You never know what comments will create interest. Sometimes it’s good to know who’s out there, but I hate creating unnecessary controversy with speculative comments.
THEREFORE I SAY: BLACKLABEL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DISPLAYS IN BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES WINDOWS.
It was a mistake for me to suggest such nonsense. I mean people often say to me, “hey, you can make money with putting ads on bikeblog.” Why the fuck would I want to do that? Blogger.com is free for now so be it and ads and banners on the internet are down right obnoxious.
In response to the Blacklabel comment…I made reference to, an institution I will admit I hold near and dear to my heart and would never want to offend…”Alright, I’m a groupie Dammit!” (but I do have a tallbike) I thought I would post a comment made by one of Black Label’s members. (it’s in the comments section but do to my posting, it’s necessary to display)
“Black Label had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with putting tallbikes in store windows. Black Label would never commodify bike culture. In every event we have held or participated in, Black Label has encouraged the re-use of discarded goods. We have never sold a custom bicycle, nor will we ever. Instead we have openly shared design techniques, held welding workshops, and thrown kick-ass events for everyone, for free.
In everything we do we try to encourage active participation and the support of DIY ideas. These window displays are selling those principles without the actual work.
Please change that speculative comment, that Black Label was involved.
Its great that recycle a bicyle is getting donations. But why not show FUNCTIONING bikes that were recycled by kids and now are for sale? it would be great if the store fronts were turned into sales points for worked on bikes. INSTEAD, we have huge NON-WORKING bikes which probably will not be recycled when the displays get changed.
Reuse the excesses of society. Do It Yourself. Ride Safe.
-james stache, blbc ny
ps. mike thanks for your constant support for the bike scene, either being at our events, alleycats, cm – keep it up.”