Contraptor, metalworker, global activist, steampunk... specializing in pedal-power.

Using steel, wheels, and sewing, I rend Victorian æsthetics into a Mad-Max setting with a rigorous use of found and recycled materials.

American Dream Burn Barrel series


Before the Burning Man 2008 bicycle project began, I worked in the metal shop. These are some of the burn barrels I produced to go with the event's "American Dream" theme.

The Rocket

Something has gone horribly awry during this launch. Flames are spewing from the cockpit and the hatch. Behind the astronaut is a scoop that surrounds him in flame. The belly of the rocket (shown above) features a tribute to one of america's fallen heroes.

Rocketship burn barrel

I'm burning!

"Abraham Pimpin'" $1 bill

"Abraham Pimpin" burn barrel

This barrel depicts a $1 bill with Abraham lincoln as a pimp. The seals on the bill say "worship me" and "R.I.P. The American Dollar 1945-2008".

The Almighty Dollar 1945-2008

"Abraham Pimpin" burn barrel

"Abraham Pimpin" burn barrel

"Abraham Pimpin" burn barrel

You can see others, including 'Dale Woulda stopped 9-11' and 'Pizza, Tacos, and Chinese: Now That's American Food!' at my my Flickr photostream.

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Egophobia is a hip Romanian magazine for the surprising countercultural scene there. Because the Soviets modernized Romania when they took over, Romanians feel that the old ways are the truest to their history and culture and so steampunk is very popular.

The author translated my interview into Romanian, and then back to English for the English-language version of the article. Consequently my words may be put together strangely. Check out the article here.

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MULE magazine

Mule Magazine Issue 5

I was featured in issue five of MULE magazine alongside fellow Chicagoan Jason Bitner of FOUND Magazine.

Select page 12.


Burning Man 2008

This year the bike crew at Burning Man faced a new challenge: Assemble and paint 400 bikes, repair the existing fleet of 600, and distribute them all in addition to dealing with the abandonment of another 1100 bicycles in the Black Rock Desert. I worked in the metal shop before the event and managed the fleet repair and cleanup crews.

We think the continued presence of community bikes accounts for the 400-bike drop in abandonments this year. Approximately a container's worth of bikes were dontated to the Reno Kiwanis Club, with another container set aside for my Ghana project. Fundraising continues for that shipment- we've got what we need to drop a container but not the shipping fee.

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