasper, Jem Hutle, Milly Swidger, Alan Woodcurt, Kit Nubbles CoNtRIBUtoRs Harry Maylie, Alfred Jingle, Helenda Landless, Charlie Hexam, Abel Garland

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REPs Walter Guy, Jeremiah Flintwinch, Sophy Crewler, Daniel Peggotty, Toots thANKs Batman and Mister Whisker Rub Home Base Already Dead Magazine LLC 3871 Lake Forest Drive Building 2, sub-basement B New York, NY 10013 914.200.8027 Individual issues are available for $5.00 in the US and Canada. Already Dead is released quarterly and distributed in all 50 states and across The Great White North. WE LIKE PRESENTS. If you want to share something with us and other Already Dead readers, email it to us or drop it in the mail. We DO NOT return items so don’t send originals. No reproduction of any content in whole or in part is allowed without the expressed written consent of the publisher and artists. Always ride safe. ISSUE #3 COVER: Photo by Lou Daprile Distorted by Benjamin Eisman

I’ve lived in Seattle for almost a decade and I’m proud to call it home. At some point I was introduced to bikes and I love both more today than ever. I realized that there are people around the country who feel the same as I do. That’s what Already Dead is. Each issue is a love letter from a different bike community to their city. Since this is my magazine, of course we’re starting with Seattle. I’ve to capture what and who makes my city better than yours, though I’m sure you’d argue that point. There is nothing like riding is this city and I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be. Be excellent to each other and ride safe. — thanks —


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CHROME'S new seattle hub Over the past two decades, Chrome Industries has grown from humble beginnings into a nation wide cultural icon. With a distinct front buckle, it’s hard to confuse a Chrome bag with another brand. Although they were begun in Colorado, Chrome Industries is currently headquartered in San Francisco. They have opened a total of 6 hubs, not stores, across the nation including New York, Chicago, San Francisco and most recently Seattle. The Seattle hub, managed by Ashley Thompson We stopped by to get the full story from her. Words Benjamin Eisman 10

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YOU CAN HANG OUT AND HAVE SOME COFFEE. FEEL FREE TO SIT AROUND FOR AN HOUR. In June, 2014, Chrome officially opened it’s 6th hub in Seattle. “Seattle is a logical place for a hub, there are a ton of riders, all the gear suits people in Seattle,” said Thompson, and she’s right. Chrome’s clothing is known for being waterproof and resilient. “People who bike a lot are willing to invest in something with a higher price point since it’ll last and endure. That’s is what chrome focuses on.” Chrome recognized that messengers aren’t the only people who need bags or ride bikes and they try not to distinguish between the hardcore rider and daily commuter. This is how they separated themselves from other bike gear companies. They began making backpacks and bags with dedicated laptop sleeves and camera bags too. Chrome bags can meet the needs of a daily commuter, a messenger riding 20 miles around downtown, or someone loading a frame and wheel set onto their back heading to race. There are so many features to the bag that you may never become aware of unless you are that avid cyclist. They offer explicitly messenger bags in terms of size and number of straps but most people walking in the door simply want a well designed bag.

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The bags are designed for city living and city riding. They offer lots of sleek designs and are as fashionable as they need to be. As Ashley put it, “functional yet fashionable”. We were a little surprised Chrome open downtown and not in Capitol Hill, an area with an abundant bicycle presence. Thompson explained, “As riders become aware of the store, they are making their way downtown. However if the store were located on Capitol Hill, riders from other parts of town wouldn’t make their way up because of intimidation or unfamiliarity. We get people who haven’t heard of chrome or see the buckles around or just see the design through the windows. They come in and pick up a waterproof bag or customized stuff for gifts. Downtown, it’s the colliding of bike culture, business folk and tourists. It’s an interaction of realms. Its cool to see the variety of people who ride bicycles.” REI and is now carrying Chrome Industries products in their stores. Let’s look at how Chrome stands out compared to other brands. The price point is similar, as is quality and durability. Its Chrome’s styles that truly sets it apart. Compared to a basic waterproof shell or jacket, Chrome can be worn on and off the bike. Walking around, no one would know you rode your bicycle to a meeting or date.


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The space itself has plenty of seating, a full espresso bar, is on a main bike messenger route, and offers a relaxed inviting atmosphere. The knowledgeable staff all ride and are part of the local bike community. That is why they are called hubs and not stores — its not just a place of business but somewhere to be between deliveries. “If you’re a messenger cruising around downtown, you can hang out and have some coffee. Feel free to just sit around for an hour,” said Thompson. They also host alley-cat races and feature local artist as part of first Thursday. Currently on display is Ian Kose’s Photography. He and some friends took a motorcycle trip to Baja, Mexico, which he documented. Ian works at Evo in Fremont and prints of his work is on sale through the store. 14

Ashley gave us the origin story of their identifying quick-release mechanism. Chrome began in 1995. Messengers in Boulder, Colorado were looking for an cheap and easy way to take off their bags while making deliveries. Someone began cutting seat belt buckles of out junked cars, they incorporating those Into the straps. The quick-release was born. Now Chrome manufactures buckles with their sphinx logo on them. Chrome bags have a lifetime guarantee and every now and then, someone will bring in an original Chrome bag with the original seat belt release. Check out Seattle’s Chrome Hub at 1117 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 Monday – Friday 8am — 6pm Saturday — Sunday 10am — 6pm


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There are reasons to dislike Speckled & Drake. All petty gripes aside, I like this place. I appreciate the simplicity of it, and I like the whole shot-and-a-beer thing. It’s the kind of drinking I like to do. Opened by returning Seattle native Justin “JD” Martinsen. The Speckled & Drake’s name, is of course, a reference to the male and female in a pair of ducks − and is also Martinsen’s obvious wink at Seattle’s proclivity for “something and something” restaurant and bar names. We stopped in for a few drinks and spoke to Niki Sugar, Seattle bartender, about cocktails, travel and the changing face of Capital Hill.

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Where are you from and how did you come to Seattle?

So what’s the current draw?

I grew up in Snohomish. Everett. I got sick of living in small towns. I packed up the car and I knew someone down here. I just moved into their apartment and slept on the couch.

I don’t really know. I’m older than I was then. I could move off the hill if I wanted to. I live close to the id and if things get more expensive, I’ll just move to Tacoma. I think its going to be the next up and coming place.

