he cafe-cum-bike shop-cum-exhibition space-cum-cinema located on Old Street, London, was opened in 2010 has grown to be one of, if not the best known bike cafe in London. Eighty Four went to investigate why Look Mum No hands is the place to be seen.
It was a beautifully sunny day when the Eighty Four paid a visit to the much talked about “Look Mum No Hands” cafe. Located on Old Street, the main road connecting Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, Holborn and Oxford Circus - also known as messenger bike motorway. It was easy to find the cafe, the only place during the day along Old Street that was teeming with people. What sets Look Mum No Hands apart from it’s other bike cafes counterparts is it’s concept, the space it occupies and it’s opening hours. The cafe is open to everyone, 7 days a week from 7.30am until 10pm to cyclists and non cyclists, there is no bike snobbery here, whether you turn up on a barclays hire bike, a vintage Italian road racer or just on foot, everyone is welcome. The food served is good, the menu isn’t extensive, but there is always a selection of homemade pies, cakes and fresh salads! We ordered ourselves a small salad plate for £5.00, it was crammed full of delicious fresh and healthy ingredients. There is a wide selection of teas, coffees and cold drinks, and if you’re really thirsty after a long bike ride, free water is available!
Most people in the cafe had their mac books out as there is free wifi in the cafe for those who buy food or drink, so checking on the weather conditions for your next ride, the latest race results or just sending a few tweets is easy. The staff are friendly and bring your food over to your table, theres a community feel here, with big tables for large groups. A large projecter screen at one end of the cafe shows races and films. You can buy all sorts of bike accessories from the cafe, great if you get a puncture as there is also a workshop to help you with any bike problems. There is a large outside area, with lots and lots of bike racks (naturally) great for al fresco dining in the heat of the London summer. Its very easy to feel as though you’re not in London sat in this little slice of peace. It’s busy but there is a very relaxed environment, theres no rush to leave, its acceptable to stay here all afternoon if you wish. The great thing about this cafe is it’s genuine enthusiasm for cycling, this place isn’t about trend, it is not a fad. Cycling books, magazines and posters are dotted everywhere for customers to read, and they are well read too! Posters of great bicycle races and riders adorn the walls. The staff all know about cycling and are very approachable. Organised rides start from here, and all are encouraged to cycle. During Eighty Four’s visit, we saw a wide variety of people, young, old, male and female. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to experience this truly unique space. Eighty Four would definitely recommend a visit to this little slice of cycling heaven in London, it really is a force to be reckoned with.
Colour of Infinity
Clashing colours, neon brights and girly fun! Eighty Four gives you inspiration for what to wear off the bike.
T-shirt Lazy Oaf Necklace Lazy Oaf Skirt Topshop Shoes New Look
Dress Lazy Oaf Trainers Nike
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BERLIN The cooler, eastern and a bit rough around the edges cousin of Paris; Berlin has a population of 3.5 million people, and has been undergoing a secret bicycle revolution, with more journeys taken everyday by bike than any other European city. Eighty Four visited the city to discover the shops and the cycling.
mitte dudes factory
Every month Dudes Facotry invites a new artist into their shop to create a range of awesome designs. Along with these designs are those from the Dudes Factory in house team. Customers can then choose their print and customise it to their hearts content, change the colour, size, text and print location! Then decide whether you want it printing onto a t-shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie! This is such a brilliant concept and there are hundreds of graphics to choose from. You get to walk away with an original piece of clothing for a very reasonable price. The shop itself is decked wall to wall in art, prints and random finds, like bikes, mini go carts and skateboards.
From the outside No.74 does not look like a shop that stocks an exclusive range of footwear and clothing from the likes of Y-3, Adidas, SLVR and Stella McCartney, infact, the shop front, covered head to toe in graffiti wouldn’t look out of place in the run down but cool areas of Dalston and Hackney in London. No.74 is very sport brand focused but don’t let this put you off, No.74 is a concept store, hosting exhibitions and stocking the most exclusive sport/designer collaborations. Definitely worth a trip just to check out the graffiti. www.no74-berlin.com Torstraße 74, 10119 Berlin
www.dudes-facotry.com Torstraße 138, 10119 Berlin.
happy shop Happy by name happy by nature. Designed by German architects Fingerle and Woeste, the shop was inspired by a jewellery box, the space is designed to be interchangeable, forever creating something new. An exhibition space, a shop but mostly a theatre space combining fashion and architecture. Garments are hung on rails suspended on the ceiling, creating clean lines and a feeling of space. Bright colour from the clothes compliments the wood and concrete interior. Happy Shop stocks a variety of brands to compliment it’s ethos including, House of Holland, Mykita, Meadham Kirchhoff, Miharayasuhiro and Christopher Kane.
