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April 22, 2013 - Comments Off on Soda jerks

Soda jerks

Soda jerks by BikeTinker
Soda jerks, a photo by BikeTinker on Flickr.

It's a little daunting that my Flickr life is so bike centric, that a great shot gets ignored, since it isn't of a bicycle. I just need to join photo groups, I guess,
And this is a great shot. Sony NEX, with a supercheap CCTV lens, at the Ice Cream Bar in SF.
Ironically, they are asking for support for their plan to put a mini-park out front, to replace a parking spot. Visit on a Saturday afternoon. If you aren't ready to kick an old lady in the crotch to get a spot within five blocks... Seriously, just walk there. From Cathedral Hill, maybe.

April 22, 2013 - Comments Off on ID Card Painting

Elizabeth. At the time, she was Liz, and I was Phil. Times change, people grow. Or just learn to stand up for who they already are.


April 4, 2012 - Comments Off on 35mm film in a 120 camera (sprocket holes)

35mm film in a 120 camera (sprocket holes)

I used to make "sprocket hole" photos, by running 35mm film through a 120 camera. I invented it, but you see it everywhere now. If you can prove you made one of these images before 1992, I'll give you a framed picture of Angelina in Edinburgh. Anyway, this is the method I used, and may use again. The impetus was the usual, "poverty begets invention" story: my 35mm camera broke right after I bought 100 feet of 35mm film. I had no money, a lot of film, and a 120 Ciroflex camera I'd bought at the Sausalito Flea Market for $12. "I bet I can use this stuff to make some photographs... otherwise, I fail the class."

sprocketparts by BikeTinkersprocketparts, a photo by BikeTinker on Flickr.

Cut down the 120 film spool right at each ‘window.’ Slice the 35mm spool at the ‘step.’ Everything fits perfectly, to let you put two 35mm spools into a 120 camera. One empty, one full.

sprocketrolls by BikeTinkerThe whole operation can be done with a pocket knife. It’s like the Civil War all over again, but with fewer maggots, and more sprocket-hole pictures.


sprocketrolls, a photo by BikeTinker on Flickr.

January 1, 2012 - Comments Off on Sprocket Hole Photography

Sprocket Hole Photography

I invented this. It sounds rude, and no one will believe it, but I did. Modern sprocket hole photos are usually shot with a Holga, but I use a Ciroflex and a Mamiya. I have instructions for making the adapters in my Flickr stream.

Amy before she was a Taganashi; Porter College, 1991-ishholden chemers, Santa Cruz 1993

angelina in edinburgh; 1995St. Andrews castle 1995

Union and Fillmore, SF CA, 1995

Angelina reading, Petalum CA, 1998




December 29, 2011 - Comments Off on Typewriter Man Sculpture

Typewriter Man Sculpture

Typewriter Man - sculpture with skeleton and typewriter

I made this from an electric typewriter and most of a plastic "Mr. Thrifty" anatomical skeleton. I traded it to my friend Sharon for a disturbing painting a long time ago.

December 17, 2011 - Comments Off on bad photo retouched

bad photo retouched

My friend is selling his 1958 Rene Herse randonneur bicycle (Google it), and the only picture he had was taken inside his garage with his cell phone. Not a lot to work with, but I did figure out a super-fast way to eliminate garage-door handles.

before and after retouching

He did go ahead and take better pictures, if you're interested in the bike. The bike is sold - a reader of my blog bought it.

December 11, 2011 - Comments Off on Painting of an LED screw-mount light

Painting of an LED screw-mount light

This is an LED bulb you can use in a vintage dynamo-powered bicycle tail light.  So much easier than re-engineering modern LED circuits into the antique light housing! Just screw it in and ride away with a much brighter light. 10,000 hour lifespan and  a (short) standlight feature that stays on when you stop.

May 9, 2011 - Comments Off on Bike seat ram’s head

Bike seat ram’s head

I built this blatant ripoff of homage to Pablo Picasso's "Toro" out of the left over pieces of my Brooks saddle repair and a particularly scary pair of handlebars. It's posted on my Etsy store.

January 15, 2011 - Comments Off on evinrude machine mask SOLD

evinrude machine mask SOLD

Currently for sale on Etsy at the bargain price of $110 $197.00

This is one of three "Machine Masks" I've made by painting eyes on old metal things. There's a vacuum cleaner made up to look like an alien, this Evinrude gas can with scary eyes and a protruding tongue, and a Samurai adding machine that actually works. I have another gas can I'm turning into a suprised cyclops.

October 31, 2010 - Comments Off on anime secretary

anime secretary

This painted and cut-out gouache on paper character goes with a Machine Mask sculpture I made from an old adding machine.

My Machine Mask sculptures are cast-off objects of the Industrial Age (vacuum cleaners, gas cans, adding machines) that I paint eyes on to create tribal masks.

September 22, 2010 - Comments Off on watercolor sketches

watercolor sketches


August 30, 2010 - Comments Off on Prayer Machines

Prayer Machines

August 21, 2010 - Comments Off on workbox fantastic tandem bicycle

workbox fantastic tandem bicycle

A sculpture of a tandem bicycle that hinges in the middle. Each rider drives one wheel, for dual-drive traction. It also allows much shorter drivetrains and a freer pedaling style for each rider.

My own design. In theory it should work!

This image was used as an editorial illustration in Bicycle Times.

August 19, 2010 - Comments Off on Drawings on Dictionary pages – sold

Drawings on Dictionary pages – sold

August 18, 2010 - Comments Off on Self-portrait ID card paintings

Self-portrait ID card paintings

philip - huge ID card, originally uploaded by Philip Williamson.

I paint portraits of people's ID cards. It started out on a whim, but I've done a fair number of them now. I like that they're almost sculptures (I made this 6 foot oil on linen painting with rounded corners), and the undertow of this being the State's view of you. And I think people like little things made big.

August 16, 2010 - Comments Off on Paintings – ID Cards

Paintings – ID Cards

I've made a number of paintings of ID cards. Personal impersonal portraits of your official self. I've changed the numbers and addresses for these images.
Sizes range from 4" to 6', in watercolor or oil.


July 4, 2010 - Comments Off on ‘Workbox’ Sculptures

‘Workbox’ Sculptures

These assemblage sculptures are very simple - wood and metal. A downspout, a monkey wrench, or a vacuum tube from a radio transmitter, they are the most distilled-down assemblages I've ever made.

I like the serendipity that simple rules can lead to, like the metal downspout exactly fitting inside the box. These three are for sale on Etsy.

assemblage sculpture

assemblage sculpture on Etsy