How long were you in their apartment?

Six months or so. That was in the U-distrcit. Then I moved to Capital Hill that was in ‘87. It was so much fun. I had been coming down here to come to punk shows. Either hitchhike or get rides, whatever. How did you end up bartending

I worked as a server in restaurants then I worked at the sit and spin. It was New Years Eve and someone asked if I wanted to bartend. So I started bartending. How long?

Off and on for 15 years.

What has kept you on Capital Hill?

I know most of the people and I do really well up here. I guess I would bartend other places if I had to move. I’ve pretty much live on Capital Hill since ‘87. Most of my business is my friends and I’m constantly meeting new people, making more friends. Are there qualities that draw people to capital hill the same that draw people to you?

I used to love going to show and doing everything but these days I don’t really care as much. I want my money to go to travel. I don’t even buy records like I used to. It’s just different.

What keeps you doing it?

Its pretty fun. I get to see my friends and talk to people. The moneys usually pretty good and I can go away for two months and get my shifts back at the places I work at. After a shift, I can go home and be quick. What is it about capital hill that you found appealing?

I’m gay and most of the gay people are here. When I moved here the punk rockers were here. There was so much going on.

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Can you talk about Speckled & Drake?

The owner is a great guy and this is such a great neighborhood bar. The feel of this place is amazing. The customer base here is fantastic. Everyone who comes in so chill and super friendly. I think it’s a great addition to this block What are those qualities?

The way thinks are going, especially on Pike and Pine on the weekends, its getting kind of nasty. This is more local. I had my birthday party here a couple of years ago. After, someone asked me to fill in and now I have this job. Everyone who works here is great.


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How does it compare to the living room?

I never went. I was never compelled to go into it What do you do when your not bartending?

I like to walk. Walking is my meditation. My friend and I just walk all over the city and just talk a lot. I watch a lot of movies. I rent cars and go on road trips around here. Just going to little towns and weird museums, thrifting and stuff. I read a lot. Whats the last good book you read?

The book I always tell people to read is ‘Little Tales of Misogyny’ by Patricia High Smith. It’s short stores about women that become undone by themselves or others. Its pretty funny. Can you talk a little about travel?

I have this affinity with Malta. When I was a little kid, I had to write about a place. I covered my eyes and my finger landed on Malta. I wish I still had that story. It has always stuck in my mind and one day I decided to just go and see what it’s like. I rented a place there for a little over a month in the capital, Valletta. I had been in Istanbul before hand which was loud and boisterous. Malta was so quiet, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I met all theses great people and I’ve felt so at home there. If I could move there tomorrow I would. I like going out. I just don’t to be a drunk or an addict and it’s easy to fall into. I really like loud places. If I could live in Chicago or LA I would. I like a lot of action. I feel like Seattle is a little fishing village. It’s getting bigger but I don’t understand. It’s becoming this over priced place but public transit isn’t good, It lacks infrastructure. If I could live half in Malta and half in Istanbul I would. If you’re sick of me, give me money. I’ll leave town. I swear to god. If you had what cocktail to recommend?

A manhattan or sazerac. I really like a traditional manhattan with rye. I have been to some bars that have infused cherries. Those are great. I just love bourbon. All first family members have a codename given by the Secret Service. What would yours be?

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KEXP is a public radio station based in Seattle, Washington, that specializes in alternative and indie rock programmed by its DJs. In 1972 The station was formerly operated under the call letters KCMU as part of the University of Washington. KEXP is heard by over 180,000 individuals every week via their radio programing, streaming website, and live shows. This not-for-profit organization, recently broke ground on their new location at Seattle Center. Most employees, interns and volunteers began as fans. They KEXP truly ‘Listener Powered’. DJ Hans, normally on every Tuesday morning from 1am - 6am Overnight Variety Mix, was kind enough to let us sit in as he subbed on the Road House — an Americana music show — some Wednesday evening. Words Benjamin Eisman Photos Lou Daprile

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Where were you born? When did you move to Seattle?

As a DJ do you consider yourself an audiophile?

St Paul Minnesota. I moved out here 2004/2005

My girlfriend, Celine is from out here. We met in college and her family is out here. So we moved to be closer to her family. And a little change too. I grew up in the Midwest, I always liked it but I got used to. I’m totally not used to it anymore I don’t know how I endured those winters. Something different.

In don’t audio about audiophile per se. I’d phrase it more like music nerd. I’m just as happy listening to a scratchy record as I would some fancy pressing on a $5000 turntable. I think people get a little too overboard sometimes with sound. I know it’s important. Especially in this digital age where we can get such great sound, if we spend the time and money. For me its just more about the music. Especially at KEXP, it’s about sharing the music.

What’s your day job?

How do you distinguish between your two personas,

I’m a manager at Everyday Music in Capital Hill. I’ve been working there since I came out here. The store was partnered out by the owner of the store I worked at in Minneapolis - Cheapo Records. So it was really easy. I enjoy it but it can be frustrating.

Hans - music nerd and DJ Hans?

And what was it that brought you out to Seattle?

Does that help you as a DJ?

Yes, being around the variety of music and having coworkers with diverse tastes helps. It’s nice to talk to them or just hear what they’re into at the moment. It’s just as important as checking blogs. Even just chatting with customer or helping them find something, I may get turned onto to something new to me. Had it always been your intention to DJ

Oh yeah. Definitely. I loved college radio and did a lot of it and missed it a lot. I wanted to get back to it.

They’re intertwined for sure. How big is you record collection?

[Snickers] I lost track a long time ago, actually. Thousands and thousands and thousands. I would estimate between 10,000 – 12,000. How does Celine feel about it?

She realizes it’s something I’ve been into for a while. It doesn’t all stay at the apartment. It’s something i’m pretty obsessed with and it’s a part of me. I haven’t confined myself to collecting any one genre in a long. I’m into a lot of things and I think that goes back to me college experience and having that library at the radio station. It was all over the place, and I just became obsessed with all sorts of music and can’t tie myself down.

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Is there anything you’re always looking for?

At the moment I don’t. I’m always amazed at what I find at the store. There are some artists I‘m obsessed with and want to collect ever stupid 7 inch and 10 inch that’s out there. Any Prince. Any Smiths. Its really fun for me to get into the obsessive nerdiness with that. But as far as specific albums, not really.