Cupcake Berlin Established in 2007 Cupcake Berlin has gone from strength to strength, on a quiet street near a leafy Friedrichshain park every cupcake connoisseurs dreams are made. Beautifully presented and packaged with lots of yummy flavours to choose from! www.cupcakeberlin.de Krossener Straße 12, 10245 Berlin
www.happyshop-berlin.com Torstraße 67, 10119 Berlin.
yack fou A similar concept to Dudes Factory in Mitte except with a lot more tongue in cheek feel to the designs and a lot more stock already printed and designed to buy off the rail. The outside decoration of the shop is as colourful and fun as the inside. Go wild with your imagination here and print onto dresses, hoodies, t-shirts and jackets. Customise colours, print, style and postioning. Concepts like this really give the consumer full control and allow them to create something unique!
cougout This bookstore is different from the usual independents, covered wall to wall with graphics, prints and filled with hard to find zines, hand made comics, artwork and unusual publications, there really is something for everyone. The shop is supporting those young fledging artists and writers who otherwise would struggle to get their artwork seen. Torstraße 110 , 10119 Berlin
www.yackfou.com Gabriel-Max-Str. 21, 10245 Berlin
Think of any product you might need for graphics, drawing, illustration, card making, printing, textiles or architecture and you will find it in this shop. A huge expanse of space spread across 3 floors, filled with everything you could ever need to be creative.
Situated on the the edge of Kreuzberg near the river, this bike shop specialises in refurbished track bikes, vintage cycling caps and jerseys and road bikes. There is a strong Japanese influence on the shop, with the word Keirin translating to “bicycle race”. Exhibtions (bike themed) are also held here on a regular basis. There is a strong cycling community in Kreuzberg, and many use Kierin as a meeting spot for rides, or to get repairs done.
Racks of paper, hundreds of pens, pencils, fabric, magazines, books, tapes, tools, ribbons, a letterpress room, a screenprinting room, a sound room, a textile room and a laser cutter, this shop is amazing! Well worth a visit, and if you get too overwhelmed comparing gsm’s and deciding what mm pen you want, take a little break inbetween in the Modulor cafe.
www.kierinberlin.de Oberbaumstraße 5, 10997 Berlin
www.modulor.de Prinzenstr. 85, D-10969 Berlin
This bike shop located on Skalitzerstraße is one amongst many, but what makes this place special is the fact that it has been open for over 30 years. Specialising in Dutch city bikes, the shop is absolutely crammed with everything bike related you could ever need. There is even an in-house “bike doctor” a team with a large workshop in the shop who will help you with any bike problems.
Located in the buliding of an old locksmith this relatively large concept store believes in longevity of products rather than fad trends. Stocking a beautiful collection of well selected mens and womenswear as well as stationery and homeware. Good design and products that will last are at the heart of the voo store ethos, stocking brands like Acne, DSTM, Velour, Wood wood, B store and Essl. The use of space is worth a look alone.
Skalitzerstraße 95, 10997 Berlin www.radlust.net
www.vooberlin.com Oranienstr. 24, 10999 Berlin 86
cycling in berlin Berlin is a kind city to cyclists, nearly every road has a cycle path, and not just a white line down the side to mark a section that can barely fit two bikes abreast in, but a proper seperate path, with it’s own traffic lights and markings. As you can imagine Eighty Four couldn’t wait to hire some bikes and explore the city!
