Cycling is a brilliant way to get around. It’s a sport. It’s fun recreation. It’s a lifestyle for more and more people. We see how biking is so important to the culture of Portland and wanted to add to our contribution to this healthy, eco-friendly way of life. We also wanted to support our local artists. What else identifies Portland better than cycling and art? You can’t throw a sprocket in this town without hitting five artists, four of whom are riding a bike.
We found two brilliant local artists to create original designs for us and we have put their art on high-quality American made American Apparel t-shirts for you to enjoy. Each sale will put money in these artist’s pockets, so your money bolsters Portland’s wider art community. These designs might not be around next season, so secure your favorite one now!
Frame Thrower: Tall Bikes
There is Jon Schafer‘s design that celebrates the tall bike: Frame Thrower. In Portland, seeing a tall bike around town is akin to finding a Blue Heron on the Sandy River, or a bald eagle out at the Smith & Bybee wetlands. He took the tall bike to an extreme, but captured their whimsy. Tall bikes add a special dimension to Portland culture, as does Jon’s excellent shirt.
Portland artist, Carla Bartow was inspired by riding at night, and so gave us a design that captured the magic of riding under the stars: Night Riding. This design screams Portland because she used colors from our city’s flag for her design: yellow, green, and blue. Add to that the fact that it includes one of our ubiquitous evergreen trees and it’s a perfect match. When you order Carla’s tee, you will be directly supporting her art and adding a unique t-shirt to your collection. When you’re cycling around Portland’s wet winter streets, you can layer this comfy tee under your rain shell and flannel. When the sun returns, you can wear it out in the open and be a hit in Cartlandia’s beer tent on the Springwater Corridor.
Portlanders have historically been an eclectic lot, not necessarily in conformity with any set pattern. They may love plaid flannels in the winter, but that’s about as far as they get. However, we devised this Portland Pattern to celebrate the Walnut Studiolo collection of fine products. We took line drawings of the photography by Portland photographer Jim Golden from our catalog poster and tiled them over this entire American Apparel t-shirt. was responsible for putting the catalog image together and then a heat and pressure system transfers the image from paper to fabric. To ensure that each shirt maintains our high standards for quality, this design is only available on a silky white polyester tee, which guarantees maximum contrast between the shirt and its black line art.
We couldn’t be happier to expand our product line with these top-quality, beautiful shirts. Each sale will put money in the pocket of the artist. To ensure the best possible garment and the most color and size choices, we have partnered with California company, Printful, who will make your shirt individually and ship it to you post haste. Keep this in mind when ordering, as each shirt will need 2-3 days to print, then it must be shipped. And, if you wish we had the shirt in a different color or size, just let us know and we’ll see if we can make it available.
Shop our new Artist T-Shirt Series here!