But dropping the audience off somewhere they didn’t know they were going is a lot of fun. There are some great DJs who do that, like Riz. You have no idea where that man is taking and that’s a lot of fun to listen to. You fill in sets for DJs with a themed show. Is that easier of harder than your variety mix?

How did you end up at KEXP?

I started volunteering there. I had heard. About the station before I moved out. Here. A friend of mine was like, “You have to come here and work at this station”. I gave it the brush off. I had no clue it would actually happen. I started volunteering as a DJ assistant. I first helped out John in the morning one day a week and Cheryl and Kevin from time to time. I did that for a year of two before submitted a demo tape and they gave me a shot at filling in for overnights. What about KEXP drew you to it?

It came out of KCMU and still has that spirit of college radio, which is hard to find in a lot of places. They’ve kept the mission they always had and maintained the diverse sound that on the station. I grew up listening to Kevin in the twin cities. He was on few alternative rock station back in the 90’s. That was amazing, to get the opportunity to help him. I was blown away. How do you prepare for a show?

I’ll look at a few blogs, like KEXP’s or Pitchfork, just to see what’s going on in music at that moment. If there’s a big release or if an artist is in the news, I’ll try to work that into the show. Then it’s just a matter of adding new rotation. We are constantly getting new material. Some weeks its 2-5 new albums and sometimes is a few dozen we add into rotation. Sometimes it’s listening to samples or sound clouds and deciding what artists I want to play along side them. Do you try to create a feeling or theme for each show?

I have done full on theme shows but they take a lot of time. Lately I haven’t, but yeah a set will have a feel to it. Although is fun to completely veer and bring listener somewhere they didn’t think they’d be. It doesn’t always happen. Obviously its easier to play all bands that sound the same, or bands that were influenced by one another.

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I suppose it’s easier to easier to do my overnight since there isn’t an over arching theme or genre. I try to bring that sensibility when I’m filling in. When I’m doing Preacher the Blues I’m not just going to play just Chicago blues. Often I’ll start a little earlier. Sometimes I’ll play something jazzier,   a little of everything. Johnny [Horne — ­  the shows regular host] does the same thing, eventually working my up to more modern rhythm and blues. Same with the Roadhouse. Greg Vandy does an amazing job with that show. He’ll do themes, like all should one night, but you have no idea where the next set will end. I don’t feel constricted by the show’s theme. I can still take it to a different sound. Is there anything you won’t play on air?

No. Whats the Seattle music scene like?

Great. It’s all over the place and its really great to see people support it in so many ways. Working at everyday I see people come in and they want to buy local music. Tourists come in and ask what should I get that I can only get while I’m in Seattle. We’ll point them in few directions. There’s great electronic music in this town, great hip hop, great folk, great rock, everything. And there’s a following for it. You Can Listen to DJ Hans Tuesday mornings 9 pm – 1am Tune in locally at 90.9 FM or stream it live at KEXP.org


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In Seattle, Washington, roadways are designed with commuting cyclists in mind. Asphalt is painted with green ‘right-of-way’ indicators and white ‘sharrows’ giving cyclists preference and the City of Seattle Bureau of Transportation will install bicycle racks at your place of business for free. Come rain or shine, two-wheeled commuters, messengers and joyriders fill the streets of every single neighborhood, riding their bicycles into the ground. As you can imagine, this rich opportunity for the aspiring entrepreneur has not gone unnoticed. It is into this bicycle-saturated metropolis that Velo Cult’s proprietor, Sky Boyer entered in 2012, establishing a unique corner of the market by combining a bike shop with an active venue space and bar.

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ABOUT SKY Sky Boyer started racing in his local Velodrome at a young age and raced various styles of cycling almost full-time through his 20s. When he wasn’t racing he was working in bike shops as a tech assistant and eventually graduated into management. He took the knowledge he gained —of what worked and what didn’t— and eventually founded his own bike shops in southern California, creating success in a niche market focused on types of cycling that were overlooked by the mainstream. Boyer didn’t want a typical bike shop. In fact, he didn’t want to run a bike shop at all. “I got out of it (the bike shop industry) because I wasn’t happy with how any of the shops were run,” Boyer said of his experiences. He’d been working at numerous bicycle businesses in Southern California from the age of 15, citing the same products in every store and a sometimes less-than-customer-friendly attitude from the folks who manned them.

So the older version of the kid who started racing bikes —at the national level— at age nine, started and ran his own custom bicycle restoration business, “successfully, actually.” Outgrowing his condo so as business picked up, he moved into a workshop. And that’s when, over time, he became an accidental pedal peddler, with four employees within six months. In 2012, Boyer packed up his staff and headed north to bike-crazed Seattle, a more fitting location for his eclectic, culture-intensive business focused on commuting, cyclocross, touring and randonneuring. “We were never able to grow in San Diego. It’s a very triathlon town,” he said. It was a move financed by the selling of his previous shop’s bike collection one by one, “My employees and I all felt more at home in Seattle and really wanted to move,” says Boyer, “We didn’t have much of any capital, but we decided it was something we needed to do. Even most of their significant-others moved,”


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ABOUT VELO CULT After a yearlong location search, Boyer finally settled early this year on a massive space that dwarfs his old 1,200-square-foot spot in Tri-Land. He’s built it out with a full-size café and bar setup; a performance stage made from an old castle drawbridge that flips down from a wall like a Murphy bed; a 100-inch projection screen TV for showing cycling races and movies; a downstairs photo studio for maintaining Boyer’s online bicycle museum; and benches and tables in front of the service area so customers can talk with their mechanics. Velo Cult flung opens its doors March 24 for a grandopening party that brought in 400 people to check out the 5,000-square foot showroom (Boyer also has 5,000 square feet of storage); sample coffee and local beer and root beer on tap; and take pictures in the shop’s photo booth, which uploads snapshots directly to Velo Cult’s website.

repair work. Velo Cult’s bike lineup has expanded from the steel commuter bikes that dominated the San Diego store, adding carbon and aluminum road and mountain bikes from such brands as Bianchi and Raleigh. The shop also carries Surly. Boyer continues his emphasis on cycling culture and making his shop a community space. In the end, however, he lets his own preferences be his guide. “It’s bikes I would want to ride,” Boyer said. “And my shop is always about, ‘Where do I and my employees want be all day?’ If we want to be there all day, then customers will want to be there too.” The decisions Boyer has made about his shop show an intent to stay and create an invitation into a unified bike culture that sometimes gets stuck in cliques and rivalry. Another approach that has made them a quick Seattle cornerstone is their attention to what local cyclists need.