enting a bike in Berlin is incredibly easy, a lot of shops offer bike rentals for the day for between €10 and €15, the types of bikes to hire are typically town bikes, dutch in design, with gentle cycling and comfort in mind. They are equipped for those with bags, some do have baskets on the front but most have pannier racks on the back. The seats can be adjusted and the frames will fit most heights. The freedom of having a bike in Berlin means you get to explore the city in a very unique way, you might discover a shop, a street or a landmark that you may not have seen if you were just going from A to B via public transport. Berlin is very easy to navigate, with clear road markings, seperate cycle paths, and sign posts everywhere you will do well to get lost! There are plenty of bike rails, some shops even have their own unique bike rails outside the shop, how bike friendly is that! Hiring a bike for a day is definitely the way to go if you are wanting to cover some large areas, and if you are wanting to take things at your own pace. The best thing about hiring these bikes is that they aren’t plastered with “hire bike” sticks or labelling, so you can blend in with the locals and convince everyone you’re a local, that is until you accidently bike up the wrong side of the bike path (stick to the right!)
s the Eighty Four team didn’t have a day to enjoy cycling around Berlin, we opted for the “call a bike” option. These are owned by DB Bahn, a major transport provider in Germany. They work on a pay per minute usage, so are intended for a casual use, there are plently of hire stations around the city, so you can pick them up and drop them off with ease. You can use the information points next to the bikes or download the app to see the other bike docking stations around the city. We hired bikes from Tiergarten, the largest park in Berlin, there were plently of bikes to choose from. The bike hire system is practically identical to that of the London and Paris scheme. The information point let us choose what language we wanted the instructions in (handy as our German stops at Hallo) Although the screens at the docks provided clear and informative instructions, it took about 10 minutes, a lot of screens and a lot of information filling to get the bikes. The bikes are easily adjusted and comfortable, they had a suprising amount of gears (to say that Berlin is very flat). A bag carrier at the back of the bike has adjustable bungee cord straps to ensure your belongings are safe. The bikes have lights, for any midnight riding you may wish to pursue and a bell, to warn other riders of your existence. Germans are very polite and mutual respect amongst riders is obvious, you didn’t feel like a bumbling tourist. The seperate lanes with their own markings and traffic lights make you feel very safe, and that you do actually have a right to be on the road. The park was great fun to explore by bike and we would definitely recommend it! It’s a different and sociable way to see the city.
RIDE or DIE
fashion A look at the latest must have rucksacks
lazy oaf ÂŁ55 92
ally capellino £175
herschel heritage £55
william fox & sons £55
Fjällräven Kånken £55
fashion A look at the latest must have trainers
converse high ÂŁ42 96
nike air max £90
converse low £40
nike blazer £67
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Song of the Month Kwes - Bashful
Short Ride Playlist Kanye West and Jay - Z feat Beyonce - Lift Off Kings of Leon - Bucket The Black Keys - Gold on the ceiling The Maccabees - Pelican The Rat - The Walkmen
Party Playlist M.I.A - Bad Girls Rye Rye - Bang Blondie - One way Beyonce - Run the world Major Lazer - Canâ€™t stop now
Long Ride Playlist Bombay Bicycle Club - How can you swallow so much sleep? Caribou - Sun Grandmaster Flash - The Message Souls of Mischief - Cab Fare Pixies - Where is my mind?
Chill out Playlist Lana Del Ray - Video Games Ben Howard - Wolves Bon Iver - Calgary Michael Kinwanuka - Home Again The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses 99
ocated on High Bridge Street, Baltic 39 is a new art and creative hub in the centre of Newcastle. Previously a printing house, and owned by the Wayward gallery, Baltic 39 is a collaboration between Newcastle City Council, the Baltic and Northumbria University. Itâ€™s aim is to bring together upcoming artists and encourage the growing creative scene in Newcastle. The building contains 32 studios and two art galleries. The artists in residence cover a large range of creative outputs. The building itself is a hugely impressive 6 storey glass, steel and concrete structure, with the beautiful original tiles sitting next to the stark modern concrete staircase. This is a not only a unique space to Newcastle but to the UK. The Baltic 39 opened in April and will regularly hold events to showcase the best of Newcastle talent. The building is open to the public, Monday to Sunday 12.00pm - 6.00pm with late night opening on Thursdays until 8.00pm
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Cogs Chain Stays Cassette
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graduate of Northumbriaâ€™s school of design from the BA Hons Graphic design course, Amy Dover has gone from strength to strength in the Newcastle art scene. She now sells work all over the world and is highly respected amongst fellow Artists in Newcastle. Eighty Four went to visit and interview Amy in her new residence in the Baltic 39 studios.
