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Cruisin’ with a parade of animals…and Joe To

Bicycling can sometimes be like marching in a parade- there is solidarity among the group, synchronicity, it’s so much fun, and group rides are a force to be reckoned with. When was the last time you stared in awe of dozens or even hundreds of riders barreling down city streets? It’s a sight to behold. When artist Joe To’s artwork of a motley group of animals and people riding bikes presented itself…. we fell in love, it was a perfect Poketo pairing for our bike collection and our celebration for CicLAvia this Sunday, October 9th.

Joe went to school at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He began as a painting major, but found his way to illustration as well. Joe’s work is amazing, super detailed and often very humorous, whimsical (just like this Poketo shirt!).

We asked Joe what inspired such a fun design and here’s what we got:

When did you first learn to bike? What was the experience like?
I think it was probably around when I was in junior high. My parents bought home a semi-rusted heavy red Huffy from the salvation army. I fell a lot but I loved it.

How did you get hooked on cycling?
My folks got me a mountain bike when I went off to college. That was how I got around for a couple of years.

What’s the best part of riding?
Riding with friends. Coasting down a long hill after a long climb.

Could you share one of your favorite memories of biking?
A thanksgiving ride maybe close to 10 years ago, I rode with my brother and his friend up and around Mt. Tam. It was a struggle to get up the mountain. I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like with my brother, so this was a really great ride.

What’s the strangest type of bike you’ve been on?
When I got on a tandem bike with Rob Sato, an artist friend of mine. That was a great day. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while.

If you could see anyone (person, animal, object) on a bike, who (or what) would you want to see?
I love the visual of animals on bikes, especially bears but I’m not so sure if the animals would appreciate it so much.

I also love the look of Victorian era bikes (at least I think they’re Victorian). The image of folks in fancy dress bikes with a mixture of large and small wheels makes me laugh.

Check out Joe’s shirt on Unisex and womens styles.

You can also get this shirt on the CicLAvia route this Sunday October 9th!

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