With a name derived from the French phrase for “Bike shops tend to be scary for most people, “bike culture,” Velo Cult marries bikes with bike intimidating. I haven’t seen it done, but I think culture. Named to the Top 100 Bike Shops in the we can cater to both (casual bike riders and the United States by Bicycling Magazine—the largest more hardcore pedalers),” Boyer said. “We consider publication of its ilk in the world—Velo Cult is unique, this a community space. We’re going to add to the maybe one of a kind and pure Seattle. The business is neighborhood, some more culture, live music, art loosely divided into two parts, the front half with tables shows, a friendly bike shop. We’re bringing that. and chairs, more of a community space. Velo Cult announced this year that they would do The site has hosted happenings including dinner 24-hour turn-arounds for walk in tune-ups and basic parties and weddings. Other local businesses have repairs to serve the many people in Seattle who rely held their customer appreciation events at the bike on bicycles for their daily commute. The positive shop. “People can come in here and do whatever response to this no-fee rush service has created an kind of event they want. We’re kind of like the extended and loyal customer base, who show up for Moose Lodge of bike shops,” Boyer said. The back a tune-up, stay for a beer or coffee, and come back end is a more traditional retail area, displaying bikes again and again for bands and screenings. from brands including Raleigh, Bianchi and Surly. “We have all bike styles,” Boyer said. The shop has a reputation as a great source for touring, commuting and city bike models. Velo Cult also offers bike accessories — helmets, locks, clothes and other spoke-friendly fare, and full-service maintenance and

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Greg - 33 - Bartender - Wants to change his bars to drops - Idolizes Reverend Al Sharpton


“IF I COULDN’T RIDE THAT SHIT, I’D DIE”

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Maxwell - 24 - Student - Plans routes before rides

Daniel - 31 - Artist - Explores the world by bicycle

“I FLIP OFF TRAFFIC BY WEAVING THROUGH RUSH HOUR”

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Michael - 21 - photographer - Loves simple design - Assembled bike from a kit


“I LIKE TO HANGOUT AND CRUISE, I GO A LITTLE SLOWER”

Noelle - 45 - Marine Ecologist -Likes to stare at the mountains - Prefers her Dutch bike

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Ambar - 29 - Economist- Frame from best friend in grade school

Michel - 27 - Musician - Finds bike-lanes useless


Charlotte - 27 - Librarian - Loves riding in the rain

Hannah - 32 - Student - Custom paint job includes truck bed liner

“IT TOOK FOUR YEARS TO FIND A TANDEM THAT FITS US BOTH”

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David Rossman - 40 - Illustrator - Wants to become a messenger Caroline Baptist - 31 - Shop Owner - Can’t ride a standard bicycle


Webster - 42 - Animator - Has custom trailer for hauling seltzer

Kelty - 25 - Office Administrator - Doesn’t need a mountain Bike

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Luna - 4 - Good dog - Loves belly rubs George - 25 - Desk Jockey - Does everything he can on his bike

Ralph - 22 - Printer - Hauls supplies for work


Valerie - 33 - Covered frame in neon leopard print so it stands out

Zachary - 28 - Teacher - Tours his fully loaded Disc Trucker

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Keven - 27 - Printer - Bike was payment from his boss

Jenica - 28 - Races cyclocross on weekends


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Rosa - 42 - Artist - Obsessed with lobotomies - Custom paint job done by SicWorks

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Eric - 29 - Civil Engineer - Enjoys natural beauty more on bike

David - 40 - Barista - Bought bike to match helmet


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There is no shortage of quality tattoo artists in Seattle, so how do make yourself stand out? Just do what Jimmy the Saint did and start a life of tattooing young — really young, train under a tattoo master, manage two shops, open your Words Benjamin Eisman Photos Lou Daprile

own, and consistently turn out beautiful work for nearly 40 years. Easy. We sat down with Jimmy the Saint and talked about his personal history and the future of tattooing in Seattle.


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Where were you born? When did you move to Seattle?

Could you talk about your relationship with Dennis?

Tucson, Arizona. 1999.

I met him through my father. My father had a lot of tattoos from World War II. He was getting tattooed by Dennis in the 70s and 80’s and Dennis was client of my dad. So I’d see Dennis around and going to the tattoo shop with my dad sometimes. Eventually I wanted my own tattoo. I used to have my father draw tattoos on me all the time with felt tip pens he’d carry in his breast pocket. One day I said, ‘I want a tattoo’ and my dad convinced Dennis to do it. He could talk anybody into anything. I was obsessed with tattooing since I was really young. One day I asked Dennis if he’d teach me how to tattoo and if he’d apprentice me and he said, ‘well of course’. It just seemed like the most natural thing in the world. We’d already spent this much time together, and the rest is history. He’s tattooed me more since. From about 12 on, I got a bunch of work from him.

What brought you here?

I had been visiting every Winter and Summer since I was about 12, because my mother moved up to Seattle. That’s how I become familiar with the city. When I was ready to leave Tuscon at 18 I decided I’d come up here, or somewhere close by, and try and find a job. I landed at Seattle Tattoo Emporium - been here ever since. What’s the history of Seattle Tattoo Emporium?

The original owner was Danny Danzel - his real name was Clarence J Danzel but we called him Danny. He was from the Midwest of German stock. He had been tattooing in Seattle since the 30’s. He was in the army in WWII and later on came back to Seattle. After the war he would tattoo and be a tugboat captain. When tattooing was slow, he’d go out onto the sound and drive the tug around. He’d get work that way. Danny eventually became one of the grand old master like Sailor Jerry, who everybody hears about, or Owen Jensen and all those guys. Eventually the current owner came to work for him in the late 70’s Pete Stevens, P. A. Stevens. He inherited the shop when Danny passed away in 1997. Danny was a fixture of Seattle for all those decades. He had a tracheotomy so he had a hole in his throat. He’d talk through a squawk box [imitates sound]. He was very well known around here. Thats the short story. You received your first tattoo at 8. What was it of?