During your time at University what style did you focus on? Everything was very computer based like on creative suite, obviously you can use it to touch things up but I didn’t want it to be the basis of everything I did. I was quite into my letterpress, I’ve got a letterpress machine at home.
When you left University did you know what you wanted to do afterwards? Not really, but I was approached by Opus gallery (on Newcastle’s Grey Street) and they said they would like to sell my final project, my drawings as prints, so it kind of went on from there, and I started doing freelance illustration, obviously unpaid at first.
After University did you decide that you definitely wanted to become freelance? It was kind what happened, so I thought I’d give it a go, I’ve been officially freelance for around 3 years now.
Now Twitter, Blogging and other social media outlets are essential in self promotion, do you use them? And how do you find them? Yeah I have a Facebook page and Twitter and I’ve just got Instagram, that seems to be doing really well as I just put pictures up of what I’m working on, I’m a visual person, people moan a lot when they can’t see something straight away on Twitter.
Where in the world do you sell your prints?
I sell prints all over the world, sold quite a few in the States but Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, generally Northern Europe seems to do quite well, I’ve got a piece to post off today for an exhibition in California.
What do you envisage the next few years to hold?
I don’t know, just keep doing what I’m doing, my stuff seems to do best in a commercial exhibition, where I do to sell drawings and off the back of it I sell my prints, I like doing commissions but I prefer to do exhibitions, as then I get to explore what I want to explore.
When you get commissions, how does it work, do people give you a word, a specific brief? I recently got a commission to do a tattoo of a ship being sunk by a kraken, she sent me images of things she liked then I sent back loads of rough sketches of ideas, and she was like I like this one and what she liked about it, then I sent the final piece back and its getting tattooed on some guys foot now!
Are you still enjoying it being freelance?
Yeah although I still have to have a part time job to support it, I would like to do it full time, sometimes I do earn enough to do it full time but other times I need my job to pay my rent.
What do you think to the Baltic 39 space? How did you get involved with this? Well I was meant to go into studios on Pilgrim Street, but I wasn’t really sure what was happening, so my friend was just like, we’re looking for someone to share the space here. It’s quite a nice group of artists here; you’ve got people like Dan Holdsworth, and quite a lot of big names.
Is it quite like a community feel?
Yes, sometimes they have film nights and soup Saturdays, everyone gets together and talks about soup!
What plans do they have for Baltic 39, do you have a lot of contact with the Baltic? Not really, the art studios were already here they were owned by the Wayward gallery then the Baltic took over part of it and have the gallery upstairs and Northumbria university have the first floor and they have masters students, so there’s a bit of a mix going on, basically the council have taken it over and put it to use.
We were very impressed with Amy’s customised Vans! 108
Would you say that since you started university compared to now, that the art scene in Newcastle has changed? Yeah quite a lot, there’s quite a network, which is helped by big companies like the Baltic, as well, there is a lot of people just doing it off their own back, independent things, people just organising stuff, it’s cool and I think because its smaller everybody wants to help each other, it’s not like everyone is trying to do better than everyone else. I have a lot of friends that live in London, and everyone’s like “yeah come to London”, a lot of them live in the East end, but everybody there is either an artist or in fashion, I don’t think I could afford to be doing what I’m doing if I lived in London anyway. I’ve been offered full time jobs down there, but I’d rather stay here and keep doing what I’m doing, maybe I’ll end up down there one day, just not right now. I do like it though, I visit all the time. I do like it, I visit it all the time. I don’t think London’s the centre of everything, I’d quite like to go to San Francisco or Berlin or places like that.
Its seems to be an exciting time for Newcastle art at the moment... There’s a lot happening on High Bridge Street as well, they’re trying to do it up a lot, they’re calling it the High Bridge quarter, (Baltic 39) its open every Saturday, 12 till 6 most days, it’s gradually getting more and more people in, obviously they can’t come in these bits as its private studios.
So tell us about cycling and your bike, what type of bike do you have?
I have a Dawes bike, it’s a vintage one it’s called Dolores, had her about 3 years.
That’s a good name for a bike; do you cycle to the studio every day? Yeah if it’s not raining, I’m a bit of girl! It’s like 2 miles from my house to here, For more information and to buy one of Amy’s prints check out her website at: www.amydover.com Facebook: Amy Dover Twitter: @AmyDoverDraws Instagram: Amy_Dover
Thanks for reading!
Published on Aug 23, 2012