A four point star on my arm. It was tattooed on my by Dennis Dwyer who’d become my mentor later.

What is your favorite part of the tattooing process?

Good question. I’m not really sure. So much of it is a struggle, there’s an emotional and mental battle. Sometimes it’s this point at the beginning of the whole thing. Sometimes it’s the end result, the praise from the client, or just seeing how happy they are and how it’s transformative for them. Sometimes it’s that moment when the tattoo goes from being a simple cartoon to being something super special. It’s different with every tattoo. It’s like trying to work out an elaborate problem each time. The whole artistic thing, combined with how quickly you can do it while causing the person the least amount of stress. Also making sure the needles are at the proper depth, getting good color and good working art theory. All while still being a business man and thinking about every other damn thing you need to keep in mind while making a pretty picture.

Where did you apprentice?

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Can you talk about being a motif archaeologist and

Why did you stop talking them out tattoos?

how do you do your research?

Who am I to imprint my belief system onto someone else, not only as a tattoo artist but in life in general? If this is important to some person for some reason they should do it.

I made that up [laughs]. The number one tool is the internet — we used to use books to try find our motifs and art references. A tattoo creates such deep visceral responses in people, for viewers as well as for the wearer. It’s so easy for a tattoo to simply be a mark on your skin and not have any immediacy or anything that stirs your heart. Tattooing has been some common and commercial, where as any kind of tattoo used to set people off. We’re desensitized to it. You have to work harder to create really dramatic images. For the client who’s looking for something great, they may have a rough idea of what they want and where they want it but they don’t know how to complete the story. They have this atavistic urge but they don’t know exactly what they want. That’s where we as the artist come in. Kind of like Freud interpreting dreams. They want this design but what other images associated with that? What other motifs? What is the lexicon associated with that? You go to your encyclopedias, nature books, cultural references, Japanese art, Hindu Indian art, middle age art of Europe, then find that subject and what goes with it. You make it tell the proper story and make it be harmonious. On and on and on. Bullshit bullshit bullshit...[laughs] Besides everything you just mentioned, do you find inspiration anywhere else?

The rules of Nature and symmetry. The play of light. Simplicity of nature along with intricate texture that is all born of nature. She is our first and greatest teacher. Everything else follows from that. You have other studies like anatomy that inform how you get the image to play with and flatter the body. Architecture, the study of planes and space. Inspiration is all around us, open your eyes to it.

Don’t you think with your amount of experience you have a right to say something?

All that informs the way you carry yourself but looking at someone and saying ‘Should I give them advice? Should I step in and tell the they should or should not do something?’ We all have our paths and I wouldn’t give it unless someone asked for my opinion. Opinions are given freely and they’re often never heeded by those who should. Is there a style you prefer?

I tend towards realism, a lot of detail, I think that’s just my natural proclivity. But I love whatever I haven’t been doing much of recently, something that breaks the routine. I get people wanting super realistic then abstract. Cartoonish then Japanese. The next thing you know, you’re doing Arabic text, as long as it’s different. I hate doing just one style. That sounds so boring. What a boring life, doing the same thing over and over. I’d hate that, wouldn’t you? Can you talk about becoming ‘the Saint’?

No I can’t [laughs]. it started out as something that was tongue in cheek then it became a thing. There was a period in life when I was surrounded by a lot of temptation and I stayed the course. Just kept doing what I felt was the ‘right’ thing. All my friends would ask, ‘How do you resist all these women and all of this illegal opportunity, this, that and the other?’ I was just coming to work everyday, being a good husband and father and go home everyday. I have the capacity for all kinds of thing but there are certain things I’m not supposed to do.

What tattoos have you talked people out of getting?

I haven’t talked that many people out of tattoos. The most typical are the lovers tattoo, but I stopped doing that. I used to say ‘If you’re doing this, it’s probably not a good idea, and yada yada’.

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How do you feel about the tattoo scene is in Seattle

Is there an aspect of contemporary tattoo culture that

Seattle is subject to trendiness, as is any other place in America. I would venture to say that Seattle has the highest number of great quality tattoo artists, compared to any city in America. You have bigger cities like New York that probably have more tattoo artists. Los Angeles is a huge megalopolis that dwarfs us in population. In terms of number of people who are practicing tattooing, I think body-for-body, we have way more impressive accomplished tattoo artists. I think thats just what this city breeds. Heavy emphasis on liberal education , with all meanings of the word. Heavy emphasis on intelligence. Knowing your craft, whatever craft you engage in. Being worldly and well traveled. All that just lends well to the scene here.

you appreciate most?

I think it might be a quitter scene than other cities. Less showboating. Less rockstar-like. But we’re an amazing town here and it’s really impressive. It’s also daunting and inspiring. It forces me to keep my edge — to compete with the youngsters [laughs]. I feel challenged and galvanized. Every time I see a tattoo that takes my breath away I’m say to myself ‘Shit, go back and study’. Yeah, that’s where we’re at. Is that reaction closer to a kinship or something closer to fear, maybe losing job security?

Its all those selfish reasons. You want to be the best, even if you know you’re not. You suspect you might not be. You want people to ask, ‘Who the fuck did that?’ And you want to be able to answer, ‘Yeah, that was me’. Then there’s also the competitive edge. If they can do that I can do that. You want to be a good ambassador for your craft and the tattooing world. Do you feel you represent that world?

I hope so, I hope so. I don’t know. That’s up for others to say. Judged by your peers. Tattooing has become mainstream and acceptable. Do you see that as a good thing?

Sure its a good thing, and it’s a bad thing. It’s both.

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I love tattooing more today than I ever have. I don’t think it has anything to do with other than tattooing is such a wonderful craft to be engaged in. I find the world of tattooing is today is kind of disappointing compared to when I started. When I was a kid, even in my twenties, and you saw someone on the street with tattoos, you stopped and took notice. Nowadays, that guy’s a face tattoo, that girl’s got her whole chest and back tattooed. Big deal. Its more interesting to me to see someone wearing some crazy fashion from Paris than it is to see a sleeve on someone. That’s cools, that could work or that sucks. There’s so much of it Seattle. We live in a bubble and we get jaded. Like anything have too much of. You eat to much cake, you watch too much pornography, you sky dive enough times it gets boring after a while. But I love the experience and I love being a tattooing artist. I love being involved in art for a living. I love seeing people renewed and they’re happy. They’re transformed, both literally and in the cosmic sense. It’s people taking charge of their lives in a little way. I think that’s a big pull for people. The world can feel so out of control and their lives so marginalized and generic. This is one thing you still have control over. It’s one thing no one else can have. Nobody can steal it from you. You can’t break it and that’s a beautiful thing. That’s part of the charm of tattooing. My girlfriend is an attorney at a nonprofit and I tell her how impressed I am with her job she says, ‘Yeah but no one’s happy to see me or hear from me. Everybody gets scared when the lawyers show up but everybody wants to see you and you make people smile everyday.” I never thought of it that way. We should all have jobs where we make people smile. Make an Appointment with Jimmy at Seattle Tattoo Emporium 1508 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 Open most days 11am – 10pm


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Often called a Pop Artist, understandable given that his tactics appear to intensify the preoccupations of the Factory tradition. Erdman has developed an increasingly efficient, nearly chaotic, method for producing batches of art that he can make quickly, duplicate easily, and sell cheaply. According to this method his energy is concentrated in the plan (selecting source materials from which he will ‘borrow’ imagery), and the execution of each piece becomes semi-automatic, a series of choreographed tasks that he carries out much like a tap dancer might perform his job. The subjects of his paintings (second-tier celebrities, flash-in-the-pan current events, obsolete advertisements) are almost always borrowed from the moving spotlight of popular attention. The pieces themselves take on the form of commercial debris, relics of the recent surface-past. And he has become an expert at harnessing the special hype-magic of the Internet which he uses not only as a massmarketplace, but also to cultivate his own semi-celebrity, which carries his work, infusing it with everyday myth.

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Where do you live?

Do you have ten records you would recommend?

I live in Seattle, in a neighborhood called the Central District. It’s one that people consider dangerous, but it’s pretty nice. There’s a Safeway 400 feet away. I really love living so close to a grocery store, you get to treat it like a corner store.

Oh man, that’s so hard! There are so many great records. I’ve been listening to a lot of Kleenex, mainly the songs “DC-10” and “Nice.” That song might be my favorite song ever. The record Prefection by Cass McCombs is really incredible. Oh, there’s a 12-inch of “When it All Comes Down” by Miaow that includes a really good remix of that song. Other than that, you know, typical stuff. The Slates 10-inch by the Fall. Meat is Murder by the Smiths. Age of Quarrel by Cro-Mags. Chairs Missing by Wire.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a cat and a guinea pig! Between you and me, I prefer the guinea pig. She’s really sweet and loving and cute and doesn’t make me sneeze. The cat is smart and funny, but he’s a little bit of a slouch. He’s really good at walking into legs when you’re trying to get from room to room. I don’t know if he’s intentionally trying to trip people, or if it’s extreme friendliness. Either way, I feel kind of bad when I give him little kicks. He eats some gnarly wet food, it’s so gross. I like to pretend that it’s ground-up horse meat that somebody finds on the side of the road. What could it be, really? What is your favorite record?

That changes pretty often, but probably Sandinista! by the Clash. Or Ravel’s Bolero, the BSO version with Munch conducting. I don’t know that much about classical music, but there’s something indescribable about that version of Bolero that’s just mesmerizing. Mostly I like these records because they’re good for working. I can get a lot of work done while listening to those two LPs.

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When do you usually work?

All of the time, it’s a thing that makes me really happy. I recently took a day job as the receptionist at Sub Pop Records, so I do that all day, but I’m also able to make art while there. Then I usually get home and work on art from 6 pm until 11 pm or so. Most of the weekends. I love the feeling of working hard and then the resting directly after that. It’s deserved, so it feels much better. I used to work mostly at night, but then I’d stay up for days on end and it would make me kind of crazy. It’s nice having the forced schedule of a day job, especially if it’s low impact, like reception. That’s a job you can really leave at the office. How many pieces of art do you think you have made?

Total? I’d guess about 7,000 or so.


I LOVE THE FEELING OF WORKING HARD, THEN RESTING DIRECTLY AFTER THAT.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

When was the last time you painted a floor?

A can of Goya black beans, with garlic and chili powder. Then I heat up a tortilla on a glass-topped stove and make a burrito. You can get 3 or 4 out of one can of beans. That’s all I need, I could eat that forever. I usually add Tapatio hot sauce, it’s the best. Some people argue the one with the wooden top is better, but I don’t agree.

I painted my office floor when I moved into the current house I live in, so that was September 2011. I painted it rusty orange.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Yeah, kind of a lot. I saw World War Z last weekend, it was kind of a drag. The week before, I saw Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome at the Central Cinema, which is by my house and plays older movies. It’s excellent there.

What kind of cereal do you think is the best?

Cheerios is the #1 cereal, ever. Do you go out to the movies?

Lately, probably Stacey Rozich. Andrew Wyeth, and nameless Dutch Masters. I think that as I’m getting older, I appreciate technique and talent over wild ideas. Otherwise, I don’t really pay too much attention to art. Oh, I also love Barney Bubbles, Wayne White, Ray Johnson, and Darryl Ary. My favorites are probably Ryan Duggan, Jason Polan, Beth Hoeckel and Joan Hiller; but in a way that those are people I know and love and encourage. But also Vermeer, Jan de Bray. Some of de Bray’s stuff cracks me up, those people with those faces. What a time. What are some of your favorite colors to use?

Pink! Pink is my favorite to use and I don’t even really like it in everyday use. It goes so well with brown and blue. Light blue is really excellent. Those three, brown, pink, and light blue. Yellow would be up there, but I can hardly ever find that great opaque yellow. I reckon if I went to art school, I could remedy that.

How do you actually make one of your paintings?

I find an image that I like and then print it out. Then I make a tracing of it with a light table and then scan the tracing into Photoshop. Then I change anything that’s crummy and then print it onto a transparency. Then I project the black line image onto a board and paint where the colors would be. After that dries, I paint on the black lines. Paintings should never take longer than 50 minutes. Do you like to go swimming?

In the ocean, yes. In lakes, not really. I feel they’re too close to swamps. In pools, especially. What is the largest painting you have ever made?

Maybe ten feet by ten feet? I went through a phase when I first started painting seriously where I painted Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy really large. I’m sure a lot of people go through that phase though, huh?

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Do you have a separate studio where you make stuff?

Where did you go to high school?

Yes, it’s a converted garage with an office on top. It’s rather handy!

Strongsville and Lakewood High near the Cleveland area of Ohio. That place is the pits!

Are you making any books right now?

How are things in Seattle?

I’ve been thinking about making a book of poetry called I Don’t Care About My Dick. It’ll probably have drawings and be about everyday things. OH! I just made a coloring book for Sub Pop’s 25th birthday. There’s going to be 500 of them. That’s so exciting to me!

Pretty great. There are great things happening here. It’s wonderfully disconnected from the rest of the world, in a way that people don’t even care about what else is happening elsewhere out there. Which makes for great things, I think. Wonderfully ignorant great things. Plus, there’s a pho restaurant on every block. In the summer there are excellent places to go, there’s a run-down ocean resort town called Ocean Shores that is excellently tacky. My wife and I get in the car and drive aimlessly and usually come upon something fascinating. Ramtha in Yelm, mountains, hot springs, an actual rain forest. Plus, the ocean here is so weird. People drive on the beach. The water is too cold for swimming. It’s usually desolate and things from the Japanese tsunami are appearing on the shores. I’m obsessed with finding a glass float, hopefully someday my dream will come true.

Do you listen to music when you paint?

No, hardly ever. I usually just want shitty TV shows that are on streaming services. Like, a bunch of episodes of Law & Order. What do you collect?

I avoid collecting anything anymore. Probably just money. I don’t want any more stuff. I want a lot less stuff. What is your favorite kind of sandwich?

Brie cheese on a baguette with fresh arugula. Geez, that sounds so dorky, but it really is THE BEST. What do you order when you go to a Thai Restaurant?

Pad Thai or Lard Nar. ThaI food usually gives me a stomach ache though.

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I’ve knocked a few pins out since I had started using them in October. It looks like some of them backed out and were lost, while others probably broke loose on impact. It’s no big deal,≠≠ the pins are replaceable. The bearings are holding up well so far, as are the Chromoly axles, and the CNC machined aluminum body only shows cursory signs of wear. The VP 001 pedals retail for $80. Visit www.vpcomponents.com for more info.

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Wimps Repeat End of Time; 2014 Words Abel Garland

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Even if they didn’t have you in mind, Wimps are Dysfunctional relationships aside, a few of the best punk rock for sure. The Seattle-based three-piece songs on the album deal with the age-old punk comprises of scene veterans Rachel Ratner (Butts) problem of breaking out of a boring, conformist on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Nyce (Meth Teeth) lifestyle. The title track, in fact, is all about living on bass and backing vocals, and Dave Ramm (The “when your life seems stuck on repeat.” To reinforce Intelligence) on drums. They seem like a band having the message, the next song urges listeners to “Quit fun doing what they want —namely making raucous, Your Job,” and, with tongue firmly in cheek, “grow inspired punk songs that examine the foibles and old and be boring.” In the midst of all the existentialist irritations of daily life with subtle wit and a sense of angst, “Nap” presents someone who just wants to good humor. Conjuring the playful spirit of bands like stay home and —you guessed it— take a nap. Still, Red Kross, Descendents and the Dickies, Wimps the song is so loud and bouncy that you’d never be create their own brand of loud, fast and fun music able to sleep to it. that is just as wild as anything by those guys while still managing to inhabit its own sonic space. The These tunes are all played with the same frantic band brings together all the best parts of rapid-fire conviction, and although they might not make you punk with a smattering of lo-fi post punk guitar work want to scrap your current lifestyle entirely, they’ll at to create an angular, slightly off-kilter blast. least get you singing along as though you’re seriously entertaining the idea. Some of Repeat’s songs fall Repeat opens up appropriately with a driving track into their own unique categories. The album closes about missed appointments called “Slept in Late.” It out with a solid string of quasi-anthems about rather tells the tale of someone flaking out on a get-together more trivial matters. “Stop Having Fun” instructs you with a friend, having imbibed too much booze the to do just that, and “Old Food” warns you of the previous night, and it is not the only time the Wimps dangers of eating stuff past its sell-by-date. Even then deals with less-than-ideal social interactions. In there’s “Wet Cardboard,” which provides a welcome fact, the album ends with a regretful counterpoint lesson on packing your stuff in damp boxes. called “Trouble,” during which Ratner laments what led to the lie-in in the first place (“I stayed out The Wimps roar through 14 songs in about 23 way too late / It didn’t end so great / Stay out of minutes, and it’ll take everything you have not to keep trouble”). “UFO” turns the tables on the protagonist flipping the record over again and again. Yes, the by confronting someone who has fallen out of touch songs deal with some odd topics, but damn if you and, continuing this cantankerous back-and-forth on won’t be singing along with all of them after a few “Grump,” Ratner sings, “You might be sick of me / laps with the album. Repeat may or may not conform But don’t be such a grump,” before adding, “It’s all to your particular definition of punk rock, but I can’t downhill from here.” If Wimps didn’t dress up their imagine that this infectious collection won’t worm its songs with such catchy riffs, they might risk straying way into your ear regardless given half the chance. into black-eyeliner-crying-into-a-journal territory, but as it stands you’ll be more likely to bounce around the room to their music.


Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop; 2014 Words Helenda Landless

Navigating through Lese Majesty, the new record Unlike those two records, Lese Majesty is more from Shabazz Palaces, is kind of like adventuring sonically relaxed and triumphant. The lyrics are either your way through the new-ish isometric puzzle game metaphysical mandates for a creative life, or they Monument Valley. Like the game, a personal quest double up as keen, slightly cynical social commentary. is made mentally and emotionally textural because "I keep it do or die, and always think in terms of I," goes of the careful sculpting of its attributes. In the game, one line on "They Come In Gold," which feels half it is stylized challenges and rendered vistas. On like a detuned, deconstructed EDM trap song and the album, it's the freefall of improvisational sounds, half like some screwed Turkish psych. A song later, which can only be appreciated through dedicated on the new wave come down "Solemn Swears," we study and partnership. Folded into the Lese Majesty hear "I make 'em dance just at a glance." Is it boast liner notes is an actual architectural plot. The mind or lament? Butler's babbling flow might be dismissed map, conceived by the album's Toronto-based cover as an overgrowth on instrumentalist Tendai Maraire's artist Nep Sidhu, delineates and adds depth to the lush, muscular, sometimes folk-y soundscape, but seven suites that organize the album's 18 clattering, with Shabazz everything is intentional. visceral, shimmering tracks into distinct moods. Just as the bass-filled vibrations could be from Lese Majesty — a French phrase, a more dramatic anywhere — Seattle, Virginia, South London, Luxor, synonym for treason— is not of a place; it is, rather, but most often interpreted as the vague 'future'— a direct affront to the geo-specificity of culture. the lyrics are meant to guide you to an origin of On "#CAKE," vocalist Palaceer Lazarro (Ishmael your choosing. Turn the sounds this way and that Butler, formerly of Digable Planets) starts naming off to see what the light or the height or the output cities and places — O-Town, Addis, Gaza, Seattle, does. Cavernous, effect-laden vocals ("Ishmael"), Neptune, Montreal, Miami, Brixton. This is not various metallic clangings ("…down 155th in the "Kokomo" or M.I.A.'s "Bamboo Banga"; there's no MCM Snorkel," "Suspicion of a Shape"), pivoting agenda here, no favoring of white sand or white- meters ("Colluding Oligarchs"), and intermittent free locales. He simply raps and you listen, until transmissions from a soulful female vocalist, something familiar (to you) clicks. Absent a narrative, THEESatisfaction's Catherine Harris-White, maybe or dialogue, or any real context for Butler's mumbled, mimic the disorienting feel of outer space or some shrouded, whispered, purred, rapped lyrics, there '60s imagining of the near cosmic future. arises an opportunity to be your own sonic pathfinder progressing through levels or, as Shabazz would But Lese Majesty feels more now, than then. In have it, vividly named fantastical suites like "Murkings mirroring and transcending the schizoid, rootless on the Oxblood Starway.” Lese Majesty, like 2011's form of digital society, it's an attempt to help people Black Up and the two EPs that preceded it, is a call: cope with the culture. Like floating from level to the response is up to you, from wherever you might placid level in Monument, listening to this record be at — in the world or your heart. prompts your imagination and encourages discourse and reflection. Not the academic kind, the kind of discovery people have been doing for ages.

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2o2o cycle Hours 12 – 7 Monday 12 – 7 Tuesday 12 – 7 Wednesday 12 – 7 Thursday 12 – 7 Friday 12 – 7 Saturday 12 – 7 Sunday Phone 206 568 3090 2020cycle.com

Over in the Central District is an adorable shop full of exceedingly helpful employees. It’s also exceedingly badass. Shop owner Alex Kostelnik wasn’t content just selling w, so he decided to make his own damn bike. Kostelnik designed the “Sealth,” named after the Washington State Ferry of the same name (which is named after Chief Seattle), to be “perfectly equipped for both your daily commute and long-distance rides throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

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When 20/20 Cycles isn’t busy churning out its own flagship rides, it also hosts shows. At night, it’s been known to transform into a cozy little DIY venue that’s hosted performances from La Luz to Mount Eerie as part of a loose partnership with Hollow Earth Radio, which sits next door. If you like bikes, bands, and badassery, 20/20 Cycles is pretty much your one-stop shop.


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R&E Cycles Hours Closed Monday 12 – 6 Tuesday 12 – 6 Wednesday 12 – 6 Thursday 12 – 6 Friday 10 – 5 Saturday Closed Sunday Phone 206 527 4822 rodbikes.com

R & E Cycles, also known as Rodriguez Bicycles, builds cyclocross, mountain, road bicycles and proprietary components but are best known for tandem frames. The majority of the bikes sold are custom orders using pre-drawn plans tailored to fit individuals. Their shop tools are all made on-site by their staff. R & E is one of the last shops fabricating their own frames in the city.

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The shop is located a few blocks from the University of Washington campus. Angel Rodriguez and Glenn Erickson began building bicycles and tandem bicycles and sponsored a racing team in the 1970’s. A few of Erickson’s choice racing frames are on display in near the shop. The shop caters to an older crowd but services offers full service to the University of Washington student body


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Hello Bicycle Hours Closed Monday 12 – 6 Tuesday 12 – 6 Wednesday 12 – 6 Thursday 12 – 6 Friday 10 – 5 Saturday Closed Sunday Phone 206 527 4822 hellobicycle.com

Hello Bicycle is located in the North Beacon Hill neighborhood, a mostly residential area. Hello began as a hobby. Miki Nishihata opened the shop because of his own love of bicycles. Hello fills a vacuum of very few bike shops South of the city. Mechanics Sam Lettes and Max Wigley address all bike needs form changing a flat to building a new wheel. Hello has become an official Kona retailer. They offer the Dew, the Dew Plus and Rove AL models and several more from Brooklyn Cruiser.

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Although they have not been open long, since 2008, Hello quickly established itself as the local neighborhood shop catering to nearby families and commuters. Unlike other bike shops, they don’t focus on selling fancy bikes or expensive components. Instead they’re interested in educating the common commuter and teaching cyclists how to be self sufficient.


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Recycled Cycles Hours 10 - 7 Monday 10 - 7 Tuesday 10 - 7 Wednesday 10 - 7 Thursday 10 - 7 Friday 10 - 6 Saturday 10 - 6 Sunday Phone 206-527-4822 recycledcycles.com

On October 10, 1994, Recycled Cycles opened it doors to the public. They had envisioned Recycled Cycles to be an alternative to the “typical� bike shop by offering lower prices through the sale of pre-owned bicycles, parts, and accessories. Recycled Cycles is a place where cyclists would want to shop, where bike shop professionals would want to work and where both customers and employees could have fun sharing their knowledge of and enthusiasm for cycling. The shop has grown a lot but these goals remain our cornerstone.

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Recycled Cycles has two locations. One in the U District and right near the waterfront and Fremont. The staff is approachable and knowledgeable. Their mechanics are top notch. Head over to these guys if you are looking for a cheap starter bike or dig through their bins for that missing Campagnolo Breve dust cap.


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